Posts Tagged "lessons"

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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Learning to use flash

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Learning to use flash

At one time or another every photographer tries to use a flash with their equipment and generally that first use comes out a less than successful and we are left deflated at the perceived complexity of using flash. Just recently the team at OzLight completed the second run of our new course, Flash Portraits. This course is designed for the beginner and really helps to unravel a lot of those mysteries about flash and it use – all of the images in this post come from the course on the weekend. During the course we look at a number of the fundamentals at using a flash and look at ways to improve our images: Fundamental 1 – On camera flash. Quite often our first...

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Photographing Bubbles

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Sometimes we are unable to spare the time to go out and photograph during the day, so sometimes we need to find things at home to photograph.  This guide will walk you through photographing Bubbles. For this you will need a tripod, a light (or flash), something bright and colourful, water, (Olive) oil, a fork, a clear glass dish, and something to raise the glass dish up.  For this I have used a glass bowl but it could easily have been some phone books (that is what they deliver them for ;) isn’t it?) You will note in the bowl I have a tea-towel, this will serve as background and give the bubbles a rainbow of colours.  This is something you will be able to...

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Photographing Birds in Flight

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Photographing Birds in Flight

Capturing photos of birds in flight is something I quite enjoy doing.  There is something about birds gliding through the air wings outstretched that is fascinating to watch and capture.  But to capture these images takes the right equipment, planning, patience, practise and just a bit of luck. The first element you need to successfully capture birds in flight is the right equipment, you need a good long lens.  For this I have the Sigma AF 100-300mm f/4 EX HSM APO, it is a great lens from my experience and from the experience of both Ken and Lawrie who also own this lens.  Though an important note with this lens is that Sigma no longer make it, so locating it in a store...

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Capturing Christmas Lights

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Techniques | 0 comments

Capturing Christmas Lights

Well, it’s Christmas time and the Christmas lights are lighting up our neighbourhoods.    It’s an enjoyable time of the year in which to spend the nights leading up to Christmas as special family time with the whole family going to see the magical displays put on by talented people. So, the lights are beautiful to look at, but what is the best way in which to capture the beauty and sparkle of the Christmas lights?  The best time to shoot Christmas lights is after the sun has gone down, but before it gets completely dark (twilight), as it is easier to balance between the existing fading light and the bright lights of the display.  You can also get good images...

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