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IF you are looking for the perfect place to practise your photography skills, look no further than Resorts World Genting (RWG).
Up in the highlands, you will find a myriad of locations, spots and attractions to train your lens on.
That is exactly what 10 teenagers had a chance of experiencing during the recent BRATs photography workshop at the resort in the clouds.
Conducted by Star Media Group assistant chief photographer Kevin Tan, the workshop took centrestage during the participants’ two-day, one-night holiday sponsored by RWG.
The all-expenses-paid stay was a reward for the students’ active participation in Star-NiE’s BRATs Young Journalist Programme.
From the lifelike dinosaurs at the Jurassic Research Centre and the radiant LED display at SkySymphony, to the natural landscape enveloping the Awana SkyWay cable car and the Chin Swee Temple, there was no dearth of subjects for the students to capture on their devices as they explored the grounds of RWG.
“The scenic view from Awana SkyWay’s glass-floor gondola, the serenity at the Chin Swee Temple, the primeval Jurassic Research Centre and the dazzling SkySymphony provided me with a variety of backgrounds to take the best shots. I enjoyed the games at Vision City, winning adorable dinosaur plush toys. A remarkable trip indeed, complemented by memorable moments with fellow BRATs.” — Wong Zhi Yong, 18, Taylor’s College Lakeside Campus, Subang Jaya, Selangor
“Never had I ‘speed-crawled’ after a random stranger’s baby just to get a picture with ‘human elements’ or taken ‘candid’ pictures out in the cold Genting Highlands streets at midnight, until this eye-opening trip. Thank you, Mr Kevin Tan, for all your professional pointers. I am really grateful to BRATs and Resorts World Genting for generously giving me this life-changing opportunity. It is definitely one of the best trips of my life.” — Amelia Jade Mae-Xian Lim, 14, Wesley Methodist School Kuala Lumpur (International), Kuala Lumpur
“There were many moments worth capturing during our trip, from running around SkyAvenue with our cameras and watching the breathtaking sight from our gondolas to stuffing our faces at a steamboat restaurant. I am truly glad that I got the opportunity to be a part of it all.” — Kelly Ho Suet Chen, 17, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3), Petaling Jaya, Selangor
“The entire trip was magical. From watching the cable cars disappear into the mist to snapping photographs in the darkened enclosure filled with lifelike dinosaurs, there was never a dull moment in between. The workshop taught me plenty of new concepts that I had only brushed the surface of before. We left with an enhanced understanding of the inner mechanisms of photography, beautiful memories and friendship, and plenty of stuffed dinosaurs.” — Caitlin Eleanor Siebel, 18, Brickfields Asia College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
“I used to simply point and click when taking photographs. I now know what to focus on when shooting and editing photographs. There is nothing like professional advice to learn something new. It was a fun experience being with the other BRATs writers. As all of us are fluent in English, every joke, pun and quip was well-received. I find it amusing how we ended up bonding with one another over a meal of steamboat. Never ever underestimate the teamwork required to cook raw food in boiling soup for 10 hungry teens!” — Yeoh Cheng Jin, 17, SMK Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
“Throughout the tour around Resorts World Genting, we were tasked with taking photographs within a time limit. Each of us then submitted our best photograph to be reviewed by Mr Kevin Tan. The pictures were analysed thoroughly and fine-tuned to bring out the best in each of them. He showed us that even some simple cropping is enough to amplify an image.” — Brian Lam, 17, SMK Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
“I went on this trip with the lowest of expectations and returned with the highest level of satisfaction. I’m truly grateful for the knowledge I got from Mr Kevin Tan.” — Chia Zhi Zhi, 17, SMK Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
“This isn’t your typical Genting Highlands trip, unless your holiday included a free stay at First World Hotel, a photography workshop and a bunch of lively companions. During the trip, I learnt and practised useful photography skills, alongside new-found friends. We captured dinosaurs from different angles, the awed expressions of the SkySymphony audience and the eye-catching view of the Chin Swee Temple. The friends I made played an enormous role in filling the trip with jokes and laughter. It was definitely a trip worthy of us BRATs.” — Jeslyn Ch’ng Tze Yin, 14, SMJK Jit Sin, Bukit Mertajam, Penang
“I had heard of elements of photography such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture, but I had never really understood them until this workshop. All in all, the workshop was very rewarding.” — Tan Ejin, 18, INTI International University, Nilai, Negri Sembilan
“We were able to capture many photographs to our hearts’ content. On Day Two, everyone was aware that our trip was coming to an end, but we spent our last day in the best way possible. I’m very grateful to be a part of this trip and I cannot wait for the next one!” — Nisshea P.K. Sivakumaran, 18, Sunway University, Subang Jaya, Selangor
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