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EOS Professional: Bob Lee
Bob Lee has been a photographer with the Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore’s Chinese daily broadsheet, for the past ten years. He was also their Picture Editor, responsible for editing all photos and coordinating with the design desk on photo illustrations before they go to print.

Outside of the newsroom, Bob has launched two solo photography exhibitions: ‘Have a Little Faith’ in 2003 and ‘CuriosCity – U and I’ in 2009. One of his works was picked as the top Jurors’ Choice in the Singapore Art Awards 2005 and he was also awarded numerous accolades including the Gold Award in ‘Best in Feature Photography’ at the IFRA Asia Media Awards in 2008. He even conducts photography talks and seminars for the general public and serves as a judge for photography competitions.

Finding Time to Make a Difference

You would think with all these under his belt, Bob would hardly have time to do anything else. Yet amazingly, he still manages to give back to society – and not by just donating money but volunteering his time to photograph happy moments for the less fortunate.

Recalling his first experience, Bob shares, “I was approached by a social worker asking me if I was interested in helping photograph terminally ill patients of the Assisi Hospice as some wanted to have their photos taken as a last wish. I agreed and remembered that one of the patients requested to have her wedding portrait taken. Sadly, three weeks after the photo was taken, she passed away.”

Bob adds, “In another scenario, I was asked again to photograph a terminally ill cancer patient. This patient wanted to have his family portrait taken at the Singapore Flyer. We arranged to have the photo taken on a Sunday, accompanied by the doctor, nursing staff and medical equipment. Four days after the photo was taken, the patient passed away too.”

Bob also recalls helping to take photos of an elderly lady he fondly calls Aunty Lucy. He helped take photos of her with her loved ones before she passed away three months later. “These experiences taught me that life is precious and we should never take cheap canada goose stores in ottawa for granted.”

His Choice of Equipment

Depending on the requirements of the shoot, Bob rotates between using his Canon EOS 1D Mark IV (for capturing events and musical performances) and EOS 5D Mark III (for commercial purposes and photographing for prints).

His arsenal of lenses include the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 35mm f/2 and EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (for portraits). For lighting, he uses the Canon Speedlite 580EX II and the Speedlite 600EX-RT.

Continuing the Good Work

Having a son that suffers from autism, Bob decided to conduct photography lessons for autistic teenagers as a means of helping to raise awareness about the illness and respond to their invitation to teach them how to be a better photographer.

In addition to helping autistic teens, Bob also had an interesting experience of teaching photography to the visually impaired. This was truly an eye-opening experience as he had to completely rethink the way he taught photography.

For example, when teaching the visually impaired on how to take a close-up of “Braille writer”, Bob simply couldn’t tell them to use the zoom function as they would not be able to properly judge their distance from the subject.

Rather, he taught them to approach the subject by using the sound of rushing water from the Merlion’s mouth as an indicator of how close they are to it.

“Photography for me has truly evolved over the years, from starting as a hobby back in secondary school to becoming a photojournalist and now, using cheap canada goose stores in ottawa to help the less fortunate. This has made photography more meaningful and useful,” Bob says.

Using photography to help terminally ill patients remember what cheap canada goose stores in ottawa feels like to be happy once more, Bob clearly shows that sometimes a simple snap is all it takes to make someone’s dream come true.

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