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^Timothy-Sim is a shining example of what it takes to be a true deviant. His dedication and commitment to being the very best, super friendly personality combined with finely crafted photography skills have earned him not just a place in our hearts, but a foot firmly on what is sure to be a professional career glittered with success. Timothy always goes above and beyond to help others improve, taking time out to connect with our community. ^Timothy-Sim is well known for always displaying such a humble good natured approach to others. So, it's for all this and more that we are delighted to congratulate Timothy for being the recipient of the final Deviousness Award for 2010.
-awarded December 2010



I'm determined to finish my mini haze series with wedding couples. Do you know anyone getting married here or someone in Singapore at all?
Tag them or just help me share this facebook post so that it goes out to the internet so I can make the most of this moment!

Thank you!

The link is here ->…

Have a photojournalism question? 

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Timothy Sim
Artist | Professional | Photography
Timothy Sim currently works for Reuters as a Sub-Editor at the Global Pictures Desk

He graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Mass Communication with a Journalism Major.

Picking up a film camera for the first time in the last year of his school term during a photojournalism class, Timothy fell in love with the brilliance of capturing the essence expressions and emotions of people.

Alongside his military experience, He has since covered various photo-journalistic fields such as weddings and concerts and performances.

To Timothy, passion is the purest form of emotion that keeps him going, transforming hobby into profession.

Timothy has worked as a photojournalist with Singapore's Military Magazine, Pioneer Magazine while serving his National Service.


You can view Timothy's Photo Documentaries at Fotologue and Portfolio at


In Sickness and In Health 1 by Timothy-Sim
In Sickness and In Health 1
Part of the In Sickness and In health Wedding-Haze series.

With the raging haze from the Indonesian fires, I intend to cover ground with wedding couples getting married, a first test of their vows in this unhealthy haze season.
I'm determined to finish my mini haze series with wedding couples. Do you know anyone getting married here or someone in Singapore at all?
Tag them or just help me share this facebook post so that it goes out to the internet so I can make the most of this moment!

Thank you!

The link is here ->…
  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
    7 years. Wow! 

  • What does your username mean?
    Timothy-Sim means exactly that. My name ;) Keeping professional always!

  • Describe yourself in three words.
    Extrovert, loud, fun

  • Are you left or right handed?
    Right, because I'm always right.

  • What was your first deviation?
    Evening Tree by Timothy-Sim

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?
    Pictures as always! I live to tell stories with my pictures!

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
    It would definitely be pencil art.

  • What was your first favourite?
    Flow her by Summer-Begins
    This, but it looks like the user hasn't been around since 2008.

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
    It's surprisingly usually digital art pieces.

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
    Definitely zemotion 

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
    Definitely the journos 1pen , contains-mild-peril , GIVEthemHORNS and tanikel 
    In spite of my experience as a picture editor, getting to meet them would be so enriching, to learn how the professionals do what they do best in their field and to learn even more from these seasoned pros. 

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
    evanhwong was the one who got me started passionately on building the future of photojourn here on dA. With a lot of kicking in the butt, I also applied for the job I currently work for because of him. So not just an impact on my life here on dA, but even on my life.

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?
    Nikon D3 and my trusty 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200.

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
    In the most unfamiliar surrounding where I'm not tied down by routine or familiarity.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
    Being gallery moderator / community volunteer for the photojourn genre.




With pictures always coming fast and furious and time always an enemy, here's my workflow to editing and moving pictures as fast as possible so that you can get your pictures out and easy in the quickest amount of time and with the least possible amount of stress.

:bulletred: Take series of pix (in this time, already single out the shot you wanted)

:bulletred: Lock the picture and then make an audio note on it (on my camera I have a little microphone button where I can make an audio note like for example "Nice shot, person x, doing x" so that I can remember the moment when I flip back to it. You'll find that this saves A LOT of time when you look back at the picture and wonder who that was and what he or she was doing.

:bulletred: Chimp when I can during breaks in shooting. Chimping is what we call filtering pictures on the go. You basically review and delete on the spot, the pictures you don't need or feel are repetitive. It helps that when you go back to the computer, you don't need to look at hundreds of pictures, but maybe just a hundred. Makes a big difference when you finally hit the computer screen. It also helps motivate you knowing that you don't have to stare at hundreds of pictures while trying to get three.

:bulletred: Transfer all the locked pictures from one card to another (Again this is for my camera which has two CF slots and I can do that.) That way I have all my best shots from earlier already, and I can immediately work on them. I load the rest into the computer while I work on the few pictures from the selects card and pull alternate frames if needed. 

:bulletred: Open pictures in Photo Mechanic, a very powerful tool as it allows me to view the images as efficiently as possible and also allows me to hear back the audio notes with a click of a button. I can also open it up in photoshop through the program and mark pictures and colour code them if I want to go back to them. Photo Mechanic also has the FTP function, so I can put my captions in there and send them to the desk when i'm ready to file.

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 4.38.37 pm by Timothy-Sim

:bulletred: Photoshop is a subsidiary of the above point, open the picture, check for colour corrections, crop if needed and then pull the contrast lightly in to offset the flatness of the image.

SEA Games - Fencing 1 by Timothy-Sim

:bulletred: Caption up the picture with the adequate information and hit send.

That's it! Get great Wi-Fi and plot your routes out to file as soon as you can and you'll be on your way to being the first to file your pictures to the wire ahead of your competition.

Have a question? Ask me! Thank you! 

Tim Sim's Fast processing tips in Photojournalism
Learn how to process fast and get your pictures out as fast as possible to beat your competition!

Photojournalism Week

Hi folks! We've reached the question and answer part of Photojournalism. We recently asked in in Photo-journalism - Questions for the Experts? for you to share your queries. Thanks to those that reached out to us. I totally understand that the genre isn't as popular as many others, but we'll give it our 100% in answering those who do have questions. Feel free to drop more questions in the comments section of this article and we'll get back to you shortly.

Because tanikel and I are answering them, our answers may differ. But if we happen to have the same answers, then high-five with the extra confirmation! High-five!

How did you get started?


Timothy-Sim ~ I've probably already answered this in my introduction interview, but here goes again, with a little more depth and insight.

I first picked up the camera when I was 19, in the final year of my mass communication diploma. That was for the photojournalism module. You need to know two things. Prior to this, I had never used camera before, and my first camera was a film camera. After the module was over in that 6 months, I was hooked. I knew I loved taking pictures. I got myself an entry level camera and I remember getting onto DeviantArt to try all kinds of nonsense. Photomanipulation, HDR, "pretty" flowers"..., you name it, I shot it. When I enlisted shortly in the following months, I had the pristine opportunity to take pictures in the military which naturally exposed me to the world of photojournalism. After I finished my two-year term, I once again had the honour of being hired by Reuters as a picture editor. The rest, we'll say, is history.

tanikel ~ I started out fairly young – my father was a hobbyist photographer and bought my sister and I child polaroid cameras.  When I was 14, I got his old Minolta x700.  It’s a pretty awesome film camera.  I knew everything!  I was an amazing photographer!  …using auto, of course.  

In 2009, I enlisted as a Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (better known as combat camera) because, you know, I was great at photography.  Needless to say, I was wrong and I’ve been learning ever since.  

Would you recommend majoring in journalism and photography to become a photojournalist?

Timothy-Sim ~ I thought a lot about this. I really did. There were many points in my life where I reflected on whether I really needed a degree to do this. But ultimately, my answer is "No".

Photojournalism is based on merit, and not academics. Unlike many other jobs where you can smoke through with a sheet of paper stating your qualifications that you may have forgotten in a time gone by, your clients and bosses in photojournalism judge you for your mettle. And what good does a paper do in feeding you if you can't shoot for nuts?
It DOES pay to know the technicalities of your trade. I would say, unless you know how to work the camera and all its functions and regularly upgrade your skills on the internet and try them often in the field, hit the school and learn the basics at least. But be prepared to pay tons of money and waste tons of years.

tanikel ~ Well…I haven’t received formal education on it, so I’d be a liar if I said yes.  Skills are better than paper.  You can attend workshops and network with professional individuals.  Be prepared to completely immerse yourself in it and make your life centered on photojournalism.  

Would it help if I studied a course first before taking up photojournalism as a side job?

Timothy-Sim ~ This, I would approve of. Taking up short-termed, part-time courses are always recommended. It helps to upgrade your skills, keep you rooted and doesn't waste too much of your time. It even helps you network with others in the courses. Even doctors take short courses in their spare time to keep themselves updated and upgraded with new things in the industry, so why can't we?

tanikel ~ Absolutely!  The two biggest things I recommend people learning for photojournalism are ethics and caption writing.  In addition to increasing your skillset, you’re making connections with others in the field – expanding your network of influence is never wrong!

That's it from us! If you've got more questions, feel free to shoot them our way and we'll be glad to answer them :) (Smile)

Photojournalism Questions and Answers
This week, Project Educate tackles Photojournalism! Follow us on our journey into learning more with this article!

Journal History


Fri Aug 9, 2013, 5:09 PM
Sun Mar 3, 2013, 10:46 AM
Thu Feb 28, 2013, 5:11 AM
Thu Feb 28, 2013, 2:17 AM
hello [:
Thu Jun 23, 2011, 4:18 AM
Fri Jan 21, 2011, 1:58 AM
:heart: youuuuu
Sun Dec 26, 2010, 10:28 AM
i keep forgetting that shout boxes even exist :bucktooth:
Sat Oct 30, 2010, 9:45 PM
Wed May 19, 2010, 9:45 PM
Tue Oct 13, 2009, 12:16 PM

Artistes I've Shot

Paramore | The Swellers | Nubian Gents/Feminine Fire | Andrew Yeo | New Life Worship | Henry Seeley | Parachute Band | Frank Gambale | Buddy Guy | Copeland | Opshop | The Fray | Amateur Takes Control | Plainsunset | The Fire Fight | Planetshakers | Don Moen | ShiGGaShay | The Great Spy Experiment | The Bois | Mocca | For This Cycle | King Kong Jane | Black Diamond Folds | Godzilla | Carlos Castano | Rudra | Obedient Wives Club | ANECHOIS | Embrace Them Ghosts | Cashew Chemists | PLOT | Copy Machine | A Town In Fear | Love Me Butch | Urbandub | In Each Hand A Cutlass | King Ly Chee | Inch Chua & The Metric System | Chicago | Sigur Ros | Jennifer Lopez | The Sam Willows | Skarf | M.I.B | Taufik Batisah | Jay Park | The Ataris | Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Band of Horses | Vampire Weekend | Bonnie Raitt | Kara Grainger | Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters | Rufus Wainwright | Paul Simon | Jimmy Cliff | The Script | Matchbox Twenty

Aritstes I want to shoot

Lifehouse | Brooke Fraser | Nightwish| Fightstar | Flyleaf | Foo Fighters | The Rescues | Switchfoot | Amaranthe | Coldplay | The Killers | Metallica | Taylor Swift


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