About Me

Photo: Edward with his family in Australia

About me

Hi ! My name is Edward Chen. If you haven't known me already, I am an enthusiast /freelance photographer from Shah Alam, Malaysia. I also teach special needs children basic English and Math at my learning center when I am not shooting. I am also a Life Planning Consultant with Nirvana Asia.

**Note: I am currently taking a break in photography. I can recommend a few of my friends to you.**

If you are shopping for children's books or pencil grips, you can support me by purchasing here.

Registered Nirvana Life Planner covering locations in Shah Alam, Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Melaka, throughout Malaysia.

Or Whatsapp me if you are interested in Nirvana pre-planned bereavement services / funeral packages. We also have burial sites and urn columbariums in KL, Semenyih, Shah Alam, Klang, Ipoh and Melaka. It's a one-stop funeral planning service for non-muslims. I can help you to preplan your final retirement and resting place. 

My Facebook page is at https://Facebook.com/nvsetiaalam 


It all started when I was little...

I started taking my first photos when I was little. I vaguely remember using a Fujifilm film camera during my primary school years back in the 1980's. That's about 30 years ago. Not quite sure what has happened to it.

Along the years I have been taking photos with various point and shoots. The more serious one being the Canon Prima 105 which came with a 35-105mm f3.5-f8.0 lens. I can select predetermined captions as one of its features. (It was quite cool then.) Just a few years back my brother, Michael, passed me his old Canon T70 film camera which he had found while doing housecleaning.

If I remember correctly, each roll costs around RM10 (?) and processing the films are not exactly cheap either at around RM12 per roll of 36 photos. Each 3R photo printed was 20sen-30sen. So 36 photos can easily cost more than RM20 inclusive of processing costs.

The first digital compact camera I purchased was for my wedding, the Olympus mju 400, a 4.0 megapixels camera! Then the next was the Olympus mju 750 (7.1 megapixels). Both are weather-sealed cameras. Not much complaints except for the battery life after a year or two.

Beautiful memories immortalized in photos

My eldest daughter is a special child.

Since her diagnosis when she was around 3 years old, I have been sad and in search of the meaning of life. I quit my job and turned tutor for my daughter and later at my learning centre. (She is older and much more independent now and doesn't require most of my attention.)

Then I found happiness when I take photos, especially of weddings and birthday parties.

People are the happiest at those times when their photos are taken. The atmosphere brings meaning to life.

I also enjoy taking photos of my daughters as they grow, my wife and myself growing old together, not forgetting my mum as she ages with us. Both my daughters are very adorable. my wife very loving, and my mum very caring for us too.

I am thankful for them.

I feel that precious moments should be kept and remembered for the years to come.

Nature intrigues me too. The diversity of the insects in the macro world is really something interesting to be explored. Taking photos of birds in flight is definitely a challenge for me which I enjoy as well.

My Journey So Far As a Photographer

I have been using different camera systems for the past years since I have started my interest in photography. My old schoolmate noticed my passion for taking photos of my first child and told me "it's time for an upgrade". So he introduced to me my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 500D.

I joined various photography outings and tried to learn as much as I could.

Then I got my first mirrorless camera the following year, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, a camera I am still very fond of. It is a light-weight system and is very good for general photography. The Fujifilm X100 is added to the collection mainly for street photography.

As I progress, people started to ask me for photography assignments.

In the midst of freelance photography I realised I need to have another camera which is good in low-light event photography. I shoot mainly indoor events and the Olympus doesn't perform as well as I had hoped to when the stage lights are bad (especially for primary and secondary school events which I shoot pro bono). So, I got myself the Nikon D800e and a couple of Nikon cameras as my backup bodies. Subsequently the Canon 7D is added into my gear list due to its better performance in my photobooth assignments.

As I progress, I have learnt that each and every equipment is a tool. Each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses. When you put them into good use, they can all produce photos which are intended. We just have to know the strengths and limitations.

As years go by, new technologies are developed, things may change. Education is also important. Never stop learning.

Into year 2016, I have decided to use the Sony A7 ii as my secondary camera for general photography and hopefully replacing the Nikon system for low-light photography later on once I am comfortable with the system.

Come 2018...

Due to my mishap and surgery late 2016, I have slowly retired myself from hired photography. I still accept photography assignments, but very selective. I prefer to spend more time with my family instead. :)

I have since sold my heavy Nikon d800e and lenses, bought myself a Sony a7R3 as a replacement! Am happy with the replacement ! :D

The Sony a7R3 is a superb camera that have replaced my Nikon system. It's lighter and much more advanced to my liking. The continuous auto focus has greatly improved. The eye-focusing is simply amazing. Battery life is doubled. Battery charging can be on-the-go. And many more features specially catered for professional photographers which I find useful.

I am still keeping my Olympus system. The m43 system is staying for now. ;) Fujifilm is going strong with its X-H1. Almost fell for it. Almost... ! ;)

I have also sold the big and bulky Phantom 3 Pro drone and replaced it with the more versatile Mavic Air. The Mavic Air is extremely suitable for travelers who opt for light gear. However, it's not suitable to be flown in strong winds due to its smaller size. Saying that, we have to be cautious when flying drones. It doesn't matter if it's the Phantom or the Mavic Air. Prosumer drones can still be easily be blown away without proper flight preparation / precautions !

My Gear List

I have compiled a list of my gear here.

What have you been using?

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