My Photography Courses Led to my Australian Documentary

I spent most of my youth peering through the lens of a camera, obsessed with capturing beauty like catching a beam of light piercing a veil of clouds, or the way the ocean sparkled as its waves lapped at the California beach using techniques I learned through amateur photography courses.

Now that I’ve grown up and become a dedicated photographer, California just wasn’t enough for my ambitions. This is why, when I stumbled across a job doing a documentary photo shoot in exotic Australia, I leapt at the chance and signed up immediately.

Hopping aboard a plane the very next week, I was bursting with excitement as it touched down at the airport in Sydney. When I stepped out of the plain, I was struck by the pleasant heat and the smell of salt in the air, so familiar and yet so different from my home back in distant California.

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Avoid Photography Disasters with these Healthy Habits


I enjoy every bit of photography, which brings me so much joy and satisfaction. However, my schedule as a photographer tends to totally insane at times.  I have had times when I had 4 – 5 photo shoots in one day, without having much of a break in-between. Don’t get me wrong, many of these gigs have been awesome and have helped me earn a few extra bucks along the way, but my health tends to take a beating in the end.

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How to take Stock Photos for Real Estate


Just exactly what are “stock photos”?  Stock photos can be seen all over the place, from the web, brochures to billboards.  Stock photos are a necessary for marketing and attracting customers towards purchasing a product.  This is especially true when it comes to showcasing homes in the real estate arena. Photographers play a key role in this market, as what they capture will either attract or drive away customers. So it’s essential, to shoot real estate shots with the customer in mind.

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An Auto Photographer You Should Be Watching

Via Easton Chang

Via Easton Chang

Easton Chang is an Australian based photographer who has a job many of us would envy: photographing beautiful automobiles around the world.

He’s been featured in many major magazines and worked with many major brands include Cadillac, Jaguar, and Audi.

Easton was one of the first photographers outside of major advertising companies to shoot rig shoots. He started in 2002 photographing his mother’s Honda Accord. Now, it’s a large part of his work.

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Photography: Camera Zoom Vs Binocular Zoom

Professional photographers find their cameras advertised in terms of zoom, in the case of digital photographers megapixels, though the myth’s been debunked many times since the first digital cameras came on the market.

Many professional photographers are fascinated by bird watching, unfortunately the camera doesn’t always focus as well as the kind of zoom you find in a pair of binoculars.

Binocular Zoom.

To measure their power of magnification, binoculars are identified by their numbers- for instance, 8X42. 8 is the magnification of the lenses, 42 is the diameter of the objective lenses found in the front of the binoculars.

Camera zooms are completely different because;

1. A 105 mm camera has an equivalent to 1X that of a pair of binoculars. 840 mm in camera terms is 8X in binoculars.

2. Binoculars cannot see the large pictures you find in digital cameras.

3. Binoculars have a restricted vision of view.

4. Cameras are focal devices, binoculars are not; they project a field of light for your eyes to focus on.

The Use of Binoculars

Binoculars have a wide range of use.

1. Hunting.

2. Military.

3. Theatre.

4. Birdwatching / nature viewing.

Apart from the theatre, where the binoculars can come in a smaller range, there are greater advantages for binoculars that would be disadvantageous for the cameras.

1. More rugged and weatherproof than a camera.

2. Battery powered – super zoom uses a lot of power after a few hours of use, binoculars don’t need batteries or charging. Plus, you may not be anywhere near a plug for your charger.

Zoom Binoculars

Zoom binoculars have a;

1. Continuous variable magnification.

2. A mechanism to allow for a greater zoom.

High quality cameras have a zoom that works really well, so manufacturers decided to include the technology into binoculars. Unfortunately, this comes with an issue because binoculars are not just one lens; they’re two telescopes joined to one another.

It’s impossible for the zoom on both telescopes to be synchronized because both telescopes are separate; one will always lag behind the other which leads, depending on where the zoom lever happens to be.

Other problems include;

1. Reduced field of view. Unlike a comparable fixed pair that doesn’t zoom, zoom binoculars have moving parts in the lens.

2. Collimation.The optical and mechanical alignment of the binoculars. If its not perfect then it will seem as though your eyes are being sucked out. Using time and lasers at high expense, manufacturers carefully collimate a regular pair of binoculars, which is why they can be so expensive in retail outlets.

Camera Zoom

Optical differences in a camera and binoculars.

1. Full image circle- Binoculars allow a full circle of Field of View in maximum, in all directions. Cameras truncates the lens’ image circle. If you have both with the same FOV, the binoculars will let you see 1.7 times at the same distance, a camera with 3:2 ratio only lets you see 59%.

2. Stereo vision- Most camera’s are monocular whereas binoculars allow both eyes to see at different angles of the same objects that allow depth of perception. 3D cameras do it.

Learn to Capture Great World Travel Shots


As a passionate photographer, you’ll always have your camera on hand to capture anything of interest that catches your eye. These shots could be taken from just about anywhere in your circle. But having the opportunity to travel around the world and photograph in some of the most exotic destinations, is a photographers dream.

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