• I started photography as a hobby in 2012, out of interest and curiosity. What got me interested in photography was photos produced by macro photographers, how detailed the flowers and insects looked in the photo. After doing some initial research, and coincidentally there was an ongoing IT fair, I purchased my first camera and started trying different types of photography. Macro photography was a little too tough for beginners, and slowly I realized there are other types of photography like architectural and cityscapes. During this period, Instagram was new, and it was just a platform to share moments.Fast forward to 2015 after serving National Service, I bought a return ticket to Rome, Italy without counting how many days in between. Selected the two cheapest dates and ended up with 70 days from the day of departure till the day of arrival. With that, I started my first ever solo backpacking trip around Europe within a budget of $6,000. This was also when I purchased my first ever professional camera to practice photography, and since then my Instagram account started growing during my trip as travel photography even up till today has been well-liked by people.   My full-time profession has always been events management, and I was comfortable doing what I like. However, my perspective of photography started to change when friends who are full-time professional photographers encouraged me to go into photography full-time. Their reason was that I had an eye which many do not, and that is the key in the photography industry. After pondering for two years while working in the events industry, I left my job and pursued photography full-time in faith. I felt at peace in taking this step too!As a photographer who loves to travel and snap photos on the go, the portability of my equipment is the key focus. With the compact lightweight cameras system from Olympus, I can easily carry three to four lenses as compared to a bigger camera with perhaps only one lens. With such a possibility, it increases the types of shots I can get while traveling without having to worry too much about which lens to bring because it may get too heavy and tiring to be on the go. Also, with the superb image stabiliser, I can opt to not bring my tripods out for shoots, reducing even more weight overall. Olympus cameras are light and easy to carry. It allows me to hold the camera in my hand without feeling fatigued so easily. I love how compact the lenses are when it comes to achieving a super zoomed or a super-wide focal length. Despite the sensor size, the lenses make up to the focal length of what a full-frame sensor has, but in a way smaller form. With the teleconverter, one can achieve up to 1200mm equivalent when it comes to wildlife or sports photography. This is impressive to me because a full-frame format lens at 1200mm is going to be extremely expensive and massive in size to carry around. I am very sure with the cost spent on a full-frame format 1200mm lens can be used to purchase several Olympus lenses, a camera body and weighs the same.Olympus Live Composite function has always allowed me to stretch my creativity, especially with light painting and night photography. No other cameras have the same capabilities and functions as Olympus cameras. It made me break out of my creative box and think of how I can fully utilize Live composite into photography. It feels a lot like applying a technique to a blank art canvas, and Live composite is the technique. Allowing me to capture from sunset till night with star trails and Milkyway formed in one photo blew my mind, and I am sure no other cameras can do the same without having to use Photoshop to blend or stack the images.The handheld 5-axis stabilisation made night photography a lot more convenient. I can do night photography without having to bring my tripod along with me on days that I do not wish to carry heavy load. It allows me to have ease of mind knowing that I can afford to ‘be lazy’ yet still achieving the best image quality with the super stable 5-axis stabilisation. The threshold for handheld was around 10 seconds when photographing star trails.In conclusion, Olympus has been groundbreaking with the camera technology and it has helped many including myself in lightening the load when it comes to doing photography. I am confident that in months and years to come, Olympus will launch technologies that will better the full-frame market and produce even better quality images.Jeryl Tan An autodidact photographer, Jeryl Tan’s innocuous fascination with capturing the world through his lens in 2014 has since blossomed into followership of over 70,000 people. He has since grown from strength to strength, having accumulated a repertoire of international brands under his stewardship, which includes Allen & Gledhill, Adobe, Apple, Accor Hotels, Bulgari, Coach, Contiki, Club med and Samsung. Jeryl has also given travel photography workshops at the Singapore Sports Hub as part of a Family Carnival activity and continues to enrich the lives of others through the art of crystallizing delicate moments into photographs that will last.

  • Winning the big award The year 2017 was a turning point in my career as a nature photographer. Winning the grand prize and the title as the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year 2017 put my career on the fast track since it created a lot of visibility for my work as a photographer. When Nat geo shared my winning shot on their social media pages it got approx. 2 million views from people across the globe.

  • Ever since I picked up my first Twin-lens Reflex camera at the age of 6, I have had the opportunity to engross myself in technology, and for that, I am extremely grateful. I have been a photographer through all of the various systems until we reached the DSLR revolution (albeit not always professionally), but it is at this point where I think technology and art truly found symbiosis. 

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