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My Fuji Journey part 2

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Equipment | 0 comments

My Fuji Journey part 2

In a previous blog post I wrote about my decision to move from Canon to Fuji (Fuji X-T1: An exciting new beginning).  Part of the reason for moving to Fuji is that in January this year Fuji announced the 100-400mm lens, prior to this the longest focal length was 200mm.  To fill the frame whilst doing surf and bird photography this lens would be required and prior to the announcement I thought the move to Fuji would be a ways off. The other factor that tipped me sooner was the rumor and confirmation of the rumor by local retail staff that the...

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Telling a story with less

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Techniques | 1 comment

Telling a story with less

Sometimes I feel that the Painter has an edge over the photographer when it comes to creating within our chosen art. The painter basically starts with a blank canvas and then adds their desired elements until they feel the story is told. As photographers we start with the full scene in front of us and need to remove or reduce elements until the story becomes clear, this can become a significant challenge but is critical to ensure strong impact with the viewer of the photo. When this approach is taken to its pinnacle we move into the area of...

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How to use the new Upright tool in Lightroom CC

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Lightroom, Software | 0 comments

How to use the new Upright tool in Lightroom CC

Sorry for not continuing my story of my transition to Fuji this week, but Adobe released an update for Lightroom CC that I think is important to show you.  Earlier in June Adobe released a new version of Lightroom and for CC subscribers there was a new feature added – “Guided Upright”.  As this does change one of the existing panels in the develop module (Lens Corrections) and add a new panel (Transform). The first thing you will notice when you go to the Lens Correction panel, the Upright tool is no longer there in...

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Location Guide – The Spit (Gold Coast)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Location Guides | 0 comments

Location Guide – The Spit (Gold Coast)

The Gold Coast of South East Queensland is blessed with many great beach and interesting places to photography. None more so that the Spit which sits on the northern end of the Gold Coast, it is a finger of land surrounded on three side by water including the ocean, and the Gold Coast seaway. For photographers this location provides a feast of opportunities, some are easily found and others require a bit of forethought. as with any coastal location different times of day will yield a completely different atmosphere to the photos. Being...

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Fuji X-T1 – An exciting new beginning

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Equipment | 2 comments

Fuji X-T1 – An exciting new beginning

April 2015 a friend of mine was thinking about selling his Fuji X-Pro1, I was interested because I was after something small and light to carry with me to work and other places.  I wanted something for those times when I saw something interesting that the camera phone (handy as it is) would not do justice.  Unfortunately my friend decided to not to sell but he did allow me to have a play with the camera, this short 2 hour experience had me hooked, the Fuji camera was just so intuitive and easy to use. After some research my choice came down...

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Showing motion in your photos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Techniques, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Showing motion in your photos

The ability to catch and portray movement in a photo is a critical skill to learn, it can help elevate your photography and provide an engaging focal point for the viewer. The skill when learnt can be easily applied to a wide range of photography but becomes an essential component of sports or action type photos. Ranging from kids playing in the backyard through to pro-surfers or motor racing, exciting and engaging photos can be crafted by controlling the way motion is shown. As a photographer you have a number of options open to you when it...

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Photo challenge for fun and learning

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Adventures | 1 comment

Photo challenge for fun and learning

Recently my 10 year old son and I had a couple of hours to kill in the city whilst the rest of the family was off seeing a show. I was keen for my son to learn some photography skills and for me to flex my creative mind a bit further as well. The idea of just going to the city with cameras in hand and hoping for the best didn’t resonate with me and would most likely lead to boredom for the younger member of the party. We decided to undertake a “Hunt and Shoot” photo challenge instead, the rules being fairly simple; 9 given...

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Location Guide – Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakesh, Morocco

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Location Guides | 0 comments

Location Guide – Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakesh, Morocco

Jemaa el-Fnaa is the main square in Marrakesh and a popular destination for both tourists and locals. The square ebbs and flows with the life of the city during the day and turns into the beating heart at night time with dozens of food stalls catering for all tastes from snails to traditional Morocco cous cous. The square is fantastic place to capture a quintessential photo of Morocco. The photo opportunities will vary greatly from the ever present exotic snake charmers or monkey handlers to friendly orange juice sellers or the frantic pace...

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Getting Better travel photos

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Adventures, Travel | 0 comments

Getting Better travel photos

Last year I traveled to Morocco on a photography trip with my good friend and business partner Tony White. Our trip was focused on photography and with about three weeks in the country we certainly had the opportunity to see and experience a good deal of this wonderful location. Looking back on the trip now and looking through the photos I captured, gives me a chance to reflect on some of key items to consider for travel photography.   Pre-visulation is powerful tool to get you started. When planning a holiday, how do you decide which...

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Learning how to review your own photos

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning how to review your own photos

In the last couple of blog posts I have been discussing how to review other peoples photo and how to accept feedback on your images, this week I would like to talk about learning to review your own photos. In a lot of cases this will actually be the hardest step out of all of the three discussed, as we often need to go beyond our own personal feelings for a photo and look at it with a more critical eye. Learning the ability to review your own photos goes a long way to helping you to improve your photography, it is also essential if you want...

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