As part of the lead-up programs to the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 award ceremony on 21 July, omy.sg organised a series of fun learning workshops for everyone, together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic.

Workshop venue sponsored by Albert Court Village Hotel

Workshop venue sponsored by Albert Court Village Hotel

Lumix cameras and lenses on display

Lumix cameras and lenses on display

Exterior of the chic Albert Court Village Hotel

Exterior of the chic Albert Court Village Hotel

The first workshop was a photography workshop over the weekend with bloggers, Jerome Lim and Christine Ng as they share tips on photography as well as insights on effective story-telling through images.

Christine sharing her photography tips

Christine sharing her photography tips

Jerome sharing photography tips

Jerome sharing photography tips

James from Panasonic sharing technical tricks on the Lumix cameras

James from Panasonic sharing technical tricks on the Lumix cameras

Participants get to be among the first in Singapore to try out the Panasonic Lumix GF5 camera – the camera only just launched in the local market the same week!

Group picture

Group picture

Successful jump shot

Successful group jump shot

The workshop was held at the heritage site of Albert Court Village Hotel, located just beside Sim Lim Square and near the Little India area.

After listening to the presentations by Christine, Jerome and James from Panasonic, the participants were treated to some light refreshment, courtesy of Albert Court Village Hotel before setting off on a photography walking trail round Little India:

Colourful flower garlands

Colourful flower garlands

Taking pictures of the flower garlands

Taking pictures of the flower garlands

A group of Panasonic photographers invading a store in Little India

A group of Panasonic photographers invading a store in Little India

$1 sunglasses!

$1 sunglasses!

Take pictures!

Take pictures!

Vegetable stall

Vegetable stall

(L to R): Coconut, mango and banana flower

(L to R): Coconut, mango and banana flower

A lady buying vegetable

A lady buying vegetable

Sunny tomatoes

Sunny tomatoes

Giant bananas

Giant bananas

Limes and calamansi

Limes and calamansi

An entire shop selling bangles and trinkets

An entire shop selling bangles and trinkets

One of the many goldsmiths along Little India

One of the many goldsmiths along Little India

A technology firm on a second floor unit

A technology firm on a second floor unit

Curious resident

Curious resident

Old school shop house

Old school shop house

The decor and theme for this restaurant is really cheesy, but yet attractive in a strange way

The decor and theme for this restaurant is really cheesy, but yet attractive in a strange way

The staff from Jungle Tandoori were happy to pose for photographs and chat with everyone

The staff from Jungle Tandoori were happy to pose for photographs and chat with everyone

A Hindi temple

A Hindi temple

Along the wall of the Hindi temple

Along the wall of the Hindi temple

Conservation shop houses

Conservation shop houses

Ghandi Video and Photo - Very Cheap Rates!

Ghandi Video and Photo – Very Cheap Rates!

You can take these Bollywood-style passport photos for just $3!

You can take these Bollywood-style passport photos for just $3!

A Sikh temple beside the hotel

A Sikh temple beside the hotel

The colourful and iconic Residence of Tan Teng Niah

The colourful and iconic Residence of Tan Teng Niah

Front view of the colourful heritage building

Front view of the colourful heritage building

Galore of yellow coloured food

Galore of yellow coloured food

Curious onlookers

Curious onlookers

Christine and Jerome addressing the participants

Christine and Jerome addressing the participants

Curvy figurine

Curvy figurine

Cute statue outside an Indian restaurant

Cute statue outside an Indian restaurant

A shop selling images of Hindi Gods and Goddesses

A shop selling images of Hindi Gods and Goddesses

Closer view of some of the deity images

Closer view of some of the deity images

Indian books and magazines

Indian books and magazines

This used to be the tallest building in Singapore

This used to be the tallest building in Singapore

Walking back to the hotel to end off the trail

Walking back to the hotel to end off the trail

A tourist with a Panasonic camera, approaching James for help with his camera functions

A tourist with a Panasonic camera, approaching James for help with his camera functions

The weather was sweltering hot as usual, but everyone had a good time, snapping away on their Panasonic GF3 and GF5 loan sets.

Did I mention that this workshop is completely FREE? This is all thanks to the generous sponsorship of Panasonic.

There are another two fun workshops with Panasonic and omy.sg coming up soon. The second workshop, “Eco-Craft for You and Your Lil’ One” has just ended its registration. Popular blogger and youtube video host, Joanne Marie-Sim will be teaching parents and their child, aged between 5 to 12 on some simple environmental crafts.

The last workshop will be a cooking demonstration by food bloggers Daniel Ang and Maureen Ow. More details will be available closer to date. Again, this is completely FREE! Do keep a look out!