Whilst I was on a conference in the Bahamas I brought along my Fuji X-T1, it’s really light and easy to travel with and is really starting to win me over. When travelling it’s much easier if you can leave all the heavy lenses and camera bodies behind but in the past it’s come at a huge cost in image quality, with today’s Mirrorless camera technology it’s making cameras smaller, lenses smaller and price tags smaller. If you haven’t considered a mirrorless camera for yourself then maybe you should take a look, I hear the main objection is they’re too small and don’t look professional, and I don’t know if you’re trying to look like a professional photographer or take photos like a professional photographer, the Fuji X-T1 Will definitely help you with the second one. I really think that doesn’t matter and in fact unless you’re printing in a fashion magazine or gigantic billboards any camera will do. Let’s face it, most of us simply reduce the image size and post online anyway.
The photo below was taken in the breezeway at the Cove Atlantis, I really liked all the symmetrical Lines, the lights and the grand feeling that they have achieved with all the lighting and timber. This image is a combination of several exposures digitally blended using Photoshop. It was also quite busy so I used a longer shutter speed on most of the images to make all the people disappear, you should try it, it’s a lot of fun, go somewhere at night that’s busy, then open your shutter for 30 seconds and watch everyone disappear.
I was asked by one of my followers on Facebook to explain the settings I used to capture the image on the right so I thought it was a good idea to put together a video that will show you how to photograph waterfalls.
Waterfalls are fantastic to Photograph and with a little bit of knowledge and some practise you too can get waterfall shots with the ‘dreamy’ silky water effect.
It’s actually not that hard to do. In the video below I share with you my setting for this photo, and several others along with a bunch of tips and tricks, oh, and a couple of traps too!
Every year, I go to Fiji for my family vacation and you would think by now I would be use to the ‘condensation phenomena’ that comes with having camera gear in a cold air-conditioned room straight out into a humid and warm environment. It always takes one morning to be reminded… Luckily, my eyes don’t fog up and I still get to witness a beautiful sunrise.
I was still able to get the following shots, but to be honest, I missed the opportunity to shoot the best light because I was wanting for my gear to de-fog itself. The best way to combat this is to allow extra time, or, if you can, leave your gear outside of the air-conditioning (not always easy).
As I go through my lightroom catalogue I am reminded how much I would love to get back to Tasmania. This was early morning at Dove Lake, I was waiting for the cradle at the peak of the mountain to become visible… I love the mood of a good misty fog, it’s actually quite hard to really capture. Anyway, I think another trip to Tassie could be on the cards..
Given how cheap it is to travel and how quickly I can get to Tasmania, it’s somewhere I could visit more often. It’s just a matter of making it happen!
The trip I took this photo I was on a workshop with 7 other participants. It was March 2013 and whilst I enjoyed being part of a workshop, I doubt I would do another. I learnt that I actually like to be on my own sometimes, it is rare in this day and age that we get to spend any time alone, and I don’t just mean without anyone else around. I am talking about being without internet, phone and distractions of life.
Myself and my good buddy Rob Potter have now release 3 episodes of the Photowalk Guys podcast. You can find it in iTunes to have a listen and subscribe too!
During each episode we chat about all things photography, review a Photography Hot Spot and take a look at a bit of photography gear. We would love it if you were to add your rating to! It really would be appreciated.
I am calling this one the Devils Star – This location is at Whale Beach and is known as Devils Cauldron, only accessible at low tide, and even then was a bit hairy accessing this spot. Please SHARE this if you love it, I would appreciate it
I am on all sorts of social media, I thought I would share with you all the different spots you can find me. It is a jungle out there! With so many social media platforms I know you’r probably not on them all (me either). I would love to hear from you if you have a comment, question or just want to say hi!
Whenever I am in a place that has water movement, I just have to capture the essence and magic of the water movement. It is pretty easy to do, all you need is a sturdy tripod and a longer shutter speed than normal and you will be able to do the same. Just practice using the sink, hose, sprinkler or shower at home and you will soon master it.
It’s not often you get a deal like this. I love Topaz Adjust, in fact, the image below I used the Topaz Adjust software to bring out the colours and the details. It is really simple to use and it is really flexible too.
If you want to use a preset you can or you can do your own thing (if that’s your thing), what I do, is start with a preset and then muck around with the settings until I get what I am after.
Normally you would save 15% with my code: ON3LEGS, however, for August you can use the coupon code: augadjust and you will get a whopping 50% off!
This is one of my favourite locations for sunrise. It is Turimetta Beach here in Sydney. During low tide these rocks appear revealing a beautiful green moss.
Last Saturday we (The PhotoWALK Guys, aka Ben Fewtrell and Rob Potter) met at Bradley’s Head reserve. 85 People were registered for the walk, and we had around 60 turn up on the day.
It was a little bit of mayhem when we arrived, with 3 or 4 weddings in the reserve, it meant that parking was at a premium. Somehow, we scored parking!
Once the walk got underway, I spooled up my Blade 350QX quadcopter for a group shot and then flew around a little. I am really enjoying the 350QX, it is challenging to fly sometimes and gives me a unique photo.
Nature turned on a fab sunset and once the sun had dropped below the horizon, Rene fired up the steel wool to give the photo walkers something unique to capture, Albert and Rob then created light orbs and I think this is the part of a photo walk people love.
Someone did comment, that not much walking happens on our photo walks, and that is true, but we always have a good time!
If you’re looking for a way to make your images POP then Topaz Adjust is the tool you’re looking for. I use it on 90% of my photos, especially if I have used HDR. HDR tends to flatten the image a little and I find that Topaz Adjust will bring the details back to my image and really make it POP.
It’s so simple to use too! There’s a bunch of presets and I usually just pick one as a starting point and then make any tweaks I need.
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We will be there on Saturday the 9th of August, just chilling, and would love for you and anyone else to grab some kind of camera device and come down and join us.
We will meet at 4pm in the grass amphitheatre there, do our group shot, have a chat and then head off to have some fun and take some great photos. Sunset is at 5:20pm with the photowalk scheduled to finish around 6:30pm.
Bradleys Head is a great location and we hope you will join us. CLICK HERE to find out more or RSVP
See you there!