Thursday, April 4, 2013

Torquay with Sony Cyber-shot RX1 (Review)

Over the easter holiday, I was given the opportunity to try out the much talked about Sony Cyber-shot RX1.

As a wedding and documentary photographer, I often dream of owning a lightweight camera that is packed with the goodness of a decent DSLR. When working on the ground, there are times when i wish I had a slightly more discreet camera that doesn't scream out photographer. This "serious" compact camera might just be the answer.

Special thanks to Sony Europe, Norihiko Sakura, I finally got my hands around a RX1.
Above is an iphone image of the RX1 with an Electronic View Finder. 
My 1st impression of the camera is that it looks like any normal compact camera. Its body is solid and feel just right on the palm of your hand. Although, the LCD screen is big and bright, I personally preferred shooting with an Electronic View Finder (EVF). Also, I realized that the camera responded a split second faster with the LCD screen set to manual. One thing I can't really comprehend is why Sony decided to leave out the locking mechanism for the EVF. With the camera sling over my neck, it is such a joy to have this lightweight camera accompanying you throughout your travel. However, not being able to lock the EVF in place, I am always conscientiously checking to see if the EVF is still on the camera. It is simple detail like this that could really make the whole experience a lot better for a photographer.

Nonetheless, the RX1 performed way beyond my expectations. This serious lightweight camera could be the dream of any professional photographers or photojournalists who are looking for a small and flexible camera with excellent image quality. Focusing is surprisingly fast and the time for the camera to respond while on sleep mode is pretty decent. The 35mm F2 Carl Zeiss len coupled with its large sensor meant that the camera can easily cope with any low-light situation. The main feature of this amazing camera is its full frame sensor. The 24 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor could outrun many of today's mid-end DSLR. The combination of a huge sensor in a compact body and a high quality fast lens set this camera apart from its competitors. Despite the steep price, the RX1 can easily justified itself with its capability and image quality that are paramount to most professional/serious photographers.

The obvious direct competitor of the RX1 is the Fujifilm X100 and X Pro-1 (both do not have a full frame sensor) and having tried both the Fujifilm cameras, the Sony RX1 is truly at a class of its own.

Now, let the pictures do the talking…

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Promotional offer: East + West Super Combo

FINALLY, we're ready to release our super combo wedding photography package: East+West Super Combo.

Fancy taking your pre-wedding photos overseas? This combo package covers both your pre-wedding and actual day photography needs. In celebration of our launch in the UK, we have created a combo package at a special price specially for our couples in Singapore!

For East + West Super Combo promotion price and further enquiries, please email us at

Do not hesitate, get in touch!! (Offer limited to 5 couples only)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Something exciting is brewing...

We are officially launching our wedding photography services in London. To mark this new exciting beginning, we have created a super attractive combo offer specially for couples in Singapore. If you are getting married in 2014, this is a deal you don't wanna miss. Stay tuned for more information which will be released on 9th Mar 2013!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Royal Photographic Society

Good news!!

I have received news that I was awarded the Distinction of Associateship (ARPS) from The Royal Photographic Society. Founded in 1853 to promote the art and science of photography, The Society is the UK largest organization representing photographers around the world. The Society's distinctions are internationally respected and sought-after by photographers. It is recognized as a measure of achievement throughout the photography world. The ARPS is the society's 2nd highest level of distinction and it is awarded to photographers who are able to demonstrate high standard of technical competence, creative ability and a personal style.

I am delighted and greatly honored to have achieved such recognition.

Alvin Foo ARPS

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)

After 5 years in the wedding industry, I am pleased to announce my acceptance into the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), an International organization representing some of the top professional wedding photographers in the industry.

As a WPJA member, I will be joining ranks with some of the world most talented wedding photojournalists judged by their technical, creative and visual aptitude. Members are required to adhere by the organization's strict membership standards. Photographers are individually vetted and reviewed before admission and I am greatly honored to be recognized by one of the industry's top professional organizations.

We would like to thank all our couples at LRDP for their support all these years and do stay tune for more exciting news ahead!! :)