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Singkarpor – A Photography Exhibition by ABC

Singkarpor? What kind of word is that? Is ABC a photographer?

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Master photographer Aik Beng Chia a.k.a ABC, a fellow photographer friend that I had the honour to work with in a few photography assignments together. His photography artworks are widely recognised and well known, not just in Singapore! Aik Beng is one of the friendliest, a down to earth and humble photographer that I know.

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I followed his works a lot on his Instagram, Aik Beng’s eye for things, details and photography are very powerful and sharp, he truly stands out along with the masters of photography. My photography style is a journalistic and story telling approach, I can relate to Aik Beng’s photography artworks.

Singkarpor, is a photography exhibition by Aik Beng. Singkarpor is about our home, Singapore. Through the eyes, heart and soul of Aik Beng, you can see and feel the life of everyday ordinary heartlander Singaporeans. Singkarpor is now held at K+, Scotts Square #03-14/15, till 4th October 2015.

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Come on down, to take a look at the amazing and heartwarming photographs of everyday ordinary Singaporeans, their lifestyle, the hearts, stories and souls that tell what Singkarpor really is.

Congrats Aik Beng on a wonderful and amazing photography exhibition, an inspiration to us all! Here’s Aik Beng and myself, with me holding an autographed Singkarpor photo book!

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If you like to follow/stalk Aik Beng’s photography, here are the URL links –

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II with EVF-DC1 Review

The Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II is Canon’s latest flagship digital compact camera, a powerful and most premium amongst Canon’s digital camera lineup. Among all the compact digital camera brands and models in the market today, the Canon G1X Mark II definitely stands out in the advanced/powerful compact digital cameras with a large sensor for her class of cameras.

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Photograph Courtesy of Canon Singapore

I brough the Canon G1X Mark II to cover major events during the two weeks review period and it was a good, lightweight and powerful compact digital camera that gave me the connectivity to upload and share on social media channels and platforms. I worked with the Canon G1X Mark II during major events DBS Marina Regatta 2014, Play @ NMS and Masak Masak: My Childhood. On both major events, I was able to share and upload photographs that I took with the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II into my iPad and iPhone for uploading and sharing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Besides the major events that I attended and covered during the two weeks review period, I brought the Canon G1X Mark II on a daily walkabout camera on a few days, for street photography and food photography. The clarity and quality of the Digic 6 sensor makes it produce pretty good quality photographs from my night street photography walkabout.

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During my two weeks with the Canon G1X Mark II, I had a good mix of different experiences with it and here are my thoughts, views and opinions on the pros and cons of the Canon G1X Mark II –

Pros

–       One touch wi-fi button to connect the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II to the smartphone or tablet.

–       Shutter is quiet.

–       Rubber hand grip/padding on the side and back of the camera giving photographers a better feel and grip of the camera.

–       Many features packed inside a compact camera body.

–       The built of the Canon G1X Mark II is solid and firm.

–       Digic 6 sensor.

–       Colours and details on LCD are sharp and bright.

–       There is the option of adding on an electronic viewfinder (EVF) to the Canon G1X Mark II for photographers who wish to shoot through viewfinder.

–       An intelligent and powerful compact digital camera packed with features and functions.

–       31 points Auto Focus.

–       1.5” type CMOS sensor

–       5X optical view with Image Stabliser

–       180-degree upward and 45-degree downward tilt touch screen LCD (good for selfie, wefie)

–       Magnesium alloy body, sturdy, solid and strong

–       Dual Control Rings for greater control

–       Remote shooting can be performed with the Canon G1X Mark II connected to the Canon Camera Window app on the smartphone/tablet.

–       The Canon Camera Window app allows you to view the photographs on the Canon G1X Mark II and you can download it into your smartphone/tablet for sharing on social media channels and platforms.

Cons

–       On/Off button is placed in between dial and shutter button, it can be difficult to press and the button is small.

–       Play/View button on the top panel is small and might be easily missed

–       The round dial at the back of the camera is small and has other functions together inside, thus resulting in accidental activation of other functions when turning the dial.

–       In Manual mode, for photographer who wants to control both the shutter and aperture, it can be confusing on how to change them, having to press the Change Setting button twice before it can be activated for the photographer to be able to use and control shutter and aperture.

–       The zoom lens is a bit lagging when zooming in and out from wide to telephoto.

In Manual mode, the front focusing ring on the lens allows you to change shutter speed. When the Change Settings button on the back dial is pressed twice, the front focusing ring allows you to change the shutter speed and the back dial allows you to change the aperture. This function can be a bit troublesome at times and would need a bit more time to get the hang of the functions and buttons of the Canon G1X Mark II.

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Canon EVF-DC1

The latest photography accessory to Canon’s line up is the Electronic Viewfinder, the EVF-DC1, and it is an optional accessory that can be mounted on the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II. Having the EVF-DC1 gives the photographer using the Canon G1X Mark II a professional DSLR feel and control with the ease and point-and-shoot convenience.

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The EVF-DC1 is an ideal photography accessory and welcomed by purist photographers who prefer to shoot through the viewfinder. It is clear and bright when shooting through the electronic viewfinder. The speed is pretty fast when the photographer’s view changes from LCD screen to the electronic viewfinder.

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If you plan to own the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, I would strongly recommend the Canon EVF-DC1! Nothing beats the feel of viewing and shooting through the viewfinder!

The Canon G1X Mark II stands out in her class of advanced/powerful compact digital cameras available in the market. If you are looking for a daily usage, events or travel compact camera, the Canon G1X Mark II is strongly recommended for your consideration! Do check out my collection of photographs shot with the Canon G1X Mark II here on Flickr!

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for this opportunity to test and review the Canon G1X Mark II.


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LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop with Aik Beng Chia

Mobile Phone Photography, a recent rise and phenomenon, with the availability and rapid expansion of the smartphone markets, camera, photography apps and social media connectivity that makes mobile phone photography easy to use, upload and share with friends and followers around the world. I had been an avid user in mobile phone photography, using my iPhone 3, 4 and 5 with my Instagram camera application and Here’s my Instagram account! While I am using iPhone for my mobile phone/street photography, there are other smartphone brands and models that have great capabilities too, for mobile phone and street photography!

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There was a LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop with Aik Beng Chia, one of my photographer friends that I know personally, worked with him before during a recent photography assignment together with a few other photographers. I was there to try out the LG G2 smartphone and also to support Aik Beng too! The LG G2 smartphone is is the latest flagship smartphone by LG Electronics, that pushes boundaries, setting a new standard in the smartphone industry and it promises to change the way we smartphone owners use our smartphones.

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During the LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop, we were given a quick introduction of the LG G2 smartphone and its capabilities by staff from LG Singapore. Thereafter, Aik Beng took the stage and shared with us about his mobile phone / street photography stories and techniques with the LG G2 and his workflow with the LG G2. At the end of the session, we had a hands on session with the LG G2 smartphone and testing it out around the meeting room located in Suntec City Convention Centre. I loved the rich colours 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi) of the LG G2 smartphone, along with the 13 megapixels and Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology inside the LG G2 smartphone, which frees users from the problems of taking blurred photos, allowing them to take clear photos in moving objects such as cars and trains. The super resolution of the phone also provides clearer and more detailed zoom quality. When we finished taking photos with our LG G2 smartphone, we were also able to try out LG portable NFC-enabled photo printer and printed out small mini photos for us to bring home.

Here are some photographs taken by Aik Beng using the LG G2

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

The LG G2 is a good and powerful smartphone packed with many features. The LG G2 camera capability gives it the added edge if you love mobile phone photography!

Discovering & Rediscovering B&W Photography

The art and beauty of photography began with the monochrome photograph, the black and white photograph. As time and technology progresses, from colour film photography to digital photography today, there was a huge transformation from how we used, saw, took, shot and shared our photography, our photographs. In my previous post on my Photography Thoughts for 2013, I seek to challenge myself further, exploring and going beyond my experience and knowledge in current photography fields e.g. events photography, travel photography.

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While I had my strong areas in photography, I always seek to improve my current strengths, as well as learning photography fields that I haven’t really entered into e.g. studio portrait photography and black and white photography. In my networking and sharing with fellow photography friends, I started to discover and rediscover the art of black and white (B&W) photography. Some influences were fellow photographer friends Callan, Jingwen, David Teo and some photographers that I followed on 500px.

On my Facebook Page for my photography, TanGengHui Photography, I shared a status update, “Working on curating, sharing and photographing in Black and White“. This would definitely fit into my history and heritage exploration, in addition to my street photography exploration. That’s why I put the title “Discovering & Rediscovering B&W Photography“.

Maybe when I have my own photography exhibition, there would be a B&W photography segment. It’s like a dream, I am discovering and rediscovering B&W photography in my photojournalistic journey for 2013. On my 500px, there is a set on B&W photography that I curated, I hope you would enjoy visiting my B&W photography collection set. Now as I start upon this B&W rediscovery, I would continue to work on curating, sharing and photographing in Black and White.