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Learning To See

Learning To See

Capturing in B+W is not merely about getting a better handle on light and dark. Given a chance it can drag you much deeper into the entire point of photography as an art form.


Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Sometimes the failures of our fellow travellers can become an inspiration to making our own journeys more fulfilling.


WrenFest in the City of Melbourne

WrenFest in the City of Melbourne

November is #WrenFest in the City of Melbourne, an event to help researchers attract support for identifying and submitting sightings of the Superb Fairy-wren in our urban parklands. I'll be running an online photography presentation that is open to anyone who wants to learn a little about birds and cameras, plus a photo walk for those living here in Melbourne.


Soft Focus and Fine

Soft Focus and Fine

Shallow depth of field is a powerful technique to have in your creative tool kit. It’s not just about funky portraits either, it’s good for almost every genre of photography.


Why We Take Photos

Why We Take Photos

On a journey through the wide open spaces of South Australia and the Outback, I am reminded of why we take photos and how lucky we are to be able to share the beauty of the world.


Into The Light

Into The Light

Nothing excites my creative eye more than pointing a lens directly into the sun late in the afternoon. Capturing the shafts, shimmy and seduction of light as it flares across the lens is the stuff of magic.


Moonlight and Auroras

Moonlight and Auroras

Mixing in the light of the moon can bring a new world of possibilities to your aurora photography.


Pentax 645Z and Capture One

Pentax 645Z and Capture One

You may have heard that Capture One will open DNG files from the Pentax 645Z, which is entirely true. Just don’t expect to be able to do anything especially useful beyond that.


Every Little Step

Every Little Step

Every little step you make towards enriching the world we live in is worth while. You may not feel like you’re having a huge impact, but don’t stop trying.


DxO PhotoLab for RAW Workflow

DxO PhotoLab for RAW Workflow

DxO PhotoLab is a genuine alternative to Lightroom and Capture One, delivering excellent value and professional features. It's not as polished or featured as Capture One, but it's worth a look if you want something lighter for your RAW workflow, plus support for a wider range of cameras and lenses.


The Best 35mm Lens for My LUMIX

The Best 35mm Lens for My LUMIX

If you appreciate the value of a 35mm prime lens, you’ll also appreciate that there are a good many 35mm designs to choose from now. Here are my favourite two 35mm lenses from Panasonic and Sigma, both for full-frame L-Mount bodies, and why they appeal to such wildly different photographic styles.


Rokinon 14mm DS T3.1 CineLens

Rokinon 14mm DS T3.1 CineLens

A seriously affordable astro photography lens to help you chase stars, auroras and ultra wide landscapes.