The new year is here, and with it comes a fresh rotation of exciting events and celebrations, which spells out more amazing photo opportunities for shutterbugs and a chance to develop their ever-growing portfolios and skills. Here’s a quick overview of five events happening in our own backyard that you shouldn’t miss in 2018:

1)      Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

When: 15 December 2017 – 1 April 2018

Where: 2 Bayfront Avenue, 018972

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Within just a month of its inception, photographers of all skillsets have swarmed the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival as a playground of sorts for their next great photo, and its all for a good reason. Experimentation is inevitable when you’re on the grounds (3.5 football fields worth of it), and it’s a great way to explore diversity in your techniques.

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The psychedelic washes of neon colours from the old-school carousel can be an easy canvas for pulling off surreal long exposure light trails, while the constant flurry of activity will ensure that you’ll never run out of candid street photography moments.

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Canon Tip: Shoot with your aperture wide open (f/1.4-f/4 depending on your lens), especially in crowded areas, as it helps to isolate your subject and gives your background a nice shallow depth of field. It maximizes the amount of light that enters your lens, which is crucial for night photography and to compensate for a lower ISO setting as well.

2) Singapore Art Week

When: 17 January – 28 January 2018

Where: All across Singapore

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Singapore’s leading visual arts extravaganza is back for its sixth edition in 2018, with over 100 events including interactive public installations, giant outdoor projections, art walks and performances taking place throughout the island.

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Hunker down at Samantha Lo’s Jenga-inspired ‘Progress: The Game of Leaders’ interactive sculpture at  The Arts House, or take a walk on the wildly inspiring side with the ‘Disini’ art trail while marvelling at its site-specific murals and installations.

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Canon Tip: Use the quirky shapes and forms of the art installations around the area to your advantage. Utilize them to play with warped perspectives or symmetry, or simply as a way to spice up the framing for your next shot. The possibilities (and combinations) are endless!

3) Singapore Airshow

When:10 -11 February 2018

Where: Changi Exhibition Center

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Take it to the skies with Asia’s largest aviation show this February! Take advantage of its breathtaking aerobatic flying displays to capture dynamic photographs of the performers in a death-defying twist in their routines or a stunning symmetrical shot of the aircrafts in synced formation.


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Canon Tip: Be it when the aircraft are high up in the airspace or on the tarmac, a good lens is key to getting that perfect shot. A good telephoto and wide angle lens in your arsenal, such as the Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens andCanon EF35mm f/1.4L II USM lens respectively will work wonders for your photos, especially for capturing dramatic wide shots of the trailblazing aircraft to getting a good shot of them while they soar through the sky.

If you’re not sure which lens would work best, how about checking out our CanonSGLens app? It’s a free Canon Singapore App (available on both iOS and Android) that features detailed lens specifications of all Canon EF and EF-S lenses in Singapore. The application also contains a unique interactive simulator that allows you to compare the field of view of two camera-lens combinations of any Canon EOS DSLR and lens.

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4) National Gallery’s Light To Night Festival

When: 19 January – 28 January 2018

Where: National Gallery Singapore

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This event in the Civic District is giving partying till sundown a whole new meaning! Discover and explore over 7 zones and 30 immersive art & cultural installations that embody the inspiration behind this year’s theme of Colour Sensations. Don’t forget to catch the spectacular Art Skins projections on some of Singapore’s most iconic facades and monuments, too!

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Bonus: A few of the partnering museums will be extending their closing hours during the event, so you can enjoy a few extra hours admiring your favourite exhibits!

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Canon Tip: If the weather permits, use the richness of the setting sky as the backdrop of if you’re out for this event – check the exposure compensation after a few test shots in order to strike a balance between keeping the deep hues of the sky, and for illuminating the other elements in the foreground.

5) Singapore Night Festival

When: TBC

Where: Bras Basah, Bugis

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Watch the city come alive once more in the Singapore Night Festival, where futuristic, conceptual pieces and light-play come together to forge a neon, visual wonderland in Singapore’s art and heritage district. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to practice your bokeh shots or your long exposure fixation, the Singapore Night Festival is the perfect canvas that’s not to be missed.

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Canon Tip: Take note of how your light sources hit your subjects, and the direction it is from – softer, diffused edges can make for a subtle wash of colours for a more natural finish, while a harsher, overhead cast can create images with greater depth, grit and emotion.

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If these events are on your bucket list of 2018, be sure to take a few brilliant shots and tag us at #CanonSG!