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A Guide to Buying New Photography Gear by Ricardo Seah

A Guide to getting the right photography gear for you.

I've had several people ask me for advice over the years what camera or what lens or what  tripod they should get. So I’ve compiled some of my key thoughts on the subject and hopefully you'll find this guide useful.

Photography Gear

Ok, so you’ve saved up a good amount of money, you want to treat yourself and you’re considering getting a camera, a lens, or just photography gear in general. Well you’re at the right place!, so keep reading! 

Mindset

Buying new gear is a big decision and needs to be carefully considered and thought through (unless of course you are a baller and have lots of $$$… in which case consider hiring me for a photoshoot or giving me money to help you buy gear). But if you’re like everyone else its probably a big deal and I’d like for you to think of buying a camera as an investment (much like buying a car).

You are going to need to trust that the gear you are getting won’t fail on you and that it can be depended upon to capture the shots that you want. Can you imagine getting to a breath-taking viewpoint and not have the right gear to capture the beauty in front of you, or having your gear fail you just as you’re setting up to take a shot of the beautiful stars of the night sky? It’s terrifying!  

Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for (unless it’s a Starbucks coffee in which case you probably paid a little too much). Just as an example, my friend Yow and I went out to shoot the northern lights one night and his cheap tripod broke just as he was setting up. My tripod on the other hand has been with me for the 8 years and has survived the freezing cold and extreme desert heat.

Instead of talking about gear recommendations or what I use, this guide will walk you through key considerations and questions to ask yourself to help you make the right decisions :) Here we go!

These are the key questions to ask yourself:

What kind of photography am I doing/looking to get into?

If you’re in the market for a camera then you have to decide whether you want a compact, mirrorless, DSLR, or medium format. 

  • The list above is in ascending order or typical image sensor size.

  • Image sensor matters because the larger the sensor the "better" the quality of images you'll be able to capture especially in low light conditions. Larger sensors also typically mean that you get less of a "grainy look" to your images and allow you print really large pictures. But of course if you are just posting on social media or sharing images online then you won't need such a large sensor camera (ie. a full frame camera or medium format camera).

What are the limitations to the gear that I’m getting?

  • Sure its easy to see what the positives are, because they are always marketed to you. But you need to be critical and understand what the limitations are for that piece of gear. For example, you might find a really cheap lens online and buy it only to find out that it can’t auto-focus, or it isn’t weather sealed or it has a built in lens hood that makes it impossible to attach filters.

What conditions will I be shooting in? Can I trust my gear to hold up in the conditions I’ll be shooting in? And is the gear I’m getting weather sealed?

  • Although most modern cameras are weather sealed (i.e. protected against the elements), not all are. And so it’s a good idea to find out wether the specific product, be it the lens and/or the camera is weather sealed and can withstand the conditions you will be putting it through. If you’re going to a camera store the people there should be able to help you out with this.

Do I really need “X” number of mega-pixels?

  • Come on, let’s be honest, in a side by side comparison neither you nor I can tell the difference between a 10 megapixel image and a 30megapixel image printed out on a regular piece of paper or a laptop screen.

  • The truth is that unless you are shooting professionally and your client requires a large file to be printed to the size of a billboard or the side of a building , you don’t need a camera with an insanely high megapixel count. It’s really just a marketing draw for most camera manufacturers to say that their product has more megapixels than their competitors.

Will I need something else besides what I already have to achieve that shot I have in mind?

  • For example, you might think that for a night landscape all you’ll need is a DSLR and a wide angle lens… Well think again! You’re probably going to want a sturdy tripod because its most likely gonna take a longer shutter speed to capture the image.

Do I really need that to achieve what I have in mind?

  • This is a good question to ask if you’re on a tight budget. For example, you might read somewhere that getting a remote shutter release or a certain filter is a must! Is it really though??

  • Think about possible work-arounds that may help you save such as using the in-built timer function on your camera or applying filter effect on lightroom in post-processing.

If I’m thinking about upgrading my camera or switching brands anytime in the future, should I still get that lens I really want? 

  • This is a big consideration to keep in mind because not all lenses fit all cameras even within the same brand. You might spend lots of money on a lens now only to regret that decision a month or two later when you decide to upgrade to a full-frame camera body or switch to a different brand.

These are the key considerations to keep in mind:

Good glass is like gold. Sure, third party glass might be cheaper, but if you are ever thinking about reselling it down the road, it won’t retain its value as well.

Battery life performance. You might settle on a mirrorless camera only to find out that battery performance is terrible and to make up for that you end up spending more money buying spare batteries. Generally DSLRs have better battery performance than do mirrorless systems.

The possibility of upgrading in the future. Say for example you are just getting into photography and you decide to buy a beginner or regular DSLR. If you get good at photography you might consider upgrading your camera maybe to a full-frame DSLR down the road. 

You probably don’t need as many mega-pixels as you think. 

Not all camera reviews are made equal. Many might be sponsored reviews even when they say that they aren’t  


I hope you found this little guide of questions helpful in your search for new camera gear! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or type them in the comments below and share this post with friends who might be thinking of buying some new photography gear.

Till next time, take care, keep smiling and keep shooting! :)  

Hey everyone, long time no see! by Ricardo Seah

Photo-Adventures, Travel, Photoshoots… Here’s an update of what I've been up to since my last post.

Photograph: Astrophotography shot at Yosemite National Park. (Nikon D810, 14mm, f/2.8, 30sec, ISO2500)

Photograph: Astrophotography shot at Yosemite National Park. (Nikon D810, 14mm, f/2.8, 30sec, ISO2500)

Sorry for disappearing for so long, I know it's been some time since I last wrote a blogpost. Here are some highlights of photography adventures and events that I’ve been up to since we last spoke.

2018 in a Nutshell

West Coast Road-trip: Oregon > Yosemite > San Francisco

Thats right! Just over a year ago a couple friends and I went on an epic road-trip that involved the camping in the great outdoors, exploration and lots of awesome photography.

We spent most of the trip in tents especially in Oregon and Yosemite, allowing us to be close with nature. I have to say though, it was much colder than expected and I clearly remember freezing and hearing wildlife around the tent while I was trying to fall asleep. This was my second time visiting Yosemite National park and definitely not my last. Theres something about the park that makes one feel so connected to nature and the scenes and viewpoints were just spectacular. a

On the way back to Vancouver from Yosemite we spend a couple days in San Francisco which was a great opportunity to get more photography done and see the sights. I highly recommend checking out “Twin Peaks” at night to get views of the city if you’re ever in San Francisco.

From San Fran we drove back up the Oregon Coast which was such a scenic drive. Anyways, the time spent with friends, experiences we had and the breathtaking views made this a great way to start the year and definitely an unforgettable adventure.

And if you’re wondering how I got the cover shot for this blogpost or just want to know how to take pictures of the stars, check out my blogpost guide to Astrophotography!

 

Short Trip Back to Asia: Japan > Singapore > Bali 

Had a short but great time travelling back to Asia for a friend’s wedding and had the opportunity to do a long layover in Tokyo along the way where I got to meet a good friend, Emily for dinner and drinks as well as photograph the famous Shibuya Crossing.

From Japan, I flew back to Singapore and I got to surprise my family who didn’t know I was coming. I also got to play tourist at home for a couple days which is always nice, and I photographed some attractions in-between the meetups with friends. Oh and if anyone out there is planning to visit Singapore and wants a little guide to Singapore with places to photograph and what to see and do, please contact me and I’ll send you my guide.

From Singapore, I flew to Bali for a couple days for a friend’s wedding and though I wasn’t behind the camera for the most part, I was infant of the camera as the wedding emcee. Hence I didn’t really do much photography while in Bali, but I highly recommend visiting this great place.

 

Euro-trip with the Fam: London > Paris > Florence > Rome > Venice

It’s not very often that the whole family get the chance to go on a holiday together and this was definitely a trip to remember. We had a great time travelling together, and though it wasn’t a photography focused trip for me, I got to sneak out a couple of time on my own to explore and photograph the cities.

It was a fantastic family trip and the views, food and experiences we shared were amazing. The only tips I have for those of you who want to travel to and within Europe is a) If you are taking the train systems please get there early and know exactly which platform you’re supposed to be at because we missed our train once while in Italy. b) DON’T TO GO IN THE SUMMER! It is extremely hot and I wasn’t expecting that. In fact I almost had a heat injury. So if you want to go please don’t go in the summer, and if you do go in the summer be sure to hydrate and stay in the shade.

 

Did some cool commercial and event photography for clients

Had the opportunity to work with some awesome clients such as the BC Tech Association, Belgian Fries, ReviveKit, CBRE and UBC to name a few. From commercial and product photography to event photoshoots, it was a great year and here are some shots I have to share :)

And as always if you or anyone you know is looking for a commercial or event photographer to capture the moments that matter don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

 

Spontaneous Camping Trip to Callaghan Lake

It was one of those spontaneous adventures with a couple of my bros to a location we hadn’t explored yet and that was decided upon only a couple days prior. The location was Callaghan Lake (somewhere near Whistler) and it was a bumpy road in and only accessible by a 4X4, so thank goodness my buddy Jo had a Jeep Wrangler. It was a nice chill get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and allowed for some nature photography to be done.

We spent the rest of our time by camping by the lake and keeping warm by the campfire as night fell. The one thing we weren’t completely prepared for was the cold. It was so so cold at night making it difficult to sleep and when we finally got up the following day we woke up to snow weighing down on the tent and a winter wonderland outside. All in all it was cold yet great experience with the boys and one to remember.

 

Road-trip to Portland & the Oregon Coast

Rented a car and headed down to Portland with a couple close friends to explore, eat and drink. We had a great time hitting up the different food spots and breweries. And we also enjoyed a breathtaking sunset by Canon Beach along the Oregon Coast.

A little tip if you want to catch an awesome sunset shot at Canon Beach or any view point for that matter is to get there early to explore the location and frame your shot. Anyways this was a great road-trip with friends and one where I definitely gained some weight after all that eating.

 

Short trip back to Asia: Guang Zhou > Macau > Singapore

Went back to Asia for a couple weeks and it was the perfect way to end an epic year! It was my first time in China and was there for my buddy’s engagement, spent New Years in Macau and Surprised my parents when I went back to Singapore.

All in all it was s great time spent with friends and family and the best way to round up 2018.

 

2019 Starting off the year right!

Road-trip to Seattle

Started the year right with a short road trip down to Seattle with some friends to explore the city and see the sights and of course get some Din Tai Fung in our tummies.

Although it was just a weekend rod trip it was a fun time and we got ourselves some of Seattle’s favourites: Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Oh and we also visited a Starbucks reserve which was pretty awesome.

 

More awesome commercial, event and portrait photoshoots!

Been fortunate to start the year off right photographing some client events and a profile shoots. Here are just a few.

I’m looking forward to working with more amazing clients this year so if you or anyone you know is looking for a photographer to capture events or portraits or even conduct a photography workshop, don’t hesitate to contact me :)

 

Thank you all so very much for your continued support and stay tuned for more to come! Till next time, keeping shooting, keep smiling and take care!

An Aerial Photography Adventure by Ricardo Seah

An Aerial Photography Experience Over Vancouver

Shot above downtown Vancouver from a Harbour Air Seaplane 

Shot above downtown Vancouver from a Harbour Air Seaplane 

Back story 

A couple of Fridays ago I attended the Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala at Canada Place at 6.45am (yes that's right in the morning!!! Who holds a gala that early!?!?! Ok ok calm down Ricardo, I'm sure they have their reasons..). Anyways the Gala ended at about 9am and so I decided I'd walk around the waterfront area to soak in the views of the snowcapped mountains as it had snowed the night before.

View of North Vancouver

I mean look at that view! It was gorgeous!! So I continued to walk around the convention centre and of course I'm greeted by the seaplanes by the waterfront as they took off and landed. It was not raining (a mega plus for this time of year in Vancouver) and the thought of capturing the snowcapped mountains and the city from one of those seaplanes raced through my brains.

Vancouver seaplane harbour air

It was so so tempting.. But of course I had to act rationally and so I put up a poll on my Instagram story asking if you guys thought I should go or not. I waited awhile at the lounge of the Seaplane airport and let the results come in.. needless to say, I let the results (96% said "Yes, do it!") guide my decision. 

Ready for an adventure
harbour air

I ran up to the counter to get myself on the next scenic flight tour around Vancouver, and in 15 minutes I was boarding my first ever seaplane flight. Woohoo!!! I was so excited! 

Thankfully it wasn't a full flight and I rushed to the front to be the third person to board, and was able to pick out a good seat at the back with an unobstructed view (window seat goodness).

Sat through a little flight safety video and a welcome by the friendly captain and off we went taxiing the runway (or water-way.. not sure what it's called) and up into the air with a fanatic view of North Vancouver from my side.

We went up north and checked out the mountains that had been covered in snow from the night before which was just breathtaking.

From there we circled around and made our way to Vancouver and got a good view of Kits Beach and downtown Vancouver before going over Stanley park and landing back at the waterfront.

It was definitely a great experience and I highly recommend it! The views are just amazing and the pilot really knew where to take us for good shots. Also, it will be one of the softest airplane landings you'll experience.

Check out the HarbourAir website if you're interested. I did the extended panorama tour and it was definitely worth it. They apparently also do flights to Bowen Island, Whistler and Victoria. Definitely not paid by them to say this (but of course if you work for Harbour Air please consider hiring me for a shoot). It's fantastic way to see Vancouver!


A mix of some of the shots I took with my phone and cameras 


Aerial Photography Tips:

  • Have the right lens attached to the body of your camera before the flight.

    • Trust me, you DO NOT want to be changing lenses while flying. It can get quite bumpy, space is confined, you're gear might roll all over the cabin and you are going to miss shots.
    • What I did was shoot with my phone and two camera bodies with two different lenses on each so that I was able to get a range of shots. Now of course not everyone will have two camera bodies in which case having one camera body with a zoom and your camera phone with you to capture wide shots will suffice. 
  • Sit either right at the back or right at the front of the aircraft. 

    • Unless you want to get the wing in all your shots (not necessarily a bad thing but just my preference)
  • Don't attempt to manual focus, just let the camera work its auto-focus magic.

    • Do yourself a favour and just let the camera handle the focusing. As long as the window is clear and clean there shouldn't be a problem.
  • Use a fast shutter speed. 
    • The plane is going to be moving fast and its going to be a little bumpy. I found myself fighting hard to stabilise my camera for shots while trying to fight the G-forces as the pilot pulled and rolled to steady the aircraft.
  • Shoot on continuous high setting or the highest continuous shooting mode your camera will allow.

    • This will maximise the chance of getting that awesome shot.
  • Make sure you have your gear strapped to you. 

    • The last thing you want is to lose grip of your camera or your phone mid-flight and have it roll around the cabin. 

  • DO NOT just look through your camera viewfinder the entire flight.

    • Trust me I got super nauseous looking through 3 different cameras constantly throughout the flight. And this is coming from someone who usually doesn't get nauseous on flights (I've been on everything from small planes, to commercial and military aircraft) but it's something about constantly looking through different zooms that messes with your orientation. 

    • I recommend taking breaks in-between shooting to live in the moment and enjoy the experience. 

As always thank you for coming on this journey with me! I hope you enjoyed this little adventure in the air and that it inspires you to get out there and capture some awesome shots!

Till next time, stay tuned on my instagram for the latest shots and and news on my insta stories. 

 

Of course, if you liked this or have any questions please leave me a like and or a comment below :) Take care, keep warm, keep exploring, and get those amazing shots!

A Spontaneous Adventure to the Rockies by Ricardo Seah

Spontaneous Overnight Photo-trip to Banff

First stop on the photography checklist. Photographing Moraine Lake as the sun is setting.

First stop on the photography checklist. Photographing Moraine Lake as the sun is setting.

From deserts and canyons of Arizona to the cool and lush Canadian Rocky Mountains. Here’s a little summary of my latest spontaneous adventure to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. 


Q&A Time

But Ricardo haven’t you been to the Rockies before?

Yes! And the thing is I can never get enough of it! It’s just such a beautiful and picturesque place. Literally everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity and its a place you can keep returning to because the seasons change and theres always a new location to shoot.

How long was this adventure? 

It was literally a 2 Days 1 Night spontaneous adventure

So where in the Rockies did you go to this time?

 

This time I visited Banff and due to the time constrain only managed to photograph a few locations. The primary objective of this trip was to photograph Moraine Lake at sunset and sunrise the following day. 

The secondary objective was to photograph other lakes within Banff such as Peyto Lake and  the famous Lake Louise. 


Here are some of my shots from Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake and Lake Louise

My tips for photographing the Rockies during this time of year:

  • Have a tripod.

    • I cannot stress this point enough. Especially if you want the best sunset-landscape or astrophotography shots, you are going to need a proper tripod. Do yourself a favour and invest in a good one, not that cheap plastic/tacky ones. The last thing you want is for your tripod to fail on you and have a tripod leg break during your trip (just ask my buddy @guangyow whose old tripod broke while doing astrophotography).  

  • Bring gloves and dress appropriately.

    • Although I brought the right attire and shoes, I’ll admit, I totally forgot to bring gloves. And because of this my hands were absolutely freezing especially since my tripod was made of metal. But its a good lesson to learn from and the pain was worth enduring for the pictures.

  • Get to desired shooting locations before the crowd.

    • If you know you want to capture a specific event such as sunrise then you should be aware that you aren't the only one who has that in mind. Get to the location before the crowd does because the last thing you want is a bunch of tourists with selfie sticks in your frame. 

    • Arrive an hour beforehand if possible, this will allow for time to find parking and will allow you time to find the right spot. This will also hopefully help you avoid those big bus loads of tourists. As I left Moraine Lake after getting my sunrise shots there were at least 6 buses that were going in while I was going out (that would have been at least 200 people to deal with).

  • Include buffer time.

    • Related to the previous point, allow yourself some buffer time to get to locations because there is considerable traffic at certain times of day approaching places of interest such as Moraine lake. Parking can also be a hassle because of the sheer amount of people who want to visit the location so take into account that it might take some time to get a parking spot.

  • Bring extra batteries & memory cards.

    • The last thing you want is for your battery to die or realise you don’t have anymore space on your card while a magical moment unveils (eg. sunrise/sunset). Batteries die faster in the cold so bring a couple of spares. Since you are probably going to be shooting in RAW file format (recommended if you are doing any post-processing), you will be filling up those memory cards fast so definitely bring extras and keep them in a proper case to keep them protected.

  • If you have polarising & ND filters bring them.

    • This will help bring back some of those blown out highlights in the sky while exposing for the landscape/foreground. (i.e. these filters can help you get a more evenly lit shot)

  • Take all the shots but be intentional and don’t delete anything.

    • I don’t know why but especially when I was first starting out as a photographer I just didn’t take certain shots because in my mind they weren’t going to be perfect or were just inconvenient.

    • But think about it. you’ve travelled all this way and that one shot you didn’t take could have been "the one". Whats there to lose? Just take everything you have in mind and don't give in to self doubt and irrational fears. It's better than going home and hating yourself for not shooting it from up there or from down low or across there.  

  • Take a couple shots where everyone is then move.

    • Shoot where all the other tourists and instagram folks are shooting from but move on after that to find the shot that will make your image unique. 

    • I like to to spend 10% of my time on locations taking the "popular shot" or "postcard shot" and 90% finding "my shot". Find a way to make your images different or stand out by shooting from a different angle or by including different elements.

  • Don’t shoot for the first 5 minutes.

    • As photographers we always want to get right into it. We tend to get excited when we come across amazing scenes and dive right into it.  The problem I find is two fold:

      • 1) we tend to settle on the first composition which we think is “the one” and negate ourselves from exploring other (potentially better) angles & compositions. I always tell my students to take 5 steps to the left and right, go high, go low. In essence what I’m saying is to explore the environment because it is foreign to you, understand it and look for nuances that make it unique and give it time to speak to you.

      • 2) Once we start shooting that scene we don’t stop and before you know it the moment is lost and the only memory of it will be looking through a viewfinder. Take 5 minutes to soak it in, the visuals, scents, air, vibes,  the way it makes you feel. Take time to be in the moment because you travelled all the way there.

  • Lastly, don't forget to take a self portrait 

    • Don't forget to take a self portrait on location to remember the moment and place yourself within the environment. 

    • I'm guilty of this and as such I don't have shots of myself on location the way I see the scene. Too often I live behind the lens and I'm sure many fellow photographer do too, but it's a nice change to make yourself the subject and places yourself in perspective of the body of work you are creating.

My turn to be in-front of my lens!

That concludes my blogpost on a super spontaneous trip to Banff and I hope you liked it!

More photos of this adventure can be found on my instagram account @ricardogtaphy so don't forget to check that out! 📸

I hope this has inspired you to get out, explore and take some awesome shots! And as always, don't forget to leave a like below if you enjoyed this and share this post with family and friends!!

Thank you! 

How to: Firework Photography by Ricardo Seah

Firework Photography 101

A guide to everything you need to know about firework photography

Singapore's National Day Fireworks Display

Singapore's National Day Fireworks Display

What you will need:

  • A Camera & memory cards/film (preferably one which allows for manual settings. ie. a DSLR, SLR, mirrorless, Medium-Format, Large Format... you get the idea)

  • A solid tripod (preferably not one of those cheap ones they give you for free when you get a camera bundle deal). I personally use a Manfrotto tripod.

  • Water and snacks (super important because you'll be there for some time).

Optional:

  • A portable stool/foldable chair (or you can just sit on the ground like me)

  • A shutter release/wireless shutter trigger (very useful and might be frustrating to shoot without though not impossible)

  • A human or a device (you're going to get bored waiting for hours alone so bringing a friend is a good idea)

What to do:

  1. Do your research! You need to know where the fireworks are going to be firing from and what time they go off. And then decide on which vantage point would work best for the shot. (Note: It's always nice to place the fireworks into perspective by including environmental elements such as buildings in the shot to inform the viewer).

  2. Get there ahead of the crowd (like really early). I personally get to the location and find the perfect spot many hours in advance (like 5 hours ahead of time #commitment).

  3. Set up your gear! Camera on tripod and start taking some shots to make sure you got the right angle and trying your best to estimate that the fireworks will be in the frame of the shot. Once you find the sweet spot autofocus on something in the distance like a building and then switch you camera to manual focus so that you get focus locked in and your camera won't be hunting for focus when the fireworks go off. 

  4. Be patient. If you are close enough you will be able to hear the fireworks being shot out of the tubes before you see the the explosion. once the fireworks are shot out of the tubes you have to immediately trigger your shutter release. It's best to shoot as the fireworks are being shot into the air, that way you will get the trail of light followed by the explosion. If you don't have a shutter release cable then you're going to want to put a 2 second timer and do the same. 

Settings:

  • Aperture: f/11 (For good depth of field because you listened and included some scenery in the composition)

  • Shutter speed: 6 seconds (I find that to be the best, any longer and you get too much in the shot and you get the trails of light after the explosion as it fades out)

  • ISO: 200 (if you find it to dark then increase the ISO as you shoot)

Something important to keep in mind

Fireworks produce a lot of smoke! Well duh.. The point is that your best shots are going to be the first few shots because smoke will begin to build up and will kinda ruin the later shots. Here's an example of what I mean:

Shot number 1 (No Smoke)

Shot number 1 (No Smoke)

Shot number 7 (quite some smoke has built up and the shot just ain't as good)

Shot number 7 (quite some smoke has built up and the shot just ain't as good)

You are now officially ready to shoot some fireworks! So get out there and shoot some awesome photos!

Upcoming Fireworks photo-opportunities (Click for details - useful for the research bit):

Vancouver - Honda Celebration of Light

Singapore - National Day Fireworks Display

Please give this post a like if you found it useful and I'll consider doing more of these "how to" blog posts. And don't forget to follow me on Instagram for my latest shots!

Till next time, keep shooting and have fun!

What I've been up to! by Ricardo Seah

A blog post to answer the question:

What's been going on and where are you?! 

Hey everyone! I haven't been as active on the blog as I'd like to be and I have a bunch of excuses but heck no ones really interested in those so here's an update on what has been going on since my last post!

  • I was part of a local photography exhibition here in Vancouver 

A big big thank you to everyone who came out to support me!!! You guys and gals mean a lot to me and really motivate me to keep raising the bar with my photography!

TBH I kinda wish there were more pics of the exhibition but the only other one I could find is on my friend Joan's Instagram. 

There are some prints from the exhibition that are still available for sale so if you'd like a beautiful piece of my work to adorn your home or work place, or if you know of anyone that might be interested, please check out the "Products" section of my website where you'll be able to purchase prints and help me continue doing what I love!

  • I had the awesome opportunity to photograph the Move UBC Campaign

Move UBC was a great campaign that encouraged people (including myself) to get off their butts and move! It was tiring but definitely a fun campaign to shoot and worth spreading the message of being a bit more active in our daily lives. Plus I got to work with some cool friends on the shoot which was pretty awesome.

  • I went to Europe for the first time ever

I had always wanted to go to Europe and this was a dream come true for me. You see my younger sister went to Europe with her school when she was younger and my parents have both been to Europe (and even skyped me while they were there saying: "You should be here to take photos!! its so beautiful!" while I was in university having final exams... C'mon who does that) so naturally being the photographer in the family I was like TAKE ME TO EUROPE!!!! 

So this year my parents finally gave in and off to Europe we went! We visited Spain and France. It was a tiring but awesome trip though I wish it was longer. In 10 days we went from Barcelona to Valencia to Madrid to Paris to Toulouse and back to Barcelona before heading back to Vancouver. I think I'll be making a more detailed blog post of the trip and my recommendations (really depends if you guys want it or not). 

For now I just want to say a big thank you to my parents for their love, an awesome trip, great views and yummy tapas! 

ps. more photos on my instagram account

  • I got the chance to photograph a Dog Meet up at UBC which was crazy fun and adorable

A day after getting back from Europe and still being a little jet-lagged I shot this awesome event, the "UBC Doggo Meetup" for the UBC Arts & Culture district. There were so many dogs and puppies and even more dog lovers around. The atmosphere was amazing and full of energy with dogs running around... people running after the dogs running around... dogs licking peoples faces... It was just great! 

  • I've been leading guided Photowalks with "Vancouver Photowalks"

So Ive recently joined Vancouver Photowalks as their newest and only male photo-guide and its been pretty awesome, there's even a blogpost of me joining the team which might be a fun read. I'm sure Ive tried to explain what I do as a photo guide to some of you already but long story short, I give guided photo-walks of different locations in Vancouver and teach people how to use their camera and improve their photography. It's been crazy fun and great to work with the team and meet new people from all over the world who come on the photowalks to better their photography. What's even more crazy is that since I started giving photowalks in February I've already gotten like 5 Five Star Trip Advisor reviews which is pretty sweet :)

  • Feeling lost and it's ok

Recently I've been feeling just a little bit lost. There have been a ton of things on my mind like having to move out and find a new place..  having to find a more stable full-time job.. having to pay the bills and so on.. But you know what it's ok. I know it's just part of life and we gotta face the challenges infront of us. I know things will fall into place and I just need to remember to breathe and keep going at it. So I'd like to end this blogpost in the words of Bob Marley "Don't worry bout a thing, cuz every little thing's gonna be alright" :)

Till next time, take care and keep shooting! 

Through The Lens by Ricardo Seah

I have been invited to be part of a Photography Exhibition at the Beaumont Studios as part of it's "Through The Lens" exhibition which will run from February 14th - 28th, 2017. Three of my photographs will be on display and for sale.  

I will be there on Thursday, the 16th of February for the opening reception/night 7-10pm to meet you awesome people and talk about my work. There will also be smaller (actually still pretty large: 16x24") prints for sale so don't forget to bring some extra cash incase you want to buy some of my work or just get some drinks. 

Where? The Beaumont Studios: 316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

 

Hope to see you at the Exhibition Opening!!!