PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS - BRIDAL MODELS V. ANIMAL MODELS Dr Sing Kong Yuen
November 6, 2010, I checked into the Philea Resort & Spa, Melaka to
take a short vacation from my veterinary work in Singapore. There was a Bridal Fair 2010
Photography Contest. The pro-active marketing manager saw me at
the ballroom with a camera as I usually carry one daily. The ballroom had
participants to the Bridal Fair 2010. She invited me to register for
the Photography Contest. I knew nothing about bridal model photography but
since I am interested in photography, I signed on, not knowing what to do
as my experience is photography my veterinary cases for my website
The bridal models in the ballroom showed off the
bridal dresses and numerous photographers obstructed everybody's views. I
snapped my photos but over 90% were not fit to be published due to poor
lighting and out of focus. The Photography Contest was to be outdoors at 6 p.m. It started to drizzle
around 5 p.m.
The evening sky was gloomy. The lighting was poor as the sky was overcast
at 6 p.m. It was my first time photographing bridal models or any human
models. I wanted to give up as I did not want my camera to get drenched
should there be a thunderstorm. But a kind Muar photographer who
had given me a few good tips on bridal model photography encouraged me to
get on with it. The
tips from this Muar photographer were helpful. These were "focus on the
eyes" and "eye contact" to get a lively and sharp picture. "Shout 'hello'
just before you click to get the model's attention and her eye contact,"
he advised me. "Then your photo will be sharp and be interesting as people
look at the face first in appreciating good photos."
I didn't dare to shout "hello" before clicking or I was too
reserved to do it. I waited for the eye
contact to happen by chance and there were 3 below.
One photographer shouted "Marina," and the model turned her head in his
direction immediately. I learnt about the tricks of the bridal model
photography trade in Bridal Fair 2010 Photography Contest at Philea Resort
and Spa from this photographer.
I did not submit any photo for the Contest which had the theme of
"Highlight of the beauty environment and exciting premises together with
beautiful model as bridal". To satisfy the theme, a close-up of the bridal
models would not qualify. It would need to show the environment and
premises of the Resort and
best picture I had was that of the bridal couple directed by the
photographers to stand at the edge of the pool. I captured this picture as
I was moving away to take pictures of other models up the hill. I quickly
snapped this scene. To me, it had an excellent composition, action
of the pro-active photographer risking his camera to command the hard
working bridal couple to take a risk on the rocky pebbles which are meant
to discourage people walking on them. The lone photographer faced the
bridal couple, reminding me of the famous Tiananmen Square Protests of
1989 photo of a man facing the army tanks, as in:
You can see that the photographer near the model was a pro-active type.
The one in orange T-shirt ventured out a bit to risk his camera falling
into the pool with him should he slip and fall. The others (hidden in the
right) preferred not to take risk and stayed on firm ground. This picture
shows the beautiful pool and the cascading waterfall features of Philea
Resort and Spa and the bridal model. It might be on the final list to win
a prize, in my opinion. Maybe not. One has to be hands-on to learn a new
trade as reading all the photography magazines will not be sufficient as
to go to be battle-tested.
used "P" Mode and set the ISO to 3200. I was surprised to get some "good
pictures" for my readers. These were the pictures where I was at the right
place at the right time and got the right point of view without
obstruction from the various Malaccan photographers. I was really lucky as
the pictures of the bridal couple came out like a story of love and care.
For my animal photography for my veterinary education case studies,
shouting at a cat or dog for eye contact photography usually does not
work. Many times, I have to ask my assistant to lift the cat's head for
eye contact as in the photo here. Some of my better photos from the
Bridal Fair 2010 are presented below:
- 3883. Focus on the eyes to get sharp images in portraiture photography.
Eye contact makes the picture attractive.
eye contact and smile
without any shouting for
on the bride's eyes and click on eye contact
Bridal Fair 2010 at Philea
Resort & Spa's Photography Contest Theme:
Highlight of the beauty
environment and exciting
premises together with
beautiful model as bridal
Fair models in the ballroom
to focus on the lady's eyes when
there is eye contact!
Techniques and tools to take bridal model
A real bride to test my
I attended a well organised
and beautiful church
wedding in Singapore on Nov
The pastor presented a good
sermon. One of his
preachings was to warn
married women not to
taking a ride home in a
colleague's car. "Just take
the MRT (subway)!" he said.
The MRT corporation could
his concept of temptations
and morals to increase its
Four of my best photos of a real bride
are presented. One of them
is entitled: "A Pregnant
Pause?" It does not mean that a
bride stops to look at a
pregnant woman. It means a
technique when a comedian
pauses at the end of a
phrase to build up suspense
for his audience.
People's expressions make an image interesting