As a big fan of Hong Kong gangster flicks product shooting hong kong especially and it saddened me when i read a recent article May 2011 about the lack of Hong Kong films being shown at Cannes, which is a major film festival for auteurs. Truth is, at least so I’ve read, is that the Hong Kong film industry is in a tight spot with getting funding for it filmmaking.
Both as a source of capital and as a film industry that is finding its own feet, China, who since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and has since formed co-productions with Hong Kong filmmakers, now seems to be edging away from HK and apart from the few exceptions for example:Hong Kong actors – Stephen Chow Sing Chi, Donnie Yen who both have a good relationship with the mainland, there doesn’t seem to be much entertaining output from the Chinese film industry. Even one of my favourite directors Johnnie To has had to take a backseat to making romantic comedies for the Chinese film industry in order to keep his Chinese investors happy, so that he can continue making the gangster films that he is known for.
Simply, the Hong Kong film industry is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Neither having the market that or the industry that it once did in the early 80’s to early 90’s, Hong Kong film industry has had to jump through hoops in order to deliver its product for China and pass China’s strict regulation the SAFRT ( State Administration Of Film And Radio ), which includes a policy of no gangster flicks, or horror or sex. It’s questionable whether the Chinese censorship board changes it’s rules from time to time simply on the grounds of protecting its own interest, in representing the cultural interests of the People’s Republic of China, but either way, since the Hong Kong film industry which formerly used to rely on exports to other East Asian countries, no longer exists thanks to illegal downloads of films widely available online, and lack of support from it’s own people.
And then there’s Jackie Chan. In his prime, he was a film industry unto himself. Add to the mix his martial arts colleague Samo Hung and Wushu master Jet Li and the 80’s-90’s actors was bursting with talent. But now…who do we have? Well no offense to the talent that’s out there now, but we don’t have any immediate martial arts star replacement. Bejing Martial Arts star, Jackie Wu Jing went back to Mainland to shoot TV, and…that’s it.
Sadly the entertainment and fun of Eastern action cinema has been replaced by dull boring mainland Chinese cinema that no longer has interest for the senses, and seems to be following a worldwide trend of glamourous image cultivation rather than genuine entertainment or care for it’s audience.
The South East corridor’s financial king is what one can call Hong Kong. Why is this place the financial capital of the international business in the south east? Well, it naturally is because it has of its capitalist nature and also providing low tax and literally free trade. It is also considered the freest economy of the world because of the tax exemptions. And more importantly, there is a lot of business activity that takes place all round the year there especially with other trade partners like China, United States of America, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
Foreign Direct Investment is another contribution that has made this place what it is now. Hong Kong is the world’s 3rd largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment which along with the government revenues contributes to the world class infrastructure facilities including roads, hospitals, educational institutions etc.
When we talk about GDP, the notion is to convey the standard of living of the country. Agricultural activity in Hong Kong contributes to only 0.1 % of the GDP of Hong Kong. What shoots up the prices of products and services are the service sector industry that play a very important role in Hong Kong’s economy by holding a share of 90% of the total GDP.
The Gross Domestic Product at the current market price is HK$ 505,750 in the 1st quarter of the year 2013. The preliminary figure for the 2nd quarter of 2013 expects the GDP to be HK$ 493,790 which is a slight reduction. Compared to the whole year’s figure in 2012 and previous year, 2011, during which the GDP values were HK$ 285,403 and HK$ 273,783, respectively, there is an outstanding increase in the market price of the GDP in just two quarters of this year. This shows that this place in Asia has naturally moved a step forward on the ladder, leading to the world’s costliest cities. It is definitely one of the places you need to be in Asia.
More, this place is not known just for its industry and services but also the part it has to play when it comes to the stock market. Setting up company in Hong Kong is easy. Maybe even easier than perhaps getting a company registration there! In the world, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is staged at number seven. As of December 2009, the market capitalization of Hong Kong Stock Exchange was $2.3 trillion. The same year was noticed to be glorious as the IPO, known as Initial Public Offering of was at 22 percent which was the largest of all the other markets in the world. Simply told, this is an economy which has risen from dust to gold.
Tip 1: You need a good digital camera with a tripod. When photographing an interior, you want to make sure that everything is clear and sharp. I use F11 (aperture) and 1/2 second (ISO 200) in most cases. Sometimes if you want to get a blurred background on a close-up shot, then you will want to shoot with a wider aperture, or the smallest f-stop your camera will allow (e.g. F1.8).
Tip 2: Use a wide angle lens. Shooting wide can make the room look great, especially when in Hong Kong, the size of the property is most likely less than 100 sq. meters. In a confined space, sitting tight into one corner while you try to get the other three corners in just looks wrong. You shouldn’t shoot all three walls into one picture. Showing the highlights of the interior design features is important. About the lens, anything in the 16-24mm range on full frame (or the APS-C equivalent which equates to 10-16mm approx. on some less expensive camera) is great. I often use 17mm full frame for my wide interior work.
Tip 3: Sufficient indoor and natural lighting are both important. Light up the room. If there is good natural light coming through the windows, use that as well. Adjust the overall feeling of the lighting to a balanced and optimized level.
Tip 4: Find the best angle. Take time to explore different angles to shoot from. Decorate the room with small artistic items, plants or anything you like to add a bit of creativity. We can’t all afford a tilt-shift lens to keep perspective in check, so it’s a really good idea to shoot with the camera at or slightly above mid-room height. This means you can keep the camera aimed out straight to keep the walls vertical. While the perspective distortion you get can be corrected in post-production, it’s much easier to get it right in camera. This is another reason to use a tripod as well.
Tip 5: Use post-processing software, e.g. Photoshop or Lightroom. You should bring the Highlights down and open up the Shadows. Next bring the Blacks down to ensure that the contrast lost from opening up the Shadows doesn’t impact the image too much.
Tip 6: Go vertical for staircases and other special feature. This is also important if you want to share the pictures on the web, as most images are horizontal in the interior photography world. Some vertical images could light up your portfolio. Verticals usually mean letting the eye fill in gaps, so make use of the composition to show hints of the room.