Samsung NX Academy Workshop

Its been quite some time since we have last updated our blog. Our main photographer, Nicholas Ng has actually submitted his portfolio to Samsung NX Academy in hope of upgrading himself. Hit the jump to know more about his journey.

The reason I (Nicholas Ng) wanted to join Samsung NX Academy is that I wanted to push my limits and to learn new things from other photographers, not just from top photographers but also from those struggling to improve themselves. But most of all I wanted to have an opportunity to be critique by the judges. By image critique only can 1 photographer improve him or herself. Sometimes we cant see our own mistakes until someone points it out. So I submitted my images to Samsung NX Academy and I was lucky enough to be picked to join a workshop where only 8 finalist will be shortlisted to continue their journey.

When I reached the venue of the workshop on that day, I only knew that out of 200+ entries only 30+ participants were chosen to join the workshop. At the start of the workshop, the head judge Mr Patrick Low gave a short briefing together with the other 2 judges En Eddie Putra and Mr Victor Tong. My challenge of the day was to shoot portraiture, still life and action photos by using the camera provided which is the Samsung NX30. The Samsung NX30 is a mirrorless camera and it was my 1st time touching it. The ‘chosen ones’ were then split into 4 groups according to the colour tag when we were registering ourselves.

My group started off by shooting still life photos. The setup was actually set by En Eddie Putra as he wanted every participants to be using the same lighting. He wanted to test our creativity as we were only given 2 minutes to shoot the fruits provided to us. Below are the shots taken by me.

Apple, strawberry, grapes

Apple, strawberry, grapes

 

Strawberry, grapes, jambu air

Strawberry, grapes, jambu air

 

Grapes, apple

Grapes, apple

 

Strawberry, grapes, apple

Strawberry, grapes, apple

 

Strawberry, grapes, apple

Strawberry, grapes, apple (the photo I submitted)

So after shooting for 2 minutes, I’m suppose to choose my 1 best photo for submission. Next my team were assigned to shoot the action shot. For this challenge I was paired with another team member to coordinate the throwing of the strawberry into the glass of water. We were to shoot the water splash using the burst mode of the Samsung NX30. We were only given 2 tries to capture the splash shots. So below are my splash shots.

strawberry

 

strawberry

 

strawberry

 

strawberry

strawberry

So which splash shot do you like the most? I personally love splash number 3 and thus I’ve submitted that photo. The lighting for this challenge was also fixed by Mr Patrick Low and he was observing our cooperation with our partners. Luckily I managed to work well with my partner Rofa. Next the final challenge for our group is the portraiture session. As I had been photographing humans for quite some time, thus it was actually quite easy for me. The lighting were setup by Mr Victor Tong and our challenge of the day was to pose the model (Kelly Tham). For the first half minute, I just talked with Kelly to make her feel relax and only I started shooting. Below are my portraiture shots within 2 minutes.

Looking towards the light

Looking towards the light

 

Playing with hair

 

Genuine smile

 

After seeing the 3 photos, of course I’d submit photo number 3 right? With that smile who can resist it? After a long days wait, the result was finally announced and I was chosen to be in the top final 8 contestants. I’m grateful to be chosen and given a chance to continue the journey of becoming the next top photographer. Below is the video of the 1st episode of this challenge. Do hope all of you will enjoy it and support me. 😀

Nicholas Ng

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