Posts made in October, 2014

What I learnt from being robbed

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

What I learnt from being robbed

Earlier this year I was robbed, thieves broke into my house and stole all of my camera equipment and almost made off with a back-up of all of my photos.  Luckily I have all of my equipment listed on my home and contents insurance explicitly, so I have got all of my gear replaced.  But the whole process was a bit of a headache, I had to recall everything that I had in the camera bag, all the little tools etc that I have gathered over a few years.  So there are a few things you can do to ensure you have few problems if it ever happens to you. For the insurance you need to provide evidence of the items you owned, best way to do this is to photograph the equipment’s...

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Location Guide – Hat Head National Park (Northern NSW)

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Location Guides | 0 comments

Location Guide – Hat Head National Park (Northern NSW)

With long sweeping beaches and rocky headlands, Hat Head National Park is an area of natural beauty that is bound to excite any photographer. The park is situated halfway between Brisbane and Sydney (about 6 hours travel from either), near the town of Kempsey. On a trip to this area recently I was amazed at the photography opportunities that abounded within the park and nearby areas. During my time there I was only able to take scratch the surface of the opportunities this park presents but this was enough for me to be enticed back for return visits. One of the central features within the park is the Smoky Cape Lighthouse built in 1891. Both the lighthouse and its...

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5 Things to learn from a 50mm lens

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Equipment Guides, Techniques | 4 comments

5 Things to learn from a 50mm lens

“What lens should I buy?” is one of the most common questions I get from students and friends. Recommending equipment to people can be hard, quite often they might be searching for equipment “fixes” to problems when working on their skills or artistic vision might pay better dividend. One piece of equipment I never have any reluctance to recommend is a 50mm lens, obtaining one of these lenses can often be a great way to clear some artistic roadblocks or to help develop general photography skills. You can obtain 50mm lenses from most camera manufactures, Canon and Nikon spring to mind. Third party lens manufactures like Sigma also produce versions...

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Learning one step at a time

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning one step at a time

On a recent sunrise workshop I had plenty of time to work one on one with a new student to our group. At first we were a little bit disappointed that weather was not working in our favour but upon reflection this turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for us to focus our attention on some camera controls and one particular menu item that she did not understand. At the end of the workshop, I spoke to the student again and she mentioned that her takeaway item from the whole workshop was learning that menu item. She was rapt that there had been a chance to understand that menu function and to try each setting and see the effect on the photos. With so many magazines,...

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