Light up your Photography Portfolio

When it comes to photography, lighting is key in bringing something alive. Even when an object is already beautiful in itself, a perfect lighting set up would be able to bring out extraordinary images through the camera lens. Lighting does not mean a darker or brighter picture, it brings with it a whole lot more than that.

Try this! When you’re about to take a selfie, look for a light source of which could be the sun light for example. Take a selfie standing with light shining on you and take another one without. Which would you prefer?

Ideally your comparison pictures would turn out like this.

See how much lighting affects the result of your photos!?

However, to take it up another notch, it’s essential to know the proper use of a lighting set up especially when it comes to professional studio shoots!

It’s not anywhere that you get to learn from the professionals out there!

We are honoured to be partnering with Profoto in bringing to you a FREE lighting workshop conducted by Wesley Loh of Memphis West Pictures.

– We will be bringing you through the fundamentals of using different light shaping tools and
– off camera flashes to dramatically alter the mood of you photos.
– Wesley will also introduce the basics of lighting,
– and coupled with the practical shooting sessions, expect to leave this workshop with newfound knowledge that will take your photography to the next level.

Not to worry, Profoto lighting equipment will be provided.

However, all participants will need to bring along their own cameras and lenses.

You do not have to be a professional photographer to participate in this workshop. All are welcome to attend and learn a new skill to take your photography

To participate in this, do register in the link provided below!

Seats are filling up fast!
You can’t bend light. But you can shape it. 
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Be a part of the Singapore Instagram Community

I have recently chanced upon an article titled “Is Instagram the new gateway to photography?” And couldn’t help but strongly agree with the author. The very first app I click on my smartphone is not Facebook, it’s Instagram. Not to mention if you’re a photography advocate yourself, the Instagram app would appeal to you so much more. We all strive to perfect a photo. If it’s not Instagram worthy, where does it go to? Facebook, I would suppose. Well, I don’t know about you. But that goes for me.

I’m not going to dive too deep into the realms of social media. I just wanted to share how this app was able to bring together a community of people who share the same interest in photography in Singapore. Founder of @SGIG, Ivan also known as @phonenomenon on Instagram has garnered about 15K followers on his Instagram account, of which consists of mainly photography enthusiasts in Singapore.

SGIG – The Singapore Instagram Community

SGIG would host monthly meetups and photowalks where instagrammers of Singapore come together. It’s more of a social activity where people who share a common interest – photography come together. A typical conversation starter would go like this: “eh your photos very nice leh” or “what camera do you use for your instagram” or “wa how did you take this shot”

14/03/17: [REC] By Alan Photo had the honour to host their March meet up! Everyone had the privilege of famous fashion photographer – Mr Lance Lee who flew back to Singapore for a short trip, conduct a studio beauty photography workshop for a maximum of 50 participants!

The workshop conducted by Lance was definitely an insightful one as we received so much positive feedback from the attendees! You can watch it Live on our facebook page at








Trust me when I say that these people are a fun bunch! Everyone were so warm and welcoming. It’s definitely worth it when you get to have fun and learn from others at the same time.

For more info about their monthly meetups and gatherings, don’t forget to follow their Instagram page @SGIG

If you have not created an Instagram account, I would believe it’s time you do 😉

PS. Don’t forget to follow us too @alanphoto_sg & @recbyalanphoto



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March Favourites

A big fat hello to the month of April! You know what that means!

Last month was a month filled with loads of new cameras entering into the market! And not to mention, the annual IT show held over at Suntec City. But which ones did our customers loved the most? Read on to find out!

Note: Products not arranged in any particular order

Go Pro Hero 5

Sony Alpha 6000 Kit

Casio TR80

Have you read our blogpost on the Casio TR80? If not, you can do so here!

& there we have it! The 3 top sellers of the month of March! Stay tuned for April’s favourites!

February Favourites

The shortest month of the year has come to an end! Yes ladies and gents, we are 1/4 done with 2017!


Nevetheless, lets welcome the month of March with last month’s top favourite products!

********Drum rolls please*********








Favourite Cameras of Feb 2017: 

Nikon D5600

Canon G7X Mark II


Sony A6000


(not in any particular order)


Favourite Lens of Feb 2017: 


Canon 16-35mm f2.8 MIII


Sony SEL 16-35mm F4


Nikon 200-500mm

(not in any particular order)

Tune in next month as we reveal March’s favourites! Take a guess on which camera and lens will make it to our list! Did YOUR camera/lens make it to Feb’s list? Comment down below on what kind of posts you’d like us to blog about!


Also, we have recently opened a new outlet at Raffles City! Do check it out! 


Opened daily from 10am-10pm 

252 North Bridge Road
Singapore 179103

+(65) 6883 0922 


Make March an amazing one!


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Get work done in a jiffy with Tethertools


Tethered photography can play a crucial role in terms of efficiency for many professional photographers. What is tethered photography, you may ask.

A tethered photography workflow allows images you capture to be transferred and saved directly onto one’s computer’s hard drive. The tethering software will then display the images on the larger computer/tablet screen captured by you for a clearer and closer look. Basically, tethering can help you get the perfect photo in fewer shots, as having images shown on a larger screen is a great way for you and your clients to spot issues with focus, lighting, posing or composition quicker, and thus enhancing efficiency in your photo works.

Now, everyone wouldn’t need to be crowding around your camera’s tiny LCD screen to view the image you’ve taken. Your client can view images instantly on the bigger screen as you capture them.


A long list of Benefits to Shooting Tethered:

  • View images on a large monitor as you shoot
  • Instantly see images at full resolution
  • Check critical focus, composition, styling, etc.
  • Adjust lighting and camera settings more quickly and easily
  • Control camera settings and remote trigger from connected device
  • Share images with art director/client on site or remotely
  • Collaborate more effectively with assistants, stylists and subjects
  • Tag, rate, compare and share images while you shoot
  • Share images on multiple devices
  • Back up files to hard-drive while shooting
  • Move images from laptop to desktop in an instant
  • Reduce the chance of image loss



Get efficient with Tethertools!





A wide range of TetherTools products are available at [REC] By Alan Photo! Make your way down to our studio outlet and test it out for yourself!

Ring us at +(65) 63843592 

114 Lavender St, CT Hub2 #01-36 Singapore 338729


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The Straits Times Digital Awards 2017

Honoured and grateful for the opportunity to be one of the prize sponsors for The Straits Times Digital Awards this year! This annual event is held to provide recognition for the best gadgets and games in the market over the past year. As prize sponsors of the event, we were kindly invited to attend the ceremony at Marina Square on 21 February.

The award finalists were divided into 7 themes: phones, laptops, cameras, games, wearables, home and audio.


Best Compact Camera Finalists: 

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Fujifilm X70

Leica X-U

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Editor’s Choice: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Reader’s Choice: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Best DSLR Camera Finalists 

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D5

Nikon D500

Pentax K-1

Editor’s Choice: Pentax K-1

Reader’s Choice:  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Best Mirrorless Camera Finalists:

Canon EOS M5

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Sony A6300

Editor’s Choice: Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Reader’s Choice: Canon EOS M5

Now, if you have not already seen our blogpost on the Cameras of 2016 you can read it here!


Curious to know about the other winning themes? Read on to find out if yours made it to reader’s or editor’s choice!


·      Apple iPhone 7 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      LG G5

·      HTC 10

·      Huawei P9

·      Samsung Galaxy S7

·      Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Reader’s choice)

·      Huawei Mate 9

·      Lenovo Phab Pro 2

·      LG V20 (Editor’s Choice)

·      Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

·      Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Reader’s Choice)

·      Huawei Mate 9

·      LG V20

·      Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Editor’s Choice)

·      Sony Xperia XZ


·      Acer Predator 15

·      Aftershock S-15

·      Alienware 17 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Asus ROG Strix GL502

·      MSI GT83VR 6RF Titan SLI

·      Acer Swift 7

·      Asus ZenBook 3 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      HP Spectre

·      Lenovo Ideapad 710S

·      Razer Blade Stealth

·      Acer Switch Alpha 12

·      Asus Transformer 3 Pro (Reader’s Choice)

·      HP Spectre x360 (Editor’s Choice)

·      Lenovo Yoga Book

·      Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

·      AsusPro B8430U

·      Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series

·      HP EliteBook Folio

·      Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Toshiba Portege Z30-C


·      Fitbit Blaze

·      Fitbit Charge 2 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Garmin Vivosmart HR

·      Samsung Gear Fit2

·      Tomtom Touch

·      Apple Watch Series 2 (Reader’s Choice)

·      Asus ZenWatch 3

·      Casio WSD-F10

·      Garmin Fenix Chronos

·      Samsung Gear S3 (Editor’s Choice) 


·      Canon Maxify MB5470 (Reader’s Choice)

·      Epson L605 Ink Tank System Printer

·      Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CP315 dw

·      HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 All-In-One (Editor’s Choice)

·      HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile All-In-One

·      LG Signature Oled G6 (Editor’s Choice)

·      Panasonic LED TV VIERA TH-65DX900S

·      Philips 4K Ultr Slim TV powered by Android TV 65PUT7101

·      Samsung 65” SUHD 4K Curved Smart TV KS9000 Series 9 (Reader’s Choice)

·      Sony X93D 4K HDR with Android TV

·      D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 MU-MIMO Ultra Wi-Fi Router (Reader’s Choice) 

·      Linksys EA9500 Max-stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (Editor’s Choice)

·      Netgear Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router

·      Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi System

·      TP-Link AC5400Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router


·      Battlefield 1

·      Civilization VI

·      Dark Souls III

·      Final Fantasy XV

·      Forza Horizon 3

·      Overwatch (Editor’s Choice)

·      Pokemon Go (Reader’s Choice)

·      Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

·      Watch Dogs 2

·      XCOM 2

·      ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny (Reader’s Choice)

·      Dark Dot

·      Legends Of Callasia

·      Masquerada: Songs and Shadows (Editor’s Choice)

·      Rocketbirds 2

·      Slashy Hero

·      Spacejacked

·      Stellar Stars

·      Valiant Force

·      WickLands


·      Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H5 (Reader’s Choice) 

·      Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE (Editor’s Choice) 

·      Bose SoundSport

·      Jaybird Freedom

·      Onkyo E700M

·      Beats Solo3 Wireless

·      Bose QuietComfort 35 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice) 

·      Klipsch Reference On-Ear Headphone II

·      Sennheiser PXC 550

·      Sony MDR-1000x

·      Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 (Editor’s & Reader’s Choice)

·      Creative iRoar Go

·      JBL Pulse 2

·      Razer Leviathan Mini

·      Sony SRS-HG1 h.ear go


What an insightful event indeed! Thank you Gloo for the invitation!


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Casio’s EX-TR80 Grand Launch Event

We were very honoured to be the host venue for The all-new Casio TR80 launch event! As technology advances, it is no surprise that Casio comes up with new and improved versions of their legendary selfie cameras! You must be wondering what’s so amazing about the TR80?

Well, as hosts for the launch event, we were well informed about the specs of the TR80! Read on to learn more about why you should upgrade your TR70 with the TR80. On the other hand, if you happen to not own any, read on to understand why you need it in your life! Especially if you’re a female social media enthusiast!

But then again, this camera isn’t only for the ladies! Check out what Adrian has to say about the TR80 for Men!


The new EX-TR80 features even more customizable settings in Make-up Mode, enabling the user to capture beautiful skin reliably, just the way they want it to appear. In addition to including all of the Skin Tone presets that were popular with previous TR Series cameras, users can now finely adjust levels for Smooth Skin, Face Brightness, Sculpt, Dark Circles Remover, and Slim Face. With significantly enhanced intelligence to control image quality for skin, the camera reproduces consistent skin tones in variable conditions, whether outdoors, indoors or under different types of lighting. The EX-TR80 also automatically detects the skin status including full makeup, light makeup and evening makeup that needs touching up, making adjustments to keep the user’s skin looking beautiful. These features ensure that skin looks beautiful just the way the user wants it to look, regardless of shooting conditions and skin status.

The EX-TR80 has two LEDs to capture beautiful skin evenly. Even when shooting without LEDs, proprietary image quality adjustments work to render faces brightly while still retaining the dark mood of, for instance, a cafe, bar, party or night view.

The EX-TR80 is equipped with a 3.5-inch LCD, 30% larger than the one on the previous model. The larger screen is easy to see and delivers enhanced color reproduction to make skin look even more beautiful. The menu features a simple user interface for greater ease of use.

The latest in the EXILIM TR series of cameras, the EX-TR80 offers expanded features for capturing beautiful skin for all women who enjoy taking self-portraits, all in a highly stylish and attractive camera body.




It comes in 3 different colours! Pink, Black and White.

Buffet by Neo Gardens

Set-up preparation!

Welcoming Media Guests

After the presentation, guests were invited to have a hands-on session with the TR80s, Casio girls were available to assist them with the new gadget.

We also created the ‘dark room’ where guests were able to try out the LED light feature

The second session consisted of other VIP guests which consisted of bloggers and influencers. Which also meant another round of buffet for dinner. Everyone was fed well.

The EX-TR80 is one attractive selfie camera indeed. I was very amazed by the quality and natural selfie that it is able to produce. If you’re not convinced, do not hesitate to come on down to REC By Alan Photo to try it out for yourself! For free!

You can also check out reviews by the bloggers that were able to get their hands on the TR80!


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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide By Alan Photo

Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, are you gift ready? We have curated a list of gift ideas you could consider buying for your partner! The best part about it? They are suitable for both genders!

Show your family & friends how much you treasure them this Valentine’s Day! Or perhaps show some love to yourself?



This new year, allow yourselves to capture great memories together while travelling with top selling POV camera – the Go Pro Hero 5! With the Hero5, you wouldn’t have to sacrifice a beautiful scenery or background! One doesn’t have to be a photographer to love a GoPro! Reminiscing your adventures together as a couple will be easier than ever with this tiny, rugged camera!



To go along with the GoPro, comes the 3-in-1 mount! A grip, selfie stick and tripod all in one! Portable, handy, lightweight, waterproof! The perfect tool you need to capture your memories this year!


2. SONY RX100M5 + Takeway Clampod


The perfect camera for the ladies & gents. Compact and lightweight to fit into your bag, producing great quality images (better quality than your smartphone), not to mention the sleek look of it!




Accompany your camera with a great clamping tool from Takeway! One that can clamp your devices on practically almost anything! Makes life so much easier for your loved one this valentine’s! Perfect for Travelling, Vlogging, Selfies, Group shots, etc. Again, so lightweight, portable and handy!


3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 + Fujifilm Instax Mini Film pack



Looking to instantly print your precious moments without going through the hassle of visiting a photoshop, the Instax mini 70 would be the ideal gift this Valentine’s! Don’t forget to get it along with the film pack. Trust me, the last thing you want is to run out of film paper!


Valentine’s Day is not a holiday for couples, it’s also a day to celebrate the many loves and friendships in our lives. From the love we feel for family and friends to our deep appreciation for those who make our lives a little easier, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to say “thank you.” As you prepare to shower your beloved with heartfelt displays of your devotion this February 14th, keep in mind all of those other important people in your life.

We want to make your moments count this Valentine’s Day! Come on down to our stores and share with us your queries and we could suggest more gift ideas for your loved ones this V day!  <3


Lots of love,