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by meng yew choong
Making magic: Work that requires him to travel has given Teoh Peng Kee the chance to build up his travel photography collection, which he shares in 'Travel Photography: Capturing The Sense Of Place'. Find out how Teoh nailed this image – entitled 'Prelude To The Big Bang, Mount Bromo, Indonesia' – in his book where all the images are explained with detailed technical data. – Photos by TEOH PENG KEE
This gorgeously illustrated book not only pleases the eye but also teaches photography skills.
EVERYONE loves to take photos when they are travelling, of course. And thanks to the increasing accessibility of good and easy to use digital cameras as well as phone cameras, more and more people are snapping away. But while everyone is taking pictures, not everyone is producing great photos. In fact, despite the countless blogs and tumblr posts full of images, great travel photos are not at all easy to find.
What we do have are lots of “how to do it” books, and the latest is Travel Photography: Capturing The Sense Of Place by Teoh Peng Kee.
The author has more than 18 years of experience promoting the EOS system for Canon Malaysia and Canon South South-East Asia, and has also been selected as an EOS Master, Canon Asia-Pacific; he is an EOS pro seminars speaker nationally as well as in South South-East Asia and India. At present, Teoh is widely known as a “walking dictionary” on all matters Canon EOS.
Thanks to the extensive travelling he has to do for his work and his access to a huge array of cameras and lenses, Teoh has been able to put together an impressive collection of great travel photographs.
At a recent interview, Teoh, 48, shares that photography has been his passion since secondary school.
“And this passion has kept me occupied throughout my 20-year career in photography-related matters. In the last two years, I have travelled extensively and conducted photography seminars and workshops in South-East Asia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.”
Teoh discovered that many seminar participants were keen to share their images with each other. “And I was happy to share mine in return. These photo enthusiasts really do enjoy looking at high quality images, especially when they are printed.
“With the realisation that photography is a true international language among photo enthusiasts, I decided to produce a coffee table book featuring my best images to share with photo enthusiasts,” says Teoh, who is now the chief imaging consultant at the Canon EOS Boutique in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Though Travel Photography: Capturing The Sense Of Place is lavishly illustrated with 170 colour photographs, the book is not just about pretty pictures, as Teoh also generously shares exposure and other technical data of his pictures with readers.
“This publication is not merely a coffee table book – I have included simple shooting tips to help readers improve their quality of travel photography. With this book, I hope everyone can take up photography to record our wonderful world and share the images with others.”
According to Melvyn Ho, president and CEO of Canon Marketing Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Teoh’s work caught his eye with its incredible sensitivity to composition and lighting: “It is this vision to see and capture photographic opportunities within complex environments that gives Teoh the ability to create such an astounding body of photography works through his travels.
“As an amateur photographer and an admirer of Teoh’s work, I hope that this book will serve to inspire future photographers to continue shooting high quality work. And we hope that this book by Teoh will continue to inspire generations of photographers out there to capture their own interpretations of our world,” Ho writes in the book’s foreword.
The 152-page hardcover book is divided into different topics, such as low-light photography, landscape, people at work, and so on. What I particularly like about it is that it comes with a list of tips to help enthusiasts understand how to create similar images or obtain the effects you see on the page.
Using easy-to-understand diagrams, the author generously shares how he integrates the various elements in the final picture by understanding the interaction between the subject and light in a scene.
For Canon fans, this is a good opportunity to see in print the marvellous results that can be obtained with high ISO (sensitivity to light) settings in cameras. This book gives solid evidence that stunning results can be seen even when ISO 6400 is used – usually, photos taken at that level can appear grainy.
But what is laudable about this book is that it is useful even if you are a non-Canon user, as Teoh expounds on the broad principles of good travel photography. Good principles are universal and it doesn’t matter which system you use. Thus, a Sony or Olympus or Pentax (or whatever brand there is out there) user will also benefit from this book. Basically, if you wish to improve your travel or “snapshot” photography, then this is the book for you.
Travel Photography: Capturing The Sense Of Place by Teoh Peng Kee can be ordered from the author’s website, www.teohpengkee.com. You can also call the author at the Canon EOS Boutique (in Subang Jaya, Selangor; closed on Mondays) at 03-5612 0337.
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