Hi everyone! My name is Samuel, and I’m a photographer based in Singapore. I first started photography as a way of expressing my emotions, and somehow stumbled into photographing relationships and the celebrations that they throw to celebrate their love and commitment. Most of the people I photograph are comfortable with who they are, and hence I tend to photograph weddings that are small, intimate, and a tad unconventional with loads of fun.
I’m normally inspired by light, symmetry and balance (see guide), and I tend to be easily moved with genuine emotions. What I try to do is combine all these factors and create images that are visually stimulating, with emotions as the core of the photograph.
I’m not a very technical person and part of my joy comes from being able to create good images with gear that isn’t the most advanced and has probably been disregarded by others. In a way, it trains me to be a better photographer and to really understand my cameras instead of just relying on the latest technology. I feel that there are many means to an end, and the photograph is the most important thing to me, not the gear. Because of this, I’ve been using the same camera and lenses since I first started seven years ago.
Canon 5D Mark III
My camera bodies have to be robust and reliable, as I swing them around a lot and occasionally drop them (gasp!). I have two Canon 5D Mark III’s that have been dropped a couple of times, but still work fine. I really enjoy the skin tones I get from the Canons. Although there are components that can be much better – like auto focus and the ISO. Plus, they seem to weigh a ton after a long day at a wedding! Hence, I’m considering switching to a mirrorless system – just waiting for the right time!
Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Canon 135mm f/2
Sigma 24mm f/1.4
Canon 45mm TS-E f/2.8
I have a couple of lenses in my bag, but normally use only two to three throughout the wedding. I will always have a Canon 35mm f/1.4 on my main body. I find this to be the best lens for storytelling and to toy with different photo compositions. On my other body will be either a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or Canon 85mm f/1.8 for close ups, or the Canon 135mm f/2 if I want to capture the emotions up close – nothing too fancy really! For dance floor images I normally use a Sigma 24mm f/1.4, and sometimes I use a Canon 45mm TS-E f/2.8 for something a little different.
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