Recently, I attended Justin Ng’s “Incredible Time-lapse” photography seminar at SMU. It was a conducive learning atmosphere in the lecture theatre as the space between the participants and speaker wasn’t too far apart which allowed us to interact with Justin easily. I was keen to find out how Justin got to where he is today, from self-taught to an established wedding and time-lapse photographer. He had a jovial personality and his sense of humour broke the ice almost immediately, which made the talk a very enjoyable one.

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EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 500 | f/4 | 1/60s

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EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 1600 | f/4 | 1/60s

He shared about his Mount Bromo adventure in Indonesia, where he braved the raw elements of nature to shoot his time-lapse project. Recounting his experience, he emphasised on the trip preparations and stressed on the little things that seem mundane at first; like doing pre-travel research on local guides, weather and lodging. Through his advice, I learned to never underestimate the importance of planning before a shoot. He also touched on the challenges he faced such as the erratic weather and harsh environment he had to endure for days on the high altitude. While planning for shoots are important, the best images captured can at times be those shot at the spur of a moment.

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EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 4000 | f/4 | 1/60s

Justin expressed a deep passion for time-lapse. Even though I knew little about it before the talk, his eagerness to share all that it had to offer inspired me to explore this unique photography genre. Giving in detail the equipment he used for his Mount Bromo trip such as the EOS cameras he brought, the type of lenses he used, he also introduced us to the dolly system which enabled him to create a panning effect.

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EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 2000 | f/4 | 1/50s

According to Justin, the music used and how the images are arranged could create a dramatic story. It was then I realised how much effort is required for both pre and post-production of a time-lapse movie!

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EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 2500 | f/4.5 | 1/60s

It was a great learning experience as he constantly encouraged us to ask him questions. My key takeaway was to believe in myself, the way Justin did. It was inspiring to see how he chased his dreams and became successful in doing what he loves.

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EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 2000 | f/4 | 1/60s

As photographers, I think we should all cultivate a curious nature to explore new subjects and methods of producing amazing images. If you think you’ve seen it all, I would recommend you to check out Justin’s works on time-lapse. Hopefully, it will spur you to add a new dimension to your photography style.

Did you attend Justin’s talk? Share your thoughts if you found it inspiring like I did!