by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Camera House : Better Pictures 6
Contents What’s InsIde CONTENTS Editor Cec Busby Art dirEctor Camila Fernandes crEAtivE dirEctor Rob Loughridge AdvErtising MAnAgEr Richard Sossen firstname.lastname@example.org Direct: 02 8197 3707 Mobile: 0411 860 024 dirEctor Nick Cutler email@example.com Direct: 02 8197 3710 Mobile: 0414 539 009 Printer – Webstar PrivAcy stAtEMEnt: © CustomMade Media Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. No article or images may be reproduced wholly or in part without prior written permission from the publisher. discLAiMEr: Published by Custom Made Media Australia Pty Ltd. (ACN 138 871 271) address Suite 1/16 Charles Street Redfern NSW 2016 © 2011 All rights reserved. CustomMade Media Australia accepts no responsibility in respect of any products, services or goods which may be presented in this magazine, or any errors, omissions or mistakes in editorial references. Any advice contained in this magazine is general advice only and may not apply to your individual circumstances. Printed on behalf of Camera House Stores. Distributed 4 x per annum through all Camera House stores and available for download at www.camerahouse.com.au Cover image by David Darcy. With a massive 16.2 megapixel CMOSimage sensor, an EXPEED 2 p roc e ssor, a 39-point AF syste m with 100% vie wfi nde r cove r age and Full (1080p) H D movie re c ordi ng, the D7000is a great choice for the pro shooter that wants an all-in-one solution for their photo and video. Looking for something a little more slim-lined? Consider the WX30, a compact camera from Sony that has plenty of bells and whistles including 16.2 megapixels, an Exmor R CMOS Sensor, a large 3 inch touch scre en for easy control, a 5x optical zoom and full HD recording. This awesome tough camera from Nikon offers GPS support, an electronic compass, 16 megapixel resolution and the ability to shoot full 1920x1080p HD movies. Shockproof to 1.5m, waterproof to 10m and able to withstand temperatures to -10 degrees this camera will go anywhere and shoot anything! MAKING MOVIE MAGIC NIKON D7000 SONY CYBER-SHOT WX30 NIKON COOLPIX AW100 their progress throughthe industry.” Having entered the industry when shooting on film was the norm, de Vries has seen enormous changes in cinematography over the years, “Digital has changed so much of what I do. The production values that I learned shooting on 16 and 35mm put me in good shape for shooting on any digital format today. I always strive to be at the front of the curve or at least as far from the blunt end of technology as possible, to be relevant in a very competitive industry. Everyone is doing this work now!” With eve n compact ca meras offering HD recording these days, de Vries offers the following advice to the novice shooter wanting to make the most of their new device. “Forget about the format, forget about the number of pixels, forget about the buttons, forget about Auto everything. Learn to shoot video with full manual control,” says de Vries. “Learn to tell a story with your camera. To tell your stor y successfully, you should also be in a position to get the best image and sound that your camcorder can deliver. To some degre e, corrections of exposure or white balance can be partially fixe d later during the edit, but throw in unimaginative a ngles, bad composition and poor sequence coverage and it is not going to work.” He believes most people can pick up the skills required to be a good camera man. “You need to see past the wide shots,” explains Pieter. “Explore the way light falls, observe eve rything and look for shots, even as you walk around. We are observers and the best shots may be at the end of a 300mm lens.” Of course any good cinematographer will tell you that forewarned is forearmed. So do your research before a shoot and if shooting on the fly, have an arsenal of camera angles... Pieter de Vries was just a child whe n his father brought home a Yashika 35mm camera and introduced the filmmaking bug into the fa mily. I t must have struck a major c hord with the youngster, as Pieter recalls that when he was in primary school art c la ss, he would always draw landscape s that included a tiny man standing in the corner. “He was standing behind a camera on a tripod looking at the scene. I guess that personwasme–soIhadagoodidea about my career path early on.” De Vries first job in the film industry was working in the darkroom at the AV Department at ANU in Canberra. Not long after, he began a job as an assistant in news and current affairs for the ABC which provided invaluable on the job training. Soon de Vries was shooting everything from docos to op-ed pieces, where he discovered the person behind the camera had the powe r to really shape how a story was told. “Whereve r you point your camcorder, you are placing a rectangular frame around a particular part of the sc ene,” says de Vries. “You have the choice to record some parts of the scene and to exclude unwanted parts. “Choose to include an object or person in the frame and it becomes important to your audience. Leave it out, and for your viewers, it will never exist. You become totally responsible for what will be on the screen. The edit begins before the card or tape even leaves the camcorder.” De Vries believes this ea rly grounding in news-making put him in a “good place” to be competent a nd confident in filmmaking. “The ability to quickly eva luate a scene then to work creatively at a high technical standard – this is what news filming gives you.” He believes anyone wanting to enter this increasingly competitive industry should be prepared to work hard and “in any capacity” whether it be in film, documentary or commercial work. “Express to everyone you can that you are keen to do more. If you are asked to do something, do it and then a bit more. Get asked back for the next production and start to form a small network of colleagues and friends who are in various stages of LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! One of Australia’s most experienced cameramen, Pieter de Vries, reveals the secrets of great filmmaking. “FORGET ABOUT THE FORMAT, FORGET ABOUT T HE NUMBER OF PIX ELS, FORGET ABOUT THE BUTTONS, FORGET ABOUT AUTO EVERYTHING. LEARN TO SHOOT VIDEO WITH FULL MANUAL CONTROL” ■. u FEATURE SHOOT TO THRILL 12 F EATUR E SHOOT TO T HRI LL 13 27 ACCESSORIES GEAR SPOTLIGHT Looking for a portable lighting solution that won’t break the bank? Consider this studio lighting kit from Premier, which delivers two 200 watt flash heads, two LT-2440 lighting stands, Premier umbrellas and two soft boxe s. This is the ideal set up for portrait or studio work and is small and light enough to pack up and transport in your car if you need to take it on the road. GARY FONG POWERSNOOT PREMIER STUDIO FLASH UNIT BITS & PIECES Get a handle on all the accessories you’ll need to get you snapping off shots like a pro. Looking for a portable studio kit to photograph produc ts, jewellery or object d’art? The Optex Photo Studio delive rs a bright photo tent with diffuser sc re ens and dual concave reflectors to provide soft, daylight-balanced light. It delivers a double-sided backdrop for added versatility, while the 15 watt compact fluorescents are energy efficient and provide grea t coverage. The inclusion of a mini tripod is another bonus. TASCO OPTEX PHOTO STUDIO Sometime s you need a bit more light to effec tively shoot your subject but a standard flash won’t cut it... Ra ther tha n lug around a large lighting kit, why not pick up a Ga ry Fong Power snoot? The Powersnoot has been designe d for ma ximum portability and will e asily replace those c umbe rsome rigs and allow you to maximise the power of your strobe. Or mount it off your camera’s hot shoe to introduc e a foc used parabolic light sourc e that’s gre at for shooting portraits or when use d with a telephoto is superb for pinpointing wildlife. The Powe rsnoot is compatible with Ca non and Nikon cameras. Love your Manfrotto tripod so much that you want to use it every time you shoot? Then how about adding a video head to your tripod and expand its repertoire even further. The 701HDV head provides a lovely fluid head that is ideal for panning and tilting. Solid construction provides a larger sliding plate for better positioning of your camera ensuring a good centre of gravity. A double pan bar rosette adds to ease of use. MANFROTTO 701HDV HEAD 27 12 PRODUCTS HOT NEW GEAR 6 PRODUCTS HOT NEW GEAR 7 Another editiontoOlympus’Compact SystemCamera range, theE-P3 dishesup a12.3 megapixel sensor with anISOrange up to12800. It’s abletocaptureHD video at1080i and thenewTruePic processor makes shootingimagesadream, especiallywith theimproved 36point AF system which makessharp shootingsimple.TheLCD hasbeengiven a makeover – i t now has ahigher resolution(614,000dotOLED) anda capacitive touch screen. The addition of apop-up flashisanother nicetouch.Whiledual coreprocessorssee thiscameraoperating at lightningspeed! Thisstylish compact fromFuji blendsretro good lookswithhigh-end featuresto serveup a camera that will appeal totheprofessional shooter. The X100 deliversalarge 12 megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor alongside Fuji’sEXR processor and a23mm F2 Fujinon lens(35mm equivalent)to provide a camera that isextremelyversatileand packsplenty of grunt. Controlsareanaloguein style with traditional dialsfor shutter speed and exposure but the LCD and viewfinder are all hightech– the hybrid viewfinder letsyou switch between optical viewfinder and EVF and displaysdetailed shooting info.Knowing everyone’sobsession with HD footage –the X100also shootsfull HD moviesfor those that want the simplicityof anall-in-one system. Most notably though,the fixed prime lens onthis camerais superb!Thisone’sfor the pros! OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 FUJIFILM FINEPIX X100 HOT NEW GEAR The latest camera gear set to sizzle. Looking for atravel camera thatcantake youfromthe beach to the Alps to your best mate’s birthdaypartywithout breaking a sweat? Then check out theTZ20 from Panasonic, the successor to the award winning TZ10. This neat littletravel zoomdelivers a24mm wide angle lens, 14.1 megapixel MOSsensor, 16xoptical zoom, a 3 inch touchscreen and is capable of shooting up to 10 framesper second so that you’ll never misstheaction. Fans of 3D imagery will appreciatetheinclusion of a3D shooting mode (though only viewable on a3D TV).Whiletheobligatory GPS ensuresyou’ll have an instant recollection of where you were when youtookthat awesome shot. Sony’s new kid on the block,the A77,is super fast and super sexy. Boasting a phenomenal 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, it’s capable of a lightning fast 12 frames per second in burst mode and iscompatible with Sony’s range of A-mount lenses.With an ISOrange of100-16000, thislittle beautyisgreat for shooting in lowlight, while the newXGA OLED viewfinder combines with a 3-way articulated LCD screen to provide 100% field of view for easy composition of your shots. PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ20 SONY ALPHA A77 The Mherestands for mini –but that’s theonly thing tinyabout this new offering in OlympusCompact SystemCamera range.It’ssmall – even byCompact SystemCamera standards, but it still packs a punch. While it opts out on the mode dial and function buttonsof its big brother the E-P3, it still offers the same 12.3 megapixel resolution, fast processor and anice large 3 inch screen. It is easy to operate and comes in a range of stylish colours to suit the fashion conscious shooter. Plus even though it’sthe size of a compact,it has the benefits of the PEN micro four thirds interchangeable lens system – so you can swap your lens to suit your needs. OLYMPUS PEN E-PM1 Thisentrylevel DSLR fromPentax sportsa budget price tag alongside high-end features. With 12 .4 megapixelson board, a 2.7 inch LiveView LCD screen and the abilityto shootHD video (720p)this DSLR offers easyto use features for the newbie shooter. Creative processing and filter modesallow you to exploreyour creative side, while Auto and Scene modes makeit simple for the noviceto get great happy snaps everytime. Operateson easilyreplaceable AAbatteries.The inclusion of HDR capture allows you to combine 3 bracketed images for great results in low light. An awesome addition to Sony’s interchangeable lens range of cameras, theNEX-C3 deliversDSLRquality in acompact form factor. The world’s smallest Compact SystemCamera with an APS-C sized sensor, the NEX-C3 weighs inat a miniscule225g and offers up 16.2 megapixel resolution for superb image quality.Able to shoot 720p HD video and stills, thisisa great go-anywhere choice for both the novice and theadvanced shooter. A new ‘Photo Creativity’interface puts professional controls in reach of the amateur by replacing tech terms with easily understandable names such as ‘brightness’ and ‘background defocus’. A rear mounted control wheel allowsyou to scroll through effects and see changesin real time. A great upgrade from the NEX3. SONY NEX-C3 PENTAX K-X FRAMEWORK This month photographer David Darcy reveals the story behind two of his most iconic images. WHAT’S IN DAVID’S BAG DIGITAL • CANON 5D MARK II X 2 • CANON 24 – 105MM F/4 • CANON 24MM F/1.4 • CANON 70 – 200MM F/2.8 FILM • BRONICA ETRS X 2 • BRONICA 40MM F/4 • BRONICA 75MM F/2.8 • BRONICA 105MM F/3.5 HASSELBLAD C/M • 40MM F/4 • 80MM F/2.8 WHO IS DAVID DARCY David Darcy, hasbeen capturing environmental portraitsof dogs in Australia and abroad for the past decade.His books, Mongrel Country(2001), OutbackMongrel (2003) and Little Mongrels(2005), published in Australia and the United States, were bestselling titles.A Little Help for our Friends (2009) was created to highlight issuesof animal welfare in developing countries and, to date,has raised $10,000.00 for Vets Beyond Borders. David hasphotographed international and national campaigns for IFAW, Vets Beyond Bordersand the RSPCA. David Darcy limited edition photographsarein private collections world- wide.David'sphotography has featured in many Australian publications. mongrel.com.au This shot was taken in theearlymorning light intheVictorian alpine regionjust outside thetownship ofOmeo.Having arrived at thelocation in thedarkthe night before,Ihad no idea of the surroundings, Ihad simplyrolled outmy swag tied off my dog and gone to sleep.In the morning Iawoketo this majestic scene. Thankfully, while I fumbled around in the camerabag, loaded thecameraand set up thetripod, thedog went backto sleep. Itook six frameson the Bronicabeforethe fog in the distanceslowly engulfed the shot.I waited around for about halfanhour for another break inthe weather but it never happened. Iwasabsolutelydelighted whenthe transparenciescame back fromthe lab. Shot on film Velvia 50ISO using a Bronica ETRS,Bronica 40mm f/4 lens Speed N/A f-stop N/A. RM asleep at Hinomunjie On assignment in India for the VetsBeyond Borders organisation in 2007, I set off early with the dog collection team into the misty mountains around the small town of Jorethang in the state of Sikkim. Twentyminutes into the journeythey pulled over on the side of the road and began yelling out across the valley in Nepali wordsto the effect “Special vet in town, bring your dog and we make him better”. Ten minutes later people began to emerge through the fog with their dogs. Thesekids were completely fascinated to see me standing there with a camera, and even more intrigued when Ishowed themthe pictures on theback display. Thispicture became the advertising campaign for VBB. The side story to this moment was that about one hour after taking the picture I became extremelyill with dysentery. To be expected when doing assignments in developing countries. Shot on a Canon 5D M1 Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens 1000 ISO1/60th second F/4.5 Vets Beyond Borders publicity shot FEATURE BEHIND THE SHOT 24 FEATURE BEHIND THE SHOT 25 6 24 PUSHING THE LIMITS Peter Eastway, a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team explores the outer limits... Like many pro shooters, Pete r Eastway’s path to a photographic career was circuitous. He first got into photography because he loved “surfing and taking photographs of friends surfing”. Lack of a camera led Eastway to a job at the local Woolworths, where he worked for 75 cents an hour until he saved up enough money for a “Ricoh compact camera in a water housing”. “It cost $140 and my Mum and Dad helped out. It took some great photos and I was lucky enough to win a school photo competition with a photo of a friend surfing. That in turn gave me a prize to visit Germany to take photographs and so I was bitten with the photography bug.” Today Eastway is renowned for his inspiring landscapes however he insists he loves all forms of photography “from portraiture and architecture to sport and wildlife”. Still Eastway admits that shooting landscapes offers some unique challenges: “Traditionally, landscapes are full of detail from the foreground to infinity, so you need a high quality sensor and high quality printing, all the way through the image making process. So, the challenge in shooting landscape is to get as near as perfect an exposure as you can in the camera, but knowing you will further interpret and improve the raw file during post-production.” His top tips for achieving great landscape shots? “Wake up early. Or shoot in winter when you don’t have to wake up quite so early, but it is cold. Actually, I prefer to shoot in the evening as the light is warmer and more to my taste. Light is everything for a successful landscape photograph.” Another tip is to “simplify your composition”. “Just as important as what you put into the frame is what you leave out,” says Eastway. Finally he says that “If you can, go to somewhere others have n’t been, because this makes the photos more interesting for your audience. If you can’t go somewhere exotic, then look for new and different angles of locations that are more common.” As a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team, Eastway has travelled to some exotic locations in his time and having reliable equipment is pa ra mount to achieving the shot. Apart from a quality camera and lens, a good memory card is essential. “It’s funny how you don’t really give your memory cards a second thought, because they are always there and always working,” says Eastway. “Some of my photography is with medium format equipment, which writes very large files. I get around 200 photos on a 16GB card, so you want a card that writes quickly, but more importantly, that is reliable.” According to Eastway, having an Extreme card can assist the photographer in getting the shots they want. “I’ve taken my SanDisk cards to some very extreme locations, from the colds of Antarctic a, the humidity of the tropics, and the dry heat of the Australian desert. It’s good to feel confident they will work no matter what I dish out. In fact, the be st compliment I can give Sa nDisk cards is that I don’t have to think about them a t all!” Although Eastway says he is not an expert on the tech behind fast memory cards, he says it’s easy to see their benefits. “If you’re shooting a lot of images rapidly, whether sport, nature or just the changing light of a landscape, you don’t want your camera to stop because its image buffer is full. The quicker that buffer c an be written to your memory card, the more photos you can take, so a fast card is very useful. “In terms of ‘Extreme’, my understanding of the SanDisk c ards is they have software on board which share s the storage load a round, so the card lasts long a nd helps prevent data loss. I’ve also been shown the cards have a degree of weathe rproofing that helps them work better in extreme conditions...” To see more of Peter’s work visit petereastway.com n “Just as important as what you put into the frame is what you leave out” Speed and reliability are number one with this pro card. The Power Core Controller technology provides fast performance (up to 45 MB sec) and its advanced Error Correction Code (ECC) improves data integrity and reliability. Perfectfor high-megapixel cameras and HD camcorders that support the SDXC format, these flash memory cards deliver super fast performance and fast downloadsbetween your PC and card, reducing wait time. Achieve playback andfast transfer speeds of up to15MB sec. Looking for a memor y card that’s fast enough to keep up with your new DSLR? The Extreme Pro Compa ct Flash stores up to 128GB and boasts speeds up to 100MB a second. The Video Performance Guara ntee e nsure s shooting full HDisabreeze. SANDISK EXTREME SANDISK EXTREME PRO SDHC UHS-1 SANDISK ULTRA SDXC SANDISK EXTREME PRO COMPACTFLASH 128GB CARD WITH VPG PETER EASTWAY AGrandMasterof Photography a nd two time winner of the AIPP Photographer of the Yea r award, Peter Ea stway is renowned worldwide for his la ndscape a nd commercial wor ks. His photogra phs gra ce galle rie s all ove r Australia a nd appear in private colle ctions a round the globe. He was chosen by Lonely Planet to write their interna tional guide book on landsc ape photography. WHAT’S IN PETER’S BAG I have four different camera bags that hold Phase One, Canon, Nikon and Leica camera outfits. As the editor of Better Photogr aphy magazine, it’s important to ke ep abreast of all the different cameras on the market and how they work. I have bee n doing some work with Phase One recently and I am lucky enough to currently have an 80-megapixel Phase One IQ180 back which I attach to an Alpa TC with a 23mm Rodenstock Digaron lens. It’s an ultra wide-angle and I haven’t found anything that c an match the quality for the ultimate in landscape photography. FEATUR E PET ER EASTWAY 20 F EATURE PET ER EASTWAY 21 FOTO BIENNALE An international festival celebrating photography and the photographer... This year Ballarat will play host to the International Foto Biennale. The aim: to promote photography in all its forms, to e ducate, inspire and question, by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world. The only Australian exhibition/event to be a par t of the Festival de la Luz (Festival of Light) a grouping of 26 festivals of photography from more than 20 countries worldwide that includes some of the most important photographic events in the world, the International Foto Biennale first kicked off in the arty Melbourne suburb of Daylesford in 2005. The festival moved to Ballarat in 2009 – and proved so popular that the 2011 event was also scheduled to take place in the Victorian township. With over two hundred artists and over seventy exhibitions and almost two hundred events, the Ballarat Internationa l Foto Biennale (BIFB) looks set to provide its strongest program yet. With fringe and mainstream events on offer, the Foto Biennale presents an array of themes and subjects from hope and longing to re - imagined streetscapes and re gional landscapes. Photographic works on show included exhibits from re nowned photographers such as Duffy (no ■Untitled 6297 byCyntha Karalla ■ BeefacebyJudith Crispin F EATURE FOTO BI ENNA LLE 17 17 20 sprIng has sprung Hooray! The cold days have drawn to a close and the promise of warm spring weather is turning everyone’s thoughts to the great outdoors. What better time to grab your camera and get snap happy with your family and friends? Or maybe even shoot a home movie or two? With this in mind, you should turn your attention to page 16 of the magazine and check out our interview with acclaimed camera man Pieter de Vries, who is on hand to give you his top tips for shooting video like a pro. So why not make use of that HD record function on your spanking new camera and unleash your inner Scorsese or Spielberg for some movie magic? We also took time out for a chat with acclaimed photographer David Darcy who has turned his passion for animals and photography into a thriving gallery and photojournalism career. Darcy recently hung out on the set of new Aussie flick, Red Dog, chronicling the day to day shenanigans of life on set – inside however, you’ll get the behind the scenes story of shooting the Vets Beyond Borders campaign. Finally as all you cameraphiles will no doubt be aware, September is the time of year that many of the leading manufacturers launch new gear. Don’t forget to check out our Hot Gear and Accessories pages to see the latest greatest cameras on offer! Enjoy! Cec Busby, Editor HOT NEW GEAR Grab a sneak peek at the hottest camera gear set to sizzle this September. SHOOT TO THRill Pieter de Vries’ secrets to great cinematography. FOTO biENNAlE World class photography comes to Ballarat. limiTlESS Inside SanDisk’s extreme team. PEOPlE SNAPS Meet Photo Friday Minimalist Comp winner Aaron Bishop. FRAmEWORk Learn the secrets behind David Darcy’s iconic shots of man’s best friend. biTS & PiECES Accessories that will turn your photos from mundane to magic. SHuTTERbuG Introducing Trent Mitchell, recently named Capture magazine’s emerging photographer of the year. 6 12 17 20 23 24 27 30 003_Bpics6_contents.indd 3 29/08/11 3:18 PM
Better Pictures 7