Colours of Hong Kong

I am no stranger to colour in both my style and photography, and I truly believe that being surrounded by colour can change the way you think and feel.

I’ve always considered myself to be a somewhat tech geek and have Hong Kong Street Arttried many different cameras in my time, but no one has been able to nail colour vibrancy like Sony has. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve partnered up with them again to share with you the capabilities of the Sony RX100V compact camera – I can safely say it’s the best travel camera I’ve used in a while. It’s a serious pocket rocket with the tech to accompany it and is the perfect size for all of your travels. I’ll be using the Sony RX100V during my travels this year, so stay tuned to see why it’s so important to capture special memories on a compact camera plus tips and tricks on how to get the best out of the camera.

To kick off the series, I thought I’d share with you a city that has recently stolen my heart and become a second home – Hong Kong. The concrete jungle that comes to life at dusk in a neon daze has so much to offer and it didn’t take me long to find colour in a city of towering skyscrapers. I’ll be sharing with you in this post how to make your colours come alive in your photos using the Sony RX100V and boosting the impact of your images post shoot.

Mong Kok, Hong Kong Street Photography  Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Street Photography  Mong Kok, Hong Kong Street Photography

There are of course some basic factors to take into account when shooting. I prefer to always shoot in manual for flexibility, but I should probably caveat beforehand that I am by no means an expert photographer (and you don’t have to be with this camera to achieve amazing photos!). Here are some tips  I’ve discovered in the past two years from experimenting and learning on the go. Consider these things when taking your image.

Hong Kong Street PhotographyColour Profile

There are various colour profiles that have been built into the camera (how convenient) and using the ‘Vivid Setting’ is incredibly useful when you want to take colourful images with as little editing as possible. When your setting has so much vibrancy then you may choose to keep your colour setting to something more neutral to give you the option to increase the saturation later. 

Dominant vs. Contrasting Colours

To make your photos really pop, think about placing dominant colours against a contrasting one. This can include selecting a subject that contrasts against a dominant colour hue or just picking one bold colour against a dull and murkier backdrop. Pictures are most impactful when you know how to contrast colours in both composition (try pairing colours from the opposite end of the colour wheel) and post editing (play around with contrast and levels).

Hong Kong Skyline from The Peak  Sai Wan Swimming Shed Hong Kong  Lan Kwai Fung, Hong Kong Street Photography

RAW vs JPEG 

Shooting in JPEG format is the most commonly known and user friendly, but RAW allows you to manipulate the photo more in the post editing process. I generally have a rule of thumb where if what you’re seeing on your camera screen matches 1 to 1 of what you’re trying to capture then you could get away with just a JPEG file (i.e if you’re shooting bright colours on a sunny day). Conversely, if you’re shooting on a dull and cloudy day (as I was for 95% of my Hong Kong trip) then you will probably need to do a bit of tweaking – RAW images will let you do this best. An awesome feature of this camera is that you can shoot in both if you can’t decide which you prefer. You never know what the weather is going to be like when you’re set out for the day, so being able to shoot in both RAW and JPEG formats made such a different to my photos as I could edit the ones I needed to easily.

Hong Kong Markets  Goldfish Markets, Hong Kong  Quarry Bay Hong Kong

White Balance 

This is something you need to focus on if you’re shooting purely in JPEG as white balance is the only thing you can’t really fix during the editing process when it’s in this format. The settings on the Sony RX100V are generally self-explanatory and if you set this to auto (guilty on occasions) the camera will measure the colour temperature of the light and neutralise this with the white balance. Another nifty feature, especially when you’re on-the-go and need to snap quickly without worrying about being in manual mode.

Flower Market Mong Kok, Hong Kong  Bird Market, Hong Kong

Why do I love colourful images so much? To me, colours can communicate things that we often find difficult to articulate in words including emotions. Studies show that people will always respond emotionally to colour and even by wearing a bit of colour in an otherwise monochrome office can brighten up the moods of those around you. Peel Street, Hong Kong Street ArtGreens and blues have a calming and peaceful presence; bright colours create a cheerful and energetic atmosphere, whilst dark muted colours suggest a more somber undertone. In fact, pictures with a strong blue presence generally tend to perform better on my social channels (yes I have sat down and taken the time to analyze this!).

Once you take these factors into account, you’ll find it incredibly easy to find the colour around you and capture them in a way that does them justice! Check out the images I ended up taking with the Sony RX100V after playing around with the above features. It’s amazing what you can create when you channel your inner geek and get to know your camera. Happy snapping and feel free to drop any questions below for me!

This post has been created in collaboration with Sony.

Choi Hung Estate Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, Aqua Luna  Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, Aqua Luna

Hong Kong Flower Market

Helen

Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Bernice Abuan

    Sony truly gives photos the right blend of natural colours! I actually used to work for the creative agency that handled Sony Australia and Sony APAC and the incredible photos made by content creators using Sony phones was so jaw dropping that most of the ads we designed used everyday content creators photos!

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/05/12/Gift-Guide-with-Reebonz

  • Wow, your shots are totally magnificent! Love the vibrant colours you added in it and you play with the camera and colours very well. Loveee it 🙂

    http://www.pastelfreakgirl.blogspot.com/

  • WOW Helen, you take such great photos! Agree with you that Sony cameras are known for taking photos with vibrant colors and they tend to be the costlier option for DSLM as well. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Sony Alpha series for media events but hmm I guess I will add the Sony RX100V into my consideration list too! Thanks for sharing <3

    xx Aldora
    https://AldoraMuses.com
    http://AldoraKong.com

  • @queenhorsfall

    I actually was looking for new camera to replace my SamsungNX300. I heard this model is really amazing and vibrant photos is definitely the best. Thanks for sharing this review! I need to send it to my husband, that he can buy me new gift!hehe Hong Kong is so beautiful, I went there in 2013 and absolutely loved it.

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

  • These photos are gorgeous Helen!! I’m glad you got to use this new camera on your trip it looks like it made your time just a little more special!!
    Jordan xx
    http://thehatlogic.com

    • My favourite time would be early in the morning or after 3pm in the afternoon 😉 This is especially the case if it’s a blue sky and sunny day situation because midday sun is the WORST.

  • Christine

    Wow, this camera is amazing! I had no idea that you could use so many features! The colors of Hong Kong are in fact so vibrant and alive and it is wonderful that this camera can capture the true colors and beauty of this city! I love that you can shoot in raw and jpeg as well and the camera is so small and perfect for travel. I need to invest in this for my next trip! Thanks for letting me know about this camera. Love your outfits on your trip, especially that gorgeous emerald green dress! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • Beautiful photos =o) I need to start shooting photos in raw!

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  • Looking through all of these images of your trip, Hong Kong seems like the city with many faces – I didn’t know it was so diverse, and oh the colors!! I am a sucker for colorful places 🙂 I’ve gotten so many recommendations for HK, so I need to start planning my trip!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  • YES! honestly your photos have always stood out to me because of how colorful they are! i really love that 🙂 i enjoy living life in color too and try to capture it as best i can when i’m out shooting as well. looks like you’ve created some awesome memories in hong kong and i look forward to seeing more colorful photos from you on your europe trip next! 😉 xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/travel/cabo-travel-diary/
    @stylelullaby

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    Girl you made Hong Kong look so vivid!!! I love your passion for colourfulness! and Yes to Sony RX100v. The photos taken from Sony RX100v looks amazing!!! You have really captured the best of Hong Kong!

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/silverado-resort-and-spa/

  • These photographs look absolutely beautiful! The colors are truly stunning. I’ve been looking around for a portable point and shoot camera when I’m out and about. This model looks perfect!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    As someone who rarely takes pictures on my own, but am looking for a better (and less bulky) camera than my current Canon for when I’m out traveling, this one from Sony would be perfect for me! I really love how you’ve captured so much color and almost automatically. You’ve also taught me a thing or two about photography I had no idea about so thank you for that!
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  • This seriously sounds like an incredible camera. I started geeking out over cameras when I was just starting high school. I remember my grandfather giving me one of his really old film cameras and teaching me about lenses. Then I took a photography class towards the end of high school and my parents bought me my first DSLR for graduation. I used it for a bit and then it began to collect dust in my closet. I was so grateful for the opportunity that blogging gave me to pull it back out and begin playing again. I’ve learned so much in just a little over a year that I’ve been blogging, and I can’t wait to learn even more. Now I want to try this Sony camera and play with all those vivid color options! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to see more!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  • I definitely agree that you are passionate about color. Your photos always tell a beautifully vivid story. I also am a huge fan of your Instagram videos. One problem I have is if I use the built in color profiles on a camera, how do you ensure that only part of the image is vivid, while the people in your photo still look natural? What I mean is if I bump up the saturation, I usually turn orange or red, which isn’t good unless I’m part Oompa Loompa (which I can assure you I am not). So if you’re using the color profiles on jpeg, and not RAW, and choosing vivid, how do you make the photo as vivid as possible, while keeping the humans their actual shade? Or should you just use a phone app later like snapseed to make some brush edits?

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Hey girl – I generally use a brush tool to only saturate the parts that require it rather than adjusting the overall saturation of the image and you’re right – it often tends to turn us all yellow! I find snapseed is very user friendly for brightening and saturating certain parts of your photos and generally for the purposes of socials and blog posts, you don’t need professional editing like photoshop!

  • Candace

    When you use your Sony camera, what’s your favorite program to edit in? I’m always on the market for something better that what I have. I love the way all your photos look. They pop with color and are also very clear 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    • Hey girl – I actually use a combination of Lightroom and phone apps like Snapseed and VSCO! What do you use?

  • Hey Sweetheart Helen,
    Hows you?
    Totally agree with you about Colours, I love to Wear Colorful Clothing and if I take photos I love Colours as well. I have the Newest Sony A7S and Just Fantastic:) I have a Nicon too, some Photos are Better with that:)
    Your Tips were super Useful:) I am sure you helped to many Readers with this Detailed Post:)
    I learned a lot about How to take and Edit photos and my Hubby helped me a lot:)
    He is a Professional Videographer and Photographer:)
    Your Photos are Always sooo Vivid and The Style is sooo Unique:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

  • jacqueline

    I love Sony! I have the alpha 6000 camera and it seriously gives me life. You’re so right about colors. Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to incorporate more. Your post inspired me to try out some of the tips you included like contrast and white balance! I’ll have to check this camera out for my next buy 🙂

  • Amanda N Dustin Smith

    One of the things that draws me to your feed is your beautiful colors in your captures! I’ve never used Sony before and have been looking into a new camera so I find this post extra helpful! I really should take a photography class because I’m not the best with understanding it all when I have to shoot myself however, I do know that I shoot in RAW always because I like edit my photos in whatever way I choose! This camera truly captures the vibrance that you are giving off and I’ll be headed out this weekend to take a look at them!

    Manda | EvocativelyChosen.com

  • Marcy Yu

    I started taking my pics with a Sony camera and absolutely love the pictures it takes. The colours and the quality is amazing. I’m such a lover of colours my self too.
    I haven’t been to HK in a while and for sure will love to go back. Your pictures are so amazing and inspiring it always give me wanderlust vibes.

    xoxo
    Marcy

  • I love your editing!! Bright and colorful photos always make me so cheery hehe. It’s great that you found the perfect compact camera!! I actually brought my Canon G7x for my trip to HK and it was great for photo and vlogging! I wish I got to go to Instagram Pier though. These photos make me miss HK even more!!

    With love, Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com

  • EVA LAKO

    I heard well about Sony cameras. Your photos are always beautiful. Below the camera you must know how to use it, and in my case is not the best. Anyway thanks a lot for the advices. Something I even learned today 🙂
    Colors are everything ❤️
    XX
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  • Deddeh Howard

    Oh wow, Hong Kong is so beautiful and I can’t wait to visit. Thanks for sharing this love, now on my bucket list.

  • Déborah from FA

    Oh I’m so impressed by those photos, you’re so talented !
    It made me want to travel there ! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂
    x

    Déborah,
    http://fashionanarkist.blogspot.com

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