ISO, aperture and shutter speed – these were among the terms that 10 teenagers picked up when they attended a photography workshop at Resorts World Genting (RWG) recently.
The workshop – run by Star Media Group photo editor Ng Kok Leong and assistant chief photographer Kevin Tan – was part of the students’ two-day, one-night holiday itinerary.
The holiday, courtesy of RWG, was the prize three of the students won through their participation in the Picture Perfect online photography contest organised by Star-NiE last July.
It was also a reward for seven other students who were active participants of The Star’s BRATs young journalist programme this year.
From feasting their eyes on various artworks at SeniKome Peng Heng Cultural Centre to playing exciting games to their hearts’ content at Vision City, the students certainly had a thrilling time at the highlands.
The workshop allowed them to hone their skills as they clicked away photos of themselves, the outdoors and the various tourist sites in the highlands. They were thankful for the pointers from the experienced cameramen and share their take of the getaway here.
I learnt all sorts of things at the photography workshop. The lesson that struck me the most was the ‘rule of thirds’, which gives each photo a more realistic look by displacing its subject. Apart from the workshop, I had an eye-opening experience touring around Chin Swee Temple. We saw insects and moths of different colours up close. Moreover, it offered a breathtaking panoramic view of the highlands. The trip has inspired me to sharpen my photography skills. – Brendan Mak, 15, SM Stella Maris, Kuala Lumpur
We left with sensational photos and unforgettable memories; a golden experience I will cherish forever. – Levin Low Yun Yi, 16, SMK St Mary, Kuala Lumpur
The workshop, for me, was the most exciting part of the trip. We did not only learn the theory, but were asked to put it into practice. I learnt so much from that one session than from all the other times I had used my camera. It was good hearing feedback from the trainers who have years of experience in the field. – Beatrice Lai Suet Mun, 18, HELP College of Arts and Technology, Kuala Lumpur
From the bustling floors at SkyAvenue and the charm of SeniKome, to the serenity of Chin Swee Temple, we had our phones and cameras ready at all times to snap the next picture. I enjoyed the hands-on activity where we experimented with dozens of shots and modelled for each other. – Farisya Azwar Ridzuan, 16, SMK Taman Melawati, Selangor
The trip was a 10 out of 10 for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the food, the fun games at Vision City, and the beautiful sights from the glass-floor gondola. But the most memorable wasthe photography workshop at SeniKome. I learnt so many fresh, new concepts.– Jynn Kok E-Lynn,16, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3), Petaling Jaya, Selangor
I learnt so much about photography. Along the path to Chin Swee Temple, I kept snapping photos to capture the different types of moths and bugs. – June Lem Ee Mun, 17, SMK Ketari, Bentong, Pahang
The highlight for me was taking my own photos and submitting them to the trainers for feedback. I had to squat, bend and even lie down at awkward angles just to capture the right shots. I salute photographers who take challenging shots. It was more than just clicking a button; it was focusing, finding the right lighting and determining the best angle. – Qistina Jannah Rizanudin, 18, Brickfields Asia College, Kuala Lumpur
There were three things that stood out on this trip: the photography workshop, which gave me the chance to break the ice with everyone; the glass gondola, which was utterly fascinating as the view was breathtaking; and the search for moths at Chin Swee Temple. Our visit, though short, is the best thing I have ever experienced. – Pravin Sivakumar, 17, SMK Kuala Selangor, Kuala Selangor
I realise the importance of language communication. The other participants talked to me despite the fact that I wasn’t able to speak English well. Furthermore, I learnt some photo-taking techniques. The trainers even commented and corrected us on the photos we each took. I am grateful for the experience. It was amazing from the beginning to the end. – Lim Jia Ying, 17, SMJK Tinggi Cina Melaka
Never before had I seen moths the way I had at Chin Swee Temple. Our guides did a great job in piquing our interest. It was quite a challenge to capture their beauty and detail in photos. I plan to go back again as it would be a waste not to hone the photography skills I picked up. – Geena Low Sue Lyn, 16, SMK Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh, Selangor