The Digital Show Expo 2012 Highlights

See the hot topics at the expo that are sure to light your fire 

This year’s The Digital Show Expo brings a breath of fresh air to Melbourne. That fresh air smells fragrant of camera equipment and curious digital gadgets. Never before has there been more contests, draws, and giveaways for visitors to enjoy. As if the jaw-dropping photo imaging technology wasn’t enough, many of the world’s most prolific and celebrated pro photographers were there to bump elbows and share the tricks of the trade. Here are the highlights of The Digital Show Expo 2012, but hang tight, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Looking for the best tips? Get them straight from the pros

There has never been a greater gathering of industry leading professionals, all for the purpose of working hands on with visitors. Those lucky enough to spend time at The Digital Show Expo were treated with one-on-one, hands-on time with the experts. No question was left unanswered.

Epson shows us that projectors shouldn’t be all work and no play

There was no shortage of impressive, wheelin’ and dealin’ technology at the expo. However, Epson seemed to find the perfect balance of cutting edge and heart warming. Displays of the dream home theatre setup and an interactive projector really opened our eyes and apertures to some fantastic ideas.

The entertaining training camp kept visitors glued to their seats and asking for more

The lively Training Camp theatre offered a wide range of speakers and topics to help visitors take their photographic skills to the next level. Between using flash creatively, taking better portraits, capturing nature, and using the latest tools and gadgets, the Training Camp theatre had it all. Visitors had the chance to watch, be amazed, then have their burning questions quenched by the cool knowledge of the experts.

Speakers at the Training Camp included brilliant artists and photographers Abraham Joffe, Nick Ghionis,  Christian Fletcher, James Madelin, Vicki Bell, Glynn Lavender, Darran Leal, and even yours truly, Jerrel Dulay. The Digital Show theatre across the hall also featured photographic legends such as Michael Coyne, Tony Hewitt, and Dean Jones.

So many different props, with only one chance to enter the contest!

There were countless opportunities for visitors to win big. Of all the draws and contests, this one run by Yaffa Publishing Australia really stood out.  Visitors selected three items out of a mysterious box of of props and took a photo. The most creative photo wins some seriously sweet swag.

Making prints has never been more fun as a family day out

 What’s better than making photo prints with your family? How about making those prints for free? Looks like everyone was a winner at The Digital Show Expo! Visitors who happened to bring SD cards or USB sticks with photos were able to walk away with memories in hand.

Our phones have become ‘smart’, and it’s about time our printers caught up!

The Digital Show Expo saw some brilliant new technology, but this one just about takes the cake. Lightweight, attractive, and user friendly, this Bolle Photo smart printer allows pretty much any smart phone user to produce photo prints that their friends and family can truly ‘Like’.

Try this on for size! All the latest camera bodies and lenses were present for hands-on time

The world of photography has been ever expanding, making massive strides in image quality, ease of use, and creative freedom. It’s no surprise that nearly every cutting edge camera body and lens made a showing at The Digital Show Expo. Nikon left no stone unturned, and put every latest model out on show. Visitors curious to see exactly what makes these new cameras so hot were able to get the answers straight from the horse’s mouth, and then try those cameras and lenses for themselves.

Take it to the extreme with the right camera gear

So you want to be a hero? Now you can be, and prove it to your friends and family back home.  Tackle the toughest winds and waves with the most rugged photo gear. There was no shortage of “radical” gear at the expo.

The absolute best photographers judge this year’s AIPP awards

Visitors were able to have a peak into the award judging to see exactly how the ‘best photos’ are decided upon. Each year, the photo judging has seen more and more entries, but the quantity of entries certainly has not outweighed the staggering quality of art.

A visitors takes his time to enjoy one of the most stunning galleries we’ve seen

It wasn’t all gadgets, gizmos, and talks at The Digital Show. Visitors enjoyed a magnificent and prolific gallery of the most beautiful scenes to be captured on fil… er… camera.

It’s been an electric show this year, with more gadgets, gizmos, and advancements than we could shake a tripod at. However, it’s not over yet! The show is just getting started! The Digital Show website will help keep avid photographers, and anyone who enjoys digital tech and entertainment as much as we do, right in the loop.

High fives around the table for those who had the chance to attend the expo this year! For those who missed out, catch up and follow The Digital Show facebook page, and don’t worry, there’s always next year!

Stay strong, keep your cameras high, and as always, happy hunting!

Jerrel Dulay


Sneak Peak! – The Digital Show Expo 2012

Have an exclusive, sneak peak at the impressive gear on display at The Digital Show Expo

It’s not every day you can find such an exhilarating gathering of the world’s greatest photographers and the most advanced imaging technology all in one place. The Digital Show looks like it will be bringing the ‘not every day’ to today! Or rather, this week! Whether it’s waterproof armor for your camera, the ability to print on just about any surface and material imaginable, or face to face encounters for personal tips from the world’s leading photographers, The Digital Show somehow manages to bring it all together!

The doors to the expo open at 10am on Friday for business and trade, and 10am on Saturday and Sunday for the general public. However, we were able to have an early look at just a few of the jaw-dropping exhibits on display. Some of the latest technology was simply out of this world! Here are just a few glimpses of the photographer’s dream that awaits visitors.

Trust us, it’s safe to go back in the water! Up to the minute, and downright cutting edge, Scubapix has everything you need to take your brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark III underwater! Not only that, but they’ve also got water housing for Phase One, Nikon D800, and the Nikon D4.

Ever wondered what the future would be like? While we still may be far off from hovering skateboards, flying cars, and self drying clothes, we do have the next best thing. On display is an actual printer that creates real objects from photos and 3D models loaded from a PC. This tech can ‘print’ out objects in stainless steel, tough ABS plastic, and more. The printer even paints the objects as well!

Can’t find that always-conveniently-missing wrench? Don’t bother looking for it. Grab your new 3D printer and make yourself a new one!

Need ideas for unique, meaningly gifts? We could not keep track of all the amazing ways to print photos. If creative printing solutions were stars, then The Digital Show would be the night sky. Everything from pocket books, teeshirts, mugs, caps, and even some astounding new framing solutions will be sure to razzle and bedazzle!

Pocket photo books not tough enough for you? Then how about some nice, tough metal? The innovations and new framing ideas at this show certainly left us wide-eyed and star struck. With layered-dimensional collages and an incredible range of printing materials, Print2Metal certainly had us ooh-ing and ah-ing.

It is vital for photographers to be strong and stand firm. What better way to stand firm with the latest and most advanced Tripods that have ever been on the market. Every photography will be able to find exactly what they need for stability at The Digital Show. When was the last time you saw this many tripods? Can’t remember? Neither can we!

With so many world-leading photographers in one room, it only makes sense to have a gallery of award winning photographs, stretching on for as far as the eye can see. Some of the works we caught glimpses of made us laugh, others almost made us cry, while others had us wishing we owned a more expensive camera. This is one of the most evocative photo galleries we have ever seen.

Quite a few of these interesting, analogue-TV-static filled squares really had us curious. They’re not just for decoration! The Digital Show is adorned with a myriad of QR codes, hidden all over the place! We used our iPhone to scan them, and found some fantastic surprises! We don’t want to spoil anything, but we will hint that there are some exciting contests to join, and enticing free giveaways to take part in!

Just make sure you download a free QR Scanner/Reader for your smart phone, and get in on the fun!

We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of The Digital Show, and whatever treasures and plunder lie on the other side will be revealed when the doors open on Friday. Bring your friends, family, and a camera. The Digital Show looks to be one wild ride that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Entry is free with online pre-registration. Sign up at www.thedigitalshow.com.au !

Hope to see you at the show!

Happy Hunting,

Jerrel Dulay

Jerrel Dulay


Gear For The Aggressive Photographer – Part 2

Sometimes the going gets tough,  and photographers simply have to get tougher. Here’s the gear to help you do just that.

Sometimes, photography can be compared to an adorable kitten; gentle, delicate, and requiring the utmost precision to pet it the right way.  However, sometimes that kitten becomes a vicious lion, and when photography starts to bite, it’s time to bite back.

If you missed part 1 of this article, check it out HERE.

Whether it’s due to sub-zero temperatures, seven-hour hikes through rugged mountains, or having to outrun a ravenous pack of zombies, photography is not always an easy sport. To help make dealing with these tough situations easier, we take a look at some wicked gear for the aggressive photographer.

Lowepro’s SlipLock harness system can be one of the most vital tools in a photographer’s arsenal. The harness system is fully customizable to fit the user’s needs. The Lowepro harness uses a modular system that fits a wide range of add-ons, consisting of a variety of lens pouches, pockets, and bags. Continue reading


Photos Your Mobile Phone Can’t Take

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See how mobile-photo-enthusiasts can take their creativity to the next level with an SLR camera.

Smart phones like the iPhone have changed the way we communicate with each other. Mobile phones with camera features have introduced many people to the world of photography.

To deal with the limitations of mobile phones, many apps have been introduced. However, using an app to ‘fix’ an image taken with a mobile phone only masks the faults and limitations of the phone hardware.

SLR cameras grant users an exciting level of creative freedom, and quality of images that simply cannot be matched by mobile phones. For those smart phone owners who have had a taste of photography and are looking for more, we look into the photos that your mobile phone simply cannot take.

Click any image to see the full-size versions to really compare the differences

#1 Fast Shutter Speed

Ever wonder why some pictures taken at kids birthday parties have all sorts of colourful blurs where there should be happy children? This happens when a camera’s shutter speed is too slow to capture a scene with movement. Mobile phones do not offer much control for the user in this respect. When there are options for controlling shutter speed, they are extremely limited.

Most entry level SLR cameras can capture pictures at up to 1/4000thof a second!  The faster the shutter speed, the more “frozen in time” the image will look. Modern phones automatically do what they need to do in order to achieve the “best” picture. This often results in unwanted images. SLR cameras allow users to have full control over shutter speed with just a flick of the wrist.

#2 Long Exposure

There are few things quite as enchanting as a glowing city skyline at night. Ever try to snap a quick photo, only to see bunch of little squiggly lines? Sometimes with luck, one might get a photo that kind of looks like the city, except with blue and gray sprinkles everywhere. These are not the same kind of delicious sprinkles found on donuts and cupcakes. These sprinkles are referred to as “noise” or “grain”, and they definitely do not make the picture look good.

SLR cameras allow users to take “long exposures”, which means the camera is taking a photo for a few seconds, or even a few minutes! This lets users take amazing photos at night, where there doesn’t seem to be any light at all.

Taking night pictures isn’t the only cool thing SLRs can do. Long exposure shots allow anyone with a flashlight or torch write out cool messages or draw silly pictures. Ever wonder how some people are able to take mystifying photos with blurry ferris wheels or misty oceans and waterfalls? How about those star-filled night sky photos? The answer is long exposure photography! Continue reading


How To Use Natural Light To Take Better Photos

Learn the do’s and don’ts of relying on natural light to take better photos

Whether taking happy snaps at a family party or capturing breath taking landscapes, the most important ingredient to taking a photo is light. Have you ever wondered why a photo you’ve taken simply doesn’t look how you expected it to turn out? Much like how a chef cannot prepare a soup without water, a photographer cannot take a photo without light. Keep these few easy tips with you to take not only better pictures, but memories as well!

Much like how a chef can use different ingredients to create different flavours, photographers must understand how the natural light in a scene changes the ‘flavour’ of the photograph taken. Have you ever had a dish with too much salt? That’s like taking a photo with too much light! How about a dish without enough salt? That’s like a photo without enough light!

There are very few aspects about light to keep in mind, but these few aspects are very important!

Intensity

The first thing to keep in mind with natural lighting is how bright that light source is. One might say the summer sun emits a very intense light! However, a street lamp at night emits a light of very low intensity. Intensity can be a gift or a curse, depending on the photo you want to take. Shadows will be much harsher and dramatic in high intensity light.

Shooting in High Intensity Light

A summer day at the beach or at the park are common scenes with high intensity light. A great to tip to keep in mind when taking photos in these scenes is to make sure your subject is facing the source of light. If the sun is bright, it is best for the photographer to take a photo with their back to the sun.


GOOD IDEA: Have the subject face the source of light

If the subject is facing the sun, it can be almost a guarantee that his or her face will be evenly lit, and have more presence in the scene.

BAD IDEA: Have the subject with their back to the source of light.

If the subject is facing the same direction as the light source, and the photographer is shooting towards the light source  (ie. the camera is pointed directly at the sun), we run into some problems. First, the subject’s face becomes lost in shadows, and is overwhelmed by the brighter surroundings. This is not what we want!

BAD IDEA: Have the subject stand in the shade

It’s also important to ensure that the subject is not in the shade! This may result in the background being brighter than the subject, and the subject will not be able to stand out in the scene. This is not what we want! In this example, the subject’s face is darkened by the shadows of the trees. It is his jeans and background water reflecting the sunlight that stand out most in the scene. Typically, it is best if the subject’s face draws the most attention in a scene. Hats and caps can also cast obscuring shadows, so… decapitate!

Shooting in Low Intensity Light

Low intensity lights can come in the form of light fixtures at a restaurant, lit candles, and even moonlight. The best thing to do in these situations is to ensure that the light source is between the photographer and the subject, and that the light source is illuminating the subject. In many situations, better photos can be taken with the automatic flash on the camera turned OFF!

GOOD IDEA: Have a source of light close to the subject, between the camera and subject

Taking photos close to the light source. Make sure that the subject is in the light source range. This helps the subject stands out in the scene. It is also a good idea to have lights in the background as well. This will provide balance in the image. In the example above, the model is holding a lighter to light a cigarette, which provides just enough light to illuminate his face. The floodlights in the background illuminate the environment, and the stars create an interesting sky.

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GOOD IDEA: Have a light source behind the subject

Try to include light sources in the background to capture interesting scenes! Continue reading


Turn Your PC into a 3D TV for under $500

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Wondering what all the 3D hubbub is about? Save some serious cash and try this easy alternative!

With technology pushing forward full steam ahead, it’s easy to get lost in the transition. Just like the conversion from black and white to colour television, 3D TV has not been an instant hit. Instead, the rise of 3D TV will be a very gradual one. Don’t feel like splashing thousands of dollars on that fancy new 3D-enabled HD Television Set?  Don’t sweat it! We’ll help you upgrade your existing home PC to play 3D TV. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to not only watch 3D channels, but convert normal 2D TV content into 3D!

Here’s what you’ll need:

(Click on the item names to find them for the best prices on eBay!)

Item Price
Windows XP, Vista, or 7 PC

Your existing one

Avermedia 3D USB Dongle

$60

24” 3D Monitor w/ Glasses

$300

NVidia 1GB Video Card

$90

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Step 1 – Prepare Yourself

First off, make sure your existing PC is able to be upgraded. Be prepared to open up your PC and operate. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, find a friend or family member with a bit of experience. Remember to unplug your PC from the power socket in the wall before opening it up! To save some trouble, make sure the 3D Monitor you obtain comes with 3D glasses.

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  • Ensure that your PC has an available PCI-E (PCI Express) slot, because this is where we will plug in the new video card.
  • You will also need to make sure your PC has two available USB slots. Continue reading

Gear Up! – Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review

See how and why Tamron’s latest kit lens may change the way you pack your gear bag!

In a crowded market of kit lenses all claiming to be the best, the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD brings a lot to the table. We took this ambitious kit lens on a wild ride across North America and Australia for a test run, and were more than happy to have the Tamron in the gear bag and along for the ride. Potential flaws are addressed by a some convenient features. What’s best about this lens is being able to shoot wide landscapes and zoom in close to capture distance subjects, all without having to change lenses. Read on to see how and why this lens may change the way you pack your gear bag for a day out.


First off, we clear out the cloud of confusion and address the basics. The full title of this les is the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. The suffix letters indicate the key features of this lens.

Di – “Digitally Integrated” – This feature means that the lens is designed to reduce unwanted darkening of the corners (otherwise known as vignetting) and minimize flare and imaging ghosting in bright scenes. The Di also works to reduce unwanted purple tinting (chromatic aberrations) that normally occurs between light and dark colours in the image. Di lenses are appropriate for Full Frame Cameras as well as APS-C sized sensors that are used in most DSLRs on the market.

VC – “Vibration Compensation” – This feature can be turned on and off with a simple switch. It allows the lens to reduce “wobbling” and “shaking” that may become noticeable at slower shutter speeds. Later, we will go into detail about how well this works in this lens.

PZD – “Piezo Drive” – This feature means that this lens makes use of Tamron’s latest ultrasonic motors. This ensures the lens is quick, quite, and accurate to focus.

It’s In The Bag

How does the 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD measure up exactly? At its smallest length, the Tamron isn’t too much longer than similar lenses. However, when fully extended and zoomed in, the lens more than doubles its length.

On The Field

By packing the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, we were able to carry one less lens in our gear bag. At its widest viewing angle, the Di technology really comes into play. Images are nice and bright from corner to corner. Being able to zoom up to 270mm is a fantastic treat. Whether out in the city or hiking out on the trails, the versatility of this lens allows it to play many roles.

The 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD makes an excellent lens for capturing animals from a distance. On our Nikon D90, the VC (vibration compensation) seemed a bit difficult to use for still photos. This is because while focusing, the VC tries to stabilize the image, causing the actual frame to shift around. If this proves to be a problem, the VC can be turned on and off easily via a simple switch on the side of the lens.

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