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Camera House : Better Pictures 8
Contents What’s InsIde 3 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 CustomMade Media Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 138 871 271), address Suite 1/16 Charles Street Redfern NSW 2016 © 2012. 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 Ian Hinrichsen. Outward bound AIPP award-winning photographer Tom Putt is renowned for his gorgeous landscape photography. His lens reveals sweeping vistas and the intricate detail of the great outdoors. Tackle the gnarliest surf and capture all the action with the GoPro Hero Sur f – a professional quality mountable HD video and still camera that records at 1080p at 30/60 frames per second. Waterproof to 60m, it features a quick release housing mount. Make better use of your GoPro camera with this Chest- Mount harness. Fully adjustable to fit all sizes, this harness is a great option for shooters who need free use of their hands (such as skie rs, mountain bikers etc). It gives you a lower perspective than the head-mount making watching the action a more immersive experience. Strap your GoPro camera on just like a watch. This waterproof mount (to 60m) allows you to easily capture all your underwater shenanigans. Wearing it on your wrist means it’s always handy and you won’t need to worry about losing your camera in the wild surf. Or strap it to your equipment for a bird’s eye view. outdoor AssistAnce GOPrO Hd HerO 2 Surf GOPrO CHeSt-MOunt HarneSS GOPrO HerO wriSt MOunt ■ Hot Air Balloons Photographer Tom Putt admits he is lucky; with a dad and grandfather who were both keen photographers, he has a “visually rich history” of his time growing up. At the age of nine his father lent him his first camera “to foster my interest in photography” and Putt immediately began snapping shots of “wildlife and birds as a hobby”. He has fond recollections of his dad on the sidelines at all the annual school sports’ events, camera inhand, and he laughingly suggests that may be why his first job in the biz was as a sports shooter, a career he successfully pursued for many years. Today however Putt’s passion is landscape photography – something he has love d since childhood. “I’ve always bee n passionate about shooting landscapes. My parents reminded me recentlythatasakidIusedtositupinbedwitha pile of landscape and wildlife books, poring over them for hours before turning the light out. “I have a mind that needs visual stimulation and for me, that was the best part of the day.It helpedinspire me anddreamof what I would like to achieve in mylife.” Tom says that his passion for landscapes derive s from his desire to create beautiful images. “I love the idea of capturing them on film (or digitally of course) and have that as a permanent record of my life. I still enjoy looking over the landscapes I shot 10-15 years ago just as much as the new images I cre ate now.” He admits shooting outdoors has its particular challenges, though often the biggest obstacle can be the photographer... “Putting yourself in the right location and waiting for the light to be right. I’m an impatient person – I love getting the shot straight away and moving on to the next big image – so I nee d to consta ntly remind myself to wait for the mome nt to be perfect – to wait for the ‘WOW!’ factor – before I fire the shutte r.” With his background in sports photography, Putt is also often called upon for advice when it comes to shooting adventure sports, from enthusiasts wanting to capture their action. “Those GoPro helmet-mounted cameras (or something similar) are all the rage at the moment – I ride into work several days a week and see the guys riding with them.” He also suggests a waterproof camera or camera case “which need not be expensive” as “perfect for throwing in the kayak to capture images from unique perspectives”. And Putt should know about unique perspe ctives. He spends seve ral months of the ye ar leading photo tours to glorious destinations such as the Flinders Ranges, Cradle Mountain and the outback of the Northern Territory. Putt believes that there are several advantage s for the enthusiast in attending a photo tour, suggesting it is a great “opportunity to learn from our leaders and fellow participants about their camera, their photography, and themselves”. “Going to the best locations in Austra lia gives the participants the opportunity to photograph ■Uluru storm ■ Rain Forest, Queensland “i love the ideA of cAPturing them on film (or digitAlly of course) And hAve thAt As A PermAnent record of my life” Feature OutdOOrS 12 F eatur e OutdOOrS 13 27 Accessories Gear SpotliGht Perfec t for the nature love r in your life, these Action binoculars from Nikon provide a wide field of view, are equipped with aspherical lenses to eliminate distor tion and deliver a zoom range from 10x-22x. The rubber body provides great shock resistance while also ensuring a secure grip and the diopter makes it simple to adjust focus to suit your vision. Covered by a 25-year limited warranty. adobe photoShop liGhtroom 3 NikoN actioN Zoom 10-22x50 cF biNocularS bits & pieces Get a handle on all the accessories you’ll need to get you snapping off shots like a pro. Preserve those precious memories and scan all your old family photos to JPG so that you can look back on the past for years to come. The Kaiser Baas mini photo scanner can connect to your desktop or laptop or you can use it as a standalone device and save your images to USB or SD. The mini scanner will scan pics up 6”X4” in size (perfect for saving happy snaps) and will automatically crop all the images so they can be played back at full size on digital photo frames. kaiSer baaS miNi photo ScaNNer Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is packed with all the essentials you will ne ed to make the most of your digital images. Organise and edit your photos quickly and e asily. Conver t RAW image s, make lens and colour corrections, te the r your ca mera and view photos in real-time dire ctly on scree n, save to multiple formats and ea sily sync adjustme nts across multiple images. Lightroom is like a cut-down version of Photoshop and provides everything the average shooter needs to manipulate their pics with ease. This versatile award-winning high performance zoom lens combines a fantastic 15x focal length range (28-419mm, 35mm-equivalent) with Tamron’s electromagnetic tri-a xial Vibration Compensation (VC) system to deliver images that are crisp, clear and feature stunning colour clarity. The VC system ensures handheld images are super-steady and the lightweight compact design makes this lens really easy to use. This zoom also provides a 1:3.5 macro and focuses down to 49cm making it a great all- rounder for you kit. tamroN aF 18-270mm F/3.5 -6.3 di ii Vc Zoom leNS 27 12 6 7 Products Hot new gear Products Hot new gear Ableto shoot from wide angle to telephoto (22.5 -585mm) at the touch of a button, this compactsuper-zoomfromNikon ticksall the right boxes. Side zoomcontrol addsto ease of use, and thesteady grip makes it easyfor you to keep control of your camera. Boasting a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a26xoptical zoom, it delivers crisp imageseverytime. Thefirst L-series equipped with alens- shift Vibration Reduction (VR)function, this makesit simpleto avoid camera shake,even when shooting movies.Italso supportstheuse of AA batteriesfor fast batterychanges on thego. nIKon CooLPIX L810 Canon PowersHot g1 X oLymPus Vg-160 Sleek and sexy,this newpoint and shoot from Sony boasts 16.1 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom lensand Optical Steady Shot to help you avoid that anathema to photographers – camera shake. HD movie shooting, a large LCD screen and a slewof Picture Effects (Toyand Pop, to name just a couple) add to your creativity. Newbie shooters will appreciate the many scene modes, including gourmet (for the food bloggers)and pets for the animal lovers. sony Cyber-sHot DsC-w630 It maylooklikeitsG series predecessors,but theG1 Xisan entirely different beastfrom its siblings.Combining alarge 14.3 megapixel CMOS sensor witha DIG!C 5 processor, theG1 Xisan awesomecompactcamerathat would makethe ideal companion toyour DSLR. It’sCanon’s first compact to feature a4:3 aspect ratio and delivers thesame pixel size and structure as theacclaimed 600D – not bad fora compact! Boasting manyofthe advanced features fromCanon’s EOSrange, such ason-chip noise reduction, a 4-channel read-out (for super fast image capture)and awideISOrange(from100- 12800)it’ssuperb at handling lowlightsituations. The lensbuild is equally impressive, utilising ultra high refractiveindex aspherical (UA)elements and precision glassmoulding technology (just like Canon’s EF series’ lenses). It deliversa 4xoptical zoom rangeof 28mm-112mm, giving photographersplenty of optionsfor shooting on thego.The inclusion of imagestabilisation is also abonus whenshooting in lowlight or when using the camera’sHD (full 1080p)movie mode. The lensalso includesan in-built 3-stop Neutral Density(ND)Filter, allowing for wider apertures in bright light. Full manual controls will ensure youalwaysget the shot you wantand the abilityto shootin RAW is another bonus. A pop-up flash adds to the package and a hot shoe meansyou can add Speedlitesor other accessoriesat will. Ideal for theproshooter lookingfor acamera with a more compactformfactor. Olympus’latest addition to its entry-level camera range proves agreat choicefor novice shooters looking for a camera that will satisfy their daily shooting needs. Equipped with a 5x wide-angle zoomlens,14 megapixel resolution and a large 3-inchLCD for viewing and framing your shots, it’ssimpleto use and comes with 14 scene modes and magic filters to add easeand creativityto your shooting. HD movie recording isalso included for budding filmmakersand the rangeof colours will appeal to the fashionistas. HOT NEW GEAR The latest camera gear set to sizzle. A new super-zoom fromFuji, the S4200 boastsa wide-angle zoom lens with macro capabilitiesand arange of 24-526mm. It is ideal for getting up close and personal with nature.It sportsthe same lenselements and coatings as used in Fuji’s broadcastand pro cameras making crystal clear images acertainty. An electronic viewfinder and large LCD screen make framing and viewing your shotsa breeze. Power issupplied via readily available AA batteries,so you’ll never get caught without acharge... FujIFILm FInePIX s4200 This newinclusion in Nikon’spopular pointand shootrange, the S3300 sports16 megapixels, 6x zoom, 19 picture modesand 720p HD shooting. Itsbudget price-tag iscertain to make it an appealing choice for the social snapper and itscompact form factor makes it easyto stow this camera in a handbag or to slip it into your pocket for shooting on the fly. The ideal choice for the social snapper or noviceshooter who wantsa camera that has all the bells and whistles without being complicated to use. nIKon CooLPIX s3300 Gardens in focus Macro photography is all the rage and one competition is urging photographers around the country to take to their botanical gardens to reveal the hidden treasures within... terms of thephotographers entering.” Macro photographyhasbecome extremelypopular in thelast few yearsand Pamhas her own reasoning for itspopularityin the Gardens inFocus competition. “Fromlooking attheentriesI think when people spend time with a subject,somehow the camera allowsthem, givesthem permission ifyou like,to reallystop and look at thedetail. When you have that senseof wonder about thedetail, and we all can have it,photographyhastheability ofallowing you to capturethat detail.” A keen amateur and aficionado of photography, Milthorpe islooking forward to seeing thefinalists’ works on display and can’t wait to discover which images havecaught the judges’ notice. “We alwaysfelt that ifwe weregoingtorun the competition we wanted to aim for the highest possible standard. We wanted to not only capture the enthusiastic amateurs but professionals as well and we’ve been lucky enough to attract a lot of those professionals to judge the competition.” Indeed judges includeworld-renowned shooters suchasAnne Geddesand Chris Jones. Joneshas even gone so far as to put together an eBook oftips and provide feedbackon images. For Milthorpe, the biggestsurprise has been the amazing level of talent. “We had an extraordinary range ofgifted amateurs who had put enormous amount oftime into getting the shot they wanted and it’s often required patience and a vision. They wereprepared to put in the time. Some of them have brought anew vision and spontaneity. “Last year’s winner, Sugianto Yahyareally captured what we wanted to do – which was highlight thebotanic gardens –Sugianto’s picturehad areal sense of placeand wasclearly identifiableasbeing shot in a botanicgarden. It covered the garden, the vista and reallycaptured a moment in time...” ■ Launched in 2011, the Gardensi n Focus competition proved popular with photographers fro maround the natio n. The first competition attracted a huge volume of entries and culminated with an exhibition of photographers’ work at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. In its second year, the competition has doubled itsparticipantsand opened up the arena to accept imagestaken at botanical gardens fromall over theglobe.Witha prize of $10,000 up for grabs,thecalibre ofentriesis high – witnessthe pics on thispage asproof. The overall winner will beannounced in May, but so popular has the event proved,that plans are already underway for a third competition, with entries opening in June. Inspired by the International Garden Photographer of theYear exhibition in Kew Gardens, the members of theFriends of Botanic Garden have put their ownspin on things and developed a competition that reallyshowcases not onlythe talentof our photographers, but the beauty ofthecountry’s botanic gardensas well. Pam Milthorpe (curator)hasbeen particularly enamored with the standard of entriesacross the categories (which range from plant images, to garden creatures and vistas). Professionals, amateursand young photographershave all been encouraged to enter and this year the competition hasincluded an international gardensection. “Ofcourse weknow alot of photographers like the macro shot,” admits Pam “but wealso want to encourage vistas and showcasehowpeople usetheir botanic gardens,so wehavea number of different categories. “Thisyear we widened the competition, so it is now called Australia and NewZealand Gardens inFocus and we’ve opened up an international categoryso wehavea much wider reach in Part ofSigma’s professional grade EX (Excellence)range,theSigmaAF 70m f/2.8 macro lensis afull format lens that works well for portrait photographybut isalso superb whenit comes to photographing extreme close-ups of nature. Armed with threeSLD elements, itdelivers crisp imageswith great clarity. Canonshooters looking for an entry-level macro lens, which also works well for portraiture, will love theEF 100mmf/.2 .8 lensthanks to itspleasing bokeh.Equipped with a Ring USM for silenthigh-speed auto focus, it delivers macro images at life-size (1x) magnification. Manual focusis also available. Designed for use withboth DSLR and SLRs, thisis the first Nikon macro lensto featurea Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction(VR II)technology. It utilises Nano Crystal Coatingsfor excellent imagereproduction and VRallowsfor a gain ofup to 4 stops. sHARP sHooTERs siGmaaF 70mm F/2.8 eX dG macro Lens canon eF 100m m F/2.8 m acro Usm Lens niKKor a F-s micro 105mm F/2 .8G i F-ed Vr Le ns “wHEn PEoPLE sPEnd TimE wiTH A subjEcT, somE How THE cAmERA ALLows THEm, givEs THEm PERmission if you LikE, To REALLy sToP And Look AT THE dETAiL” 24 25 Feature macro PicTUres Feature macro PicTUres 6 24 For a week in January the world’s most famous casino town plays host to the world’s biggest tech event. 16 17 ES (consumer electronics show) is the one exception to the old adage: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. In the ca se of CES the tech that makes its debut at the convention makes soundwaves all over the world as journos trumpet the latest technological advances on show. Now in its 45th year, CES dishes up a banquet of tasty tech gear that has the geeks salivating. This year 150,000 tech fans walked through the doors and some 20,000 products made their debut. Unlike previous years where a general theme eme rged – whether it was 3D TV or connectivity – this year’s show was a mishmash of all manner of gadget-y goodness. Android devices dominated, as did gesture and speech controlled devices and the Tablet was of course one of the hottest proper ties... But what of camera trends? Several of the big gun manufacturers chose CES as the place to reveal a plethora of hot new products. We take a look at the gear that made its mark – the cameras, lenses, and accessories to watch out for. The go-to fellas for quality lenses, Sigma have been a little quiet of late, but their announcement at CES of two new prime lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras quickly put the company back in the spotlight. The new Digital Neo (DN) line launched with the 30mm f/2.8 EX DN and the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses in Micro Four Thirds mounts for Olympus and Panasonic, and an E-mount for the Sony NEX-series cameras. “The launch of our DN series with two fa st prime lenses demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in innovation and quality, and providing photographe rs with excellent c hoices for lense s in this exciting new c amera ca tegory,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America . “Sigma le nses e mpower photographe rs to be more creative with their photography, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be embarking on this new journey with products for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for Micro Four Thirds and NEX mount systems...” No news as to whether the company plans any lenses for Nikon’s N1 came ras as yet. Sigma Since launching the SH100 last year, the clamour from consumers has been rising for more wi-fi integrated devices and Samsung has answered the call with the announcement that they will be adopting Smart wi-fi technology across the board on their camera and camcorder range. Five cameras and camcorders were announced that boast the new technology, including the WB850F, a compact travel camera with a whopping 21x zoom capability. The WB850allows direct upload to Facebook, Picasa or Photobucket thanks to easy Social Sharing, so friends and family can catch up on your latest adventures in real-time. The Auto Backup feature also enables one touch backup to the Cloud via Samsung’s AllShare Play and Microsoft Skydrive, allowing images to be accessible to other devices. Fuji also chose CES as the place to announce their foray into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera game, with the announcement of the X-Pro1. Equipped with a new 16-me gapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor, which Fuji claims will rival that of a full frame DSLR, it feature s Fuji’s EXR processor and a hybrid viewfinder. Able to shoot 1080p video it has a 1.23 million dot LCD screen and is all packed snugly away inside a magnesium alloy body that boasts the same retro good looks as the X100 and X10. The ca mera will launch with three new XF Fujinon lenses, a pancake, macro and prime lens. Memor y c ard giant SanDisk chose CES as the place to debut their latest SD ca rd. Billed as the world’s fa stest flash memory solution, this whip fast extreme memory card, the SDXC UHS-1, is capable of c apturing up to 10 hours of full HD 3D video – that’s enough space for an entire day’s shooting. It boasts a massively impressive 45 me gabytes per sec ond re ad/ write speed for fast shot to shot performance and quick data transfer, making it the ideal choice for videographer s who use their DSLR for shooting movies. Ava ilable in 64GB and 128GB models. Samsung Fujifilm SanDisk With camera phones taking over the shoot and share department, Panasonic has brought out the big guns in an effort to recapture the point and shoot market with their Lumix range. The new range of Lumix cameras deliver CMOS sensors, Leica lenses, HD recording, stacks of new filters, in-camera editing and in the case of the headlining S27, a 10x optical zoom lens that should please the happy snapper. Panasonic MAKE ME FAMOUS When Camera House launched its Make Me Famous competition on their Facebook page, little did they realise that the winner would be such a talented photographer, Perth teenager Matthew Ball. Matt Ball's interest in photography began when he first discovered the camera application on his phone. “I remember one of my cats, Whiskers, was sitting in one of our gigantic blue flower pots in our backyard. I was about eight, and at the time I had a flip phone that took 2 megapixel pictures,” remembers Ball. “I never stopped taking photos of our pets once I was in possession of a device that could take photos, whether it was a camera phone or a digital camera. That would be my earliest photographic memory...” Describing himself as right-brained, Ball says that while other kids were out playing sports he was busy with his paints and books and action figures. “I still don’t take an interest in sports or follow any teams,” he comments. “Instead I would try to find creative hobbies that suited me over time, which is why I believe that my interest in photography comes from my childhood upbringing and the creative clockworks that still tick in my brain.” “Another thing that sparked my interest in photography is a camera in general. How an ele ctronic device ca n actually mimic a scene and subject and capture it, freezing it. I just think that it’s mind-blowing.” The first photo Matt took that he was really proud of was quite recently and was included in his entry for the Make Me Famous competition. A night shot of Perth, it captures the Swan River skyline in vivid colour. “The reflections on the Swan River create a really vibrant atmosphere and immediately attracted my attention. I a m really pleased with that photo, because I haven’t really seen another one like it.” As for his inspiration for his work, Ball says he takes an organic approach, “My shots and photos just sort of happen. When I’m in the zone and photographing a subject and I see a certain idea or opportunity I take action, a nd make that visualisation happen.” The tee nager admits he would love a career in photography. “I see myself photographing weddings, models and any other creative projects that involve people. I prefer to photograph portraits because every individual has a different pe rsonality, a diffe rent look and a differe nt story to tell. I can communicate with them as well, which is very Important to me. Creating a strong relationship with the subject enables me to get the right shots... Which makes them and me happy.” He says he was shocked to learn he had won the Make Me Famous competition especially given the calibre of entries a nd says benefits to emerging photographers on Ca mera House’s Facebook page are immense. “The re is such a great community vibe and spirit amongst the Camera House Facebook page, everyone helps one another and gives feedback as well as welcoming the new members. It is a place where you can share your personal photos and watch each other grow as friends and as photographers which is great. “I am so grateful for Camera House a nd everything they do, especially the Facebook community they’ve created and their genius weekly comp ‘Photo Friday’ which has given me confidence in what I do and has enabled me to further my photography..." ■ MAtt’s shootEr tips • Have a creative mi ndset wHen sHooti ng. • try sometHing tHat you wouldn’t normally try. • Keep trying even if sometHing does n’t worK out, as you will eventually get tHat golden sHot. • don’t get wasHed up in all tHat tecHnical stuff. • Have a visualisation of wHat you want to convey in tHe frame. • enjoy wHat you do!!! 23 prof ile PHOTO F RI DAY 23 16 WInds OF ChanGe Photography is the new black. Virtually everyone I know is a ‘photographer’ these days. If they’re not busy getting in your face at social gatherings snapping off a shot on their camera phones, they’re pulling out a pocket-sized point and shoot that is certain to not only take photos but shoot video and upload your images to the social media of your choice all via wi-fi with just the touch of a button. So smart are today’s cameras that next time I’m out at a bar I wouldn’t be surprised if one could not only chat me up but order my drink for me to boot! This trend for cameras that can facilitate your every desire whilst managing to suit shooters at any level of competency was never more apparent than at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where all the big gun manufacturers served up a range of new compacts and interchangeable lens system cameras that deliver high-end features across the board. If you’d like to know what exactly is in store on the camera arena in the next twelve months, be sure to check out our CES feature . Meanwhile macro shooters will enjoy our story on the Royal Botanic Gardens’ latest photographic competition and fans of panoramic photography will love learning about Tom Putt’s epic landscape shoots. Plus as usual, we showcase the hottest gear and latest cameras that will feed your desire... Enjoy! Cec Busby, Editor HOT NEW GEAR Sexy new camera gear that will leave you wanting more! OUTWARD BOUND Tom Putt’s landscapes reveal a world of wonder. ViVA VEGAS! The hottest cameras, lenses and gear at CES iN THE BAG The essential equipment every budding shooter should know all about. PEOPLE SNAPS Meet Photo Friday Make Me Famous competition winner Matt Ball. GARDENS iN FOCUS Macro magic is made real at the Botanic Gardens. BiTS & PiECES Accessories that will turn your photos from mundane to magic. SHUTTERBUG Introducing Scott Barbour, Nikon Walkley Photographer of the Year and Daily Life finalist. 6 12 16 21 23 24 27 30 003_Bpics8_contents_V2.indd 3 8/03/12 12:07 PM
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