This is the 16th year that Crossing Bridges is being held and the community of participating photographers has grown tremendously
This year brings photographers from 11 countries to the Philippines
Its going to be an epic 8 day (EIGHT) trip in and around the capital of Manila and parts of Luzon island
25 April to 2 May 2019
Participanting countries are from
Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Peoples Republic of China, South Korea, Australia and Morocco
The trip cost is LAND only (from Airport Pick-up/drop-off), ALL Meals, ALL Transportations, ALL Accomodations (7 nights TWIN Sharing) and ALL other incidentals INCLUDING Security arrangements
SG$1045 per participant EXCLUDING AIRFARES . Base hotel will be the 4 star JEN HOTEL on Roxas Boulevard next to the US Embassy
Team Singapore has been allocated 20 participant slots MAX
YES you may arrive a day or few earlier or decide to stay back for a few extra days...
*for those of you who are unaware, currently, Xennec's Kickstarter campaign is found here*.
*for a more comprehensive review of Xennec's Daypack 15 plus much better looking pictures, please refer to Keith's post here*.
*disclaimer - i already put in my early-bird buy on the Kickstarter campaign long before TK Foto offered to let me try this prototype. so these are my personal views of the prototype, which i am told is very similar to the final product.*
when it comes to camera bags, it is like ladies' preferences for shoes and handbags... you can't have enough of them. hehe... we are all guilty of it, somehow. for me, it is always about finding a good (i long ago gave up the idea of perfect)...
*IMPT: The link for the Kickstarter campaign for the range of Xennec CityScape bags is here.
This review comes in 3 parts. 1. Introduction to the brand Xennec. 2. The top 10 characteristics a top end Camera backpack should have. 3. User experience of the Xennec Cityscape Daypack 15 and Conclusions.
For starters, even though I've reviewed gear from the Fujifilm medium format and X-mount system to the Leica M system, there is a side to me that only those who know me in real life know about,
that I am kinda obsessed with camera bags too.
From the uber-expensive hand stitched Oberwerth to the time tested...
This is a wedding photography workshop with a difference. One that we are excited about.
Raymond Phang Photography and Lightedpixels are coming together to put together a workshop in the idyllic island of Santorini, Greece.
These two leading wedding photography studios in Singapore and the region have vastly contrasting style and that is why we think you will benefit greatly from attending the workshop. It's basically getting two workshops for the price of one.
Participants will be staying in the same resort and the workshop will bring you to some of the nicest places to photograph. There will be photography lessons and demo sessions as well. Participants will also get to bond with like minded photographers and grow together.
The package is also attractively priced at an early bird offer of just S$1,800. This covers the course fees, your accommodation and daily breakfast.
For more information and to book your place, email either Raymond Phan...
We heard you! You've got more time to show us what thriving means to you, through your lens! Regardless of status or stage of life, can everyone thrive? How does it look like to you, and the people around you? Share with us your story and stand to win attractive Fujifilm Cameras! Head to www.majurity.sg/thrivesg for details. #ThriveSGPhotoCompetition
*note: The full (here its around 90%) and most updated version of the SQ20 review will be on keithwee.com
The Instax SQuare SQ20 was announced by Fujifilm on 25 September during Photokina 2018, , and I guess it was inevitable that news of the SQ20 soon got buried under the many other announcements of the likes of the GFX100S, XF33mm F1.0, Panasonic getting a larger sensor, Zeiss doing a mirrorless camera (et cetera).
And… yeap, here is what dropped by this week! (well, it’s pretty some time since I last reviewed the Instax Square SQ6)
His conclusion: For anyone upgrading from an older iPhone, the iPhone XS and XS Max should seem amazing in every regard. Compared to last year’s iPhone X, the XS and XS Max are solid refinements across the board, but deliver a dramatic year-over-year step forward in photo and video quality. If you care about the image quality of the photos and videos you shoot with your phone, it’s hard to resist.
*note: This is an abridged version (about 70%) of the full and most updated version of the X-T3 review on keithwee.com
If memory doesn’t fail me, when the Fujifilm X-T1 was released back in Jan 2014, it’s excellent implementation of physical dials, tilt-screen, great handling and of course that huge ‘center-ed’ EVF propelled the brand forward towards more serious and professional users – and of course, easily made the X-T series the best selling (vs the X-Pro and X-E) in Fujifilm.
In reality, it wasn’t a perfect fairytale story. For example, the X-T1 back then was plagued by light leak issues & the dreaded mushy D-pad that took time to correct but yes – from then on, Fujifilm has learnt from experience and has evolved fast with the X-Pro2, X-T2 and of course, the recent...
Note: the most updated and full write-up is available at keithwee.com
*Firstly, a shout-out and appreciation to Ricky from Fotografiehaus for loaning the Leica M6 Titanium and 35mm Summicron to me for the review.
Speak the word Leica and more often than lot, people's ears snap to attention and almost everyone will have an opinion on the brand ranging from : heritage, quality, expensive, photography, art, over-priced, pure, rangefinder, collectible, only manual focus? ... and the list goes on.
Note: The full (including sample images) and most updated version of the review will be at keithwee.com , here.
My first impression of Fujfilm APSC cameras being truly pocketable (no, not cargo pants pocketable which is cheating) actually started with the Fujifilm X70 a few years ago.
Yeap, thats 18 months old Kei getting to know the X70 for scale . Back then in early 2015, cramming an APSC-sized sensor into a body this small with built-in flash, tilt and touch screen capabilities proved the X70 to be a hit akin to the Ricoh GR.
3 years on, with no news of a X80, I had moved on and assumed nothing would ever come close to the X70 again in terms of APSC sized compactness… until the day I was handed this baby from Fujifilm Asia Pacific...
Landscape photography often times require working with the extremes of light in a single frame.
As such, filters are needed to control highlights so that the image will have good tonality for an impactful final result. In this talk, official Haida Filter Singapore ambassador Jon Chiang will share how he uses different neutral density and other creative filters to craft light within the camera.
As it’s NDP fireworks season, he will be sharing his knowledge about fireworks photography too.
Limited to 80 pax only.
Sunday, 29th July 2018 @ Funan Showsuite Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm * Event is also open to Friends of Funan. Simply follow @FunanSG on FB / IG to be one.
About the speaker:
Jon (Clubsnap: Scintillation) is an avid urban landscape photographer who has been passionately pursuing the craft for the last ten years. As a freelance...
From now till 31 July 2018 (Tue), Sony will be having an islandwide trade-in promotion where customers can receive a $1300 cashback when they trade in their used DSLRs for the a7R III Full Frame Mirrorless system.
They can also enjoy $194 worth of gifts, which includes a free NP-FZ100A Battery and a SDW Course.
Writer's note: the original article was posted here at on 1 June 2018 and the most updated and full version (I did not include the full set of sample photos here) will always be at keithwee.com
With my foot still recovering post surgery from the addition of 6 screws to keep everything in place, I somehow had the audacity to say “yes“ to the question of whether I wanted to take the 7th lens in Fujifilm’s medium format series for a spin.
And here it is in full glory, all 1425 grams of top notch optical prowess mounted on the GFX50S...
Writer's note: the same article was posted here at keithwee.com on 24 May 2018 and the most updated version will always be at keithwee.com
Now, to be honest this was one camera review I actually did not plan on doing (with me trying to manage my main job, kids and life itself) but haha, yes, the X-T100 did end up in my hands due to the generosity of a very close friend and I am again humbled and very glad to share my thoughts about this latest release from Fujifilm.
And this was with no regrets, for the X-T100 does come with its own unique surprises – for example: even better than the ubiquitous ‘Smile Shutter‘, the X-T100 comes with its own ‘Buddy Mode‘ in SR+ where you get to define your level of ‘buddiness’ from Level 1 to 3 and so on. (Its super fun at how this can be super awkward)...
Flashes come in all powers, shapes and sizes, and the flowering of flash technology has matured into a myriad of products – that offers expanding possibilities.
This is a workshop introducing the photographer to a range of light shaping tools and explores possibilities on how to get the most versatility and range from the tools that are available, no matter if they are big and small.
Richard Chen (ClubSNAP - boombox), our workshop maestro, has been working with Lights, from small to big: spanning Flashes, LEDs, Tungstens & HMIs, from Portraits, Fashion, Commercial, Products to Music Videos, Mini Series and Feature Films.
A resident photographer at Cool Cheese Studios, Richard has also worked on video and motion picture productions as a Set Photographer, a Gaffer, Director of Photography. His clientele includes Philips, Pernod Ricard, Britvic Plc...