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About Belinda

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Formerly a management professional in service industry, juggling between 5-day per week travel, 12+ hour per day work schedule, in both US and Asia.  Life was very exciting and chaotic at the same time.  

It was not until a health scare, did I start to ponder on a bigger question - that took me years to answer.  

What do I want in life? 

It took me 3 years to quit my job, a 6-digit salary, and a relatively comfortable city girl life.  I wanted more… time… to figure out what I wanted.

That was the beginning of my photography journey.  A long journey that led me to who I am today.  

On this journey, I tried many things.  Traveler, art advisor, children photographer, non-profit fund-raiser, alumni community volunteer, and US-China professional service provider… and most importantly, a wife and a mother.

It was an unconventional journey, with many changes, ups and downs.  A journey that was not aligned with the traditional definition of “success” in the family and culture I was born in.

Luckily, I had a camera, or two, that helped me document my journey, and the big or small moments that were special and memorable.  I knew it was what I wanted.

Today I’d like to share my photography passion with you.  A passion that helped me become a better, and possibly wiser, human being, with much clearer vision of my life and its relationship with the world. 


About You

No matter if you are:

  • a traveler who wants to see the world and capture its beauty;

  • a parent who wants to document your family’s travel or little one’s growth;

  • someone exploring photography as a creative outlet outside of a structured life;

  • or someone who simply wants to embrace possibilities and all the wonders seen through your lens

Welcome.  Thank you for visiting my website.  

I’d love to connect with you, and hear your photography story.  If I can help you become a better photographer, and better document your own journey, even better!


I'd like to share two quotes that have inspired me throughout my photography journey, and well summarized my overall outlook on life and photography.

Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do. 

So throw off the bowlines. 
Sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails. 

Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain (Writer, Traveler)
To me, photography is
an art of observation.
It’s all about
finding something interesting
in an ordinary place...

I’ve found it has little to do
with the things you see,
and everything to do
with the way you see them.
— Elliott Erwitt (Magnum Photographer)

My Gear

Since this is a question most asked - what camera I use - I’m sharing a list of photography related equipment I've invested in and still own.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is a good overview.

Camera - find my camera recommendation in this free ebook

  • Current cameras:

    • Sony A7III (photo and video) - since 2018 (Read why I chose this camera)

    • Canon 5D Mark III (mainly photo) - since 2012 (Visit my gallery - most of the photos were taken by this camera)

    • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (pocket camera for snapshots and videos) - since 2017

  • Before 2012

    • Canon 1Ds MarkII 16MP

    • Canon 7D

    • Canon Rebel XTi 10MP

    • Canon EOS 3000 (film camera)

    • Canon IXUS 5MP (point and shoot)

    • Minolta Dimage 2 MP (point and shoot; yep when the consumer point and shoot just came out, I was playing around with a tiny one and I learned a lot about composition)

Lenses - find my lens recommendation in this free ebook

  • Current main lens for Sony

    • Sony Zeiss 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed (Read why I chose this lens)

  • Main lenses for Canon from 2012-2018 (still own them but haven’t used them much. Read why)

    • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS  Telephoto Zoom Lens (personal favorite for portrait)

    • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens (personal favorite general use walk-around lens)

    • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens (personal favorite for landscape)

  • Before 2012

    • Canon 135mm f/2L

    • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8

    • Canon 50mm f/1.8

Lens Adapter

  • Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter Lens Adapter (to mount Canon lenses on Sony A7III)

Tripod - learn why you need a tripod and how to choose one

  • Main setup for landscape

    • Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod

    • Really Right Stuff BH-40 mid-sized ballhead

  • Second tripod (mainly for landscape, and occasionally as monopod for portrait)

    • Mefoto C2350Q2T GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit

  • Mini tripod (for Canon G7Xii)

    • Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod

  • Special purpose

    • Neewer Panoramic Tripod Head (for panorama landscape photo only)

Camera L-plates - see sample pictures of L-plates mounted on my cameras

  • Two Really Right Stuff camera L plates, for Canon 5D Mark III and 7D

  • SmallRig L-bracket for Sony A7III

Filters - learn when and how to use filters

  • Lee Graduated Neutral Density Filters (Graduate 0.3 ND Soft, 0.6 ND Soft, 0.9 ND Soft)

  • Lee Big Stopper

  • B+W 10 stop filter (77mm)

  • B+W Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating (82mm)

  • Three B+W clear UV filters for my main Canon lenses

  • Breakthrough Photography 6-stop ND filter (77mm, only for Sony Zeiss lens. Read more here)

  • Also a few step up rings to fit filters on lenses with different diameters (mainly 49-77mm, 77-82mm)

Intervalometer - Wireless Remote Shutter Release

  • Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter (could be used for both my Canon and Sony cameras with different cable, read more here)

  • Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release 

Off-camera Flash (for portrait) - purchased before 2010

  • Two Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash

Flash trigger systems (for portrait field lighting) - purchased before 2010

  • Two Pocket wizard radio trasmitters

  • Pocket wizard tranceiver

  • Pocket wizard zone controller

Studio lighting equipment (for studio portrait) - purchased before 2010

  • Larson Enterprise 4'x6' softbox

  • Alien Bee 800W studio lights

  • Six Light stands (with different sizes)

  • Four Strobe umbrellas (with different shapes)

White Balancing (for color management)

  • EzyBalance Calibration Card

Monitor calibration device (for color management)

  • X-Rite Eye-One display 2

Computers

  • 15" Macbook Pro with touch bar 2019 (main photo and video processing computer)

  • 15” Macbook Pro Retina Display 2013 (before 2019 for photo only)

  • 21" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, 13" MacBook (retired)

Multiple portable hard drives (for photo storage and backup)

  • SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable External SSD (main drive for travel)

  • 15+ drives ranging from 200GB to 8TB over the past 10+ years, including 6 Western Digital My Passport (2 4TB, 2 2TB, 2 1TB), 5 Seagate Expansion desktop hard drives (8TB, 5TB, 4TB, 3TB, 1TB - all used for backup drives); also Apple Time Capsule, G-Technolgy, LaCie etc.

Memory Card Reader

  • Kingston Digital USB 3.0 Portable Card Reader (mainly for SD cards for Sony A7III & Canon powershot G7X Markii)

  • Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3 (main)

  • Kingston 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader (retired)

Memory Cards

  • For Sony A7III

    • Sony SF-G128/T1 High Performance 128GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - for slot 1 video and photo

    • Sony SF-G64/T1 High Performance 64GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - for slot 2 photo backup

  • For Canon powershot G7X Markii

    • SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB up to 95MB/s UHS-I/U3 SDXC Flash Memory Card - SDSDXPA-128G-G46

  • For Canon 5D Mark III

    • SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB CompactFlash Memory Card UDMA 7 Speed Up To 160MB/s- SDCFXPS-128G-X46 (main)

    • Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB CompactFlash Card (backup)

    • Multiple SanDisk flash memory cards, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB purchased over the previous 15+ years (mostly retired)

Camera Bags - learn what's in my camera bag and how to choose the right bag

  • F-stop Guru backpack with medium slope ICU (for outdoor/travel photography)

  • Tenba Shootout backpack (for outdoor/travel photography)

  • Jill-e rolling red leather gear bag (for portrait photography)

  • Shootsac lens bag (for portrait photography)

Others

  • Reflectors

  • Various studio backdrops

  • Extra camera batteries and battery charger

  • Several Arca Swiss quick release plates for tripod ball head 

 

MY SOFTWARE

The following is a list of photography related software I've purchased and used over the past 10+ years, and now I almost exclusively use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

Photo organization & retouching

  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (right now 99% of my retouching is done in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC)

  • Abobe Lightroom 3, 4, 5, 6 (before 2016)

Retouching, editing - see how I edit my landscape photos with Magic Light Landscape Workflow Lightroom Presets

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 (past) and now CC

  • Nik Software Complete Collection 3 and 4 (including Color Efex, Viveza, Silver Efex, HDR Efex, Dfine, Sharpner etc.) - before they were acquired by Google

Video Editing

  • Final Cut Pro X (since 2019)

Professional proofing, printing, production

  • ProSelect studio proofing (professional portrait software; you don’t need if you are amateur)

  • Various professional printing lab vendor software for wall prints, canvases, albums, books, DVD slideshow production etc.

 Last but not least, I shoot RAW on 99.9% occasions, unless I run out of memory cards.