Capturing and Preserving Memories in Full Frame

Crazy times call for crazy retreats, and November is looking fantastic! With a family trip to Hong Kong, and a day of fun with My Little Pony planned, I am ready to capture and preserve our family fun time and memories with my the loaned new toy which I’ve been shooting with for the past 5 to 6 weeks. My first experience with a full frame camera and I do not want to return it!

Time with Family is So Precious

I am a super workaholic, many times I use so much time on work I neglected my family. Guilty every time it happens but I just keep doing it over and over again. This is what happens when you work for yourself, every minute spent on work may potentially give a good return. Whenever I can, I will pull myself away for a day and focus on family. On such days, I spend time holding my kids hands, hugging, laughing and playing together. And I hold the camera more than my mobile phone. Capturing memories with mobile phone is convenient but on days when I am dedicating to my family, I want to have better and higher quality photos so I can print them out as large as I want and flip through the albums 30, 50 years down the road. “Look girl, this was your mother when she was your age. Look like you right?

Zara “working” at Trehaus, looking very serious right?
Enjoying their joyride in a sing-along-bus at Suntec City

The Everyday Life

With the compact size (small considering it’s a Full Frame DSLR), I can fit it into most of my everyday bags. When I’m out for meetings, events or running errands, I can always have the camera with me if I want to. On good days, I get to enjoy the afternoon with high tea and champagne, brainstorming and discussing work stuff with my business partner, or when you chance upon this beautiful floor and just want to take a photo with it. With the EOS 6D, it makes these days look better and so Instagram worthy.

Afternoon tea set at Westin Singapore
Those beautiful tiles at Chong Wen Ge Cafe near Telok Ayer
Some painting fun in the evening before bedtime

Freezing Fast Moments

I love to take random photos of my girls at play outdoor and indoor. With the girls running around, sliding down and doing all the funny faces so quickly, it is almost impossible to snap a decent shot of them that is sharp and in focused with my mobile phone. With the Canon EOS 6D, I was able to freeze such fast moments and share the quirky and fun moments with my girls. They love looking at these photos I took of them. They do make requests every now and then too. “Mummy can you take photos for me? I want to see.

Ayra going a little crazy with her dancing and singing at Families For Life picnic.
Girls sliding down at Petite Park on a Sunday afternoon

Sharper Clearer Better Videos

With two YouTube and video enthusiasts and a geeky Mummy, one of the things we all enjoy doing together is to create videos! When the girls get a new toy, Ayra will request for a video to be shot of her unboxing and playing. Sometimes they will ask me to shoot them creating stories with their toys. If only Mummy has got more time to edit these videos and upload them online! Here’s one of the recent video we shot with the Canon EOS 6D when the girls received their new LEGO Duplo set.

Desire For Better and Newer Camera

I have been sitting on the thought of buying the Canon EOS 6D for a month now, price is reasonable and all, but the little voice inside me is telling me to wait. Hang on for now, cos there may be a better and newer one coming out soon. With rumors going around online of a full frame Canon compact, I am sitting on the fence now waiting to see if this rumor is true. What matters to me are features like the built of the camera (cos I am super rough with my camera lah), speed, sensor and the ability to shoot in super low light situation.

My photography companion at the moment, Canon EOS 6D

For now, I shall try to hold on to this unit from Canon for as long as I can. Ha!

Disclaimer: The Canon EOS 6D is a borrowed unit from Canon Singapore and I secretly hope they’ll let me keep it for good! I’m really loving it!

A passion I missed, Photography

Maki roll for lunch at Canon Fast Track Workshop

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).

Bees on Lotus pond at Marina Bay Sands, Shot with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at f/4.0, 1/2000, ISO 200
“He shoots, she checks.”, Shot with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at f/5.0, 1/1000, ISO 100

Some shots are worth taking our shoes off for. #CanonSG #CanonImagingAcademy

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Sashimi Platter at HY California, Shot with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at f/4.0, 1/100, ISO 800
Maki Sushi Platter at HY California, Shot with Canon EOS 750D + EF-S18-55mm at f/4.0, 1/160, ISO 800
Molten Chocolate Cake at HY California, Shot with Canon EOS 750D + EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM at f/9.0, 1/25, ISO 800

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
Fee: $20/pax
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):

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.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

Personally I have a love-hate relationship with the Canon PowerShot G7 X camera. I got to first know about this model on the same day when I purchased my Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II. Knowing the two are almost of similar specifications and the G7 X at a lower price than the G1 X Mark II, I was angry of myself for not waiting a little bit more before I swiped that card of mine. But I DO LOVE my Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II and I’m so used to the handling, the feel and the weight of it, I was rather clumsy when reviewing the G7 X which is much slimmer and compact.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X is by far the most compact and highest quality compact digital camera from Canon. With 1″ CMOS sensor, you get better dynamic range, less noise and improved low light performance than cameras with smaller sensor; hence the bigger the better. (G1X Mark II has a 1.5″ CMOS sensor.)

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

With the 180 degrees tilt touchscreen LCD the G7 X allows flexible shooting like these pool shots, instead of squatting down to snap, I just had to tilt the touchscreen at 90 degrees and place the camera lower to shoot. And with the ring control, built into the lens barrel, enables quick and easy adjustments to basic functions like shutter speed and aperture (depending on the mode you are shooting with) whilst the stacked mode dial (with the shutter button) tweaks exposure compensation quicker than selecting them from the menu screen. Allowing you to snap at the right moment with the most suitable settings.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

I love the vibrant colours on all the photos taken with the PowerShot G7 X, they look good on screen and awesome on print! Because this camera is smaller and lighter than my PowerShot G1X Mark II, I could put it in the pockets of my oversize bermudas when I’m out playing with my girls.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

Testing the bokeh (blurred background) with low aperture set at f/1.8, the 9-blade aperture diaphragm, it gives beautiful bokeh effect from the Canon PowerShot G7 X. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to create nice blurred out background, all you need to do is to tap on the touchscreen to focus on your subject in frame and the camera handles the rest. For best result, shoot in A mode (aperture priority) with lowest aperture set.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

The PowerShot G7 X makes use of an improved 31-point AF to ensure desired object is always in focus, giving you better control when taking shots of actively moving kids. These captured moments can then be preserved in printable memories, like in a photobook which I print every year.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

With the bigger CMOS sensor, high ISO shot to help compensate the lack of light from the surrounding is made possible with the PowerShot G7 X, giving us much more possibilities to shoot whenever wherever.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

The Canon PowerShot G7 X is a feature packed and powerful camera that fits right into your handbag and perhaps even in your pocket.

Capturing Happy and Beautiful Memories with Canon PowerShot G7 X

Overall verdict from me, the Canon PowerShoit G7 X at a friendly price of $799, it is worth considering if you are planning to upgrade your digital compact camera to something more. My uncle who was considering getting a compact bought this after seeing how the photos turned out from my G1X Mark II! And he is loving his Canon PowerShot G7 X now; and I’m kinda jealous. A mum wouldn’t need to have more than one PowerShot does she?

Recording every moment with Baby

Time with baby is precious. Every moment, expression and action recorded for keepsake. When baby grow up she can read about her personal stories through mummy’s scrapbook and albums. (And this blog too!)

I’ve been using Canon for as long as I first got my first camera and printer; had tried other brands but still return back to the red C.

Now that our new bundle of joy is here, these toys of mine are made to good used! Camera is always within reach and the Selphy printer is setup at the coffee table for anytime printing.

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Wonder if any other mummy or daddy out there is as obsessed as me!

Need to get myself more SD cards and Selphy refills! 😛