Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Olympus Workshop and Photo Sharing, Happening This SATURDAY!

Beautiful people, if you are in Kuala Lumpur and you are free this Saturday, do come to Olympus Malaysia. There will be two events happening on the same day!

Firstly, in the morning, I will be conducting a basic photography workshop, covering the very fundamentals of photography and this brief workshop is especially helpful for those who are very new to photography and wish to master the basics of exposure and camera controls. The workshop also includes complimentary professional lens and camera cleaning service, carried out by our own Olympus Malaysia service team!

Secondly, in the afternoon, we have a photo-sharing session by Raja Indra Putra (Ripi), a dear friend and awesome photographer who actively uses Olympus OM-D system to shoot amazing photographs. Be inspired by Ripi's photography and you may even learn a thing or two about street and travel photography. As a bonus, immediately after the sharing session, we have a Mini TOUCH & TRY Session with our latest Olympus products such as OM-D E-M10, M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 and 9mm F8 body cap lens. 

Both events require registration by PM (with name, contact number, email and camera model) to Olympus Malaysia Facebook Page (click). Both events are open to all (Olympus and non-Olympus users). For the workshop, a small fee (as described in the event poster) will be charged, and the afternoon photo-sharing session is completely free. 

Location to Olympus Malaysia can be found here: 

Come join us this Saturday, meet some beautiful people and be inspired to shoot more with Olympus. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Olympus Photowalk at Petaling Street

Early this morning there was an official Olympus Photowalk in Petaling Street, and I had the privilege to lead the group for some awesome shutter therapy action. You have got to have an Olympus camera to join in the fun, and it was a group of crazy, fun-lover, Olympus fans coming together, attacking the streets of Kuala Lumpur. It was nice to see so many Olympus users being out there making some awesome images happen. If you are in Kuala Lumpur and you are using Olympus, please do join us in future outings and activities. We will have more and more activities coming up, and will be announced at Olympus Malaysia's official Facebook Page here (click). 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Makes This Image Work?

I have had an idea of selecting a few of my favourite images and then pull out some points on why I think the images work the way they do, and hopefully this sharing can benefit some readers (new-comers to photography) as they find ways to improve in photography. I know I have been randomly doing this for a while but lets just take a closer look at one image, and see what we can find out from this one image. 

This was not a new image, in fact I have taken this about a few weeks ago, and displayed in one of my weekly shutter therapy blog entries. 

We shoot too often at our eye level. Although eye-level photographs are mostly natural and easily acceptable by the viewers, they appear too ordinary. From time to time I would explore different angles, mostly low angle to create a more dramatic outcome. In this particular image, the light leaks from the roof was a very important element and to successfully emphasize on the bright light coming in the alley, shooting from low perspective helps. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

MIrrorless Is The Future

I have come from a long background of using DSLR (Olympus E-410, E-520, E-5, Sony A350 and A57) and I can testify that there really is nothing that I miss from my DSLR days, since I have fully converted to mirrorless Micro Four Thirds system now. Gone were the days of carrying huge and heavy camera and lenses, and now we are seeing the new generation camera system that emphasizes on smaller, lighter, yet siimilarly powerful, if not even surpassing what most DSLR cameras can do. Mirrorless system is maturing, what is your excuse in clinging to the DSLR?

Indeed, there are still that top of the line full frame cameras which seem to be somewhat untouchable when it comes to pure speed and low light shooting performance, cameras such as the venerable Canon 1Dx and Nikon D4/D4S. Yes, you may need to shoot at ridiculous ISO25,600 and you need the shots to be usable. Nonetheless, looking at how far the other systems have caught up all these years, I do not feel inferior when I am using the Olympus OM-D cameras. I am perfectly fine with ISO3,200 images, and would not hesitate if I needed to boost up to ISO6,400. Now we have a wide selection of F1.8 lenses, and Panasonic has taken the wide aperture game a step further by introducing their latest 42.5mm F1.2 lens. You have sub F2 lenses to work with, at very usable ISO6,400, and you know what, the technology is still improving, surely things will get better and better with every new camera releases. More and more interesting lenses are being released. For most photography situations, that combination should be more than sufficient! Times are exciting for the next generation mirrorless camera and there is still a huge potential of growth. 

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 or PEN E-PL5, and M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 or Panasonic 14mm F2.5 lenses