5 Tips for Awesome Shots at the Singapore Night Festival

Published on 17 August 2018

Professional photographer Claudio Chock offers five easy ways to get the best shots for the ’gram, and to still enjoy the moment.

1. Take time to frame your shot
Resist the urge to follow the crowd and rush to just snap pictures. Instead, spend time admiring the art works, learning more about them, and scoping out the surroundings. This will help you better frame and compose your pictures.

The light installation is The Search by The Search Party at the National Design Centre.

2. Shoot in RAW
The RAW image format allows you to do more when editing and processing your photos. Select that format on a DSLR or mirrorless camera, or use apps such as Lightroom Mobile, VSCO and ProCam to take RAW pictures on your smartphone. (Compatible smartphones include the iPhone 6S/6S Plus and above, Pixel, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and Huawei P10.)

Light projection, Odyssey, by Arnaud Pottier and Timothée Mironneau, on the façade of the Singapore Art Museum.

3. Get creative with your angles
If you want your pictures to stand out from the swirl of images on social media, do not photograph the works straight-on, and at eye- or chest-level. Shoot from different sides of the work, or hold your camera at various levels and angles. The interesting images you end up with will be worth the trial-and-error process.

Work from World Of WearableArt at the National Design Centre.

4. Use special lenses 
To capture interesting perspectives, use a super wide-angle lens or telephoto lens for a DSLR or mirrorless camera. If shooting with a smartphone, try lenses from Moment, Olloclip and Oowa, which are lightweight and easy to attach and use.

Light installation Aquatic Dream by Auditoire and Lekker Architects at the National Museum of Singapore lawn

5. Bring a tripod and remote trigger
If you can’t seem to find the right angle for your selfie, the solution isn’t a selfie stick. Use a tripod and remote trigger. The accessories also help with capturing movement using long-exposure photography.

Light installation Ember Rain by Starlight Academy at Cathay Green.

Photo credit: @claudio.chock
Pictures shot on Sony a7Riii + FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

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