I’ve officially taken over as BizSpark Program Manager at Microsoft Singapore. I have big shoes to fill from Eugene, who did a fantastic job with the program To be honest I’m really excited because I do believe I can do more through BizSpark to grow this small but thriving eco-system.
Here are my slides from today’s presentation for the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA). Hope it gives newcomers to the Singapore eco-system a good overview of what’s going on. If your organization has not been included in these slides, please ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can add you in!
I’ve been procrastinating for the longest time to learn how to use my D5000, but today I finally got the chance to learn about all the basic concepts and get a taste of street photography. Let’s just say I am totally in love again with what a DSLR can do compared to a compact and it’s great to be able to control what you want to achieve inside your head with your camera (although I am still a total noob.) Thank you Val and Jen Xi though for accompanying and being patient with me respectively for the whole day!
Check out this quick guide to understanding the key terms that are used in manual photography.
Street Photography is not as easy as it seems. At first I thought it’s just taking pictures of random people, but in reality that is the hardest thing to do. People tend to shun the camera, or change their expressions once they notice you snapping a picture of them. Sometimes I feel as if the stars must align and that the universe must really like you in order to be able to catch that one good moment. There are just too many things to could go wrong and Jen Xi told us about his friend who was made to expose all the film on his camera once because the person was uncomfortable having their picture taken.
Luckily for me though, I met no such people today. Singaporeans and our tourists are generally a friendly bunch, but it’s obvious I’m still a coward when it comes to taking their picture in their face or ask for their permission (which is why you will see the backs of many heads, backsides and comfort taxis.)
I really like what Jen Xi shared about street photography – that if it’s done well, it will make you smile. The candid, spontaneous and raw emotion of the moment is what matters most!
Here are some of my favourite shots from today.
Here are the ones in black and white (my first time also shooting in BW mode!) :
Other street photographers to check out (thanks Jen Xi for sharing):
Vivian Maier – died before she was discovered with rolls of awesome street photographs in her posession.
Danny Santos – does street photography in Singapore. Love his pictures in the rain!
Charlie Kirk (aka Two Cute Dogs) – love this guy! His pictures are amazing!
Check it. This is the new Microsoft Surface.
Nah, I’m just kidding. I wish it were though, but here’s introducing the Samsung Slate! (sobs, I want this too)
As you can tell, I’m looking forward to the Surface. The slate is currently retailing at 1,399 USD (way over my budget) and I’m hoping the people in Redmond come up with a good price for the Surface, especially since Google just decided to flood the market with their $200 Nexus 7.
I need a keyboard badly with my tablet – I write, so it makes all the difference.
Let me know what you think about this!
I bought my D5000 in late 2010 and was fascinated with it. It is my first dSLR and I learnt to appreciate manual controls, aperture and shutter speeds.
I’ve been thinking of whether to upgrade to a pro – either the Canon 7D or to downgrade to a compact Canon S100. That’s the problem with an entry level dSLR. You want the best of both worlds, but it ends up giving you something that’s mostly in-between.. of everything! Price, weight, photo quality.
But to be fair, my D5000 has served me well. Here are some of the images from it. With some minor processing done.
And of course.. my first experiment with stop motion photography when I was in Japan.
Argh, can’t decide if I should get a new camera!
I have this bad habit of buying cheap earphones and have them spoil just a couple of days later. So I invested in a good pair this time around. Or at least it looks promising
I tried it already and yes the bass really is pretty good. And yes, I’m eating cookies and enjoying my youtube video at the same time now.
Enjoy! And get good earphones.
I’ve been at Microsoft now for about 4 months now and I’m loving it.
I love the environment, the cool products I get to play with on a daily basis, my work there and so much more! But today I want to talk about something else… and that’s the Microsoft Touch Arc Mouse! [I know it's been out a long time, but I don't care]
Managed to get it at a slightly lower retail price – and I must say I’m loving it. Totally what I expected from watching this video of how it was made. I remember being fascinated by it, but couldn’t afford to buy it back then. I’m kind of obsessed with hardware at the moment, so when Alex said I could get it I immediately said yes!
Can I just say that the hardware team at Microsoft is pretty damn amazing? Can’t wait for the surface!