Techniques

A perfect portrait location?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Techniques, Travel | 0 comments

A perfect portrait location?

“Location, Location, Location”, we hear this phrase used continually when it comes to Real Estate. Quite often photographers get caught up with the same phrase and spend all their time looking for the perfect location. Unfortunately those people are most likely doing themselves a great disservice and will almost certainly be missing out on wonderful opportunities right in front of them. Obviously in landscape photography, location dictates a lot of what you are going to capture. So you will need to work within those confines in your efforts to make wonderful landscape photo’s (refer my previous blog post – Working a Scene – about ways to do...

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Working a scene

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

Working a scene

When approaching a scene for  landscape photos, it pays to keep an open mind and try the possibilities. It is important to have an artistic vision for the photo and be a bit ruthless in looking for a part of the scene that is true to that vision. Very rarely is the first setup location the best spot to capture the required vision. Unfortunately, humans by nature can be a lazy bunch, so the photographer has to be diligent and be prepared to move around or “work the scene” in order to make a photo that has impact on the viewer. Working the scene may involve wholesale changes to your location, angle or lens choice, or it may be as subtle as tilt to the camera...

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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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What I learnt from looking at 8000 Photos

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Techniques | 5 comments

What I learnt from looking at 8000 Photos

I have recently been involved in running an International Amateur photography competition based here in Queensland. The competition was run through association with the amateur photography associations from Australia (Australian Photography Society) and internationally (FIAP and UPI). The competition was a great success with over 600 entrants and approximately 8000 photos being supplied for judging. Being involved in the setup of the competition I got to watch the judging process from start to finish. The judging consisted of 16 judges (working in teams of 4) who looked at every photo over a period of a single day. Basically every judge got a period of around 2 to 3...

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How to straighten images in Lightroom

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Lightroom, Software, Techniques | 0 comments

How to straighten images in Lightroom

When we are taking our photos it is often difficult to keep the horizon level, especially when we are hand holding our camera.  This means we need to straighten those images on the computer in programs such as Lightroom.   The process of straightening images in Lightroom is fairly simply, first you need to locate the image you wish to straighten in the library module of Lightroom and once you have done so take it over to the Develop module.  You can reach the develop module by either clicking on “Develop” from the module choice section along the top of Lightroom or using the shortcut key D. Now the tool that allows us to straighten images is the Crop tool, you will...

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