Smartphone photography event clicks with seniors

Some seniors getting pointers on how to take selfies and other photos with their smartphones at yesterday's event organised by Singtel and Chinese evening dailies Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao.
Some seniors getting pointers on how to take selfies and other photos with their smartphones at yesterday's event organised by Singtel and Chinese evening dailies Shin Min Daily News and Lianhe Wanbao.PHOTO: SHIN MIN

Around 500 smartphone-wielding senior citizens visited Gardens by the Bay yesterday afternoon, taking selfies and other pictures to upload to their newly created social media accounts.

They were attending a workshop, organised by Singtel and Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese evening dailies Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News, to equip the older generation with smartphone photography and social media skills.

It included a talk by Lianhe Zaobao chief photographer Lee Tiah Khee, who shared several tips on capturing good pictures.

Participant Ho Poh Geck, 57, learnt to find the right angles and experiment with different light contrasts when taking photos.

Madam Ho said: "I've always had an interest in photography and am glad to get tips on taking better photos."

Housewife Nancy Tan, 61, said: "It is never too late to learn new things."

Jalan Besar GRC MP Lily Neo, who attended the event, said the workshop was an opportunity for seniors to learn new skills and "embrace information technology in their daily life".

Mr Wong Soon Nam, vice-president of consumer products at Singtel, said that initially, seniors may be apprehensive about learning how to use mobile applications.

"This is an opportunity to teach them about technology," he said. "We want to move them from being afraid of technology to being able to use it for their benefit."

Ms Lee Huay Leng, editor of Lianhe Wanbao, said some seniors own smartphones but may not know how to use their functions.

"We should try to empower them with knowledge on how to use their smartphones," she added.

"Our seniors should not be left out when the whole society progresses towards the digital age."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2016, with the headline 'Smartphone photography event clicks with seniors'. Print Edition | Subscribe