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Camera House : Better Pictures 9
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 Bronwyn Liebke. Featur e Pet POR tRA ItS Feature Pet PORtRAItS and happy, and we aring jeans and dog-slobber makes me far happier than a suit and heels!” Indeed Liebke confesse s she has always had an affinity with animals, “always having pets of various desc ription at home, looking after neighbour’s pets when they were away, and of course, photographing them on my little Hanimex,” she says. “ The things in life that make me happiest a re anima ls and photogra phy. A job ma rrying the two is my dream. It really was a ‘Eureka’ moment when this ve ry simple idea fina lly hit me. I thought ‘W hy have I neve r thought of this before? It seems so obvious.’” Of course shooting a nimals is not without its challenges. According to Liebke, establishing a rapport with the animal is the foremost factor. “It is imperative they feel c omfortable with me and the camera. I’m sure you would find a stranger pointing a la rge, black machine at you ve ry intimidating! I believe animals can sense who likes them, and I have experienc ed time again animals that willingly cometomeorsitnexttomeoronmewhentheir owners have sa id ‘oh my pet doesn’t like strangers’ or ‘my pet only comes to me’...” Still, photogra phing animals is not without its hazards. You can wind up “rolling in poo” for one thing. “ Dog, duck, donkey...It ’s all happened,” laughs Liebke. “When I’m in ‘the zone’ I’m far too engagedwiththe camera and pettocheck where I might be rolling. I always ke ep a change of clothes in the car...” She sugge sts that when de aling with anima ls you WIld AbOut animals When cats, dogs, goldfish and hamsters have become as much a part of family life as our parents and siblings, why wouldn’t we want to capture them in action? ifBronwyn Liebke’s early memories are anything to go by, she was always destined to become a pet photogra pher. “ My Grandparents gave me my very first camera when I was about eight,” says Liebke. “It was a Hanimex, and I still remember the whining sound of the flash warming up! My first real me mory is sta nding in front of the mirror taking a self-portrait wonde ring how it would turn out. My other ma jor memory is always taking pictures of my dogs.” In fact despite coming from a family that only pulled out the camera to c apture ‘important oc casions” Liebke says she “always wanted to docume nt events”. “I think I was quite aware as a c hild how fleeting, precious, funny and unique mome nts ca n be and thought (unconsciously, I’m sure) that if I c ould ca pture it on film I could keep that memory alive forever.” Whilst her initial profession was in communic ations and ma rketing, after much delibe ration and the urging of her husband and friends, Liebke took up photography as a full-time caree r and started her own business Pet Clix; whose focus is on providing gorgeous pet portraits. Her first shoot was of a “ c o uple of border collies”. At the time she star ted Pet Clix there were “hardly any” photographers specialising in the pet portrait arena. “I sawthe niche andfeltI couldfillit,” comments Liebke. “ Money wa s never the motivator for me, I wanted to be healthy They don’t get much toughe r thanthisall weathercamera from Olympus. Waterproof, (10m) shockproof (2m) and able to withsta nd temps of -10degre es thsi camera can capture your furry friend at play in a ll weathe r conditions. OlymPuS tOuGH tG 810 WHAt’S IN THE pET KiT... • NIkON D300 • NIkkOR 50MM F/1.8 LENS • NIkkOR 85MM F/1.4 LENS • SB90 SPEEDLIGHT • POLARISING FILTER • LENS CLOTH • SquEAkY TOY, PET TREATS If your pet’s into dishing out some rough a nd tumble , then the COOLPIX AW100 may be just the camera to capture all their action. Waterproof, shockproof and fre ezeproof it c an withsta nd extre me conditions a nd shoots wonderful high res 16 megapixel pics at the touch of a button. Another great tough camera from the folk at Panasonic. Waterproof to 12m, it’s also freezeproof, dustproof and able to withstand a fall from 2m. It packs a 12 megapixel sensor alongside a 28mm-128mm wide angle 4.6 zoom lens for great versatility. pET FRiEnDlY CamERas NIkON COOlPIx AW100 PANASONIC lumIx dmC-Ft4 12 13 27 ACCESSORIES GEAR SPOTLIGHT Dock your iPad to the iPad PhotoScanner and use the free i-Scan app to scan your photos and documents up to A4 size directly to your iPad at 300 dpi resolution. Fast and easy to use, the iPad scanner allows you playback a nd preview of your sca nned images and the dock doubles as a charger when your iPad is not in use. TAMRON SP 24-70MM F/2.8 DI VC USD KAISER BAAS IPAD SCANNER BITS & PIECES Get a handle on all the accessories you’ll need to get you snapping off shots like a pro. Make the most of your images with Adobe’s photo software. One click editing, image sharing, advanced black and white conve rsion and superior noise reduction are just some of the features of this latest upgrade to Lightroom. You can even create your own photo books and upload them for printing with ease. ADOBE LIGHTROOM 4 Part of Tamron’s Super Performance stable, this high quality, high speed fixed aperture standard zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilisation to reduce shake and a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive ) motor, for fast, sile nt auto focusing. It utilises three LD (Low Dispersion) elements and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses to eliminate chromatic aberration. It’s Tamron’s first lens to have a moisture resistant construction, making it ideal for shooting in the great outdoors. The LensPen is a great solution for cleaning either your camera, binocular or sporting scope’s lens. The retractable brush easily removes dust and the special non-liquid cleaning element is designed to never dry out, so you’ll always be ready to clean your equipment. A LensPen should be a part of every enthusiast’s kit. LENSPEN This housing for the PowerShot G1X allows shooters to dive to depths of up to 40 metres, making it the perfect companion for scuba divers hoping to capture their deep sea adventures on HD video or as a still image. It features an internal flash diffuser for the camera’s built-in flash, as well as a tripod socket for mounting your camera . It comes with a neck strap, wrist strap, flash diffuser, o-ring and tube of silicone grease. CANON G1X UNDERWATER HOUSING 27 12 6 7 PRODUCTS HOT NEW GEAR PRODUCTS HOT NEW GEAR Nikon’s new entrylevel DSLR,theD3200 has plentyof bells and whistles, starting witha huge 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS and Full HD 1080p recording. Newbieshooters will lovethe Guide Mode, which is like having a personal tutor to assist you in mastering your photography, while the newEXPEED 3 processor makes shooting in lowlighta cinch.Ideal for the enthusiast looking to upgradefroma point and shoot. NIKON D3200 Don’t let itsgood looks deceive you – the Cyber-shot TX20 is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof. It features a4x optical zoom, a superior Auto mode for fast clear shotsat thetouch of abutton and with a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor on board, it’s bound to deliver crisp images everytime. Theinclusion of Intelligent Sweep Panoramashould make landscape fanshappy. SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-TX20 CANON EOS 1DX HOT NEW GEAR The latest camera gear set to sizzle. High-end featuresand slimlinescombineinthis newcompactformfactor camerafromRicoh.It deliversa10.7x(28-300mmequivalent )optical wide-anglezoomlens, Ricoh’s newhybrid AF systemfor lightning fast focusing and anew high-brightnessLCD monitor for greater visibility outdoors.A newaperture/shutter-speed priority modeenables moreaccuracy and creativityand the inclusionofone touch movie recording isabonus. RICOH CX6 With an absolutelyenormous 36.3 megapixel FXformat CMOS sensor, (Nikon’s highest resolution sensor to date) the D800 is a groundbreaki ng new camera from Nikon ai med squarely at today’s multimedia artists and photographers. It serves up broadcast qualityfull 1080p HD video at variable frame rates(30/25/24) with stereo sound ,and boastsan enormousISO range of 100-6400,expandable to 25,600,and a 4 fpsburst rate. The cinefilesamongst you will love the inclusion of inputs for stereo mics, headphones and a peak audio meter – so you can beassured of getting amazing audio quality aswell as gorgeous vision for your latest movie masterpiece. Comparable to a medium format camera,the D800 delivers extremelycrisp,clear, low noise imageswith true-to-life colour reproduction. It features thesame improved 51-point AF systemwith 15CrossTypeAFsensorsas itsbig brother theD4, with versatileAF area modesand superb AF detectionin eventhedimmestlightingconditions. The large 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen provides 100% coverage, while anti-glare coatings and auto brightnesscontrol make it easier to frameup and review your shots. Adedicated picturecontrol button allowsyou to customise your settings. NIKON D800 Designer Mark Newsomhas collaborated with Pentax to deliver this stylish new interchangeablelenscamera.Despitebeing user-friendly, it featuressome very high-end features such as 16.2 megapixels, anISO rangeup to 25600and full HD video recording at variable frame rates. Built-inshake reduction ensures razor-sharp images and fast 6 framesper second continuous burst shooting isgreat for capturing the action on the playing fields. PENTAX K01 This high-end compact from Sigma featuresthe same groundbreaking Foveon 14 megapixel x3 sensor (2652x1768x3 stacked silicon layers)asits SD14 DSLR, resulting in superb imagedepths.It serves up a 16.6mm F4 lens(28mmwide angle equivalent) perfect for capturing landscapes, portraits and group shots. Alarge2.5 inch TFT LCD with 100% preview makes framing up and reviewing imageseasy. Filescanbe saved to JPGor RAW format for greater creativecontrol. SIGMA DP1 NEW Canon’s new benchmark pro- shooter, the EOS 1DXsportsa new18.1 megapixel full frame CMOSsensor, super fast12 framesper second shutter speedand anISOrange from100-51200.It shootsfull 1920x1080p HD video and boastsa revamped 61-point AF systemto providepinsharp focusing.Greatin lowlight, thenewDiG!C 5+ Processor deliversfaster processing and ampsupthe speed of your camera.Two CF card slots ensureyou have plentyofroom to saveyourimages. School’S IN sessIoN Camera House prepares to launch a new education portal for their users. When Camera Housefirst jumped on the social mediabandwagon and launched their Facebook page,the response fromphotographers wasimmediate. Shooters rushed to join, eager to take part in the conversation and share their tips and tricks with like-minded photographers. When CameraHouse kicked off their Photo Friday competitions, the reaction wasalso instant, further boosting the page’spopularity. Now CameraHouse has decided to go onestep further, withplansannounced to launch a new education portal. EllyGriffiths, Graphics &Electronics Marketing Coordinator for Camera House creditstheFacebookpageastheinspiration for thenewePortal. “We love and support eachand every community member on our Facebookpageand giving themyet another source ofinformation to help themalong their photographyjourneywas imperative moving forward.” According to Griffiths,theFacebook page has alwaysbeen based upon “support, education and forming relationships” and Griffithsfeelsthe education portal will both keep those sentiments alive and the membersengaged. “We feel that in order to keep growing their passion and take them to a whole newlevel, we needed another formofinformation to educate theminto taking that shot theyall desire to achieve.” Griffiths, herselfa keenphotographer, soon discovered that despite the abundance of sites found online devoted to photography,there was no “one place youcango to learn everything”. “Thereare articles and how-to’s spread vicariously over the Internet but no single destination where someone can go to and knowthey’ll be educated from start to finish.” Given that part of Camera House’s credo is to educate the photographer, an education portal seemed a logical next step. SaysGriffiths: “Whenyou purchase acamera from anyof our 87 Camera Housestores around Australiayou’re being served from great photographers who share the same passion as the people walking throughour doors.The staff are morethan happy to walk you through howto use your camera and many ofour stores run coursesto get their customers up to scratch withDigital Photography. “Transforming this in-store experience into an online experience was keyas we knowpeople are increasinglybecoming time-poor and will benefit greatlybybeing able to sitat homeon their tablet devices or computers and learn everything theyneed to know in their own time.” The advantagesof the newePortal to the Camera House customer areenormous. “As a Camera Housecustomer you will have free accessto the VIP areaof the ePortal for aperiod oftime, meaning all of the written tutorials with course notesincluded, will be at your disposal whenever you need them,” explains Griffiths. “There will also belittlesurprisesthrownin every now and then butthey’ll come when our VIPsareleast expecting it.” So just whatcan visitors expect to find on the ePortal? FromGriffiths’ description, it would seem as thoughthesite will be a one-stop shop for all your educational needs. “There will be a huge range of articlesfrom famousphotographers, tutorials, course snippetsand the list goes on! We will also be housing a great National Calendar where you will be able to go and see what’s on in your area,be it Camera Housein-store courses, photographyexcursions, right throughto exhibitions being held – adding just another elementfor photographers to enjoy.Generally you find yourself trying to squeezetime in ona weekend because you’ve only justheard about an eventat the last minute, the calendar will eliminatethisand also open youup to things “This site really will be the place to be for anyone with a love for photography” you generally wouldn’t be aware of.You’ll be ableto plan your whole year around what Photographyexperiencesareon in your area – if you wish thatis!” Best of all, Griffithsbelieves, given the depth of subjectsand articleson offer, that the site will beuseful to shooters no matter their level of experience, from photographicnewbieto pro shooter. “This site reallywill bethe placeto be for anyone with a lovefor photography.” Asfor thoseCamera HouseFacebookpage members who were the inspirationfor it all, GriffithssaysthattheePortal willdeliver plentyof opportunitiesfor themto “engage, shareand learn”. “There will be ahugeamount of opportunities for everyoneon the pageand Facebookwill ultimately become the forumfor people’s learningson the site. Facebookwill become the ePortal’s ‘photographer’s lounge’to discuss anything and everything and we can’t wait to take thisnext leap for our alreadyexisting and loyal communitymembers.” Expect the new Camera House ePortal to launch in August.Staytunedtothe Facebook page forupdates. ■ Feature education portal 24 Feature education portal 25 6 24 Rele ased to coincide with Tamron’s 60th birthday, this lens serves up a professional quality build with an Ultra sonic Silent Drive (USD) AF motor, Vibration Compe nsation (VC) stabilisation plus full time manual focusing when the lens is in AF mode. Ideal for eve ryday use, it delivers gre at resolution across all focal lengths and is fast and Lightweight and compact, this 15x zoom lens from Ta mron is compatible with APS-C c ameras and delive rs a focal length of 28-419mm (35mm equivalent). Designed as an all-in-one solution, it meets the challe nges of most shooting situations – so you can Designed for use with full frame DSLRs, this fixed focal length telephoto zoom lens is a great choice for the serious landscape shooter. FLD glass elements prevent chromatic aberrations and multi- layer lens coatings reduce flare and ghosting. It features Sigma’s Optical Landscape Lenses Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD SiGma aPo 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG oS HSm prefe rs more incle ment weather. Something he finds is perfectly suited to black and white photography. “I love black and white – it’s perfect for capturing the mood of a stormy sky – blue skies in black a nd white are flat and bland. I love the mood you can create in black and white – I love the deep rich blacks you get. Now the software has caught up, we can map those moody blacks that we used to be able to capture in a dark room.” Still Oliver does realise that with the ubiquitous nature of camera phones and the rise in popularity of digital photography, many newbie shooters are unfamiliar with, or even a little scared of, the black and white image. Indeed many think if they just add a B&W effect on their image they have a usable print... “You ca n’t work that way,” says Olive r. You almost have to see in black and white. See the picture first and think ‘that will work really well in black a nd white’ – it’s a pre -visualisation. Dark room knowledge also does help. When we were working in film, you didn’t have that much latitude. If you had a dodgy negative there wa s no way to rescue it. So you have to put the thought process in place beforehand. Compose the image so the shadows a re in the right area . Really think about your composition and light and shade. You shouldn’t be adding things. You want to create a pretty straight print that captures the e ssence of what you see, not try to a rtificially layer it later on.” Sound advice, but what other suggestions would Oliver give photographers wanting to tackle a black a nd white landscape. “I would study the great black and white photographers, the Bill Brandts, the David Baileys, the Lewis Morleys – photographers of that ilk. Studying the work of other photographe rs will help you develop your eye.” Oliver also says to be unafraid of expe rimenting. He suggests, “La te afternoon is great, for nice long shadows,” adding tha t “ this time of year is perfect”. And if you’re serious about capturing some unique a nd moody landscapes, set your alarm clock. “Early mornings... You need to catch the early morning light. The light especially at this time of yea r is fa ntastic and it really does darken down your image,” says Oliver. “H ead to the country – look at valleys and riverbeds – you get the mist off the water, it’s fantastic.” He is also a big proponent of exploring new landscapes. “I think going anywhe re new is inspirational. If you are always in your own environment you’ve seen it all before. Sydney – is a beautiful city – but it doesn’t grab me that much a nymore because I’ve lived here for 45 years. So it doesn’t do it for me...” David suggests that if you do want to shoot those urban landscapes that you get out early. “It’s important to capture the right light. There’s no point STorm seeKeR Nikon Ambassador David Oliver’s penchant for shooting stifling skies delivers the dark side of landscape photography. He may be best known for his work as a portraitist, yet these days photographer David Oliver has found a new love in capturing moody landscape s and epic images of nature. His photographic journey began at an early age, where his favourite childhood pastime was thumbing through picture books. This quickly developed into a passion for photography, with unsuspecting family and friends as his main subjects; candlelit portra its were a specialty (often his aggrieved siste r-in- law wa s the subject). When it came time to choose a career, a young Oliver embarked on a photographic cadetship with the Elton Ward Group, shooting weddings and family portraits for the high- volume studio. It was here that Oliver ea rned his stripes, sometimes shooting a s many as thirty familie s a we ek and a couple of weddings each weeke nd. “It really gave me a lot of experie nce photographing people and refined my shooting style,” he comments. Today Olive r is a much-awarded photographer, (multiple AIPP winner and a Grand Master) whose penchant for portraits has earned him a stellar reputation. Yet the muc h-lauded shooter admits that what really inspires him to pick up his camera these days is an “early morning mist or a moody skyline”. Oliver says he’s always loved shooting landscapes – though he prefers to call them “urban pictures”. “I rarely shoot pure landscape,” he says. “I prefer to add some kind of element in – whether that is a cow, a sheep, an old farmhouse – some kind of subject. When I shoot for myself I look for environmental pictures, and I do love the adverse weather, the early morning light.” Unlike many photographers that love shooting picture perfe ct blue skies, Oliver Tamron af 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di ii VC PZD Feature winTEr lanDSCaPES 17 Featur e winTEr lanDSCaPES 16 Sharp Shooting Point and shoot, DSLR or compact pro? Which camera is best for your needs? F eature WhiCh CAMERA? Whether you’re a social snapper in need of a point and shoot or a semi pro hankeringfor a professional DSLR, these days there are an abundance of cameras to suit today’s s hooter s... But whe n ev en the most basic point and shoot offers a minimum of 10 megapixels andinterchangeable lens cameras are becoming ubiquitous, how do youknow what camera suits your needs?Check out our guidelines below to find the camera for your style. CompaCt CameraS Characterised by their ease of use, and slim form factor, most compact cameras are point and shoot affairs aime d at the happy snapper or social user. However today’s compacts are a far cry from the Box Brownie of yesteryear, offering advanced features such as facial re cognition, auto scene modes, in-camera effects and even movie recording. Good options: Nikon COOLPIX S3300, Cyber- shot DSC WX10. tough CameraS Aimed at the thrill seeker and adve nture sports shooter, these cameras have the ease of use and similar feature set to a compact point and shoot with the added benefit of being waterproof, freezeproof, dustproof and able to withstand falls between 1-2m, depe nding on the manufacturer. Auto sce ne modes, face detection, underwater shooting and movie recording are all par for the course. GPS and geotagging are often included. Some also offer the option to shoot multiple frames per second. Good options: Nikon COOLPIX AW100, Panasonic LUMIX DMC FT4, Penta x WG-2. poCket Zoom Great for trave llers that don’t want to lug around a DSLR. Pocket zooms (or trave l zooms) deliver the option of shooting everything from portraits to landscapes. Many of the se new pocket zoom cameras also provide the option of shooting panorama images to really capture the beauty of a location and offer great image stabilisation for shooting on the go. HD Movie recording is usually included so you eliminate the need for a This kit is a great option for the enthusiast or semi pro wanting to expand their camera collection as it comes with all three Nikon 1 lens (10mm VR, 10-30mm & 30-110mm VR) as well as a case and camera strap. The Nikon 1 V1 is superb in low light, has 10 megapixels on board and shoots a whopping 60 frames per second. Versatile and lightweight, it’s an ideal alternative to a traditional DSLR. NIkoN V1 CREAtivE kit second camera. They are far more versatile than the average compact pont and shoot. Good options: Nikon COOLPIX S9300, Ca non Powershot SX230 HS, Fuji Finepix F550EXR. INterChaNgeable leNS CameraS Smaller than a DSLR but delivering ma ny of the same features, including the ability to swap lenses to suit your needs, interchangeable lens cameras are proving popular with profesional and semi-pro shooters looking for a more compact shooting solution. These mirrorless cameras deliver excellent image and movie quality and provide manual controls for greater creative control. Plenty of bells and whistles... Good options: Nikon 1,Olympus PEN,Fuji X-Pro-1. DSlr The sta ndard for professional and enthusiasts, today’s DSLR cameras delive r superior image quality, HD video recording, and great versatility tha nks to interchangeable lenses. They are best for shooting in low light and offer c omplete manual control. Photographe rs wanting to advance from a point and shoot can opt for entry level cameras such as the Nikon’s D3200 or Canon’s EOS 550D. Advanced shooters will love: Nikon D4, Canon 1D-X, Olympus OM-D. 21 21 16 Old man WInter Is here While most of us need more than a little bit of encouragement to slip out from under our doonas these cold and frosty mornings, according to Nikon Ambassador David Oliver, that is exactly the time you should throw off the comforter and take to the city streets or countryside, camera in hand. Oliver believes that early morning winter light delivers the perfect conditions for shooting landscapes – especially if you appreciate a moody mist or stormy skyline. So why not take Oliver’s advice and brave the winter air in search of the ‘decisive moment’? Our cover feature this issue shines a light on the world of pet photography. Pet portrait expert Bronwyn Liebke reveals the secrets to shooting man’s best friend. Liebke’s simple tips and tricks will have you taking fabulous photos of your family’s fur kids in no time. In some exciting news for Camera House, we announce the impending launch of our education portal. This one stop shop for all your photo education needs will be in session from August but in this issue we give you a sneak peek of what will be on offer. We also throw a spotlight on the latest gear. This month there is plenty to get excited about, from fantastic new DSLRs and compact cameras to accessories and lenses that will definitely leave you salivating. Enjoy! Cec Busby, Editor HOT NEW GEAR Smart and sexy cameras to get you excited! Wild AbOuT ANimAlS Bronwyn Liebke’s fabulous photos of ‘fur kids’ reveal personality plus. STORm SEEKER David Oliver and the art of winter landscapes. WHAT CAmERA? Finding the right camera is easy, if you follow our guide. PEOPlE SNAPS Meet Photo Friday ‘Abandoned’ assignment winner, Thai Hoa Pham. SCHOOl’S iN SESSiON Camera House introduces an education portal. biTS & PiECES Accessories that will turn your photos from mundane to magic. SHuTTERbuG Introducing Tracey Nearmy, Head On portrait prize winner. 6 12 16 21 23 24 27 30 003_Bpics9_contents_V1_corrected.indd 3 5/06/12 10:44 AM
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