I love learning!

I signed up for a few photography workshops… just to properly learn the basics. I do know some stuff really and I know the terms the instructor, Elliot, was bringing up but I wanted to know things in a more structured manner I guess. I’m that kind of book person.

Of course, during this time I have been watching videos and signing up for courses online and such so I have been trying to pick up as much as I can. But physically attending a course with other people is just SOOOO exciting! I love the discussions and all and I don’t feel so embarrassed because everyone there is new as well.

So I had my second workshop on Saturday and we were given themes to shoot. But the place we were in was so awesome I went off track and just took pictures of everything else. *duh*

I did still managed my assignment but I shall only put them up later. Here’s some of what I took.

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I’m just looking forward to more!

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Review – Chock Full of Beans

We were in the area for a staycation and decided to stop by as we’ve heard so much about it.

The cafe is really easy to find, facing the main road and right at the end of the whole row of shops. Its ambience is really nice and warm. It is a smallish cafe with some outdoor seating.

I noticed they have a couple of menus. The menu I’ve seen on others’ website (the weekend one) is very different from the one we had that day as it was a Friday. There are also some items only available for dinner after 6pm. The staff was cordial enough but not entirely helpful. Thankfully as it was only 3pm on a Friday, there were a number of empty seats and we could be seated immediately. We walked past during the weekend and there was a queue even at odd times of the day.

What we ordered:

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Smoked Salmon, Cheese, Egg on Toast ($10) – I’m not sure why we ordered this. It is a tad expensive for the four small pieces of toast we were getting but I guess I was in the mood for some light bites. It tasted fine, nothing special though. The bread was well toasted and I like the combination.

Penne with Salmon ($15) – This was really quite nice. The penne was al dente and the sauce used was not too thick. Don’t expect much salmon though.

Iced Hazelnut Latte ($6.50) / Iced Mocha ($6.50) – We ordered iced coffee because only the iced coffee came with 3D art and that was what we were there for! The staff warned us that it might take at least 30min for them to prepare our drinks but as there weren’t many people that day, the drinks came in 15min which was acceptable. Be prepared to wait if you go on a weekend! The drinks tastes fine just that you might not feel like drinking them after admiring the 3D art.photo 1 (1)photo 2 (1)

So we spent about $40 for the both of us. I might go back if I’m in the area but definitely not travel all the way to Changi Village for this.

Canon Photomarathon 2014

_DSC0242 _DSC0262 _DSC0295It was my first time joining the Canon Photomarathon 2014. This is the 12th time they have had it and I’ve always wanted to join but never had the chance to.

For those who don’t know, the Photomarathon is a photography competition that challenges photographers to submit photos straight from the camera. A theme is given in the morning and participants have 3 hours to shoot and submit ONE photo from the camera. Then a second theme will be given and a third one 3 hours later. It really tests creativity, skills and resourcefulness. It was a lot of fun but extremely tiring really.

I’m not used to shooting according to a theme so it was really hard for me but it was fun doing it and looking at what others did. Some of the work was really amazing.

I’ve learnt a whole lot taking part and I’m really glad I did. Some of the things I’ve learnt I must pay more attention to…..

1) My camera settings – UGH I’m such a noob at this that I’m constantly baffled by my own images, wondering why they aren’t turning out the way I want them when my shutter speed / aperture / ISO / metering settings are off. *DUH*

2) Perspective and angles – It’s just so easy to take a shot at eye level but that hardly produces any interesting shots. And it’s not just taking the shot from different angles but to look for different perspectives to take from to create leading lines or just something more interesting. So I’ve got to learn to tiptoe, climb, squat and crawl.

3) Framing – Shooting through things can make a photo so much more interesting sometimes and I really got to try it more.

4) Rules of thirds (and breaking the rule) – Rules of thirds can be made more interesting with leading lines to the subject. *REMEMBER THIS ME.*

5) Reflections – I’m seriously bad at this. Even if it’s staring at me in the face in the form of puddles, glass, glossy surfaces… Reflections can seriously be so interesting and can really turn an entire photo around.

6) Use of space – I think that’s important. But it’s often easy to want to clutter the photo with lots of things, losing the focus at the same time. Space space space…

Well, whatever it is, practice makes perfect!

Another Wedding – the 2nd

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I was so grateful for another chance to take pictures at another wedding. This time it was my best friend who asked her friend if she minded having a mad woman run around, snapping pics.

This is the first time I used a flash!! Well second time actually. I tried it out the day before I actually needed it and just went to the wedding after a 30 min briefing from the bf. You can completely imagine what a mess I was. I got there really early to figure out the lighting and to see if I needed to use flash in the church, only to be told later that only the main photographer is allowed to use flash (rightfully so of course). The church was relatively dark whereas the reception was quite bright but the lighting was horribly orange. So I turned on the flash to cut out the orange ambient light in the reception but I had turned up the flash too much. UGH and I didn’t know until much later. Silly me.

Well, still, it was a really great experience and I’m really looking forward to more.