Thank you Joseph for taking time out to talk with me.
Joseph Ong: It’s my pleasure and thank you for appreciating my work.
JRP: How did your journey into photography begin and why have you focused on fashion?
Joseph Ong: I met these two talented guys Jessie Glova, the make-up artist, and Dexter Alazas a designer who owns AD Models Phil’s. We collaborate works from edgy to classical fashion shoots. This started my serious journey to photography.
JRP: Do you have any formal training?
Joseph Ong: I don’t have any formal education in photography. I do a lot of internet research, looking at images and figuring out how they were done. I also spend a lot of time listening to the advise of some close mentors and photo buddies to improve my craft.
JRP: Do you prefer working in studio or on location, and what sort of lighting do you prefer?
Joseph Ong: I look at my studio as being everywhere. I love to work both, outdoor and indoor. When I use artificial lighting I like to use a three light set-up for my shots when possible.
JRP: Looking in your camera bag what would I find?
Joseph Ong: My cameras are Canon systems 30D, 400D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.4, and 17-55 2.8 IS. Three flash units paired with radio trigger remotes.
JRP: What type of editing software do you use in your workflow?
Joseph Ong: For my post processing I use Photoshop. I don’t have any plug-ins for the software.
JRP: What goes through your mind as you set up for a photo session? Is there any pre-scripting of your sessions? Do you work with assistants or make up artists? Do you work alone?
Joseph Ong: The pre-production meeting is very important so that the work-flow during actual shoots is faster and I achieve client requirements.
Yes, I work with assistants, they take care of logistics and assemble the lighting.
JRP: What has been your most memorable assignment to date?
JRP: With the current economic crisis what effect has this had on your photography?
Joseph Ong: Fortunately so far commissioned projects are not much affected by the current economic crisis.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Joseph Ong: “There are no bad subjects but there are bad photographers”. This is a line I have found to be very challenging and motivating.
JRP: What advice would you offer to a young photographer starting out?
Joseph Ong: Keep on shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting! Follow your intuition. Be ready to be embrace negative criticism.
JRP: Joseph thanks again for sharing your thoughts and photography with us. It has been a pleasure to talk with you.
Joseph Ong: It’s been my pleasure and honor to be part of the photographers featured on the JRP Blog.
JRP: To view more of Joseph Ong’s photography please go to this link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/joseworks