My first fascination with a camera was when I was in primary school, this was during the film era. I saw a photographer shooting one of our school's event and he looks so cool with all those gadgets on him. Yup it was the fascination with gadgets that started it, not really photography. I didn't know anything about photography.
After that, I joined a camera club in school, saw how film was developed. But that didn't last long as eventually the camera club was disbanded. That was my first insight in photography.
My first ever camera was during my 2nd or 3rd year in college, I forgot, too long ago *Laughs*.
I studied fine arts majoring in advertising arts, and we had a photography subject. My brother-in-law gave me a camera, it was a Nikon FM with a 50mm f1.8 lens. It was when I learned the basics of exposure, shutter speed, ISO and aperture. It was still a very basic understanding. But I still did get a high grade for my thesis though a 1.25, 1 as being highest and 5 is a fail. But to be honest if I look at my past work, I’ll even give myself a 5. *Grin*
Fast forward to the digital era, around 2008 or 2009, I got to work as a project manager in a multi media company that specializes in photography & videography. That’s when I really started to learn more about photography. I asked, observed and tried my hand in photography. Watched and assisted the other photographers taking portraits, products, events and other stuff. Eventually they allowed me to take event shots, and some industrial photos. I learned a bit more about the triangle of exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO). I looked at other people’s photos and studied them. I guess my background in Fine Arts helped me in terms of composition.
Come around 2010 - 2011 I moved to a more specialized studio. I had a chance to work for Tommy Chia, one of Singapore's leading & pioneer aerial photographer. We specialized in the Industrial sector especially the marine industry, oil & gas industry and shipping. It is when I had the most exposure for the Industrial sector. At the same time we had other genre of photography such as corporate headshots, product shoots and even wedding.
I was shooting more photos and learning video production as well. I learned the same way. I observed, asked and tried it out myself. Eventually heard about youtube and some people giving out free tutorials in there. So I watched those as well and eventually tried them. Photography is a practical thing, you need to do it to learn. It's good to learn the theory but you need to actually do it. So I would say my path of learning for me was informal training and some self taught.
Eventually I left the studio and decided to do on my own. I still work with Tommy from project to project but I pretty much have my own set up.
People often think I'm an extrovert. I'm often loud with people that I know already, but usually shy away when it comes to a big crowd that I don't know. We all have some extrovert and introvert aspect in us. I think I'm more of an introvert to be honest. I prefer a quiet and alone time with my dog, Rusty. He's a pure breed whippet, coming 3yo, given to me by a friend.
I enjoy sports and play football very often and some basketball on the side.
I enjoy watching horror and Sci-fi movies.
And I go out from time to time to take some street photography either with my phone or with my camera.