Once-in-a-lifetime experience for shutterbugs

Once-in-a-lifetime experience for shutterbugs
GIDDY UP: Participants at the My Paper Metropolitan Workshop's practical session at the Singapore Turf Club yesterday.

When taking pictures of fast-moving objects like horses, be sure to adjust your camera's shutter speed.

As for food photography, do not be afraid to move around and try out different angles to get the best shot.

These were some tips shared by professional photographer Bob Lee at the My Paper Metropolitan Workshop at the Singapore Turf Club in Kranji yesterday.

Some 80 participants turned up for the workshop where Mr Lee, who owns his photography business, The Fat Farmer, shared tips on how to take pictures of horses, food and coffee art.

The workshop saw the participants putting into practice what they learnt at four stations. These comprised the high-tea station, coffee-art station, horse-race zone and the horse-parade zone, where they got to take close-up pictures of the horses.

Mr Lee, 38, said the chance to take photos of race horses in action was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for amateurs.

"If you read the camera manual, you would know how it works. But how many of us actually have the chance to take photos of running horses?" he said.

Photographing race horses was also a chance for the participants "to really understand how the camera works".

Participant Shanna Zhang said that taking pictures of the horses was the main reason why she signed up for the workshop.

"I wanted to learn about horse photography because it's challenging," said the 30-year-old engineer.

"This workshop helped me to learn things I didn't know before."

One example was the panning technique to take pictures of the horses, whereby the photographer uses a slow shutter speed and pans the camera.

Another participant - Lee Zheng Yang, who loves street photography - also said he liked the fact that the workshop gave him a platform to take pictures of horses, which people hardly have access to.

"When you have access to places where people usually don't go, you'd want to make the best use of it," said the 26-year-old technician, who was happy with his shots after the practical session.

IT application administrator Sharon Tang said that the workshop helped her to learn more about lighting.

"I learnt that even using simple items, like a piece of paper, can help to make natural lighting better," she added.

There was also a contest element where participants can submit four pictures they took (one from each station) with their name and contact number by Wednesday.

One winner will be picked for each category and awarded a $100 cash prize. Winners will be notified by Sept 5.


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