Tips & Tricks

New Year Photography Goals

Monkeys in Februrary

  It’s already FEBRUARY and you know what that means… For a whole month 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, and going to the gym, eating lots of vegetables…you’ve been getting up early for the sunrise, taking your…

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Why I Have Filters On My Lenses

Should I put 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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This is What I like About Photographs

Fern Frond

  This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect. ~Jodi Picoult You can grab the full size version at the gallery here:

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Photography New Year’s Resolutions

Walking - Camera in Hand in Frame

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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How to Make a Speed Strap

Speed Strap instructions

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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The First 4 Steps to Great Photos

Lanscape Composition ~

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

The 12 Apostles Australia -

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 you expect…

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Take Great Photos get it free

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The Exposure Triangle – Free Cheat Sheet

Exposure Triangle

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 cheat sheet -

You camera’s Metering Modes can be a bit confusing…which one do you choose?? To achieve correct exposure, you camera has to evaluate the light reflecting from what it is seeing.  Your camera has a variety of metering options to fine tune it’s light metering ability depending on the situation at hand. The following information is…

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Photo Tip – How to save money on filters

Tip for buying 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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