Video Tutorial – Photoshop Workflow on Enhancing Hair

Enhancing Hair – A Workflow from Rich Harrington from Greyson TipSquirrel on Vimeo.

SCRAPED Exhibition Opens Today – Culture Club


Our partner, Steve Schechter and one of our dear friends from Open Show Hong Kong, Yolanda van der Mescht, will be featuring their works at the SCRAPED exhibition. Door will open tonight at 6:30pm, come say hi to all the photographers on exhibit and the guys at PASM Workshop.


The exhibition will run from the 5th of February until the 1st of March 2014 at Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street, SOHO, Hong Kong. It is open to the public and admission is free. The opening reception will be held on the 5th of February 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and anyone is welcome to attend. Eight photographers will be exhibiting photographs under the theme ‘SCRAPED’. The purpose of the show is to promote the wealth of photographic talent in Hong Kong and to demonstrate a cross section of this talent, bringing you an eclectic mix of professional and non-professional photographers.

The benefiting charity of the show is the Society for Community Organization.

The exhibiting photographers are Jonathan van Smit, Liam Fitzpatrick, Lai Yat Nam, Yolanda van der Mescht, Steve Schechter, Timothy Cheng, Kenny Yung and Scotty So.

Jonathan van Smit is a self-taught photographer from New Zealand who has been living in Hong Kong since early 2008. Taken mostly in Kowloon, Jonathan van Smit’s photographs illustrate the terrifying social power that capitalism has over the multitudes who live in the shadows of Hong Kong’s beautiful, familiar towers. With themes ranging from poverty and marginal housing conditions to drug use and sex, his work has been described as “raw, sometimes shockingly so, but never sensationalist. It’s full of boredom, sadness, loneliness and neglect”. Jonathan’s photographs can be viewed at

Liam Fitzpatrick was born in Hong Kong and educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he also participated in his first group photo exhibition. He has variously worked as a kitchen porter, dance-party promoter, theater director, music producer, poet and journalist. He held his debut solo photo exhibition, Kinky Vicious, in September and October 2011, and his photography has been published in Time and Roads & Kingdoms. His work has been described as “uniquely panoramic and [] devoid of the crowds and peopled streets that usually define today’s representations of Hong Kong”. Some of Liam’s photographs can be viewed at

Cinematographer/photographer/visual artist and Hong Kong native Lai Yat Nam is renowned for his series of watermelon photographs taken in the Ngau Tau Kok Lower Estate and his renegade underground series taken in the MTR. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries around Hong Kong. The bulk of his work “show[s] a spectrum of unguarded moments of city life”. He is co-founder of Photo Now and his work can be viewed at

Hong Kong-based fine art, street and portrait photographer Yolanda van der Mescht was born in South Africa. Her work has been featured in various publications and online showcases. She is also the spokesperson for Open Show, an international photography advocacy agency, in Hong Kong. Her work has been described as “intriguing… [her photographs] could be stills from an art house movie; as if there’s a bigger story behind each scene to be revealed”. Her work can be viewed at

Timothy Cheng is an Associate Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather and has won numerous awards at among others, Adfest, Effie, Longxi and Kam Fan. He co-founded Photo Now and makes regular contributions to the Hong Kong art and design scene. His photographs can be viewed at

Born and raised in The Bronx, Steve Schechter has been calling Hong Kong home for more than 16 years. His career includes working with Stanley Kubrick and managing bands that performed at NYC’s legendary CBGB, as well as more than a quarter of a century doing the corporate IT schtick. Steve has written and photographed for a wide spectrum of print and online publications and is a partner at PASM Workshop. Steve’s photos can be viewed at

Kenny Yung was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has been a devoted street photographer since 2009. Yung recently joined a group formed by local artists, which concerns itself with documenting the development of the Northeastern New Territories. Kenny’s photographs can be viewed at

Up and coming artist, 18 year-old Scotty So was born and bred in Hong Kong. He uses geometric figures in his abstract paintings, photographs and sculptures to create unusual images that represent his understanding of life and death. He has had two successful solo exhibitions in Hong Kong. His work can be viewed at

Richard Chen HK Workshop Tour – 13 to 17 February 2014

Richard Chen HK Workshop Tour is just announced and for this tour, Richard is packing three great workshops on three different nights.

richardCheck out the following Facebook events links for details, great early bird and package discounts available.  Book now before it is too late, limited seats.

Thursday, 13 February 2014 – High End Studio Beauty Shooting Workshop

Saturday, 15 February 2014 – Night Time On-Location Lighting Shooting Workshop

Monday, 17 February 2014 – Advanced Retouching Class

Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon New Firmware v1.06 Released

nikonodinThe new firmware addresses the following:

1. Improves issue of flash not firing because of sleep mode when shooting long exposures.

2. Improves possible misfire issues occurring after a flash has been fired at a high power level.

3. Test Button and Light Meters: Pressing the Test button on the transmitter will cause the flashes in A, B and C groups to fire simultaneously. Group(s) turned off will not fire.

When the flashes in A, B and C groups are set to Manual (M) mode, pressing the Test button on the transmitter will cause the flashes (which are powered on and on the same channel as the transmitter) to fire an initial low-power pre-flash. The flashes will fire simultaneously at their set manual power levels 2.5s later. This feature allows for light meters to be used correctly.

You can download it at the following link,

V1.06 for Phottix Odin for Nikon – PC Installer

V1.06 for Phottix Odin for Nikon – Mac Installer

Source – Phottix Journal

4. Added function: Taking photos when the transmitter is displaying the version information will cause the transmitter to exit the version display screen and back to standard screen.

PASM Workshop’s New 17-feet Cyclorama Will Commence Operation Starting 1 January 2014


To celebrate our fifth year in business, PASM Workshop finally got our 17-feet wide cyclorama ready and we are now putting the final touches to it. The 17-feet wide Cyclorama is 16-feet deep and will commence operation on 1 January 2014.  For rental rates, please visit our Studio Space Hire Page here.

Book Recommendation – Photoshop For Lightroom Users

Lightroom is such an awesome program for organizing and editing photos, but after you’ve worked with it for a while, you’ll hit a wall — a point where you realize that there are things you need to do that Lightroom just won’t do. It could be anything from retouching portraits to blending two or more images together to stitching panoramas to creating realistic HDR images, to adding beautiful type to your images — there are lots of incredible things you could do…if you only knew Photoshop.

But while Lightroom is pretty easy to learn, Photoshop is…well…it’s Photoshop. It’s this huge amazing Swiss-Army knife of a program with 100+ tools, and two dozen floating panels, and a ton of filters and compared to Lightroom it seems really complicated, but that’s only because…it is. But what if you only needed to learn about 10 or 20% of what Photoshop can do. What if you only needed to learn a few important techniques for photographers? That’s what my new book is all about. Teaching just the stuff Lightroom can’t do — and it’s one of the shortest books I’ve written (at 192 pages), so it’s short, sweet, right to the point, and even shows you things you might think you need to jump over to Photoshop for (but you can actually do right in Lightroom — I show you how).

Anyway, you can pre-order the print version right here from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or theKindle version which is available right now!

Source – Scott Kelby

Video Tutorial – Using Reflectors by The Slanted Lens

Source – The Slanted Lens

Video Tutorial – How to Tether Wireless to Lightroom

Von Wong have this great informative video up on how to tether wireless to Lightroom, check out his blog post at the following link for more updates and details,

Source – Von Wong

Take A Look At The Phottix Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash

The Phottix Mitros+ for Canon and Nikon are now available at PASM Workshop, list price: HK$2,880, PASM Member Price: HK$2,6xx.  To get a quote or to order, please email us at

Source – Phottix Journal

Annie Leibovitz’s New Fashion Shoot BTS Video

Merino. No Finer Feeling. Alexander Wang X Annie Leibovitz from The Woolmark Company on Vimeo.