ABOUT

Hey!

about me fotographee

I know what you’re thinking…

You’ve never heard of me, maybe this is your first visit to my website.

You don't know if you can trust me, your gut feeling tells you to be on high alert…

That’s OK 😉

After all, we just met!

So, let me start off by saying…

Hi, I’m Yaopey :)

Let me tell you my story!

What's In Here For You?

You know, in a way...I’m like you...

I’m not famous and not an award-winning photographer. I'm also not an “influencer” with millions of followers.

I’m just a regular Joe who likes to point my camera at stuff.

joyride

I mounted my camera at the backseat!

After shooting and messing around with post-processing for a few years...I found myself getting pretty good at it :) (at least I think so)

Don't get me wrong,  there is still PLENTY of room for improvement...but at least I’m at a stage where I have developed my personal style and able to give others tips to create better images.

The articles I publish here are mostly related to image editing.

kickstarting guide to mastering image editing

Why editing?

Because a photograph is 70% editing, 25% camera skills and 5% of luck. In the name of 80/20 rule, we should really be focusing on editing more than anything else.

Anyone can take a photo...but not everyone knows how to transform an image with editing.

...and the problem is, most people underestimated the power of editing.

Image editing is not a luxury, it's a necessity!

If you can resonate with me and want to discover creative ways to edit your images, make sure to check out "blog" and "tutorials" from the menu above!

Who Is This For?

Anyone who has a passion in photography!

...and an open mind in image editing.

You see...editing doesn’t always have to be “real”.

It can be as close to reality as you want...or as artistic as you like!

It doesn't matter if you shoot with your phone, a compact camera or something more sophisticated like a DSLR…

If you want to have better results...you gotta know how to edit your images.

What To Expect From Me?

Ever wonder how to produce images like this? 👇 

The editing is not complicated at all...anyone with the knowledge and skills can replicate the effect…

...and that could be you!

Here at Fotographee, you can find the resources you need to teach yourself how to create images that you can be proud of!

Topics that I often write about include HDR photography, luminosity masking, exposure blending and other techniques that will help you achieve the next level in your photography.

Sounds exciting? 

Apart from blogging, I’ve also guest posted on other sites, published my images in books, online magazines and exhibition.

yaopey photography week publication

My Story...

I bought my first digital camera when I was 19. 

It was a Canon Ixus 400, one of the best digital cameras on the market at the time…

...with 4 megapixels! (can you believe that?! 😲)

It was small and compact enough for me to it everywhere. But good things never last…

My beloved Ixus died when I dropped it at the Eiffel Tower! Yikes!!! After months of mourning for the tragedy, I finally took the leap and bought a Canon 40D. 

With new gadget, I discovered HDR photography and went absolutely crazy about it. 

I really liked the “HDR look” and embraced the hyper-detailed and saturated effect in almost all my images.

grungy hdr

One of my early work. You can see more on my Flickr.

A couple of years later, my enthusiasm for photography started to hit a plateau. I felt everything I did was repetitive. Bracketing exposures became a routine and I felt lack of creativity.

Looking back, I guessed I knew there was something missing but I just couldn’t figure out what it was. I started to avoid shooting and almost gave up on photography.

I started to search for a breakthrough but failed miserably...because I didn’t know what I was looking for! 

I didn’t even know what was wrong or missing.

Feeling burnout, I took a hiatus in photography for while. 

Then, I stumbled upon luminosity masks and exposure blending...it made me feeling excited about photography again!!

From there, everything just started to flow naturally. I realized the importance of  image editing. I invested a lot of time studying and experimenting with different techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom.

In 2015 when I was in between jobs. I had some time and wanted to start a project.

I had read about blogging and I really like the idea…

So, out of passion, I started a photography blog!

old blog look

The first homepage in 2016!

At the beginning, I blog about the nitty gritty of basic photography like “what are pixels”, “exposure triangle”, etc. Then, I started to write about HDR photography and luminosity masks workflow based on my experience.

Over the years, my audience grew and I started to expand topics to any image editing technique that I think you’ll enjoy.

To date, I publish new tutorials from 1 to 4 times a month. Apart from that, I also offer courses that are designed to teach you a specific topic in-depth. You can check these out under “Instructions” in the main menu.

Fotographee is a growing community and it'd be awesome for you to join me! :)

Just click on the green button below to subscribe. Plus, you’ll also receive "Top Tips In Productivity Hacks In Photoshop and Lightroom PDF” to help you speed up your editing workflow! It has been downloaded hundreds of times by photographers like you...

...and it’s absolutely free! (you can unsubscribe any time...what have you got to lose?)

If you want to reach out to me, the best to get in touch is Facebook and Instagram. You can also find me on Twitter and my photography page.

I’ll see you on the inside :)

yao pey yong
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