Mayrhose Coronado, has been working in Singapore for the past 10 years. She is a self-taught photographer and a domestic helper. She loves taking photographs of old buildings and colourful Peranakan shophouses while exploring old neighbourhoods in Singapore on her off days. She strongly believes that it is possible to achieve your dreams regardless of your situations or circumstances you are in, as long as you keep going!

I’m not a history buff but there’s something about historical places in Singapore that fascinates me. The more I explore Singapore, the more I want to take photographs. Singapore has so much more to offer in terms of history and culture. I have a burning desire of showcasing the other side of Singapore, especially the old neighbourhoods. Singapore’s old structures and buildings have a strong character with a lot of history behind them. I admire Singapore for preserving their heritage for young generations to appreciate. Photography gives me a freedom of expression and a sense of belonging. It is also something that keeps me going. Here are a few tips I’d like to share with photographers who want to capture Singapore in her true glory!

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
 | F5.0 | ISO 125 | 1/1250s |

Photography Tips

1. Observe colours

One of the reasons why I fell in love with the historical buildings here in Singapore is their mixture of colours. Learning how light affects the colours of your photos is a matter of practice and experimentation. Colours will be rendered differently in your photos depending on the amount and kind of light that is present.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II | F4.5 | ISO 125 | 1/1250s |

2. Explore the natural lighting

Light is a key element in photography. If you don’t have enough light, the image will be underexposed. On the contrary, if there’s too much light, the image will be overexposed and colours will appear too bright. You have to ensure that the scene is well-lit. Therefore, an ideal time to shoot is during the golden hour.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II | F1.82 | ISO 125 | 1/1000s |

3. Symmetry

If you like using structure and architecture as your primary subject which consists of lines and shapes as well as patterns, it will help you improve your photo composition. Symmetry will further enhance the lines and shapes of the structure, making your photos more interesting.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
 | F3.5 | ISO 125 | 1/1250s |

4. Add a human element

I use this technique in order to give life to the structure captured in my shot. I find that adding a human element to it makes the photo more interesting rather than just capturing a plain structure.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II | F4.0 | ISO 125 | 1/1250s |

5. Photo editing

In order to maintain the natural beauty of a photo, I try not to edit my photos too much. However, I am always on a constant lookout for reliable photo editing apps such as Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II | F8.0 | ISO 400 | 1/320s |

For more of Mayrhose’s shots out and about Singapore, check out her Instagram here!