Thursday, April 24, 2014

Simplicity or Layers?

Coming from an engineering background my mind is often rigid framed and that affects my ability to compose my subjects when I am shooting. One singular rule that I have been adhering to all this time is: one subject and one background (good subject and good background of course). Nevertheless, great photographs rarely contain only one subject, in fact many interesting photographs are derived from the interaction of multiple characters within one frame, and their successful relationship with the chosen background that made the image work with impact. All this complicated stuff, too much for a simple minded photographer like myself to take in!

Sometimes, accidents happen, and accidents may not be all the time bad. For example, with this photograph below, as I was shooting the man selling lottery tickets, another man walked into the frame (on the right of the frame) which caught me by surprise. I did not intend to have him in the frame at all, because I was sticking to that one subject and one background rule. However, looking at two images (the accidental entrance of the man, and the one with only one man) I actually preferred the one composed by accident. 

The Accidental Shot (man on the right entered the frame). Also, there was another man in the background, hence there were three men in this frame, and somehow the image did not appear cluttered at all. The focal point was still clearly on the man in the middle selling lottery tickets, and the foreground and background supported the main subject well. 

The original clean shot. Now it seems too empty. 

So what say you? Which image do you prefer? There is no right and wrong of course, and I would like to hear your opinion!

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.