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 –


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 –
• Digital camera world – Essential digital camera tips and tricks –


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.


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 (, 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



Photography – Applications / Service Providers

500 px (Online photo galleries and showcasing) –
Blurb (Photo albums and hard copy book creation) –

Dronestagram –

Facebook – 360 degree Video – and
Flickr (Online Photo galleries and storage) –
– Now aquired by Smug mug – Smugmug –
Fusion year books –
Instagram –

Harvey Norman Photo centre (Printing) –
Hyper lapse – iPhone –
– Lapse it (Android)

Google Photos –
Google – photo sphere –

Magnum – Photo portal –
Moo – Cards and photo printing –
Momento (Online photo product creation) –
Photography hot spots Australia –
Picfair (online photo selling) –
Picmonkey (Photo storage)-

Polabora (Online instagram photo prints – polaroid style) –

Red bubble (Print stickers, photos, postcards and much more) –
Shutterfly (Photo printing from instagram) –
Social print studio (Instagram photo prints) –

Travelshoot – Overseas holidays professional photoshoots –

Photo editors

Adobe Photoshop (including lightroom and camera raw) –

Capture One –
Instagram –
Pixlr (Online photo editor) –
Snapseed – Photography editing app by google –

VSCO – Photo taking app and image editing –
VSCO – Grid (Featured images) –
VSCO – Store –

Photography – Resources / Tips

– Includes photography awards

ABC Photography Australia – ABC Open – Media Tips and workshops –

Australian Centre for photography (Sydney) – Short courses and exhibitions –

Australian centre for contemporary photography (Melbourne – Fitzroy) – – Short courses and exhibitions –

Australian cinematographers society hq Sydney –

Australian geographic nature photographer of the year –

Australian institute of professional photography –

Australian photography magazine –
Australian Photography awards –

Australian Professional Photography Awards (Awarded in August to October) –
– Event held in Melbourne

British institute of professional photography –

Camera Labs – Photography tips and technique guides –

Canon – Camera resources and tips – and photobootcamp –

Canon – Camera assist – Learn how to use your camera –

Canon – Stories and photography tips –
Categories – Travel, Nature Low Light Street Family Sport Macro

Canon Collective – Photographic events –
Canon – Explore portal –
– ** Learning tutorials –

Canon – Challenges – Leap -

Canon social media
– Instagram –
– Instagram –
– Facebook –
– Youtube –

Canon – Experience store Melbourne – Events, talks, exhibitions –

Canon – Sun studios Melbourne – Camera rental, events and more –
– Rent –

Clique (Photographers association – by the age and Nikon) –
CNET – Photography how-to and tips –
Co-operative of Photography (Tips and Photographic community) –

Digital Camera World –
Digital Picture – (Photography technique and use tips) –

Facebook Group – Free Australian Photographers Support Community –

Gizmodo (Technology) –

Hasselblad Masters Photography Awards –

Herald sun – Snap Melbourne – Mid November –
Imaging resource –

ISO 100 (Online photography learning) –

Learning photography – Leanne cole photography –

Leica Cameras – Akademie – Photographic blog tips

Light Stalking (Photography tips) –

National geographic – Your shot (Photography submissions) –
National geographic – Photographer of the year –
National geographic – Nature photographer of the year –
National geographic – Travel photographer of the year –

National photographic portrait prize -Australia —

Olympus – Photography community –
Olympus – Blog –
Olympus – Social hub –
Olympus Camera Blog –
Olympus vision project –
Olympus – Photo showcase Australia –

Olympus USA
– Facebook –
– Learn center –

– Tips –
Travel –
Food –
Pets –
Birds –
Portraits –
Wildlife –
Landscapes and nature –
Macro –
Sports –
Astronomy –
Holidays –
Underwater –
Trains, aircraft and automobiles –
Fireworks and light trails –
Street and city –
Capturing video –

– Videos-

– Gallery –
– Events and workshops –
– Visionaries –
– Lens selector –
– Pick your adventure –

Outdoor photographer of the year –
Peta Pixel – Photography gear portal –

Phoblographer (The)-
Photoh (Australian Photography classes and groups in most major cities) –

Photography awards -
Polarr – (Comprehensive guide to photo editing and terms)
Popular Photography –

Shotkit (Gear of notable photographers revealed) –

Shutter stock –
– Shutter stock – Blog –

Skypixel – Aerial photography portal –
– Australian events –

Timelapse Photography Network –

Top photo spots – Interactive portal –
World Photography Association (Including Sony world photography awards) –

World press photo –
– Awarded in April each year
– Award –

– Categories:
Contemporary Issues
General News
Long-Term Projects
Spot News

Blogger photography tips

Aqua Bumps – photography –
Chris Bray – Photography Tips –

*** Digital Photography School (Online photography ebooks on various photography styles and courses) –

Ewen Bell – Photo tours and tips –
– Photography for travellers –
– Photography field guides –

Gary Aytons photography Wikipedia Tips –
Katchup – photography learning blog –

Stuck in Customs (HDR and landscape photography tips) –

Wandering Lens – Photography Tips –

Photo editing presets

Do you travel – Light room filters –

Filtergrade – Photoshop and lightroom preset setings –
– Andrew livingston –

Camera Workshops and events / competitions
Canon –
Fujifilm –
Go Pro –
Leica –
Leica events –
Olympus –
– Olympus global photo contest –
Olympus events – and
Nikon –

Photography – Types of photography
– Timelapse
– Light painting
– Lomography (and Lomography cameras) – and

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 –
Age Photography –
AP Images – and
Australian Associated press –
Australian government photographer –
Getty Images –
Matrix pictures –
Reuters images –
Time photography – and
World press photo –

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

– Drones
– 3d Cameras
– 360c cameras
– Lomography cameras
– Film cameras
– Polaroid / Instant photo cameras (Polaroid / Fuji)

Specific resources –

DSLR, SLT, and MILC cameras with HD video (comparison) –

*** Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Summary – Wikipedia)-

Agfa Film –
Amazon – Cameras and Lenses –
Amazon – Lenses only –

Borge (Store and Rental – Melbourne) –
Camera hire Australia –
Camera house –

Camera Labs (Camera buying portal – guides to lenses and bodies) –
Camera Lane (Store) –
Camera Pro (Store) –

Canon Cameras (Manufacturer) –
– Canon – Camera range –
– Specials –

Canon guides – Search for PDF guides and brochures for Bodies and Lenses
Canon – Camera ranges –
– DSLR Cameras –
– Mirrorless cameras – and Mirrorless or DSLR –
– Compact Cameras –

Canon EOS digital cameras –

– Canon – Camera lens range –
Lens varieties – Wide Angle, Telephoto, Prime, Fisheye, Macro, Standard Zoom, Cinema, Broadcast, Tilt-Shift, Extenders, Accessories

Digital Camera Warehouse (Store) –
– Facebook –
– Events –

Digi direct –
Digital Picture (The) – (Camera buying portal – guides to lenses and bodies) –
Digital trends – Camera advice blog –

DP Review (Digital Photography products and camera reviews) –

Fujifilm Cameras (Manufacturer) –
– Lenses and Professional Cameras –

– Fujifilm instax (Instant photo cameras and instant photo film) –

Good guys Australia – Cameras –

Gopro (Manufacturer) – and
– Australian official Gopro store – and

– Mounts and accessories –

Gopro buyers guide –

Hoya Filters –

IOptron (Star / Night sky Photography using ‘Skytracker’ Camera attachement) –

Joby (Camera equipment and accessories) –

Kodak –

Lee Lens Filters

Leica cameras – Australia –
Leica store – Australia –
Leica LFI Magazine –
Leica photopark –
Leica camera blog –

Leica Akademie –

Lens Hero (Compare lenses) –
Lucky Straps (Camera straps) –

Manfrotto (Camera equipment and accessories) –

Melbourne Camera Rental Centre –

* Michaels Cameras (Melbourne Camera Retailer – often have camera events) – and camera school –
– Facebook –
– Events –

Nikon Cameras (Manufacturer) – and and
– Catalogue range of goods –
– Official store –
– Lenses range –

Officeworks – Cameras and drones ––drones-robotics

Olympus Imaging (Manufacturer) Australia –

Interchangable lens cameras –
– M Zuiko lenses –
– Zuiko lenses – and

Camera bodies:
– Olympus pen series – and
– Olympus OMD Camera series – AND

Accessories –
– Digital Audio recorders –

Olympus USA –
– OMD range –
– Pen range –

Lenses –
– Olympus Camera Lens Range Portal –
– Olympus Zuiko lens Range –

– Tough –
– Underwater –
– Accessories –

Audio recorders –

Shop –
Support –

Oz lens rentals –
Panasonic (Camera and lenses – Manufacturer) –

Polaroid (Instant photo cameras) –
– Instant camera –

Sigma Lenses (Manufacturer) –
– Lenses – and

Sirui Tripods

Snapsort (Compare Cameras) –

Sony Digital cameras –
– Australia –
– Sony alpha camera –
– Interchangable lens cameras –
– Lenses –
– G master lenses –
– Cybershot compact cameras –
– Accessories –

– USA Website –

Tamron Lenses –
Tech radar – Camera and device comparison –
* Ted’s Cameras (Melbourne Camera retailer – often have camera events) –

– Facebook –
– Events –
Think tank photo (Camera bags) –
* Toms guide (Camera reviews, type rankings and more) –
* Top ten reviews (Digital camera reviews, rankings and ratings) –

Verge –

Zeiss Camera lenses –
Zomei Tripods


Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International –
Australian Certified UAV Operators Organisation
Australian drone licensing – RPAS Certification (RePL) –

Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia (CASA) –
– Flying for fun –
– Flying commercially –
– Can I fly there – Drone safety app – and
– Resources and links –
– Using your drones near emergencies –
– Complain about unsafe drones –

List of certified drone operators –

DXO Mark – Mobile phone camera reviews –

Drone stores:
– Just Drones –
– JBHifi –
– Rise above –
– Harvey norman –

Drone Makers
– Drone Manufacturers –

– DJI-
DJI – Australia and New Zealand –
– Facebook –

– DJI Showcase –
– DJI – Osmo hand held tripod –

– Parrot –
– Zero X –

360 degree video and photography – Types
360c videos and photography
3d videos
Virtual reality videos and photography
Augmented reality video and photography

360 degree video and photography – Online portals
Facebook 360 –

360 degree video and photography – Editing
360 degree stitching – Kolor –

360 degree video and photography – Equipment and gear –
Samsung Gear 360
Ricoh Theta S
Giroptic 360 Cam
ALLie Camera
Facebook – Surround 360 –

Photography – Camera Gear (Recommended)

– Canon 60D (SLR)
– Canon 5d
– Canon EOS M6 (Mirrorless – Good for vlogging)
– Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera – Wi-Fi Enabled(Compact Camera)
– Canon s120 (Compact Camera)
– Olympus OMD (Interchangeable lens Camera)
– Olympus Pen E-PL5 (Interchangeable lens Camera)
– Canon s120
– Fujifilm x100F

Camera – Lenses:
– 24 to 70mm lens
– 85mm
– Prime lens

Camera – Accessories:
– Camera Umbrella (Maintains light)

Camera – Flash
– Canon 430ESII Speedlite Flash
– Nikon SB 800 speedlite

Camera – Microphone
– Rode microphone

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) –
Gopro – Accessories – Dive housing –
Gopro – Mounts –
Top ten reviews – Underwater Camera reviews and Ratings –
Toms Guides – Best underwater Cameras –,review-2194.html

Photography – Olympus EPL-5 – Specific Resources
– Video type – Only .MOV

Lens Hero – Top and recommended lenses –
Olympus – E-PL5 Summary Page –


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