August 16, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

Evening at the Esplanade

My wife’s colleague was performing down at Esplanade on a Sunday evening. She said good chance for you to practise shooting some photos. Had to runs some some errands but i rushed down to enjoy the 2nd part of the session and also squeezed in some OK shots. Some take aways. Do not be afraid to boost the ISO to above 1000 on the D3200 (or newer cameras). It should be fine, I probably should use quicker shutter speed to minimise blur (I used 1/100) All shot on D3200 with the Nikon 55-300mm.  

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July 18, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

Walk down Clark Quay

Friday, I had arranged to rent the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 from the Camera Rental Centre, then pick my wife up from her classes. Convenient service. Pick up the day before shooting. Return the day after shooting. After picking up the lens, I had an hour to kill. What better way than walk around trying out the lens. For taking street shots, I would take the 35mm f1.8 unless one wants to build biceps.  The Niko 17-55mm f2.8 is big and heavy. Maybe I am very self conscious. I feel this make people more incline to feel “WOAH Pro photographer. Get out of the way” (I am just shooting for fun btw) The fixed f2.8 across the range will definitely be very useful for events eg. Wedding and if paired with a lower powered flash like the Nikon SB600. It gives a fairly good isolation from the back ground. Definitely a lens that is great to have. But of course, have to balance with cost. For now, I will continue renting it as I do not need to own it like now. So the cost of rental still justifies renting it.

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July 10, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

Taking up guitar lessons

Had my official guitar lesson last Monday. Boy it seemed to give my brains a workout. I played guitar on my own. Just chords and picking on my own time and feel. But this is the first time taking instructions from someone. It’s no official music theory stuff but enough to get going looking at guitar tabs and scores to play. During the lesson, I had to learn to follow the metronome, pick and fret with the correct finger. Just feels like driving manual for the first time. The score’s the road. The frets’ my gears and the finger picking are the steering. I must have crashed so badly. But music discipline allows you to pick up a score and play the song close to real thing even though you may not have heard of the song before. Looking forward to the next lesson. I think my brain is rested.

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July 5, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

1st experience shooting studio

I had the opportunity to help out Lawrence Loh Photography on his We Are Family 2 project. It is a family portrait project started with HCA Hospice Care for their hospice patients and family It was going to be my first time shooting for portraits, and what more, for more than 1 person at a time. I feel very honoured to be given the chance to take a family portrait, even if I was just standing in at times when one of the main photographers goes on a break. Overwhelmed. That was my feelings inside. I feel pressured as some of these portraits could be someone’s one and only ever family portrait. There seem to be no end of details that I should take note of when snapping the photos. We were shooting with studio lights. So the lighting aspects is kind of taken care of by the photographers who knows lighting better. But it also showed more specific on where I should improve on. Placing of the subjects – Everyone has to look proportionate. Everyone has to be seen clearly. Posing – My subjects are no models. If there is any similar assignment, I should do some homework learn to pose my subjects that is appropriate. Interaction with the subjects […]

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April 17, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

Keeping the DSLR or mirrorless m4/3

These few weeks, I have been contemplating about camera systems. I am no pro. But I would like to get into taking better photos. I have a Nikon D40 which I have neglected. It has a spot now when i take a photo. I guess I have to service that. Or not. Since it has lagged the latest camera models by a fair bit. But I also loaned a D3200 body from my sis. This made me want to forgo this Nikon DX system and go for the new mirrorless Olympus micro 4/3 format. Mainly i was looking at the E-M1 or E-M2 MKII with the 12–40mm f2.8 PRO lens. This setup will be a do all without the need to get any additional lens for the start as the lens is fairly fast at f2.8 throughout all the focal length. I didn’t have much investment into the lens except for the Nikkor 35mm f1.8. For my usage, It will most likely the camera will be used for travel, days to day general usage and more towards portraits. But in the end, mainly the feelings for my pocket prevailed. I will be looking at SGD$2200 for either of the Olympus choice. […]

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