Three quick tips from Singapore’s youngest wedding photographer (16 years old)

Klaus Tan is 16 years old and he is the youngest wedding photographer in Singapore (websiteFacebook | Flickr | Instagram). Here are some tips from Klaus:

I’ve shot weddings since I was age 15. Now at 16 I’m currently the youngest wedding photographer in Singapore under the label Chuttersnap. I’d like to share three short tips from what I’ve gathered during my tenure.

1. Using large aperture primes

The gear I use to cover shoots draw much interest from clients and other photographers alike. “You mean you use only primes? Isn’t that very inconvenient?” Yes I’ll admit, I do envy the allure of having a 70-200mm at times!

However, I’ve discovered using prime lenses forces me to be engaged in a more active role, constantly searching for the best angles and right framing. Furthermore, these large apertures create gorgeous images with the distinctive blurry backgrounds all clients love.

The selection of 20mm, 50mm, 105mm macro and 180mm lenses I bring ensures the entire range from wide angle to telephoto focal lengths are covered. All their apertures don’t exceed f2.8.

This beautifully compliments the high ISO capabilities of my current D750 (ISO 12800 at times) which enables me to shoot in extremely dark conditions that will make viewers gawk at.

2. Have a posing sheet

For shoots I always bring along a few of these A4 papers (see screenshot above). They’re printed in colour, with 3x4 grids containing 12 poses printed in colour. These poses serve as useful guidelines on how the clients should arrange their hands or pose their bodies etc.

My clients love this concept, finding it useful in that they’re able to follow as I guide them along. They have an effective visual aid to imitate, rather than listen and stare puzzled, awkwardly trying to arrange themselves (like in a game of Simon says).

As photographers we’re focused on producing the best images for our clients, and poses that we’d really like to try out do slip our minds at times. The posing sheet is a lifesaver in this scenario.

Of course I do let some spontaneity happen during shoots, this posing sheet aids as a communication tool to convey what I have in my head into reality.

3. Back button continuous autofocus

There have been many blog posts about this floating around, however I cannot emphasise this enough. One may escape using an AFS function during pre wedding shoots with static poses, but on actual day weddings it’s about “capturing the moment”. Candid moments: Laughter, the first kiss, the dance floor. All these happen in the blink of an eye.

With the back button autofocus function and AF- continuous mode, I can ensure my readiness to capture such moments with tact sharp focus. With my thumb always on the back button, and my index finger on the shutter button, the brilliant autofocus module of the D750 never misses focus. No more accidental trigger of the shutter when too much force is applied during the half press focusing! This works for street, wildlife and sports photography too.

Hope those starting out wedding photography, or photographers in other genres would find these tips useful.

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  • Duncan Dimanche

    nice read !

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  • Richard Haw

    nice, at least the kid has a productive hobby.

    • I think the word you were looking for is Business 🙂 wedding photography isn’t a hobby.. not when there is mega $$$$ involved

  • Tapper

    Very nice, but how did he afford all that expensive gear at 15?

    • Eledeuh

      Some people can benefit from an oh-so-little impulse from their parents, I suppose. Both in money and pre-existing networking.

      • Stuart Crowther

        Like a small loan of a million dollars.

    • Elvin Tan

      Its Singapore 🙂

      + Its actually a good range of affordable/profitable gear.

      • Eledeuh

        > Its actually a good range of affordable/profitable gear

        Apart from the 50, it’s not exactly “affordable”, at least not for 99.99% of the population at any age. But well.

        • Chris

          For business it pays back. For home runners, it worth a lot of thinking. Most of the time money is spent somewhere else (like beer and cigarettes) rather than saved anyway.

        • Davo

          There’s a large active second hand market for photographic gear in Singapore and a lot of equipment can be sourced at fairly reasonable prices. What’s affordable really depends on the individual but if you think some of the gear mentioned isn’t affordable for 99.99% of the population, you clearly don’t know Singapore.

          • Eledeuh

            Or maybe you don’t know where most of the world sits.

            But anyway, I’m not surprised that it’s also more affordable than in most parts of the world, it can help indeed.

            • Davo

              Are you trying to say its not affordable for 99.99% of the world’s population or 99.99% of Singapore’s population? Maybe I’ve misunderstood but I thought we’re talking about how a teenager from Singapore affords his gear.

            • Eledeuh

              The comment I was initially replying to didn’t mention that it was affordable *in Singapore*, but that additionally to being in Singapore, it was affordable. I just said it wasn’t for the majority of people (on Earth).

              In Singapore specifically, reading some people around here one could almost be led to think that everyone there goes to school to take plane lessons and has access to pretty much anything wanted/needed, which is in fact not the case. There are very significant wealth inequalities in Singapore too, I guess it’s cool to know some have that sort of opportunity, I just hate to see it being made an example while it’s really more of a singularity. A cool singularity (from a certain perspective ; that wealth doesn’t come from nowhere, there’s a context around it), but a singularity nonetheless.

            • Davo

              Sure, just a misunderstanding then and I’m sure your 99.99% is also an exaggeration to make a point whereas I could agree with your assertion of ‘majority’ of people but just not the former figure.
              There are some claims by some individuals here that I don’t agree with for sure. From your clarification I don’t think we have much in disagreement actually so apologies for the misunderstanding at the start. Cheers

      • Max


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    • Hans

      Deleting this repeated post.

    • Spy Black

      Most of those lenses sound like he got them used. The 20mm and 180mm f/2.8 I believe are D lenses. Even the 105mm could be a D version. He said that “all their apertures don’t exceed f2.8”, but I think he was referring everything except the 50, which is probably a 1.8.

      The only item that could be new is the body, although he may have bought a used or refurb one there as well.

      Of course, this entire article could have been fabricated.

  • Spy Black

    Fascinating, love that he’s not afraid to push his ISO to such heights. Very nice work he does.

  • Aldo

    Wow I know ‘pros’ who have been taking pics for 10, 20 plus years dont even come close

    • They better stop then : most of the shots here are just overexposed (which is hard to do with a D750) and misframed…
      They are good for a 16 years old beginner. Certainly not for a 20 years’ experienced pro. Anyway, the tips are right and smart.

      • fanboy fagz

        yes agree. exposure is off on many, no closeup intimate shots.
        tip #2 is ridiculous.
        – *pulls out pose guide and hands to couple*
        – “here guys, do some of these and lets be done with it”
        -couple asks, which one? whatever, pick one, theyre all the same to me.

        every couple gets shot the same way? cmon. think on your feet and be creative. no couple has the same poses as the previous. making each album unique.

        • I think it’s more a question of making people feel easy and probably a question of country culture. You’re right, the sheet itself is not really useful, but it can bring some indications though. Some of my friend use that with chinese couples in Paris for instance. But most of the time, they show catalogs before the wedding. So a better tip would probably be to say : prepare the situations long before and be prepare to face that they won’t probably happen ;).

          • fanboy fagz

            nonsense. each couple is unique and I do different poses according to the couples mindset energy and personalities. not every couple are the same. some want only fun spontaneous pics, some romantic or easy going pics. every couple is different. its just nonsense.

            • Sparrow

              Clearly you’ve never been to SIngapore

            • fanboy fagz

              actually my exwife is a travel agent. ive been around the world. singapore is the no country. nice place of mixed people. very clean.

            • You don’t know about cultural habits in this country, so you can’t be sure it’s globally non sense. Keep cool 😉

        • Zeneti

          You really are retarded @fanboyfagz:disqus Honestly, never met such a bone and idle twat in my life.

          His point 2 is perfect, your comment has simply assumed that all he does it force the couple into those poses and thats the end of the photo session. get your head out of your fat arse and realise he takes these as inspiration for the couple as so many people are uncomfortable infront of the camera, have no idea what shots they want or how to stand. Every half decent photographer will have a small set of shots/poses that they repeat EVERY TIME WITH EVERY COUPLE because they are the safe shot you know works and then you let the creativity flow around that.

          Clearly you haven’t reviewed the guys profiles because he has plenty of closeup and intimate shots you ignorant and stupid fool.

          People like you, who spout of uninformed opinions about a subject they only know about from reading the web rather than actually being successful at practice, should just have your head put on a spike. 7 billion people in this world, we don’t need cocks like you. ain’t no one gonna miss you.

          • fanboy fagz

            shut the fuck with your dumn comments. you dont shoot weddings. just shut the fuck up.

            no pro walks around with a fuckin pose sheet , hands it to the couple and tells then stand like this. we dont need morons like you who all shoot the same. we need creative people. and since you dont know what close up intimate shots (I saw his flickr page) are then again, shut the fuck up.

            • Eric Calabros

              Calm down mate, its Asia. Everything is different here. Most of the time its the couples who want to copy cat what they’ve seen in friends/relative albums. in Vietnam, they insist to have a photo in front of Louis Vuitton shop, because every other couple they know have a photo in front of Louis Vuitton. I’m serious.

            • John Albino

              In certain parts of the U.S. it’s the same way — couples want copycat wedding shots like they’ve seen in the magazines.

            • ZoetMB

              I’m not a wedding photographer, but I’ve been to photography shows where wedding pros have put on seminars that are based around a cookbook of standard poses. The trainer admitted that he shot every wedding that way. Back in the film days, they also seemed to be obsessed with shooting so efficiently that you could sell two different crops of the same image.

            • Wesley

              Here is fanboy fagz being triggered.

        • Michiel953

          Exactly. Guide them along as you observe their dynamics and get to know them. Not a lot different from portraiture. You only start easing your subject into certain positions or poses once you have a feeling for who the subject is and what expressions etc come naturally.

          • fanboy fagz

            Some couples have a lot of energy and want fun images some are very reserved and shy some romantic. You guide each one as a unique couple. Cheers

            • Michiel953

              I completely agree. Trump’s Person of the year portrait seems like a perfect example to me. The subject was persuaded to take on a slightly unusual position, showing his personality in a, to me, fascinating way.

              Cheers too on this sunny but cold Sunday! And ignore the hate mongers.

      • Eledeuh

        I really don’t want to bash a young beginner, because it’s really great that he has this opportunity, and not only that, that he seems to try his best at it.

        *But*, I really don’t see the appeal of all these “I’m the young(est) photographer of [x] and here’s what I have to say” that are all over the internet when it comes to photography. There’s generally pretty much nothing to take away from these advices, and the images are those of a beginner with cliché post-processing.

        It’s expected and it’s perfectly fine at this point, but I don’t understand the need to go out of the way to talk about it. If it were framed in a “what challenges do I face as a 16yo professional” then maybe, why not. But those generic and not-so-well-thought-out tips ? Huh.

        • Perhaps those articles are only made to reassure old photographers and show them they are not that bad 😀 and keep them buy gears for their activity (paranoid ?.. me ?). Anyway, as programmers say at my office “Whatever you do, whatever is your skill, there is a 4 years old kid somewhere in China that can do it better”. 😀

      • Max

        A D750, with it’s 4000/s limit, a f/1.4 prime, and a sunny day? I’m not suggesting the overexposed backgrounds are OK (opinions and tastes also vary here), but there are cameras with faster shutter speeds.

        • Eledeuh

          It’s not going to change much, if you find yourself regularly limited by an excessive amount of light, you just put an ND filter on top of your lens.

          And in most scenarios it’s not going to be much of an issue anyway.

        • Right, things can go wrong with any tool. But still, the DR of the D750 allow to have very versatile raw files, much more than whatever camera limitation that could justify what I see in the shots here. But as you say and you’re right to recall, tastes can vary. And the fact is I don’t like white skies ;).

          • Max

            I also don’t like the blown skies. I should also ad: regardless of a camera’s flexibilities, one should begin by lighting and exposing subjects correctly and then use the D750’s DR abilities as a second go-to if necessary.

            • Of course. And mastering lighting is probably one of the toughest parts of the job and also one of the true differences between good pros and amateurs. As one of them (amateurs) I always struggle with that in many occasions. But hey, this guy is 16 : he’s got some time to practice before him.

        • silmasan

          Wait…”sunny day” is still only an assumption, at least until the photographer himself chimes in. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the famous Singaporean (imported.. *cough*) haze/smog, which would continuously create an overcast-like condition. Might be a factor.

          • benjamin

            We have haze maybe 2-3 weeks of the year so that’s not to blame. The issue tends to be cloud cover and the angle of incidence of the light(we are on the equator after all). Added to that the very dense tropical tree canopies and the colours become dull and somewhat uninspiring. It’s a bit of a bummer but I hardly find the light inspiring enough to take the camera out while here in Singapore. You only have that 2 or so hours in the mid morning and evenings where the lights is gorgeous… That’s if the sky is clear of clouds.

            • silmasan

              Or simply clouds yes, making it an overcast, not “sunny day”. Though even if we discard the imported forest fire (heavy) smog, a thin/light haze could still be a daily occurrence in areas near a big city.

              If you’ve ever stayed in Bali on “Nyepi” day, for example (where outdoor activities are forbidden, as well as no engine, no fire, no smoke, and no lights after sunset), it’s as if a veil has been lifted. You’ll experience a sky that’s brilliantly clear like no other day. And then in the night, oh the stars…

      • zzzxtreme

        agree. the photos aren’t good in my eyes. but respect for being able to photograph a wedding. it’s tiring and stressful

    • Aldo

      Some of these comments are unfortunate as they only show how a ‘seasoned’ photographer is unable to get out of his/her comfort zone to become a more versatile/better shooter.

  • Heywood Jablome

    Clearly, you haven’t been to Singapore.

  • Eric Calabros

    what the hell have i done with my life?

  • Eledeuh

    > with courses like photography and even flying with real aircrafts before they leave high school
    > Westerners have being doing a lot of talking about education, while Asians have being doing a lot of actions on education.

    Yawn. “Asians”, while we’re talking about Singapore, a small, privileged city-state with considerable wealth inequality.

    Right, let’s just run with it and say this is both a universal example there and something that could be realistically applied anywhere.
    I’m not that surprised after all, I know people who’ve served me similar discourse about how “they do things better” in the UAE or Qatar.

    • Hans

      Yes, you can say Singaporeans are previlidged, but during the 50s-70s we are not. We don’t have any good schools or don’t have enough schools to put every capable students in it. But our parents tried their best to put us in schools halve a world away to get our education. Our first PM was educated in England and myself in States. Why? Because they knew education is important.
      Now our children can go to good schools here, including students from around the world including those not so previlidged from Vietnam, Loas… , but that can be only short term because they will also be the previlidged in their own countries shortly.
      Why? Because Asians do take education very seriously. But not so much in the western parts of the hemisphere because they think they are already doing well, and so invested large amount of capital in defence trying to dorminate the rest of the world. If only your governments can divert the defence budget into education, you and your children can also have the same kinds of previlidge as we do now!

      • Hysz

        Damn, I agree. I am not Asian, nor American, but really, if US would cut on military they could do wonders. But they think America is the land of free and that they are best in the world… Well far from it. While economically tied to the rest of the world, education wise and cultural knowledge [like other languages and cultures] I would say they are far far behin, even behind my country.

    • Hans

      What’s wrong with my reply that contain facts that the modulator have to delete?
      It is a fact that nations spent too much on defence and too little on the well being of the people. Unless we change to a better global working relationship, this whole world will implode by its own doing within our lifetime.
      If you want to delete this conversation, please delete my account too. There is no need to join a discussion if it is bias and censored.

      • Eledeuh

        I received the contents of your previous comment via an e-mail notification, and although I really doubt @Peter would go out of his way to delete it, it wasn’t worth discussing over either.

        While I do agree that the world as a whole would be a better place with more emphasis put on education. I suggest you take a deep breath and try to see the larger picture, instead of holding onto such simplistic narratives.

        • Hans

          I really do not think my views are simplistic because I have being following global news including those that are censored in some nations including the US, and it is a fact that many nations are spending too much on defence and too little on the well being of the people.
          Take for example a couple of American war vetarans that I used to stay close to, they served their nation and suffered injuries during active duties. The US government never bother to take care of their medical bills, but continue to wage trillion $ wars and generate more casualties that fill American cities. If only governments have spent all their defence budget on education, than jobs will be created just like what Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and our very own Sim Wong Hoo and this young 16 years old kid.
          My parents were the lost generation during WWII, and many middle eastern people will be this decade’s lost generation.
          Now if we have made the world a better place to leave and work in, there won’t be any need for migration even though there will be travelling like what we do.
          Again these are all facts.

          • silmasan

            Dude.. start your own blog or something. Sure Singaporeans are cool… but you can’t generalize and speak for all of Asia.

        • Allen_Wentz

          Not “the world as a whole,” but specifically the relatively wealthy USA with such a very poor K-12 education system. And in all probability about to get worse.

      • He cannot delete your comment and I have no reason to.

        • Hans

          Thanks Pete!
          I was wondering why my post was deleted without using statements that were not allowed here.

          • Your post was not deleted. Sometimes it takes some time to show up online. If you posted a link, it may be held for moderation.

      • ZoetMB

        I agree with you. It doesn’t matter that it could be “realistically applied anywhere”. It isn’t, at least not in most U.S. public school systems.

        The U.S. public school system is currently obsessed with reading and math test scores and not much else. Outside of cities, education is largely funded locally from real estate taxes, so rich communities have well funded schools (although sometimes not better schools) and poor communities don’t in spite of many court rulings declaring such funding schemes unconstitutional .

        My granddaughter is home schooled, but she shadowed a friend at the local school to see if she wanted to attend and there was almost no teaching going on – the kids spent the whole day doing worksheets and the work they were doing had been done by my granddaughter three years ago.

        We’ve also moved away from teaching trades and there actually may be better jobs available for those with a trade education than those with a liberal arts college education.

        That’s not to say that we don’t still have some good public schools. In NYC where I live, we still have the Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School and Stuyvesant High School, which are among the finest high schools in the country. The inventor of digital photography, Steve Sasson, graduated from Brooklyn Tech in 1968 and invented the digital camera at Kodak just seven years later. (I was his classmate. He obviously accomplished far more than I did.)

        In the U.S., I would argue that most communities are opposed to raising real estate (or other) taxes to improve schools and that we generally don’t feel that teaching the arts is necessary anymore. When school districts cut budgets, those are the first to go. And nationally, and while there are exceptions in some rich suburban school districts, teachers are vastly underpaid, especially since state legislatures have been taking away the negotiating power of unions. And culturally, large parts of the country have become anti-intellect. Of course these same people complain when their under-educated kids can’t get decent paying jobs.

    • Allen_Wentz

      K-12 education in the USA is indeed at third world levels as reported by any independent international measure. It is appalling that such a wealthy nation provides such poor K-12 education.

      • ZoetMB

        Absolutely. Americans, especially Conservatives, like to talk about American exceptionalism, but the reality is that in 2013, 29 other nations outperformed the U.S. in math, 22 outperformed the U.S. in science and 19 outperformed the U.S. in reading.

        And in Hans’ defense, Singapore was among the highest rated. The top scores were from Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macao and Japan followed by Lichtenstein, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Estonia.

        But I will say one thing for Americans (although this is highly subjective): we still seem to have a streak of creativity and innovation that most other nations haven’t developed as yet.

        • Hans

          I do agreed with you about the rating is highly subjective, because America still have many good schools that produce some of the best students for the world. The only thing is that they are not producing enough of their own students. The reason I said that is because the top students graduating from these schools are mostly foreigners sponsered by either their family or state.
          The reason for not getting enough good students from the states is because they have been price out of education due to the high cost. During our time we only paid 10s of $ per credit hour, but now is 100s of $ per credit hour or even up to $1k. Students have to take up huge loans from banks that take years to repay even after graduating. And many end up in debt without graduating, further discouraging others from doing so. The next thing is the culture in the west is very different from the east. Parents in the west expect their children to be independent, while in the east not as much so they tend to give a helping hand even up to college & University. Of course I am not saying there are non in the states because there are still parents willing to pitch in especially from the elites where money is no issue, but most families in the states are actually running on credit with very little savings.
          The next thing you brought out is creativity and innovation which can be suppress and snuff out by high cost of education. Here is why? During our time even though the cost of education is much cheaper than it is now, but still I have to work between school to compliment the shortfall that my parents were not able to provide due to multiple sibling studying oversea at the time and the high forex rate. I am sure I wouldn’t have as much free time to thinker with computer and s/w like Steve and Bill, even though I am one of the first few batch of electronic and computer science engineers at the time using mainframes provided by the DOD in our college & university. The reason is I would be struggling to make time meet my school work and job. This will also apply to present day students having to take up loan and work at the same time.
          Disclamer: Not saying that I am as good as Steve or Bill, but is an example when one doesn’t have the time or resources will affect the out comes.

          • Wesley

            Plus international tuition is higher. More attractive to accept foreign students.

            • Hans

              Yes, I am seeing this in our schools too! And just last year our government is doing some adjustment to it. So we will have to wait and see if it is going to turn out as bad as in the states now.

      • Eledeuh

        The US are a bit of a special case, on the wealthy-yet-terrible end of the spectrum, but I’m not from the US, and what I’m saying is those are unrealistic expectations for anywhere outside of the tiny bubble of some very privileged classes.

        It’s just harder to manage an education system for 10s of millions of young individuals in a country of several tens to hundreds of millions of individuals, than it is for ~1M students in a tax haven city-state in the middle of a growing economical region.

        So yes, it’s a very privileged situation, that’s it.

        • Hysz

          if US would divert cash from military to education, it would be better. I often play online with Americans, and I must say, while few are smart enough, most have no idea about what is else on the globe besides US. And I don’t play with kids nor teens. This is saddening, I once mentioned my country, where I am from, and got response that one individual will send me his e-mail address because he wants pictures of polar bears… And this was not a joke, I got e mail from him. This was all after I said I am a photographer, and he was just ecstatic to get those pics. Sorry America, there are no polar bears in Poland.

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      What? The world isn’t the same, everywhere yet? WTF! (^_^)

      • Eledeuh

        I give up. There’s a very strong bias towards the US around these parts, and any subject discussed tends to be through their very specific lens (pun intended).

        Considering Singapore as anything but a singularity is completely outlandish to me, but apparently not so in the land of the free, where you pay a lot, for a lot less, unless you’re able to pay a heck of a lot more than anyone else.

  • Clubber Lang

    Always Nice to see someone younger out there in the world making something happen. There are probably many young kids out there who might come across this article and gain some inspiration and start working on their goals.
    Also, I can always rely on the negative comments by those who aren’t really out in the world making anything happen.

    • Just Me

      🙂 I have to smile at the visual of Clubber Lang talking about baby unicorns and rainbows.

      • Clubber Lang

        ……Dead unicorn meat…….

  • Robert Skála

    How much did this PR cost his parents? Article that does not have anything to do with the subject of this server….
    At first – what is so special about him? If I learn photo basics my 7 years old nephew, she could make as good pictures….. there is nothing special about them. Why do we need to read about a “Mozart like” child, which their parents think to be a sensation eventhough he is not…. I know 12 to 15 years children from photography courses doing better work….

    Second – these tips are really childish and also they do not seem to be his tips, its more tips someone told him…..

    Third – the pictures are very weak: bad composition on many, overexposed most of them, post-processing bad, colour balance in sad like mood – not a wedding mood, poor work with bokeh (eventhough with such an equipment), no focus point expression on the pictures, no important detail recognition….
    Sorry, but I do not like the photos and I do not like this article 🙁 Sorry being negative, but I can not other way 🙁 My words to my student would be go and remake it better….

    • Just Me

      Nikon gear :-/

      • Robert Skála

        😀 Yes, that might be the point.

    • Hysz

      How someone makes ‘poor work with bokeh’?

      • Robert Skála

        Easily – working with bokeh is crucial for portraiture and romantic soft photos. His first step was done well (usage of large aperture prime lenses), however eventhough you need to help it a little:
        – longer focal distance lenses got usually better bokeh, so in case you need to have soft pleasing background you simply go from wide to normal or from normal to tele lenses. In case the subject are the bride and the groom it can be easily done

        – similary it is with the distance from the subject – you get better bokeh is you go closer and keep opened aperture

        Now to the pictures:
        Last one of the bride is an example – if he used longer tele (wich he actually owns) the background would not have such disturbing bokeh
        The one with bride on the back of the groom – there was no reason for wide lens here, the background is irrelevant (just an alley and a garbage bin – wich is very annoying there) – that could have been done with mid-tele lens and as bonus the garbage bin would not have been even visible.

        • Hysz

          Well what you said is purely subjective actually. I did portraits with 20mm f1.8 lens without a problem, still having bokeh, although that lens has a bit harsh oof areas. IMO picures looks very good, bokeh wise, the one you mentioned, about the bride photo, that swirly bokeh sure, it is distracting, but at the same time help with composition, arcing above her and it comes back where you can see her face.

          I understand what you mean now, this is clear, how to manage bokeh, you just worded it differently so I didn’t get that.

          Check flickr page of his, IMO these pictures are great. I am a wedding photographer too, and I mainly use primes too, o bokeh is mostly present, still I find this rather subjective, he framed pics nicely and had nice small post process. Thing is in every pictures you can find flaws, but these would sell, and as I see it, he is making fair money [couples aren’t dissapointed] and I think this is most important.

          • Robert Skála

            Yes, sure it is subjective and sure some people might like it – I am just maybe too long in photography (for 21 years), I am accustomed to give feedback to photographers/students and sometimes I might be more critical….. I am following up only top awarded photographers as they are those who can give you the most. If I would write critics about these pictures I end with such a long article no one would read…..

            OK, I just hope I explained you the point about bokeh and why I do not like these photos as well as this article…..
            Wish you nice pictures, good light and to the young boy I wish he does not make a fault while doing weddings so early…..

            • Hysz

              Well much has changed in photography in those 21 years, even bokeh sometimes. But I admire that you wish to teach, I have similar approach. But if I may of course, I would suggest to be open and just say what you feel about pictures, because your first post came like a rant, and wasn’t trying o help at all, at least not the first 2 paragraphs. You can be hard on someone and still teach, but if you read it back it’s not something someone would tell if you are providing feedback.

              Yeah the bokeh isn’t a mystery only your terminology, I thought you meant something different, something foreign, thus I asked.

              And yeah, thanks, if you want to be a true mentor, you must sometimes detach yourself from te craft, and let the craft speak for itself. Wish you all the best!

  • Eric Calabros

    off topic

    Some interesting patents by Nikon
    (please someone tell me its about a rangefinder)
    (includes a dual-pixel like PDAF design)
    (dual-ADC. If I’m not mistaking)
    (an alternative dual-gain sensor)
    (does this new bayonet means new mount is coming?)

    • silmasan

      Nice find Eric. And this probably answers your other post… “too much Nikon on the internet”. ;-P

    • Michiel953

      Eric, have you looked at and could you comment on the dates of the registrations?

      • Eric Calabros


        • Michiel953

          Ok; I misunderstood the priority data section.

      • Eric Calabros
        • Eric Calabros

          oh God, look at the description of this drawing:

          “FIG.20 is a schematic sectional view of focus detection pixels 311 in the backside illumination image sensor achieved in the embodiment, which includes a pair of light receiving areas formed at each focus detection pixel. As an alternative to the barriers 8 shown in FIG. 8, the focus detection pixels 311 in FIG. 20 each include light shielding members constituted with two color filters 9, one disposed at a position directly behind the on-chip lens 10 and the other disposed at a position directly in front of an opening 11 in the light shielding film 30. A transparent insulating film 31 fills the space between the color filter 9 directly above the light shielding film 30 and the color filter 9 located directly below the on-chip lens 10. The transparent insulating film 31 also embeds the space between the color filter 9 directly above the light shielding film 30 and the light shielding film 30 itself and the space between the light shielding film 30 and the back surface 408 of the single crystal silicon layer 401. However, the color filter 9 may be formed directly on the light shielding film 30 without a transparent insulating film 31 embedding the space above the light shielding film 30.
          In the image sensor structured as described above, stray light 21 with a large angle of incidence is bound to pass through two different types of color filters 9, before it ever reaches the opening 11 in an adjacent unit pixel area 403. As explained earlier, two different types of color filters 9 achieve spectral sensitivity characteristics different from each other. For this reason, the light will have been fully attenuated by the time it reaches the opening 11 of the adjacent unit pixel area 403, and since color mixture (crosstalk) is thus prevented, highly accurate focus detection is enabled.”

    • Since the Japanese site egami shut down, I have not check for any Nikon patents. I have to add this to my routine. Thanks for the links – I will check them.

  • FountainHead

    Great article.
    This photographer has a great present and an even brighter future.

  • Excellent quick tips!

  • Ritvars Pujats

    As a wedding photographer liked his work, maybe not most technical stuff, but people are relaxed around him and he got good shots with them, thats all that matters. For a 16′ old that is awesome gear. Back when I was 16, I could afford just simple zoom camera and even that after long saving time, Im happy that he got this opportunity so early in his life and little bit envy too.

  • TheInfinityPoint

    These are great shots! I like the look of primes as well, but unless you’re in a more controlled situation (ie, family photos, ceremony, etc.) it’s hard to get the exact (or close to it) composition you want. Many times it’s impractical to “zoom with your feet” when you have a split second to catch a specific look during the first dance (for example). I did notice that all of your shots are basically portraits, nothing really fast-action paced.

  • Robert Skála

    Three tips for a young photographer:

    1st – do not be priggish and instead of giving tips to photographers it is better if you listen to the tips of those experienced ones. Ask customers and collegues (or competing photographers) for critics/feedback

    2nd – do not be master photographer – be responsible, you are not at pro level now – be second photographer its safer- wedding is a huge responsibility for the photographer if you fail they will not have photos from their unique moment in their life, and being me the groom I would reject most of these photos

    3rd – do not get paid for such results – you should pay them for the opportunity to learn and for such results

    The PR you need is not Public Relation but Please Rescue 😉 Stay on the ground, be responsible and lowly….

  • malchick743

    Shooting since 15 and now 16… which means mindset is still quite naive so to speak

    AFAIK it takes good education and a LOT of time to build up the necessary experience for one’s creative photographic style and portfolio to face the competing industry. Being humble and constantly on the learning curve (ie. ability to accept and understand new ideas and trends while preserving certain core values and skills) is another

    The stuff shown here may seem impressive to the generalists but to the real pros they could be disaster aka POS. Or this dude is just a fluke and may not get to reproduce the best (or required) results repeatedly

    Tell this young “whiz kid photog” to reproduce a film-based B/W Big Day portfolio, I wonder how he would tackle that??

  • Burpbeef

    What’s that swirly bokeh lens he’s using?

    • Michiel953

      Yeah, that bokeh, particularly in the last shot, is pretty headache-inducing.

      Then, so are some marriages.

    • zzzxtreme

      terrible busy nervous bokeh

  • YS

    Are you PAP in disguise
    Are you PAP
    Are you PAP
    Are you PAP in disguise!

  • Jonathan

    While everyone else is busy arguing about how this kid can afford that gear, and talking smack about countries, let me interject some more relevant thoughts.

    This kid is really good. Far better than myself certainly. (Though I don’t do weddings). These are some useful tips. I really like the idea of that posing cheat sheet. That would be so helpful on many occasions!

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    If you post something with links, there’s an inherent delay.
    I run into it all the time

    • You can now posts links without delay. You are now a “trusted” reader 🙂

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        Thank you sir; I’ll try very hard not to disappoint you! (^_^)

    • Hans

      Thank You! I think I will let this issue rest and consider case closed. ☺️

  • lacihkt

    Lived in SG for 5+ years and they should learn how to handle girls (who think of themselves as princesses btw) No matter what you do, they just won’t look lomatic on photos. Boys will look awkward and girls pretentious. They should make babies instead of importing Chinese in a non transparent way to maintain 80% Chinese ethnicity. Starting to show signs of being inbred. They should also stop looking down to people from other SE nations.

    BUT – you can buy like new photography gear there, because people have the money to get them, but not the eye to take nice photos. Go visit for alotta gear still under warranty because they quit their short lived hobbies.

  • Hysz

    That’s why in most comments I really see envy, rather than critique. People saying that couple should be paid because of bad photos etc. They are not bad, and if someone can afford, they can gift whatever they want. Some people get houses, some cars, some latest phones, and I got 3 pairs of socks, black, gray and white. That’s the thing about all this negativity I think. Some critique is always OK, but let’s not kid ourselves, he did a good job.

    • YS

      Yea, he’s certainly not bad, regardless of age – it’d be something else if he had all that gear and was awful.

      I think given the site’s audience, and my experience with the average western demographic, the idea of handing over several thousand dollars worth of gear to their teenage son is a bit of a culture shock.

      • Hysz

        That might be the case. Still that kind of gear is not something you will have to change next year or so [like smartphones], so it’s a kind of investment. If kid decides not to shoot, they can always sell all that and get at least 70% back. Good lenses have basically the same price, or even higher, since they are introduced. So anyway I look at it, I can’t be butthurt.

  • zzzxtreme

    too bad he uses shitty primes

  • Geolin

    Come on guys, stop being jealous, either by his skills or his parent’s ability to give him a loan. Even if the parent bought all his expensive gear, he’s learning 2 things. How to shoot photos under pressure, and how to run a business. That’s really impressive, especially for a 16 year old.

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