COVID-19 Resources for Photographers

The world as we knew it has paused for the moment, perhaps changed forever. As for many in the arts, the global pandemic is posing huge and unfolding challenges for the entire photography community, from individual practitioners, to collectives and agencies, as well as global institutions and organizations. The COVID-19 situation impacts us all in different ways and there are certainly more uncertain times ahead, but one thing we know for sure: the global photography community is rallying to provide support.

We’ve curated a list of initiatives, ideas and resources currently available for image-makers to help navigate the coming months, whether that be financial support, professional development opportunities, or inspiring things to read and watch to fill extended time at home. Pulling this list together was a heart-warming experience. Witnessing the scope of this massive collective response from organizations big and small has felt something like a virtual hug, one we wanted to extend to photographers around the world.

While not exhaustive, our hope is that you’ll find something in this list that helps, no matter your location or your situation. We’ll be updating weekly, if you have suggestions for new additions, please let us know by commenting on our Facebook or Instagram page.


Some ideas for my venture into photography, not sure where or how to start.  There is so much information available, so many fantastic photographers.  Where do I start, the camera, the shot, technical information?  The story is told through the camera which is used to manipulate the elements, how they appear, setting the mood and effects while letting the viewer know what they need to focus on and controlling how they might feel.

Maybe a theme: getting from A to B such as stuck in traffic, walking, driving, on a train, in transit, it is all so familiar. How do I choose?  What do I choose? How do I make a photo, isolate something? What is the photo going to say? What do I want to say?  How will the shot be composed? How will I frame it? What will be in the frame ? What is in focus? What is the exposure? Is it day or night?  What is the depth of field?  Will there be some motion blur?  Maybe something abstract like I read in a magazine, hiding around corners, pressed against walls, peering down from bridges now this sounds interesting and exciting.

Go out and have a go.

My first experiments:


What do you love about photography?

What area of interest do you love to photograph?

What ideas do you have for more fun when taking photographs?

What event would you like to photograph?

What is it about photography that is important to you?

What qualities does photography bring out in you?

What does your photography say about you?

What do you want in the world that is significant in your photography?

What does when, why and how say about you and your photographs?

Photographers have this innate talent for bringing shadows to life and telling a whole story in a single frame.

Editing RAW and ProRAW Photos Using RAW Power 3


  • use gridlines to balance the shot  | turn on the camera’s gridlines, the rule of thirds which is a photographic composition principle that breaks the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically with nine parts in total.
  • focus the subject  | include one interesting subject, consider not filling the frame with the subject leaving two-thirds of the photo as negative space helping the subject stand out.  Tap the screen of the smart phone to focus on the subject and the lighting is optimised.
  • embrace negative space  |  refers to the areas around and between the subject of an image possibly having the subject stand out more and evoke a stronger reaction from the viewer.  It could be large expanse of open sky, water, empty field or a large wall.
  • find different perspectives  |  from a unique, unexpected angle, creating the illusion of depth or height with the subjects.  Not straight-on or from a bird’s eye view, consider directly upwards using the sky as negative space or slightly downward angle.  Can make an image stand out.
  • play with reflections  |  such as the sky reflected in a body of water, our eyes are drawn to reflections.  Puddles, larger bodies of water, mirrors, sunglasses, drinking glasses, metallic surfaces etc.
  • use leading lines  |  lines that draw the viewer’s eye towards a certain part of the frame.  They can be straight or circular, think staircases, building facades, train tracks, roads, a path through the woods.  Great for creating a sense of depth in an image and can make a photo look purposefully designed.

Understanding Focal Length – usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a photographic lens. It is not a measurement of the actual length of a lens, but a calculation of an optical distance from the point where light rays converge to form a sharp image of an object to the digital sensor or 35mm film at the focal plane in the camera. The focal length of a lens is determined when the lens is focused at infinity.

The focal length tells us the angle of view—how much of the scene will be captured—and the magnification—how large individual elements will be. The longer the focal length, the narrower the angle of view and the higher the magnification. The shorter the focal length, the wider the angle of view and the lower the magnification.

The Focus Distance determines the area of the image that is in focus, areas in front or behind this area will be out of focus.

F Stop describes the relationship between the diameter of the aperture and the focal length of the lens.  Essentially, it is the amount of blurriness seen in the rendered image.  The lower the value; the blurrier the area will be beyond the focus distance.  Changing the focal length of the lens will affect the amount of blur as well.   If you are happy with ta camera’s DOF settings but then change the focal length or angle of view, you probably need to reset the F Stop setting.  Typically, values range from 2.18 to 12.

If the camera shutter is open when there is movement then the movement shows up as a blur.

Things to consider:

  • angle of view, how much of the scene will be captured
  • magnification, how large individual elements in the image will be
  • narrow angle of view has higher magnification
  • wide angle of view and lower magnification
  • wider angle of view stretches the edges of the frame
  • compression, appearance of objets being closer to each other than they actually are


The camera is making up the whole spectrum of colours by using a mix of red, green and blue.  As white is a mix of all three, it is very easy to get it wrong.  The “white” light coming from a fluro tube has a considerably bluer tinge than the light coming from a standard globe.  In the real world you brain adjusts to the hue differences in “white” light, but not when you watch a scene change.

Therefore, in order to produce a beautifully exposed image with true to life colors, you must learn to effectively use the white balance setting of your digital camera.

Nikon White Balance

White Balance Explained for Beginner Photographers

How To Get The Perfect White Balance Every Time


One way to capture a wide-angle view of the world is to use a wide-angle lens. However, very wide-angle lenses are expensive, and no lens is wide enough to capture a full-surround (360-degree) view. But as most photographers know, you can instead capture a sequence of images, rotating the camera between views, then stitch them together using Photoshop or another tool.


OPTICAL ZOOM will zoom the picture that hits the CCD chip

DIGITAL ZOOM reduces the resolution of the picture by blowing up the picture that has already been captured.

CREATIVE TECHNIQUES by Shane Rozario of  We Are Observers

Backlight and reflective surfaces
Understanding the character of light and using it to develop your style.  If you keep track of certain photographers work you will see a pattern in their approach which forms their style.  Personally I love backlight and one of the beautiful characteristics of glass is the way it holds tone as it reflects light.
What to do next
Find a glass building (plenty of them in the city) use the light source (in this case – the sun) and put your point of interest (the building) between you and the light source. Take your first shot to see what the exposure looks like then experiment with over exposing or underexposing. Its that simple.

I began to use this approach many years ago to keep a creative mindset. Using this technique I found if I could expand my options and reinvent what it was i was shooting.
Creative Technique: 
Using mood and composition you can repurpose your photos to represent these three aspects and inspire yourself.
Creative outcome:
In the example below of the Iconic Opera House, you can see how Ive applied Realistic/Artistic/Abstract to create 3 very different pictures of the Opera House. This is useful technique for all photographers but especially useful for Travel Photography. This creative mindset prevents you from becoming bored with your photography.

How Focal Length Affects Your Background: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey


Highlighting Women  in Photojournalism

In 1973, Sara Krulwich visited 29 newspapers, looking for a job after graduating from the University of Michigan. She met with male photo editors who mostly scoffed at the idea of a woman as a news photographer. One editor, she said, told her that hiring a woman was like “hiring half a person.”


Australian Photography Awards is on the hunt for Australia’s most original, honest and thought provoking photography. Our 2019 categories offer Portrait, Landscape, Aerial, Documentary, Travel / Street, Wildlife, Mobile, Film / Analogue, Open / Illustrative, Student & Junior as well as a Peoples Choice. We have a huge prize pool of cash & Fujifilm camera equipment to be won. Entries open from June 1st 2019 – 2nd September 2019


A unique photography competition and a renowned platform for discovering and exhibiting contemporary photography. Gain widespread exposure, your work exhibited around the world, and win cash prizes along the way. Judges include Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia.



Australian identity has been shaped through imagery since 1841 when the first daguerreotype of Bridge Street in Sydney was taken by a visiting English naval captain, Augustin Lucas.  A year later George Baron Goodman opened the first commercial portrait studio in Sydney where he took thousands of pictures before returning to England.  In the mid-20th century, a wave of European migrants contributed to the modernist style and to the creation of a vibrant photographic community in Australia.  However, Australian photography matured in the seventies and eighties as Australian identity evolved into a global multicultural society giving a voice to silent sections of the community.  Here are some defining images of Australia, some by very well-known photographers and other lesser-known – each however, depict the unique Australian place and culture.


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Speaking about Moral rights, Copyrights, who owns the photograph, costs, what the exhibitions covers, includes, exposure of your photographs, definition of the categories, can depend on who is judging, how many judges, judging system, are there other similar photos, is the subject photographed in a different perspective, following a trend, does it fit in with the selection, want to stand out from the crowd, is the image over complicated, technical quality of the image, fit with competition gridlines, believe in our own style, tell stories, engage emotionally with the image, be bold, making a statement, do not use clichés, check out past winners, short image description of something that is not in the picture, not a biography and the story behind the picture can help.

HEAD ON Photo Festival Tips

Three tips to prepare your submission:

1. Get to know the festival and what we want

Read about the festival first! Find out what we’re about and how the festival runs. We use a blind selection process and are generally looking for well-executed work with a unique voice in any genre of photography.

2. Let your work do the talking

During the selection process, we look at three things; your images, the exhibition description and how they work together as a cohesive body of work on a single theme.
Note: group shows and retrospectives do not need to have an overarching theme.

We understand that words may not come to you naturally, but it is important that you can provide us with the context required to grasp your work. The description and imagery must reflect each other, i.e. do your images communicate what you are saying in words?

Spend a bit of extra time fine-tuning your exhibition description. Keep it clear and concise, do not describe what is already in the pictures and avoid too much ‘art-speak’.

3. Are you the best curator for your own work?

Your photographs are the most important part of your submission. Your work may highlight a very important social cause but if your images or selection of images are not up to snuff you won’t get in.

When you are choosing what work to submit run the images past people who approach photomedia with different perspectives – is the theme interesting? Do the images and words work together?

Head On to the Art Gallery of Hyderabad 

This year we presented the wonderful work by finalists of the Head On Portrait Prize AND the Head On Landscape Prize at State Art Gallery of Hyderabad as part of the Indian Photogrpahy Festival.

Top 10 Tips for Portrait Photography by Sharon Hickey  June 2018

The Key to Portrait Photography is… to Test and Experiment.  Over the years working as a professional photographer focused on people, I have learned that each time I take a photograph I learn something new and so can you!  Each photograph gives me feedback and I am able to problem solve for a particular variable so as to refine the final outcome.  So next time you set up for a portrait photography session be prepared to Test and Experiment so as to capture what you have in mind!

The Aperture Club  Sharon and her team of professional photographers are passionate about meeting people, travelling and of course photography. The Aperture Club runs photography workshops and tours that allow you to develop your creativity, with like-minded people.  Our workshop are run around Chippendale, Newtown, Circular Quay and other well kept secret locations around Sydney.


Starting in 2018, we scoured the world of Alpha photographers across Australia and New Zealand to find Advocates that are ready to help other photographers take the next steps in their own photographic journeys.  Every year we will take new submissions to discover the next generation of Advocates.  If you have a passion for photography and you would like to share it with a wider audience, consider applying in the coming year.



Winners of the iPhone Photography Awards  2021


Free Guides

Welcome to our collection of free guides for photographers! Over the years we’ve developed a suite of downloadable guides packed with advice, inspiration and recommendations for photographers of all levels. Covering a range of topics, each guide has been written specifically to motivate and help photographers move forward creatively and professionally.

Lens Culture  |  Here is some tips to help you improve your Bio:

Your Bio Length: Aim for 200 words, but it’s also a good idea to have a 100-word version.

Bios must be written in third person. Your biography is a summary of your resume, written in narrative form. It is a short paragraph that describes your experience and career. Many artists get confused about the difference between an artist bio and an artist statement, but there is a simple distinction: the artist statement is about your work, and the artist bio is about you.

Tell a story. Take the information you gathered in your CV and then shortened into your resume. Now, build it out into sentences that thread together to tell a story. If there is something unique about your practice, your bio is the place to emphasize this. Your CV has all the nitty, gritty detail, but your bio can be directive in terms of the specific achievements and experiences you would like to draw attention to.

Aperture Gallery, New York




Digital Camera World

Digital Photo Mentor

Digital Photography School

Chris Bowes   27 March at 14:20

So I’ve decided to live stream free photography lessons everyday, starting tomorrow.

I’ve never really felt like I had anything to offer in times of crisis, but with the recent push for us to stay at home I thought maybe I could do SOMETHING to help people kill the time.

I’ve set up a youtube channel, Talking Photography, where I plan to teach classes on all aspects of photography for you to enjoy. I hope this helps people get to know their cameras better and maybe inspires them to be creative from the confines of home. The link for this is:

I’m also going to be live streaming classes as part of my day job for michaels cameras, which will include photography lessons as well as things like product reviews. These will be happening Wednesday to Saturday at Midday. You’ll find me there at:


Crafting narratives with street photography.

Fast Five: Quick questions with nature photographer Gary Meredith

Spotlight on Brian Cassey

5 types of photography to master

Photographers Take Pics Of People From Different Perspectives To Show How Easy It Is To Manipulate Photos

It’s no big news that the media loves manipulating the truth to get a certain point across. And two Danish photographers decided to prove just how easy it is.  Copenhagen-based photographers Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and Philip Davali recently conducted an experiment for the Ritzau Scanpix photo agency. They photographed people hanging around the Danish capital during the quarantine and you’ll be surprised how much a different angle and camera lens can change the context of a photo.

Framing the Stage  |  The Art of Performance Photography

Every dazzling image of performers on stage that you see on a poster, banner or programme was framed in a photographer’s lens. To capture the excitement and emotion of live performance with a camera takes creativity, skill and experience.


Landscape views are impressive, but focusing on the little things can really make you appreciate the beauty of nature. Head outdoors and make the most of wildflower season in NSW national parks. Right now it’s the perfect temperature for going on awildflower walk and with these macro (or extreme close-up) photography tips, you’ll brighten up your Insta feed as well as your mood.


For over 30 years, Nikon School has been educating and inspiring photographers of all levels with affordable photography classes across the country. Whether you’re a passionate enthusiast or pro, Nikon School lets you explore & expand your skills on any camera. Join experts and enthusiasts in discovering & sharing new techniques, smart tips, great fun and true passion.


Here are essential tools you need to film and edit high-quality videos with your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Essential Guide: HDR For Cinematography

Although we’ve been using camera log curves, in the guise of gamma, for as long as we’ve been broadcasting television, the real impact they provide has started to become apparent as we move to HDR. Not only do they form a type of video compression, the camera log curves also add to the aesthetic quality of the image and to get the best out of HDR broadcast engineers, technologists, and their managers, must all understand the impact of this technology.

Original glass-plate negatives from the New South Wales Police Forensic Photography Archive arranged on a lightbox. Photo © Jamie North for Sydney Living Museums


It’s almost 100 years since New South Wales police used glass-plate negatives to photograph suspects in custody. These negatives are a direct link to that moment in time, and provide evidence about photographic technology and methods in the 1920s.

“How To Take High-Quality iPhone Photos So You Can Finally Leave Your Big Camera At Home”

If you’d like to take better photos with your iPhone than most people can take with a DSLR, this might be the most important page you’re going to read in a long time…   That’s because I’m going to share a story about how I went from taking boring iPhone photos to creating incredible photos that most people don’t even believe were taken with the iPhone…  And you’re going to discover how you can do the same with your own iPhone photos!  From: Emil Pakarklis

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know

In classical portraiture there are several things you need to control and think about to make a flattering portrait of your subjects, including: lighting ratio, lighting pattern, facial view, and angle of view. I suggest you get to know these basics inside out, and as with most things, then you can break the rules. But if you can nail this one thing you’ll be well on your way to great people photos. In this article we’re going to look at lighting pattern: what is it, why it’s important, and how to use it. Perhaps in another future article, if you enjoy this one, I’ll talk about the other aspects of good portraiture.


So how can you look after yourself when taking a selfie? Here’s how to #checkyoselfie to stay safe on your photo shoot and go about it in an eco-friendly way so that you can be proud of your snaps.


As a trained sociologist, athlete and sports lover, McGrady has not only photographed in the greatest sporting arenas in Australia, but she also assiduously documents the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sportspeople engaged in the ideal of gladiatorial contest.


I use many different effects for my videos, but the hyperzoom is one of my favorites. I’ve made a tutorial on how to achieve the effect.


High-quality photos create big impact for school assignments. Whether building an online store for business class, or developing a website for a campus club, you’ll want photos as compelling as they are creative.  Photo retouching can be done in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom using a variety of tools. In Photoshop, there are several popular tools and techniques you can use for retouching, such as:

Thoughts on Sharing Vacation Photos

Along with navigation (see “Real-World Observations about Mapping Apps,” 19 August 2019), one of the top vacation uses of an iPhone is for taking photos—as the saying goes, the best camera is the one in your pocket. In a typical week, I might take a couple of photos, but over the two weeks while Tonya and I were traveling in Switzerland, I snapped over 1000. Switzerland is unreasonably scenic, so it was nearly impossible to resist yet another postcard-perfect shot of a gorgeous Alpine valley. Despite that compulsion, now and then I’d try to take a step back and think about why I was taking a photo

NOMADASAURUS  Photographic

Photos have the incredible ability to transport you to a place, tell a story and provide inspiration, simply by capturing one moment in time. We have been travelling the world for over seven years together, and our passion for travel photography has continued to blossom.  These days we work as professional travel photographers and travel writers, exploring the world and creating stories as we go. Everyday brings a new experience and a chance to learn, and we love being able to bring our travels to life through images.

HOW TO USE DIGITAL ART TO ENHANCE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY  – If I had to describe briefly my passion for photography, I’d discard the word passion because what I really feel about this art, is admiration. The condition that makes photography so unique is its ability to communicate. I am not talking about communicating facts, events, any of that; the kind of communication I’ve discovered seven years ago was the message of emotion, sensation and feeling.

Safabakhsh began photographing six years ago, coming to it “accidentally,” he says. While studying graphic design in university, he started playing around with a phone camera and sharing the results on Facebook. He submitted images to a Facebook page on minimalism, and one of them was featured. Another Facebook photography page selected one of his images as a pick of the week, and he decided to pursue photography more seriously.


Drawing the curtain back on the spectacle of the hyper-masculine world of professional wrestling, Diego Saldiva follows the attempted comeback of the Brazilian ‘Gigantes do Ringue’.

Brian Sokol is a conceptual artist, photographer and author, dedicated to documenting human rights issues and humanitarian crises worldwide. Brian was recently in Sydney and we had the opportunity to talk with him about his extraordinary work and the stories behind some of his images, as well gain some insights into the complexities of working for different organisations.

Big Sky: Portraits from the Outback

Though only amounting to a small percentage of Australia’s population, the Outback is an important and diverse segment that defines the character of the country. These portraits attempt to build a contemporary picture of Australian identity.

For Birds’ Sake

Setting out to document the centuries-old tradition of bird-keeping in Turkey, this photography duo walked away with so much more. The resulting project is an intricate photobook that visualizes the relationship between love and possession.
Landscape views are impressive, but focusing on the little things can really make you appreciate the beauty of nature. Head outdoors and make the most of wildflower season in NSW national parks. Right now it’s the perfect temperature for going on awildflower walk and with these macro (or extreme close-up) photography tips, you’ll brighten up your Insta feed as well as your mood.

The 30 Most Amazing Photos Of Frozen Things You’ll Ever See  If you live somewhere that gets really cold you know how far beneath your warmest jacket and scarf the chill factor can creep. When Mother Nature unleashes a cold front, she often freezes everything in her path, creating the most incredible scenes.  As the coldest months of the year rapidly approach, here are some of the best photos of frozen things to get you in the mood for snow boots and shovels!


With a specialty in corporate video, they soon pivoted to commercial and travel based content. Some of their clients include Corona, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Northface, and The Scotland Tourism Board. Their growing expertise in viral videos for their Know Hau Media clients, soon influenced them to grow their own social media channels.  Lizzie is now a sought after social media influencer with a specialty in educational photography and video content. With a combined audience of over 160,000 followers/subscribers, she travels all over the world sharing her adventures with her audience.

The Lady in Green – Visions of the Arctic Night

If you’ve ever witnessed the Aurora Borealis you know that it’s hard to describe such an experience, either with words or photographs. Standing out in the cold night staring at a sky covered in green, blue and pink is an experience that sticks with you.
For the last years I’ve been lucky enough to photograph this natural phenomenon through various places in Norway and Iceland. No matter how often or how visible it is, I never get tired of chasing the Northern Lights.

Capture the inner beauty of your furry friends

A portrait isn’t simply a visual depiction of a subject– great portraits go beyond the skin for a closer look, revealing something meaningful about their inner nature. And who is more deserving of a closer look than vulnerable animals in need of loving and supportive families?  The Adobe Pawtrait Project is partnering with Sydney Dogs and Cats Home and portrait photographer, James Dore, to expose the inner beauty of some of their most overlooked lodgers, with the help of the immensely talented creatives like you!

16 Years of War in Afghanistan, in Pictures  AUG. 22, 2017

KABUL, Afghanistan — Soon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States military’s attention turned to Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda’s leaders were based. The world awaited an invasion that many knew was sure to come.

Description:  Depth of Field Calculator & Circle of Confusion Generator Great creative/informative tool for Cinematographers, Videographers, Photographers and the Enthusiast.

TED’S  PHOTOGRAPHICS:  Photographers Through Time

24 HOUR  PROJECT Documenting Humanity to make a Difference, photographers share the human condition of their own city in one single day.



About Tech

AINT – BAD An Independent Publisher of New Photographic Art Andreas Gursky

Australian Video Camera

Bēhance – Photography


Blue Hour Site: how to take blue hour photos


Cinematography Archives

COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR  CPOY’s greatest value is educational: it encourages photographers to sort through and evaluate their own work and assemble the best of it to show, both to peers and to the working professionals who donate their time to judge the contest.



Adobe recently discovered three Tokyo=based artists who create unique and inspiring work with Adobe Creative cloud photography tools.

GUIDE (Simplified): RAW on 5D mark III with Magic Lantern (Updated May 12th ’15)

The developers working on the Magic Lantern hack for the Canon 5D mark III have enabled continuous 14bit RAW recording last year. We tested it and it works great. The resulting images are totally breathtaking for a DSLR. The installation procedure has now been strongly simplified.

The EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide

Written entirely by Andrew Reid as if one-to-one consultation – absolutely no guest or ghost writing – the EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide is an indispensable book for filmmakers. In the book I guide you through the emerging world of raw video on the 5D Mark III.

Hands on with the Hydrogen One – RED’s gamble for mobile filmmakers

I remember playing with a couple of the RED One cameras and dealing with the myriads of issues when that camera was still in its infancy. I also remember only having marginal success with sorting through such issues. Despite those challenges, it was obvious the camera represented a real game-changer for the industry. It’s part of that reason that when Jim Jannard announced that RED would be putting some of their latest camera tech into a smartphone to create a more mobile acquisition and delivery system, I was interested. I certainly wasn’t the only person that was anxious to learn more about the RED Hydrogen One (RH1) as soon as more details about it started to emerge.

WITLYNX Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones

Compatible with All iOS and Android Devices with Bluetooth/Including Wrist Strap.  Perfect for taking selfies and steady tripod shots. COMPATIBLE WITH ANDROID 4.2.2 OS AND UP / APPLE IOS 6.0 AND UP: Option to use in-built app or Google Camera 360 app and a wide range of devices Including iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 5, 5S, 5C, 4, 4S; iPad 2, 3, 4, Mini, Mini 2, Air; Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S5, S4, S4 Mini, S5, S5 Mini, Note 2, Note 3 Note 5; and other devices  from $4.99

Apexel 5 in 1 HD Camera Lens Kit

198°Fisheye Lens/0.63x Wide Angle/15x Macro Lens/2X Telephoto Lens/CPL Lens for iPhone 6/6s Plus SE Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge S6/S6 Edge and most Smartphone


The Kúla Deeper stereo lens is attached to a camera lens thread for high quality stereoscopic 3D photography.

  • Use existing lens features like VR, autofocus and metering.
  • View images in 3D on the camera display using the included stereo viewer
  • Generate any 3D format using the accompanying image processing software Kúlacode
  • Compatible with Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma and the rest of the gang.

Kúla Bebe 3D lens is attached to any smartphone with a simple clip. It comes with a paper stereoviewer for smartphones, the CinemaBox for viewing the 3D content right away. To make sure you have the fun you deserve, Kúla Bebe also comes with old school red/cyan anaglyph glasses. Kúla Bebe is in production and the limited first batch will be delivered autumn 2017.

What mm lens was used in this shot? Directed by Sergio Leone.

Creative Live

Chris Bray Photography

  • We seek out the world’s most extraordinary wildlife, landscape and cultural experiences bring small groups there in comfort, providing unique access away from the crowds with exclusive charter of ships, aircraft, vehicles and remote lodges for not only the most incredible, unhurried photography opportunities on Earth, but also an amazing holiday.
  • Free Course Videos Complete course by award-winning Australian Geographic photographer Chris Bray. Ten easy-to-understand episodes with plenty of examples from basic setup and composition, to aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO, lighting, lenses, histograms, white balance and more!

Digital Photo Secrets:  photos too blue, white balance might be to blame

Discount Digital Photographs

Exposure Guide:  Photography Blog with Photography News, Tips & Tutorials


THE FOX DARKROOM & Gallery is a Melbourne darkroom for hire and exhibition space. It promotes and celebrates photography through hands-on workshops and by exhibiting work from emerging and established artists.

How to Turn your iPhone into a Professional Video Camera in One Easy Step   Whoever said, “the best camera is the one you have with you” must have been talking about smart phones.

Chris Burkard’s landscape photography tutorials

“It’s not about subject matter – it’s about how you saw it and how you felt it.”

Taking Photos for Social Media? Try These 4 Tips

On social media, a picture is worth a thousand clicks. And images get more than double the engagement on Facebook compared to text, according to Hubspot.  The 2018 Social Media Marketing Industry report stated that 80 percent of marketers use visuals in their social media posts. With photocentric platforms like Pinterest and Instagram amassing 250 million and 1 billion users, respectively, you’re missing a valuable opportunity to connect with potential customers if you don’t up your photography game.

A 5-point checklist for capturing the best landscape image possible

6 Tips for Creating More Captivating Landscape Photographs

Landscape Photography Tips:  Take Your Nature Photography to the Next Level!

10 quick landscape photography tips

Landscape Photography Tips:  National Geographic


Ian Wright Travel Photography:  Design Elements

Every Frame a Painting

Hurlbut Visuals

Macro Photography for Beginners

Started in Macro Photography

Movies in Color

No Film School  a site for photographers by photographers

Photography Life

Free Portrait Lighting Guide


Sergio lightroom

SMARTPHONE and happy snapping

STUDIO: SYDNEY PROP SPECIALISTS  8 photographic studios available for hire in Sydney

What are some rare historical photos you wouldn’t believe exist?

Snow Melts And Flash-Freezes Into Icy Downhill River

Mountain Thaw Creates A River Of Ice  This is what Narnia looked like before the return of Aslan. The original site is in Russian but if Google translate is at least partially right, this was a winter snow that started to melt and then flash froze into these surreal shapes.

Visual Watermark

Every Moon Photo Shot by Apollo Astronauts is Now on Flickr.  Want to browse the entire collection of photos captured on the moon by Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras? You can now do so right on Flickr.  The Project Apollo Archive has uploaded over 8,400 high-resolution scans of photos shot by Apollo astronauts during trips to the moon. The images are unprocessed versions of original NASA scans. It’s a huge treasure trove of photos that includes both iconic images and blurry outtakes, all grouped into the film magazines they were exposed in.

In the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts in Hobart – Morton Allport, possibly environmental photography in Australia.  Allport’s ‘Excursion to Lake St Clair February 1863 album’, a phonebook with text and images.


CANNON  ZoomBrowser EX is a software programmes that enable you to easily manage and edit your images. You can process RAW images, create panoramic images and remotely shoot your camera from your PC.  All of the functions of ZoomBrowser EX are now available in ImageBrowser EX

ZoomBrowser EX is an image management system from Canon. It is software that acts as a hub from which to manage all the images produced by Canon digital cameras, as well as other images on your computer.

The older versions of ZoomBrowser were originally developed to complement the PowerShot and IXUS ranges of Canon digital cameras. However, it soon became clear that EOS digital SLR users would also benefit from the features it offers. To make this possible, Canon has taken the earlier software and improved almost every feature to make it more powerful and feature-filled, yet easier and quicker to use.



The sensor grid is made up of millions of CCDs to capture still images.  They record the brightness of the light that falls on them.  The Red, Green or Blue filters positioned in front of the CCDs separate the colour from the scene into three different channels. The two pieces of information, brightness and colour, pluse the sensors’ position within the grid, combine to make the whole digital image.  CMOS sensor technology, SuperCCD and CMY Bayer Pattern.


A single layer of image sensors captures light at every pixel location.  A filter covering teh image sensors determines the colour of the light allowed to pass through to the sensor.  This only allows one colour to pass through, so the filter must be designed in a mosaic pattern, with alternating pixels of red, green and blue to capture the full spectrum of colour. Software interpolation is then applied to make a reasonable guess as to what the true colourisation of an image would be.  Three layers of photodetectors in silicon absorb different wavelengths of light at different depths allowing the capture of the colour of light at every pixel and not a mosaic pattern. PIXELS

The number of pixels determines the image size.




‘BRINDABELLAS | edge of light’ features the sky and landscapes of the Canberra region of Australia – in particular the Brindabella Ranges – captured in monochromatic (near) infrared. This feature-length film (140+ minutes in total) focuses on the interplay of mountain light, air and water as these elements are transformed across the seasons – from clouds to mist, rain and snow – then frost and ice – and onto creeks and rivers. It explores both the wider montane vistas of the Brindabellas and the more intimate details of the natural flows that are created by these mountains and, in turn, shape the very landscapes they arise from.

40 Incredible Examples Of Infrared Photography  Because everyday objects reflect infrared in proportions that differ sharply from that of visible light, the tonal relationships are wildly unexpected. Such near-infrared techniques used in photography give subjects an exotic, antique look. Green vegetation becomes white, whereas human skin becomes pale and ghostly. The resulting images look alien.

Exploring Infrared Cinematography opens up a whole new spectrum of light not visible to the unaided eye. This has the potential to give otherwise ordinary scenes a surreal and dream-like appearance. In this article, we explore several of the unique applications and technical hurdles.

How to Interpret Common False Color Images  Though there are many possible combinations of wavelength bands, the Earth Observatory typically selects one of four combinations based on the event or feature we want to illustrate. For instance, floods are best viewed in shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light because muddy water blends with brown land in a natural color image. Shortwave infrared light highlights the difference between clouds, ice, and snow, all of which are white in visible light.


Mark Rogers is known for his innate ability to distil the essence of a story or character into a singular image. His portraits are defined by an ease and directness that balance intimacy with presence and feeling. It is this approach that has secured him over the past two decades work with prominent clients and a regular spot as a finalist in The Head On Portrait Prize, National Portrait Prize, Moran Photographic Prize and Olive Cotton Award.


Mark recently took some time off the set of the upcoming movie ‘Peter Rabbit’ where he is working as the stills photographer to talk about his approach to portraiture and what it is like working on set.

“The personality, the presence and the approach of the photographer are somehow written in the portrait. For me, it’s a process of manufacturing spontaneity. With people, particularly celebrities, who have been photographed a lot, there is always a tension between them performing a portrait and finding an intimacy together where this mask may drop.”

Mark is always thoroughly prepared before his subject arrives so he is ready and relaxed when he takes the first picture. “Setting the lighting with an assistant sitting in, preparing the backdrop and props, using music for the right atmosphere – whether calm or energetic, so that I am happy with the image and can then concentrate on breathing the life of the subject into it. Then it [the process] can become a direct relationship with my subject, where we are both relaxed and spontaneity can occur.”

Being prepared is equally important on set where ‘action’ is repeated over multiple takes and the actors are different each time. “Magic only ever occurs fleetingly. Often the best portraits of actors are between scenes when they bring the character and performance we need for a powerful shot.”

You can keep up to date with Mark on
Facebook: /markrogersphotographer
Insta: @markrogers_photo


Jarrad Seng is a creative based in Western Australia who now travels around the world with musicians and taking pictures. He has worked with UK bands and artists such as Passenger and Ed Sheeran and his client list includes Converse, Qantas and many tourism agencies around the world. Jarrad is not your traditional landscape photographer and it is his unique approach that has won him an online fanbase of over 300,000 people.

We asked Jarrad to share some words of wisdom with us on how he approaches photography, not the technical stuff but more on his attitude to photography. This is what he had to say.

“I’ll preface these words by conceding that I don’t consider myself a landscape photographer, at least not in the traditional sense.  In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find many images of mine which don’t feature some sort of human element or other subject of interest.  That said, I think all photography techniques and attitudes can (and should be) be applied across all genres.”

Ask yourself, what makes this photo interesting?
“Sounds obvious, but I sometimes question whether many photographers ask themselves this question while they’re shooting.  Often we can get into a routine when we’re working on autopilot, and not really thinking critically about the image we’re creating.  What’s the point of interest?  What is unique about this photo?  Should I add a human element to add scale or personality to the photograph?  Should I play with unconventional angles or shutter speeds to challenge the traditional view of the scene?  Let’s be honest, landscape photography can be amongst the boring images cluttering social media – don’t add to the noise!”

Wonky horizons are the devil
“Short and sweet.  Straighten those horizons.  Wonky lines are the first thing I’ll notice about a photograph, and it’ll taint the whole image.  So unless you have a deliberate reason for not doing so… get those horizons level!”
If it were easy, everybody would do it.  And has done it.
“It’s cliche, but it’s true.  If the image you’re capturing seems like a piece of cake, it probably means that thousands of other photographers have stood in the same spot and taken the same shot too.  I mean, anyone can walk a few metres from the carpark to a viewing point, or follow a herd of tourists to the ‘classic’ spot.  But how many are willing to hike up a mountain to gain a fresh angle?  Or drive into the wilderness at midnight for the clearest night skies?  Or hang out of an open plane window? The greater the risk and the greater the effort, the greater the reward.  Of course, you also run the chance of not getting a shot at all, if you don’t play it safe.  But that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it?
You can keep up to date with Jarrad on
Facebook: /jarradsengphotography
Insta: @jarradseng
Markus Andersen has a passion for revealing truths and creating unexpected narratives through photography.  His focus is primarily documentary and conceptual bodies of work using both analog & digital camera formats. Markus has held solo and collaborative exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Istanbul, Sydney and the United Kingdom, and his work is represented in private and institutional collections around the world.
Markus Andersen’s first book, Rage Against The Light, was released in late 2015 and a second book, Cabramatta: A moment in time, was released in early 2017 (both titles through T&G Publishing). You can see behind the scenes footage from his Cabramatta project in a recently released documentary (directed by Maria Tran) titled Cabramatta Into The Light.
We asked Markus to share some tips and his thoughts on mobile photography and here is what he had to say.
“The mobile phone camera has on occasion become my diary for recording certain spontaneous moments of life. I am not a photographer that walks around daily with my big cameras in hand unless I am shooting a specific project.”
“I do have trouble switching my eye off, I subconsciously scan a scene for a possible picture, whether it be walking down a city street, at the beach or hiking in the Blue Mountains. As a result, the mobile has sometimes become the camera I use to grab a photo that just pops up. I treat the mobile the same as I would a compact film /digital camera due to its size and ability to capture instinctive images discreetly and quickly. Of course there has to be an awareness of the output limitations of a phone camera when compared to a rangefinder, mirrorless or DSLR camera and understand the parameters to work within the device.”
Markus finds that when photographing with the phone it is possible to move in closer to people on the street than when using cameras “grabbing a picture quickly before the subject is aware. I find the mobile phone useful as it is so common that people do not notice or care a photo is being taken in their direction –  just another person doing what millions of others are doing.”
Markus also has a few general tips when photographing – regardless of what camera format you are using or whether you are shooting documentary or street photography. “I find certain things can help when taking these types of pictures – keeping a relaxed vibe when in public, moving around and getting your knees dirty; never using zoom lenses, looking for the unique within the everyday, pre- visualise images, paring the equipment kit down to bare essentials and don’t think too much when shooting. As thought can sometimes be the enemy on the street, just observe, react and click. When shooting life or people: scan the scene, explore the light, look for details of interest and wait for the unusual, dynamic or the unexpected to occur “
You can keep up to date with Markus on
Facebook: /markus.andersen.3705
Insta: @markusxandersen

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

Exclusive to Nikon cameras, the NEF is Nikon’s RAW file format. RAW image files, sometimes referred to as digital negatives, contain all the image information captured by the camera’s sensor, along with the image’s metadata (the camera’s identification and its settings, the lens used and other information). The NEF file is written to the memory card in either an uncompressed or “lossless” compressed form. 

The primary benefit of writing images to the memory card in NEF format rather than TIFF or JPEG is that no in-camera processing for white balance, hue, tone and sharpening are applied to the NEF file; rather, those values are retained as instruction sets included in the file. You can change the instruction set as many times as you like without ever disturbing the original image’s RAW data. Another benefit of the NEF file is that depending on the camera, it retains 12-bit or 14-bit data, resulting in an image with a far greater tonal range than an eight-bit JPEG or TIFF file.

After-capture processing of the NEF file by Nikon’s Capture NX2 software, or other imaging programs, offers greater control over the final image than the processing of a JPEG or a TIFF. After processing, the NEF file can be saved as a TIFF, JPEG or again as a NEF with the addition of any applied Capture NX2 processing saved inside the file as a second or alternate instruction set. As long as the original NEF file is preserved, the “digital negative” remains untouched; processing a NEF file does not alter the original instruction set.

What are the differences between: RAW, NEF, Compressed-NEF, TIFF, and JPG file formats?

Nikon calls images saved in the RAW format “NEF” files. Nikon RAW NEF files can be edited in Nikon View Editor, PictureProject, Nikon Capture Editor and Nikon Adobe Photoshop plug-in.

This unique format consists of the RAW data of an image, along with an instruction set that provides extensive image editing capability not available with other file formats.  With a NEF file, the original RAW data of an image is never changed.  All corrections and adjustments that you make are preserved in the file’s instruction set. You can change the instruction set as many times as you like without ever disturbing the original image’s RAW data. Using the software listed above you can change the shooting White Balance, adjust Exposure Compensation as well as basic color, sharpening and levels controls.

Current Nikon DSLR cameras, including the D3-series, D2-series, D700, D300(S),  D200, D100, D7000, D5000, D3100, D3000, D90, D80, D70s, D70, D60, D50, D40X, D40, all support the NEF RAW file format. All future Nikon Digital SLR cameras will support the NEF RAW file, and some Coolpix cameras will as well.

Many users think of their NEF files as their original digital “negative” which they then make changes to and save the changed files as TIFF (or JPEG) for printing.


Ten Tips and Tricks for the Nikon D610/D600


HEAD ON  for Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student photography.

LENS CULTURE EXPOSURE AWARDS   The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017 aim to discover and showcase the world’s best contemporary photographers — including all genres of photography, and from diverse cultures on every continent. Now in its 8th year, the competition will help photographers of all levels gain global recognition and move forward creatively and professionally. Our international jury will select six top winners as well as eight jurors’ picks, 25 finalists and five student spotlights.

DIGITAL  PORTRAITURE  AWARD = National Portrait Gallery  The winner receives $10,000 and a residency at The Edge, the State Library of Queensland’s digital culture centre for experimentation in science, art, technology and enterprise. Finalists’ work will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and online.

PICTURES of the YEAR  INTERNATIONAL  POYi began as a photographic contest in the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, when the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored its “First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition” contest. Its stated purpose was, “to pay tribute to those press photographers and newspapers which, despite tremendous war-time difficulties, are doing a splendid job; to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition; and to compile and preserve…a collection of the best in current, home-front press pictures.”

WORLD PRESS PHOTO CONTEST   “We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.”

World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organisation committed to supporting and advancing photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide. Among their many activities, World Press Photo organises an annual exhibition featuring the award-winning photographs from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest for press photography. The 2016 contest had 80,408 images submitted by 5034 press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from 126 countries.



OBSERVERS, We Are Observers.  We believe the best way to learn photography is to do photography. The purpose of our Adventure-Workshops is to take you out and get you shooting. Our aim is to improve your observation and help you shoot with a creative mind.  We understand the process of creativity and love to share our knowledge and experience. We are passionate about people and we believe the camera is a great tool for adventure.  Shane Rozario and The WAO team. “share the photographers mindset”

OBSERVERS free events coming up  WE ARE OBSERVERS run three types of free events, weekly Summer Socials, exploration around Sydney’s Foreshore, monthly See.Saw talk, an open discussion with inspiring photographers talking about their work, and special Access All Areas events.


Photography Hot Spots

Patrick Witty

Long, B., 2015. Complete digital photography, 8th ed. ed. Cengage Learning PTR, Boston, Mass.


Mircea Albutiu

Louise Allerton

Jennifer Allison

Michael Amendola

Emanuele Amighetti

Tony Amos

Jim Anderson

Mossi Armon

Among Atem

Elizabeth Avedon

Stacey Baker

Roger Ballen

Philip Bell   Digital ink-jet prints

Pablo Bartholomew

Nicola Bernardi

Ben Bohane

Nancy Borowick

Chris Bray

Jan Breckwoldt

Alicia Brodowicz

Sally Brownhill

Paula Broom

Françoise Callier

Brett Canet-Gibson

Peter Carroll

Aletheia Casey

Brian Cassey

Oscar Castillo

Robert Catto

Alejandro Cegarra

Giles Clarke

Michael Robinson Chávez

Julie Coddington

Adrian Cook   Wet-plate works

Michael Coyne

Virginia Cummins

Sean Davey

James Whitlow Delano

Peter De Vries

César Dezfuli

Erika Diettes.

Douwe Dijkstra

Bill Dimas

John Dobson

Ken Duncan

Julia Durkin

Natan Dvir

Sarah-Jane Edis

Sandy Edwards

Tony Egan   Silver gelatine photographs 

Graham Elliott

Mark Evens

Samantha Everton

Adam Ferguson

Fabiola Ferrero

Elizabeth Fortescue

Alasdair Foster

Murray Fredericks

Johanna-Maria Fritz

Milton Gan

Christopher Getts

Alessia Glaviano

Steven Godbee

Stephen Godfrey

Craig Golding

Renzo Grande

Miriam Grigalashvili

Natela Grigalashvili

Hugh Hamilton

David Handley

Paul Harmon

Simon Harsent

Ron Haviv

Gary Heery

Andrea Hernandez

Meg Hewitt

Sophia Howarth

Richard I’Anson

Nadia Janis

Kent Johnson

Quentin Jones

Bob Kersey  Platinum palladium prints

Alex Kess

Ken Kobre

Katrin Koenning

De Koila  Freelance Photographer, Lecturer, Greece

Marko Kokic

Demetris Koilalous

Grzegorz Kosmala

Teru Kuwayama.

Cristian Laemmle-Ruff

Cam Langley

Nelson Lau

Olivier Laurent

Alex Levac

Jon Lewis

Megan Lewis

Geoffrey Liau

Andrzej Liguz

Dina Litovsky

Glen Lockitch

Katharine Lotze,

Tom Luscombe

Graham MacIndoe

Eleanor Macnair

Simon Marnie

Greg Marsden

Belinda Mason

Paul McDonald

Wendy McDougall

Robert McFarlane

Dan Macintosh

Aquin Mathews

Sue Mcarthur

Barbara McGrady

Younes Mohammad

Jeff Moorfoot

Richard Morecroft

Matt Moyer  Matt Moyer is a photographer and filmmaker committed to documenting the social and cultural issues that affect our world.

Christopher Mueller

Yaniv Nadav

Seiko Nedic

Gael Newton

Matthew Newton

Luke O’Brien

Trish O’Donnell

John Ogden

Gerry Orkin

Pamela Pauline

Chris Peken

Emma Phillips

Jack Picone

Matt Portch

Peter Powditch

Zodiac Purlija

Andrew Quilty

Manu Quintero

Claudio Rasano.

Johannes Reinhart

Evan Richards

Eugene Richards

Will Riera

Clair Rosen

Moshe Rosenzveig

Alessandro Rota

Paul Rovere

David Rubinger

Steve Rushworth

Lisa Saad

Adam Scarf

Michael Schauer

Robin Schwartz

Ben Scott

Lesley Sebastian

Colin Seton

Dean Sewell  photographic essay: Ten days in a Russian steelworks

Nathan Shapiro

Roz Sharp

Michael Silver

Alexia Sinclair

Glenn Sloggett

David Maurice Smith

Friso Spoelstra

Doug Spowart

Maggie Steber

Kris Stenders

Mim Stirling

Frédéric Stuchin

North Sullivan

Lawrence Sumulong

John Swainston  Australain Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)

Nyk Sykes

Eugene Tan

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Tbilisi – has a thriving photographic scene.

Julian Thomas

Amy Toensing An American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people.

Rob Tuckwell

Astrid Verhoef!/news/0

Maya Vidulich

Dougie Wallace

Greg Weight

Nicole Wells

Michael West

Annette Widitz

Vanessa Wiggins

Caleb Williams

Carl Williams

Ian Wittenberg

Women Photograph

Scott A Woodward

William Yang

James Webster

James Whitlow Delano

Tom Williams

Fiona Wolf-Symeonides

Kyla Woods

Krystle Wright

Daniella Zalcaman

Ohad Zwigenberg

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