Today, we celebrate women all over the world. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we pay tribute to some of our photography wonder women at EOS World and what ignites their passion for photography. They also share some key tips for those just starting out on their photography journey!
Zinkie Aw, Professional Photographer
I used to be a full-time graphic and web designer after graduating from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (NTU). I learnt how to use a DSLR at my first job (thanks, boss!), but it was only after about 6 years into my working life when I decided to embark on being a photographer, and am glad to be still following my passion today. I was intrigued by the power of personal photo stories and how it enables people to showcase their views about the world. This basic invitation propelled me to consider venturing into photography for a living as I strongly believe that having the ability to be able to communicate your slice of observation with a team and the world is rewarding.
Photography as we know today is a very different thing as it was before as it entails so much more. The mileage of this platform is constantly changing beyond what we had initially imagined. Yet the crux of using our own observation with available tools to story-tell remains imperative. Hence for me, being able to share and ‘sell’ the quirky stories I see from society, being able to experiment with different ways to shoot the same scene, and having possible permutations of telling one story in a few ways excites me. It makes life more exciting and heightens my curiosity to ponder and present how I see what I see, or why I feel how I feel. Being paid to do it for a living keeps me on my toes too by staying passionate but relevant, and presenting solutions to clients.
Being a photographer is not just about the equipment or what I shoot, it is also about a whole new lifestyle. This career path has reminded me to stay respectful to others in the process of ‘getting the shot’ per se. It has shaped me to be more initiated, disciplined, situationally-aware, have good EQ and last but not least keep fit!
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Canon EF 24 – 105mm f/4L IS USM | f/4.0 | 1/160 | ISO8000
June Yeo, EOS World Community Ambassador
Passionate about nature and event photography, I currently work at VWO Company as an event photographer for the community. My first Canon camera was the Canon 550D and I have been a Canon fan ever since! I became a member of Canon EOS World in 2013 to meet like-minded individuals who share the same passion. It’s been a long photography journey since and I have been recently appointed as an EOS World Community Ambassador. I’m so glad to be able to capture creative expressions, movements and enhance my technical expertise through my daily work. The saying is true – learning never ends!
A picture recently captured by June Yeo for the Land Transport Authority’s #TELTheFullPicture Campaign
Ignacia Sandra, EOS World Community Ambassador
My relationship with photography wasn’t love at first sight. Like many others, I started taking photos of landscapes during my travel escapades. As time went by, the art of taking photos soon turned into my passion. It motivated me to explore other genres like portrait, wedding and event photography.
As I learnt more about photography, I realised that I can express my emotions and feelings through my photos and that truly piqued my interest. In addition, I find photography extremely therapeutic and meditative.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Canon EF17-40mm F/4L USM| f/13 | 1/200 | ISO320
Tips from our photography wonder women for budding photographers
“Start before you’re ready” is a favourite quote that I’ve held close to my heart. I think this applies to most of us, no matter where we are on the spectrum from being a perfectionist to a procrastinator! This is what I share with my students often too. Of course, a disclaimer is that we need to do basic research and risk assessments and the legwork before putting our dreams and goals into action. Through conversations with peers, I’ve noticed that we often feel like a ‘poseur’ -impress the next client, next teammate, or for this matter, ourselves. In today’s gadget-savvy context, we can now easily have the best equipment to start chasing our dreams!
The adage ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ goes in line with this tip for me: Go with your gut feel sometimes and go with the flow as long as there is a sound general plan in line. We will never be fully ‘ready’ – there are contingencies that will come with every plan, risks that come with every adventure, and pros and cons that will come with every action. So just as you embrace nature, let everything fall in place. Be resilient and solve your problems along the way.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L | f/5.6 | 1/125 | ISO6400
I have three main tips for all budding photographers out there:
- Get yourself a “Shifu” and learn from a professional photographer. With their years of experiences, they will be able to give you invaluable tips on how to capture the perfect shot and enhance your skills.
- Grab any opportunity that you get and make the best out of it.
- Age is not a barrier. Whether you are young or young at heart, it is never too late for you to go out and chase your dreams!
Canon EOS 7D | Canon RF24-105mm F4L IS USM| f/9 | 1/125 | ISO1600
My one key tip for budding photographers is that photography is a passion that grows with you. Have an open mind and never stop learning!
Canon EOS 5D III | Canon EF70-200mm F/2.8L USM| f/6.3 | 1/320 | ISO400