A Celebration of Moment and Time: Portraiture for Business Owner Yuan Tai

While capturing moments of others, we explore not only the need for professional photography skills but also working with Event venues that are unique.

“To keep the photos interesting, keeping angles interesting, backdrop play a part too”

Today, we’ve put together an interesting collaboration to create more awesome photographs for everyone.
Yuan Tai (9)Cloud Productions Chief Photographer Irene recently had a Photo Shoot done for Yuan Tai, 8event Singapore. 8vent connects Venues and Event Organizers and here’s Yuan Tai sharing with us about his role in finding unique spaces for his clients and what he learnt in his business.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
The biggest influence in my life has been Jesus Christ, my lord and savior. I’ve learnt how to become a better me, how to be more compassionate. I’ve also learnt how to empathize with people and to connect better with them. I’ve learnt how to humble myself and be open to suggestions or feedback to improve myself. I learn about courage in the face of adversity, strength and faith. Most of all, I learn to love myself and love others even more.
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What is your personality and what skills do you currently have?
I love to explore new places and meet new people. Being in the people business, I love to connect with people. I love to find out about what people do and learn from their experiences. I love to read and write too. This helps me in my business as I can look for fresh angles to promote events or venues, or to come up with interesting concepts for events.

What’s the Secret to your Client’s Happiness through your service?
I bring smiles to clients through being able to address their needs of finding a suitable venue. I also make sure that the event is delivered successfully and the guests all enjoyed themselves. Joy shared is joy doubled, and I will go the extra mile for my clients.
Yuan Tai (3)How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
I was previously working in the retail line, doing events on the sideline. Starting out my own business was something that I wanted, but did not act on as I was in my own comfort zone. Fortunately, doing events is not something new. Nevertheless, being an entrepreneur is a new and tough experience. I am really blessed to have mentors and many helpful friends and business associates. Life is a really colourful journey with all these people in it, and I count my blessings.

Yuan Tai’s Kind Words:

I had the best experience with SG cloud productions. Irene was professional and made me feel at ease during the shoot. She gave good advice on how to be natural and let my emotions flow. She was meticulous and attentive to details. She was able to explain clearly what type of shots she was looking for, and the entire shoot was really enjoyable. The service provided by SG cloud is world class. I am confident that they will deliver above and beyond what every customer wants, as they have delivered for me.
– Yuan Tai, Director of 8Event

We look forward to working on many more interesting projects, just like this one.

Cheers,
Cloud Productions Team
hey [a] cloudproductions.sg
+65 8749 3850

How to Photograph Kids: A Parent’s Guide on Photos Freezing Moments!

How to take Great Photos of your Children : A Parent’s Guide on Freezing Photos Moments of your kids

Photographing children is fun, fast-paced and immensely rewarding.
Here are Cloud Productions’s top tips for capturing beautiful photos that your family will treasure for generations to come!

(1) Find the Best Light

There is an easy way to find the best light in any situation: The Hand Trick. Simply place your hand at the shooting spot of where your child’s face will be arranged at. Great light can be subtle. Small changes of angle or position can often have a dramatic effect. So when you’re out shooting, finding the best light for portrait photography can sometimes be difficult!
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Tips: Do not rely on Auto Mode function on any form of camera, including mobile phones. 

(2) The Gear you’ll need

While some elements of taking photos improve by upgrading from a smartphone camera to a DSLR or mirrorless variant will offer even more improvement as you learn how to photograph children but don’t spend the diaper fund on a new camera just yet.

(3) Get down on their level

One of the biggest mistakes adults make when photographing kids is shooting from eye level. The problem is, you’re probably a lot taller than your kid; in every photo, you are looking down on them, which makes them look smaller than they actually are.
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(4) Play!

You’ll have more success at photography and better, more creative photos, if you play like a kid while you are shooting kids. Don’t be afraid to get on the ground with your kids or tell them to do fun stuff, like make funny faces, leap, or act silly. When you play with them, they’ll let down their guard. Skip the “say cheese” and get real smiles by photographing while playing.

Tips: Frame your shots more creatively. Use Rule of Thirds to help you position the child away from the centre of the frame to make the shot more dynamic and encourage the viewer’s eye to rove around the frame. 

(5) Get Outside

Unless you have access to a beautiful, light-filled room, the easiest place to photograph kids will be outside. The weather to avoid is overly sunny weather with harsh shadows and the heavy pouring wet weather.

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– On cloudy days
– In the shade, nearer to an opening

Avoid: 
– Overhead light (especially mid-day sunlight)
– Patchy light shine over the face or head
– Strong, directional light that casts the harsh shadow of the face features

(6) Use High Shutter speed

Once kids start moving around, it can be hard to slow them down. If you find yourself taking pictures of a child on the move, be sure to use a shutter speed of at least 1/250 to avoid blurry photos. If you’re shooting with flash, be sure to not go over 1/250.
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(7) Use a Low f-stop

When shooting portraits, it’s good practice to use a low f-stop and avoid wide-angle lenses. (We recommend a 50mm lens) This will help blur the background and make your subject pop. If you don’t have a DSLR, you can get a similar effect using Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, which uses two lenses to create a blurred background.
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(8) Anticipate their mood
Children are moody little creatures. If they’re sleepy, hungry or hyped up on sugar, the most angelic kids are liable to become nightmare photography subjects. Do your best to control for these factors when planning a shoot. If you know something that consistently brings a smile to your child’s face, be it playing in the yard or eating chocolate ice cream, use it to your advantage.

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(9) Capture the moment

Kids are often at their cutest when they don’t realize they’re being photographed. Instead of orchestrating a picture, keep your camera handy and start shooting when the moment is right. It’s worth investing in a good camera & lens, so you can easily capture the action anytime anyday.
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If nothing above works for you. Let us help you! You don’t need tons of professional gear to create that perfect children photography in your daily life. In most cases, family photography session are arranged every year or two.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you!
For booking enquiries, kindly email to hey [a] cloudproductions.sg .


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A Celebration of Moment and Time: Portraiture for Business Owner Andy Wee

As a Photographer, we would be hired for images for the majority of the time.

Upon request and on-going ideas, we’ve put together an interesting collaboration to create more awesome photographs for everyone.

Cloud Productions Chief Photographer Irene recently had a Photo Shoot done for Andy, FertilityCare Singapore and we’re curious about his successful business. For the last 10 years, FertilityCare has helped numerous couples make babies with the help of natural fertility techniques. It does sound like a really challenging role as well as satisfying career making a new life.

Upon conversation, Andy shared with us a little more about himself and his business.
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What’s your background?
I’m an electrical engineer by training. 11 years ago, I went to Australia to train as a FertilityCare Practitioner to bring the Creighton Model FertilityCare Natural Fertility Programme to Singapore. This program addresses the couple’s needs for a natural fertility treatment method. I’ve been married for the last 16 years and am a father for 4.

What was the happiest moment of your business?
In my business, the journey with each couple can be rather long, from the time we start from the first meeting till the time we see results, the time taken could be easily 6-12 months or longer. The happiness moment is when the couple whom I have journeyed with finally sees the birth of the child after being through the program and the 9.5 months of pregnancy. The joy of them receiving their new born brings me the greatest happiness.

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What’s the Secret to your Client’s Happiness through your service?
The secret is for them to pick up the knowledge which I’m teaching them effectively. As I journey with them in the Natural Fertility Program, when they start to see all the knowledge about their body, its function and the beauty of its design, it brings them a great understanding and calmness.

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What are you proudest of in your Business?
I’m proudest of the knowledge and empowerment I impart to my couples in this Natural Fertility Program. The key for them is to become empowered and enlightened to the beauty of the design of the body and its various functions that lead to creation of a  their baby, a new human being.

How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
My work has allowed me into a special area of the lives of each couple that I journey with in my program. I’m much privileged to hear their situation of emotional ups and downs as well as the challenges of their fertility journey. It has allowed me to help many people realise their dreams of having a baby, something that I have never imagined doing. I’m grateful for this opportunity and continue to look forward to help more couples. For more info, refer to: http://fertilitycare.com.sg/site/getting-started/how-fertilitycare-can-help-your-fertility-situation/

Andy’s Kind Words:

It was a sunny morning where I met Photographer Irene for the Photoshoot, Irene invited me to share about the background of myself and my work as she prepared to take photographs of me and my materials. With her professional guidance, we looked for suitable spots in the place we were in to best bring out the suitable image that aligns to my business. She took time to ensure I was relaxed, at the same time able to bring out the joy I have in doing my work so that it can be projected in the photos taken. It was an enjoyable experience chatting with Irene as we took photos in various poses and angles to find and capture the best sides of me. Overall, it was a fruitful experience for the photoshoot and look forward to sharing these and more about my business with my friends and business associates.
– Andy, Director of FertilityCare Singapore

We look forward to working on many more interesting projects, just like this one.

Cheers,
Cloud Productions Team
hey [a] cloudproductions.sg
+65 8749 3850

Top 3 Singapore’s Outdoor Locations for Maternity Photography!

Top 3 Singapore’s Outdoor Locations for Maternity Photography!

Get ready for some really awesome maternity photography locations inspiration! Today we’re sharing our top 3 favourite photo spot that our client really love! We’ve got So many photoshoot ideas for maternity pictures like pose ideas, outfit ideas and more!

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Hort Park is simply beautiful – quiet, private and personal. It’s very peaceful and comfortable each time we come here for Photoshoot. It’s relaxing and a hide-away from the usual urban pace of life. The spacious environment is good for kids to run around.

(2) Singapore Botanic Gardens

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For all Mummies who are planning for an outdoor maternity shoot in beautiful dresses, Botanical gardens give you a totally different ambiance from elsewhere. Rest assured, you’ll for sure get glamorous and serene images, and also some wind and shades that will clear off your perspiration on a Bright and Sunny day. Singapore-maternity-photoshoot

(3) Gardens by the Bay

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We had a couple of photoshoot around Singapore’s most popular Garden, Gardens By The Bay.

GBTB is well loved by tourists and locals, many people would love to see the Supertree structure as well as experienced photoshoot on the OCBC Skywalk.

What’s more? Gardens by the bay are especially good when it is a Sunny Hot day. It’s very cooling in the Cloud Forest Garden. The Cloud Forest is surrounded fully by glass panels, which makes it an amazing place for a photo shoot since there’s an abundance of natural light. It combines both human-made structure and nature within one perfect space.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you!
For booking enquiries, kindly email to hello@cloudproductions.sg .


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10 Gorgeous Umbrella Photography Ideas!

We all need the umbrella in the rainy season, so why don’t we make it unique while protecting ourselves from the rain?
Today, we will show you 10 Gorgeous umbrella photography ideas that are very original and interesting to try on a cloudy or rainy day.

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Other Tips:
We usually don’t fight the Weatherman. 
If it’s going to be too windy and dull due to upcoming Rain situation, then it is worth for a postpone if Professional Photographers say so. Here are some Great locations we recommend for a good Sunny Day Photoshoot, click here!

What to do with your Pictures afterward?
1 – Print, frame or pin up to your home walls. As part of your home decors and memories that you see every day.

2- Give your child tiny Polaroid mockups of their favourite photo so that they can place in their wallet and appreciate it.

3- You can design the Photos on your Invitation Card for your Kid’s birthday parties too!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you!
For booking enquiries, kindly email to hello@cloudproductions.sg .


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8 Awesome Singapore Photoshoot Locations on a Rainy Day!

When it comes to Photography, the word “rain” can bring a sense of panic to even the most experienced photographer. While many of us would advice postpone and returning when the sun has decided to emerge again, in some cases, this isn’t always possible. We’ve quite a wide range of Customers and some of them are from Overseas, they will only be in Singapore within a period of time. Postponing doesn’t seem to be the greatest idea.

Here are 8 Awesome Photoshoot Locations you can proceed to Photoshoot on a Rainy Day!

We’ve some great indoor along with outdoor locations in Singapore with really nice backdrops around! Here’s our TOP 8!

Our Tampines Hub
Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first-ever integrated community and lifestyle hub which is located in the neighborhood in Tampines. Just 3min distance walk from the MRT station. This fantastic hub has very Spacious walkways, amazing urban structure, and a beautiful roof garden oversee the stadium.

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Apart from lush greenery, Hort Park also provides different area sections you may have your photos taken. You’ll be sure to have fun exploring the tranquil environment.
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Singapore Sports Hub @ Kallang Wave Mall
With its brilliant architecture and awe-inspiring design, the National Stadium offers a unique location for photo shoots in it!

Marina Bay Sands
Stunning Cityscape, as well as Luxury Structure backdrops, can be easily taken within frames at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. This place is also one of Singapore’s most recognizable location with many famous celebrities coming to film and stay at MBS hotels.

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If you like something new and refreshing, going into cafe, shop, supermarket or even Ikea is a great fun idea!

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Changi Airport
There are multiple stunning spots in Changi Airport that are really photogenic. Singapore’s Changi Airport has also Rated the best airport in the world in 2014 and 2015, Changi Airport is one that is renowned for not only its architectural design but its beautiful & unique everything!

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Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest
The lush vegetation of the tropical highlands & a tall waterfall would help us capture much beautiful human-made nature and greeneries photos, with its cooling temperature it’s comfy as well for a hot day weather!

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World’s largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art is at the National Gallery Singapore. It’s almost a perfect place with its beautiful structure and a beautiful roof garden with city view.

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Other Tips:
We usually don’t fight the Weatherman. 
If it’s going to be too windy and dull due to upcoming Rain situation, then it is worth for a postpone if Professional Photographers say so. Here are some Great locations we recommend for a good Sunny Day Photoshoot, click here!

What to do with your Pictures afterward?
1 – Print, frame or pin up to your home walls. As part of your home decors and memories that you see every day.

2- Give your child tiny Polaroid mockups of their favourite photo so that they can place in their wallet and appreciate it.

3- You can design the Photos on your Invitation Card for your Kid’s birthday parties too!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you!
For booking enquiries, kindly email to hello@cloudproductions.sg .


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8 Best Photography Props to bring for Family Photoshoot

Find and save ideas about Family photoshoots on Pinterest is a good idea if it’s your first time trying out Professional Photoshoots | Read more about 8 of the Best Photography Props to bring for your Family Photoshoot here:

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#1 : Family Outfit of the Day!

Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos that you are going to hang on your walls, put in your wallet and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear. 

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Keeping the wardrobe on a theme or go with a more neutral look is a good planning. Festive holiday attire or even ugly Christmas sweaters can be fun, but that’s not relevant all year-round. Family customized T-shirts are extremely popular in recent years.

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Recommended to wear:
– Clothing you feel comfortable in
– Clothing you love most
– Outfit that are memorable to you
– Put on some accessories (for female), eg. earrings, bracelet & etc.
– Themed clothing set (if there’s any theme or concept that you desired)
– Tube & long skirt (for maternity mothers)

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Not Recommended to wear:
– Slipper
– Shirts with corporate logos
– Oversize shirt / dress

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#2 : Bubbles!

Bubbles is most children’s favourite form of toy and they would get very excited with it being around. You can also create some stunningly beautiful images with some bubbles and a bit of imagination. Some of the most beautiful images comes from a bubbles playing session of a child’s candid.

Bubbles comes with the perfect density and color, it will be beautiful with almost any scene.

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#3 : Your child’s favourite toy

Bringing your child’s favourite toy to the photoshoot, plays better part in putting her happy memories in the photos. One of the best photographs, comes with true expression of its very own portrait candid.

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#4 : Sweet Treats

Sweet treats is a bribery for young children, it usually works for Children of age 2-8years old.
You might offer a ‘sweet reward’ if your child behaves in the Photoshoot session.

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#5 : Sunshades

Gorgeous family shot can also comes from a cooler perspective.  We adore small children in mini adult outfits. It’s also a good mix and match with the adults. Some of the families especially love hosting of fun props like gigantic sunglasses.

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#6: Alphabets Letter Art

It’s a Perfect customization with a twist in the Photos! It creates unique personalized photos with your name initials and create more artistic & innovative photographs.

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#7 : Balloons

Colored balloons are a great way to incorporate the with photographs. As colourful or gigantic as it is, it makes the photos more interesting. Balloons are usually a great prop for any photoshoots and always appear beautifully in photos!

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#8 : Your Pets

Pets fill very quickly their place in our hearts and families. If you enjoy more Candid shots than the Posed ones, bringing your pets is a great idea! We enjoy having pictures with Kids & Pets, they always melt our heart!

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Other Tips:
Booking Timing Recommendation:
7.30 to 9.30am – Less Heat cause by the Sunlight
9.30 to 11.30am – If you like it bright and Sunny
4.30 to 5.30pm – Still bright and getting less hot
5.30 to 7.30pm – The Sun is setting!

Don’t fight with the Weather man. 
If it’s going to be too windy and dull due to upcoming Rain situation, then it is worth for a postpone if Professional Photographers say so. You won’t want your photos to look bad, the Professional won’t want it too. We can’t control the weather, but we can control our plannings together.

What to do with your Pictures afterwards?
1 – Print, frame or pin up to your home walls. As part of your home decors and memories that you see everyday.

2- Give your child tiny Polaroid mockups of their favourite photo so that they can place in their wallet and appreciate it.

3- You can design the Photos on your Invitation Card for your Kid’s birthday parties too!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you! For booking enquiries, kindly email to hello@cloudproductions.sg .


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5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Family Photoshoot Done Outdoors!

Tired of photos that turns out almost the same as your previous studio photoshoot? Then Outdoor Photoshoot is for you! It’s an amazing habits of Singaporean to do their Family Photoshoot yearly or alternate year for memories keepsake. Today, we are here to share “5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Family Photoshoot Done Outdoors!

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1. THERE ARE AMAZING NATURE AND SCENIC PLACES IN SINGAPORE!

We’ve amazing reservoir such as MacRitchie, we’ve amazing parks such as Fort Canning Park, we’ve amazing gardens such as Gardens By the Bay, we’ve amazing such as Pulau Ubin & Sentosa. There’s never enough time to explore them! So why not pick one of your favourite, and create a Family Bonding outing along with your Photoshoot! Sounds like fun!

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2. THERE’S GRAB & UBER!

Our customers who doesn’t drives used to worry about going places whereas there’s no easy access public transportation, especially when travelling with kids or elderly parents. Now we’ve the tech app, Grab & Uber. There’s nothing much to worry about transportation and cost of it!

3. MORE CHOICES OF BACKGROUND ARE BETTER!

Same, common and boring backdrops are often taken in Photos studios. It doesn’t bring up the creativity in the Photos. Outdoor Photography brings photos alive, having a better background it makes the foreground more lively sometimes.

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4. PERSONALIZE YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOS!

Most of us, doesn’t like our Photos to look the same as our friend’s ones. Outdoor photoshoot can gives us more choices of composition, framing, angle and depth of field to play with. Creating different backdrops and lighting every different memories captured.

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5. ANYTHING CAN BE A PROPS

Outdoor Photoshoot gets you and your kids to move around, get your kids excited to look around.
Anything in the surrounding can be a Props or a good backdrop. Ofcourse, it takes a Good Photographer to capture them well.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you! For booking enquiries, kindly email to hello@cloudproductions.sg .


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5 Tips for Outdoor Portrait Photography in Singapore!

A family portrait session has so many factors that can go wrong that it feels like a small miracle each time we capture a beautiful image. It’s worth the effort, though—a striking, happy photograph of a growing family is perfect for our customers and for that it can become an heirloom that is enjoyed and passed down for generations.

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The key is to acknowledge and then prepare and minimize the risks. When photoshooting family portrait session, follow our few tips, and you’ll be on your way to have gotten beautiful happiness within images.

1. PLAN YOUR LOCATION WISELY

Nobody wants to stand in the hot sun for a long time. Likewise, we can’t control the weather, so include a Plan B when you book with us,  a backup date or simply a location switch that includes both outdoor and indoor for covered options for shooting would be sufficient.

View some of the Locations we recommend for the Good Outdoor Backdrops!

2. BRING THE RIGHT CLOTHING

Keeping the wardrobe on a theme or go with a more neutral look is a good planning. Festive holiday attire or even ugly Christmas sweaters can be fun, but that’s not relevant all year-round.

It’s a good idea to have everyone bring a backup outfit if your Photoshoot exceeds 2hr, especially for kids.

View some of the other Great Tips we have for you here!

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3. PREP THE KIDS

This is the most important tip for with family photoshoot. Prep your kids for the shoot, beginning days in advance. Build it up to be a fun event that they look forward to, followed by a treat, like ice cream or a visit to the playground before or after the Photoshoot. Let your kids know about it, and get them excited for it!

While the anticipation factor is important, the same day buildup is even more crucial. Children should arrive with full bellies! Hungry children are unhappy children.

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4. KEEP KIDS ENGAGED DURING THE PHOTOSHOOT

Bring a treat or snack for the kids, offer children with small bribe! Often, the best pictures of children occur in the first 20 to 30 minutes of a shoot. For children who are more shy, the best pictures and expression usually opens up after the first 30-45 minutes.

5. STAY ON THE MOVE

Even adults can quickly get tired of having their photo taken, forgotten about their pose and smiles. It is important to remind oneselves, to keep your smile going till the last photo of the session.

Capturing the perfect family portrait is not an easy task! But with the right planning and prep, you’ll discover that capturing happy families at its very best is incredibly magical and rewarding.

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Other Tips:
Booking Timing Recommendation:
7.30 to 9.30am – Less Heat cause by the Sunlight
9.30 to 11.30am – If you like it bright and Sunny
4.30 to 5.30pm – Still bright and getting less hot
5.30 to 7.30pm – The Sun is setting!

Don’t fight with the Weather man. 
If it’s going to be too windy and dull due to upcoming Rain situation, then it is worth for a postpone if Professional Photographers say so. You won’t want your photos to look bad, the Professional won’t want it too. We can’t control the weather, but we can control our plannings together.

We’ve seen Awkward family photos leaping in the air, or even Families squeezing like Sandwich on the final photo outcome on other sites. To avoid those Awkward expression or poses, you may read this post on our site here.

What to do with your Pictures afterwards?
1 – Print, frame or pin up to your home walls. As part of your home decors and memories that you see everyday.

2- Give your child tiny Polaroid mockups of their favourite photo so that they can place in their wallet and appreciate it.

3- You can design the Photos on your Invitation Card for your Kid’s birthday parties too!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you! For booking enquiries, kindly email to hello@cloudproductions.sg .


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Photoshop Tips: Changing an Image’s Resolution and Size

Understanding Resolution

One of the things that can be the hardest to get your head around when you start down the digital path is resolution. This confusion is compounded by the fact that there are two different kinds of resolution in the digital world. One is dots per inch, and the other is pixels per inch.

  1. Dots per inch (dpi). This refers to the number of dots per inch that an inkjet printer is capable of applying to a sheet of paper. It can range from 720 to 2800 and more. The closer these dots are to each other, the more they blend together forming continuous tones on the print. Naturally, this depends on the paper that’s being printed on. If the paper is porous watercolor paper, the dots soak in and blend just fine at lower dpi settings like 720. On glossy photo papers, a higher setting—such as 1440—is needed because the ink dries on the surface. About the only time people discuss dpi is when they are talking about a printer.
  2. Pixels per inch (ppi). This is what is usually discussed when talking about resolution in digital photography. It refers to the distance between the pixels that make up digital images. Pixels per inch is an important setting because it determines what digital images look like when they’re displayed and printed. Sometimes a lower value is desirable, and other times a higher value is preferred.

If you have a file with a resolution of 120 ppi or lower, you run the risk of seeing the space between the pixels when you print. This causes edge detail, which should be smooth in the print, to look jagged. The goal is to get the pixels close enough together so that these single dots form continuous tones and lines. The illustration below gives you an idea of how this works. As the dots get closer to one another, they begin to form a line. When you zoom out, the individual dots disappear. (It’s similar to the idea of getting ink dots close together on a printer (dpi).


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Tip: Keep in mind that some people mistakenly use the terms dpi and ppi interchangeably, saying dpi when they really mean ppi. If they’re not specifically talking about a printer’s output, then they probably mean ppi.

The thing to keep in mind when it’s time to change resolution is that if you have an image file that’s 150 ppi and you simply change its resolution to 300 ppi for printing at a lab, the new image’s dimensions are affected because the distance between the pixels is cut in half. An 8 × 10 becomes a 4 × 5 at 300 ppi.

Doing the Simple Math

I know I just said the dreaded M word, but please keep reading because in the next few paragraphs I show you how to use simple math to understand what Photoshop is doing when you resize your photo files. Begin by getting a better handle on how resolution works. Follow these steps:

  • Choose File > New to create a new file. The New dialog box appears.
  • Set the following attributes, as shown below, and then click OK to open the new file:
    1. Width = 8 inches
    2. Height = 10 inches
    3. Resolution = 150
    4. Choose Image > Image Size (Alt+Command+I/ Alt+Ctrl+I). The Image Size dialog box appears. Notice that the starting dimensions are the same as what you specified with the New File command.
    5. Deselect the Resample Image option. Notice that the Pixel Dimensions area at the top of the Image Size window goes gray when Resample Image is turned off. That means that the number of pixels being used in your image is fixed at 1200 × 1500 pixels.
    6. Deselect the Resample Image option. Notice that the Pixel Dimensions area at the top of the Image Size window goes gray when Resample Image is turned off. That means that the number of pixels being used in your image is fi xed at 1200 × 1500 pixels.
    7. Change the resolution setting to 300. Leave the measurement at pixels/inch. Notice that the size of the image goes from 8″ × 10″ to 4″ × 5″, as shown below. That’s because you’re only changing the distance between pixels as you modify the resolution of the file. You have fixed overall pixel dimensions of 1200 × 1500. When you set your resolution to 300 ppi, the math dictates that the image is 4″ × 5″ (4″ × 300 ppi = 1200 pixels, and 5″ × 300 ppi = 1500 pixels). When the resolution is set to 150 ppi, the image must be 8″ × 10″ in size (8″ × 150 ppi = 1200 pixels, and 10″ × 150 ppi = 1500 pixels).

      Resampling the Image Size

      In the previous example, you were asked to turn off Resample Image because Resample Image has a special function that affects the math involved in resizing an image. When you turned off Resample Image, the Pixel Dimensions remain fixed when you changed the resolution value. Take a look at what happens when Resample is turned on:

      1. Begin with the file you created in the previous set of steps, and return to its original state using the History panel. If you closed it, then go back and complete Steps 1 and 2.Tip: If you still have the Image Size window open from the preceding example, you can reset it to the settings it had when you opened it by holding down Alt and clicking Reset—where the Cancel button used to be. This works with almost every dialog box where you see a Cancel button.
      2. Choose Image > Image Size (Alt+Command+I/ Alt+Ctrl+I). The Image Size dialog box appears.
      3. Leave the Resample Image option selected or select it if it isn’t already checked.
      4. Change the Resolution to 300. Leave the dimensions at pixels/inch. Notice that the Image Size remains at 8″ × 10″. What changed was the Pixel Dimensions at the top of the window. They went from 1200 × 1500 to 2400 × 3000.
      5. Change the Resolution to 600. Now the Pixel Dimensions changes to 4800 × 6000, but the Document Size remains fixed, as shown below.

      Something to notice when comparing the two previous illustrations is the little chain icon that appears to the right of the Document Size settings. This icon indicates that these values are linked. When one value is changed, the other linked value is affected. In the first illustration, where Resample is off, the Width, Height, and Resolution settings are all linked. In the second, where Resample is on, only the Width and Height values are linked. Resolution is not be affected by changes to these values. This is a great way to remember which Resample setting to choose.

      When Resample Image is turned on, modifi cations to Resolution or Document Size in the Image Size dialog box affect only the Pixel Dimensions. When you make an image’s width and height dimensions smaller, or reduce its resolution, resampling takes pixels from the image. This is called downsampling.

      If you make the Document Size larger or increase the Resolution value, resampling adds pixels to the image. This is called upsampling. You can verify that this is taking place by looking at the file size readout next to Pixel Dimensions in the previous illustration. The original file size was 5.15 megabytes (M). Now, with the addition of all the new pixels being added by Photoshop, the file size is 82.4M.

      Tip: There are two different ways to measure a photo file’s size in megabytes. One is the size of the photo when it’s open. This size is determined by the pixel dimensions — width × height × three color channels. This is the size shown next to Pixel Dimensions in the Image Size dialog box. The second measurement is for when the file is saved to disk. Naturally, this varies by the type of file that’s saved. For example, a saved TIFF file is always bigger than a JPEG saved from the same file because the JPEG is compressed. This size is the size shown when you look at the file in your Mac Finder/Windows Explorer.

      Keep in mind that adding lots of pixels to an image can affect the image’s quality. Photoshop is pretty good at upsampling, but only so much can be done. Lots of guesses need to be made on Photoshop’s part when deciding what color to make a new pixel. The quality of the outcome depends on the size and quality of the original file. When a quality file is used, it’s easy to double, and even triple, the size of the file. However, if you push it too far and try to upsample an image beyond Photoshop’s capabilities, you can hit a point of diminishing returns where quality begins to suffer. For projects that require massive upsampling beyond Photoshop’s abilities, look to a plug-in like Genuine Fractals by onOne Software. This plug-in uses fractal math to accomplish some amazing upsampling feats.

      So remember, if you only want to change the resolution of the file, uncheck Resample. If you need to make the image smaller or larger, then Resample must be checked. Use the table below as a recap of the relationships you covered in this section:

      Using the Correct Image Interpolation Method

      There’s one more wrinkle to throw at you before moving on. In the previous examples, you probably noticed a pop-up menu next to Resample Image in the Image Size dialog box, as shown below.

      This box allows you to change the image interpolation that’s used when you resample an image. Different interpolation settings affect the way new pixels are assigned color based on the pixels that surround them. There are five options in this menu:

      • Nearest Neighbor. Fast, but not very precise; best for illustrations with edges that are not anti-aliased rather than photos. It preserves hard edges.
      • Bilinear. Medium quality results with most types of images.
      • Bicubic. Slower but more precise; produces smoother graduations than the two previous methods.
      • Bicubic Smoother. Based on Bicubic Interpolation, but designed for enlarging images.
      • Bicubic Sharper. Based on Bicubic Interpolation, but designed for reducing image size because it maintains the detail of the original image.

      Changing Size and Resolution Together

      Sometimes it’s necessary to change the document size and resolution at the same time. For example, suppose you have a file that’s sized to 8″ × 10″ at 250 ppi, and you need to change it to a 4″ × 5″ at 300ppi. Making this change with the Image Size command requires two steps. You can carry out both in one use of the Image Size command:

      1. Choose File > New to open the New dialog box; make the file measure 8″ × 10″ at 250 ppi.
      2. Choose Image > Image Size (Alt+Ctrl+I). The Image Size dialog box appears.
      3. Deselect the Resample Image option, and change the resolution to 300.
      4. Select Resample with the Bicubic Sharper option from the Resample Image menu, and change the Document Size Width to 4 inches.
      5. Click OK.

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