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Watches and Horology


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Product/ Advertising/ Still Life


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Corporate documentary


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Cinematic reportage


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Fine art projects


Updated 26 December 2015


  1. What a amazing portfolio. I just read your article about 24-120mm lens and I started to poke around your site. Your processing is the exact style I would love to learn. I see you provide teaching classes. My question is, is it possible to reach the similar end results with just the lightroom post processing? Your photos are so sharp and have this tiny grain look that just look amazing. What is the trick? Can i get there with just my D610 and 24-120mm and the lightroom?

    • Thanks Bart. Short answer: you need Photoshop. The reason is in this post.

      • Bartosz Wegrzyn says:

        Thx for a quick answer. I always wanted to be a minimalist photographer with as little processing as possible but it seems like to achieve high quality results without the Photoshop is impossible. I always wanted to avoid it to safe time. What would be your recommended class or bundle? Do you have any example videos showing your workflow from beginning to end? I found one but video quality was not good.

        • Given none of the full quality videos are online, it’s not surprising the video quality wasn’t good 🙂

          I would start with Intro to PS and PS Workflow II. There is a bundle for these. The reasons for using Photoshop are NOT retouching related – it’s in the way dodging and burning and multiple curves are handled, plus LAB mode – in other words, all about tonality. I don’t spend more than a few minutes on each image at most – you cannot add back what wasn’t already there to begin with.

          • thx, so just out of curiosity. If i do simple work flow with both light room and photoshop the output of the photoshop image would be always better then lightroom or it still depends of processing techniques?

            • It will obviously depend on your processing technique. You could be very good at one and bad at the other, or vice versa…but for somebody who knows what they’re doing, you can get a better result in PS and faster than LR.

              • Thx , I noticed that most of your photos histograms are flat compared to mine where the midtones are usually higher then blacks and whites. Is that due to the photoshop processing or just your style of processing the photos. The kind of histogram you achieve gives such a great end result. Your photos look simple and at the same time mind blowing. Your composition is so good. Do you take lots of photos or you just have enough practice to nailed it every time you take it.

                • The histogram tells you very little about the pictorial content and nothing about subject matter – or even style for that matter. Just dark or light and clipped or not; thus the answer is neither: it’s my choice of presentation. I shoot a lot, but because I want to get the last 1% right – not random experimentation.

                  • I completely agree with you. I would never process the photo to make the histogram look in the specific way. It was just my observation. In your Photoshop classed do you just teach how to use photoshop or do you also give some hints and advice how to correctly process images so they look stunning.

                    • Workflow is holistic – you can’t process what isn’t there and you can’t decide what processing to use if the idea/composition is incomplete. We cover everything. 🙂

  2. Those watches never looked so beautiful or food so incredibly sumptuous. Take a bow 🙂

  3. Your portfolio is stunning. Exactly the style of images I would love to be able to make I wish… I wish….

  4. Excellent portfolio Ming so much so it has made me pick up my camera and go outside and take some shots.

  5. Puger Rahardjo says:

    Any recent update?

  6. Roger Lundblad says:

    Hello Ming, I follow your Photo Diaries with great interest. A couple of days ago I read how you had acquired a pair of Hasselblad bodies, in addition to your 501C, a Titan 2, and other items. You described the qualities that can be achieved with MF B&W film vs. a D800. Despite repeated searches, I cannot find that page. Can you help by directing me to that specific piece? Thank you.
    Roger Lundblad

  7. Wonderful work, Ming! Truly amazed!

  8. Ming, you’re “Fine Art” portfolio is 404’d

  9. I also see severe stair-stepping on diagonal lines in only some of the watch images. If I zoom in twice it is clear the stair-stepping is an artifact of the sizing engine because at greater zoom factors the anti-aliased edges are properly rendered. In this case the sizing engine is the Flash Player, not the browser. I have stopped using Flash for anything because of problems like this …and color rendering on Macs.

  10. Odd. These images are the only ones where I’ve seen the jaggies – if wonder if you uploaded them to another image sharing resource (flickr, G+, etc) if it would still display like that. If you do, let me know and I’ll check the link.

  11. njmatsuya says:

    I generally use Chrome, but I just tried it on IE and the same photo has the jags. Do you know of others who can check on their computer monitors to verify? I’m also curious, since if everyone else sees it fine, then it means there’s something wrong on my end.

    • It looks fine here unless I shrink the window to under 700px high. My web developer can’t find a problem with multiple browsers. I wonder if it’s because of something silly like a default font size setting or something…

  12. njmatsuya says:

    That is odd – my monitor at home is a 24in, and at work is a 22in. Were the images optimized for monitors much larger?
    And I am puzzled why some of your portfolio images are fine while others display the jaggies. This is not the case on a site like flickr or G+ where I see a wide range of images in different sizes. Also, all the images in your posts (which I know link back to flickr) look fine.

  13. Could also be my monitor, but I’ve just checked at home (previously checked at work), and though most of the images look fine now, there are still a couple with “jaggies”. I’ll shoot you an email with the screenshots so you can see how it displays for me (no need to reply to the email).

    • Received with thanks, Jeff. The images were optimized for a larger monitor, so that might be the issue. Can be quite frustrating to see 500px wide images on the larger high-res screens most people have these days…

  14. Hi Ming,

    For some reason the images in the watch portfolio look like they’ve got a bad case of the “jaggies” (I guess aliasing is the correct term?).

    I thought at first it was my monitor, but your other portfolio images look fine (I checked architecture and objects), so not sure why the watch portfolio is so weird.

    Just thought I’d bring it to your attention.


    • Thanks for the heads up. They look fine on my monitor, but it’s huge. I wonder if there’s something up with generation of intermediate sizes. I’ll check.

      • I see the same thing, the jaggies scale a bit when I change my browser size but I cannot make it large enough (on a 1920×1080 screen) to get proper rendering of the images. The thumbnail on this page looks MUCH better by comparison.

        • Still trying to fix it. It’s something in the way Adobe Flash is messing up my galleries…in any case, I will have to update the portfolios soon, so I’m probably going to go to a different presentation method.


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