EOS World member Benny Chow started his photography in 2012 when his friends looped him into their photography sessions. And ever since, photography became the major pursuit of happiness of his life. Benny was honoured to be part of many events – he was one of the official photographers for Chingay 2014, PAssionArts Festival 2013 and Young Parents Fiesta 2014 – to name a few.
Let’s explore the story behind his EOS camera and lenses.
Why did you start shooting? When did you begin and was there someone who introduced you to it?
I started shooting out of curiosity. I had a group of friends who are into photography. One day, I joined them for a photo session which I really enjoyed. And I’ve been hooked on to it since then.
What did you start out shooting with? Was it a point and shoot camera? If so, how did you move into using SLR/DSLR cameras?
I started out with using a DSLR camera. It was EOS 60D – and I can still remember how impressed I was when first saw the quality of photos that I captured using the said camera.
What have you liked most about photography so far? What kind of genres have you liked the best?
EOS 5D Mark III | F/2.8 | ISO 100 | 1/2500s
Photography allows me to stay focused in my life. The satisfaction I get every time I capture a good photo especially when it is appreciated by other people is beyond price. As for the kind of genres, I would have to say I am more into wedding photography. I like capturing candid snapshots of people celebrating the biggest day of their lives.
Tell us about an unforgettable experience – where did you go and what did you do?
I was doing a photography assignment with a client at Resorts World Sentosa Underwater World Singapore. En route to the dining location I witnessed a majestic jelly fish. Its beauty had me awestruck and stunned, so I took out my EOS 5D Mark III which at that time had my EF50mm f/1.2L USM prime lens on and started to take photos. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “How could such a basic organism extrude such elegance?”
EOS 5D Mark III | F/3.2 | ISO 6400 | 1/3200s
Was there a particular place/object/people during that experience that you liked the best for shooting? What was so memorable or compelling about it?
The sea life for sure, especially the jelly fish. Such unexpected moment made me think of pursuing underwater photography – perhaps one day. I can imagine just how challenging and satisfying it is.
EOS 5D Mark III | F/1.2 | ISO 6400 | 1/160s
Was it planned or spontaneous? Can you describe what happened on that day?
It was completely spontaneous. It appeared before me and I felt compelled to capture its beauty.
What do you think is the most difficult to capture when shooting? Are there any challenging scenarios you have faced during a photo shoot?
True emotions are the most difficult elements to capture. For instance, when shooting a wedding, there are special and intimate moments that happen all the time. They only present themselves in a blink of an eye, and the window to capture them is even shorter.
EOS 5D Mark III | F/4 | ISO 250 | 1/500s
Usually, did you plan ahead on what to shoot or did you think of something in the moment? What is important when it comes to shoot?
Planning ahead is half the battle. Being ready for those “moments” enables you to capture them more efficiently. We need to hunt for those moments constantly. It’s very easy to miss one. And when you do, it’s gone – forever.
EOS 5D Mark III | F/2.8 | ISO 1000 | 1/250s
What kind of equipment did you bring along for your photo shoot
I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a few lenses.
What kind of equipment did you currently have in your photo bag? Was there any particular lens, etc. that you felt would have helped you take even better photos?
Lenses definitely help. I have the following lenses: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF50mm f/1.2L USM and an EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. This can usually cover most things that I enjoy shooting.
EOS 5D Mark III | F/4 | ISO 800 | 1/500s
What is the equipment that you find the most useful and that you use?
I love my EF50mm f/1.2L USM. I love the field of view. I love the beautiful bokeh.
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