Jensen Chua is a travel photographer and writer currently with Jetabout Holidays. He is now an instructor conducting workshops at Canon Imaging Academy. Read this article to find out more about Jensen’s success as a photographer and his journey with EOS World!
Hi Jensen, let’s start with a short introduction of yourself.
Before the internet was invented, I learned basic photography skills through mentors from the New York Institute of Photography via printed assignments and cassette-recorded critiques couriered across continents. The famous quote by Ansel Adam – “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” resonates with me and I believe true photography is honest imaging with minimal digital manipulation.
What is your opinion on EOS 5D Mark IV?
I simply love my EOS 5D Mark IV, it’s just like my soulmate delivering what I need every time. To me, “real-world performance” is all that matters and the intuitiveness and speed of the Dual-Pixel Focus speaks volume of how successful the Dual Pixel Autofocus design is.
I strive to get majority of my pictures correctly exposed in-camera so that my images require minimal digital enhancement. In situations where the light values are too wide, I count on my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV‘s in-cam HDR function or excellent dynamic range to increase keepers rate.
How did your journey with EOS World begin and how did it help you as a photographer?
My journey with Canon began when I won a Canon Powershot Hall of Fame award in 2011. The amount of attention received and friends (or eFriends) made, motivated me to hone my skills even further. This is when I upgraded my gear to the DSLR system. With better tools, it opened up avenues to develop new skills and achieve better picture quality.
My next milestone was when EOS World nominated me for a sponsored photography trip to Hokkaido in 2014. This was a major milestone for me as the contacts I made on this trip led to more trips. EOS World is a valuable platform which generates opportunities that can be life-changing.
In your opinion, how would joining a community like EOS World benefit photography enthusiasts?
EOS World is an excellent network of people who are like-minded and generous with tips and experience. The tutorial videos on Youtube are useful, but nothing beats meeting real people, and the membership is free. Every Canon gear owner should not miss out on the chance to be part of this community.
What is your inspiration behind capturing photographs when you travel overseas?
I seek to craft my own voice in a consistent manner and impart an experiential element in my images to my audiences, who may be ‘desensitised’ by the countless waves of great pictures out there. The feeling of novelty is what drives me so I don’t have any expectations. This allows me to be inspired by the natural beauty of places I visit.
What is the most memorable shoot or project that you have done?
It is quite impossible to choose one project that is most memorable, as every location is unique. I would rate the South Island in New Zealand as my number one favourite. New Zealanders are so blessed with the spectacular spell-binding natural beauty of their country.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Humility – this is the one single most important trait to adopt in our mindset. We can never stop learning on the journey and there is always someone better that you can draw inspiration from. Channel your energies on the right priorities if you genuinely seek to improve.