Yung Kin Fung Samuel was born in 1977 and was raised in Hong Kong. After graduation in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he started to work in computing industry as a software engineer. At the same time he was attracted to photography, and studied photography by visiting internet discussion forums and reading photographic magazines. He later worked his way through an eclectic array of jobs, eventually returning to the university and worked as a project manager. While Samuel makes his living as a software architect, he continue to spend much of his personal time and resources on photography.
As a self-taught photographer, Samuel draws photographic inspiration from the work of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Josef Hoflehner, Huntington Witherill, Nick Brandt, Hans Strand, Melvin Sokolsky, and others. Besides photography, music also exert an important influence in his creative process. He enjoys Jazz, and his most favorite artists are Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane.
Samuel currently makes his home in Hong Kong, together with his family.
Samuel always use the best equipment he can afford. As a digital era photographer, he almost always use digital systems, although he will also use analog cameras from time to time. Now his main camera is an Ebony RSW45 4x5 large format camera with a Phase One P45+ digital back, which was inspired by the excellent article from Richard Sexton, together with a supplementary Canon 5D mark II DSLR, in case where the large format is not suitable or preferable in the field.
Although the large format camera is slow and clumsy while the digital back is expensive, he prefers the slow operations rather than the hyper-fast cost-effective DSLR, stating that "the slow down process of large format photography helps me think more on composition and visualization, which in turn sharpens my creative vision. Digital back eliminates film processing and scanning, which is a huge pain by itself. Together they makes photography more enjoyable and fun."
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