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Seoul Corporate Headshot Photographer | Intralink

Intralink Seoul, South Korea: Intralink’s web designers didn’t want run of the mill corporate head shots taken against the same backdrop with the same pose under the same light. They wanted more natural looking, environmental type portraiture with a diversity of poses, backdrops and wardrobe styles. They needed the images to be shot wide so there was room for cropping and possibly text along the bottom.

I scouted Intralink’s head office in Seoul a few days prior to our photo shoot. I wanted to see what kind of light and space I had to work with. The office was unexpectedly bright and devoid of the usual clutter. Still, a few desks would need to be reorganized on the day of. Dropping by Intralink also gave me a chance to meet the crew and give them a few tips for preparing themselves and their environment for photos.
Back home I put together a plan using the sample images I captured in their office and some posing inspiration from the internet.

Friday at 10am our corporate head shot session kicked off. With each of the nine employees I did:
-Two backgrounds
-Two or more poses
-Formal and fully suited
-Casual without blazers and ties

We used a different location/setup for each person and were able to get through all this in just two hours which everyone was happy about.

Need corporate head shots for your company? Get in touch via the contact button at the top of this page!

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Intermediate Photography Class

Class TitleIntermediate Photography Class
DescriptionStudents in this class will already have a solid understanding of how most functions on their camera work and getting comfortable with the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. They will have reached the limitations of program modes and want to venture into manual mode so they can get consistent results and push themselves creatively. In four weeks you will be able to.

-Shoot in manual mode comfortably
-Guesstimate camera settings based on lighting conditions
-Find better light
-Create high key and low key photos
-Snap perfect silhouettes
-Utilize fill flash
-Create HDR and Panoramic photos
-See better compositions

The first half of the lesson is usually spent in the classroom. We review our work from the previous session and then I present the new lesson. I include a lot of photos that utilize the techniques we are learning so that you can see instantly what is possible. The photos can also be a good source of inspiration for the shooting we will do later. From there we work our way through the camera controls. Whether you are shooting a Canon, Nikon, Sony, or a camera made out of shoebox we work together to determine if you have the given functionality and to access and use it.

The second half of class is where we start applying what we have learned. I set up mini photo missions for you that require use of the newly acquired skill and possibly those learned in previous classes. I like to give students room and time to get into their creative zone and experiment but I’m always close enough that you can come to me with any questions. Finally homework is assigned and I encourage students to upload and share their homework on our faecbook page so we can review it next class!
LocationYongsan Arts and Crafts Center
DatesTuesdays - April 7, 14, 21, 28
TimeClass A 10:00-12:00 | Class B 17:30-19:30
CapacityMaximum 10 students
Price$100 Per Student
Requirementsa. minimum 4 students are required to run this course
b. students should have a camera that offers manual control over aperture, shutter speed and iso
RegistrationYongsan Arts & Crafts Center Building#S-4253 DSN 738 4750 (DOD Only)
Request the course here if you're not a Department of Defense contractor, service or family member.
Registration Deadline: November 19th 2014
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Intermediate Lightroom Class

Class TitleIntermediate Lightroom Class
DescriptionStudents entering this class should already be very comfortable with the basics functionality of Lightroom including importing photos, performing basic white balance, contrast, saturation and clarity adjustments as well as exporting and sharing images. This Lightroom class focuses on detailed editing and enhanced workflow. In four weeks you will be able to:

-Organize and find your photos
-Cull more quickly
-Get the best sharpness out of your camera
-Remove/reduce noise in photos
-Apply curves for more precise color control
-Fix blemishes, red skin and yellow teeth
-Enhance eyes, skin and landscapes
-Use and control the brush tool
-Know when to apply liner and radial masks
-Stitch and layer images in Photoshop directly form Lightroom
-Import, create and save presets for importing, editing, renaming and saving
-Edit the names, meta data or processing for hundreds of photos in one click

This lesson is entirely classroom based. I will provide photos that we will work on together as a class and you will also have the opportunity to bring your own images for processing.
LocationYongsan Arts and Crafts Center
DatesWednesdays - April 1, 15, 22, 29
TimeClass A 10:00-12:00 | Class B 17:30-19:30
CapacityMaximum 10 students
Price$100 Per Student
Requirementsa. minimum 4 students are required to run this course
b. students should have a laptop computer and Adobe Lightroom installed
RegistrationYongsan Arts & Crafts Center Building#S-4253 DSN 738 4750 (DOD Only)
Request the course here if you're not a Department of Defense contractor, service or family member.
Registration Deadline: March 30th 2015
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An Afternoon With the Tan Family | Seoul Winter Family Photos

Gwanghamun, Seoul, South Korea: Lai emailed me from Singapore to setup a family photo shoot during their upcoming visit to Korea. Lai really wanted to document her three-year-old daughter Joelle’s travels but she had two concerns that were holding her back a little:

1. Would be too cold to take photos outdoor in late November?

2. Would Joelle, who’s a little shy with strangers as are most three-year-olds, warm up to me or spend the entire session hiding in behind mommy and daddy’s legs?

I get both questions a lot and the short answers are:

1. Don’t let the cold hold you back, the Korean winter light is far too beautiful, simply dress for the weather.

2. Don’t worry about the kids, that’s my job!

If you have time to read on the longer answer below can be useful if you’re in a similar situation.

The key to shooting in cold weather is choosing wardrobe that is warm, comfortable and cozy looking. I feel wardrobe is even more important in winter because you’ll be wearing so much of it. Personally I love lots of layers and thick textures. Wear a thick knit sweater, maybe a pea coat or something with fur (fake or from non endangered animals of course) over top and fluffy scarf. Keep the colors a little coordinated and neutral to fit with Korea’s soft yellow-brown-blue color palette. Note what the Tan Family is wearing, it works really well. The winter wardrobe can really add a cozy feel to family photos because you actually WANT to be huddled together to conserve warmth:)

With regard to shy children, I’m a kid at heart, I taught kids for 8 years (they didn’t even share my language) and I have a daughter of my own. So far I’ve never met a child that wasn’t all smiles by the end of our time together.

My number one rule is to let kids come to me. I do this by intriguing and engaging them in fun ways. I never vie for their attention and I prefer parents don’t try to MAKE their children like me either. It will happen naturally. I have many other tips on how to mentally prepare young children for a photo shoot that I share a week prior to my sessions. Feel free to contact me if you’d like more info.

My approach with Joelle was to show up early at their bed and breakfast so she could get comfortable with me in her environment. While Natasha, my go to makeup artist, did a wonderful job creating a nice natural look for Lai I took my time getting to know Joelle. Okay honestly, (I can say this now because it’s over) thirty minutes into being there I started worrying a LITTLE — I had made virtually no progress. But then 10 minutes later my efforts seemed to pay off all at once, the “shy switch” was suddenly flicked to “off”.

Natasha wrapped up and we headed out to Gyungbokgung palace. Between suckers, playing with leaves, hide and seek, piggy back rides, board games and chalk drawings we managed to get a great variety of shots. Check them out!

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Vivian & Bernie | Seoul Press Center Pre-Wedding Luncheon

Seoul Press Center, Seoul Korea: If anyone actually reads the stuff I write here on a semi regular bases then they’ll know that I’m not a big fan of photographing Korean-style weddings.  Basically it comes down to the fact that the majority of the weddings I’ve gone to here took place in wedding halls which I found to be  kitschy, unoriginal and absolute nightmares when it came to lighting.  So when Vivian contacted me about a pre-wedding luncheon at the Seoul Press Center my body tensed up a little.  But as Vivian explained that this was just a lunch, not a wedding, and that what her a and Bernie were looking for more documentative type photography than the standard series of group shots I loosened up a little.  When she shared photos from inside the Seoul Press Center with me and I saw the huge floor to ceiling windows looking out onto Gwnaghamun I started getting excited.  When I got there I was impressed.  The lighting, a photographers first concern, was great, the staff  friendly and the venue formal yet comfortable.

Vivian and Bernie wanted to have at least some kind of celebration in Korea for their relatives residing here before their wedding in Singapore.  It was good vibe in the room as a few key friends and relatives went to the podium and shared some words and stories with the crowd and couple.  There were a few guests that I felt had particularly strong looking characters which you’ll see in the images below.

I love cooking, I love eating and I love taking photos of food so at every event I make sure to document what was on the menu. I’m so busy during shoots that I prefer to retreat with my meal into hiding.  I do this for two reasons; the first being so I can photograph the food under better lighting and the second is so that I don’t stress people at my assigned table out with my speed eating and frequent coming and going.  The food at the Seoul Press Center was delicious. My steak was so tender I could cut it with my fork!

Vivian and Bernie I wish you two all the best and a fabulous wedding in Singapore.  Let me know when you make it back to Korea again!

Sincerely,
Greg S

 

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