This is now the start of Q2 2019 as we bid farewell to Q1 2019. I took out some quiet time whereby I do my reflections and updates on my Q1 2019 on my photography, on both professional/business and personal/leisure segments.
A slow start to FY 2019
Year 2019 was off to a quiet start, there were enquiries and quotations, yet not of them bear fruit. Things picked up slowly after Chinese Lunar New Year, I hope that it would start the ball rolling, business growing and expanding ahead in the very near future. The economy is slowing down, fierce competition in a saturated market, there are a lot of adapting, innovating and changes needed to be made, to survive in the modern world today.
There was an article on Fstoppers, “Can you still make a living in photography in 2019”
My personal view – The key point to me is, it’s beyond just taking photographs anymore.
Lifelong learning is one of my personal philosophy, on both a personal and professional basis. That’s still so much more to learn in the world today and one area that I identified that would need changes and improvements, would be in the video segment. In 2018, I started to experiment on producing videos via Instagram stories, vlogging, social media sharing or producing videos just by shooting videos for products review.
As I started to expand and grow in this area, for the year 2019, I want to improve in this videography/filmmaking, this is not just learning a new skill, this would also allow me to expand my photography services provision and my digital/creative agency approach.
In Q1 2019, I was involved in two videos production, as the videographer / director of photography in them. Presenting to you
– Carpmael Street Bazaar Sneak Preview
– Get in touch with the beauty of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition
The stories behind these two videos, would be revealed more in detail inside my upcoming Canon EOS R review article!
In time to come, I hope to create more short and interesting videos/films, not just to complement my photography and writing, I am working towards producing some short film stories.
The birth and rise of the Canon EOS RP Explorer
There was a new camera that joined my photography lineup, the Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera. This new lightweight camera was most welcomed by me as I discussed about them in “My Canon EOS R and EOS RP stories”, in my role to explore more, take more photograhs and share more stories that I envisioned in one of my earlier articles.
This doesn’t mean I have abandoned my Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, this is still my heavy duty camera, I am still using it for most commercial assignments. The Canon EOS 1D series DSLR has played a significant part in my photography growth over the years since I got myself a Canon EOS 1D Mark III in 2010 and Canon EOS 1DX in 2016. The story continues – Canon EOS 1DX Mark II would be shed more light into them!
The arrival of the Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera gave rise to the birth of the Canon EOS RP Explorer series, a personal (and maybe commercial) photography exploration stories, doing various photography genres such as street, daily, vlogging, social media and travel adventures.
I would like to take a short travel overseas whereby I can fulfill my travel wanderlust and my photography away from Singapore, destinations whereby I am a traveler, explorer, writer and not as a tourist.
What lies ahead in the near future?
While I plan ahead, things sometimes don’t always go the way I planned it to be. These words, innovate, adapt and change, on top of working hard and smart, will always be a part of me. Now, let’s strive forward, exploring, taking photos, shooting videos, writing stories, directing and producing short films.