Behind every girl's glossy gram…
…is a dedicated boyfriend who knows all her good angles and masters the perfect glowy light. We talk to blogger Rebecca Ten (@beccabeczten) and photographer Jerald Saw (@jeraldsaw) about their go-to gear, favourite apps, and top tips to create captivating visual content for Instagram.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Jerald Saw
Camera(s) you use:
Canon 6D, but Becca has added her own Sony A7RII into our inventory. My favorite lens setup is the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art. When I don’t have my camera, my iPhone 7 plays a very important role. I take the OOWA ultra wide angle lens by almost everywhere I go. It’s a high quality mobile lens and it actually substitutes the quality of a DLSR for me. I use my phone a lot for photos – I’m currently at 20,000 photos in my camera roll. I’m a strong believer of the quote: “The best camera is the one you have with you.”
Describe the process of taking a photo.
We would usually know what kind of mood and scene we would want for the shot and we’d look for the most suitable place. We’ll start shooting and get a feel of the place. The first few shots are usually to test the light and composition, and once we got it we are just set on nailing the shot.
How long does it take to get the shot?
We can usually knock out a shoot in about an hour to two these days.
Who works harder during a shoot?
I would say it’s me, but maybe just physically. She works a lot in terms of planning, and coordinating before the shoot. I just start working when I’m at it. I would have to say it’s Becca, she works harder!
How do you edit your final photo?
I process it on RAW with my own presets. I think you get way more control with it as compared to phone apps but Snapseed does a great job at correcting perspectives.
What is one trick you’ve picked up along the way of photographing for Rebecca?
One trick I’ve learnt is to observe. To observe the light, to observe the composition, to observe her angles, her emotions and poses, all at once. And to do it all at the same time is the tricky part!
What do you think is the secret to capturing the perfect IG photo?
As cliche as it sounds, there are no secrets. It’s all practice, and you get better with time. The more you shoot together, the more you learn about each other and that makes it easier the next time round.
A tip I would give while shooting is to compliment her and make sure she knows she looks good because you are the one behind the camera – she won’t be able to see the photos until you’re done. If she knows she’s doing well and the shots are turning out great, compliments still give her a lot more confidence and positivity to channel into the shoot!