Pink Submissions #04 “Creative Selfie” Editor’s Picks

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Pink Submissions #04 “Creative Selfie” Editor’s Picks
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21st November 2014, Singapore – The “Pink Submissions” is into its fourth installment and the submission is seeing a lot more entries this round. Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) has since gotten more new members through our engagement campaigns through the Pink Submissions. For this round, our sponsor Sgcamerastore had given the ladies an interesting theme “Creative Selfies”. Selfie are globally defined as the act of shooting a photo of oneself with one hand while having the background seen as part of the image. While getting a selfie is really easy, getting creative will be tough as some of the members had reported (giggles).

A total of 63 entries were received this round and sadly I have to reject 09 due to non-compliance or wrong theme. Before we start, let’s hear what the Judges/ Sponsors have to say about this submission/ theme.

“Looking through all the entries, some were super creative while some were – just selfies. And there are some which I do not understand the photo at all. It had been a challenging theme, and more challenging to judge.”
- AL, Editor.

“We saw some really creative selfies this round and we hope to inspire more creativity into the members’ photos. ”
Mel & Jan, Sgcamerastore (MP Associates).

OK, that’s the message from our sponsor for the #04 Submissions!
As usual, we were not able to feature every submitted photos due to photo size or for any reasons. So, I had picked out the below photos from the crop to run this feature.

Enjoy!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance not in any order)

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The Entries for #04 Pink Submissions “Creative Selfies”

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OK people, we have come to the end of “Editor’s Pick” for the #04 Pink Submissions “Creative Selfies”. Before you scroll to the winning entries below, I would like to thank everyone from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) who participated in this.

And the Prize Winners for the #04 PINK SUBMISSION are!
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Proudly Sponsored by Sgcamerastore  )

1st Prize – Shiqing Junh (Ong Mingqi)
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2nd Prize – Zen Chen Weihan
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3rd Prize – Fione (Wee N Soh)
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And! We have a special mention of the below entries

Cool Entry by Jeslin Tan – I can see her hand holding her phone in her eyes.
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Cool Entry by Joanna Ng – Selfie in deep sea? Why not?.joanna9

Cool Entry by Trisha Lim – Sci-Fi Movie? .trisha

Congratulations to All the Winners & Those Who are on Special Mention!
You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
Thank you for your participation!

Special Thanks to Sgcamerastore for sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #05 Pink Submissions!

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Nikon Reveals Cutting-Edge Suite of High Performance FX-Format Cameras

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Nikon Reveals Cutting-Edge Suite of High Performance FX-Format Cameras
Experience full power with the Nikon D4S, D810, D750 and D610

21st November 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd is proud to introduce its comprehensive and widest range of FX-format cameras designed to provide photographers, from enthusiasts to seasoned professionals, the opportunity to redefine their limits with stunning images and videos.

With the release of the latest FX-format models this year, the enhanced FX family has grown to include the Nikon D4S, D810, D750 and D610, allowing photographers around the world to capture life’s moments to the fullest. This exceptional range challenges photographers to leave their mark on the world like never before.

“Nikon’s range of world-class advanced FX-format equipment has brought together the best of the best, giving every photographer the opportunity to capture remarkably vivid images and professional-grade high-definition videos. The FX experience is further enhanced by its complete integration into Nikon’s unrivalled product ecosystem, offering photographers endless possibilities when paired with the extensive range of NIKKOR lenses and accessories,” said Garland Mak, Deputy General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.

The Nikon D4S
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As Nikon’s new flagship model, the stunning Nikon D4S is the ultimate FX-format DSLR designed to deliver outstanding image and video quality with exceptional focusing accuracy.

The D4S incorporates the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, together with a Nikon FX- format CMOS image sensor. Further supported by an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels and improved auto white balance, photographers can capture beautiful images for use straight out of the camera with stunning sharpness, enhanced depth, and natural skin tones. Its range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 also produces images with sharper edges and smoother, richer colours.

The Nikon D4S is equipped with a new Group-area AF mode for powerful and versatile autofocusing. When Group-area AF is selected, the camera uses one focus point selected by the user and one each above, below, to the right, and to the left of the selected focus point, for a total of five focus points, for focusing. By capturing the subject within the five-point group, even if it is small and moving quickly and erratically as is often the case when photographing athletes and animals, the intended scene can be captured with greater certainty without focus shifting to the background.

The impressive camera also makes work smoother for photographers on the go, with exclusive Nikon technologies. A new RAW Size S option1 records images using 1/4 the number of pixels used for full-sized RAW images, making editing them on a computer faster and more convenient. The D4S is also equipped with an Ethernet connector2, enabling the smooth transfer of high-quality image data, regardless of the format (JPEG, NEF, TIFF), after capture.

Bringing together Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies, the Nikon D4S expands the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best performance and image quality even in the most challenging environments.

1 Editing functions built into the camera and available from the Retouch menu, such as NEF(RAW) Processing and Image Overlay, cannot be applied to images captured at this setting.

2 Compatible with the 1000BASE-T standard.

The Nikon D810
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The new Nikon D810 is a film maker’s dream, designed to empower photographers to unleash their full potential and produce extreme high-definition, high-quality images and video. The D810 offers the ability to record stunning Full HD video, while a 36.3-megapixel image sensor and wide ISO range of 64 to 12800, combine to offer unrivalled images, rich in tone and definition. The D810 delivers shots that put the camera in a class of its own, with outstanding versatility that enables it to excel in a wide range of environments and situations.

The D810 features support for recording of 1080/60p Full HD videos, facilitating a rich cinematic experience.

Optimized data processing designed to make use of the

36.3 megapixels, the highest effective pixel count in the Nikon range, provides rich, detailed video with smooth exposure alteration, even in shifts or changes in brightness. The D810 also supports recording in FX- and DX-format for two different angles of view, using just a single lens to enhance production efficiency.

The Nikon D750
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Providing the FX experience in its smallest and lightest form3, the latest Nikon D750 offers superior maneuverability and agility in a powerful, compact package. The D750 enables the freedom of photographic expression with sought-after functions such as built-in Wi-Fi and a tilting monitor, both a first for Nikon FX-format cameras. The D750 also presents itself with 24.3 megapixels, 91K-pixel RGB sensor, and an outstanding high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second for both FX- and DX-formats. In addition, a fast and highly accurate 51-point autofocus (AF) system and a newly developed AF sensor which enhances low-light performance, makes it possible to shoot using AF in dark environments where it is impossible to focus with the naked eye.

The innovative D750 goes against the common assumption that the higher a DSLR’s specifications, the bulkier it becomes. Revolutionary technologies have never looked better, in a strong yet sleek, lightweight camera body with no compromise on image quality. Its powerful FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine are enveloped into a monocoque structure framed by carbon fiber composite materials4 and magnesium alloy to provide durability while capturing beautiful, balanced shots.

Created for a discerning audience, the D750 is a superior camera with similar full-scale features and performance as those in the high-end range, giving photographers the room to expand their capabilities and evolve their skills.

3 Among cameras with a built-in flash and movie functions.

4 Sereebo®, which is manufactured by Teijin Limited. This new material, which utilizes carbon fibers, is very lightweight without sacrificing strength or durability. As this material is well suited to use on camera exteriors because its surface is incredibly smooth with no carbon fiber bosses, it is the perfect cover material for cameras with a monocoque body structure

The Nikon D610
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The Nikon D610 is a portable FX-format camera designed for the everyday. Created for both enthusiasts and professionals in mind, the D610 is equipped with first-rate Nikon technology, including a 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3 image processing engine, along with an ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable from 50 to 25600), to deliver exceptional image quality. The D610 is ready to meet the demands of the most advanced photographers, boasting a unique 39- point autofocus (AF) system, and compatibility with an aperture value of up to f/8 for capturing incredibly sharp images in all situations5.

Film-makers will also be pleased with the D610’s ability to record Full HD and 720p videos, with full manual control of the exposure, allowing for switching between FX- and DX-format (1.5X) in Full HD. Users can also experiment with time-lapse photography by combining still photos into a movie with high-speed playback up to 36,000 times.

5 Five center focus points and one point to the left and right of them in the middle line (seven in all) are compatible with f/8.

For photographers who want to be at the heart of every image, the full range of Nikon’s FX- format cameras is now available in stores.

For more information on the D4S, D810, D750 and D610 and other Nikon products, including the comprehensive range of NIKKOR lenses, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg

About Nikon
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Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore.

 

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Red Label by ARTISAN&ARTIST – Arriving in Singapore

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Red Label by ARTISAN&ARTIST – Arriving in Singapore

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11th November 2014, Singapore – When Artisan&Artist announced the Red Label Series camera bags at Photokina 2014, the Red Label became an instant star at the show. Artisan&Artist’s camera bags had long been a symbol of premium quality and elegance among the discerning professional photographers who demand the best of gear carriers.
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The Red Label, nothing less of the Artisan&Artist quality is a new area for the brand. Targeting at younger photographers, the Red Label series are elegantly-casual and appealing to those who are “moving upwards” in style & practicality.

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Made from Spydelon/ Nylon & YKK Waterproof zippers, the Artisan&Artist-made Red Label promises durability although we know most of you will not be rough with your Red Label bags.

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The Red Label also features a new slider strap system that ensures fast adjustments during operations. The stylish designs also suggested that we can use the Red Label as a casual walkabout bag for our knick knacks when the camera is taking a break.

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10 Shooting Tips for 1/87 Photography

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10 Shooting Tips for 1/87 Photography

IMG_9620Photo: John had decided to putt from a Chocolate Chip Cookie. 



07th November 2014, Singapore – The 1/87 Photography trend was suddenly revived recently and I personally know of a few photographers within my circle who also started to dabble with this. After my recent article on 1/87, I had received all kinds of queries pertaining to this interesting photography genre which is a mix of macro, toy art & portraitures. From asking me about where to buy to how to shoot, I had decided to compile this list of shooting tips for those who are trying out for the first time or those looking to start this. So here I am, presenting to you the 10 Shooting Tips for 1/87 Photography!

 

#Tip 01 - Buying
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Photo: Doing Carpentry Works on a Carrot Cake.

 

1/87 scale figurines are easily available from ebay or amazon. However, one may be overwhelmed by the thousands of results from these sites as there really many for sale out there! But please note, quality differs from manufacturer to manufacturer and I will suggest getting the mid range ones as the figurines offers more details and better paint work. The cheaper ones are usually badly painted and these are good for “background” or “bokeh” so you may wish to plan what you want to shoot before you purchase any. There are many brands available from various countries and they range from dirt cheap to freaking expensive. So please do your research as I am not paid to advertise for any of the brands. I will also advised against buying those with Adult Themes as you cannot really compose and shoot them with much options. And these Adult Themes figurines costs much more than regular ones. (You have been warned)

 

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Photo: Joggers Jogging on BlackForest Trail.

 

My personal recommendation will be to purchase those figurines that are “engaged” in an activity like golfers, workers, painters etc, so that you will have more versatility when it comes to shooting options. You may also wish to consider those that are “sitting” too.

 

#Tip 02 - Handling
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Photo: Plastic Forceps from First Aid Box, SGD $0.55 (Guardian Pharmacy).

 

Due to the tiny size and sometimes “weak” paintwork on the figurines, I will advise against using hands to handle these figures. Instead, try to get a clinical forceps or a light pressure tweezer to handle the figures. Just imagine you are handling precision tools and you will understand what I mean. You will also find that when you are doing the posing, the forceps are very helpful too.

 

#Tip 03 – Storage
IMG_4335Photo: Transparent Plastic Box with Dividers, SGD $2.00 (Daiso)

 

For storage wise, I will suggest not to “overcrowd” your 1/87 figures as it makes searching difficult and there will be an increased risk of paintwork lost. Try to group the figures together in your own preference but keep the group small. I use a plastic box with dividers to organize my figurines so that it will be really easy to find the figure I want to shoot.

 

#Tip 04 – Posing
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Photo: Scotch Clear Mounting Tape. SGD $7.50 (Giant)


Many of these figures are unable to “stand” on its own. Some manufacturers actually recommended their own brand of glue to help the figure stand. I will recommend the Scotch Clear Mounting Tape. All you need to do is to use a sharp scissor and cut a little dot off the tape reel and use for your figures. And a roll of this clear gel-like tape will last for a really long time.

 

#Tip 05 – Lens Type
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Photo: I used this 50mm lens to shoot my 1/87 images.

 

For this article’s photos, I used a 50mm lens (with some taken with an iPhone). While many may argue that a Macro Lens should do a better job but I beg to differ. Reason being the 1/87 figures does not have facial expressions painted properly due to its sheer size and macro lens will give you too much details to the point that the photo is no longer interesting as viewer will be looking at the detailed figurine instead of your overall composition. A regular prime lens like the 50mm will be a much more suitable lens. Those who are using a crop sensor body, you may wish to consider using 35mm or 50mm, for full frame sensor users you may wish to consider 50mm or 85mm as your lens choice.

 

#Tip 06 – Lighting
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Photo: A mix of handphone torch light and natural sunlight from the sky window inside the mall.
I will recommend the use of natural light, ambient light, torchlight or a dedicated macro flash (not a regular speedlite or even the built-in pop up flash). Due to the size of the figurines, a regular flash or built-in flash will make the photo to be very harsh and you will not be able to get anything decent out of it. Try to use a higher ISO if the environment is not sufficiently lighted since most cameras of today can handle higher ISO. Your phone’s torch will be a great help too.

 

#Tip 07 – Choosing Background
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Photo: Ice Skaters having a great time on my cake. Take note that I had framed other table top items into the photo to create that “1/87″ factor.

 

This is a tricky one. Many photographers tried shooting this and make the image to be a 1/87 world-realistic photo which is NOT what 1/87 photography is about. Unless you are an expressionists who will rebuilt a full scale 1/87 town complete with buildings and vehicles etc, otherwise you will want your 1/87 to be interesting. I will recommend looking for a familiar scene that has small little things like your office table with stationeries, kitchen top with kitchen wares, or even at a dinning table with food! (which was what I did here). The fun part of 1/87 photography is the “Irony Factor”, that has 1/87 people doing their things in our world, with our stuff of course.

 

#Tip 08 – Shooting Settings
IMG_9660Photo: Use of my phone to show the size comparisons and to create an interesting 1/87 scene.
Since I mentioned using Prime Lens as the preferred choice of optics, please do not engage yourself in a bokeh dreamland. 1/87 demand the clarity of the surrounding scene to make the image interesting and the ability to create a one-look story-line. Opening up your apertures to F1.2, F1.4, F1.8, F2 & F2.8 is not what you want to do. When the DOF is so shallow, no one can make out where you posed the figures and that totally defict the purpose of shooting 1/87. I did most of my photos here between F4 to F7.1.

 

#Tip 09 – Editing & Processing
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Photo: Do not do tight cropping unless the subject (secondary) is able to fill up the frame and viewer can still make out what is it.

 

Cropping is the main editing trick here for 1/87 photography. Similar to macro, you crop what you need – however with a little twist. You need to include the surrounding scene with emphasis on the 2nd subject or the 3rd subject to make your photo interesting. Otherwise might as well call it “Portrait-for-your-1/87-friend” right? Try not to overdo (saturation) your colors too – remember, you want the Irony Factor so the everyday items that you included in your frame must still look natural and in their real color. Tight cropping is not recommended, unless your 1/87 is posed on an object that is not too big to start with. In my example here, cookies and cakes.

 

#Tip 10 –  CreativityIMG_9653
Photo: Susan decided to putt to the last hole on the blackforest cake.
This is probably the most redundant tip in this article as all of you already know that most photography work requires your individual creativity to create interesting and unique images. I am including this tip here as a reminder for all of you to be creative. The tiny 1/87 size further demands you to think out of the box and even force you to envision a scene before you even start posing the figures. I am including this tip here also because I only have 9 Tips and “10 Tips” sounds better.

Have fun people!
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NIKKOR interchangeable lens reaches total production milestone of 90 million

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NIKKOR interchangeable lens reaches total production milestone of 90 million.
Nikon proudly marks its milestone for a total production of 90 million NIKKOR lenses for the Nikon interchangeable lens camera. In addition to the milestone, NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor, an exclusive Nikon technology, reach 50 million for its total production. 

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04th November 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is proud to announce its milestone achievement of 90 million in total production of NIKKOR lenses1 for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras. The milestone, officially reached at the end of October 2014, is also accompanied by the equally momentous 50 million total production mark for NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition henceforth actively continued over the years with advanced optical technologies deployed onto its lenses and consequently expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for the Nikon 1, Nikon’s AdvancedCameras with Interchangeable lenses first released in October 2011.

Within months of its announcement of the 85 million mark in January 2014, NIKKOR lenses in its many years of rich history and knowledge in optical technology, continues at a steady rate to mark its next production milestone.

In addition to the 90 million milestone, the total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the SWM, an autofocus motor developed by Nikon, has reached its 50 million total mark. The achievement comes within eighteen years since the 1996 release of the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, one of the first lenses with the SWM.

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Nikon’s SWM converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics, which in turn provides for exceptionally quiet autofocus photography. All NIKKOR lenses for SLR cameras released since 2004 have been equipped with the SWM2.

To date, a total of seventy two3 zoom lenses, fixed focal length (prime) lenses, and Micro lenses covering a broad range of focal lengths from ultra-wide-angle to super telephoto, equipped with the SWM have been released for FX- and DX-format digital SLR cameras. The SWM-adopted series also includes one3 fast, medium-telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens for Nikon’s range of Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.

1Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses

2Does not include specialty lenses (PC-E lenses).

3The total number of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the SWM currently available (as of November 4, 2014).

Among the most recent products which adopted the SWM is the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, released in August 2014. This lens, compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, represents a new generation of high-performance super-telephoto lenses with its significantly lighter weight.

Nikon then further responded to the photographers’ needs in September 2014 by adding the ultra-wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to its lineup of fast, f/1.8 fixed focal length (prime) lenses for Nikon FX-format cameras. Naturally, the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED utilizes the latest optical design technologies to achieve superior resolution. The lens also adopted Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat lens coating which controls generation of flare and ghost, while its ED lens elements achieves superior rendering capability with little chromatic aberration. The lens is remarkably portable due to its compact size and light weight, and it enables one of the best photographic expressions with the utilization of a wide angle and beautiful blur characteristics.

In June 2014, Nikon released the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 for its Nikon 1
and this super-telephoto zoom lens with a maximum focal length equivalent to 810mm is the world’s smallest and lightest4 lens in its class. The current lineup of 1 NIKKOR lenses consists of twelve lenses with focal lengths ranging from 6.7mm to 300mm (angles of view equivalent to 18mm to 810mm in 35mm [135] format) for coverage of a broad range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto. The lineup will be further expanded in the future.

4Among interchangeable lenses with a focal length that exceeds the equivalent of 600mm in 35mm [135] format for digital still cameras equipped with autofocus functions available as of March 13, 2014. Comparison of the minimum volume with each lens. Statement based on Nikon research.

Together with the Nikon FX and DX-cameras, the extensive range of excellent NIKKOR lenses and its consistent production lineup are highly capable to fulfil a photographer’s desire of a perfect shot.

All information is current as of the date of release. It is subject to change without notice.

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About the NIKKOR brand
NIKKOR is Nikon’s brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding “r”, a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established, to “Nikko”, the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.

Nikon’s own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.

Nikon’s lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced camera with interchangeable lenses.

In 2013, Nikon celebrated the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses with a variety of activities conveying the advantages of NIKKOR lenses, under the theme of “ART meets TECHNOLOGY makes HISTORY” including creation of the “Eyes of Nikon” photo collection, and collaboration in the creation of “Masters of the Light”, a collection of artistic photographs captured with NIKKOR lenses. The celebration continued in 2014 with the “Eyes of Nikon Photo Exhibition” held at Nikon Plaza Shanghai.

About Nikon
Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, please visit www.nikon.com.sg

Nikon Singapore Facebook Page www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore

 

 

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Seeing Pink at Eighteen Chefs

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Seeing Pink at Eighteen Chefs
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Photo: PPSG at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

03rd November 2014, SingaporePINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG) recently had a Dinner Photography Event at Eighteen Chefs, Dhoby Ghaut Branch (The Cathay). This event was specially arranged with Eighteen Chefs, and PINK was given their own special section to run the event.

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Photo: PPSG Goodie-Bags at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

The event started with AL, the Founding Member who gave a short talk on shooting Food photography and about volunteering with organizations (social enterprises) that supports the employment of ex-offenders. A low profile supporter himself, he advocates “2nd chances” for ex-offenders through many of his activities from his various associated groups.

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Photo (L to R): AL, Mrs. & Mr. Benny SE Teo, Mr. & Mrs. Danny Teo.
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

The air time were also passed to Chef Benny SE Teo, the person who started the Eighteen Chefs franchise in Singapore. Chef Benny also shared a little about Eighteen Chefs and how he decided to start the franchise. He engaged the attendees freely to which the attendees responded positively. To read more about Eighteen Chefs, you may wish to visit here.

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Photo: AL sharing tips on his photos exhibited at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

After the Opening, the attendees were shown AL’s works on the restaurant wall and on the digital screen at the entrance which exhibited AL’s photos when he was engaged to shoot by the franchisee to create a “fresh perspective” of the existing menu items.

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Photo: AL sharing tips with attendees at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

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Photo: PINK Attendees shooting at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

Dinner commenced but strangely, no one was eating instead. Instead, cameras were heard clicking away and the attendees were trying out AL’s shooting tips and having fun with their dinner (and others’ dinner too!). METZ also provided the attendees with demo flash units to try and use. There were so much laughter and talking until the attendees were reminded to eat their dinner!

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Photo: Live Demo at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

After the dinner, a special session was arranged to have an Eighteen Chefs staff to do a live demo on creating the restaurant’s popular Waffle with Ice Cream. From what we can see, everyone was enjoying and having a good time! If you had not tried the waffle from Eighteen Chef, we will suggest you check this out soon. It’s our favorite!

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Photo: The Waffle from the Live Demo at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

Before we round up the evening, a mini lucky draw was held and many won prizes!
Seeing Pink? Everyone is looking forward to the next PINK event again!
Let’s relive the lucky draw moments below. :)

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Photo: The Mini Lucky Draw Winners.
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

Before we pen off, We would like to extend our Thanks to;

Venue Sponsor/ Host
- Eighteen Chefs /Dhoby Ghaut, The Cathay
(Danny Teo & Magdalene Teo-Yong).

Special Guest
- Chef Benny SE Teo (Eighteen Chefs Singapore)

Lucky Draw Prize Sponsors
- METZ Singapore/ Schmidt Marketing
- Ourshutterjourney LLP

Event Photography
- Penguin Pictures (Benny Ng)

And ALL the attendees that made this event a successful one!
What you can do right are;

- Join PINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG) here.
- Like Eighteen Chefs Facebook here.
- Find Out More about METZ here.
- Like Penguin Pictures here.

Cheers,
Ed.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2014

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Sony World Photography Awards Launch Hunt to Uncover Singapore’s Best Photographer!
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Last year’s winning image taken by Chin Boon Leng
© Chin Boon Leng, 1st Place, Singapore National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

 - Singapore National Award is open for entries and will close at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015.

- The Sony World Photography Awards and Singapore National Award are free to enter. All images submitted must have been shot in 2014. Full conditions of entry are available at www.worldphoto.org   

- Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards are available via the World Photography Organisation (WPO) press centre. Please register at press.worldphoto.org/register

28th October 2014, Singapore – The Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, together with Sony Singapore, today launches a competition to discover Singapore’s best photographer.

Singapore National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from Singapore. Entries are free via www.worldphoto.org and photographers can enter any of ten categories. The judges will uncover and honour the best single image by a Singaporean national from across these categories.

This special award offers an amazing opportunity for budding photographers to have their work seen globally and be recognized alongside the world’s leading photographers.

The winner of Singapore National Award will be announced on 18 March 2015. The winning photographer will receive the latest Sony α7S full frame camera and flown to London to attend the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, while the second and third place winners will receive runner-up prizes. All three photographers will have their work displayed alongside professional photographers from around the globe as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition held in London from 24th of April to 10th of May 2015 and showcased online at www.worldphoto.org. More details of the top three prizes can be found below.

Each year the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the very best international contemporary photography. The awards include: 15 Professional categories for serious photographers; 10 Open categories for enthusiasts; the Student Focus competition for higher education photography students aged 18-28 and a Youth Competition for photographers under 20.

The winner of Singapore National Award will be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Singaporean nationals. Once the participant enters the Open competition, he or she will not be able to enter the Youth or Professional competition.

The Open competition includes ten categories:

●     Architecture

●     Arts & Culture

●     Enhanced

●     Low-light

●     Nature & Wildlife

●     Panoramic

●     People

●     Smile

●     Split second

●     Travel

The competition will close on 5 January 2015. Entries will firstly be judged by WPO’s pre-selection committee and a winner will be decided by a special judging panel including Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organisation comments, “The Sony World Photography Awards are committed to engaging with and supporting talented photographers from around the globe. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Sony Singapore to identify the local photographers that are producing great work and pushing their own creative boundaries, so that we can raise their profile across the globe and provide inspiration to other budding Singaporean photographers.”

Melvin Pang, Head, Marketing Division, Sony Singapore comments, “The National Awards are a great vehicle to recognise talent on a regional basis and it’s extremely interesting to see the different styles emanating from individual countries. We want to support these national talents and provide them with the best cameras and lenses so that they can focus on the creative subjects in front of them.”

The top three prizes for the Singapore National Award are:

1st Place

·         Sony α7S camera with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS

·         A trip to attend Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London

·         Winning image will be showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015

·         Winning image will be showcased on www.worldphoto.org

2nd Place

·         Sony α7 camera with Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA

·         Image will be digitally showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015

·         Image will be showcased on www.worldphoto.org

3rd Place

·         Sony α6000 with Vario-Tessar T*E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS

·         12 months WPO advanced membership on www.worldphoto.org

·         Image will be digitally showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015

·         Image will be showcased on www.worldphoto.org

 

About World Photography Organisation (WPO)
WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication where photography is explored, debated and discussed.  WPO also has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and engages its online audience via regular PhotoTALK discussions. For more information please visitwww.worldphoto.org

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/


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1/87 Photography

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1/87 Photography

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15th October 2014, Singapore – Some interesting photos had been making their rounds on social media. I am sure most of you would have seen them. All these photos were mainly tiny  1/87 scale (about 22mm) figures posed on food items or everyday scenes to create an interesting scene that is smacked right in between reality and creativity.

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These figures are manufactured by 3 major companies who specializes in scale models. I am not naming these 3 companies here as I am not paid to do so. The figures comes in various poses for various settings and themes so it does offers a lot of options for the photographers who are venturing into this.

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To start, you can go to popular online shopping sites like amazon or ebay and type “1/87 figures” on the search bar and you will be presented with all kinds of 1/87 scale figure listing. Some of these figurines are costly while some are ridiculously cheap. For example, a pair of  adult-theme figures will costs you the same for buying half a dozen of everyday figures. Some limited edition figures can costs up to a few hundreds too, so I will suggest do your research, plan your photography project carefully before you even purchase any of these.

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Now, how to properly create such photos? To start, I am sure you will notice the very shallow depth of field (background blur). This is intentional as to mask out whatever that is behind the scene that might make the photo weird or unnatural. So I will suggest using lenses that are F2.0 or wider to achieve the blur effect while the the camera is set to center one- spot focus properly differentiate what you want to be in focus (the figures) and what not.

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Now we have dealt with the shallow depth of field, next will be getting the details from the tiny 1/87 figures. You must be thinking how can that be done, well, I will suggest picking a prime lens from 50mm onwards and that allows you to focus not too far away. A macro lens will be the perfect choice since macro lenses are known for their details and their special ability to go really close to the subject to extract insane details.

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Next, will be getting the right figures for the right subject to create that magical effect. Since these figures comes in hundreds of themes, I will personally suggest buying those which are depicted as carrying out an activity. These will be easier for you to link up subjects or for shooting placement. Once you are used to shooting such scales, then I will suggest you buying those figures which are simply posed and not engaging in activity.

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Photo taken from emmalouiselayla.com

Due to the tiny scale and small size, these figures are easy to bring to anywhere you like. Although there is that slim chance of your figures going missing, it is better to carry these little guys in a match box or a tiny tin container from a mint drop. Shooting these outdoor is not easy too. You lose the control of light and easy setting of shooting indoors and you will probably be shooting in a prone position on a busy street if your camera does not have a tilt screen. But on the positive side, shooting these figures outdoors means unlocking all possibilities of shooting with these tiny figurines.

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I am glad to share that apart from people figures, the manufacturers does produce 1/87 scale vehicles too. Similar to “people” figurines that comes in hundred of themes, 1/87 vehicles offers anything from 2 wheels to a full size Boeing A380 passenger jet complete with thousands of accessories. Combine these vehicles with “human” of matching themes, you can now create realistic scenes that are so special and unique!

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Take the Christmas scene from the above photo as an example. With a little creativity, you can create a full scene like the above with matching trees, lamp posts, snow etc together with figures & vehicles. It all depends on your creativity and what you want to achieve. My last tip here will be to pay a little more attention to the lighting as it will determined if your scene looks interesting real or just a badly done miniature shot.

Oh lastly, when making the purchase for the 1/87 figures or vehicles, make sure you are buying painted ones too. Have fun and I will be back with my own set of miniature 1/87 photos soon.

Ed.

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METZ PHOTOKINA NEWS 2014

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METZ PHOTOKINA NEWS 2014

08th October 2014, Singapore – The recent Photokina 2014 had seen manufacturers from all over the world releasing new products from their latest innovations into the photography market and Metz is one of the brand that we are watching really closely. The flash & studio lighting specialist (Metz) announced a couple of industry-leading products at the international show as expected. Let’s check out their new releases below.

Mecablitz – electronic flash units and accessories
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Photo: The insane spec-ed mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital  from Germany.

mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital is a new product. This flash unit was already introduced some weeks ago, nevertheless it is a Photokina novelty. The 64 AF-1 digital is the strongest compact flash unit in the world with a max. guide number of 64. Next to the high guide number the special highlights are the large colour touch screen display with swivel function, a sync socket, a programme storage, rapid operation mode for fast recycling times and an auto zoom of 24 to 200 mm.

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Photo: The futuristic-looking mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital  from Germany.

For the first time Metz presented the new compact flash mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital at Photokina. This flash unit is ideally suitable for CSC cameras due to its size and has a guide number of 26, a vertical tilt reflector and as a special highlight an integrated LED video light.

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Photo: The new mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital.

mecastudio – studio flashes and accessories
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Photo: The mighty mecastudio TL-600

The studio flashes and kits of the Top Line Series were presented at this year’s Photokina. The range consists of the single units mecastudio TL-600 and mecastudio TL-300 as well as the two kits mecastudio TL-600 SB-Kit II and mecastudio TL-300 SB-Kit II.


mecalight – LED video lights and accessories

Cameras with integrated Full HD video functions continue to be popular with film makers. The demand for LED permanent light had increased tremendously. Answering to market calls, Metz completes the range with new & interesting LED video lights.

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Photo: mecalight LED-960 DL with 144 LEDs – That’s lots of LED!
For ambitious and professional video filmers and photographers we add two more powerful lights. mecalight LED-960 DL contains 144 LEDs which is twice as much power as the current Metz LED-480. Special highlights are, besides the 960 Lux, a CRI of ≥ 90, usability of external Sony batteries as well as a Wireless Dimming function. mecalight LED-960 DC also has an adjustable control function for the colour temperature.

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Photo: The cute & highly portable mecalight LED-72 smart

In this era where more and more photos and shorts films are made with Smartphones, Metz released an interesting LED light for this target group. The compact LED light mecalight LED-72 smart is the ideal companion for such Smartphone users. Highly portable and cute, this light comes in five different trendy colors and fits all headphone sockets of most smartphones or tablets. However, it does not use power of the mobiles devices. LED-72 smart has an integrated Lithium battery and can be charged via the integrated USB socket .

Get your METZ today!

To buy METZ products from Ourshutterjourney.com Accredited dealers, click here.For more information on Metz products in Singapore, please make contact Schmidt Marketing .

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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (2014)

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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (2014)
- The Mighty Tamron Has Arrived.

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Photo: The New Tamron 150-600mm produces sharp & crisp photo. 1/1000, F8, ISO400

03rd October 2014, Singapore – Tamron’s latest lens – the mighty SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is set to win more fans. It is not too difficult for one to see that Tamron is taking photographers’ needs seriously, like in the case of the recent Tamron 16-300mm superzoom lens, or the earlier 24-70mm, Tamron is moving away from “the alternative lens” and re-branding itself – not by means of heavy marketing, but by using quality optics and solid lens build to reclassify itself. Anyone who has been in photography long enough will know that Tamron has come a long way. From an OEM lens manufacturer with ISO 9001 certification to launching & marketing its own lenses – and constantly updating its lens lineup, Tamron is one brand to watch.

The new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is the latest proof that Tamron is here to stay. Launched as the super telephoto zoom lens for the serious hobbyists or the advanced photographers, this lens is also targeting at professional photographers who needs a more manageable sized lens that are practical and produces quality images. This lens is not a huge load to start with, at 1951gm, this lens is suitable for handheld shooting without breaking your arm. I took this lens out for a day to the local bird park and and I am glad to share that my arms survived the weight of the lens without any pods.

 

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Photo: Yes, that’s me. And Yes, that’s the New Tamron 150-600mm.

 

Using this lens for an afternoon at the bird park last week was indeed a joy. Let me share why. I purposely chose an APS-C camera for this review so that I actually get 225mm to 900mm after the crop factoring on my APS-C camera sensor (or 35mm equivalent) and that allows me to shoot really “close” to the birds at the park. Birds are sensitive animal and they are particularly wary (or defensive) when someone walks near to them or within their sight. So having a super long focal range like the 600mm (900mm) actually allows me to shoot these birds from far and without having to disturb the birds or risk putting them on alert mode.

 

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Photo: The New Tamron 150-600mm rendered excellent color tones and images are contrasty. 1/800, F11, ISO640
Although many birding photographers will swear by their “F2.8″, I found the Tamron’s aperture F5-6.3 very useable and should I say, sensible. Under the typical sun, F5-6.3 is considered “bright” and it is enough to be used with today’s DSLRs which comes with better ISO performance and that sort of allow the photographer to shoot at fast speed, fast enough to freeze subjects and still creates a beautiful background blur. Many photographers will tell you that you need to have a super wide aperture to create background blur (bokeh), but many actually forgot the other way is to use the DOF, like in the case of long lenses, your distance to subject is far, you can still get nice creamy background blur – just like all the photo examples here.

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Photo: Check out the amount of details presented here. Shot at the longest 600mm end. 1/1000, F11, ISO800.

The 150-600mm may be a super telephoto zoom lens, but I like the fact that the minimum focusing distance is only a mere 2.7 m which essentially allows the user to double up the lens as a tele-portrait lens at the 150-200mm range. This lens is not just about covering focal range for those who are probably thinking what’s inside the lens. Tamron has a newly designed optics that comes in a whopping 20 elements in 13 groups. Featuring three units of Tamron’s “goodie” LD Glass (Low Dispersion), users can be assured of quality images free from your usual distortions and discolorations which is typical with super telephoto zoom lenses. Designed as 9-blader, the round blades creates beautiful and creamy background blur even at small apertures. And all these are incorporated nicely into a lens build size of 258mm x 106mm, a very manageable size to carry around – in your bag or in your hands.

 

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Photo: 200mm. 1/1000, F11, ISO800.

 

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Photo: 200mm. 1/1000, F16, ISO1600.

 

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Photo: Hand held shooting with the new Tamron 150-600mm is easy.

Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Control (VC) works really well and fast. When I was shooting at the bird park, most of the time these lovely birds are constantly moving at varying speeds so with the lens’ built in VC, it helped a lot in reducing blur shots and I can even track-pan the subject effortlessly knowing that I am being “compensated” by the VC by about 4 stops of speed. The autofocus (AF) is noted as very fast and accurate while I was shooting with it. The focus lock-on is amazingly fast & accurate and the other point to note about this lens, it is so quiet that you can barely here the lens focusing. This is excellent especially if you are shooting a lot in nature where the slightest noise gets picked up by wild life.

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Photo: 200mm. 1/800, F14, ISO400.

 

Since most wildlife photographers crop their photos, let’s check out the image shot the new Tamron 150-600mm after cropping. Below is a shot of a pelican whip-splashing water to cool itself down on a hot afternoon.

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I decided to do a 80% crop on the head.

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The Red Box is what I am going to crop out. See below for the cropped image.

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Not bad. At 20% of the image’s original size, I am still able to see most of the details of this pelican. Next 2 photo is based on the original photo and followed by a 50% crop.

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Photo: At 100%

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Photo: At 50%

Apparently after cropping 50%, the image retains all the details very clearly. There is no visible distortion, CA etc which some telephoto lenses suffers so badly with. At this point, I am already sold with the new Tamron 150-600mm. On handling, the large and grippy zoom ring & focusing ring are very smooth during operation and very comfortable to hold. Most users will feel that the weight of the lens are positioned to the front lens element away from the body, this is really a clever way to make the lens feels balanced and not that heavy after you mounted it on a DSLR. The front of the lens accepts 95mm screw on filters and if you are going to put one there, the weight of the 95mm filter will add a couple more grams to it.
The barrel are made from a solid & sturdy composite material which seems to handle the outdoor heat pretty well. Holding the 150-600mm makes me feel like I am holding the Canon EF28-300mm L – yes, it is that solid!

 

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Photo: These guys are not shy, but when I am within 30 meters of their feeding pan, they all stopped feeding & looked up. I slowly held up my camera and shot this. 500mm. 1/500, F8, ISO640.

 

In summary, the NEW 2014 Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is a great super telephoto zoom lens that are practical and very much affordable than its equivalents with wider apertures. As mentioned, given today’s crop of DSLRs, high ISO is no longer an issue so that actually eliminated the problem of not having enough light thus allowing the user to shoot at higher shutter speed. The lens is well-built and designed, certainly purposeful and practical. I feel that the lens can take a few levels of abuse too (giggling).  The images that were produced are excellent and rendered with very minimum distortions or ghostings while producing contrasty and photos with really nice colors.

If you are thinking to invest into your first real super telephoto zoom lens, look no further, the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is certainly a good buy if not, a good investment.

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Photo: The Tamron 150-600mm is really a joy to use.

 

To find out more about this lens, click here.
To buy this lens from Tamron Singapore’s appointed dealers, click here.
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Special Thanks to:
– Tamron Singapore (GSH Corporation) for the lenses.
– Trisha Lim (Behind-the-scenes Photographer)

About Tamron Singapore (GSH Corporation (Far East) Pte Ltd)
Tamron Singapore (GSH Corporation (Far East) Pte Ltd) are committed to provide the best prices and after-sales service to all consumers and that is reflected in our commitment of a 5 years warranty. There are always greater benefits and extra savings when you purchase a Tamron lens, buy with a peace of mind, use with a peace of mind.

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Pink Submissions #03 “The Unknown” Editor’s Picks

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Pink Submissions #03 “The Unknown” Editor’s Picks
(Special Feature & Winners Announcement)
Proudly Sponsored by Schmidt Marketing.
Pink Feature

02nd October 2014, Singapore – The “Pink Submissions” is fast catching on among the female photographers in Singapore. After 2 previous rounds of running this submission – essentially a photo-sharing initiative based on the given theme, we had gotten many new submissions from many new PINK members. And we are pleased to note that the photo standards & quality had also escalated to a different (but higher) level. When Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) started this, we even gotten some merchants interested and the Pink Submissions became a theme-based sharing + critique + contest at the same time. We are glad to report that we received about 50+ entries this round.

From the members’ response, I have a feeling this will go on for a long, long time. With or without a prize sponsor, Pink Submissions will go on! Following the style from our last submission, let’s hear what the Judges/ Sponsors have to say about this submission/ theme.

“We had studied closely the past 2 submissions before deciding to come in as the sponsor for the #03 submissions. We must admit that the photographers from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) are very creative & resourceful people. We were very impressed with the past submissions and hope to create more fun for the members.

While we were thinking hard what theme to allocate for this round, we chanced upon a suggestion from Miss Magdalene Teo-Yong, a PPSG member/ administrator who suggested <<The Unknown>>, guess what?
We love the theme & we confirmed the theme immediately with the Editor AL.

For the judging, trust us, it’s not easy, we love almost every photo!”
– Marketing Department, Schmidt Marketing.

OK, that’s the message from our sponsor Schmidt Marketing for the #03 Submissions!
Ladies, I am so proud of all of you and I must say this. “Pink Did It Again!”

As usual, we were not able to feature every submitted photos due to photo size or for any reasons. So, I had picked out the below photos from the crop to run this feature.
Enjoy!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance not in any order)

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“The Unknown”
#03 Pink Submissions Featured Photos.

Editor’s Pick #01 – Photo by Yoong Sann
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“Clever use of the interesting cloud textures & rendering in monochrome for the final delivery. tree branches and the sign that reads ‘Beware of Snakes’ completes the theme nicely. For a person to be at this place with a sky like that, yes, it is Unknown what else might be out there – excluding the snakes. Nice one.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #02 – Photo by Adelene Ng
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“The night Moon is one of the favorite subject among photographers. Match the moon with any sinister looking house or over a scene does creates the feeling of fear, uncertainty and ‘the Unknown” effortlessly. Although many countries had landed on the moon today, the moon remains a mystery to scientists & astrologists. Adelene rendered her photo of the moon into monochrome which simply made the moon more mysterious and sinister.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #03 – Photo by Doreen WooDoreen Woo
“A view of the Milky Way, where millions of stars formed and created this beautiful sight off our sky. Mankind had extensively studied what’s around our solar system, but the real deal is, at least 99% of the universe remains unknown to us. Using the tall grass as the foreground interest with a few trees at the back, the Milky Way (which is supposedly the main subject) now blends nicely into the frame making this image a scene rather than a solo subject photo. Simple yet Brilliant!” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #04 – Photo by Magdalene Teo-YongMag Teo2
” This is a ‘look-up’ shot of the Milky Way by Magdalene. On first look, we weren’t too impressed then it struck us that she had caught a shooting star in the frame. When we scrutinize the photo a 2nd and a further 3rd time, only then, we ‘got the feel’ of this photo and yes, looking up to the sky filled with millions of stars, with the Milky Way looking like the Eye of the Sky and the shooting star passing by, this combination does evokes the thought, rakes up a sense of fear yet exciting, a sight to behold. Wait, how many many of you were lucky enough to caught a shooting star?” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #05 – Photo by Ellis Jade Tay
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“This Kaleidoscopic look are commonly used by photographers for creating a rush or flying-in effect. However, many got it wrong by applying this technique everywhere. To create such a photo, the photographer must first search for a combination of lights that are strategically positioned before attempting to do this. Ellis selected a good background for this image and created an interesting image with varying lights of all shapes and sizes this is impressively different.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #06 – Photo by Alyssa ChanAlyssa Chan1
“War Memorials Cemetery is a sad & peaceful place. A place where heroes were remembered and honored. If you happen to visit a memorial one day, you will notice that many tombstones were marked as ‘Un-Named’, ‘Nameless” or ‘Unknown’. For many died or disappeared without a name to them while fighting a war. This is yet another interesting translation of the theme by Alyssa Chan.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #07 – Photo by Esther WongEsther Wong
“Esther took this shot in between rows of cactus. The corridor formed a path that are lined with thorns that depicts danger, Although this image was shot based on a reduced ratio, however if this scene is life size – this means if a person can actually walk through this path, indeed, no one knows where the path will leads to. It is unknown and this is unknown.”
– AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #08 & #09 – Photo by Joanna NgJoanna Ng5
“Clever use of the sun light piercing through the misty dews creating an interesting scene that makes a person think what is ahead. Definitely unknown  to anyone with a thousand possibilities. The only way to find out? Explore further.” – AL, Editor.

Joanna Ng
“Another creative scene of a corridor (by Joanna Ng) that seems to go on and takes forever to the end – if there is an end. The bright colors and the contrasty black against the bright orange color makes this scene a thinking piece. Unknown to the viewer, this scene deserves a second thought, good shot.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #10, #11 & #12 – Photo by Alice Chia
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“A shot of a Danbo figurine staring at a wall hole. Interesting lighting (check out the long shadow of the figurine) and yes, it is unknown to the Danbo on what lies beyond that wall hole, it is unknown. Simply perfect for the theme.” – AL, Editor.

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“I believed this is a bowl that Alice used. The Danbo is hanging on to the side of the bowl with a little red line (could be depicting a live-saving line that snapped) and looking down at an imaginery infinity pool or something. Very thought-evoking shot”
– AL, Editor.

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“Another Excellent shot by Alice Chia, the Danbo seen here is looking down at possibly a drain cover. The lighting makes this shot particularly mysterious and the unknown factor(s) beneath those sinister looking grilles. This shot is definitely creative & Alice’s clever use of light makes this shot very, very interesting. Excellent shot” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #13 – Photo by Doris AngDoris Ang
“Doris’s shot (above) had the editorial team as well as our sponsors commenting on the Unknown factor about this factor. Seen here is Mario & Luigi looking at a map and seemingly lost. They are probably so lost that it is unknown to them which way should they go next. We were hoping that the piece of pink color pos-it pad on the left bottom could be removed digitally too. We decided to feature this photo because we still love this photo. What about you?” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #14 & 15 – Photo by Tan Pei Wen
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“Using the shower doors as a tool for making this shot seems very logical especially when the given theme was “The Unknown”. Look carefully at Pei Wen’s shot, it could have reminded you of some sci-fi or horror flicks that you had watched before and this fits into the theme nicely as most of the time, the Unknown is associated with fear and uncertainties. Rendering this shot into monochrome just makes this shot more scary – we love it!” – AL, Editor.

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“Here’s another shot by Pei Wen, a color & tighter version of the earlier photo. This shot shares the same mood and the ‘unknown’ factor of the photo above – only better! We love this shot too!” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #16 – Photo by Magdalene Teo-Yong
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“Shot at Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore, this is the next cemetery to go – for land redevelopment. Many statues of North Indian Singh soldiers can be seen at various tombs. These are ‘Guards” and supposedly the richer folks employs these guards to watch over their house & properties when they were alive and after their passing, these guards statues continues to guard their ‘home’. For theme “The Unknown”, it is indeed unknown to us – the living on what these ‘Guards” are really watching.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #17 – Photo by Alice ChiaAlice Chia1
‘”Alice submitted this photo of a pair of cosplayers posing. Although it is unknown to us where the unknown factor was, it is further unknown to us how this photo can be related to the unknown theme except that the cosplayers were looking at an unknown photographer with an unknown look on them. I am really just kidding here. The editorial team & judges really can make out where the unknown factor was, but we like the expression on the female cosplayer’s face.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #18 & #19– Photo by Fione (Wee N Soh)Wee N Soh
“If I remembered correctly, Fione shot this scene at a shopping centre along Orchard Road (Central). Using reflections, the surrounding facades, she created a scene that is interesting and mysteriously spooky. We like the dark surrounding area as it emphasize the subject nicely. We like the mood that Fione created too.” – AL, Editor.

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“People looking curiously at an oversized lighted chinese opera mask. Using slow shutter, some of the people were blurred intentionally creating motion in this photo.
However, everything else that moves, the mask remained rooted, staring blankly to everyone and anyone that went near it. Did you saw the eyes moved? Unknown.”
– AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #20– Photo by Tan Pei WenPeiwen3
“Another great work from Pei Wen, it is unknown to us what eye is this. But the subtle lighting, the monochrome rendering does makes this shot very moody and a tad spooky. We love the feel of this shot.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #21– Photo by Sally Tan-Lee
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“Abandoned boats? The sky that are gloomy? Nobody in sight? There are many unknown factor here which we are trying to understand what Sally was expressing.
We decided that the ‘Unknown’ factor here is this place is quiet and lonely, creating a sense of uncertain and anticipation.” – AL, Editor.

OK people, we have come to the end of “Editor’s Pick” for the #03 Pink Submissions “The Unknown”. Before you scroll to the winning entries below, I would like to thank everyone from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) who participated in this.

And the Prize Winners for the #03 PINK SUBMISSION are!
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Proudly Sponsored by Schmidt Marketing. )

1st Prize – Alice Chia
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2nd Prize – Joanna Ng
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3rd Prize – Fione (Wee N Soh)Wee N Soh1

 

Congratulations to All the Winners!
You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
Thank you for your participation!

Special Thanks to Schmidt Marketing for sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #04 Pink Submissions!

Ed.

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Artisan&Artist – Leica Edition

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Artisan&Artist Leica Edition
- Complete with a System Camera Bag, Neck strap & Wrist strap.

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30th October 2014, Singapore – ARTISAN&ARTIST is pleased to announce the launch of a new system camera bag, neck strap and wrist strap created as ARTISAN&ARTIST Edition for Leica.

ARTISAN&ARTIST, a Japanese brand, which embodies outstanding craftsmanship without compromising to the demand of artists, shares with Leica the passion for handcrafted excellence, elegant design and highest quality.

Ideal for short trips and travel with only the essential camera equipment this bag provides sufficient space for basic camera gear. It is safe and convenient storage for all essential items.

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Thanks to the contrasting combination of black leather and red stitches, the bag look classic and elegant. The design is extremely stylish and made with the finest leather together with hard-wearing weatherproof nylon. The inner sides of the bag are all about safety and adaptations. The bag can be used as an elegant casual shoulder bag when inlay dividers are removed. Additional film, memory cards or a spare battery can be carried in the sewn-in inner pocket. A wrist strap and a neck strap presented in elegant green-brown silk are available separately as optional camera accessories to match system bag. Thanks to elaborate plaiting process the straps are tear-resistant and exceptionally strong. Protective tabs for the leather end pieces protects the camera body and prevent scratching.

The ARTISAN&ARTIST Edition for Leica system bag will be available in Leica Stores and Boutiques from November 2014.

http://www.leica.com/

About ARTISAN & ARTIST Co., Ltd.
ARTISAN & ARTIST Co., Ltd. was launched in 1991, and it designs, manufactures, and markets various products including accessories and apparels under ARTISAN&ARTIST brand.

ARITSAN&ARTIST transmits the company principle, the pride as a “Japanese brand”, from Japan to the world through the products with the following messages incorporated: innovative and clear concepts; “beautility” created from simple design; well-selected materials imposing strict standards; uncompromised structure manufactured by experienced artisans with prominent technique; and a reliable after-sales customer service to maintain product’s longevity.

For further information please contact Schmidt Marketing Photo (S) Pte Ltd.

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Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash

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Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash
- Featuring Dyan Tjhia.

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Photo: Dyan Tjhia & her camera fitted with Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash

 

30th September 2014, Singapore – Famed for their high quality flashes that are favored by professional photographers from around the world, German Flash maker METZ has an interesting flash among their product line of professional flashes – the Mecablitz 15 MS-1. This professional macro flash is unique in many ways, the MS-1 runs on a wireless macro flash system via two individually-controlled reflectors that promises the user precision illumination and a balanced light distribution which many other macro flashes struggles. Metz managed to figure out what type of light adjustments, light throw and illumination control that a macro photographer really need and use.

Another interesting point to note is, the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 operates via wireless TTL which is controlled by the master flash mounted on the hot shoe. And this professional flash runs on just 02 AAA batteries which I will not share where the battery chamber is. It took us (pretty amazing after we found the battery chamber) a while at first to figure out how to use this flash.

We decided to invite Dyan Tjhia, an avid macro photographer as well as an award-winning sports photographer to take the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 out for a day and below are the photos that Dyan had shot using her camera with the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 . Let’s check out her photos below. If you searching for the specifications, it’s right below after the jump.

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I am sure that you will agree that Dyan’s photos above were awesome. It is no wonder why the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 (a true performer flash that) is trusted & used by professional macro photographers. Personally, I like the wireless TTL feature as I get pretty irritated by coiled cables from other macro flashes. From Dyan’s photos above, we noted on the even distribution of light, the not-so-harsh flash landed on the subject pretty gently if I must describe in easy terms.

Priced competitively, the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 is one excellent (and interesting) macro flash to purchase. Get yours today!

Buy the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 here.

Technical Specifications.
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Wireless TTL flash control
- Two reflector system, individually pivoting (0°, 10°, 20°) and separately controlled
- Ratio function (light distribution from left to right
- Horizontal (20°) pivoting reflector
- Dot matrix display
- Standard 50 mm illumination
- Enclosed bouncer disc for softer illumination
- Adjustable light (modelling light)
- Integrated autofocus auxiliary light
- Flash standby and exposure control indicator on flash unit
- Flash functions for specific camera models in remote TTL mode

Operates as slave flash unit in the following operating modes:
- E-TTL – remote flash mode (Canon)
- i-TTL- remote flash mode (Nikon / Fujifilm)
- P-TTL remote flash mode (Pentax / Samsung)
- Four-Thirds TTL remote flash mode (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)
- ADI remote flash mode (Sony Alpha)

Basic flash functions

- TTL remote flash operating mode (as slave unit)
- Slave flash mode with pre-flash suppression
- Slave flash mode with learn function
- Manual flash mode with 6 partial lighting levels
- 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization

Flash output
- Max. guide number (GN) of 15 for ISO 100/21° and 50 mm
- High number of flashes (e.g. 200 full flashes with NiMH batteries, 1000 mAh)
- Flash recycle time 0.3 – 5 secs (depending on the energy source and flash output)

Included in delivery
- 52, 55 and 58 mm adapter rings
- Bouncer disc
- IR clip-ons
- Belt pouch

The Metz mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital that is directly mounted on the lens, and is suitable for nearly all cameras DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung or Sony Alpha.

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Getty Images inspires Spikes Asia to kill the cliché and Re-Picture the world‏

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Getty Images inspires Spikes Asia to kill the cliché and Re-Picture the world‏
The world’s leading digital media company launches Re-Picture photo contest and supports Asia Pacific’s emerging creative talent through continued sponsorship of Young Spikes.
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19th September 2014, Singapore – Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, is challenging attendees of Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity to drop stereotypes, reconsider the way they look at the world and embrace the power of imagery to shape the future.

As part of its mission to move the world through imagery, Getty Images is inspiring Spikes delegates to look beyond stereotypical images when describing people and communicating concepts, inviting creatives to ‘re-picture’ visual representations of key concepts like success, beauty, age and family.

“Social media in Asia is growing fast and as more consumers engage with brands online we’re seeing a rising demand for authenticity in imagery. At Getty Images we believe it’s time to move away from the cliché  content and embrace the world around us as it actually is – in all its variety and beauty,” said Corinne Woels, Head of Sales, Getty Images, South East Asia.

“Spikes Asia attracts the region’s top industry influencers and best emerging talent – creative leaders with the power to redefine our perception of the world. Getty Images is excited to join forces with this year’s delegates to re-picture stereotypes and inspire change.”

Delegates can explore image galleries representing re-pictured perspectives on selected themes and respond with their own ideas by using the #RePicture hashtag. In addition, Getty Images is launching a photo contest, inviting attendees to submit their interpretation of Re-Picture to win a US$200 Photos.com by Getty Images voucher.

For the third year, Getty Images is the official sponsor of the Young Spikes Competition. Taking place at the heart of the Festival, and judged by a panel of top media experts, the competition sees Asia’s best young creatives compete around the clock to create an award-winning campaign. Getty Images is the exclusive content provider for the competition, enabling participants to draw from its broad range of award-winning creative imagery to produce inspiring work of their own.

For more information on re-picture, visit www.gettyimages.com/repicture.

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Widen Your Horizons: Sony Introduces ZEISS 16-35mm F4

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Widen Your Horizons: Sony Introduces ZEISS 16-35mm F4 Full-Frame Wide-Angle Zoom for α E-Mount Cameras

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- Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) with versatile wide-angle zoom range
- Legendary ZEISS design optimised for Sony α7 series 35mm full-frame cameras
- Optical SteadyShot™ in-lens image stabilisation
- Compact and portable with dust and moisture resistant design

15th September 2014, Singapore – Sony’s latest full-frame ZEISS wide-angle zoom packs serious imaging power into a light, compact addition to the E-mount lens range for α camera users.

The eagerly-awaited Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) now offers photo enthusiasts a choice of three wide-aperture premium zoom lenses. Complementing the existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom, the wide-angle SEL1635Z is a compelling choice for landscapes, interiors and architecture plus everyday shooting.

Legendary ZEISS quality exploits the immense creative potential of the acclaimed α7 series of 35mm full-frame cameras. It’s also an ideal partner for the complete Sony range of E-mount cameras and camcorders.

The uncompromising optical design features five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements. This helps the SEL1635Z achieve outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and colour aberration to an absolute minimum – all in a lens that’s both compact and light to carry.

A signature of ZEISS lenses, the T* coating on optical surfaces minimises flare and ghosting to boost contrast, clarity and depth with landscapes and strongly backlit scenes.

A constant F4 maximum aperture allows photographers to achieve beautiful background defocus effects with a shallow depth of field at all focal lengths. Coupled with Optical SteadyShot™ in-lens image stabilisation, it enables stunning handheld shots in low light without boosting ISO sensitivity and the risk of increased noise.

Wherever you are sent on assignment, the lens’s dust and moisture-resistant design lets serious photographers keep shooting with confidence in the harshest of environments.

The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens will be available at selected Sony Stores and authorised outlets from November 2014.

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Specifications Sheet:
- Model Name” SEL1635Z
- 35mm equivalent focal-length (when attached to APS-C body) 24-52.5mm
- Max. magnification ratio 0.19x
- Min. focus distance 0.28m
- Filter diameter 72mm
- Dimensions 78 x 98.5mm
- Weight 518g
- Supplied accessories Front cap, Rear cap, Hood, Case
- Colour Black

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and

professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/

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Nikon brings internationally renowned photographer Chris McLennan to Singapore

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Nikon brings internationally renowned photographer Chris McLennan to Singapore.
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Nikon’s latest D750 to provide consumers with an exciting Nikon FX experience at Funan DigitaLife Mall.

I AM FULL FREEDOM-Chris McLennan

16th September 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore today announced that they will be bringing in recognised industry leader in travel and wildlife photography, Nikon New Zealand Ambassador’s Chris McLennan, to Singapore to speak at Nikon’s I AM FULL FREEDOM consumer roadshow. The public event will be held at Funan DigitaLife Mall from 3 to 5 October 2014.

McLennan will be sharing his experiences as a travel and wildlife photographer during the event. His recent notable work includes a viral video titled “Car-L meets the lions” where Chris used a remote control camera buggy to get close up photos of a wild pride of eight lions.

“We are very honoured to have Chris McLennan with us to share his 25 years of experience in photography,” said Jonathan Ang, Deputy General Manager, Nikon Singapore. “Chris’ experience shooting in diverse and challenging conditions all around the world allow him to provide invaluable insights to photography enthusiasts and inspire them to get the very best out of their cameras.”

“I’m delighted to be present in Singapore to talk about my journey as a photographer for Nikon, and my experiences from New Zealand and all over the globe,” said Chris McLennan. “My photography assignments have taken me to more than 45 different countries to shoot many amazing subjects, and having Nikon cameras has allowed me to get the best out of every shot.”

“I’m looking forward to sharing those experiences with everyone here,” McLennan added.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Nikon Professional Photographers such as Alex Soh, Bryan Foong, and Imran Ahmad, who are experts in their own fields of travel, wedding and underwater photography respectively. They will talk about their own behind-the-scene stories and share photography insights for aspiring photographers to learn from.

Titled “I AM FULL FREEDOM”, the Nikon FX experience happening this October is also open to members of the public and photography enthusiasts to try out Nikon’s latest full frame DSLR, the Nikon D750, which will make its official debut at the event. Other full frame Nikon FX-format DSLR cameras, which include the D4S and the recently launched D810 will also be available for hands-on testing at the event, with a variety of NIKKOR lenses.

As part of the Nikon FX experience, members of the public will also be able to participate in a novel open-top bus tour around town. The ride will take them around nearby city spots while they test out the new D750, as well as other Nikon full frame FX-format DSLR cameras available on the bus. There will also be free sensor cleaning services over the weekend for existing Nikon users for the first 100 participants per day.

Photographers can also look forward to various exciting performances throughout the weekend, which range from Japanese Taiko Drums to freestyle dance performances and more! Shutterbugs looking to get some weekend captures are encouraged to come by to test their photography skills.

Programme Summary

Programme Date / Time Details and Registration

Talks by Chris McLennan and Nikon professional photographers: Alex Soh, Bryan Foong and Imran Ahmad

3 – 5 October – Various timings
(These photography talks are open to all.)

Register at http://www.nikon.com.sg/fullfreedom.
Limited to 100 pax for seating. Registration is free and opens on 23 September 2014 at 12pm online on a first-come-first-served basis.

Mall Performances 4 – 5 October 2014 Shutterbugs looking to get some weekend shots can also come by the mall to watch various exciting performances, which range from Japanese Taiko Drums to freestyle dance performances and even fire juggling.

“FREEDOM BUS” Open Top bus tours 4 – 5 October 2014, Hourly, between 12-6pm. Members of the public can sign up for a free ride on the Open Top bus tour where you will get a chance to try your hands on the latest Nikon D750 and other Nikon FX Cameras. Register at http://www.nikon.com.sg/fullfreedom and receive an 8GB SanDisk card. Registration begins on 23 September 2014 at 12pm online on a first-come-first-served basis. Tours run every hour with a capacity of 20 pax per ride.

Free Sensor Cleaning 3 – 5 October 2014 (Fri – Sun) From 11am
Special Perks for Nikon users: Limited to the first 100 pax per day and one Nikon camera body per person only. T&Cs apply. View website for further details.

For more details, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg/fullfreedom.

About the Nikon DSLR D750
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The Nikon D750 is Nikon’s smallest and lightest FX-format camera to deliver incredible image quality in an ideal package of enriched features. The D750 enables the freedom of photographic expression with sought-after functionalities of built-in Wi-Fi®, tilting monitor, 24.3 megapixels,

91K-pixel RGB sensor, and outstanding high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second for both FX- and DX-format, all fitted into a slim and durable body.

Read the media release at www.nikon.com.sg

About Nikon
Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

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iStock by Getty Images to disrupt stock photo industry with bold new changes

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iStock by Getty Images to disrupt stock photo industry with bold new changes.
- Major changes to credits, pricing and content sets iStock ahead of competitors
- Premium exclusive content now available at dramatically reduced prices
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16 September 2014, SinGAPOREiStock by Getty Images, the original resource for crowd-sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, today launches a series of major changes to simplify purchasing and make its premium content available to customers for even less.  The far reaching changes, which include simplified content collections, improved search and new pricing firmly position iStock as the number one place to source unique, quality content at the best price.

Breaking new ground is in iStock’s DNA. From its humble beginnings 14 years ago as a start-up in Calgary, iStock turned the image industry on its head by crowd-sourcing imagery and inventing the microstock model. Today, iStock is disrupting again, with changes that will leave no room for ambiguity or indecision about the best place to source the right content at the right price.

From today, customers will see:

•       A single price per image and video allowing customers to access the needed file size without paying more.

•       Two collections:

–      Essentials: Millions of every day images, vectors, videos and music tracks at an unbelievable price.

–      Signature:  7 million and growing premium-quality images, vectors, video and music tracks (includes premium files formerly in the Vetta™ collection) exclusively and only available from iStock at a dramatically reduced price.

•       The flexibility of two simple payment methods with subscriptions and pay-as-you-go credit packs, enabling customers to easily buy what they need for less.  Pay-as-you-go pricing is as low as $8 per high-resolution image or $48 per high definition video.  Subscription plans provide access for as low as $0.22 per image.

“Our customers have spoken. They want quality and individuality at the best possible price – and they want it from iStock by Getty Images,” said Getty Images Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein.

“Only iStock offers more than just commodity content. We offer Signature – exclusive images, video and vectors curated by a global team of visual and trend experts, at a price that cannot be matched. Now our customers have even better access to this unique premium content, available only from iStock and with the trusted backing of Getty Images. Creatives and other image users do not have to settle for a sea of commoditised sameness.”

Click here for more information on the changes taking place.  

Do You Know?
iStock by Getty Images vs Shutterstock comparison

1) Worldwide Contributors
- iStock has 155K contributors from 165 countries
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Nikon Announces D750.

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Nikon Announces D750.
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The New Nikon D750 is at the Pinnacle of Innovation, Offering Performance and Maneuverability

With superior maneuverability and agility in a powerful, compact package, the revolutionary Nikon D750 is packed with features to provide photographers all they need to capture stunning images .

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12th September 2014, SINGAPORE – Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of the new D750, the smallest and lightest Nikon FX-format camera*1 to deliver incredible image quality in an ideal package of enriched features. The D750 enables the freedom of photographic expression with sought-after functionalities of built-in Wi-Fi®*2, tilting monitor, 24.3 megapixels, 91K-pixel RGB sensor, and outstanding high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second*3 for both FX- and DX-format, all fitted into a slim and durable body.

The innovative D750 challenges the common assumption that the higher a DSLR’s specifications, the bulkier it becomes. The D750 includes revolutionary technologies designed to offer a strong, lightweight camera without compromising image quality. Its powerful FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine are packed into a monocoque structure framed by carbon fiber composite material (new material*4), and magnesium alloy to provide nimble durability while producing beautiful, balanced shots. Aimed at a discerning audience, the D750 is a superior camera with similar full-scale features and performance as those in the high-end range to offer photographers the room to expand their capabilities and evolve their skills.

“With a 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, built in Wi-Fi®*2,cutting-edge engineering, and superior maneuverability, the D750 provides everything a photographer needs to create and share incredible images in a single device,” said Garland Mak, Deputy General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd. “The D750 is synonymous with a crafted perfection of an ideal FX-format camera in its minimal weight and frame accompanied by compelling features for the closest true-to-life imaging experience.”

D750 Primary Features

1. Rich image quality paired with exceptional technology

• Stunning output quality: The 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor combines with ISO sensitivities. An effective ISO range from 100 to 12800, also expandable from Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) right up to Hi 2 (ISO 51200 equivalent), is achieved through enhanced performance of image processing to offer images with minimal noise regardless of ambient light.

• Powerful image processing: The EXPEED 4 image-processing engine delivers stunning shots, boosting image superiority over its predecessor. Enhancements include improved noise reduction performance at high ISO sensitivities, as well as upgraded depth and clarity in gradation rendering.

• Smooth, cinematic Full HD video: The D750 offers the capability to record Full HD movies in 1920×1080/60p (59.94 fps) format with minimal jaggies or moiré to offer a smooth, clear movie. A new movie shooting menu and “highlight display” function are also designed to make it easier for the videographer to achieve a refined, high-quality video regardless of environment. A multi-area mode also provides support for DX-format NIKKOR lenses, offering users flexible movie expression. Additionally, improved audio performance helps ensure the sound is as good as the image.

2. Outstanding functionality and performance for precision

• Fast, enhanced autofocus: A high-speed, highly accurate 51-point autofocus (AF) system employs a new AF sensor module that enhances low-light performance (down to -3EV), making it possible to shoot using AF in dark environments where it is impossible to focus with the naked eye. A Group-area AF mode also works to detect moving subjects with incredible accuracy, ensuring crisp, well-focused shots.

• Intuitive features: The D750 offers high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6.5 fps*3 (in FX/DX format) with a highlight-weighted metering function that helps prevent overblown highlights. A Spot White Balance function also makes it easier to capture accurate, balanced images quickly and easily by acquiring preset manual data of white balance during a live view.

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• Clear, accurate display on a vivid wide-viewing angle monitor: It is possible to set the color balance on the clear, bright 3.2-inch monitor with a wide viewing-angle (170° horizontally or vertically), to suit the user’s preference. An Advanced Scene Recognition System that utilizes the compact 91K-pixel RGB sensor helps with focusing and metering accuracy of the subject, and an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage makes it easier to line up the perfect shot.

3. Incredible Flexibility

• Light, strong structure: The D750 is the first Nikon FX-format camera to adopt a monocoque structure, eliminating the rear body. The camera employs carbon fiber composite material (new material*4), for the front body and cover, and magnesium alloy for the rear and top covers to reduce weight and increase durability.

• Designed for usability: A new internal layout is optimized to allow sufficient space for enhanced maneuverability with comfortable grip ensuring secure handling while minimizing the overall size. A tri-axis hinge on the monitor tilting mechanism

also enables the screen to tilt up to approximately 90 degrees and down to 75 degrees, maintaining a rugged and lightweight design. The monitor is always positioned in the center of the camera to make it easier to compose shots, while also providing a more intuitive view to shoot from various angles.

4. Additional versatility and functionality

• Rapid uploading via Wi-Fi®: With a built-in Wi-Fi®*2, instant uploading of high-quality images to devices is enabled for an efficient workflow. The Wireless Mobile Utility application, available as a free download for the iOS and AndroidTM operating systems, enables a seamless transfer of images from the D750 to any compatible smart device of choice. The D750 also features the support for wireless image transfer with the optional Eye-Fi card.

• Double SD card slots: The D750 packs double SD memory card slots to enable “Overflow” recording, “Backup” recording, separate RAW/JPEG recording and shooting, and even copying between slots.

• Rich gradation with Picture Control: The Nikon D750 also features a new “Flat” Picture Control option to apply a more natural effect and enable the camera to acquire maximum subject information. Lost highlights and shadows or color saturation can be effectively suppressed even after image adjustment, achieving rich gradation in both brightness and color.

5. Complementary High-performance Accessories

• Powerful flash compatibility: The D750 also offers support for the Nikon Creative Lighting System, which provides a range of flexible flash and lighting options for compatible flash units to offer even more creative control in the hands of the photographer.

• Wireless remote control: The WR-1 and WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers are supported, as is the UT-1 Communication Unit and WT-5 Wireless Transmitter combined with a compact FX-format model that is ideal for a companion camera.

• Broad range of lens options: The D750, as an FX-format camera, features support for selected NIKKOR lenses and accessories, opening up a new world of creative options for enthusiast photographers.

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1 Among cameras with a built-in flash and movie functions.

2 Assuming no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles. Wireless Mobile Utility must be downloaded onto a smart device (compatible with iOS/AndroidTM) to use the Wi-Fi function. Wireless Mobile Utility can be downloaded for free from the appropriate application store. The built-in Wi-Fi feature is not compatible with Camera Control Pro 2.

3 With shooting of JPEG-format images, excludes shooting of FX-format images at an image quality setting of JPEG fine and an image size setting of Large (up to 87 shots). Value with shooting in AF-C autofocus mode, [S] or [M] mode, shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, all other settings at their default values.

4 Sereebo®, which is manufactured by Teijin Limited. This new material, which utilizes carbon fibers, is very lightweight without sacrificing strength or durability. As this material is well suited to use on camera exteriors because its surface is incredibly smooth with no carbon fiber bosses, it is the perfect cover material for cameras with a monocoque body structure.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D750 will be available end September 2014. The price will be available nearing sales start.

For more information about the new Nikon D750 and other Nikon products, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg

About Nikon

Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore

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Pentax WG-M1 – Announced

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Pentax WG-M1 – Announced
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11th September 2014, Singapore – Press Release from Pentax Ricoh.
Following the release of the strange-looking Pentax K-S1, Pentax Ricoh launches yet another strange-looking WG-M1. Maybe the company will start to produce a robot next.
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Adventure- in motion
Live out your adventure with the all-new WG-M1. The latest addition to the WG series combines the features you love, including waterproof, shock-resistant and coldproof assurance plus the ability to capture class leading high-resolution images and motion activities. With the ultra-wide angle lens, users are sure to capture an array of outdoor activities from underwater adventures to daredevil outdoor fun. . Waterproof up to a depth of 32 feet and cold resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C, the WG-M1 is ideal for the adventure seeker. With the equipped Wi-Fi connection, sending still images and movies from your smartphone is made easy for uploading to your favorite social media site. With the WG-M1 you’ll be able to capture dynamic Full HD movie clips with a realistic sense of depth. The rugged, heavy-duty design which offers large buttons and controls for ease of use, mimics that of the other WG series cameras. Equipped with a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor, you can easily check real-time images during both still-image and movie shooting modes. The WG-M1 is the must-have camera for the thrill seeker looking to capture the world around.

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Effortless underwater shooting without a housing
By simply mounting the included underwater lens protector on the airtight body, the WG-M1 assures outstanding waterproof performance to a depth of 32’/10 m., and for up to one hour of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8). It is also designed to be shock-resistant against a fall from a height of 6’/2 m., *dustproof (equivalent to JIS Class 6), and cold-resistant against temperatures as low as 14°F. All these features make the WG-M1 a truly dependable, heavy-duty action camera in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions. Since it doesn’t require a cumbersome housing to protect the body, the user can not only enjoy underwater movies and images more freely, but also record sounds more clearly without muffling. * Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards (from a height of 6,5’/2 m., onto a surface of 2 inch-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F. ** When the image size of 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps) is selected, sound cannot be recorded.

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Functional, outdoor-oriented design
Inheriting the design theme of the waterproof WG series, the WG-M1 offers a functional, heavy-duty design perfect for active outdoor shooting. It comes equipped with a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor for easy confirmation of the image composition during shooting and quick review of recorded images and movies during playback. Its large control buttons facilitate camera operations — including instant switching between still-image and movie modes — even when the user is wearing gloves. It also features a tripod socket on the bottom for the direct attachment of various accessories. The WG-M1 offers a choice of two body colors: black and orange.

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  • High-resolution still images captured by an ultra-wide-angle, 160-degree lens and approximately 14.0 effective megapixels

    The WG-M1 delivers true-to-life, high-resolution still images, thanks to the combination of approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a CMOS image sensor with outstanding high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and high-speed data readout.  During still-image shooting, it offers a choice of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (160 degrees),* Medium,** Narrow** and Underwater. It also provides a high-speed continuous shooting mode to record a series of still images at a speed of approximately 10 images per second. * The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater still-image recording is approximately 97 degrees. ** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when image size of 10M or 14M is selected.

  • Wireless LAN connection to support remote operation using smartphones

    By installing a WG-M1-dedicated application in a smartphone or tablet computer, the user can perform various camera functions from a distance: confirm the status of a subject or scene, release the WG-M1’s shutter, and even check movie recordings in real time. The user can also browse and download images and movies recorded by the WG-M1 onto a smartphone or tablet computer for effortless editing using the tools provided by the application, then upload them to social networking and other websites to share them with friends.

  • Full HD movie recording with a selection of creative tools

    The WG-M1 provides Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.* Thanks to its digital shake reduction mode, the user is assured of flawless, blur-free movies, with a choice of four angle-of-view settings — Wide (approximately 137 degrees),** Medium,*** Narrow*** and Underwater. It also provides a host of creative tools to simplify complex movie-recording techniques, including “Motion detection,” which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; “Loop recording,” which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five- or ten-minute intervals; “High-speed Movie,”**** which records movies specifically for slow-motion playbacks; and “Time Lapse Movie,” which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices. * The maximum length of a single movie clip is 25 minutes. ** The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater movie recording is approximately 90 degrees. *** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when the image size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps) is selected. **** The image size is fixed at 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps), while the recording duration is fixed at 60 seconds.

  • Other features

    Face Detection AF & AE function, to automatically optimize focus and set exposure on the subject’s face WG adhesive mount, to attach the camera body to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape Carabineer-equipped strap, to suspend the camera on a backpack or other object for easy carrying Compatible with micro SD and micro SDHC memory cards.

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Magnificient Malacca with Xing Asia!

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Magnificient Malacca with Xing Asia!
- Featuring Terence Kwan

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Clogs are significantly Peranakan & “very Malacca” .

 

09th September 2014, Singapore – Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7th July 2008, Malacca is the 3rd smallest Malaysia state (after Perlis & Penang).  Malacca is also widely known as the “Historic State” due to its history and culture mix – most prominently once colonized by Portuguese & Dutch. It is also one of the last states with a high number of Peranakans which is almost on par with Penang.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A local man having his haircut at a traditional barber shop.

Having an interesting history also resulted in the modern Malacca we see today. Bustling with lots of activities, tourists flocks to Malacca to experience the culture, the food and the heritage. There are lots of ancient churches and buildings that are still well-preserved till today and this makes Malacca a good place to visit for photography too.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Colorful trishaws are still very much used by the locals as well as the tourists. Many of these trishaws are elaborately decorated to attract customers. These trishaws are now an important element of Malacca adding colors to to the streets and adding to the unique flavor of Malacca.

 

Terence Kwan, a photographer from Singapore joined Xing Asia’s Malacca trip recently (August 2014) and came back with some really interesting photos. I bet it will be more than just nice photos that Terence brought back, from what we understand, he brought back an unforgettable experience, a complete new understanding of Malacca & lots of memories.

We took the opportunity to catch up with Terence and have him share with our readers about his trip to Malacca with Xing Asia.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Malacca Straits Mosque or Masjid Selat Melaka. A must-visit attraction in Malacca.

 

Editor: Hi Terence, thank you for allowing us to interview you. I know this is a silly question but, have you been to Malacca before prior to this trip with Xing Asia?

Terence: No, this is really my first maiden trip to Malacca.

Editor: Wow! Then please share with me what made you want to sign up for Xing Asia trip travel program “Heritage Malacca”?

Terence: I was introduced to Xing Asia’s tour by a few friends of mine. They had previously traveled with Xing Asia and have nothing but only good things to say about Xing Asia. My expectations of Malacca came mostly from friends that have been there before and from what they have experienced & shared, Malacca is a place that has good food and lots of nostalgic places. So it is my ideal place for a short holiday.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: “Colors of Malacca”, Trishaw

Editor: I was told that this is a 2D1N weekend trip, so the program itinerary must be really packed. Please share your thoughts on the itinerary & overall tour arrangement?

Terence: The itinerary was indeed well-planned and professionally executed. During the first day, we had both day and night photo sessions at the famous Jonker Street which look and feel very different (between day & night). Jonker Street offers lots of photography opportunities, such as mosques, temples, street hawkers and even a classic barber shop!

There were so much to see, to shoot & to eat that we ended up spending quite a fair bit of time there. (giggles). After that, we visited the Malacca Island and were greeted by an awesome sunset scene with the Floating Mosque (Malacca Straits Mosque) as the subject.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A traditional shoe-maker at work.

Editor: Wow! Sounds like you had lots of fun (& food)! So what did you do on the 2nd day?

Terence: Well, on the second day, we woke up early and had a sunrise shoot at the Portuguese Settlement followed by UNESCO World Heritage Malacca Museum Complex of St Paul Hill, The Stadthuys, A Fomasa. We covered quite a number of places in the morning before we headed out for a fantastic beef noodle for lunch. In the afternoon, we visited the Glass Temple at JB before we head back to Singapore.

Editor: That sounds really tight-scheduled! Wouldn’t that be too rush since the main objective is to do photography?

Terence: Not really. On overall, I would say the schedule was very well-planned and we were given enough time to explore all the places we visited and also enough locations to keep us (fully) occupied for the 2 full days.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Malacca Straits Mosque or Masjid Selat Melaka at twilight.

Editor: From our understanding, you are an avid photographer, how did you find the overall photography experience while traveling with Xing Asia ?

Terence: It was a great photography experience with Xing Asia. I would attribute the main credit to the tour leader, Mr Michael Lee – who is a Master Photographer. During the trip, he gave us valuable photography tips and share a lot on how to capture a better photo. Apart from that, he (Michael Lee) is one person that fully embrace the local culture and he mingles easily with the local residents to create rare photography opportunities for us. For example; While we were walking along Jonker Street, Michael spotted a classic-old-style barbershop and he went in to chat up with the shop owner. Soon, permission was granted for us to take photograph inside the shop. This factor itself is a great advantage of doing photography tours when comparing Xing Asia to other travel agents.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A Five-Foot way scene filled with Art Pieces, Feel and Colors that made Malacca interesting & nostalgic.

Editor: That was a strong positive statement about Xing Asia! So for this trip, the main objective was photography. Did you discover new perspectives to shooting through your camera?

Terence: As I had never been to Malacca before this trip, I would think that my perspective and opportunities would be limited if I had traveled with other travel agencies.

Editor: Good, that means you had learned a lot during the trip. Was Michael really that “in touch” with Malacca?

Terence: Absolutely! Michael Lee even knows where are all the good food!

Editor: Was there an unforgettable experience/ moment that you had encounter during the trip and would like to share with us ?

Terence: The whole trip itself is an unforgettable experience that makes me want to go back to Malacca again. If I have to share one MOST unforgettable experience, it will have to be the good food that was provided throughout the journey. Absolutely deli-fantastic!
I will want to go back to Malacca with Xing Asia again – even if it is just for the food! Everything else are bonuses! (giggles)

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A moment in time.
Editor: You are making me hungry now. So how does it feel to be traveling with other photographers whom you just met at the trip? Was the atmosphere tensed?

Terence: I expected that since we are all strangers to each other, however, it turned out that everyone was cordial and friendly (with lots of jokes in between). Many of us became friends after a little warming up. Soon, everyone was sharing photography ideas and techniques like we had known each other for a long time.

Editor: That sounds like great fun with a bunch of great photographers! Tell me, will you recommend Xing Asia photography trips to your friends (be it season traveller, photographer)?

Terence: Ah, this is the question that I don’t even have to think! Absolutely is the answer!

Editor: Ok! Last question. Do you have anything to share with our readers who are photographers like yourself?

Terence: If you are a photographer, you will definitely enjoy the photography trip with Xing Asia. You will be presented with lots of (rare and fantastic) photography opportunities. If you are not a photographer, oh well, the FOOD itself is already worth the trip!

Editor: Thank You Terence for your time and allowing us to interview you! Hope to catch you eating Chicken Rice Balls at Malacca one day!

Terence: Thank you!

TK
Photo: Terence Kwan, Photographer.

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Xing Asia is a fully licensed travel agent by Singapore Tourism Board. We seek to provide exceptional value and authentic experience for like minded people to experience Asia and beyond through the eyes of our lenses. We differentiate ourselves by creating a platform for people to share and express their passion through immersing themselves in the local culture and lifestyles, befriending the locals and giving back to the community. Our mission is to ensure that your photographic travel experience expands your soul, refresh your perspectives and rejuvenate your spirit.

Join us for a journey of new beginnings, friendships and an enriching experience! For more trips & information, Please visit www.xing-Asia.com


Why http://www.xing-Asia.com ?
- We are a Licensed travel company by Singapore Tourism Board.
– We have been granted ISO 9001 : 2008 Certification on Quality Management System.
– We specializes off-the-beaten-track destinations and photography expedition trips.
– All trips are designed and owned by us making us a true travel company and not just a travel agent.
– All photography technical advices are guided by a Master Photographer (MPA).
– We welcome customized trips or planning for a private group.
– Our travel concept are based on our values of the 4 pillars (http://xing-asia.com)

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