Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (2008) is probably the biggest photography event here in KL.
The event was held on 18th and 19th October, which was a weekend, and comprises of a trade fair, talks, exhibitions, contests and more.
I had some spare time during the weekend so I decided to take a peek at what’s going on.
I’ve heard of horror stories where the crowd was packed like a can of tuna (or worse) when the models are on stage during photography events, luckily it wasn’t so when I was at KLPF.
I met my friends Jason , KJ and Eddy – all who were auditioning for Sony’s photography-themed reality show – Double Exposure! And from what I gathered, both of them are part of the top 30 contestants.
Damn! I wish I was in the contest too but I’m not eligible!
Anyway back to KLPF – Basically I went around trying out a few gears, looking at dryboxes, beltpacks and whatever else that catches my fancy. That’s about it, I was there for less than an hour and decided to make a move as the school band in my stomach is already playing their tune.
It’s A Great Place To Be
If you ….
1. are looking for some thing photography related equipment or gadgets, whether it be cameras, lenses, flash units, tripods, dryboxes, printers, girls……. oh wait. girls? oh yeah well on stage, you can’t get them but they’re there. You can also get photos of Amber Chia, for example. 🙂
2. would like to get your hands on things you could never get yourself to buy. 😀 For example, I managed to get a hands on with the Canon EF 28-300 mm F3.5-F5.6 L IS USM lens! On the other hand I didn’t get to test out the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED as many were hogging it
3.would like to learn more about photography, there’s plenty of seminar going around and you’re bound to learn something out of it. You could also try out many models from many camera brands and perhaps give you a better idea on what should be next on your shopping list.
I must say that the organizers did a great job for having such an event.
It’s just a pity that people (not the organizers) tend to be a little on the nasty side when it comes to photographing models. I’ve heard numerous complaints on how rowdy the crowd can be. All cramming up just to take picture of models as if they were some deity……… or as if Princess Diana came back to life.
Another thing to note was that some of the talks were CHINESE oriented. For example, a travel seminar was on-going when I reach the venue. It seem that the talk was done in Mandarin. 🙁 Now how many people know Mandarin? (I know it’s Mandarin la, cos I know Mandarin!).
To know what you’ve missed, kindly visit their official website http://www.myklpf.com/, and make sure you keep and eye out for this event next year…… if any. 🙂