Ted Chin

San Francisco, CA

Years working in photo-manipulation: 5

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Current employer/freelance:
Creative West/ Freelance

What’s your artistic background?
I studied computer art and had a chance to work on many different medium to create art when I was in undergrad. After that I went to Animation and film school and developed more skills for myself.

How did you get started in photo-manipulation and compositing?
While I was in my master program, I wanted to find a way to get away from my daily work. I taught myself how to photograph and use Photoshop to help me to bring my imagination into reality. I really enjoy the process of creating, it helps me to relax.

Are you self-taught or did you study?
Self-taught. I only took one Photoshop class in college.

Is photo-manipulation a hobby or full-time job?
It started as a hobby and turned into a full- time job.

For paid work, how do you keep your personality in your creations when working from a brief?
Follow the direction and communicate with your clients. They come to you because they love your work.

When you start a manipulation do you have the end result in mind? Or does it evolve as you progress?
It depends on the case and situation. Sometimes you get new inspiration during your progress. But most of the time I know the message I want to create.

What’s the best advice you can give someone starting out in photo-manipulation?
Keep practicing. Study other artists and their work. Always try something new and challenge yourself. Don’t give up even the result might not be as good as you want. The only way to get better is pushing through it.

What software could you not live without?
Photoshop and Lightroom.

Can you show us your workspace? What are the most important features of it?
Well My workspace is everywhere. But most of the time is in my room and the view is alright.

What’s your favourite photo-manipulation you’ve created and why?
It’s a photo of Jellyfish flying above the cloud. It’s called “Tranquility”.

The gentle floating of clouds and jellyfish creates a sense of calm. Jellyfish breaking free into the sky evokes a feeling of freedom. By combining these two unique elements, I hope to bring you peace of mind.

Who’s your favourite photo-manipulator?
My top 3 are Erik Almas, Erik johansson, Benjamin Wong.

What’s your favourite book? 

I would have to say The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. 

Please provide us with a YouTube link to your favourite song when working.
I have a youtube playlist call “Art Chill”, I listen to this to calm me down and help me create my world

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