Equipment Guides

Mapping your photos

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Equipment Guides, Lightroom, Software, Travel | 0 comments

Mapping your photos

Often when travelling to a new place I will use an app called Stuck on Earth to identify sites to explore for my photography.  It allows me to use the experience of others from these locations and to know what I can expect to find.  Stuck on Earth pulls it images from the Stuck on Earth Community on Flickr, which allows anyone to contribute images.  I myself have contributed numerous images to the community, as I feel it is important to share back.  But to be able to add your images to the community they need to be tagged with GPS coordinates. For sometime now our phones have been able to record the GPS coordinates of where the photos were taken, and more and more dSLRs...

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A day at The Board Meeting

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Adventures, Equipment Guides | 0 comments

A day at The Board Meeting

Each year on the Sunshine Coast a very special surf competition is held by a local charity called The Board Meeting.  Each year businesses from up and down the coast come together in friendly competition to help raise money for severely disabled kids and their families.   Whether the surf be good or poor it does not matter, though more often the surf is poor, it is about having raising money for those kids and having fun doing it.  For the past few years I have had the honour of photographing this fantastic event and this year was no different. The first heat of the day starts usually at 6.30, so staying on the Sunshine Coast is advisable if you do plan to join the fun...

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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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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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$10 to improve your portrait photos

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

$10 to improve your portrait photos

One of the lowest cost accessories I own and the one that gets used the most is my 5 in 1 reflector. This small easily portable device is with me on nearly every portrait shoot and very often with me when doing macro photography. For the very minimal layout (in photography terms) of $10, this handy light modifier has repaid me one hundred fold in the amount of times I have used it to get great shots.  The 5 in 1 reflector is a deceptively simple accessory, it comes in all shapes and sizes most of which fold down into a very small pouch that is easily portable. What you tend to find inside the pouch is a semi-rigid translucent panel, and a number of covers that can be...

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How to backup your photos

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

How to backup your photos

We take a lot of photos these days, and this is not going to stop, our lives are recorded in images of our family, our friends, our pets and the places we have been.  In the days of film we kept the negatives in their plastic sleeves to keep them safe and these were not something thieves were interested in.  But these days our photos are digital and stored on our computers, laptops and external hard-drives which thieves will happily re-purpose for their own use.  So how do we protect them?   Well this is not about protecting our equipment from being stolen, it is about protecting our photos from being lost if disaster strikes and something happens to the equipment...

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