Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro Lens:



With a 30mm focal length (60mm equivalent on a full frame) this lens can double as an everyday and macro lens.


For a lens that retails for $300, I was disappointed at the content and packaging. The lens came inside a simple box with a couple warranty and manuals. Then there was the lens enclosed in cardboard with the front and rear lens cap and that was it. It would have been nice if Olympus included either a lens hood or drawstring bag along with the lens. Luckily, I was able to get it for less than $100 during black Friday so I didn’t mind it as much, but I would definitely not pay $300 for it.  Continue reading

Nintendo Switch Unboxing and First Impressions:



This is what the Wii U should have been! From a usability perspective, the controllers may be a bit too small when used as separate controllers, but it works especially well with the included joy-con straps. Nintendo really learned from their Wii U mistakes and stepped up their game with the Switch. They produced an innovative console with a lot of thought put into it from the small controllers down to the kickstand on the device. A truly versatile portable gaming machine that’s priced competitively to the PS4 and Xbox One.

+ Portable and versatile
+ Multiplayer on the go
+ Great functional design and hardware
+ Light-weight
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Film Roll #3



One of the biggest downsides of shooting film is the time it takes to complete a roll and get it developed. This roll took almost a month to complete but the results definitely made it worth it.

Downtown Long Beach: I had to wait about an hour to submit in some plans to City Hall in Long Beach so I used that time to explore the vicinity.  Continue reading

Impromptu Product Shoot



I recently had the opportunity to photograph tea products for a friend who’s planning on opening an e-commerce store. This was my first impromptu product shoot and considering the restricted environment and equipment available, I’m satisfied with the results. With that said, here a couple things that I will need to improve for future product shoots.

1. Lighting: I didn’t like how inconsistent the lighting varied between each product. It made it very hard during post process to make every image consistent.

2. Attention to detail: Small details like not wiping the cup clean from water droplets greatly affects the images. Another issue I noticed after I finished was that I didn’t take into account my surrounding when I went for low angle shots.

3. Set aside enough time: I definitely need to take into account how much time it takes when doing any photoshoot. Being pressed on time, 10 different tea products, and a stuffy room made me want to get the shoot over with halfway in.

4. Research! I will be researching how a specific product is photographed and represented through social media sites to get a better idea of what I should be doing.

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