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Multimedia: 90 Seconds with Thein Sein

On Dec 15, 2012, Myanmar President Thein Sein was honoured with The Straits Times' inaugural Asian of the Year award. Our reporter Rupali Karekar snagged an exclusive interview with Myanmar's number-one man, with him restating his commitment to political and economic reform.  

But what does it take to photograph a president?

Back in January, 2012, The Straits Times interviewed President Thein Sein, at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore.

Besides taking shots during the interview (a separate one from Rupali's), Straits Times photojournalist Desmond Lim wanted to create a unique portrait of Thein Sein.

With the help of photojournalists Samuel He and Lim Wui Liang, he set up a backdrop and three lights, an hour before the interview began.

The Myanmese officials did not agree to the shoot initially, but agreed after some negotiations.

The aim was to photograph Thein Sein after the interview and make two different portraits - as quickly as possible. Samuel will hold up the beauty dish in front of the president, while Wui Liang would shift the light for the second portrait.

This video shows what happened the moment Thein Sein emerged from the interview session, and the photographs that were made during those 90 seconds.

See multimedia stories, photo essays and news pictures on Through the Lens at straitstimes.com/ttl.

Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/stpix.ttl

On Dec 15, 2012, Myanmar President Thein Sein was honoured with The Straits Times' inaugural Asian of the Year award. Our reporter Rupali Karekar snagged an exclusive interview with Myanmar's number-one man, with him restating his commitment to political and economic reform.  

But what does it take to photograph a president?

Back in January, 2012, The Straits Times interviewed President Thein Sein, at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore.

Besides taking shots during the interview (a separate one from Rupali's), Straits Times photojournalist Desmond Lim wanted to create a unique portrait of Thein Sein.

With the help of photojournalists Samuel He and Lim Wui Liang, he set up a backdrop and three lights, an hour before the interview began.

The Myanmese officials did not agree to the shoot initially, but agreed after some negotiations.

The aim was to photograph Thein Sein after the interview and make two different portraits - as quickly as possible. Samuel will hold up the beauty dish in front of the president, while Wui Liang would shift the light for the second portrait.

This video shows what happened the moment Thein Sein emerged from the interview session, and the photographs that were made during those 90 seconds.

See multimedia stories, photo essays and news pictures on Through the Lens at straitstimes.com/ttl.

Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/stpix.ttl

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