Hi there - I will be using this page to post notes about shoots that I have been completing, notes on venues where I have worked and generally some thoughts about what I am up to.
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I should say now that like the Holden Vs Falcon days of bitter rivalry, there are really only two giant photographic companies bending the ears of the pros.
I am a Nikon user. Prior to digital I was a staunch Canon user and still have that gear for work with 35mm. Nikon made a smart move by staying with the trusted and time proven mount thereby enabling their lenses built over 50 years ago or more to be used on the digital SLRs that are in their range today. A great site to get an unbiased view on any camera is dpreview.com - check it out.
If you are uncertain why not attend one of my private training sessions on how to use a digital camera. look under the section on Personal Training.
The retailers are generally biased towards one of the big names where the biggest margin is made. A good place to check prices on items is DWI a Sydney based agency, but whether you use that supplier is entirely up to you.
Equipment to take when travelling
This can be a real challenge these days when we all seem to travel with so many electrical items. A lot also depends on what you want to shoot and how serious you are. So what do I have in my bag of goodies:
- My Nikon SLR
- A good all round lense that gives coverage of 18mm to 270mm (this being a Tamron - its covers the full range yet is light and compact).
- A spare battery and a charger
- A spare 16/32/64GB card or two
- A small but strong tri-pod (be careful as a lot of museums/galleries will not let you use these in doors but they are great for night time)
- Lens cleaning cloth
- Cable to transfer images from the camera to a computer, an iPad or other secondary storage device. NOTE I never take the card out of the camera to transfer images, always use a cable
- A neutral density filter- this acts like a pair of sun glasses and really helps bring out great colours
- An Australian designed power board (with auto cut out) to handle over night charging of the camera, my iPad, the mobile phone, the computer and an all country power adaptor
I back up my images to a computer and then to a secondary storage device.
Take a look at some of the images I have loaded under Personal Training to get a varied view of what is possible with digital photography. The images are from all over the world and I am sure you will recognise many of them. More to be added soon. One aspect that I have learnt the hard way is how much gear does one take on a trip.
Bayside Food Festival
A fine but coolish Friday night saw me at Sandringham and the Bayside Food Festival.
Some innovative and interesting stalls, lots to do for the kids and some reasonably good bands playing.
Many stalls selling food (some really yummy).
This was another fund raiser run by the Bellevue Project team.
It was a good night but started to get a bit cool.
Here are some images. There are more on the bellevueproject.com.au site.
Benny - Guitar Man
This shoot was undertaken in some back lanes in Fitzroy, a really interesting area but probably too be avoided at night.
Benny Mayhem is a singer-guitar player who was after images for his web site and for publicity material.
He was with a band and his now pursuing a solo career.
It was good fun although the weather was not kind.