#EOSM10Diaries : Canon EOS M10 review & CONTEST!!

Ohaii!!!

Remember this blogpost?
Yeap. I'm that Canon Girl. \(^^)/

Since the TVC got out, people have been asking me about the camera but I could only sadly say that I haven't gotten hold of it enough to know it's true potential.

BUT, Canon Asia contacted me again! This time, to do a follow-up collaboration for the EOS M10 and I was beyond thrilled for the gig~

So now I can (shamelessly) say, again :
Yes, I'm that lucky Canon Girl! 
\(^0^)/


About 2 weeks ago, I went on a photography journey with my mentor and new friend, Lenne Chai, who's a professional fashion photographer! She taught me some tips & tricks on how to improve my daily photography!!
She's super super talented and I am really glad to be learning lots from her advice.
(Yes, ladies & gentlemen. We have a female fashion photographer. GIRL POWER!!!)

If you have already been following @CanonAsia on Instagram, I actually got to take over their account for over a week and shared all of my #EOSM10diaries from this experience!

Note : All photos posted on this blogpost were taken with the Canon EOS M10 except product shots and unless stated otherwise.

LET'S GET STARTED!!

EXTERIOR FEATURES
Let's have a look at the exterior first shall we?

This lil M10 baby comes with a choice of black or white body, to match with a selection of cute coloured jackets.
I got the white body to match with a striped jacket cause they'll go really well with either my striking outfits or monotones. ^^

I'm a Canon user myself and I do own a Canon DSLR. 
But what if I told you that this lil buddy can also produce great photos with qualities compatible with the DSLR AND it’s travel friendly!? 
*Double yay!!* \(^0^)/
Left to right : Canon EOS 760D & Canon EOS M10 without lens.
Side profile comparison
Left to right : Canon EOS M10 & Canon DSLR 760D with their respective kit lens.
Judging on the size of my DSLR compared to my new EOS M10, I can easily bring the EOS M10 around, even in my backpack!
(Which in fact, saved me a lot of space for shopping during my trip to Japan 3 weeks ago. #TrueStory)


The EOS M10 has a really simple & straightforward interface that I can easily access from videography  to photography, with creative assist & smart presets. I find these really handy whenever I needed to quickly snap photos and then move on to recording videos.


It has all the basic features of everything you'll need for being a compact camera with interchangeable lenses.
For example the HDMI jack, memory card slot, and of course, a 180 degrees flip up touchscreen monitor are all available!!!
(Yeap. Gotta have everything touchscreen for this new era yeah. ^.^)

Another feature that I really enjoy is the quick access Mobile Device Connection button that helps me connect the camera to my phone with the free Canon Camera Connect app.

It really is very handy because I can easily download my photos and upload them instantly to my social media accounts!
Alternatively, I can also upload my photos directly via Canon  iMAGE GATEWAY!!

Note : Product feature image comparison above was not photographed with the Canon EOS M10

FUNCTIONS
OK. One thing I wanna be clear about is that the M10 shouldn't be compared with its upscale sisters, the DSLR.
IT HAS IT'S OWN MERITS!

I do admit that I'm one who is used to the features of a DSLR BUT , the EOS M10 too, has it's perks of being a handy camera for traveling unlike the heavy load of a DSLR.

The thing is, I don't need that many functions for if I'm traveling anyway.
However, I am not ready to compromise the quality of my photos! >.<
The EOS M10 being a mirrorless camera in a compact body with  interchangeable lenses,
I'd say that it is a suitable candidate for a travel buddy!

It does have as many features as a DSLR camera because it cuts out and simplifies the interface for beginners.
For example :
I liked that I could still get some control over the aperture, shutter speed & exposure just like how it works on my DSLR.
Think of it as a beginner's camera for anyone who's looking to start out in photography!!


Looking a little deeper into the functions, I'm starting to think that the EOS M10 is kinda like a "smart camera" for social media addicts like myself.
Well, you know for someone (like me) who loves to take daily lifestyle photos of fashion, food, flatlays & selfies?!

Please allow me to share some of the awesome photos I managed to take under Lenne's care & guidance!


There's something about food with flatlays & natural sunlight.
Lenne simply shifted my plate of pasta outdoors, combined the shot with the "Food" feature of the EOS M10 and voila!!


Another tip for flatlays?
Flip the screen at a 90 degree angle to monitor for the ultimate eagle-eye shot & combine it with the "Creative Assist" feature!!
Yup, the creative assist allows me to easily apply effects before I shoot by adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation & color tone in-camera.

Perfect for instant sharing. *thumbs up*


I have never had the perfect hands for symmetrical shots of architecture designs but Lenne reminded me to utilize the grids as a guide. Which turned out VERY useful!!
(OMG. How could I not have used it before?! *gasps*)

Photo credits, Lenne Chai (http://www.lenne.photography/(https://www.instagram.com/lenneigh/ )
Lenne really opened my eyes to the world's perspectives.
Like how you angle the camera & create a shot like this!!
Now my OOTD can look even better . ^^

Photo credits, Lenne Chai http://www.lenne.photography/(https://www.instagram.com/lenneigh/ )
To be honest, I usually avoid taking photos at night simply because it's one of the hardest scenes to capture.
To my surprise the EOS M10 works just fine even at ISO1800 & with the help of "Aperture Priority" mode for the "bokeh" effect that we girls adore.

Photo credits, Lenne Chai http://www.lenne.photography/(https://www.instagram.com/lenneigh/ )
You really gotta have an eye for light when it comes to photography but Lenne told me to take note of the golden hour (Which is EXACTLY 2 hours before sunrise/sunset!) to catch the nicest sunlight.


THE TEST
Now let's put it to the test, after my private photography lessons using the EOS M10 and take some photos of my own.
 Here are the results!!
Using the "Food" mode.

Patterns guided by gridlines combined with "Creative Assist".

Cherry blossoms taken using "Smart Assist"

Bokeh effect using "Aperture Priority" mode.
Kitty photographed under lowlight with "Sports" mode to quickly capture pets on the move.

Group portrait using my phone as a remote trigger with the Canon Camera Connect app.
Again, architecture background selfportrait captured with the Canon Camera Connect app. 

The easiest selfie ever with the "Self Portrait" mode that has skin smoothening functions that lets me skip my touchups.
Overall, I am absolutely grateful to have met Lenne & I feel like I've learned so much from her because it definitely feels like my photography skills got a lot better since then. ^^


THE VERDICT
I REALLY gotta say this.
My life has been a BLISS when it comes to self-portraits! You know why?
Self portraits has evolved into a WHOLE-NEW-LEVEL with the WiFi Camera Connect feature allows me to download my photos instantly PLUS use it as a remote shutter button!!
(Cheers to having an "Instagram-husband" that'll take photos of you without any complaints. LOL!)

 Well who did you think took my most of my photos when I was doing my solo travels in Japan?!
Meet my date. ^^

Photo taken with my phone
It's my EOS M10 mounted on a camera stand!
That being said, I'll talk about that trip in another post so stay tuned for that. ^^


Next, it somehow feels "less intimidating" for anyone, to hold my EOS M10 in case I needed some help with taking a photo of me. 
Which makes both the owner (me) and the third-party (person taking the photo) both feel at ease since it is user-friendly even for first timers!

It's great for beginners who are interested in starting out in photography and also everyday usage!!

Also it's the smarter choice of camera to bring on long traveling adventures that involve lots of walking. #AnotherTrueStory

Here’s a few of my personal favourite about the EOS M10 camera:
  • Compact, small & travel friendly 180 degree flip with touch screen
  • Allows to manually adjust intensity on the “Creative Assist” mode
  • Easy Camera Connect for instant sharing
  • “Aperture Priority” mode creates the best portraits 
I enjoyed my trip and most importantly, still managed to snap some really awesome photos!!

CONTEST
Now that you've read my #M10diaries journey & the verdict of the camera, it's your turn to show me your everyday snaps!!
With this, you can even stand a chance to WIN your very own EOS M10!!!

It's SO EASY & HERE'S HOW :

1) FOLLOW @canonasia on Instagram 

2) POST A PHOTO and tell us how you achieved the shot with any of our #EOSM10diaries tips
(Photos can be inspired by my photos posted on their Instagram account, from Lenne's tips or their tutorial video!)

3) HASHTAG #EOSM10diaries and #canonasia

4) Make sure your profile is PUBLIC!

5) Contest ends 28th May 2016

*Terms and conditions apply!*


The winners will be announced on Canon Asia's Official Facebook Page.

I can't wait to see all your photos so keep them posting and perhaps YOU might be the lucky Canon EOS M10 winner!!!

Good luck & lots of love,
Lumi

Special Thanks

Canon Asia
(https://www.facebook.com/canonimagingasia/)
(https://www.instagram.com/canonasia/)


Lenne Chai 
 (http://www.lenne.photography/)
 (https://www.instagram.com/lenneigh/ )



My Experience with Canon EOS M10 TVC

Ohaii!!

 Remember this video?
 Wow Lumi, you're one vain person.
Some of you might even think I filmed the brown hair then the blonde.
Well, it was the other way round!

That particular month was one of the TOP interesting month of all 2015 because I got the opportunity to work for a commercial video with Canon Asia!!!

Behind the scene
Wheeeeeee~~~
*pops confetti*

In case you're curious about the video, I will embed it at the end of this post but the main reason I'm blogging is to talk about my experience right from engaging me for a casting til the day we finished shooting for the video.

It happened on an unsuspecting afternoon on November when I received an email from the company proposing to search for a model for consumer electronics project.
At that time, I totally had no idea what brand of electronic device was it other than it's for a camera.

I have had my own experience with shooting for TV commercial before in Malaysia but to be an international model?
NEVER.IN.MY.DAYDREAM.IT.WOULD.HAPPEN.ON.ME

But it did.


OK lah. It's not as far as you think I went. =P
The project had to be shot in Singapore.
We're basically next to each other, BUT STILL!!!

I didn't immediately get the job tho.
I still had to go through what all standard procedure for TVC models have to do.
Talent casting.

WhichmeantIstillhadtomeettheteaminpersonforatestshotbeforedecidingiftheywantedmeasthemodelornot.
 I was among the 10-15 models they met for the job.

I remember had a really serious breakout all around my chin overnight and it really freaked me out.
It was some sudden bacterial infection and it was horrible even when I tried to cover it with concealer.
A complete disaster and I just found out what I was actually experiencing after reading her blog.

Read here.
(Later I read an update the she found a cure as well so I'm glad she's okay. ^^ )

Well, mine was a really mild allergic reaction but you get the idea.

But by the time I seek for an SOS treatment, I had to fly to Singapore for the cast the next day which was very stressful.
Imagine having an opportunity halfway in my grasp and BOOM!

So I asked my boyfriend to be my company for the trip and as I boarded the plane, I had the urge to give up. I really felt like the chance will not be mine for sure.

On the other hand, something was telling me to ignore whatever problem I have and just go ahead with the meeting.
The feeling was a faint one but strong enough to battle the doubts I had about myself.
Plus, my ass was already seated in the airplane headed to Singapore WTF.


I said to myself : F*ck This Sh*t.
I will go anyway, and the choice is in their hands. Not mine.
If I went, at least, I can tell myself I did my best.
If I didn't, forever I will never know if the chance would be mine.
And that I will blame myself for not even trying.

Everything went quite smoothly except my concerns about my breakout and the girl after me was super super SUPER pretty till it kinda broke my hopes. =.=

To be honest, I didn't put in a lot of hope of whether I was selected or not.
Right after the casting, I almost wanted to cry from disappointment because I didn't take care of my looks well enough.

I went home with mixed feelings, knowing it was for a brand I love, Canon.

Again, I said : F*ck This Sh*t.
I'm gonna bleach my hair blonde!


Oh how I enjoyed being blonde.
FOR LESS THAN 2 WEEKS.

Because 5 days after the cast, I got an email from the production team that I got chosen by the client as the talent for their project!
*uh ohh my hair!!*

It happened to be on an unsuspecting afternoon while I was at work in the office too.
You cannot imagine how I couldn't contain the joy and immediately texted my mum about it.


Hence, my first ever international job started and my hairstylist Hikky-san did an awesome job transforming my hair back to a natural brown.

Oh did I manage to cure my allergies?
YES I DID!!!
I quickly reached out to Dr. Chiam at The DRx Clinic for help and she gave me some cream & antibiotics right after the cast.
By the time they engaged me for the actual shoot, I had about 3 weeks to cure it.
Thankgoodnesstoallthelivingheavenitdid.
And THANK YOU SO MUCH DR CHIAM FOR HELPING ME OUT!!!

If you're interested about the skincare clinic, click here.

I arrived a day earlier before the actual shoot for a fitting session, briefing with the director & paint my nails.


Hahahahahahahaha!!!
That's right. I even got an express gel manicure session so that my fingers look extra presentable WTF.


The following day was an early one with makeup & hair at 6.30 a.m in the hotel room & 7.30 a.m call time.
 And everything ended at nearly 2 a.m the next day.
That's 20 hours of just videoshoots alone.


For some of you have not witnessed TVC shootings before, talents are usually booked for the whole day because schedules can sometimes get messed up depending on the situation.
It could take up to hours of preparations and test shots before the real deal.


How I felt throughout the shoot?
I felt super honored to be that lucky girl for the project.
It was tiring but my spirit was not.
I just wanted to put my grasp on it and keep doing better each time.


During the shoot?
I felt like a star.
All eyes were on me.

Imagine this.
The director, producer, camera crew, lighting crew, wardrobe & makeup team, client.
And soon, the audience who were going to watch the outcome of the video.
Some of you might feel that there's a lot of pressure going on.
But I tried not to let the pressure get to me because it is my job to be at my best performance.

Feels like there's a big responsibility on my shoulders to look awesome during the shoot right?

But if you think deeply about this, it's on everyone's shoulders.


I am not the only star.
The biggest stars are EVERYONE responsible to make me look good.
And this is why I felt absolutely grateful for.

Most of the time, TVC shooting involves with the manpower of between 10 to 30 with jobscope ranging from storyline, shooting to video editing.
And that depends on how big is the project & how many talents are in.


I was the only talent they had to shoot for that project and it already took .....*calculating*
... More than 10 people (at least) involved.

So you can imagine being a YouTuber who has to be jack-of-all-traits.



From there, I know that video making videos takes a lot of manpower, effort, time and skills.
When it comes to TV commercials, it's a lot more technical because it's a matter of attracting your viewers in less than a minute and creating brand awareness.

And with this knowledge, I want to stand up to tell you not to underestimate the skills of creating video contents.


After the shoot?
I re-called how I contemplated about attending the casting session because of my own securities.
I feel proud that I can push myself further to believe in myself.
And I was once again proven to be wrong.
Wrong of my insecurities, wrong of doubts about myself, not good enough, not pretty enough, eyes not big enough, skin not smooth enough.

Should I just say that it's all the right reasons to be wrong.


I am most grateful to the people who have unknowingly proved me wrong.
And for giving me the chance to prove myself wrong.

When I think about, there's so many pretty,young and beautiful girls out there.
I'm not as pretty, stunning or beautiful.
And on the whole wide world, they placed their trust in me by giving me a chance.


Up till now, I feel super grateful to be given this chance.

 Now about the camera.
A lot of you have asked me, is the camera good?

I got my hands on the real camera during the whole shoot so let's have a look at scenes from my point of view!! =)
 It's a compilation of everything I took while shooting with the EOS M10.
 And with it being the perfect camera for selfies, obviously and naturally I took lots of selfies with it!
All with ZERO edits.





















I'd say that the Canon EOS M10 is pretty impressive for portrait shots!

The body itself is very travel friendly, mirrorless, 180 degree flip touch screen, changeable sleeve to suite your aesthetic taste for cameras and changeable camera lens.
Takes awesome selfies with video capacity.

So if you have a thing for selfies and a travel friendly camera, this could be your choice.
Really love the bokeh effects it produced and I'm pretty sure there's a lot more potential if I could get a hold on it for more than just 2 days.

As promised, here's the video!!
I spent 3 days in Singapore and it felt like I was reborn into a whole new person.
Through this particular experience, it's not just a precious memory but a series of lessons I learned.

From this experience, I wish tell ALL of you who are reading this.

Looks are not everything if you cannot put yourself into positive thoughts.
 Positivity reflects on every muscle in your body and it affects the micro-movement on your body language.

People can see positivity through the eyes of their heart, and cameras catch it through it's lens.

I am not trained to be a professional model.
I may not have the world's most angelic face.
I am just as normal as anyone else.

But one should ALWAYS find a way and reason to prove yourself wrong of your doubts.
Be it given by someone, or finding it on your own.
Only you have the choice to decide whether it's the best reason to prove your doubts wrong.

Treat yourself with positivity, give yourself a chance and the others will do the rest for you.

Thanks to each and everyone during the shoot for taking care of me, giving me guidance and having so much patience with me!!

Special thanks to Canon Asia, Heidi, Ping, Sherwin, Jia Jia & Danny!!

Lots of love,
Lumi