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

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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Little Tokyo, Los Angeles



I wanted to try something new since I have recently gotten into film photography. Here are the shots I took on my Nikon F3T that ended up being pretty good. Surprisingly, I was able to get some great shots just on my second roll of film. Be sure to check out my first experimental roll post, with that being said – Film Roll #2 Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

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Experimental Film Roll #1



I figured the best way to learn film photography was to just go out and shoot. I didn’t care about getting good shots but focused on playing around with the controls and see what works or don’t work. Here are the shots I took with my very first film roll. I did not expect much at all but I was surprised at how good some of the images came out. With my second roll I was able to get a lot more usable and better photos which can be seen here (will update when the post is up). My advice to anyone starting to learn film I think the best way is to experiment with your first roll. It’s like with any technology you mess around with the device and see what it can/can’t do and move on from there. With film it will be a little harder because you don’t know how it will come out until you process them (usually 1-5 days depending on the place).  Continue reading