Don't forget, our abandoned Brighton Bathing Boxes shoot that was cancelled last week due to bad weather, is on this week instead. The forecast for Sunday Feb 26 looks lovely.
A quick focus on Macro
I was watching the videos with Chris Connolly Part 1 and Part 2, below are a few of the things Chris recommends in these videos.
A couple of other notes:
- Chris sometimes takes the insects he shoots home, as well as some elements from their environment so he can set them up there.
- He also does, as others have suggested, put them in the fridge (no freezer, and only for a couple of seconds) to slow them down a little, so they aren't so quick moving.
- Sometimes a piece of white A4 paper is enough to use as a reflector.
You can checkout more of Chris' macro work on his website.
- White night is this Saturday, from 7pm to 7am Sunday morning. Get out and enjoy your city overnight with a lot of great light displays for you to capture. Note, it can get quite crowded so expect a bit of bustle, alternatively, go later in the evening or very early in the morning.
- How to create a spectacular background using an El Bokeh Wall
- Photoshelter's: The 2017 Photographer's Guide to Photo Contests
- The magic of Russian photoshop whiz Max Asabin (also on Instagram)
- A day in the life of a stock photographer
- Exhibition: Wildlife Photography of the Year - in Geelong until May 14 2017
- Understanding aperture - A look at one of the three big things when it comes to your photography.
- The disturbing photography of Sally Man - A look at controversial art and the practise of a mother making portraits of her children, and selling said portraits given the children haven't given express consent.
- Humans of New York - We haven't posted a link to this amazing site for a while, Brandon's work and his ability to get the story behind the people is just inspirational. The stories can be joyous or saddening, but each one is beautiful.
- 70 stunning abstract photographs - further inspiration for our upcoming competition.
- How to talk to strangers - Not essentially photography related, but we can all use a bit of help when it comes to stepping outside our comfort zone, and often we make some of our best work when we photograph people 'in the wild', should you get a great shot, you may need permission from the person to use that in a body of work like an exhibition or if you intend on making any kind of income from the image. Best to get a model release and to that end, you'll need to be able to talk to strangers! Something I know I'm crap at.
- Adorama Presents Joe McNally: Athletic Portraits
- How to Turn a Boring Photo Into an Awesome Image With Lightroom!
- On Post-Production, Pt. 3: Inside the fantastical world of photographer Simen Johan
- Stunning Images of the World’s Last Indigenous Cultures ~ By Jimmy Nelson
- Raw Artists - An independent arts organisation, for artists, by artists
- Recommended Lighting Kits for Photography from B&H, or course you can source these locally.
- Flickr turns 13! - Some of us are hanging with anticipation as to what the future will hold for the first major image sharing website. The sale of Yahoo's digital assets to an American Telco will likely see more changes come to the platform. I guess time will tell.
Checkout Ben Goossens' photographic surrealism. In particular the shot above, which serves as great inspiration for our upcoming Umbrella competition.
Did you know:
Buying grey market products from some online sites will save you a bunch, however, you'll find that the manufacturer may not provide warranty protection for the item. While some sites accept the liability for the warranty, note that it will often include the need for you to ship the item back to them, often overseas at great expense. This is true of most of the major camera brands. Their rationale is that part of your purchase in a region goes towards the maintaining service staff in that region. If you're always buying from overseas then no money is remaining in the local economy to pay for these folks.
In the case of batteries, this is complicated by rules regarding postage of Lithium batteries. You are required to declare these as a "dangerous good" and they can't be shipped through Australia Post, they have to be couriered. I looked into this recently due to a battery I received DOA (Dead On Arrival) from a reseller... DJI refused to provide warranty as the reseller was actually in Hong Kong (even though the reseller said they were in Sydney when I bought the item). I was asked to ship it back to the reseller, to Hong Kong, it was going to cost between $68 and $89 to ship the battery via TNT, negating the saving I had made. Luckily for me, after some online back and forth, the reseller ended up being an authorised reseller for our region and DJI warranted the battery, came and collected it and returned a new one to me.
Also, beware of spending too much on the grey market, anything over $1,000 will likely be held up in customs and require you to pay GST and import duties before you can take receipt of the item. Some grey importers have found ways around this and advise so on their sites. Also note, sites purporting to be in Australia, but selling without applying GST will likely soon have to start collecting GST for ANY purchase, so keep an eye out for that.
Last night was our first night at your new location, Brooklyn Community Hall in Cypress Avenue, Altona North. A fantastic location for us with plenty of room to grow.
As our membership numbers have been steadily rising, we were a little concerned that our old location, Walker Close Community Centre, wasn't going to be able to sustain us for much longer and we jumped at the chance when a larger venue because available not much further up the street.
Our new centre affords us more space to spread our wings and grow, as well as offering a great location for our numerous workshops we conduct throughout the year and that we have increased in number for 2017 given this space. We look forward to working with the members to make some amazing photos this year.
We kicked off our first meeting with a BBQ in the outdoor area. It was a great turn out, over 60 people in attendance, a new member and around 8 visitors stopping by to check us out.
The introduction of new "I'M NEW" for new members and visitors, and "TALK TO ME" badges for current members who are happy to be paired with our visitors and to show them the ropes.
We also ran through the committee and who does what, and our upcoming events, to let attendees know how we work and what's in the future for the club.
We ended the night with a quick Q&A, mostly focusing on Lightroom, in particular we touched on the difference of cropping in Lightroom and how it's actually setting an aspect ratio rather than setting a pixel size, compared to export, which is where we can set our pixel size and density as needed. There will be a video tutorial coming up on this in the next week or so.
A look at our Pinterest Boards to get some inspiration for our upcoming competitions, we welcome your additions to these boards, so if you're a Pinterest user, send me your Pinterest username or email and I can add you to the boards. If your a member, you can join the private Williamstown Camera Club Facebook group... and remember, to shoot me an email if you use a different name on Facebook than your real name.
Looking forward to a great year ahead in our new location. Big thanks to everyone who participated in getting last night festive start off the ground.
See those who can make it at the shoot this coming Sunday at the Brighton Bathing Boxes at 6pm, and we'll see the rest of you all at our next meeting on February 28th when we look at posing with Yana Martens.
Sue Bryce is doing a live stream today: Men shooting Galmour not sure how long it is going to run for, but free when live. Sue does live streams most Tuesdays. Some of them are complete one-day courses, some run multiple days but only the Tuesday is free. Still from the brain-dump below I think you'll see you can still get a lot from the free broadcasts, and of course while this isn't an ad for Bryce's courses, $35 for all you can watch in a month. Quite the bargain.
I watched today's course for just half an hour and here are some takeaways: