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What’s in My Bag?

What’s in My Bag – Photography Resources Guide Cameras, lenses, accessories, software, storage & sharing. Find out what I use and recommend, and what I don’t…and download the PDF guide! “The right tools is half the job done.”   …but the right tools for me may not be the right tools for you…it depends on…
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Photography Basics in 3 Steps ( 3 Part Series )

Photography Basics in 3 Steps ( 3 Part Series ) Want a step by step guide to getting started in photography?  If you are having trouble getting off auto, you’ll love this guide If you love photography but you’re not confident with your camera, not happy with your results, struggling to get off Auto, or…
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Photography Basics in 3 Steps – Part 2

  Photography Basics 3 Part Series – Part 2 – Taking Action Make sure you’ve read Part 1 before you move into taking action! If you haven’t read Part 1, do that first because it’s no fun trying to do this stuff when you have no idea where the relevant cameral controls are. In Part…
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Photography Basics in 3 Steps – Part 3

Photography Basics 3 Part Series- Part 3 – Photo Finishing Make sure you’ve read Parts 1 & 2 and then you’ll be ready for the fun stuff! In Part 1 and Part 2 we went through your camera settings, how to use them, getting out and about and experimenting and getting a bit creative and…
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Monkeys in Februrary

New (ALL) Year Photography Goals

New (ALL) Year Photography Goals It’s already FEBRUARY and you know what that means!…now wait…it’s NOVEMBER!!! OMG this is insane…let’s do something before the year is gone altogether!!   All year you’ve been taking lots more photos – you’re committed – you’ve been downloading and editing them, and backing up like you know you should,…
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Should I put filters on my lenses

Why I Have Filters On My Lenses

So the question arises – again – “why do I need filters on my lenses?”  And as a picture can tell a thousand words…well…I’d show you a photo if I was thinking straight at the time but I was horrified – that my camera strap came apart – and yes – my 5DmkIII fell to…
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Lithium Battery Issues in Cold Weather

Smartphones or rather their lithium ion batteries are downright unreliable in the cold, and with the newer slimmer phones they are worse than ever… but there is more: I’ve been taking a lot of photos with the iPhone 6 lately and at the moment it is snowing where I live so I am often out…
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On1Effects Free

NEWSFLASH-Best Editing Software-FREE!

Update May 2016: In February this year On1 released a new version of its super awesome ON1 Effects 10 FREE editing software. Every now and again the guys at onOne Software give the best part of their photo editing suite away for free!!  That’s actually how I came to check it out myself and now it is…
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Fern Frond

This is What I like About Photographs

  This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect. ~Jodi Picoult There’s something magical about taking a great photo.  It’s why I want to inspire everyone to take better pictures…not only do you feel really good about it….you share that joy with everyone…
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Walking - Camera in Hand in Frame

Photography New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re going to take better photos this year, you need a plan…New Year’s resolutions for photographers So…I know “New Year’s Resolutions” are corny…but we all have aspirations.  How’s it going so far?? Time slips away doesn’t it…not to mention that it seems like every year it slips by faster than the one before… If…
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Why I don’t like the Exposure Triangle

The exposure triangle is a very common graphic illustration used to teach people about the 3 most important elements in photography.  No doubt you’ve seen it in various forms all over the internet as you searched for photography tips and tricks. Yes – I have created one for students too (it’s in the free access…
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Speed Strap instructions

How to Make a Speed Strap

Now don’t get me wrong – BlackRapid camera straps and accessories are awesome, but if you are not that flush with funds, then you can make your own with a few easy to get parts! First of all, the principle of this type of strap/sling, is to allow the camera to move freely and quickly from…
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Lanscape Composition ~

The First 4 Steps to Great Photos

There are thousands of articles full of tips and tricks and techniques to guide you to taking better photos, and it can all get very confusing, too technical, and overwhelming.  That’s why I like to break it down to what I believe to be the 4 key points to handle first. Focus on them one at…
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Rekindle Your Love of Photography – 5 Tips

You probably don’t need a better camera, you just need a few tips and some inspiration!     Whether you have just invested in a new good quality DSLR or Mirrorless camera or you have had one for some time now, do you find that you are disappointed with the photos that the camera takes? Did…
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Exposure Triangle

The Exposure Triangle – Free Cheat Sheet

There are lots of ways to explain the 3 most important factors in taking better photos – it’s a delicate balance between Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO –  and it’s not easy to imprint mentally – it takes time…we’ve got a variety of cheat sheets to illustrate it – if this one grabs you CLICK HERE to…
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How to Photograph the Moon

  There is always a buzz leading up to a Lunar Eclipse or ‘Blood Moon’ or even a ‘Super Moon’ and as I am writing this I am preparing to photograph tonight’s Blood Moon ( Oct 2014) so I thought I’d share some tips and tricks I use for photographing a full moon. The best shots…
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Metering Modes Made Simple

Metering Modes Made Simple Your camera’s metering modes can be very confusing…do you know they all mean??   Your camera’s metering modes can be a bit confusing…which one do you choose??     To achieve correct exposure, your camera has to evaluate the light reflecting from what it is seeing.  Your camera has a variety…
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Tip for buying filters

Photo Tip – How to save money on filters

I had a financial decision to make a little while ago when I decided my 3 polarising filters were DEAD – I needed a set of new polarising filters…;-(( At $200 a pop I was a bit overwhelmed – I can buy a whole lens with that!!! Here’s what I did…and it works great!  You…
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REVIEW – Veho MUVI X-Lapse 360 Rotating Camera Mount

I had the opportunity to review this nifty little gadget a couple of months ago and, well, then the winter rains came, as they do in the Australian High Country, so I waited a while so i could do something in a grand location of which there are plenty here, and waited, and more rain came down,…
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What to Do on Assignment in the Rain

We’d all like every photo assignment to be totally artistic and creative – just please someone give me a job taking photos of beautiful landscapes all day long….has that ever happened????….NOOO!!!!  Well I love photographing horses in action so this is the next best thing and exciting to watch…and there are always extra opportunities to…
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Lighthearted B+W ND Filter Review

I recently treated myself to a brand new and rather expensive B+W Neutral Density filter.  Actually it has been in my camera bag for a few months waiting for a high country nature based adventure to use it.  I have mostly Hoya filters and the B+W sticks out in my camera bag in it’s big…
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Camera Awesome editing app

The Best Camera App Now Available For Android Phones

December 2013 Camera Awesome is just that…(so is the company that produced it – Smugmug – I have my online gallery on their platform).  After 20 million downloads for iPhone, android users finally get to have it too…I’m on iPhone so I have had the pleasure of using it for a while now and it…
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Here’s a Great Christmas List Photography Nuts

Not only is this list  great to pass on to your loved ones as a hint hint….but it is a great list of the best of the best as tested by Popular Photography Magazine.  Page 2 & 29 are on my Christmas list…hint hint… 2013 Pop Awards: The Best Photography Gear of the Year |…
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Willys-Panorama-with info

Great Photos and Great Websites

I love online marketing and so it evolved that I also build websites for friends.  With my experience in photography, photoshop and design, I guess I am the allrounder who can do everything when someone needs a website built – website build, logo design, SEO, wordpress lessons…and of course they get amazing photos…here is one…
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Shoot Legendary Photos – PhotoPills Review

I think this is the photo tip of the year!   ‘PhotoPills’ – I just bought this app and cannot wait to use it – this is the best ever photo tool for landscape photographers. Actually, it would have saved HEAPS of time and driving while trying to plan the last super full moon… Generally…
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Earth Shattering Industry Changes…

  I cannot let go of my beloved full size pro Canon cameras and lenses at this point…but I was flicking through a few of my not too bad iphone photos yesterday, wishing I had bothered to drag out the big camera at those moments for higher quality commercially viable shots ….and I had to ponder again…
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Agora Gallery New York

Now this looks good!!

I received an email today from Agora Gallery  located in Chelsea – New York’s famous art district, with an invitation to submit a portfolio to review. A lot further away than I had in mind…but I have been thinking that I need to chase a few more Galleries further afield….New York would be just fine!…
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Photographic Philosophy Goes Equine

Just in time for the annual four day “Man From Snowy River Festival” which swamps my local town Corryong annually, some extra thoughtfully themed cards and framed prints.  
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Setting up The Joybus Exhibition

5 Galleries in 2 months!

So far, we’ve been able to get stock into five gallery stores around Regional Victoria/New South Wales border area with invitations to exhibit in The Grampians and Kyneton as well… Legends on Hansen ~ Corryong Hay Crafts ~ Corryong The Joybus ~ Barnawatha    
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The Snowy River Hilton

The Front Door of Bradleys Hut ~ Snowy Mountains Australia.The hut was built by stockmen for shelter in the days when cattle could graze on the higher peaks in the summer months. When the Kosciuszko National Park was created cattle grazing was no longer allowed but this hut, and others through the Snowy mountains, still…
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Cultivating Carrots

Wait for it……there’s a series coming!! “~Creative Carrot Quotes~” at the Photographic Philosophy Gallery! Heaps of fun but it’s actually more time consuming than anything else I do because after the standard final photo edit i have to make sure to leave appropriate space for text, find something profound to say that relates to the…
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Reminiscing on Exotic Travels – Photos of Peru

In 2008 – before I decided to get back into photography professionally, I went to an internet marketing seminar in the USA via a two week visit to Peru – seemed like a good idea…was just about flying straight over…sort of.  With my trusty Sony pocket camera I managed to take over 1000 photos, now…
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Inspirational Quotes and Great Art Photos

I have been wanting to create a special gallery of motivational / inspirational posters for a while now…the thing is that I have a huge amount of images that would suit inspiring quotes, but putting it all together  – finding images to match the quotes and visa versa – is time consuming and the added artwork…
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Head for the Coast

There is a little slice of heaven on the south east coast of New South Wales in Australia – bizarre but true – for some strange reason it is still undiscovered by the summer holiday crowds from the city and I should probably not say too much so that it stays that way!!  Where is…
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Rural Gallery Walwa

First Rural Gallery Prints!

Well I must say I am highly impressed with the new Metal Prints.  Printed into the metal, the image looks extremely vibrant and luminous.  They are tough, scratch resistant and ready to hang with a back plate which makes the print ‘float’ on the wall.  I took half a dozen Metal Prints to the local…
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