Discovering the Lens Life with Jia Qi | Friends of Tamron

Mar 23, 2024 | Friends of Tamron

In the world of photography, every shutter click captures a story, a moment, or a piece of the unseen world. Jia Qi, a self-taught photographer from Singapore, shares his journey through the lens, his experiences with Tamron lenses, and how photography has shaped his view of the world.

Starting Out

Jia Qi’s photography journey began about five years ago, sparked by the influence of friends and a memorable trip to Taiwan. 

Without a fancy camera to start with, he relied on his phone to capture the world as he saw it. It wasn’t until 2019 that he invested in a Sony A7 III, marking the start of a more serious dive into photography.

“It was a big step for me, moving from phone photography to a professional camera,” Jia Qi recalls, highlighting a significant turning point in his journey.

His early days were filled with learning and exploration, culminating in opportunities to shoot weddings for friends and events, which he describes as both thrilling and daunting. 

One particular highlight was having a photo featured on Sony Singapore’s Instagram, a moment of validation for his growing skills.

Developing a Style

When asked about his photography style, Jia Qi admits it’s a work in progress. 

“I’m still finding my feet, trying out different things to see what resonates with me,” he says. 

The rule of thirds is a technique he swears by, a testament to his belief in the power of simplicity and structure in composition. 

His willingness to experiment has led him to explore various genres, from the intimacy of weddings to the dynamic energy of events.

The Tamron Experience

Jia Qi’s introduction to Tamron lenses came through a friend’s recommendation, starting with the 28-75mm F2.8. This lens, along with the 17-28mm F2.8 and 70-180mm F2.8, forms what he calls his “holy trinity.” 

These lenses have not only offered him versatility but also quality that rivals more expensive brands. “Tamron lenses have this way of capturing clean, sharp images that really stand out,” he notes, appreciating their build quality and how well they complement his Sony camera.

Creative Process Unraveled

Jia Qi approaches his photography with a blend of spontaneity and preparation, especially when it comes to projects with specific requirements like weddings.

“I do a bit of research and talk to the couple about what they’re looking for,” he explains. 

However, for the most part, he prefers to let the moments guide him, a method that allows him to capture the genuine essence of his subjects. His technique involves playing with natural light and composition, always looking for the best angle to tell the story.

 “Sometimes, it’s about moving around until everything just clicks into place,” he says, highlighting the importance of flexibility in his work.

Inspirations and Influences

Inspiration for Jia Qi comes from a variety of sources, including the works of other photographers and the world around him. 

Social media and online platforms serve as a constant stream of new ideas and perspectives, pushing him to experiment and refine his style. 

Music also plays a crucial role in his creative process, influencing the mood and feel of his editing. 

“The rhythm and pace of a song can really change how I approach a photo,” Jia Qi shares, revealing how different art forms can intersect and inspire.

Memorable Moments

Among the many sessions and projects, a few stand out as particularly meaningful for Jia Qi. His first wedding shoot, for one of his best friends, remains a cherished memory. 

“It was an honour to capture such an important day for them,” he reflects, emphasising the trust and responsibility that came with the task. 

Another significant moment was capturing a photo of his grandmother, a personal and emotional shot that holds a special place in his heart. 

These experiences, along with the gratitude of friends and clients, underscore the impact photography can have, not just on the viewers, but on the photographer himself.

As we’ve journeyed through the lens with Jia Qi, it’s clear that photography is more than just a profession or hobby; it’s a means of storytelling, an art form that captures the fleeting moments and transforms them into everlasting memories. 

From the bustling streets of Japan to the intimate moments of a wedding ceremony, Jia Qi has shown us that the world is full of stories waiting to be told through the eye of a lens.

Looking ahead, Jia Qi is excited about the endless possibilities that photography holds. 

“There’s always something new to learn, a fresh perspective to consider, or a different technique to try,” he says with anticipation. 

The path of a photographer is one of constant discovery, and Jia Qi is eager to continue his exploration, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with a camera and a creative vision.

Some of Jia Qi’s works

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Words from Editor 

Each story, including Jia Qi’s inspiring narrative, has been a testament to the art of photography and the pivotal role that Tamron lenses have played in capturing the world’s untold stories.

Through their lenses, we’ve seen beauty in the mundane, discovered new perspectives, and celebrated the moments that truly matter. The “Friends of Tamron” campaign is more than just a showcase of talent; it’s a community of passionate individuals united by their love for photography and their trust in Tamron’s ability to bring their visions to life.

Tamron Singapore is honoured to support and spotlight these remarkable journeys, highlighting how our lenses help photographers at every level of expertise capture the essence of their adventures, challenges, and triumphs. From the crisp details of a landscape to the tender emotions of a wedding day, Tamron lenses have been there, enabling our friends to freeze time and share their unique view of the world.

We express our heartfelt thanks to Jia Qi for his invaluable contributions to this campaign. His story serves as a profound source of inspiration for us all, encouraging us to delve deeper into the world around us, to uncover the beauty in the mundane, and to immortalize the moments that genuinely shape our existence.

Join us as we continue to explore, discover, and tell stories through the lens of Tamron. Because every shutter click is a doorway to a new adventure, and we can’t wait to see where the journey takes us next.

Together, let’s keep the spirit of storytelling alive.