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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.

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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Fast Glass

I have an indoor event coming up that I will be photographing and every time I have an event I always consider how I might shoot it.

In the 4/3 lens lineup the zoom lenses are very fast but mayby not quite fast enough. I am considering picking up a Sigma 30mm f1.4 prime to use.

As luck would have it, I have been able to borrow one of these lenses for a few days and Have been putting it thru the paces to see if it is for me.

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CF Cards

When I was out shopping Today I spotted a Large CF card at a Price that was unheard of a few months ago. Knowing that you can never have too many cards, I decided to grab it while it was on special. (More)

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About Zoom

Well, now I have 3 zoom lenses that I use that cover a large range I decided to examine what each lens could do in a little more detail.

Using each lens, I took a series of photos of the same subject. I set each lens to the focal length that is marked on them and aimed at the same spot and tokk the images.

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Wide Angle

Well, I finally caved in and purchased the 11-22mm Wide angle Lens. I have been contemplating getting it for a little while and finally took the plunge.

I wanted it in order to do a shoot that I have coming up in about 5 weeks time and just knew that I should spend a bit of time getting to know it and how to use it.

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Monitor Calibration

I have been battling for a long time with my monitors. I run dual LCD monitors on my PC and when I am editing pictures I notice that there is a huge difference to the appearance of photos on each of the 2 monitors.

So, I treated myself to a little gift and purchased a little device that would help with calibrating my monitors.

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Filters

Filters are one of the important tools any photographer carries in their bag. There are a lot of different types of filters which are used for different things and depending on the situation can really enhance the photo that you capture. (More)

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time for a service

The rubber grip on one of my E300's has decided it no longer wants to stay attached to the camera. I have tried a couple of things to stick it back on and so far nothing has worked.

I have tried double sided tape, silicone and finally contact cement. I just cannot get the rubber to stick. Anyway, I was looking at the grip today and found that it is now a little bit bigger than the inset area where it goes - I guess that over the last 18 months it has stretched. I am going to call up Olympus and find out about getting it serviced.

I hope that It won't take too long to do as it is only 8 weeks until I go on holidays and I certainly don't want to go without it.

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Bag purchased

Well, I finally went out and took all my stuff with me and selected an equipment bag. In the end, it was not the one I was originally going to get.

I looked up on the net suitable bags, and found a local shop who stocks them and took all my gear that was ging to be packed into the bag with me. Firstly, I just put 1 camera with lens attached into each of the bags and put them on. It was pretty obvious to me within a few seconds which bags would not be too comfortable to carry. The just wearing a bag with something in it test actually only left me a choice of 1, with another one a close 2nd.

The one I ended up getting was the Lowepro Compu Trekker AW, and the 2nd choice was the Mini Trekker. These 2 bags are almost identical in size, except the Compu Trekker is just slighty more square at the top giving just a little bit more internal room. All up my bag and gear comes in at 8kg - which is right on the limit for airline carry on luggage.

The first thing I did was to load all my gear into the bag at the shop and I then went out to try it. I went to the top of Mount Lofty (overlooking Adelaide) grabbed my bag and took some photos. I swapped between having each camera in my hand shooting and having it in the Backpack. After an hour of walking around with the pack on my back I was pretty happy with my choice.

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A little about me

Well, I thought I should post a little info about who I am and a bit about my photography.

My fisrt experience in taking any sort of photos was way back in my childhood. I guess I was about 9 or 10 years old and went on holidays to a national park with my gran. She took all the grandchildern on a weeks holiday, 1 each year. During this Holiday, I was loaned a camera - don't even know what sort it was or anything and a couple of rolls of film. I took some photos and even had one of them of a waterfall blown up. I was hooked!

 

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photo equipment bags

Well, I have booked a holiday, and I am going to need a decent bag to pack most of my gear into to so I can take it with me. At the moment, I have a very small shoulder bag that will hold 1 camera, spare batteries, flash cards and Flash. For most things I do this is big enough, as I generally put 1 camera in the bag and I am carrying the other one.

But, as I am flying, I need to be able to pack everything into a nice bag for the flight to and from and for lugging around and taking pics while I'm away.

 

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