Photography


Battery charging and life

Who’s been in a situation where you are about to take that great camera shot in your travels, and then your camera battery goes flat – nightmare! And then you find out you don’t have any backup battery – even worse. Don’t put yourself in the situation and be proactive as to your camera or electronic good use. When buying batteries, information will be supplied in regards to how many shots or live time the battery will last for.

Always carry more batteries than you anticipate and make sure they are fully charged. In order to do this, I’ve gone on eBay and searched the model number of the battery for my camera and purchased more to suit my needs. Also purchased additional charges specifically suited for the batteries. What you can do is every night when you return to your accommodation or hotel you put the flat batteries to charge and then organise your batteries on a rotating system, where you always will have batteries charges and ready. You should always have one full day’s use of electronics back in your luggage and charged, ready to go.

More information on batteries and tips are found here:
• Lonely Planet – Battery Tips – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/africa/travel-tips-and-articles/77608

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Backup memory cards

In addition to battery considerations, memory card use is an important factor, as both aspects relate to one another. You can have as many batteries as you like, but will be limited by the amount of shots left on the memory card. For myself I have gone to the national stationery supplier (in Australia being Officeworks) and purchased as many memory cards I felt is sufficient (in my case 10 x 4gb scandisk cards). If living in Australia, i find it cheaper to buy the cards before you travel.

Smaller memory cards but more of them is better, compared to memory cards with larger memory and not as many. The reason behind this, is to ensure the safety of your memory cards that are already full of photos, which you can put aside in your hotel safe. What’s also good is in the case you have your camera stolen, a smaller percentage of photos taken will be on the memory card within the camera.

Complementing the memory cards and to have these organised, a good way is to go on eBay and find ‘memory card holders’. They are like miniature folders where clear transparent pockets hold the memory cards. In order to be really organised, I have my memory cards numbered, so that you can start to use the cards in order and keep track of your usage. It works very well when travelling.

More information on how best to utilise your camera memory cards are found here:
• Adorama – Memory card advice for cameras – http://www.adorama.com/alc/0014240/article/Memory-Card-Advice-for-Travel-Photography-How-Much-Do-You-Need
• Digital camera world – Essential digital camera tips and tricks – http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2011/02/03/44-essential-digital-camera-tips-and-tricks/

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Digital Cameras

Selecting the digital camera to suit your needs, (especially with the amount of choice and accessories in the market) can be overwhelming for the keen photographer. You want something that is portable, discreet and with all the modern features.

With this in mind, I my decision making leads me to be enticed by Interchangeable lens camera, rather than the more traditional SLR cameras. I made the mistake of travelling overseas with an SRL camera and after being sick of the bulk and weight; I just ditched and reverted back to the simple point and shoot camera I had. When travelling, it became challenging to be discreet when taking photos and also felt a bit of a target for crooks looking for an opportunity to pounce – as the draws attention to the fact that you are a cash laden tourist. For that and other reasons, it led me to sell my SLR camera.

At a lower price point the usual ‘point and shoot’ cameras also offer value for money and photo quality. It pays to do your homework in regards to user reviews, features and other aspects which meet your photography needs.

You’ll find more information on which camera to pick and other information on the Travel resources page.

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How to keep your camera gear safe while travelling.

As mentioned before, its best to have a discreet sized camera so you don’t draw unwanted attention to yourself whilst travelling. Even with an ICL camera, you are still vulnerable to the opportunism from thieves.

Digital photography school (http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-keep-camera-gear-safe-while-traveling), shares some great tips as to how you can maintain personal security and still be able to access your camera when required.

Use an Old Bag – Some people suggest bringing an old bag to carry your camera and gear. I personally I don’t do this (I haven’t found the right bag!) but I do think it is an excellent idea. The bag need not be decrepit, just worn-in and not appearing to be a camera bag. The two types of thieves we are trying to protect against here are opportunists and professionals. Opportunists are looking for likely subjects and a flashy new camera bag will attract them. –

Swap Cards Often One of the great aspects of modern memory cards is the size. They are huge! And can store thousands of photos. Trying not to get sucked into the ‘bigger is better’ mentality as it will leave all your eggs in one basket. Swap your cards out often and rotate them around, placing them in unlikely places if you are very worried about being robbed.

Do this especially if you have not brought a laptop or external drive to backup photos (see next item). Just captured the best sunset ever? Great! Take the card out and put it in your sock or money belt (if it is well hidden). When you get home the software on your home computer will be able to sort all the images by capture time, so don’t worry about getting them out of order.“

The best tip is to not constantly walk around in your travels with the camera on show. You can still have accessibility to your camera but keep it hidden away. Then after you have finished shooting photos, return your camera back into the bag.

It may sound anti social, but I’m hesitant to hand my camera to a total stranger when you want an image of yourself (especially if it’s not a point and shoot camera). It’s really a personal choice, but if the stranger is cheeky they can simply run off with your camera and you’ll be left looking like a fool. If you must then ask, someone such as a waiter or shop keeper or official (e.g. police etc) where you are near, to take the image for you. That way you know they can’t go anywhere and have some sort of surety that nothing

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PHOTOGRAPHY


Photography – Applications / Service Providers

500 px (Online photo galleries and showcasing) – https://500px.com/
Blurb (Photo albums and hard copy book creation) – http://www.blurb.com

Dronestagram – http://www.dronestagr.am/

Facebook – 360 degree Video – https://360video.fb.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/get-started/360-video
Flickr (Online Photo galleries and storage) – http://www.flickr.com
Fusion year books – http://www.fusionyearbooks.com/
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com

Harvey Norman Photo centre (Printing) – http://www.harveynormanphotos.com.au/
Hyper lapse – iPhone – https://hyperlapse.instagram.com/
– Lapse it (Android)

Google Photos – https://photos.google.com/
Google – photo sphere – https://www.google.com.au/maps/streetview/publish/

Magnum – Photo portal – https://www.magnumphotos.com/
Moo – Cards and photo printing – https://www.moo.com/au/
Momento (Online photo product creation) – http://www.momento.com.au/
Photography hot spots Australia – http://photographyhotspots.com.au/
Picfair (online photo selling) – https://www.picfair.com/
Picmonkey (Photo storage)- http://www.picmonkey.com/

Polabora (Online instagram photo prints – polaroid style) – https://www.polabora.com/

Red bubble (Print stickers, photos, postcards and much more) – http://www.redbubble.com
Shutterfly (Photo printing from instagram) – https://www.shutterfly.com/print-your-instagram-images
Social print studio (Instagram photo prints) – http://www.printstagr.am/

Travelshoot – Overseas holidays professional photoshoots – http://travelshoot.com/


Photo editors

Adobe Photoshop (including lightroom and camera raw) – http://www.adobe.com/au/products/photoshopfamily.html

Capture One – https://www.phaseone.com/en/Download.aspx
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com
Pixlr (Online photo editor) – http://pixlr.com/editor/
Snapseed – Photography editing app by google – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&hl=en

VSCO – Photo taking app and image editing – http://vsco.co/
VSCO – Grid (Featured images) – http://grid.vsco.co/grid/1
VSCO – Store – http://vsco.co/store


Photography – Resources / Tips

– Includes photography awards

Australian Centre for photography (Sydney) – Short courses and exhibitions – https://www.acp.org.au/

Australian centre for contemporary photography (Melbourne – Fitzroy) – – Short courses and exhibitions – http://www.ccp.org.au/

Australian institute of professional photography – http://www.aipp.com.au/

Australian photography magazine – http://www.australianphotography.com/
Australian Photography awards – http://www.australianphotographyawards.com.au/

Australian Professional Photography Awards (Awarded in August to October) – http://www.aippappa.com/
– Event held in Melbourne

British institute of professional photography – http://www.bipp.com/

Camera Labs – Photography tips and technique guides – http://www.cameralabs.com/photography_tips/camera_tutorials_guides_books.shtml
Canon – Camera resources and tips – http://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal and photobootcamp – http://photobootcamp.canon.com.au/

Canon Collective – Photographic events – https://www.canon.com.au/collective
Canon – Explore portal – https://www.canon.com.au/explore
– ** Learning tutorials – https://www.canon.com.au/explore/learning

Canon social media
https://www.instagram.com/canonaustralia/
https://www.instagram.com/canoncollectiveofficial/
http://www.facebook.com/canonaustralia
https://www.youtube.com/user/CanonAustralia

Clique (Photographers association – by the age and Nikon) – http://www.smh.com.au/national/clique/news-and-competitions
CNET – Photography how-to and tips – http://www.cnet.com/topics/photography/how-to/
Co-operative of Photography (Tips and Photographic community) – http://www.cooph.com/

Digital Camera World – http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/
Digital Picture – (Photography technique and use tips) – http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/

Facebook Group – Free Australian Photographers Support Community – https://www.facebook.com/groups/fapsc/

Gizmodo (Technology) – http://www.gizmodo.com.au/

Herald sun – Snap Melbourne – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/snapmelbourne
Imaging resource – http://www.imaging-resource.com/
ISO 100 (Online photography learning) – http://www.iso100.com.au/about/

Learning photography – Leanne cole photography – http://leannecolephotography.com/
Light Stalking (Photography tips) – http://www.lightstalking.com/

National geographic – Your shot (Photography submissions) – http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/
National geographic – Photographer of the year – http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photographer-of-the-year-2017/
National geographic – Nature photographer of the year – http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/
National geographic – Travel photographer of the year – http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/travel-photos/

Olympus Camera Blog – http://www.olympus.com.au/Learn-Explore/Imaging-Blog.aspx
Olympus vision project – http://www.olympusvisionproject.com.au/

Olympus – Photo showcase Australia – http://olympusphere.com/aus
Outdoor photographer of the year – http://www.opoty.co.uk/
Peta Pixel – Photography gear portal – http://petapixel.com/

Phoblographer (The)- http://www.thephoblographer.com/
Photoh (Australian Photography classes and groups in most major cities) – http://photoh.com.au/
Polarr – (Comprehensive guide to photo editing and terms) https://www.polarr.co/guide/
Popular Photography – http://www.popphoto.com/

Shotkit (Gear of notable photographers revealed) – http://shotkit.com/

Shutter stock – https://www.shutterstock.com/
– Shutter stock – Blog – https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/

Skypixel – Aerial photography portal – https://www.skypixel.com/
– Australian events – https://www.skypixel.com/events/australia

Timelapse Photography Network – http://timelapsenetwork.com/

Top photo spots – Interactive portal – https://photospots.mwong.ch/
World Photography Association (Including Sony world photography awards) – http://www.worldphoto.org/about-the-sony-world-photography-awards/

World press photo – https://www.worldpressphoto.org/


Blogger photography tips

Aqua Bumps – photography – http://www.aquabumps.com/
Chris Bray – Photography Tips – http://www.chrisbray.net/photography_tips.php

*** Digital Photography School (Online photography ebooks on various photography styles and courses) – http://digital-photography-school.com/
Do you travel – Light room filters – https://doyoutravelxgypsealust.com/collections/lightroom-presets-1/products/bali-collection

Gary Aytons photography Wikipedia Tips – http://www.ayton.id.au/wiki/doku.php?id=start
Katchup – photography learning blog – https://blog.katchup.com/

Stuck in Customs (HDR and landscape photography tips) – http://www.stuckincustoms.com/

Wandering Lens – Photography Tips – http://www.thewanderinglens.com/category/photography/


Camera Workshops
Canon – https://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/imageSpectrum/Community/collective-home
Fujifilm –
Go Pro –
Olympus – https://www.olympus.com.au/Learn-Explore/Workshops-Events/Workshops-And-Events.aspx
Nikon –


Photography – Types of photography
– Timelapse
– Light painting
– Lomography (and Lomography cameras) – https://www.lomography.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomography

Post Processing genres
– Cinemagraph image (Moving element in a overall still image)

Photography – Technical considerations
– Raw image format (Vs JPG / JPEG

Photography aspects
– Class
– Tours
– Bloggers
– Photography service or company ambassador

Photoshoot locations (Notable / ideas)
– Man-made water studio – private
– Piers
– Beach resorts


Photography – Professional Photo library inspiration, outlets and press agencies
Agence France Presse – http://www.afp.com/
Age Photography – http://www.theage.com.au/national/photography
AP Images – http://www.apimages.com/ and http://www.ap.org/
Australian Associated press – http://aap.com.au/
Getty Images – http://www.gettyimages.com.au/
Reuters images – https://pictures.reuters.com/
Time photography – https://www.facebook.com/timemagazinephoto and http://time.com/photography/lightbox/
World press photo – http://www.worldpressphoto.org/


Photography – Notable photographers – paid
*Refer to bloggers page **


Photography – Retailers, Manufacturers, Resellers and Buying Guides

Includes – Photo walking tours or workshops held by photographic companies

Types:
– Drones
– 3d Cameras
– 360c cameras

Specific resources –

Amazon – Cameras and Lenses – http://www.amazon.com/Camera-Photo-Film-Canon-Sony/b/ref=sd_allcat_p?ie=UTF8&node=502394
Amazon – Lenses only – http://www.amazon.com/Lenses/b/ref=dp_bc_3/178-6500119-3037244?ie=UTF8&node=499248

Borge (Store and Rental – Melbourne) – http://www.borge.com.au/
Camera hire Australia – http://www.camerahire.com.au/
Camera house – http://www.camerahouse.com.au/

Camera Labs (Camera buying portal – guides to lenses and bodies) – http://www.cameralabs.com/
Camera Lane (Store) – http://www.cameralane.com.au/
Camera Pro (Store) – https://www.camerapro.com.au/

Canon Cameras (Manufacturer) – https://www.canon.com.au/
– Canon – Camera range – http://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/Products/Cameras-and-Accessories
– Canon – Camera lens range – https://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/Products/Cameras-and-Accessories/Camera-Lenses
– Canon EOD M3 Camera (Mirrorless camera) – https://www.canon.com.au/cameras/eos-m3

Digital Camera Warehouse (Store) – http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/
Digi direct – http://www.digidirect.com.au/
Digital Picture (The) – (Camera buying portal – guides to lenses and bodies) – http://www.the-digital-picture.com/

DP Review (Digital Photography products and camera reviews) – http://www.dpreview.com

Drones –

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International – http://www.auvsi.org/home
Can I fly there – Australian drone safety and areas allowed app – https://www.casa.gov.au/droneapp
DXO Mark – Mobile phone camera reviews – https://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles

Drone stores:
– Just Drones – https://justdrones.com.au/
– JBHifi – https://www.jbhifi.com.au/cameras/camera-drones/
– Rise above – http://www.riseabove.com.au/
– Harvey norman – http://www.harveynorman.com.au/cameras-printers-photocentre/drones/drones

Drone Makers
– Drone Manufacturers – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Unmanned_aerial_vehicle_manufacturers

– DJI- http://store.dji.com/
– Parrot – https://www.parrot.com/us/Drones
– Zero X – http://zero-x.com.au/
– DJI – https://www.dji.com/

Fujifilm Cameras (Manufacturer) – http://www.fujifilm.com.au/
– Lenses and Professional Cameras – http://www.fujifilm.com.au/pro-cameras

– Fujifilm instax (Instant photo cameras and instant photo film) – http://www.fujifilm.com.au/products/instant_photo

Gopro (Manufacturer) – http://gopro.com/ and
– Australian official Gopro store – https://shop.gopro.com/APAC/ and
https://shop.gopro.com/APAC/cameras/

– Mounts and accessories – https://shop.gopro.com/APAC/mounts-accessories

Gopro buyers guide – http://www.goprobuyersguide.com/

Hoya Filters – http://www.hoyafilter.com/

*** Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Summary – Wikipedia)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirrorless_interchangeable-lens_camera
IOptron (Star / Night sky Photography using ‘Skytracker’ Camera attachement) – https://www.ioptron.com/

Joby (Camera equipment and accessories) – https://joby.com/

Lee Lens Filters

Lens Hero (Compare lenses) – http://lenshero.com/
Lucky Straps (Camera straps) – https://www.luckystraps.com.au/

Manfrotto (Camera equipment and accessories) – https://www.manfrotto.com/

Melbourne Camera Rental Centre – http://melbourne.camerarental.biz/
* Michaels Cameras (Melbourne Camera Retailer – often have camera events) – http://www.michaels.com.au/ and camera school – http://school.michaels.com.au/

Nikon Cameras (Manufacturer) – http://www.nikon.com.au/ and http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/home and https://mynikonlife.com.au/
– Official store – https://store.mynikonlife.com.au/
– Lenses range – http://store.mynikonlife.com.au/nikkor-lenses

Olympus Imaging (Manufacturer) – http://www.olympus.com.au/
– Olympus Pen Camera Range – https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/Olympus-Pen
– Olympus OMD Camera – https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/Olympus-OM-D
– Olympus Camera Lens Range Portal – http://lensadvisor.olympus-imaging.com/en-au/
– Olympus Zuiko lens Range – http://cameras.olympus.com/zuiko/en-au/

Oz lens rentals – https://ozlensrental.com.au/
Panasonic (Camera and lenses – Manufacturer) – http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix-cameras-video-cameras.html

Polaroid (Instant photo cameras) – https://www.polaroid.com.au/
– Instant camera – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_camera

Sigma Lenses (Manufacturer) – https://sigmaphoto.com.au/
– Lenses – https://sigmaphoto.com.au/lenses and http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses

Sirui Tripods

Snapsort (Compare Cameras) – http://snapsort.com
Tamron Lenses – http://www.tamron.com.au/
Tech radar – Camera and device comparison – http://www.techradar.com
* Ted’s Cameras (Melbourne Camera retailer – often have camera events) – http://www.teds.com.au/
Think tank photo (Camera bags) – https://www.thinktankphoto.com/
* Toms guide (Camera reviews, type rankings and more) – http://www.tomsguide.com/t/cameras/
* Top ten reviews (Digital camera reviews, rankings and ratings) – http://digital-cameras.toptenreviews.com/

Zeiss Camera lenses – https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/int/home.html
Zomei Tripods


Photography – Camera Gear (Recommended)

Cameras:
– Canon 60D (SLR)
– Canon 5d
– Canon G7x (Compact Camera)
– Canon s120 (Compact Camera)
– Olympus OMD (Interchangeable lens Camera)
– Olympus Pen E-PL5 (Interchangeable lens Camera)
– Canon s120

Camera – Lenses:
– 24 to 70mm lens

Camera – Accessories:

Video / Active media:
– Go pro hero 4

Video / Active media – Accessories:
– Underwater housing


Photography – Underwater Cameras – Specific Resources

Gopro (Underwater freindly and action camera / video) – http://gopro.com/
Gopro – Accessories – Dive housing – http://shop.gopro.com/APAC/accessories
Gopro – Mounts – http://shop.gopro.com/mounts
Top ten reviews – Underwater Camera reviews and Ratings – http://underwater-cameras-review.toptenreviews.com/
Toms Guides – Best underwater Cameras – http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-waterproof-cameras,review-2194.html


Photography – Olympus EPL-5 – Specific Resources

Lens Hero – Top and recommended lenses – http://lenshero.com/lenses/Olympus-PEN-E-PL5-lens
Olympus – E-PL5 Summary Page – https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/CompactSystem-Cameras/PEN-Bodies/E-PL5.aspx

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