Jun Wei (@joonweh), is an aspiring young photographer & videographer who loves fun and adventure. As a university student in Singapore, his time is precious and schedules are tight. Thus, whenever summer break arrives, he will make use of the time to do the things he loves! The 21-year-old not only loves to travel, he also loves capturing photos of his travel destinations, such as Bangkok, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. His passion for photography and videography means that his camera equipment always follows him on his journeys.
We managed to meet Jun Wei in person and had a short conversation with him about his travels.
Which were the countries you have been to recently, and how was the experience?
J: I travelled to Bangkok recently and it was my first time there. It was quite a cool experience with some similarities to different countries like Malaysia and Hong Kong. The people there were hospitable and it was quite a refreshing experience from other more developed countries like those in Europe. I have been to Taiwan several times - about six or seven - and I have made quite a few friends there.
What are your thoughts on travelling?
J: When travelling, I'm open to trying new stuff and interacting with people. I think in Singapore, we are more constricted and reserved, but when we travel we should be more open to experiences and things that are presented to us. I guess when I'm travelling, I am more daring to vlog as compared to vlogging in Singapore. In Singapore, people are more judgemental I guess? However, in other countries they won't look at you in a judgemental way or think, "What is this guy doing?" Or maybe it's also because we're there in the identity of a tourist. It makes it kind of easier to shoot overseas, knowing that we probably won't come across those people we see on the streets.
What are the usual camera equipments you use?
J: For vlogging I only use Canon G7x, while for photos and other videos, I use Canon DSLR.
What is it like shooting with an iPhone instead of your usual camera equipment?
J: For this trip to Bangkok and Taiwan, I used my iPhone solely. It was quite challenging as I felt restricted and it tested my limits. It was hard to control the exposure. I tried shooting a few hyper lapse and had to remember to lock the exposure. For hyper lapse, I had to take one photo and move a step to take the next one. There were a few moments where I was at the midway point, but I realised I forgot to lock the exposure and I ended up going back to where I started. If exposure is not set properly, the hyper lapse would flicker. Some other challenges that I faced was to be very still to while trying to create the hyper lapse.
As the iPhone can't handle low light well, I couldn't shoot during the night when it was dim and I found it challenging to find a better lighting, with natural light or very strong artificial lights. I felt rather restricted and had to work within boundaries. It was a question of how to work well with the iPhone, to shoot something nice and good and how to process it so it stands out among the rest. I had to explore the different functions of the phone. Nonetheless it was interesting to know how to shoot solely with my iPhone.
How do you go about editing your videos?
J: For post-processing, I would edit using Adobe Premier Pro. As I was editing, sometimes I would find myself lacking footage but I had to make do with it. For example, for my recent trip to Thailand, I didn't get to edit my footage until I got to Taiwan. And post-processing in this case was like trying to solve the issue (which was the lack of footage).
How I go about editing my videos is to watch all footage first and sieve out the ones that are more presentable. From there I try to create a certain flow or start with setting the location first. It is then followed by the people, the country and the culture, stuff like that. Sometimes I would have a theme in mind to work with; if not, I would source for music first to get some inspiration. It could end up being an emotional piece or a fast-paced piece.
For the video you shot for OOWA, what was your goal? What was it that you wanted to achieve?
J: For that video it was like bringing the viewer on the journey on how I travelled through the two countries, although technically I only travelled to the capital of Thailand (Bangkok). It was more of showing the transport and the hustle and bustle of the country because Thailand is pretty developed. It was rather fast-paced, with lots of traffic as well, and Taipei is very similar in terms of the rush. I felt that it was very interesting to shoot to show and present to the viewers how both countries are similar in some ways.
What is your "must bring" list when you travel overseas?
J: It would be my camera gear. I thought of using my DSLR with mic to shoot but I felt that it was too much for me, so I would have another camera for vlogging. I tend to travel light and for lenses I would use the 35mm lens (for portraits) and a wide angle lens (for architectures, nature and landscape). I would also bring along my gorillapod.
Are there any places from your trip that you would recommend to our readers?
J: Taiwan Airbnb Recommendations -
1. [Black & White house] Taipei / MRT - (Small cosy apartment for two at Fuxing North Road)
2. Continental Bar @ Taipei Ximending - (Super convenient apartment for two at Xi Men Ding)
I strongly recommend the second one, as it's the one i stayed at during my latest trip! There are bars round the corner, shopping and convenient stores are readily accessible, and the MRT is a five-minute walk away!
J: For places to check out and shoot -
1. 新庄运动中心 (Xin Zhuang Civil Sports Centre)
2. 台湾社会科学研究院 (College of Social Sciences, NTU)
3. Rooftop facing Taipei Main Station (Click here for location details)
"Shoot what makes you proud. Don't be afraid to experiment and fail. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it." - Soh Jun Wei
Jun Wei shot all the images and video above with the 15mm and 75mm OOWA lenses. Shop here.