Christmas Tree Bokeh

Well what better way to celebrate Christmas than with lots of cool out of focus photographs? These aren’t any normal out of focus photos, these are Christmas themed out of focus photos. First to Wikipedia for the science: “Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. However, differences in lens aberrations and aperture…

Photoshop, how much is too much?

Photoshop, How much is too much?

Good questions Lee. Well my opinion has changed considerably as I learn my craft and try to perfect the art of image making. Yes as a photographer we make images. First we pre-visualise an image, then capture the scene using our camera, and finally we process the resulting image to some degree. This can either happen…

Photoshop post processing workflow

Yes I use photoshop, most photographers do these days. Is it cheating, no….if you would like to hear my justification here it is: Do you use photoshop? How much Photoshop do I use? Well I’ll let you decide, here’s a video starting from the output of my RAW file, gradually adding each layer to the…

AIPP The Event

Being a new member to the AIPP I was extremely excited to attend this years AIPP ‘The Event’ in Hunter Valley, Australia. As an added bonus Robert Gatto the MD of Kayell invited me to a private dinner at the amazing Tempus Two Winery. I was sat at the big boys table with Peter Eastway…

Good Photoshop technique

Good Photoshop technique is paramount to giving your images pop whilst maintaining a realistic result using invisible non destructive adjustments. When displaying small web sized images you really can get away with a multitude of sins. It’s not until we look at an image at 100% magnification you can tell if a photographer really knows…

Railay Bay

Shoot East or West?

On a trip to Railay Bay in the beautiful Thailand last week I was posed with the dilemma, do I shoot into the sun or in the opposite direction at sunrise and sunset? Railay Bay is a landlocked peninsula with two beaches facing West, and a dense mangrove bay facing East. For the most part…

My first dSLR

So which dSLR should I get? Well there are a few things to consider, here are my recommendations: Which flavour? First up you need to decide on a brand. In reality there is no wrong decision although you might think so later down the track. Nikon’s are better in low light, but Canon’s do video…

f-stop Tilopa camera bag review

F-Stop Tilopa Back Country

Is there anything such as the perfect camera bag? Read on to see how the F-Stop Tilopa BC stacks up. The Lowepro Mini Trekker camera backpack I have been using for years has lasted me really but was not suitable for a trip I had planned to the snow. It has limited space for extra…