Posts made in December, 2012

Photographing Birds in Flight

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Photographing Birds in Flight

Capturing photos of birds in flight is something I quite enjoy doing.  There is something about birds gliding through the air wings outstretched that is fascinating to watch and capture.  But to capture these images takes the right equipment, planning, patience, practise and just a bit of luck. The first element you need to successfully capture birds in flight is the right equipment, you need a good long lens.  For this I have the Sigma AF 100-300mm f/4 EX HSM APO, it is a great lens from my experience and from the experience of both Ken and Lawrie who also own this lens.  Though an important note with this lens is that Sigma no longer make it, so locating it in a store...

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Capturing Christmas Lights

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Capturing Christmas Lights

Well, it’s Christmas time and the Christmas lights are lighting up our neighbourhoods.    It’s an enjoyable time of the year in which to spend the nights leading up to Christmas as special family time with the whole family going to see the magical displays put on by talented people. So, the lights are beautiful to look at, but what is the best way in which to capture the beauty and sparkle of the Christmas lights?  The best time to shoot Christmas lights is after the sun has gone down, but before it gets completely dark (twilight), as it is easier to balance between the existing fading light and the bright lights of the display.  You can also get good images...

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Working with Models

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Working with Models

When I sit back and reflect on my year that has been, it has been such a pleasure teaching our courses this year. Even as instructors we never stop learning and I must say one of the biggest takeaways from this year has been working with models (both professional and amateur) and learning from the way that both students and instructors interact with the models. We all often felt more comfortable with those landscape, wildlife or sporting (surfing) type of shots that do not require a lot of two-way interaction with your subject. Sure I can often be seen talking to a landscape at the critical time of sunrise, willing the clouds will move away or something similar. In most...

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Macro Photography Tips

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Recently Tony and I had a chance to share an afternoon of macro photography in the botanical gardens at Mt Coot-Tha. It was a great afternoon, and came after a morning thunderstorm so the plants and flowers all felt very lush and fresh. It has been a while since I had done some macro photography so it was a good chance to brush up on some of the basics of Macro work. This type of photography can become seriously addictive and with good reason, for it shows the world in a way that we do not often see. In strict terms, macro means things are represented in your images at a scale of 1:1 or greater but for the purposes of this post let’s just think of close up...

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The Importance of Foreground

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

The Importance of Foreground

We had a fun little outing last Saturday to Nudgee beach for a sunset workshop. I tend to think that Nudgee beach is one of the best landscape locations in the immediate Brisbane area. It has so much to offer the landscape photographer, although you do need to be careful and pick a sunrise or sunset that coincides with low tide. To get the most out of Nudgee Beach you do need to remember one of the critical components for landscape composition, the importance of foreground. With lots of open flat sand there, you run the risk of losing the viewer’s attention by not utilising a strong foreground element in your image. So why is the foreground important? 1) Depth...

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