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Updates and changes to my photography sites

The time is now, it had been brewing behind the scenes for some time since 2016. There were times when I looked back and reflected on myself, whether things could have been done faster. In life, sometimes, many things don’t go according to plan.

Sometimes, the people around you understand or make a point to seek first and understand, sometimes, there are also people around you that doesn’t want to understand and know what were the circumstances and situations.

As I took the first step into opening my own small business in photography on the 1st day of 2017, there were a lot of things behind the scenes to get things up and running for my small photography business. From setting up a new photography portfolio website, to restructuring and realignment of my other photography sites. The economic conditions are slow and very challenging for year 2017 and 2018. Taking the first step into operating a small business, is a huge leap of faith and courage. I am and I have to work a lot extra harder and smarter, taking on 2 more jobs (helping my friends business in legal services and forex/stocks trading) beside growing and building up my small photography business.

First and foremost, let me introduce to you the updates and changes below:

New photography portfolio website using Format platform – http://www.tghphotography.com

First and foremost, I thought I had a photography portfolio. Yes and No.

A fellow photographer friend commented that my photography and travel interest site (probably in 2015) was messy and people can’t see my true portfolio. He was spot on and I took note of that, without going full steam ahead into making the changes, that was before some things happened in 2016.

In 2016, after personal setbacks and fell right into the bottom of a well. I started to plan and make changes. While picking myself up, licking my wounds and handling personal losses to my loved one and 2 close friends in year 2016.

The process was much slower than I what planned and wanted it to be. Finally, I pieced all my jigsaw puzzles and planning together, giving rise to my new photography portfolio.

Photography and travel interest site – http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv

This website used to double up as my portfolio, with more than 10 years of photography and travel content (since 2006). It had accumulated a pretty rich amount of photography and travel content. With the establishment of my new photography portfolio, this would be relived of official photography portfolio duties.

She will continue to serve in her capacity as a photography and travel interest / social media / blogging website, my digital marketing, social media and blogging arm for my photography and travel.

Hosting/sharing of photographs in photography/social media communities

~ 500px – https://500px.com/tangenghui

~ Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/tangenghui

These two photography communities are where I have uploaded and shared my photographs from my past years of photography adventures. These two communities are closely linked to my photography and travel interest site, whereby I wrote about the events that I attended, camera reviews, travel etc and visitors can visit Flickr or 500px to view more of the photographs that I took.

With the establishment of my new photography portfolio, my 500px and Flickr would be restructured and realigned them to be secondary photography portfolios.

There might be people who question the need for multiple photography sites to host and showcase my photography works. They each have their goals, objectives and directions in terms of my outreach, engagement and sharing of photographs. Having a presence in the two different photography communities help to expand and diversify my photography presence, outreach and branding.

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/TanGengHuiPhotography

My Facebook page will remain status quo, no major changes to its direction and usage. This is part of my social media outreach, digital engagement, marketing and publicity platform for my family, relatives, friends, clients and supporters on Facebook.

This Facebook page is not just about sharing my photography works, it’s also a sharing platform for photography tips, news, interesting events taking place and my travel segment as well, from travel news, travel tips and travel events.

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tangenghui

My Instagram currently is a personal Instagram account, therefore, it’s not specially and specifically curated photography portfolio. This is a pretty carefree Instagram account, not bounded by too many of my own rules and regulations.

I might setup another Instagram account, purely for photography portfolio purposes. Until this takes place, my current Instagram account would take on the role on the Instagram platform, as part of my social media outreach, digital engagement, marketing and publicity platform for my family, relatives, friends, clients and supporters.

Final closing and personal thoughts

A new established photography portfolio, along with a strategic restructuring and realignment of my other photography sites, all these new changes and movements allowed me to streamline and manage my business, marketing and social media outreach.

Nothing in life is perfect, we just have to learn, grow and pick ourselves up from our mistakes and failures. At this juncture in time, all of the above would serve me well in running my photography business and growth in the near future.

Today, reaching this milestone, opening up this new journey, the route leading me towards this post today, was never straightforward and smooth going as I thought it would be. The setbacks in year 2016 spurred me to create and carve my own future. Being stuck at the bottom of the well, climbing my way up and out of it, this was another huge learning and growing curve in my life, to pick myself up from all the hurt, damage, anger, disappointment, lost of confidence and self belief.

Some said, I am slow in doing all these things together. True, no doubt about that and I do not deny that point. I do things a bit slower than others because I am more prudent, plan and strategise further ahead. How many people really knew about the recovery curve that I went through?

Most people don’t want to know the things behind the scenes, the “blood, sweat and tears”, they only see the end results and money, this is the capitalist economy that we live in.

Everything above is a huge leap of faith, it’s a new hope. No matter how much or how detailed planning in life that a person can do, in whatever areas they take on, there are no guarantees in life, I used to learn that there are only 2 guarantees in life, they are death and taxes, now make it 3 ~ Change is the 3rd guarantee in life.

This new journey actually started on 1st January 2017, it’s only with the launch of my new photography portfolio that I can write all my plans, happenings and thoughts here.

I know this is quite a bit of lengthy read, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, for taking your precious time to read (when most people are not reading much) and for your continuous support, if you have read till the last line here.

Lego 7567 Traveler – Photo Explorer

This is a very small Lego, it’s also very precious and special. Traveling by plane all the way from California, USA, inside my friend’s luggage.

I have been searching for a Lego minifigure that can truly represent me in my new photography adventures that I am embarking on. This Lego minifigure also reflects my dreams, aspirations and photography projects. I wish to build up from my November 2014 travel to Hokkaido.

This Lego City Traveler is further configured with a backpack and a jungle hat added on to it. I dream of bringing photography groups overseas for travel photography trips, overseas pre-wedding photography shoot. These are in my second phase of my photography business timeline.

My Lego 7567 Traveler will also accompany me and be an integral part of my Instagram/photography telling/sharing stories in my world and in the Lego world.

Join me, walk along with me, as I bring you on my photography journeys, adventures, stories and dreams, with and through my Lego 7567 Traveler, the eyes, heart and soul of Tan Geng Hui Photography.

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, let me introduce Lego Photo Explorer GH1001 (hashtag #GH1001).

Happy New Year 2015 !!

Today marks the start of a brand new year, the year 2015!!

A New Hope, A New Start, A New Journey, A New Adventure … What does the Year 2015 holds for me in my field of photography and travel? What does the Year 2015 holds for you in your photography adventures?

First and foremost, let me reflect back on my photography adventures in the Year 2014. Through my 500px portfolio and Flickr photographs collections, I took a lot more photographs than my previous year, embarked on personal photography projects, camera reviews, travels and participated in (probably my biggest) photography and travel portfolio – Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program. Overall, the Year 2014 was a very eventful and fulfilling year for my photography journeys.

What are my plans, goals and objectives for my photography in the Year 2015? On this first day of the Year 2015, I haven’t take personal and quiet time off to plan. Hopefully, I can take the time to plan and share with you my supporters and followers on my photography journey plans for the Year 2015.

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I would like to take this time to say a Big Thank You to my family, relatives, close friends, supporters and followers for your continuous and heartwarming support for my photography journeys, adventures, stories and sharing! I wish you all the best for the Year 2015 and may the Year 2015 be like the bright and colourful fireworks from the  New Year Eve 2015 Countdown Fireworks held at the Marina Bay in Singapore!

Sony A7 versus Sony A7R Review

The Sony A7 and A7R were announced in the month of October 2013 and these 2 mirror less camera models took the photography market by storm and got many people interested in them. It was a new benchmark in the photography industry because they were the first two full frame mirror less cameras in the market. I got my hands on with the Sony A7 for a short few hours before a few months back, with thanks to David of WK Photography, who owned the Sony A7. I was impressed and was looking forward to shoot and review the Sony A7 camera initially. This opportunity took about seven months to come true, I managed to obtain both the Sony A7 and Sony A7R for review!

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For the Sony A7, I got the kit lens, FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS and a Minolta 35mm f/2 RS with the LA-EA4 adaptor. As for the Sony A7R, I got the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens and the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens. Both the Sony A7 and A7R gave me very interesting and fun experiences with mirror less cameras and I will share my experiences with both Sony A7 and A7R, the photography artworks produced by both of them and a short summary/table of the differences between the Sony A7 and A7R. The Sony A7 and A7R are very similar cameras, not just in their physical design and sizes, their user interface are almost identical.

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The Sony A7 and A7R buttons, dials, controls and user interface can be pretty confusing for the first time Sony user or those who are not too familiar with them. It would be a good idea to customize it to your own liking and preferences, and once you get used to the key controls, dials and user interface, it will be easier for you to make the necessary changes/adjustments when you are out photographing with the Sony A7 or Sony A7R.

Understanding the unique features and sweet spot of each respective camera and their lenses are key and very important points for any photographer to shoot with any camera brand. You have to appreciate the pros and cons of the respective camera and you would be able to decide whether it suits you in your photography needs and requirements. It took me a while during my short review stint to have a better grasp of the Sony A7 and Sony A7R before I was able to go around photographing with it and sharing on which fields of photography would it be more ideal for.

Let me share with all my readers more on the Sony A7 and A7R separately below on my thoughts, views and experiences with them.

Sony A7

The Sony A7, the loan review unit, courtesy of David Tay from WK Photography, is a specially customized Sony A7 to David’s specific needs and requirements on how he wanted to control the various functions and capabilities of his Sony A7. For a photographer like me that was not too familiar with the Sony camera system, a customized photographer’s settings does help me to learn the functions and controls of the Sony A7 faster!

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With the hybrid phase and contrast AF, using the Sony A7 is much easier and faster as compared to the Sony A7R. The Sony A7 hybrid AF system does give it more flexibility and choices on the AF types and points. The Sony A7 in my personal humble opinion is a more suitable events camera as compared to the Sony A7R.

For the Sony A7 review stint, I was provided with the following lenses for review –

FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS – The kit lens for the Sony A7 package, it’s a lightweight and has a good focal range for daily use, events and street photography.

Minolta 35mm f/2 RS with LA-EA4 adaptor – The combination of the Minolta 35mm with the LA-EA4 adaptor with the Sony A7 is simply an awesome combination. Photographers will love the 35mm on a full frame camera. The bokeh and sharpness of the Minolta 35mm f/2 coupled with the Sony A7 sensor makes it a combination that you want to have it all the time (sometimes)!

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Here are my collection of photographs from my Sony A7 review on 500px and Flickr! Do drop by and check them out!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Sony A7R

When I first got hold of the Sony A7R, I struggled to take photographs with the Sony A7R and I began to understand why I was pre-empt about the “Sony A7R is difficult to use”. I thought my prior experience with the Sony A7 before taking on the Sony A7R will help me, however, there were a different set of challenges coming before me.

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The AF system of the Sony A7R is only Contrast AF and not a hybrid AF like the Sony A7. Moreover, the Sony A7R has fewer AF points in a smaller grid area. One of the key pointers given by David Tay of WK Photography was to set the centre spot AF or flexible spot with centre spot AF with small focus area option. These two useful tips do help me to get my photography adventure with the Sony A7R going.

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The Sony A7R does not have the Low Pass Filter and with her high megapixel quality at 36.4 megapixels, the difference in quality of the photographs can be seen. The Sony A7R is able to optimize the high megapixel resolution and details rich imaging quality images.

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For the Sony A7R review stint, I was provided with the following lenses for review –

Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens – great for street and walkabout lens, 35mm on a full frame is a sweet and beautiful combination, something that photographers will understand and appreciate.

Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens – the 24-70mm focal length range is ideal for covering events (especially on a full frame camera) and with a constant aperture of f/4, it can handle low light situation with the ISO capabilities of the Sony A7R sensor. I am impressed with the quality and sharpness of the FE 24-70mm f/4 lens! During my experiences with the Sony A7R and the FE 24-70mm f/4, I found it to be slightly bulky and unbalanced.

Here are my collection of photographs from my Sony A7R review on 500px and Flickr! Do drop by and check them out!


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Differences between Sony A7 and A7R

To the best of my knowledge and understanding from analyzing camera products and attending Sony events, the Sony A7R was targeted at professionals and the Sony A7 was targeted at serious enthusiasts (semi-professional). In my personal humble opinion, I felt that the Sony A7 and Sony A7R are suitable for both professionals and serious enthusiasts.

This is (in my humble personal opinion) how I view the two different cameras and how they suit which group of photographers

Sony A7R – Landscape, Architecture, Product, Portraits

Sony A7 – Events, Travel, Street, Daily camera to bring out

The main/key differences between the Sony A7 and A7R cam be summarized below

Sony A7 Sony A7R
Megapixels 24.3MP 36.4MP
Auto Focus Hybrid – Phase & Contrast AF Contrast AF
No. Of AF points – 117 Phase-Detection Points in a 13 x 9 Grid

 

– 25 Contrast-Detection Points in a 5 x 5 Grid

 

Source: Outdoor Photographer Magazine Feb 2014

 

– 25 Contrast-Detection Points

 

Source: Outdoor Photographer Magazine Feb 2014

 

Low Pass Filter No Low Pass Filter
Price RRP SGD$1,999 (Body only) RRP SGD$2,799 (Body only)

The Sony A7 and A7R ushered in a new era of mirror less full frame cameras, with the recent announcement of the Sony A7S into the market recently. Mirror less full frame cameras from other competitors should slowly appear in the near future. Other competitor such as the FujiFilm X-T1 does give the Sony A7 and A7R a run for their money.

In my personal humble opinion, I would like to share my thoughts, views and opinions on mirror less cameras and DSLR camera systems

I do not forsee mirror less cameras replacing DSLR, they will and they already have a significant impact on DSLR and digital compact cameras usage. They will slowly enter into the photographer’s setup of cameras and lenses, as a side/additional camera for professional and/or leisure use. I do see more photographers with a full range of DSLRs and lenses setup, owning mirror less cameras and purchasing adaptors to use their lens on the mirror less cameras.

In the near future, we might see a trend of a DSLR camera user with a full range of lenses and accessories setup, owning another mirror less camera setup. With economies of scale, technological advancements and fierce competition between camera brands, prices of DSLRs and mirror less cameras should drop further thus making it easier for photographers (and consumers) to own both camera systems. On the other hand, I had already seen photographer friends moving away from DSLR system to the mirror less interchangeable lens camera system.

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The mirror less cameras will most likely affect the entry level consumer DSLR market segment, while the semi-professional and especially the professional DSLR market segment to be less affected. After testing, playing and reviewing both the Sony A7 and A7R, I personally felt that a mirror less camera would form part of a professional or semi-professional/serious enthusiast setup even if they have existing DSLR and lenses setup.

I would like to thank David of WK Photography for loaning me his personal Sony A7 camera setup for this review. Do check out his David’s awesome photography works here on 500px and Flickr.

I would also like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the Sony A7R setup arrangement.

A FB Page for my Photography Adventures!

My photography journey and experiences had been a very fruitful, exciting and life enriching serious hobby and passion. Looking back the days when I started learning the SLR camera, the Pentax ME Super from my father, during the days of analogue camera Pentax ME Super SLR, to the Nikon F401X SLR days to the digital camera before arriving at the Canon DSLRs that I am using today.

I am not exactly sure when did I really started into photography, there wasn’t any “proof” or “birth certificate” to indicate when I started taking up photography, I remembered around my Primary School days, that would be approximately 23 to 28 years ago that I first ventured into Photography and never looked back since then.

Ever since the arrival of the digital era, I started photographing more often than before. My journeys and photographs were documented, collected and written down onto my photoblog for sharing. It had been a long journey in the blogging / social media world, I grew along with it as well, riding on with the social media wave and expansion. My photoblogging took to a whole new level along with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and 500px.

Today, It’s been a month since I started off with my Facebook Page for my Photography Adventures on the 21st July 2012! Dear friends, supporters and followers, I would like to introduce my Facebook Page dedicated to my photography, my passion in them, my photojournalistic journey. This Facebook Page allows me to share a lot more on my passion, knowledge, learning, mentoring and sharing in photography to my supporters, followers and readers. The Facebook Page would also prevent me from flooding my own Facebook wall too many times!

Just like the F16 fighter jets doing a starburst during one of the NDP 2012 rehearsals, I want my love for photography and social media sharing to be flying high and beautiful, spreading my photography to greater heights and wider outreach! If you love photography, do visit my Facebook Page and if you like my photography, would you like to click the “Like” button too ?

Here’s a quick round up of my photography

Photoblog : Aspiring Photojournalist !

Facebook Page : TanGengHui Photography

Photography Portfolio : 500px @ tangenghui 

Photography Collection : Flickr @ tangenghui

 Achievements and Awards : @ TanGengHui Photography Facebook Page Info

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a Big Thank You to all my supporters, followers and readers for walking with me in my photojournalistic journey! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all your continuous support, belief and encouragement as a I continued in my photojournalistic adventure!