When not studying, Isaac fills his Instagram with an impressive aesthetic feed. He manages to string architectural buildings lines with saturated street scenes and portraits for a lush feed. Find out how he collates his visuals.
Like a moth, Isaac is drawn to light and colours, but also advocates experimentation and enjoyment as part of his learning process.
Could you tell us a little about yourself, and what you do?
I’m 21, currently a full-time student at SIM Global Education.
How did you get started in photography?
Earlier this year, I came across an architecture photography account on Instagram. This inspired me to try taking a few photos with my mobile phone camera and has fuelled enough interest in photography for me to invest in a DSLR camera.
Canon EOS 750D | F/11 | 1/320s | ISO 200
Your feed features architectural shots, portraiture, and street scenes. What do you enjoy the most and why?
My favourite genre is cityscape. Having grown up in many different countries has helped me to appreciate the urban landscape that is uniquely Singapore.
Canon EOS 750D | F/8 | 1/160s | ISO 100
At the same time, which genre do you find the most challenging?
I would think that street photography is the most challenging yet rewarding. It is often unpredictable and fast-changing. This requires me to approach it differently in terms of creativity in order to capture the shot.
Which requires the most work?
Portraiture. It requires me to pre-conceptualize the shoot and collaborate with the model. This takes time and patience.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | F/2.8 | 1/100s | ISO 125
Tell us a little bit about your photo-taking process. Do you plan a theme or select a location and go with the flow?
I usually visit a location and improvise as I familiarise myself with the place.
What is your favourite time to do shoots? Why?
I mostly shoot from sunset until night. The colours captured during this time of the day differs from day to day, weather to weather, which makes for interesting shoots.
Canon EOS 6D | F/5 | 1/50s | ISO 100
It seems that you started with more personal shots, before moving to monochromatic tones, then going into colourful shots, and now playing a lot with light and complementary colours. Can you tell us more about this process and how it evolved?
Largely the shifts have been because I’m still at the experimental stage where I am exploring and simply letting myself enjoying the discoveries.
How would you define your own style of photography?
My love for colours greatly influences the way I take and process photos.
Canon EOS 750D | F/16 | 20s | ISO 100
Do you have a particular feed curation process you adopt? If so, could you tell us more about it?
In terms of planning my feed, I don’t use a particular process. I normally just aim for a balance of topics – cityscape, street and portraits.
What do you think is the most important factor in maintaining an attractive-looking social feed?
While I am still learning to maintain an attractive social feed, I would say a consistent style of editing is an important factor. The social feed I gravitate towards, all display a consistent style of editing.
Canon EOS 750D | F/2.8 | 1/160s | ISO 100
Do you choose the pictures solely on their aesthetic or do you look at its visual impact from a feed point-of-view as well?
I make my choices based on both aspects. However, I do prioritise the photo’s aesthetics over the feed’s.
Canon EOS 6D | F/6.3 | 1/3s | ISO 640
Do you notice any trends on Instagram that you are inspired by?
I draw much inspiration from photographers Elaine Li, Kei and Nick Chu. Their feeds feature an amazing variety of street, portraiture, landscapes and even drone shots that work together seamlessly.
Canon EOS 6D | F/8 | 1/80s | ISO 2000
What would be your advice to those wanting to create an aesthetic feed?
Being fairly new to the field of photography, my advice would be to discover your own style while just enjoying yourself.
Canon EOS 750D | F/2 | 1/60s | ISO 1600
Tell us more about your gear – and why did you choose it?
I shoot using a Canon EOS 6D and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, among others. The wide field of view covered by the 12-24mm makes it possible to capture most of my cityscape and architecture shots. The focal length of the 50mm is great for street and portraiture.
Canon EOS 750D | F/5.6 | 1/80s | ISO 800
How do you find the experience of using a Canon for social media pictures? What do you like about it?
I started photography using a Canon EOS 750D. Although an entry-level camera, it has served me beyond my expectations and enabled me to explore the different fields of photography.
Canon EOS 6D | F/4.5 | 1/125s | ISO 320
Are there any particular upgrades you might be thinking about?
I am hoping to upgrade to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III in the future. I’m also thinking about upgrading to a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens for a standard walk-around lens. This lens has one of the best sharpness and image quality in a 24-70mm.
Canon EOS 750D | F/2 | 1/160s | ISO 100
Do you have any projects or new direction you might be taking your feed towards?
I hope to travel more in the near future and document my journey as I learn more about the craft of photography.
You can view Isaac’s colourful work on his Instagram.