Posts made in April, 2013

How to get the most out of a Sunset

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

How to get the most out of a Sunset

On a recent weekend away with a hefty number of photographers I was stunned to see one afternoon, the majority of photographers abandon their post to pack up and leave as soon as the sun had dipped below the horizon.  But often the better light is still to come! I think many of these photographers had had a long day and were thinking about where to find the evening meal.  But these are the same photographers that will ensure they get to sunrise before the sun has risen to capture that pre-dawn light.  So I do wonder why they decided all of the good light had gone.  Though their leaving did give us an opportunity to capture images of their tail lights trailing down the...

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Canon 85mm EF F1.8 USM Lens Review

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

It’s not often that I have the opportunity to buy new lenses, but I have recently added a new lens to my camera bag…the Canon 85mm EF F1.8 USM lens. Here is short review of my time using this lens so far…                   I only purchased this lens a couple of weeks ago, so I have only been able to use it for a few hours so far, but wow, this is a great lens from Canon.  It is fixed at 85mm and this is also known as a “prime” lens because it does not zoom in and out.  Fixed focal length lenses usually give higher quality pictures due to the optical glass and elements being specifically designed...

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BE CALM for better photos

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

BE CALM for better photos

During the Photo Fundamentals course run at Ozlight we introduce the concept of “making photos” as opposed to “taking photos”. This important fundamental is one the best ways I know to improve the quality of your images and guess what it does not involve buying any equipment. This fundamental approach was reinforced to me last week when walking through the city. I watched as a man walking along the street talking on his phone stopped in front of a street cafe. He raised a very expensive DSLR to his eye briefly and whilst still talking on his phone snapped a photo. In a matter of seconds he checked the back of camera, grimaced and walked on, still...

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A Sea seeking Revenge

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Location Guides | 0 comments

A bit of a different blog post this week, this time bit of a location guide to Woolgoolga as well as a tale on how my camera ended up being destroyed by the sea.  It happened mid-March on my way home from running our workshops in Coffs Harbour, when I stopped at Woolgoolga to visit a fellow photographer.  After having a coffee and catching up for a while, I was taken on a tour of the town and its sights. Woolgoolga is a small town in New South Wales (Australia), about 40mins north of Coffs Harbour, population around 5000.  There is a large population of Sikhs in Woolgoolga, highlighted by The First Sikh Temple (in Australia) and The Guru Nanak Gurdwara (temple on the...

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Flower Photo Fundamentals

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Flower Photo Fundamentals

Flowers make great photographic subjects due to their variety of shapes and colours, they also tend to add a calming influence to a room.  Generally flowers don’t last long, so a nice flower photo (or photos) is the next best thing.  Here we will give you some tips on how to shoot some lasting memories from these fleeting moments.               When photographing flowers, any of the various picture formats can work. Like Portrait…                       Landscape…                 In this example, the background was quite some...

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