Saturday, May 26, 2007


So the new biz is about food, and nothing sells food on the web better than mouth-watering pictures.

I explored three options:
1. Ripping photos off other cookbooks
2. Using stock images
3. Shootin' my own shit

I'm too much of a coward to rip photos off cookbooks because as a true Singaporean (and Rafflesian no less) I live in mortal fear of getting caught by The Authorities. Bugger the IP issues, it's all about getting in trouble.

Stock images were interesting and I looked in quite a few libraries. Most stock libaries operate on 3 licenses : rights-managed, rights-ready & royalty-free. A rights-managed picture for use in Singapore only, for 6 months, on a web page would cost about S$400 - this excludes the cost of the buying the image from the stock library. Buying royalty-free images still cost about S$ this wasn't the greatest option for me either. And of course, you're limited to recipes that they have images of!

But if you're looking for stock images, my favourite places are Corbis, Getty Images, Age Fotostock & R. Ian Lloyd.

So it was down to shootin' my own shit. My extremely helpful and talented professional photographer friend, Amos Wong took us down to Peninsula Shopping Centre (not Peninsula Plaza!) to look at little studio set-ups.

We have our eye on the Canon EOS 400D which The Camera Workshop was selling at S$1250 incl a sd card & bag and 55mm lens.

Cathay Photo also sold a neat mini digital studio kit that comes with a table top, lights and everything for $808.50. I think that's the set-up I'm going to go for. Here are the specs below.


How exciting! I got my business account ATM / debit card thingy today and can start purchasing stuff on the company!!!

Someone keep me away from Chloe's new 2007 Paddington satchel because...err, well, you know, I need a bag to carry the camera.....


Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Christine said...

Er, que?

BTW, has a great translator but somehow...I didn't think your coment had anything to do with my post...