Petzval LomoAmigo: Singapore's Stephen Chin

Stephen Chin’s expertise covers architectural, commercial, food, wedding and portrait photography. The duly licensed photographer from Singapore has been shooting for a decade yet continuously strives to up the ante through the continuous discovery and mastery of new techniques. He took a step back and experimented with the new Petzval lens recently, and came up with such striking results.

Taken by Stephen Chin

Name : Stephen Chin
Country : Singapore
Camera : Canon 5D Mark III
Website :

Hello. Please introduce yourself and tell us about how you started as a photographer.

I am a commercial and wedding photographer and I do varied genres of work, from architecture, food, portraiture to editorial work.

As a true lover of the art of photography, I strive to constantly exceed my limits by investing and mastering new techniques, keeping up and experimenting with latest technology to defining my unique style in photography.

Taken by Stephen Chin with the New Petzval Lens

I have been accepted as the member of PPAS (Professional Photographer Association Singapore), attained Licentiate of Commercial category in MPA (Master Photographer Association UK) and a Certified wedding photographer in WPJA (Wedding PhotoJournalist Association).

I started out as a photographer a decade ago because of passion and I wanted to explore more into this form of art apart of what I do as a director and video editor before that.

How would you describe your photographic style in three words?

Colorful, Humanistic and Happy.

Taken by Stephen Chin with the New Petzval Lens

How was your experience shooting with the Petzval Lens?

I had fun experimenting with the Petzval lens on outdoor still-life, portraits and even on freezing motions with some lighting setup. No doubt that it is a fully manual lens that requires more time in getting sharp images but I love the way it is with the side knob for adjusting the lens barrel to focus. It does give me a fresh experience for setting the aperture by sliding the aperture plate into the lens. It’s retro cool.

Please share your favorite photo from the ones that you shot with Lomography Petzval Lens, and the story behind it.

Since I know that Petzval is a full manual lens and it comes with some cool shapes aperture plates. I did a lighting setup shoot in my room on photographing motion. I did some strawberry splash shots and my favorite photo is the one that shows my hand crushing a tomato and shot with a star aperture plate and I really like that effects straight out of the camera without manipulating it in Photoshop.

Taken by Stephen Chin with the New Petzval Lens

Which photography or video project would you dream of making with the Petzval Lens?

I would love to do a portraits of people around the world.

Do you have any advice for new and future users of the Petzval Lens ?

My personal opinion for a new Petzval lens user: take your time to focus the shot, be patient. There can be many interesting ways to create your images with the unique shape aperture plates.

Interview organized by meerly.

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