Rob Waller – Photographer

A music loving, mountain bike riding, beard toting, tattoo adorned freelance photographer with a scope of work that covers editorial, advertising, corporate, architectural & industrial photography. Based in Kuala Lumpur. Photographing amazing people, places and spaces throughout Asia.

"I frequently have to shoot in demanding locations, unpredictable weather conditions and against impossible time restraints. . . and I love it!"

So, why use a professional photographer?

As cameras grow in digital sophistication it is becoming easier for everyone to get pleasing results for apparently little cost. However, using an amateur to take an important picture can be a false economy. The impact a professionally taken image has on a client’s market is far stronger than that of a quickly grabbed snap from a digital camera. Professional photography will sell your product or your company, amateur photography will not.Photographers are not just technicians. A professional understands how to capture images that are right for a client’s business and convey the message required. This experience enables them to obtain successful results in any situation. It is as important for the photographer as it is you that the images are right for your business and convey the message you require. As a proportion of your media/print budget, the cost of getting the original imagery as good as it can be is tiny.When commissioning a photographer the images they produce will be exclusive to you. Images bought from a photographic library will only be exclusive for the specific area you have bought a licence for. Unless you negotiate an exclusive deal with the library other companies will be able to licence the same image and use it for their own products or company. Negotiating exclusivity with a library is often more expensive than commissioning a photographer. 

*Extract taken from the AOP (Association of Professional Photographers).

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Capture// I use a Hasselblad Medium format system for all portraits and product work and Nikon systems for the ad hoc documentary work. For lighting set-ups both in the studio and on location I use a range of Profoto lights and modifiers. All images are processed using Hasselblad's Phocus software and Phase One's Image Editing Software Capture One Pro.

Retouching// All images produced are optimised for contrast, colour balance and sharpness as part of the post production process. If more detailed photoshopping or DI work is required, I am happy to recommend the services of a professional digital retoucher.

Travel// Being based in KL, I am perfectly located to cover any photographic assignment throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Team work// Where as most of my work is done independently, I still love to work as part of a team. For larger projects I have access to a network of highly skilled professional freelancers; stylists, make-up-artists, art directors, talent agents, lighting crews, set builders and retouchers.


Copyright is essentially about the ownership of creative work. The law (in the form of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988) gives creators–the photographer–ownership of their work (with some exceptions) and broadly-speaking, like all other forms of creative activity, professional photographers make their living by licensing the use of their work, not by selling it outright.