The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Elaine Li

Photographer: Elaine Li

Instagram: @LIELAINE

Location: Hong Kong

Style: To be frank, I don't know! I shoot whatever interests me, whether it's cityscape, architecture, people etc. I try to shoot more portraits these days. There's more sense of joy and accomplishment in shooting people and being able to catch a moment.

Equipment: I use mostly iPhone 6 for photos on Instagram, and Canon 70D for Tumblr shots. I used to have a 5D Mark II but it was way too heavy. I'm not professional and just shoot for fun, so the 70D is perfect. I also use a GoPro when I go rooftopping or 'urban exploring'. The 70D is relatively smaller and lighter than other DSLRs. It has wi-fi so I can instantly transfer photos to my phone, edit on VSCO then share on social. There's also a flip screen - perfect for selfies.


“There's more sense of joy and accomplishment in shooting people and being able to catch a moment.”

Lenses: 50mm and 10-18mm. I use the 50mm 1.4 mostly for portraits. The aperture allows me to shoot in low light conditions, and the depth of field is really shallow, meaning the background becomes so blurry that your main subject is the only thing that's focused. So when people see your photo, they really look at the expression of the subject. The 10-18mm is an ultrawide angle lens. It's not that expensive, and it's really light weight. I use it a lot when I'm on roofs, for that 'epic' look. It's also great for tight spaces, where you want to capture more than you can with a normal lens.

Filter or nah? 
I used to use Instagram filters, and my favorite was Valencia. These days I use VSCO filters, mostly E1, HB2, S2 depending on the shot.

Why Photography? My dad was an amateur photographer, so I used to play with his heavy old film cameras, but I am self-taught.

First experience: About 12 years ago.

Favorite photographers: I was a big fan of Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman in college. My current favorite is local legend Ho Fan.

Can't live without: Michael Kors black nylon backpack that my boyfriend gifted me. It's like Doraemon's pocket. I can stuff my 70D, an extra lens, GoPro, selfie stick and a bottle of water all in the backpack.


“Don't be afraid to share your work and get feedback, which I think that applies to any creative medium.”


Tips / Secrets:
1) Keep Shooting.
Practice makes perfect.

2) Find inspiration.
There are so many inspirational photographers out there, whether it's in galleries, instagram or flickr. I think what's helpful is see how others shoot, and what makes a nice photo.

3) Share your work.
Don't be afraid to share your work and get feedback, which I think that applies to any creative medium.

Tag a friend to feature and ask them a question: Vivien Liu (@vdubl), Jenna (@vintagedaughter), Catarina (@catarinalamy). What apps do you use to edit your photos? iPhone or DSLR?

@vdubl answered: "Apps I use to edit my photos is mainly VSCO cam, and if necessary further retouching in Photoshop Express, Snapseed and lately the Instagram editing tools. I use the same apps regardless of iPhone or DSLR photos."

@vintagedaughter answered: "I use iPhone and Fuji x100s. Camera is mostly used when I travel, iPhone for daily life. VSCOcam and SKRWT are the main apps I use."

@catarinalamy answered: "I always use Samsung Note II and edit with VSCO."

Website: elaine.li

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