of telling stories by video and such… ( by Ted Adnan, a Malaysian commercial and editorial photographer who oso does video production lah.. )
I’ve been shooting stills for wedding jobs on a part time basis since 1995 ( using Kodak & Fuji colour negative film ) before diving head first into advertising photography ( spent 5 years assisting in a local studio working for a renown advertising photographer carrying his Mamiya and Horseman on photoshoot on an almost daily basis yo ), executed and delivered commercial, events & editorials photography ( when I struck out on my own forming Ted Adnan Photography with a Fujifilm S2Pro before upgraded to Nikon gears ) over the years and directed/produced a couple of corporate video jobs and such lah. Alhamdullilah.
I’ve remembered the very 1st corporate video that I produced back in 2001 ( does anyone here remembers vcd? anyone? ), learnt quite a bit of lesson there in what not to do from a producer’s POV, I’ve remembered my 1st food photography assignment, I’ve remembered also my first big budget wedding ceremony where I handled a team of photographers and a MCP crew, I’ve remembered the very first local movie that I’m involved as a stills photographer, and I’ve remembered the very first tv production that I was invited to join not as a still photographer crew but also contributed in some production aspect as well.
All those assignments that I mentioned, while I get in close contacts with the production crew and learnt a thing or two about video production,I don’t actually get to be behind a videocamera, mind you. I found it to be a bit intimidating, that video camera. I shoudlnt be, of course, back in 1995 when I was working in a local uni I did a few video freelancing jobs but I found it boring, the camera ( in this case a Panasonic M9000 VHS camera ) while has a bulky form factor its all plasticky ( as opposed to my Nikon FM2 lah! ) and my only purpose is to put it on a tripod, feed a empty VHS into the cassette slot and press the “ON” button and let it record the lecturers speeches. When the tape rans out I gotta qwikly eject the tape and load in a fresh one. Boring giler.
My photographer friend back then only appears during the start of the ceremony, will disappear from view and only come back when the event is about to end. Smells of ciggy smoke. Jealous I you!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, during one of my stints as a still photo crew for a local production, at a location where we didnt managed to secure a permit to shoot ( not our fault tho, the local handler didnt do their job ) I suggested using my Sony A700 “burst” mode shooting continously and “spliced” it during post to make a usable footage. For you with long memories might remembers the Nikon D90 with it video capabilities, well, I didnt have it then but I did mentioned that to the Producer dewd lah.
Needless to say, the Producer dewd went and bought several VDSLR and produces many tv programmes while I still doing stills ( pun unintended ) happily ever after. Not. Which brings me to this blog postlah..
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching for the past year or so, while I still love doing photography, at the same time I yearn to expand my creative horizon. I uses to draw with pencils, but my painting sucks, hence I took up photography. Oh you might see some of my sketches on my Instagram™ account but that is as far as it goes lah. I’ve keep reinventing myself as a photographer every 5~6 years or so ( note the rough timeline that I mentioned earlier in this post? ) and I’ve actually running out of creative juice, then it hits me, looking at some of my Lightroom thumbnails I see not an individual images but a set of storyboards! Ahhh it finally hits me! Maybe my Producer friend sees my potential long before I realised it, now I know which directions I’m heading…
…I’m gonna get myself behind a video camera more often!
You probably gonna ask, who inspire me? On the local front, there’s MatJepp…
( do checkout his work on vimeo here )
… and there’s Philip Bloom and his video encarta here .
Now that I set the benchmark for video production, Ted Adnan Bilang …that should keep the creative juice flowing lah
Where I was yesterday…. ( “A Drive for Excellence” book launch at “The Secrets of Louisiana Restaurant” at Plaza Kelana Jaya yesterday… )
I was at “The Secrets of Louisiana” at Plaza Kelana Jaya yesterday…
…for a “A Drive of Excellence” book launch…
..it was written by my friend Mr Philemoon Soon…
..who wrote about Mr Teong Teck Lean, Managing Director and Group CEO of GDEX an express delivery service company formed in 1997..
Mr Teong posing with the book written by Mr Philemoon Soon…
…see the book that Mr Teong is holding in the above photo (btw, Ted Adnan shoot dengan “Direct flash technique” ajer sebab ‘ceiling’ restaurant ni pakai kain warna cokelat daaaa machamana mau ‘bounce’ laarr)? Checkout the fella on the cover of the book lah. Well, if you must know, that photo was taken by *cough cough* yours truly.
#TedAdnanBilang… now you know laarr… *grins*
The new retro styled Nikon Df ( ahem ) deegeetal camera that looks like the older analog Nikon FM2 series
Ahhh… The new retro styled Nikon Df ( ahem ) deegeetal camera that looks like the older analog Nikon FM2 series. I still have my workshorse Nikon FM2. I shoot weddings with it for about 5~6 years from 1995 till early 2000′s. If I load it _carefully_ , I can get 39 and even 40 exposure out from a single roll. For “ultra low budget” Client, I managed to cover an event with only a single roll from start to finish. Tossed the exposed roll to the kedai gambar in Kajang then off I went home and sleep soundly at night no “post processed” involved.
The VERY next day, prints are all ready and I get to collect RM150.00 from the Client when I deliver the prints right after I done putting it all in a slot in pocket album. If they want a 16″x20″ print ( yes! with my ultra sharp 50mm f1.8 lens back then, the enlargement made from a Kodak ProImage 135mm colour negs, it colours and contrast were…. legendary. ) they pay another RM100.00 extra. Photo frame price are NOT included, That’s another add-on cost yo! From a roll of negs I can get repeat orders from cousins, siblings, uncles, aunties, grand uncles etc etc and made a decent living doing weddings ajer.
Those were the days…
Anyway, supposedly the rumours about this new Nikon camera has been out for weeks, supposedly there’s a teaser video out on the net tickling people’s fancy when it abruptly end ( nama pun teaser video kan? ), supposedly the price will be announced soon, and supposedly Amazon leaked the pricing and photos oso!
( the above photos all were taken from the Net )
I think I stick with my plan to buy a compact Fuji X20s/X200/X1 Pro ( gasp!) series lah ahahahah