Co-CREATION 7703
Sony Ambassador

Tom Ang

Image: Tom Ang, Alpha 7R IV (A7RM4) Co-CREATION 7703

Tom has worked in many fields in photography at top levels. From editing photo magazines to newspaper picture editing, teaching photography at masters level in university, developing journalism training in former Soviet Union, presenting two TV series on photography for the BBC, and a series on Singapore for China News Asia, to hosting international workshops (Dubai, Sharjah, Cape Town, Manila, Singapore, Budapest, etc.). He has also judged some the world's top photo competitions (he was one of the founding judges of the Sony World Photography Awards) ... Tom has been around the block a few times.

His photography has been exhibited internationally and is widely known through the 40+ photography books he's written. These include one of the first-ever books on digital photography, the best-selling 'Digital Photographer's Handbook' published in over 20 languages, and his 480-page award-winning 'Photography - the definitive visual history' as well as a number of e-books, including the unique 'Photo Judging' and 'Picture Editing'.

Tom is also an active contributor to Getty Images, a Sony Digital Imaging Ambassador for New Zealand. He was awarded the international HIPA Content Creator Award in 2019.

What is in your camera bag?

I'd been saying the Alpha 7R III is the best camera I've ever used after very extensive experience of all kinds of cameras. Then the Alpha 7R IV came along, and it's even better! So I have both in the bag, with vertical grips, along with the FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA, 24mm f/1.4 GM, the FE 12-24mm f/4 G and FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM zooms. Plus I still use the superb A-mount Zeiss 135mm f/1.8. And in my pocket is always the RX1R II.

Almost as important is my outfit for listening to music when travelling long-range: the Walkman ZX100 hi-res player, and CH1000M3 noise-canceling cans.

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

My go-to camera - that's always with me - is the RX1-R II. My favourite outfit is the Alpha 7R IV with the FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA as the images are always unfailingly gorgeous everywhere anytime - even when not in focus! I use this combo for everything from studio portraits to flat-bed copying using pixel-shift.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

My project 'Inter-generation Portraits' was the best fun and reward ever. Using a pop-up studio in a container, I made group photos of passing families with the Alpha 7R III and the 50mm f/1.4 ZE tethered to my lap-top. It was wonderful to be able to meet so many gorgeous, fun and open people through photography.

My events and articles

Managing colour
Spring colours
Tom Ang
Tom Ang
23 Feb 2020

Managing colour

Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM user report
Full aperture capture shows out-of-focus blurs are smooth gradients
Tom Ang
Tom Ang
5 Jul 2019

Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM user report

Intergeneration portraits
Collection of portraits outside the pop-up studio
Tom Ang
Tom Ang
19 Apr 2019

Intergeneration portraits