Photography used to be my passion, my soul. I brought my DSLR out almost everywhere I go in the past. Back then, single without any commitment. It has been too long since I last did a walk alone with my camera, just to shoot. Thankful for work, I got to revisit my passion and also refreshed my rusty memories on photography techniques and know-hows. It was an engaging, enlightening and empowering Saturday morning with Canon Imaging Academy (CIA for short) at their Fast Track Workshop held at HY California, Marina Bay Sands; an ideal place for practical hands-on practice after the theory workshop with instructor Nugene Chiang from CIA.
Before I share more about the workshop, here are some of the shots I took during the practical hands-on session and during lunch which is included as part of the workshop. Photos are adjusted in colours to suit my personal preference and liking. As the instructor has shared, there is no right nor wrong in photography, it all depends on the photographer and how he/she likes to paint her photo with lights (and colours).
Just in case you’re wondering, the food served during the workshop is delicious! I had to break my diet routine because cannot waste food. 😛
Fast Track Workshop Structure
Fast Track is a 3 hour bespoke program for beginners pursuing interest in photography, utilising the “P, TV, AV, M” modes of DSLR and Compact Cameras. The workshop include theoretical guide to your camera, an hour of photo-shoot outing around Marina Bay Sands and a scrumptious lunch at HY California with lots of tips & photo reviews. Don’t worry if you do not own a Canon camera, as all brands of cameras are welcome to join this practical workshop.
Canon Imaging Academy Instructor Nugene will demonstrate and guide you in making a difference in your photographs and simple tips on food photography during lunch. I was seated opposite of him and this of course has got great advantage as I got to see him in action and learn along as he demonstrated and explained how to capture better food shot. My shots above not bad right?
Types of Shots Taken
I guess this really depends on your personal preference and how the walk about is conducted during the workshop. Generally, we got to complete two simple tasks with different setting on our cameras. And the type of shots we tried include macro (close-up), abstract, scenery (wide shot), panning on moving vehicles, food and even jump shots! Don’t worry, Nugene will jump and you’ll get to practice shooting. I tried many times in the past as a jumper and as a photographer, but never managed to capture nor jump right for the shot. But after Nugene shared the right way to do it, I got it at my first shot that day!
This was how fellow participants at the workshop were positioned to take their perfect jump shot. Will share links to their post when they published (see end of posts).
The most tricky shots picked up that day was panning. I’ve never tried panning before as there wasn’t any need to. But it was fun to finally get it, that perfect moment frozen in frame. All the attendees at the workshop were standing along Helix bridge trying to capture passing vehicles, I felt like a Traffic Police on the lookout for speeding cars! Hope no driver thought we were TP. I took many shots panning left and right on both side of the traffic, and the one and only shot I got I love it a lot!
As I was panning on the left coming cab, another one drove past from the right, and the shutter was pressed at the right moment. Awesome right? 😛
After the 3 hour or so workshop, I felt so happy and excited about photography again! Yes, I still do take a lot of photos of my girls, but having the time to plan and frame a shot to create what I envision in mind, this kind of photography is a form of art. One that I hope to do more of, and I may just do it again with CIA at their weekly photo walks.
Upcoming Workshops and Walks
I’ve got two which I am planning to attend, one is at the Zoo with Ayra and the other another me-time photo walk with CIA. If you are keen to join in too, let me know and I hope to see you there!
Family Photo Walk at Singapore Zoo
Date: 18 June 2015, Thursday
Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo
Fee: $38/pax and one child below age of 15(excludes Zoo entrance fee)
More details here.
Compact Camera Outing
Date: 11 or 12 June 2015
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Around Vivocity
More details here.
And the next available Fast Track Workshop is on end June. Sign-up now if you are keen to pick up very practical and useful photography skills and tips with CIA.
Fast Track Workshop
Date: 27 June 2015, Saturday
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: HY California at Marina Bay Sands
Fee: $88/pax, include 4-course lunch
More details here.
Here are the other participants at the workshop (links will be added when they published):
- Soon Koon of Lemon Film
- Estella of So Oddly Dreamlike
- Phoebe of BPDG Travels
- Michelle of Mummy Wee Blog
- Serene of xavvy-licious
Disclaimer: The Loving Mum attended the workshop with complements of Canon Singapore, all photos and opinions are my own. The Loving Mum is also engaged by Canon Singapore for engagement campaign with bloggers.