Simon Tang [simontang]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I picked up my first professional camera in 2010 because i was living in Berlin, Germany but was traveled to London, England every week for 4 years and was bored of flying so i took up photography with the help of my brother who works as a photographer in a press agency in London.
What has been your education as a photographer?
My brother taught me in 2010, i'm still learning and still love it, you see things differently through the black box.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
i've not had an exhibition but im in the process!
Please list any awards for your work.
No awards yet and not planning for any
What is your favourite type of photography?
street photography i guess, the streets are alive and buzzing they can also be calm bu always full of life
What do you try to express through your photography?
I try to express how life is in Berlin between the years of 2010-2015 or maybe until 2020 as this would be even more interesting and hopefully make an exhibition shortly after, 95% of my website is mostly about Berlin, Germany and will continue adding images
How do you choose your subjects?
That's easy, my city is diverse, if i want to shoot landmarks i shoot landmarks, if i want to shoot a shop specialising in whiskey i go and shoot, there is enough going on here, it's almost like being in New York but without the Sky scrappers, noise and over population what Berlin does have is a lot of green areas as 65 percent of the city has been kept green and is apparently the greenest city in Germany.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
The only thing i check is the name of the person i'm meeting to allow me to take the photos, my camera gear is always ready.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
Most of my work is shot mainly for my site and that's to do with Berlin, sometimes i'm just walking in the the street and see a toilet that has been dumped on the pavement so i shoot it and that image also goes onto my site in a collection called "Objects left on Berlin streets"
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
it's a terrible question, i am a professional cook and i don't have the same brand of knives throughout my knife collection!
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon 5d mark 2, 24-70, 70-200is sigma 50mm, computer Sony F series
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Photoshop cs5 and Photomechanics
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I use Photoshelter and enable their watermark setting but if somebody really wanted your work then they could easily obtain it.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
To be honest i'm pretty useless using the computer for selling, come face to face with me and that's another ball game, i'll sell you anything, one of the main problems is the imaging market for photography has dropped very low so it maybe better to drop your prices and make some money then wait 10 years to sell one image.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
I don't really follow "masters"
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Yes i believe so, you can tell the difference
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
I've learned quiet a bit, i used to take horrible holiday snaps and now i'm much better, it all depends what you want to see in the final print, sometimes i take a picture and think it's perfect then i put it on the computer and it's not so it's not only in the process but what really matters is the final outcome
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
You'll press the shutter button when you see what you want to see but that does not mean you get what you want to get all the time.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
ah, good question that's depends what you want!
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
Practice, practice and practice more photography is complex