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Camera House : Better Pictures 12
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 © 2013. 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 Chris Polack. FASHION FORWARD Sidelined from the BMX circuit, Chris Polack’s diversion into photography has become a satisfying career as a fashion and sports snapper. For renowned high-end fashion shoote r Chris Polack, photography wa s initially a hobby that helped him to chronicle his career as a BMX rider. “My lifestyle of extreme sports got me into video and stills,” says Polack. “While traveling the world competing and touring on a BMX bike I taught myself how to take more professional photos for magazines. As I was a rider and a photographer, I automatically became the team photographer on tours. It turned into a way to capture the moments I was experiencing while being on the road.” After putting aside his BMX career, [“I had exhausted my body and my liver ”], the sports enthusiast decided it was time to explore his options. “At fir st my interests were as a graphic designer but that fizzled when I was rejected from design school.” Eventually Polack realised that with his experience in BMX, he already had an edge on many sports shooters. When a friend showed Polack’s slides to an editor of a local BMX magazine, a new career was born. “The next thing I knew, the editor approached me in person to run it in his publication. I obviously jumped at the chance.” Shortly after, Polack upped sticks to live in Europe for four ye ars whe re his foray into fashion photography began. “The constant exposure to the arts a nd culture of Europe led me to appreciate the finer things in life,” he says. “Also, a girlfriend at the time who studied a rt history opened my eyes to some of the greats of our time – Newton, Ray, Brassai, Witkin... “During this time my mind broadened to many possibilities. The camera in my hand was my pen to paper, documenting my every move, and allowing me to enter worlds I hadn’t considered. One thing leads to another and before I knew it I was being complemented for my fashion photos. The BMX thing took a back seat and the ‘fashion and people’ interests grew more and more. I think it also had to do with the fact that I was maturing, and my interests were changing. I didn’t want to just be out shooting young adults on bikes flying th rough the air, but more about trying to capture personality, character and creating scenes I wanted to see in magazines.” Today, Polack’s work graces plenty of magazine covers and his clients include the likes of Red Bull, Nike and Kubik. “My advice for anyone wanting to get into the industry is be true to you,” he says. “Learn and try as much as you can. Once you’ve tried and tested things that interest you, the n, if you find something you like, stick to it. Perhaps it’s something you wont see in every magazine or book but as long as you enjoy doing it, your time will come. Many of the greatest fashion photographers out there today have gone down that path.” For Polack the most challenging aspect of a shoot can often be managing client’s expectations. “Being patient is definitely important when dealing with clients. Depending on the client, sometimes I find myself educating them before we shoot. And that’s often because the client might not know what they want. They might have seen an image somewhere that they loved, and they want to replicate that for their own brand. “PartofthewayI work is,I showthem the importance of being different and using photography to make their brand stand out. After all, you’re only as good a s your last shoot and if my last shoot is a copy of someone e lse’s work, then it’s a cop out to myself and to the company I’ve been commissioned by. Think global, and meet “We saw polar bears, were chased by Arctic wolves – it was incredible” Canon bills this as the ultimate ‘normal’ lens and with its fast f/1.4 aperture it’s superb in low light situations. Armed with two high-refraction lens elements and Gaussian optics, it delivers crisp, clear images from edge to edge. The Micro USM also provides full-time manual focus. This ultra wide-angle lens for Nikon’s DX format cameras makes a wonderful addition to your kit. Almost fisheye in its viewing angle, the AF-S DX 10-24mm ups the ante on your creativity, delivering dramatic perspectives. With its hypersonic motor, this is one of the fastest, quietest super wide- angle zoom lenses on the market. It delivers super sharp images with great colour clarity, and the option of manual focus is another bonus. SHARP SHOOTERS CANON EF 50MM F/1.4 LENS NIKON AF-S DX 10- 24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED LENS SIGMA 10-20MM F/4- 5.6 EX DC HSM LENS 13 FEATURE FASHION STAKES FEATURE FASHION STAKES 12 A SMALL WORLD Macro photography reveals a miniature world in close-up. If you really wa nt to get the be st results when photographing flowers, insects, amphibians, and reptiles, a macro lens will be your new be st friend. WHAT IS A MACRO LENS? A macro lens is a specialist lens that delivers life-size reproductions of minute subjects. It has a ratio of 1:1. Therefore, all the detail you see magnified through the lens is what will be reproduced in your image. A dedicated macro lens is able to deliver maximum sharpness and colour clarity far more than the use of other attachments, such as close-up filters. Since capturing detail is so important, depth of field, sensor size and magnification are critical when choosing a macro. HOW MANY MM? A macro lens can come in a range of focal lengths and are able to focus from infinity to extremely close, but for our money, the best focal length macro lens is one of 100mm. This will allow you to keep a reasonable distance from your subject, so you don’t scare it into flight – yet you’ll still be able to fill the frame. FOCUSING WITH MACRO The majority of macro lenses on the market these days offer auto focusing and if they also use some type of silent motor system, you’re in business. Still, most pro shooters prefer to focus their macro subjects manually. Set your magnification level on your lens, then focus down until your subject is crystal clear – then activate your AF to maintain focus if th e su bject is moving – the best of both worlds! FEATURE LIFE IN MINIATURE TRIPOD V FLASH While today’s macro lenses usually come with image stabilisation systems built-in, you can’t go past a tripod for ensuring your image remains sharp and finely detailed, as shooting with a tripod will eliminate all but the worst camera shake. You can lock off your tripod, so when you finally squeeze off your shot you don’t accidentally change your framing (a must when working at such a close-up level). Alternatively, you can opt to use an electronic flash to illuminate your subject and minimise blur – this also allows you to shoot handheld and place your camera exactly where you want it. OTHER OPTIONS Want to shoot close-ups of insects and plant life but don’t have the funds for a quality macro lens? You could always con sider an extension tube as an alternative, like teleconverters. They fit between the lens and camera but are hollow, with no optical components, and work by simply extending the len s away from the sen sor, decreasing the minimum focusing distance. They are best combined with a short focal length lens and are available in a variety of strengths. ■ Small, lightweight and supe r fa st, this f/2 lens from Tamron provides a longer working distance for macro shooting than its predecessor. It offers 1:1 reproduction that is super sharp and immensely detailed. Stop down to f/2 and you get crisp images from edge to edge. TAMRON 60MM F/2 DI II LD LENS 21 21 12 6 7 PRODUCTS HOT NEW GEAR PRODUCTS HOT NEW GEAR I know we’ve gone on about the Galaxy Camera before –but we still love thiscamera just as much in the New Year as we did when it launched at Xmas. Still loving the 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.Adoring theAndroid operating system. Can’tget enough ofthe 21x optical zoom. Amazed bytheimage qualityof the16-megapixel CMOSsensor and finding thesuper clear HD touch displayintuitiveand easyto use. Imagine your smart phone and your DSLR had a baby –and what you get would be not too dissimilar to the Galaxy Camera! SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA FUJIFILM X100S CANON POWERSHOT N Another fantasticaddition to Nikon’s mirror-less system camera range, the Nikon 1 J3 opts for a lightning fast advanced hybrid auto focus system thatcanswitch between phase and contrast detection for supremelysharp imageswith just oneclick.Imagine being ableto shoot 15frames per second – you’ll never missa moment of the action again!Add to thisa 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor for razor sharp imagesand the ability to captureboth full 1080p HD movies and full resolution imagessimultaneouslyand you havea camera capable of uncompromising creativity. The inclusionof Smart Photo Selector (that fires off 20 shotswith a single shutter press)ensureseven a novice shooter will be able to cover all theangles. Add the Wu-1B wireless adapter and you also have asimplewayto shoot and share. NIKON 1 J3 When FujiFilm launched its X100 acouple of years ago, the pro shooters were wowed byitssuper fast f/2 fixed prime lens and incredible image quality. Now it’s released the X100S and there is more cause for applause. The X100Scouplesa 16.3 megapixel APS-C X trans-sensor with the new EXR II processor to deliver imageswith even greater resolution and reduced noise. Built-in phase detection enables extremely fast autofocus (0.08 seconds)and virtually zero startup, so no more shutter lag. Photographerscan easily switch between hybrid AF and contrast AF depending on the shooting situation. Add to thisthe abilityto shoot at sixframes per second at full resolution and a world first –the digital split imagedisplay – t ha t al l ows you to displaydual imageson the left and right for increased focus when shooting in macro or wide apertures. Now let’s talklenses.The X100S comesequipped with a fast f/2 lensthat delivers the focal length equivalent of a35mmlens, making it extremely versatile. It features eight elements in sixgroups,(including a high-performance double-sided aspherical element)allowing for detailed imageswith excellent sharpnessand no chromatic aberration. A nine-blade diaphragm provideswonderful bokeh. Combine this withthe abilityto shoot HD movies at full resolution and a number ofartisticfilters(Pop,Toy,Dynamic, High Keyetc) and modes(film simulation, pro neg etc)and your creativity just got a real boost. Happy snappersof the world rejoice –it is noweven simpler to get creative with Canon’s latest point and shoot, the PowerShot N. Thislittle beauty packsa stack ofnew features,including the abilityto produce five additional picsof your original image, all with creative effects applied based upon thescene detected. Not bad. Add to this one touch Wi-Fi for easysharing with your smart device, a tilt touch screen with integrated zoom and hybrid auto thatcaptures footage as ashort video before you even takeyour photo,to give a ‘behind the scenes’ view of your shot! HOT NEW GEAR The latest camera gear set to sizzle. Launched at Photokina lastyear, the K-5 II fromPentaxdelivers several advanceson its little brother the K-5,such as a new dustproof weather resistantbody and an upgraded AF system. The large 16.28 megapixel CMOS sensor provides an ISOrange of 100-12800 (80-51200 whenexpanded) making it exceptional for use, even in low light. Its three-inch LCD display isgreat for framing up and reviewing your shot.Whiletheoptical viewfinder featuresa glasspentaprism, offering 100 per cent field of view. Add to thisa range ofbuilt-in filter effects(fromcrossprocessing to polarisation, and more)plustheability to shoot seven frames per second, and you begin to understand why the K-5 II issuch a versatile beast. PENTAX K-5 II Olympus’ reputation for delivering quality tough cameras withinnovative features was cemented withthe arrival of theTG-2.Waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, able to withstand temperatures of -10 degreesand crushproofto 100kg, thiscamera canreallytake abattering.The f/2 lensis wonderful forindoor or outdoor use and thewide-angle 4xzoom allowsforplentyof shooting versatility. The inclusion of super macroalso means naturelovers can get their fix with aclosefocus of up to 1cm available.A GPS also allowsforeasygeo-tagging ofyour images. OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 FEATURE IMAGE SMARTS FEATURE IMAGE SMARTS COMMERCIAL ARTISTRY named runner up in the AIPP NSW Commercial Photographer of the Year category. “I have been photographing landscapes for more than a decadeand have found thatthe business sideof landscape photographyhaschanged dramatically frombefore the Internet.Thebusiness model of opening a gallery,door-to -door salesand limited edition printsis somewhat obsolete; while it is still in use it isonlya section of the plethora of strategies thatgo into the modern businessplan. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s leading landscape and commercial photographers, Ian Carlson delivers captivating images to the country’s collectors. Among photographer Ian Carlson’sprize possessionsis an old Yashica Rangefinder that once belonged to his dad. “Myfather liked hiking and exploring and Iwould often go on tripswith him. I remember he had a good Yashicarangefinder and he would take photosof our family’s gatherings, our holidays,the house renovations; mostlypractical pictures for recording memories.It wasn’t until later when Dad passed down the Yashica to methat I becameinterested in photographyand matched it with a love for the outdoors. Ihave it still today, sitting in abox along with asmall collection of old camera gear.” Despite an early interestinphotography Carlson’s initial career was as a marine biologist. “I worked inthe field for many years but finally switched toa career in photography full-time.I had beentravelling and photographingsince my early university days and would freelancehere and there,publishing my first landscape photography bookin2005,until finally it became unfeasible to do both.” While hisearly shootswere unpaid – he remembersassisting at a wedding, saying it wasa great “eye opener into Pro-shooterslooking for a camera that’s lightweight but packed with features need look no further than theA99, afull frame camera that also dishesup full HD movie recording,a 19 point AF systemfor pin sharp focusing, and supports a range oflenses to increase your shooting options. SONY A99 TOP FIVE TIPS • Learn to use the equipment you have. • Get up earlier and get out and shoot more, but be selective with what you shoot. • Spend more time getting it right in-camera and less time in postproduction. • Take the time to analyse your result and learn from it. • Don’t get too precious about your images – go out and share them. Looking to get theedgeon theother photographersin the pack?TheEOS 6D delivers a20.2 megapixel full frame sensor that makescapturing detail acinch. Add to this HDR mode,full HD recording, multiple exposures,built-in WiFi for easy transfer offilesand GPSfor easy taggingand you have wonderful cameraforthesemi-pro shooter. Armed with a 24.3 megapixelsFX format CMOS sensor, the D600 provides Nikon shooters with fantastic full frame imagesand full 1080p HD movie recording.It’s compact, lightweight and greatin lowlight. COMMERCIAL PHOTO BOX OUT CANONEOS 6D NIKON D600 thebusinessside of photography” – but he soon realised that whilehe had great respect for wedding shooters and “liked people”,his real passion layin photographing “spaces,landscapes and architecture”. Carlsonthinksit wasthoseearly morning bushwalks with hisdad that sparked hisinitial interest in shooting thegreat outdoors. “We hiked in the BlueMountainsand Snowy Mountains before we could even walk, strapped to our parents’ backs. Ispent a lot of time looking at dad’sphotos of bush scenery that werefactual but really not inspiring. “I started to look at other peoples’ work, suchasthelatePeter Dombrovkis and Ansell Adam, and realised that landscapephotos needed to be more than just adocumentary style,quick click of your achievement on the summit; theycould bea artistic record ofwhat nature can looklike at its most beautiful.” Pretty soon Carlson wasearning a reputation as an accomplished landscapeshooter, which in turn lead to morecommercial photography work, with Carlson recently being 16 17 6 16 The annual CES delivers the best in new cameras, gadgets and gear. 24 25 n January every year, the casino town of Las Vegas plays host to the world’s geeks as they descend upon the desert city to scope out the latest, greatest electronic gear at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year was no different, with re cord numbers of visitors trawling over the displays of electronic goodies. Everything from cameras to the latest OLED TVs, to souped-up watches that run apps to awesome new virtual screens made their debut at CES. With 3250 exhibitors on display across the mammoth 1.9 million square feet of exhibition spac e, CES 2013 was expected to be a record- breaking event, and boy, did it delive r. According to Greg Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, some 20,000 new products launched during the week- long tech show. “CES has an incredible story to tell, with every major technology company spanning the globe participating in this year’s CES to showcase their innovations,” said Shapiro. Samsung’s flexible displays soon had everyone talking as did the visit by a former President (Clinton) who dropped in on the Samsung stand as part of his role as Ambassador to Samsung’s Hope for Children Foundation which supports children’s education and access to health care globally. Clinton, who considers himself something of an early adopter of modern technology commented in his address: “The world has huge challenges which I think te chnology can help to overcome,” Clinton added that he believes mobile devices can be used to “bridge the divides of the world.” No surprise then that social media was also a hot topic of discussion at CES 2013. Every major tech company, including top social media organisations like Ama zon, Google, Groupon, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube we re on hand spruiking their wares. As were many of the major camera manufacturers and accessory suppliers, who chose CES 2013 as the place to debut new products. On display were a slew of fantastic new point and shoot cameras, pro-style DSLRs, new lenses and fabulous accessories. Point and shoot cameras with smart capabilities seemed to be the order of the day, wth brands such as Samsung and Canon delivering hot new models. Brand by brand – he re are our highlights. Fuji chose CES to debut its new X100s and X20 cameras plus the crowd-pleasing FujiFilm Instax Mini 8. This instant-print ca mera is certain to appe al to the party going hipster, who will love to pull it out to take happy snaps at their next event. The new version also provides the option to switch betwe en automatic exposure modes and ma nual controls for gre ater creativity. Professional shooters looking for a back up to their traditional DSLR will love the retro good looks and exceptional image quality of the X100S. Fujifilm Move over NX210 – your new sibling the NX300 is better and bolder. Not only does it look schmick, it also boasts a number of improvements on its predecessor as well as adding new features such as 3D photo and movie mode. This is one sex y, mirrorless camera. Samsung also chose CES as the place to debut their latest range of smart cameras, from the mini-sized WB30F to the WB800F (a classic long zoom with 21x capabilities) to the DV150, which combines Wi-Fi connectivity with a front LCD to make it the ultimate pocket companion for social snappers. All the new models feature ‘smart camera 2.0’ to make shooting and sharing a breeze. Samsung While Sigma make some incredible lenses, most people don’t often think of the brand when considering a camera purchase, but all that is about to change. The latest addition to the Sigma family is the DP3 Merrill, and to put it simply, it’s badass. It offers a 50mm f/2.8 super fast prime lens and serves up a fabulous 46 me gapixel CMOS sensor that provides crystal clear image quality. Sigma Feature CES VEGAS Feature CES VEGAS Point and shoot was king over at Canon, who chose to debut its new Powershot N – an un conventionally boxy new h appy snapper that delivered style and substance – at CES . Armed with a new capacitive touchscreen framing up was easy – and the placement of the zoom and shutter release should appeal to left-handed shooters. Canon also dished up three further upgrades on some of its more popular point and shoot models including the new ELPH 130 IS which has improved Wi-Fi, an 8x optical zoom (28-224mm), and a 3-inch LCD screen plus a new PowerShot , the A2600 with a 5x zoom (28-140mm). While the new A1400 (an upgrade of the A1300), opts for AA batteries, and has an optical viewfinder, plus 5x zoom (28-140mm), and a 2.7 -inch screen, making it a good solution for those seeking a point and shoot to capture their travels. Canon PEOPLE SNAPS Camera House Photo Friday winner Peter Morris talks photography. If you’re a visitor to Camera House’s Facebook page, then no doubt you will have come across Peter Morris, one of our fabulous shooters, whose imagination and attention to detail always inspire us. Peter’s journey as a photographer began very early. His father was, an d still is, a keen snapper. “Likeme, he enjoyedit asa hobbyandusedto take lots of ph otos of my brother, sister and I as kids,” remembers Peter. “He helped to get me involved in ph otography, with the knowledge he gain ed from a photography course he did when he was you ng. He then passed his knowledge and passion onto me. He still h as his old reliable film Chinon SLR that is at least 30 years old, and that always fascinated me as a kid.” From these early beginnings as a fledgling happy snapper, an interest in digital photography and video developed, an d today Peter h as returned the favour – assisting his dad in learning about digital images. “I recently han ded down my first DSLR to him, when I moved onto bigger and better things!” While Peter isn’t a professional ph otographer (he is actu ally a doctor at a busy Melbourne hospital), his passion for the still and moving image h as developed a keen eye and fantastic technique – you need only witness his many Photo Friday entries to see this talented shooter at practice. When it comes to creating his concepts for the Photo Friday competitions, Peter says he tries to “think ou tside the box”. “I like to put a differen t spin on a situation or su bject, something unexpected or that makes people question the way they see things. I also really like to make people laugh, an d try to make my photos entertaining and something that people can relate to. I try not to take life too seriously, especially since I h ave a very serious job, an d try to convey that message in my photos.” He also suggests that a bit of controversy never goes astray (his image for the 100s and 1000s competition is a great example). “I took a photo of some hundreds and thou sands in a syringe and a medicine cup, amongst a group of medical supplies. I labelled this ‘A Dose of Happiness’ and I see this as a light-hearted and funny take on something that is very serious – illness and medical treatments. Others have tried to see a deeper and darker meaning, and some say that the photo is scary because it’s of a needle. Either way, it makes people think and gets them talking about the photo, and that’s what I aimfor.” His idea of a great photo is one that is not on ly simple but thought provoking. “Great photos stir up feelings inside you. Be it h appiness or sadness, cu riosity, and at times anger or fear. This just mean s they are conveying a message to the viewer, an d being able to captu re that feeling in a single moment, with a single photo, truly makes a photo great.” Certainly he’s n ot lacking in inspiration. Peter’s images often add a twist to the Photo Friday themes. “I spend a lot of time discussing with my brother each time the th eme comes out,” explain s Peter. “We usually make a list of the predictable subject matter for any given theme, and try and stay away from that. The ph otos I take are often left of centre, and hopefully eye-catching because they are different and well thought out. And as I’ve said, I like to make people laugh with my photos, because that makes them more memorable too.” He enjoys being a part of the Photo Friday family, saying his photography skills have improved out of sight. “The fact it’s an even playing field makes it even more interesting. People a re judged on photos, and that’s all, not the name hidden at the bottom. Being able to flick through hundreds of photos and pick out good shots by the image, not the photographer, is great. It could be a professional or amateur photo, I never know and that’s the beauty of the competition.” ■ • CANON EOS 50D • CANON 15-85MM F/3.5 -5 .6 IS USM LENS • CANON 75-300MM F/4.5 -6 LENS • SPARE SD CARDS AND BATTERIES (JUST IN CASE) • TRIPOD • LASER POINTER, FOR FOCUSING IN DARK, LONG EXPOSURE NIGHT SHOOTING IN PETER’S BAG 23 PROFILE PHOTO FRIDAY 23 24 AUTUMN LEAVES As the brilliant blue sky of summer makes its exit stage left, many of us are looking forward to the onset of autumn, for there is no time of year that delivers quite such a spectacular display of colour as the season the Americans like to call Fall. In order to make the most of the russet-coloured scenery, make sure you rise with the dawn or tackle a shoot in that magic hour just before twilight. The colours of autumn really do pop in this early morning and evening light. Maybe even take a macro lens along with you and capture mother nature in close-up. Don’t worry if you’ve never shot macro before – we’ve got a jargon-busting guide in this issue that will have you shooting detailed close-ups of these miniature worlds in no time at all. If you’re fortunate enough to be in the running for a new camera this month, you’re in luck. Many of the world’s leading camera manufacturers have released new models to coincide with photokina and CES, so there is an abundance of wonderful gear on offer. Since we like to keep you in the know, we’ve managed to get our hands on the latest hot gear and accessories and you can get the lowdown on all of them inside. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, we also take a closer look at the world of fashion shooter Chris Polack and photographer Ian Carlson reveals his tips for making money as a commerical landscape shooter. Happy snapping! Cec Busby, Editor HOT NEW GEAR The latest, greatest gear to whet your appetite. FASHiON FORWARd Chris Polack’s fashion photos unveil the magic of modern culture. COmmERCiAl ARTiSTRy Ian Carlson and the joys of making money from art. A SmAll WORld Macro photography: a world of miniatures revealed. PEOPlE SNAPS Peter Morris uncovers the secrets to creative shooting. SHOW TimE! CES takes over Las Vegas to deliver the best new gear of 2013. BiTS & PiECES All the gear you need to take your photography from newbie to pro! SHuTTERBuG Introducing Michelle Smit, Canon EOS Photo 5 competition winner. 6 12 16 21 23 24 27 30 003_Bpics12_contents.indd 3 28/02/13 2:25 PM
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