Isaac Ong photographs landscapes, portraiture, macro, nature and experiments with the uncommon art of infrared photography. He started capturing light through his camera lens since six years ago. Isaac strives to take unique photos in his own style. Read this article to find out more about Isaac and his adventure in photography with EOS World.
Hi Isaac, let’s start with a short introduction of yourself.
I generally aim to be different from the other guys in the room by following the mantra “if that angle’s taken, then it’s taken and thus not worth copying”. Learning never stops and I try to familiarise myself with the trends, from photo editing styles to photography locations.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/13 | ISO 160 | 1/160s
What inspires your photographs?
Coming from a background in Mass Communication I’m inspired by journalism. I aim to tell a truthful story in an image, which value-adds to any accompanying media. Another source of inspiration would be my mentor – EOS World Ambassador S.T Wong. His never-say-die attitude and thirst to experiment to capture unique images has impacted me in many ways.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/2.8 | ISO 160 | 1/800s
What was your most memorable shoot?
My tenure with the Army was very interesting: everyday brought a new requirement. One day I could be crawling through the jungle with my camera and another day filming massive military hardware. Some events I’ve shot were released online: live detonation of an unexploded ordnance bomb from World War 2, live-firing of artillery, visits by foreign dignitaries and even secure installations across Singapore.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/18 | ISO 400 | 1/200s
How do you stand out from other photographers?
I prefer to shoot subjects that are rarely seen online. I dabble in sectors of photography that are rather obscure amongst photographers my age. Such as sports photography, tilt-shift photography and infrared photography, which allows me to see the world in a different light and colour.
Canon EOS 600D | EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM | f/22 | ISO 100 | 1/10s
I normally shoot ultra-wide shots or photos with a lot of compression, where the background seems larger and flatter. When it comes to editing, I prefer images with a high dynamic range with a slightly warmer than usual tone.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | 1/60s
How did joining EOS World help you grow as a photographer?
In 2015, I joined a photo contest “After Dark” where I shot behind-the-scenes photos of our public transport system. Thereafter I joined the Chingay Parade as a photographer with EOS World, and got to know and learn from many community ambassadors.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/2.8 | ISO 5000 | 1/20s
As a community ambassador, I led photo outings and guided other members of EOS World. Moreover, there were also opportunities such as collaborations with organisations like Carousell and the National Day Parade.
What benefits can photography enthusiasts expect from joining a community like EOS World?
First and foremost, they gain access to a repository of knowledge, given by professionals. This is where people can see inside the mind of a photographer, learn tips and see different, interesting angles. Next, by comparing your work and learning from others, you’ll be able to see things different and improve.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/8 | ISO 1600 | 1/640s
EOS World also holds a lot of events, such as talks, new gear testing, excursions and features. All these makes for a very wholesome community, centred around the art of photography.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/18 | ISO 640 | 1/250s
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Be yourself – find your own style, find your own story and make it different. Having a better camera just magnifies your capabilities, but ultimately whether your style is evident in your photo is up to you.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM | f/5 | ISO 250 | 1/125s
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