Date: Nov 13, 2017
I like to expose my kids to all kinds of things.
So far both of them are doing very well in learning all these extra knowledges and skills.
Last week, we skipped CMA class, and I brought the kids to Hort Park to learn how to take photos.
Hahaha… I also just learned how to take photos in manual mode just a year and a half ago. During our Hokkaido trip last June 2016.
Jay will be using my old camera – a Fujifilm X-T1 with 18-55mm F2.8 zoom lens.
As for Kay, I will let him use my Sony RX100 Mark III.
So, early in the breakfast session, I taught the kids the basics. How to set every thing to AUTOMATIC. For now, they just need to learn how to take photos in AUTO mode.
Occasionally, I will tell them the skills to take let say a Lego man in closeup shot with Bokeh. By turning the Aperture ring to F2.8. So, Jay learned that the smaller number of Aperture the bigger the “opening of the camera lens to sensor”. And the background will be blur (bokeh). He also learned that if he place the Aperture to big number say F16 or F22, then, the hole will be smaller, and every thing is clear. The Depth of Field.
My have is having a road show at Hort Park Community Garden Festival event. That is why I brought the kids here to Hort Park.
The kids got very excited just one day before, because they see me very busy running around taking my sensor, camera, tripod, and take the lightning photos.
That is why Kay Kay asked me to show him the lightning photos the next day when he wakes up.
He got amaze with the photos I have taken, and wanted to learn how to take photographs.
And we arrived at Hort Park to do our shooting.
After Jay learned about the Aperture, he started to take photos of the Lego man everywhere.
Later at the end of this bog entry, I will show their work.
Oh, look, a grasshopper.
Then, I taught him how to take a macro shot.
Holding a camera with a stable hand is very important.
They also learned how to check their photo, by zoom in out to check sharpness, etc. Of course most importantly, those photos that you think cannot make it, delete them.
There is a lot of people at the Hort Park that day.
Wow, my high school mate Fiann is also visiting. And notice why Kay like my Sony RX100III so much? Because it is a selfie camera too. Hahahahaha
Fiann: “Jay Jay, you are taller.”
I think Jay has picked up the skill quickly and learn how to shoot quite some excellent photo (for a kid).
I am glad to see them checking their photos after taken them. Delete those extra blurry one and cannot make it one.
Oh, bubbles… (taken by Kenneth)
A cube. (taken by Kenneth)
Working Bees. (taken by Kenneth)
Lonely Bee. (taken by Kenneth)
Butterfly. (taken by Kenneth)
Sunny Sun Flower. (taken by Kenneth).
I see Jay very focus in learning how to take the photo.
Jay!!! the hand is best to be at the bottom of the lens not beside it. Hold the lens and turn the focus ring from bottom is to stabilise the camera. But I guess, every one has their own way of doing it. Let’s not correct it so much yet.
I like to watch him taking photos. He got that potential look.
Next I teach them what is composition. What is important in the photo. The line has to be vertical or horizontal with the photo framing. There must be a story to tell.
Red and Greenish Blue. (taken by Kenneth).
Next, I reached them how to change to sport mode. or change the shuttle speed to freeze the motion.
The correct lighting. Where is the sun? is it behind or is it in front?
How to take high speed photos by taking multiple at the high speed shot.
Of course, after Hort Park, when we got back home, I taught them how to upload their photos from their camera to their iMac.
And how to use the Photo app to crop, edit their photos so to make it nicer.
Of course, Jay’s photo are all shoot in RAW+JPEG mode, so he can do much more things to the photos.
Kay is having fun to play with the Photo app filter, and all the editing features.
He is a fast learner too.
Jay Liew first ever photographs
I would say not too bad. At least he already learned how to compose his photo. Tell stories. And freeze the motions.
Bubble (by Jay)
Flower (by Jay)
White Flower (by Jay)
Lego man on a wet leaf. (by Jay)
More bubbles. (by Jay)
Daddy Sky Jump. (by Jay)
One more jump. (by Jay)
This is Kay Jump. (by Jay)
Grasshopper. (by Jay).
Kay Liew first ever photographs
I think if you ask me who is more keen to learn photography?
I would say it is Kay. He shot more than 120 photos that day.
And most of it is selfie too.
He likes to take photo of himself.
When he has my Sony camera, he will make good use of the selfie functions.
Let’s see his work.
Taking photo of Jay Jay. (by Kay)
My bubbles. (by Kay)
Nice close up Flower. (by Kay)
A lot of selfie. (by Kay)
The fruit and vegetables bird. (by Kay)
I think he will work around and find his subject to take.
He found his dentist. Dr. Kenneth Lew. (by Kay)
Nice Flower with water on it. (by Kay)
He found his friend in the Little Green Explorer Camp. (by Kay)
Nice composition. White can with black wordings, orang pumpkin, green leaves, red brick, black soil and rotten pumpkin. Love it. (by Kay)
Selfie with Uncle Joo Huat. (by Kay)
His version of red and green pipes (by Kay)
Aquaponics tomatoes. (by Kay)
Lego man 1. (by Kay) I made them bring their own Lego man.
Freeze the motion Jay jump. (by Kay).
I dont know how to set the high speed shooting (multiple) on Sony. So, he has to take a single shot at sport mode. He did a pretty good job.
Selfie with mommy. (by Kay)
Lego man #2. (by Kay)
Selfie again. (by Kay)
He would find his subject and take the photo creatively.
Bubble on the leaf. (by Kay)
Great shot. Water drops. (by Kay)
another Aquaponics tomatoes (by Kay)
Taking Uncle Joo Huat. (by Kay)
He would find a different angle of the cube. This one is nice. Leaves in the Cube. With a red chair behind. (by Kay)
My goodness. Selfie again. With me. (by Kay)
Freeze the water. (by Kay)
White Flower (by Kay)
His cube. I taught him have to wait until there are no legs. (by Kay)
Selfie his own braces. This is to give it to Dr. Kenneth Lew. His dentist. (by Kay)
Notice how he turn his camera to find a good angle to this photo? Lovely.
I also teach him cannot cut my head into half. (by Kay)
So, I am so glad that they finally pick up photography skills.
I also teach them good and bad things…
- If you know how to take photography, and good at it, next time a lot of girls wants to be your friend.
- We need to take photos to keep memories. Our brain is too small, and we need to take photos to help us remember.
- Have to be responsible. Cannot simply any how take photos. Especially cannot take obscene photos.
- I ask them do you want other people to take ugly photo of you? If no, then, you yourself cannot take ugly photo of others.
That’s all for the first ever photography lesson.