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A journey in Photography and sharing of how I go about taking various types of photos. Discussions include software and camera equipment and how to make the most of your equipment in a given situation.

Photography Competitions

It has been a while since I have written - but something that arrived in my email today really sparked up my Interest.

The email arrived via the contact form on my photoblog and I thought that it was a worthy thing to share with my Readers.

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HDR to extend Dynamic Range

Over the last few years you have probably heard about and seen some HDR or High Dynamic Range photos.  There is basically 2 types of HDR images that you see - the ones that have very vivid and almost cartoonish appearance and the ones you don't recognise as being processed this way.  Well, whenever I use this technique I am for the end result to not be recognised as an HDR if I can help it.  It is a process I use very sparingly.

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Infra Red and Camera Choice

While out recently I came across a scene that I thought would make an interesting IR shot. I have not done any IR shots since I got my New Camera and took a little bit of time exploring the possibilites and how well it compared to my older Camera in this Regard. (More)

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Same scene, different perspective

When you are out taking photos you don't always realise that a very small change in what you are doing can bring about a vastly different image.  Well, it happened to me when I was out and about and the results - well look for yourself! (More)

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Price rise or ripoff?

Today I headed down to my preferred local photo kiosk only to get a very rude shock when it came to pricing. Let me take a look at a few things before I get to specifices as to why I was shocked!

I usually only print photos at 6x8 or larger and quite a while ago I took a few prepared photos to all of the local places and got prints to compare the quality and service.  I found 2 places (out of about 6 or 7 that I tested) that I was both happy with the price, convenience and service.  Ok, I really found 3, but the 3rd place is the pro lab that I trust my larger prints to (and only use when I have a large quantity of smaller prints to do).

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Opportunities

Photo opportunites can be found almost anywhere. When you think of taking photos you do not need to look very far to find some great things to take photos of.  I am bringing this up because I often hear and see forum comments that people cannot find things to take photos of.

To that, my usual reply is that you are simply not looking!

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Rural Panorama

I have just found the time to get around to processing several photos I took a couple of months ago. The photos were taken as a panorama image and I have finally joined them all together to create the 1 image.

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Food photography

Everyone at one time has a go at food photography. Yes, I have had a go in the past and failed miserably! Taking photos of food and having it look good is not so easy.

I want to show a couple of my recent food photos and talk about how I made the shot. Over the last week, I set up 2 distinctly different "shoots" and worked them until I got what I was looking for.

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Supporting structures

Well, tripods to be exact.  In the last week I finally got around to going out and getting a new tripod. For too long I have been getting by with a good tripod that has a lousy head on it and finally did something about it.

I went along to the local store with my Camera with my biggest, heaviest lens attached to it to find a suitable combo for my needs. (More)

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Let the pictures tell a story

Using a series of photos to tell a story sounds like something that is pretty easy to do. As the theme for Assignment #1 at fourthirdsphoto was to do just this I decided to put together a story in images.

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Motion

Taking a photograph that implies something is moving can be a bit of a challenge. There are few ways of actually doing it and from some photos I took a few days ago of the Adelaide Classic bkie race - a pre-cursor of the Tour down under, I will demonstrate 2 different techniques that imply motion.

The Bike race was a great opportunity not only to see some of the best cyclists in the world go head to head in 25 laps on the street circuit but to grab a camera and take some photos of the event as well!

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New Camera

About a week ago I got a new Camera - I moved up to the Olympus E3 DSLR. The Olympus E3 is the new Flagship pro DSLR and has a whole lot of advanced features compared to my ageing E300 Camera.

I won't go into an in-depth review on it as there are plenty of reviews to be found on the net. What I will say is just a simple statement:

The E3 is a wonderful tool that doesn't get in the way of taking photos.

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Ebook Review

I came across an e-book recently that I thought is worthwhile.

The e-book title is "YOUR GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY" and it has 5 major sections in it.

This book is aimed at the beginner to intermediate photographer who wants to learn how to use their Digital Camera to take better photos. What I liked about this book is that it is easy to read and basically takes over where your Camera manual leaves off. Your camera manual will tell you all about your camera controls and how to download your photos to your computer and not much more.

Well, this e-book takes you beyond that in an easy to read style and starts with the basics and builds on them to have you taking better photos in no time. I really wish that this book had been available all those years ago when I got my firts (and second) digital Camera - it would have made the learning so much easier. 

The book is not expensive and you can get a copy of  "YOUR GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY" with instant download available.

 

EDIT: If you want a preview of this book there is a Free Mini version available. The free version covers just 1 topic out of each of the 5 sections and will give you a good idea as to the way the book is written and the information is presented. 

 

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Timing is everything

I had a message from a friend a few days ago mentioning that there was a particular rural scene that might have photographic potential. He was driving thru the area and didn't have his camera or the time to explore the possibilities. As this location is only about a 1/2 hour drive, after work I headed out with my camera to see what I could make of it.

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Christmas Cards

Over the last couple of weeks I have been slowly collecting a selection of "props" that I need. I have been purchasing items that I can put together to make my own Christmas Cards. I could be like everyone else and go out and buy cards, but then they would not have the unique and personal qualities of a hand made card.

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