Robert Tran & Hidden Gems photo exhibition is up and running!

After a lot of planning and preparation, the show is on!

Pulling an all-nighter, setting up the shopping mall venue, the show has successfully been launch and started!  Anyone in the area please go and visit!

Preparation Video

Behind The Scenes




Photo Exhibition in 3 days!

As posted earlier, Johnny and I will be participating in a joint photo exhibition, with details as below:

Date:  11th-16th Jan 2013, daily from 10am-10pmVenue:  Ocean Terminal Main Concourse, Harbour City, Hong Kong

For those who will be in Hong Kong, please drop by to enjoy the work for some local photographers!  Hope to see you there!



Mainlanders on Canton Road 2

This is the second entry of the series, as I was not entirely satisfied with the collection I had in the previous post.  This should be viewed together with the previous post to get a better picture of the number of mainland tourists in Hong Kong during the “Golden Week”.

According to some studies, the tourists will be spending most of their money during the middle of the Golden Week (i.e. yesterday and today).  I have to agree that I see a lot more of them on the streets, more people queuing outside the shops, more of them sitting on the streets, more hand baggage being pulled around.

Cantonese Opera

I am currently taking the Documentary Photography course with Open University HK.  Its a rather interesting course, as it encourages students to do “mini-projects” of their own topics.  Most enthusiasts mainly think in terms of getting THE perfect photograph, yet in documentary, its about getting a series of photographs to convey a strong message, its not just about the technique, but the story behind the project.  This course requires students to do just that.

The mini project below was taken a few years ago during Cantonese Opera Day in Hong Kong, each photo captured different emotions, just by looking at the subjects’ eyes.  Try to come up with mini project topics of your own and go shoot it!

Challenging myself

I have always been trying to improve my photography skills, and I have reached a wall where I don’t seem to be able to further push my skills.  I showed my portfolio to my instructors in OUHK, and all of them gave me very similar advice, break the rules.

All of them thinks that my technical skills are pretty much up to scratch, what can add the “x-factor” to my work is to break all the rules I have learnt, the composition rules, the white balance, the shutter speed/aperture size, the focus….  Stop being “correct” and let things happen.

This is my current challenge for myself, be wrong and shoot freely.  The above shot was actually taken before my challenge, yet I guess it is a good start for myself.  These types of shots only make up 0.1% of my portfolio, but I will try to shoot like this more.  Somehow the above shot looks very interesting, something very unlike my usual works, yet gives a great feel to it.  Wish me luck as I try to break my boundaries, and take my shooting to another level.



One of the techniques I like to use is simplify.  This idea was further consolidated during my OUHK class, “Photography Lighting Techniques”.  The teacher introduced the idea of noise, not the unwanted colours and spots when you shoot at high ISOs, but the unwanted and distracting objects in your frame.  They will make your photo concept “fuzzy”, which is worse than a fuzzy image (out of focus).

Anyway, the above photo was another evidence for my love for simplification.  The hippo was yawning, with a quarter of its body out of the water.  The photo was so simply construed, that all the attention will be focused on the hippo alone.  Then the slight reflection of the grass on the side of the pool gives some context of the location.

Less is more, it applies to photography.  Think clearly about what you want to show before pressing the shutter button, and make “clear” and “sharp” images; remember its the concept that counts before the quality of the photo!


Home Studio – Glass Objects

Another piece of assignment for the lighting techniques course for OUHK.  The flash was aimed at the white wall behind the cup.  I also placed two black clothes on both sides of the glass to get more accented outlines.

I admit that I am more of a natural light photographer I tend to minimize the use of flash.  For me this course really encouraged me to shoot more with my flash guns (in this case one Canon 580 EXII was used), and experiment on different lighting techniques at home, a more systematic approach towards fill flash, gobos, reflectors, diffusers etc.


Home Studio – Strawberries!

I am currently on the Lighting Techniques course with OUHK, and the above is part of my first assignment, a photo trying to show the freshness of an organic matter.  I chose strawberries as my subject, not only because of its attractive red and green colour combination, but also that I can eat them afterwards….

For this assignment I had to take two photos, one under natural light and another with artificial lighting.  The above was shot with an off-camera flash on the left hand side, some water dripping onto the strawberry surface to get the splash effect.  It took me around 50 shots to get the splash right, yet the result was pretty satisfying.




之前講到Digital and Photo Literacy 嗰堂令我對攝影o既態度改變左。其中一個原因就是因為一條好簡單嘅問題,”點解要影相?”

記得初頭入第一部DSLR 嗰陣時,因為唔駛菲林,見嘢就不斷影;同埋成日用大光圈長焦距,只要拍到前清後矇嘅效果就已經好開心。

過左一段時間之後,花花草草,移動中嘅單車汽車,model,海傍,中環夜景都影左唔少,慢慢就失去新靈感,覺得香港影來影去都係咁。不過之後開始左幫啲朋友影pre-wedding 同wedding day,咁又搵番一種由挑戰帶來既靈感。

近排上 OU 嘅堂時被問到影相為乜,細心一諗發覺最好feel 嘅相就係可以表達故事嗰啲。譬如話影pre-wedding同wedding,除左靚之外仲要表達到幸福嘅感覺;新人嘅故事,影海傍就係表達香港嘅繁華之類之類。個課程裡面嘅功課就係想不斷深化呢個概念,譬如要同學用五幅相講一個完整嘅故事,或者用相表達七宗罪。。。聽起來好像好簡單,但係其實都幾有挑戰性。

所以如果大家覺得影相已經影到爛咗,搵唔到題材嘅話,咁就係時候可以嘗試下係出街影相之前set定D topic或者故事先,好有可能會有意想不到嘅收穫呢。


Digital and Visual Literacy (OUHK) – 讚!

開左個新blog, 想分享o下早排o向OUHK 上完o既 Digital and Visual Literacy (Professional Certificate of Photography 第二個module) 既感受。

其實報名o個陣時都唔知會學D乜,剩係聽d同學講話d功課好難做,心情有d忐忑。不過上完之後覺得報名呢個決定絕對無錯, 得著好多,眼界大開。


  1. 影相為乜?
  2. 點去拆解一幅相(想表達d乜,有乜意境…)
  3. 點用唔同手法/技考去表達故事(storytelling)
  4. 認識著名攝影師 /藝術家