Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Pitfalls of Photography

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Keep your head above the water and learn the easy way to avoid the dangers photographers must face.


The ever growing sport of photography has enjoyed exponential growth in the past few years. With new advances in technologies come more features and ease of use. However, even with upgrades to the photographer’s arsenal, classic dangers from the days of old persist to pose a threat.

While these pitfalls of photography may seem obvious, commonsense, or even trivial, they are dangerous nonetheless. Identifying these pitfalls ahead of time and understanding how to deal with them is the only surefire way to save a plucky photographer headaches and money.

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The beach is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and have a good time. However, for the photographer, the threat of water, ocean mist, and sand is all too real. In the worst case scenario, a poorly timed change of lenses during a sudden gust of wind may result in sand getting into the camera body. Any photographer who has experienced sand grinding inside a lens has learned their lesson quickly. Salt water wrecks havoc on unprotected camera equipment and can cause corrosion. Leaning in low and close to the tide can also result in a soaked camera if the photographer is not careful!

If equipment does get wet, remove the lens and gently clean and dry the camera body and lens using proper cleaning equipment once in a suitable environment. Filters should be removed and cleaned along the threading. If changing lenses is necessary, keep your back to the wind and point the camera body downwards to prevent a sandy disaster.

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5 Easy Tips to Improve Shooting a Long Lens

canon500mmA few small techniques can make the difference between a casual snapshot and a true keeper.

Shooting a long lens can seem daunting to those who have yet to try it, and even more so frustrating for photographers who have just started snapping shots from afar. Of course, nothing beats practice and understanding proper technique, but with a few little tricks, mastering the use of a long lens doesn’t have to be so frustrating.

Tip 1: Use proper tools for stability

It may seem common sense to shoot with a tripod, but there situations where the ground may not be so accommodating, or photographers must be on the constant move. In many instances, tripods are just too unwieldy and behemoth to carry around. The use of a sturdy monopod can make all the difference when a tripod just doesn’t fit the situation.  Monopods are small, easy to carry, and can be adjusted much more quickly than a tripod.

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Stedi-Stock camera stabalizer.

In rare cases when both a tripod and monopod are out of reach, and maximum mobility are of utmost importance, try shooting with a “Stedi-Stock”, which allows a photographer to use the upper torso for a convenient boost to stability. The shoulder-stock for the camera uses a standard, universal tripod-mounting system, can be easily stowed away, and is light weight.

Flexible Gorilla Tripod

Flexible Gorilla Tripod

When shooting in awkward positions or low to the ground, the use of a “Gorilla-Tripod” may be precisely what the doctor ordered. These flexible, lightweight tripods are quick and easy to manipulate, taking any shape you require. This tool is invaluable for stabilizing the camera in difficult situations.

Tip 2: Shoot like a Sniper; Breath and Trigger

A sniper shooting a rifle takes the utmost care with each shot, having strict technique when it comes to breathing and pulling the trigger. While photography is a completely different field than firearm shooting, great techniques can still be shared between the two sports.

When a sniper fires a rifle, he minimizes vibration and movement of the firearm using strict breathing technique. This valuable technique can be applied to photography as well. Before ‘pulling the trigger’, slow down your breathing, and take a deep inhale and exhale. Between inhaling and exhaling, there is a moment when body movements are minimal. Relaxation is the key to stabilizing movements. Within the ten second gap of inhaling and exhaling is the best time to take the shot.

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Bring Your Photos To Life – Video Competition

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Bring Your Photos to Life Competition 2010 calls for those with an interest in the imaging industry and video production to help spread an important message. By creating and sharing short videos with the message ‘bring your photos to life’ across the internet, this competition aims to encourage consumers and users of digital cameras to do more with their photographs than just leave them on the hard drive.

Contest Period

The Contest Period is CLOSED as of December 29th, 2010. Judging is in progress and winners will be announced by the end of January.

Prizes

Video Submissions are judged by a panel of judges.

1st Place – $3,000 AUD

2nd Place – $1,500 AUD

3rd Place – $500 AUD

How to Enter

Anyone from any country is free to enter! Entrants must create and submit a video expressing the message “bring your photos to life”, encouraging viewers and consumers to do more with their digital photographs. Get consumers excited about developing prints and more!

People tend to leave their photos on the computer and not do anything else with them. Let’s show consumers why and how they could be doing more with their photos! Check out http://photocreate.com.au for more ideas!

It is important to get the message across, but be creative!

  • Step 1 : Make Your Video
  • Step 2 : Upload Your Video to Youtube.com and tag that video with “BYPTL Competition 2010”
  • Step 3 : Send an email to digitaldarwin@idigitaldarwin.com with the following criteria
    • Subject: Bring Your Photos To Life 2010 Submission
    • Your Name
    • Your Country
    • Title of Submission Video
    • Link to Submission Video on youtube

Bring Your Photos To Life Message

There are many messages and topics that can be expressed in submission videos. Here are a few subjects entrants may want to include in submissions.

  • Developing photos is fast, easy, and INEXPENSIVE
  • Developed photos are more tangible/meaningful than digital files
  • Do more than just print photos
    • Scrap-booking
    • Mouse Pads
    • Coffee Cups
    • Teeshirts
    • Hats
    • Custom Stickers
    • Large Prints
    • Framed Photos
    • Photo Books
    • See the winner of the 2006 contest for an example!

Conditions of Entry

As joint organisers, PICA and PMA retain the right to use submissions in any way they see fit in association with this competition. However, the joint organisers recognise the rights of the authors to retain full ownership of their copyright in with regard to other use of their submissions.

  • All entrants must have all ownership rights pertaining to his or her submission.
  • Submissions must not contain offensive, gratuitously violent, or pornographic material.
  • Entrants may submit multiple Submission Videos, but only the highest scoring one may be considered for judging.

Digital Life Expo Highlights Competition

Did you attend the Digital Life Expo in Melbourne this June? Can you operate a camera of any sort? If so, you could win some serious cash! All you need to do is make a cool Video or Still Photo of the Digital Life Expo highlighting what you liked best and post that vid on youtube. There are two prizes to win! Share your experience with the unlucky people who missed the chance to attend this expo.

The creators of the Best Video and Best Still Photo of the Digital Life Expo Event will each receive a $200 voucher to the photo store of their choice!

Contest Period

The Contest Period is open to submissions starting on June 5th, 2010 and closes June 16th, 2010. Registration emails for submissions must be received by midnight of the closing date.

How to Enter

Entry is free and easy! Just follow these easy steps!

  • Register online for free entry to the Digtal Life expo in Melbourne this June 5-6.
  • Take pictures and video of your trip to the show.
  • Mix down a cool video or slideshow of your footage and upload it to youtube. OR:
  • Attach your photos in an email!
  • Send an email to digitaldarwin@idigitaldarwin.com with your name and youtube link!

It’s almost too easy! Invite your mates to enter as well! Feel free to enter more than one video or photo!

Conditions of Entry

As joint organisers, PICA and PMA retain the right to use submissions in any way they see fit in association with this competition. However, the joint organisers recognise the rights of the authors to retain full ownership of their copyright in with regard to other use of their submissions. Winning submission decided by a panel of judges. Competition is free to participate.

  • All entrants must have all ownership rights pertaining to his or her submission.
  • Submissions must not contain offensive, gratuitously violent, or pornographic material.
  • Entrants may submit multiple Submission Videos, but only the highest scoring one may be considered for judging.

Submission Details

After creating your video, upload the video file to www.youtube.com. If you have a still photo, upload it to www.flickr.com or photo host of your choice. Tag your youtube video or photo with “DLE Melbourne Highlights Competition 2010“. To enter your work in the contest, send an email with the following details:

To: digitaldarwin@idigitaldarwin.com

Subject: Melbourne Highlights Competition

Body Text:

  • Your Name
  • The url link to your video    or attached Still Photo

Winners will be contacted through email address.

Good luck! See you at the show!

For  any questions regarding the contest,  please email digitaldarwin@idigitaldarwin.com

· Register online for free entry to the Digtal Life expo in Melbourne this June 5-6.

· Take pictures and video of your trip to the show.

· Mix down a cool video of your footage and upload it to youtube.

· Send an email to digitaldarwin@idigitaldarwin.com with:

· Your name

· Your youtube link!