Posts made in March, 2013

Learning to see in black and white

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning to see in black and white

I absolutely love the black and white or Monochrome side of photography. A really well produced monochrome image resonates with most viewers and I think that these feelings come from deep within the roots our art. Monochrome photography is often seen as a traditional art form and we often associate these images with a darkroom. Rest assured that monochrome pictures most definitely still have a place within the digital world, in fact our ability to produce these types of images becomes very much simplified using the software these days. One key part of becoming good at Monochrome photography is learning to “see” in black and white when taking our photos. When...

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Why you should be using your Lens Hood

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

Many of the lenses you get with your camera or buy afterwards have a lens hood.  Often we find this item is left in the box as most people do not know what purpose it can serve. Lens Protection The lens hood can at the minimum provide protection from things seeking to scratch the front of your lens.  Often when travelling we have the camera slung over the shoulder and may not be completely paying attention to what is brushing up against the camera.  And in this I am not just talking about crowds overseas, I am also talking about through the bush, around the home with tables, shelves and cabinets.  I am sure you can and other places we visit with our cameras. By...

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Learning to use flash

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning to use flash

At one time or another every photographer tries to use a flash with their equipment and generally that first use comes out a less than successful and we are left deflated at the perceived complexity of using flash. Just recently the team at OzLight completed the second run of our new course, Flash Portraits. This course is designed for the beginner and really helps to unravel a lot of those mysteries about flash and it use – all of the images in this post come from the course on the weekend. During the course we look at a number of the fundamentals at using a flash and look at ways to improve our images: Fundamental 1 – On camera flash. Quite often our first...

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How To Capture Fireworks

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Just about everyone loves a good fireworks show.  They are exciting to watch with all the noise and spectacular  explosions of colour.  They can vary from soft showers of sparks to huge trails and with a bit of practise you can get some spectacular photos.   Camera and Gear: Any DSLR will do as you won’t be shooting at 8 frames a second nor high ISO.  The first and most important piece of equipment you will need is a good sturdy tripod, as you will be shooting with longer shutter speeds, around 1 – 5 seconds.  A cable or remote release is also important, but you can still get the shots if you don’t have one handy, you just have to be smooth with...

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