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Armed with a camera since 16, my photographic career has spanned many subjects. Photography is beyond a job for me: it’s a passion. Actually, until early 2012, it was a full time passion and a part time job; I’ve shot commercial assignments on and off for the last eight years, but went full time just recently. I’m a physicist by training – I graduated from Oxford at 16 – and subsequently left a senior corporate career in M&A/ private equity (and more recently, as a senior exec director of McDonalds) because it simply wasn’t what I wanted to do, and so far, have been lucky enough not to regret it.

This of course means it’s very important to photograph the things you’re passionate about in their own right. Every photographer aims to find a unique look to their images in order to create a signature look for their clients. I take inspiration from many sources – classical photojournalism, abstract art, motion picture and film – to deliver a unique look and style for my clients. Natural color and dynamic lighting create a strong positive emotion in the viewer, which in turn makes the subject of the photograph – your product or service – memorable. I work on location with both available light and controlled lighting, depending on the needs of the client and subject.

I am a commercial photographer specialising in product photography on location and corporate reportage. Lately, I’ve also served as creative consultant and director to ensure a consistent visual look and feel across all aspects of a campaign, including video/ commercials, printed materials and exhibitions – right down to lighting design. It’s no longer just about the visuals: it’s about the experience and the emotion, too.

I have a diverse international client base including Nissan, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Van Cleef & Arpels, Maitres du Temps, Richemont, the Swatch Group, Hijjas Kasturi Architects, Tange Associates Architects, Sunway Group, Maybank, Eastern & Oriental, The Boston Consulting Group, several Michelin star chefs including Fergus Henderson and Bruno Menard, The City of London and Moon Travel Guides. I also maintain an extensive library of over 250,000 high-resolution images available to license, both directly and via Getty Images. For 5 years, I was Contributing Editor to CLICK! Magazine, Malaysia and Editor for 2010. I am also a Nikon Professional Services member in the UK.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss a project, request a quote, or a specific portfolio of images. In addition, limited edition fine art prints are available from time to time directly via this site.

Ming Thein
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Email: mingthein@gmail.com
Phone: +60 17 387 6700
Ming Thein on Getty Images

Exhibitions/ In the media:
- ‘Engineering Art in Metal’, The Centre for Asian Photographers, Kuala Lumpur (3-31 Jan 2014)
- Interviewed on the official Carl Zeiss blog on food photography (14 Oct 2013)
- DSLR Magazine, cover interview/ featured photographer (Feb 2013 edition)
- ‘Diametric opposites: East and West’, Leica Gallery Starhill, Kuala Lumpur (18 Jan-18 April 2013)
New York Times/ International Herald Tribune – interviewed on watch photography (24 Nov 2012)
- The official Leica Camera Blog – interview/ featured photographer (8 Nov 2012)
- BFM 89.9 Tech Talk on Photokina 2012 (8 October 2012)
- BFM 89.9 Tech Talk on photography (29 June 2012)
- BFM 89.9 Careers unusual (4 May 2012)
- The Edge Malaysia, July 2-8 Edition, p Op18
- Horological photography exhibition sponsored by Jaeger Le-Coultre and Leica Camera, May 2012 at Starhill Gallery
- The Malaysian Reserve, 14 September 2012 edition – commentary on democratisation of the industry and local support in Malaysia

About this site:
- Started in late February 2012; welcomed the 1 millionth visitor by August 2012. We passed 3 million just before the 1st anniversary in late February 2013, and things are well on course to top 9 million by the 2nd anniversary in February 2014.
- I get on average 400+ emails/ comments/ FB posts/ Flickr communiques per day on photography related subjects, and I do my very best to answer every single one of them. I’ve always thought that if somebody took the time to write to you, the least you can do is write back. But please do a little searching before you write to me, there’s a good chance your question has been asked and answered before.
- 760+ articles covering 1,600,000+ words of content and 3,500 images. Some say I’m prolific
- Writing and reviewing are NOT my main job, and will never be. I am not beholden to any brand or company and will objectively say what I think; I don’t stop anybody from disagreeing nor will I waste time in convincing them otherwise.
- The design and layout has changed in a big way three times already – I firmly believe in making the content and archives accessible and present; if you’ve found a typo, or have any suggestions or feedback, please send it along!


  1. You have an amazing blog, and your work speaks in multitudes. Thank you also for the nuggets of wisdom expressed through your philosophy and opinions ^^✨

  2. Nettie Klappe says:

    Dear mr Ming Thein,
    Wauw, your photo’s are great. And thanks for your good reviews.
    I’m looking for a new camera now and I love the Fuji XF1 but I doubt between Fuji and the new Panasonic LF1. I’m not a good fotographer but I will learn. I think that the camera will often stand on automatically. Please can you give me an advise wich camera you think that’s the best at the moment. It should not be too difficult to operate
    Sorry for my bad English. I’m Dutch.

    Kind regards,
    Nettie Klappe

  3. Nettie Klappe says:

    Thanks for the list.
    From what I read, the Panasonic LF1 is largely similar to the LX7. Do you now about that maybe?

    I love the Sony RX100, but that camera is to expensive for me.

  4. No idea – they’re not available yet…sensor is the same, I believe. Not the lens though.


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