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It's the start of the college graduation season, so we ask a photographer to be candid about the experience of capturing a student's big day for posterity

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Donning a distinctive top to make himself stand out from the crowd is just one of the survival tactics that Piya "Zong" Chayphiphitthaphan employs to get through yet another graduation/commencement day, that busily stage-managed milestone in the lives of many Thai students. 

That particular morning the young photographer had chosen to wear a bright orange polo shirt and he was expecting to take in the region of 500 to 600 shots before the day was out; even more _ up to a thousand, he says _ if his clients are accompanied by lots of friends or family members.

And this is no laid-back affair like wedding photography, which is often done indoors in air-conditioned rooms ("That'd be bliss!" he says). Zong is on his feet for hours at a time, bustling around under the hot sun to take snaps of first one group and then another, then meticulously photoshopping every single image to ensure the lighting, contrast and colours are just right.

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