Apart from creating spectacular landscape shots, the OOWA wide-angle lens is also the perfect candidate for work. If you’re an estate agent, your goals are the same as many photographers in the market. You’ll be looking for the best way to convey what you see to your clients. However, it’s often difficult to fully capture the dimensions of an indoor space on a photograph. With a 15mm-equivalent focal length, the wide-angle lens can help. Whether you’re showcasing an office space or a living one, achieve maximum accuracy with minimum hassle. Get a step ahead of your competitors with almost zero distortion in your wide-angle interior shots.
Before/After: The photo taken with the wide-angle lens more effectively shows the spaciousness of the interior and provides a more accurate gauge of the room length to the viewer.
Before: Only ⅕ of the door, and part of the bar counter can be seen.
After: The whole door and entire stretch of bar counter can be seen.
Before: Only part of the balcony from the apartment of level 1 can be seen.
After: The whole balcony and a glimpse of the wall on the other end can be seen.
The OOWA Team shot all the images above with the OOWA 15 mm lens.
Jason’s Instagram feed (@jsnjnr) is not only about framing and perspectives. Often, his dramatic posts also carry a touch of whimsy. The high quality of his shots and edits suggests that a full-time photographer is at helm, but the person behind the camera is just like you and me. Discovering his interest in photography during an Instawalk with fellow Singaporean Instagrammers four to five years ago, the 35-year-old Communications Manager has come a long way, garnering 41.2k followers with his unique style and refusal to compromise on quality.
We sat Jason down to chat about real life, his family, the meaning behind Jason Junior, travelling, and, of course, photography.
What is the meaning behind Jason Junior?
J: "I had this pet dog called Junior, but he has passed on due to liver cancer. And in my previous job, there were three Jasons. One was called Jason, I was called Jason Junior, and the other one was Jason 3. So the name stuck, and since my dog had the same name, it had some significance. Now, even my mum calls me Junior sometimes."
Are you primarily an iPhone photographer?
J: "Yes, I am an iPhone photographer, because I think a handphone is like an all-in-one device. You can surf the web, and nowadays, the cameras are getting better. And with the added [OOWA] lens, you can get a wide effect, and capture more things, and there’s more depth to follow on."
What is your favourite travel photography destination?
J: "One of my favourite places—which I call my second home—is Hong Kong, because I really like the rustic feel of the place, and there are a lot of places out there to explore.
Even their schools are quite nice. The Hong Kong Design Institute is actually very photogenic. I mean, it’s a very Instagrammable place. There are a lot of perspectives and angles that you can tap on. I actually made some friends through Instagram in Hong Kong as well, and they bring me to places. I also take day trips to Shenzhen or Guangzhou as I know a few people there, so I could go to quite a few places they know."
Do you own a drone?
J: "I actually don’t. I borrow it from my friend. I’m still considering whether to get a drone. Right now, I’m trying to wait for improvements, because I think the battery life is quite short."
Thought about pursuing photography full-time?
J: "I actually have plans, but it’s so competitive. I probably have to work on finding something to make myself stand-out before deciding if this is a career I want to pursue. But right now, it’s more of a hobby, which allows me to build a portfolio at the same time."
Jason tells us about his go-to mobile photography apps.
J: "I use Cortex Cam. Cortex Cam gives you a sharper image taken at night. I think they take about 20 shots and they combine them into one to get better definition and details.
For photo edits, I use VSCO, and also Snapseed. They are the most common ones. I usually use VSCO for their filters. And I will use Snapseed for sharpening, structure, and healing—all the details."
On his creative process.
J: "A lot of people have the misconception that I don’t really have to work and keep taking photos, but I would spend my off days to go around, take a lot of photos, and just go back and look at what’s good to post when I have the time, then edit those. I try to consolidate a lot of photos and dispense them one-by-one."
What are your biggest inspirations?
J: "I don’t have any particular inspiration, but I do look at certain feeds around Instagram. There’s an Instagram account called @photified. He does a lot of creative images by photoshopping, and I am pretty amazed by what he does. I also follow @beautifuldestinations because they have really, really great travel photos.
There’s also a China-based guy called @nk7 on Instagram. He has the best photos. He has a very good eye for details, so he gets all the right shots. He the reason why I’m inspired to go to China."
What is your favourite part of the entire journey?
J: "Discovering new places. There are always surprises."
He reiterates on his tips for aspiring Instagrammers and travel photographers.
J: "My tip is to shoot everything that you see. You must feel your photos. You must connect with your photos and feel right about it."
J: "I graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Murdoch, Australia, but my studies were undertaken locally. I was working part-time and studying. I had been holding back and hadn’t wanted to pursue further studies until I thought about the future. I was previously a shipping exec and I wanted to get a better job. A Poly diploma used to be good enough until everybody was getting a degree."
On family and support.
J: "I live with my family: my sisters, two nephews, and my parents. Our family is very close-knit. They are quite supportive—my parents wanted to print some of my photos to hang on the wall. They also bought me a digital camera last year for my birthday to show their support. It was really nice, but I didn’t use the camera. [Laughs] I just started using it this year."
What can we expect from @jsnjnr next?
J: "I want to try to produce travel videos. I’m thinking of investing in a lot of things such as drones and a camera—a GoPro, probably. I think right now the iPhone is pretty capable in terms of video resolution. They also have functions such as hyperlapse that create dramatic effects. It’s actually good enough. It’s probably just about getting the right angles and materials, piecing them together."
On solo travelling.
J: "I usually travel with my friends or family, but I’m trying to travel alone more often. I like the feeling of doing things as and when you like. You can do as you wish and go wherever you want to go. You get to meet different kinds of people and explore places. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
The first place I travelled alone in was Guangzhou. The architecture was amazing. It’s not what we perceive it to be. China actually has the best architectural buildings. They are very adventurous with structures so it’s very unique."
Where are you headed next?
J: "I’ll be going back to Hong Kong again. I try to go there quite often because my friends are there. The next trip would be for my birthday in October this year. I’m planning to go to the US for the first time. I’m intending to go to NYC. Just NYC this time, because I don’t have enough days off."
Any last words?
J: "Maybe some things about photography. Just keep doing what you love. Don’t be dampened by other people’s comments. If they feel that your photo is not good enough, just take it as feedback and try to improve on it. Quality over quantity. That’s most important."
*Edited for clarity
Jason shot all the images above with the OOWA 15 mm lens.
In the first part of our How To series, we demonstrated the OOWA 75mm Telephoto Lens’ capabilities in shooting sharp, high-quality portraits. This time, we’re going to explore how our lens allows you to capture not only professional-looking product photos, but also aesthetically-pleasing ones. Say goodbye to dead-on shots (unless you’re going for that look, of course). We’ll also look at photographing animals and, of course, food.
There’s no need to resort to digital zoom for that perfect photo. Or going so close your phone stops cooperating. With our Telephoto lens, maintain a comfortable distance without sacrificing image quality. Effortless shooting, eye-catching images. It’s pretty easy too.
Your product takes centre stage. Placement of the subject in the centre of the picture helps draw attention to it. It helps to get the subject to take up as much space as possible, or to create a shallow depth of field, as in this photo. Since our lens is small, the out-of-focus foreground and background helps draw our sightline towards what’s important. Using an outdoor background takes away the mundanity of traditional product photography and gives you a chance to place your product in a real-life context.
Photo credit: @thrumyiphone