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Camera House : Better Pictures 11
Contents What’s InsIde 3 CONTENTS Editor Cec Busby Art dirEctor Camila Fernandes dEsignEr Erin Rollestone 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 Ray Collins. holidays Gift Guide h o lidays Gift Guides 16 17 Gift guide Are you at a loss for what to buy your family or friends this holiday season? Let our gift guide show you the way. Nikon fans are going to love this new pro shooter DSLR. It delive rs a powerful 24.3 megapixel FX format sensor inside a compact HD SLR body. A 39-point AF system provides pin sharp images and full 1080p HD cinematic quality recording ensures home movies look fantastic. Built in HDR, wireless photo sharing and a blistering 5.5 fps burst mode gives this camera great versatility. Practic al and flexible, this new daypack from Lowepro provides plenty of room for a full camera kit as well as your everyday gear. The padded camera box is removable should you wish to use the hatchback as a regular daypack. An all weather cover also protects your gear from the elements. Get your studio set up like a pro with this fabulous lightstand and umbrella kit. Simply add a fla shgun softbox a nd you’ll have everything you need to create great studio pics. The lightstand is strudy a nd has brackets for ea sy attachment. The reversible umbrella is superb for reflecting additional light. NikoN d600 Lowepro HatcHback waco m ciNtiq 24 Hd toucHpad Joby goriLLapod Hybrid adobe pHotosHop eLemeNts 11 maNfrotto mkc3-H01 pHoto- movie Head tripod gLaNz LigHts ta Nd 806, umbreLLa HoLder, reversibLe 2 iN 1 36” umbreLL a The latest addition to the Wacom family, this touchscreen tablet delivers a 24-inch widescreen HD LCD tablet with multi-touch controls and Wacom’s signature stylus. Aimed at photographers and designers, it provides outstanding precision and fantastic colour rendering with the display capable of showing over one billion colours. Now your compact system camera (CSC) can get the Joby Gorillapod treatment with the release of the Gorillapod Hybrid. Delivering all the features you love from the original, the Gorillapod Hybrid allows you to mount your CSC to just about any surface. With over two dozen leg joints that bend and move independently (a full 360 degrees) you have enormous flexibility to position your camera ready to shoot. An integrated bubble level ensures you keep your camera level and the quick release allows for fast removal of your camera when needed. Take control of you r images with the latest upgrade to Adobe’s popular software, Photoshop Elements. Easily apply pro effects such as tilt-shift, h igh and low key and vignette. You can even turn your photos into a graphic novel via the pen, ink an d comic elements. Adjust colour and remap video effects. The new intuitive editing environment lets you customise your experience to suit your skill level – quick, guided or expert – so you won’t be out of you r depth. A must-have for anyone wanting to take more control of their photographic creative process. Providing shooters with smooth quiet focus and tilt and swivel ability, the Composer Pro delivers a sweet spot that ju st won’t quit. Apply effects in- camera that you would normally need to do in post, or with a far more expensive Tilt-Shift lens. Bend the Composer Pro to move the Sweet Spot then rotate the focusing ring to bringyour subject into focus. It will automatically stay in its bent position. The result is fantastically creative images. Compatible with all optics in the Optic Swap System, the Composer Pro Double Glass is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, Olympus E1 cameras. It’s also available in mounts for a range of mirrorless cameras. If you aim to shoot a lot of movies, you will need to invest in a tripod with a good head to allow for smooth pa nning and tilting. This ultra-compact a nd easy-to-use kit is great for shooting both photos and video. It has a photo-movie selector on its fixed hybrid head to easily change shooting styles and a quick release plate for instant removal of your camera. An ergonomic handle makes panning a bre eze and eve rything folds away neatly to stow in your bag. Great for compacts, DSLRs and digital movie camera s up to 1.5kg. LeNsbaby composer pro doubLe gL ass for tHe pro shooter for tHe creatives Picture Perfect Get your photographic prints from a professional and literally see the difference. Like most of the Came ra House store owners, Nigel Roper from Croydon Came ra House has had literally a lifetime in photographics. His fathe r managed and owned camera stores in the UK and Australia and Nigel has been running Croydon Camera House since 1985. Of course, over the past 27 years Nigel has see n a huge change in all matters of photogra phy, and none more than in the finished image. With the introduction of digital photography the anticipation of waiting for the film to be processed to see how the photograph looks has been somewhat lost. Well almost. You can certainly see an image on a computer monitor and share the image in all man ner of ways but nothing beats the excitement of seeing the photo you have taken enlarged in a frame, canvas and acrylic or printed with other photos to create a story in a quality photobook. “The variety of ways that people can display their images is now greater than ever and with the improving technology in cameras and lenses, the ability for budding photographers to produce fantastic results is also greater than ever, especially if they can get the right help,” says Nigel. Camera House store owners, like Nigel, and their employees have a passion for photography. They love to share their knowledge and help their customers to get the best from their photography and when it comes to displaying images, the Camera House employees can help to select th e best images based on appropriate sizes and, by u sing Photoshop and other programs, adjust the files to give the best possible results. And being photographers themselves, the Camera House people are passionate about the getting the best possible finished result. “The ways to display an image is ever changing. Over recent years, canvas prints have become popular – they suit any décor and never go out of fashion. Camera House customers are now printing more than one canvas and then display th em to create a story. This is called a canvas cluster,” says Nigel. Camera House staff help their customers th ink outside the box when it comes to displaying images. A collage of photos can have 50 or more images on it and it can be printed and framed, or printed to a canvas. Th e result can be stunning. In fact, when it comes to printing and displaying your images, you are only really limited by your imagination. And whatever idea you come up with you can be assu red that the folk at Camera House will be there with you to assist you in bring your creative vision to life. ■ “the variety of ways that people can display their images is now greater than ever.” 24 feature Picture Perfect 24 16 4 5 Products Hot new gear Products Hot new gear If theContourRoam and theContour+ wereto havea lovechild, the resulting offspring wouldbe theContour+ 2 whichtakes thebest features from both cameras and melds them intoone newunit. TheContour+ 2 willhavethe action sports enthusiast inyour family clamouring for possession. Thebuilt-in GPStracks speed,elevationand distanceand Bluetooth capabilities allowyou to useyour smartdeviceas a viewfinder. Abletoshoot awhopping120fps (no,that’s not a typo) it comes completewitha waterproofcaseso youcan really makethe most ofthis beastwhenshooting stills or full1080p HD movies inthegreatoutdoors. Contour+ 2 HOT NEW GEAR The latest camera gear set to sizzle. Are you lookingfor afull frame DSLR to takeyourphotography to the nextlevel? The EOS6D is justsuch acamera. Itopts for a more compactform factor than many oftheEOScameras providing a lightweight body without sacrificing any features.Expect to be stunned by the imagequality ofthe new 20.2 megapixel CMOSsensor which is poweredby the new DiG!C 5+ imageprocessor. Addto this with Wi-Fi and GPS on board and anISOrange of 100-25600 and you havea camerathat is capableofcapturinga wide range of shooting situations and easily able to shareyour images withfriends and family. The newest member ofNikon’s compact system camera range,the Nikon 1V2 steps things up a notchfrom its predecessor the V1 to provideenhanced manual controls and newfeatures suchas Best MomentCaptureand a built-inflash that is compatiblewith Nikon’s CreativeLighting System. LiveImage control gives you real time previews ofyour shot and anewCommandDiallets youeasily toggle betweensettings.Add tothis all the previous features,such as Smart PhotoSelector andanadvanced hybrid auto focus system that uses both phase and contrastdetection, and you have acamera that’s ready when youare! Canon EoS 6D nikon 1 V2 The latest addition to Olympus’ compact systemcamera range, the E-PM2 deliversall the performance ofa DLSR in a compact formfactor. Armed with a16-megapixel LiveMOS sensor, a wide- format 3-inch capacitivetouch-screen LCD with ‘Touch Shutter’ technology and a super fast auto focus system, it delivers point and shoot simplicityfor the novice, coupled with manual options for the moreseriousshooter. Marryit to anewFlash Air storage card and you have easy Wi-Fi sharing ofyour images and moviesto your favourite social networks. olympuSpEnE-pm2 Making the move to DLSR? This creative kit from Canon couplestheir new entry level EOS 650D with a trio of fabulouslenses (the 18-55mm IS, 55-250mm IS and the 50mm f/1.8 . It’s a kit that will go a long waytowards expanding your creativity andphotographic techniques. The 650D’s 18 megapixel CMOS sensor provides wonderful image clarityand itslarge vari-angle LCD touchscreen makes composing and reviewing your shot a snap.Novice shooters will benefit from Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto, which takes the mysteryout of selecting settings. While more experienced shooters will appreciate the 650D’s manual controls. A rangeof creative filters add to the fun for newbie shooters(thinkB&W, watercolour and more). The triooflenses packagedin thiskit provide a great multi-purpose standard zoom lens for everyday use,a telephoto zoom witha USMfor fast silentautofocus, anda lightweight fastfixed focal length lens that delivers fantastic results in low light. Ifyou’re looking to take thestep up toDSLR, this kit will send youin the rightdirection. The successor to the popular HX9V, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX30Vhas more bellsand whistlesthan a bump and grind artist. That’s not to say it’s gimmicky– far from it. Equipped with 18 megapixels, a 20x f/3.2-5.8 25-500mmlensand the abilityto shoot full HD movies,this compact camera (weighing just 254g) isperfect for social snappers, travel shootersor chronicling your family’s antics. Itshootsa blazinglyfast 10 fps so you’ll never missa moment of the action. Plus it hasbuilt-inWi-Fi for easy sharing of your imagesand a rangeof pictureeffectsto keep things interesting. Sony CybEr-Shot DSC-hX30V Canon EoS 650D CrEatiVE kit Myfather pursued a very activeinterest in medium format fine art photography, and was primarily responsible for my earlyinterest in photography,” saysaward-winning landscape photographer JoshuaHolko. “There was always acamera at our familygatheringsand taking pictures was an important part ofour familyevents.” Holko’s earliest memoriesinvolvedayand weekend trips with his dad, heading out into the countryside. “We would pileinto his car on the weekends, drive offin any direction until he found something interesting to photograph. I wasonly young back then but I have some vivid memories of some greatlocationsand good times.I remember my veryfirst camera, which was aKodak Disc. A format that thankfully had a veryshort lifespan as thenegative was tinyand the image quality woeful, but it wasenough to getmetotallyhooked.” Holko is definitely ‘hooked’. He abandoned a successful career in marketing when he realised that he was “working harder and longer on my photography” than he was onhis dayjob. “Atthe timeitwasaneasydecisionformeasIhad just led myfirst successful workshop to Iceland, and Iknewthat pursuing my passionin photography was the right decision.” Indeed, it isthis joint passion for adventure travel and photographythat has becomethe basis for Holko’sphotographic endeavours. “When I was growing up Idid a lot of scuba diving,trekking and rock climbing.I waspassionate about underwater photography,even though Icould not afford the equipment. There wasjust something about exotic, remote locationsthat reallyappealed to me. Ihavealwayshad a passion for remote wilderness areas,and particularlymountains, snowand ice,and it seemed onlynatural to take photographswhen visiting these places. “It justso happens that Australia isa little short on icebergs and snow, so I have to travel a lot but Ilove getting out into pristine, unspoilt wilderness with mycamera and I have aparticular passion and fondness for the Polar regions.” All thisshooting under extreme conditions can provea challenge for Holko, who says “dealing with the elementsis usuallythebiggest challenge when shooting out inthe wilderness. Being prepared for bad weather and having theright equipment to deal with it is reallyimportant.” Afew yearsago, Holko admits that he made an error in judgment while on location that was potentiallydangerous. “I was shooting by myself in the SouthIsland of New Zealand. Ihad hiked up to the carving faceof Fox Glacier to photograph arapidlyflowing glacial river that waspouring out ofa cave in the carving face.It was warmand I had just set up mytripod when thesun loosened some basketball-sized bouldersfromthe icesome50 feet over myhead. Theylanded right in front of me and only missed mebyafewfeet.Itwasascarymomentanda good wakeup call that no shotis worth risking your life for.” Despite the occasional dangerous situation, nothing beats being in the right place at the right time when it comes to shooting in the great outdoors. “Being in the rightplace at the right timeis a major factor in my photography. Thebest light isalmost always found at the edges of weather and just beforesunrise and just after sunset.So Ispend a lot of time waiting for the right light, and will often visita location manytimes in the “ Thissuperzoom compact is idealfor intrepid travellersthat like to travel light.Armed with a50xoptical zoom, it’sextremely versatile. Intelligent ISstabilisationkeepseverything nice and sharp even when shooting handheld and with a12.1 megapixel CMOSsensoron board,imagesare crisp and true to life. Ultra portable, easy to use yet equipped with an interchangeable lenssystem, the Nikon 1J1 is ideal for shooting high-res images and full 1080p HD movies. It also provides a slewof cool features –such as Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector that ensure you never miss a momentof the action. Equipped with sideaccess, a removable camera box and a separate compartment for your tablet,the Hatchback AW also hasplentyofroom for your everyday gear as well as your DSLR, lenses and flashunit. Creative Masters Canon PowerShot SX50 hS nikon 1 J1 LowePro Photo hatChbaCk aw outward Bound Acclaimed photographer Joshua Holko’s breathtaking landscapes reveal a love of adventure amid the beauty of nature. 11 Feature outward bound Feature outward bound 10 4 10 Water works With tough cameras all the rage, the desire to take great photos on the beach and in the ocean has become a common aim for most happy snappers. Ray Collins has some handy advice. Shockproof to 1.5 metres, waterproof to 10 metres and freezeproof to -10 degrees, Canon’s next gen all weather camera, the D20, is the ideal companion for the surf, snow or skate park. A new anti-fog lens is a great addition and the built-in GPS lets you logyour journey via Google Maps. Equipped with an altimeter, barometer and built-in GPS, the DMC- FT4 is waterproof (12m) shockproof (2m) and able to withstand temps to -10 degrees. Armed with a Leica lens, full HD recording and Panasonic’s iA (intelligent Auto) system, it’s easy to use straight out of the box. With a super fast zoom lens with an f/2.0 aperture and a reinforced 3-inch OLED screen, the TG-1 provides great image clarity. It features new A-GPS technology and it’s waterproof (12m) freezeproof (-10 degrees) and shockproof (2m) as well as being able to withstand pressure up to 100kg! OUTDOOR essenTials CaNON D20 PaNasONiC Lumix DmC-Ft4 OLymPus tG-1 Ray Collins knows all about shooting on sand and at sea – as the winner of Surfing Australia’s Surf Photographer of the Year competition, and a world-renowned surf photographer, he’s one shooter that’s well ve rsed in the hazards of shooting on Aussie beaches. Unlike shooting in a studio or on a regular location, shooting in the water can present unique challenges – especially for the novice shoote r. According to Collins, changing conditions can often move e lements of a shoot completely out of your control. “So many things have the ability to change in the water – tide, wind, light, positioning – all the se things are consta ntly changing. Also, in the water you usually have to kick to get above the surface to take the photo, so you need some ba sic fitness and ocean mindedness.” Underwater photos also require exa ct conditions if you want a top shot. “For underwater, clear water really helps, that c an be the difference between a good image and a great image,” comments Collins. “For a bove the water, just capturing the mood of the oc ean can give it the ‘wow factor’. Sometimes you don’t have to do much, just be there at the right time.” It’s not just all down to spontaneity however; pre paration can be crucial for a successful shoot. Collins explains: “The preparation for me starts with weather ma ps, looking at storms in diffe re nt parts of the world and trying to predict where the sur f is going to be good. Then rec hecking all of my waterproof stuff, ringing different sur fers, organising flights and so on. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated for everyone. Some of my best shots are at the beach in front of my house with no planning involved.” Apart from the logistics of in a n under water shoot, Collins also says different rules can come into play in terms of composition and playing with the light. “Unde rwater, specifically, is a lot different to shooting on land. Your focusing distance is ver y short, you’re actually focusing on a ‘virtual image’ due to the small amount of air inside the port and the distance from your lens to the element, so it’s not a true to life image.” The smallest of elements c an also destroy a shot. “Water droplets can ruin a photo, so you have to keep spitting and licking the front element of the ports to c ombat that. I notice that after a few hours of treading water with 15kg of ca mera gear I sta rt to get cramps, so for me stretching a nd having good fitness is important. Also, sunscreen, even when it is cloudy. “To combat glare and things like that I always expose for the highlights; it’s important to ge t sURf’s Up! GeT The shOT On lanDORsea picTURe 1 Experiment with different a ngles, walking to one end of the beach ca n change a surf image dramatically. picTURe 2 Small waves are best when shooting underwater; focus should be set at around 1ft. picTURe 3 Using a slow shutter spe ed can give the image a sense of abstract movement. picTURe 4 Take the time to compose the scene, it will turn an okay shot into a great shot. picTURe 5 Don’t be afraid of getting right into the thick of the action, it can mean running on dry sand at times. picTURe 1 picTURe 2 picTURe 3 Feature waterworks 26 Feature wate r wo rks 27 Bird’s EyE View Landscape shooter Matt Granger took to the road with the Lensbaby Optic system to discover its unique properties. Asashooter who lea rned the fundamenta ls of photography on film a nd SLRs, Matt Granger – aka ‘ThatNikonGuy’ – is au fait when it comes to getting the most out of his camera and lenses. So it’s not surprising that Granger would become a fan of Lensbaby Optic s, a system that allows photogra phers to c raft incredibly unique images. “Pe rsonally, I would muc h rather spend more time out in the field, taking images, than behind my desk editing them,” says Granger. “Indeed, my mantra on ThatNikonGuy (his website) is ‘get your gea r out’ – it is great to spe nd time researching and investigating new gea r – but that is not photography, it is the grunt work that enables photography. The magic happens in that mome nt whe n you line things up, and as you click the shutter you just know you have create d something special. That is the essence of photogra phy, for me.” Recently, Granger accepted a role as an amba ssador for Lensbaby and he cant help but sing the praise s of the system. “Lensbaby lets me create images that are unique a nd unrepeatable. Anyone can grab an f/1.4 lens and blur the background out – it looks great but it is simple. If you really want to isolate, draw attention to or from aspects in the scene, Lensbaby offers something really unique. Want to draw attention to just one corner of the shot? Want a line of sharp focus left to right or top to bottom in the scene? Want to have just one thing sharp, despite it being the same distance from the c amera as the rest? Lensbaby allows you to do all that. No longer is it just defined by the distance from the focal plane to the subject.” 35 Feature landscapE 35 26 BREAK OUT THE SUNSCREEN Aussies have a bit of a reputation for being daring thrillseekers and there is no better time of year to unleash your inner adventurer than in summer. The warmer weather entices most of us to the beach where we wile away our days surfing the break, paddleboarding the bay or bodysurfing in the white water. Of course most of us don’t go anywhere these days without our cameras. With the latest array of all-weather gear released just in time for summer, (such as Nikon’s new waterproof housing for the Nikon 1 or Sony’s Action Cam) you’ll now be able to capture your daredevil antics in all their glory, safe in the knowledge that your gear will not only survive the experience but deliver fantastic results as well. If you’re feeling a little lacklustre in the imagination department, not to worry. We’ve plenty to inspire within this issue of Better Pictures. Renowned landscape shooter Joshua Holko reveals his jawdropping Antarctic images; surf photographer extraordinaire Ray Collins explains the ins and outs of creating great shots underwater and Matt Granger takes a trip around the globe, Lensbaby in hand, to showcase a new viewpoint on travel photos. As usual we show off all the latest gear and accessories and help take the fuss out of gift giving this season with our handy present guide for every type of shooter. Happy holidays everyone – don’t forget the sunscreen! Cec Busby, Editor HOT NEW GEAR The latest, greatest gear to whet your appetite. OuTWARd BOuNd Joshua Holko’s landscapes deliver a glimpse of a frozen wonderland. GifT GuidE At a loss for what to buy your loved ones this holiday season? We’re here to help. PiCTuRE PERfECT Getting a perfect print is easy when you use a professional. WATER WORkS Ray Collins’s tips for getting wet ‘n’ wild this summer. BiRd’S EyE ViEW Matt Granger and Lensbaby reveal a whole new world. BiTS & PiECES All the gear you need to take your photography from newbie to pro! SHuTTERBuG Introducing Adam Pretty, AIPP Sports Photographer of the Year. 4 10 16 24 26 35 43 46 003_Bpics11_contents.indd 3 28/11/12 10:47 AM
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