There’s little doubt in my mind that the rules governing the use of drones in Australia are unreasonable and excessive. Those rules were written by people more used to regulating the safe flight of helicopters than tiny remote control devices and they do not reflect how drones perform in the
The Fujifilm X-T4 has reignited my love of photography by combining amazing technical capabilities with a stunning design
As landscape photographers it falls to us to document the destruction of the natural environment.
After 16 years with Canon, I’ve switched codes and moved over to Fujifilm
Some personal reflections on the incredible series of events that have affected my home in Australia and the impact they have had on my landscape photography
I look back on a decade of photography, year by year and pick out my best images.
Quite often when I’m browsing my Facebook photographic communities I see posts from people who are depressed because they have lost interest in their hobby. They usually say that they can’t work up the enthusiasm to get out there and photograph anything and that they haven’t even picked up their
Like a lot of folks I put my order in for a Mavic 2 Pro the week DJI announced it. The combination of that portable Mavic form-factor and that Hasselblad camera technology made for an enticing combination and I had no qualms about shelling out two and a half thousand
The world of digital photography is moving forwards at an incredible pace, thanks to advances with in-camera technology and also with post-processing software. It used to be the case that Adobe’s Photoshop was the only game in town but these days you’re spoilt for choice, whether you want to go
Can a one-click drag-and-drop AI-enhanced photo editor take the place of some Adobe software? I put Skylum’s free software through its paces.
Skylum’s flagship tool for digital photographers has a lot to love, but work needs to be done on the asset management side.
In this video guide I detail precisely how to create awesome looking panoramic posts in Instagram using the carousel post format and images prepared in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Is it too late to start using Instagram as a platform for real photography? Only if we choose to carry on taking the easy way out.
The Vienna Tourist Board created an awesome campaign designed to encourage travelers to break free from “rating pressure” and focus on what really matters on vacation. Inspired by them I sought out reviews of our local beaches and visitor hotspots and created my own Unrating campaign for beautiful South Coast NSW.
Has the online sharing of photography destroyed the pure heart of this artform? Let’s look at the evidence.
Technical knowledge is not the key to a good photographic portfolio – persistence is.
Apple finally released an updated version of their popular iMac range of desktops and I ordered one the day they became available. It’s one month since I took delivery of this hardware and I thought it was high time I shared my impressions of the machine with you guys from a photographer’s perspective.
Asset Management is the Reason I Can’t Quit Adobe Everyone’s unhappy about Adobe’s subscription pricing model, but until the competition come up with a better assett management system, they’re still the best option. When I first started taking photographs consistently and began taking this hobby seriously, I ran into the
Put your website at the centre of your online presence and take control of your personal brand.
I grew autistic in an era when nobody knew what autism was and found photography as a way of coping with my strange brain chemistry.
Time for a reality check – drones are not spying on you and they never have been. Here’s why.
After many years of searching for the perfect load-out for all of my camera equipment I finally arrived at a solution that works perfectly for me, accommodates my DSLR and drone and is comfortable to carry on long hikes.
I decided to put Unsplash to the test and surrendered all rights to 10 of my photos. Did I find wealth and fame? What do you think …
This is a guide to the OzRunways app which can be used by Australian drone pilots to ensure they are not flying in restricted airspace.
Do you have a strange urge to add tan-and-teal filters to all your photographs? Have you started using the prayer 🙏 hands emoji all the time? You might be going through ‘the change’.
The days of scrambling around in Soundcloud, YouTube or Facebook’s free music libraries are over – you can improve your videos with top-notch music that is 100% legal. Here are the seven best sites – rated and reviewed.
The Mavic 2 Pro is DJI’s most refined quadcopter yet – but is it the best choice for landscape photographers? We put it through its paces, test it rigorously and let you know if that Hasselblad badge is all show and no go.
Forward-thinking park authorities in Western Australia have completely relaxed their drone regulations and removed any requirement to apply for permission before using them.
Quadcopter fliers are a target of hatred and violence and are being attacked by governments, local authorities and neighbourhood skunk farmers. But why and what can be done about it?
Companies will continue to take the piss out of photographers for precisely as long as we let them.
Bioluminescent algae is an amazing and rare natural phenomenon and an amazing occurence to photograph. Here’s how to maximise your chances of seeing it and how best to capture it if you do.
Is building the perfect website for photographers really Mission Impossible? Surely someone can improve on the woeful sites that are already out there.
Celebrating World Photography Day with a blog post about how photography has shaped me and helped me muddle my way through life.
I photographed a lightning bolt striking Seven Mile Beach National Park and discovered later that it had started a small bushfire which the local volunteer fire brigade responded to.
Drones are not harmful to whales or dolphins, unless ingested, so why all the bullshit laws about flying near them?
My lightning shot got a bit of attention and I was asked how best to capture such scenes, so here’s a little guide.
Beauty spots across the world are being ruined thanks to a new generation of photographers who care only about their standing on social media and not about the landscape they exploit.
Drones can’t handle low-light and high dynamic range scenes such as sunrises and sunsets. With a couple of simple techniques, however, you can successfully photograph even the most visually demanding of scenes with your drone.
Most people who buy a drone in Australia do so in total ignorance of the laws surrounding their use. So here’s the low-down on flying a drone legally down-under.
The social media buzz is that a hot new platform’s arrived and ‘fear of missing out’ drives every photographer to set up an account. But why?
The best camera is the one you have with you – and that camera will probably be an iPhone. So here’s how to get the most of the built-in camera app.
If you like colour in your photos then you need to nail your sunset shots, because that’s when nature lays on a lightshow. Here are my top tips for snagging a stunning sunset keeper … or two.
They adorn every Instagram post ever taken – but what do all those hashtags mean? I take a (not so serious) look at their definitions.
Why do you see the same sorts of shots again and again on Instagram? Whatever happened to originality? Why do I care? Most of these questions, answered within.
How the fuck did the amazing become so commonplace so quickly? Why am I no longer excited by the incredible sight of the Northern Lights? When did photography turn into a never-ending competition for spectacle? When did it all become so fucking boring?
Once you started posting, you are in competition with every other photographer on the site. Whether you like it or not, your photograph is judged alongside those of the entire membership, rank amateurs and seasoned pros alike. But it isn’t a level playing field.
Well known photo-sharing sites are showing their age and the new ones, while often starting out with the best intention, often get the formula woefully wrong. So where should you post your photos?
It’s illegal to fly a drone in Booderee and there’s a massive area of restricted airspace covering a great swathe of south coast New South Wales. Here’s the deal.
There are benefits and disadvantages to moving from DSLR to drone photography. Here’s how to make the transition successfully.
Get a drone they said, we’ll get together, have a few laughs. Well here’s what they don’t tell you about owning and flying a drone.
I think you should consider leaving your camera at home when attending an event like Vivid Sydney. Let me explain my thought process.
You were just lucky, that’s all. This is without doubt my most hated expression.
All of those mysterious photographic expressions explained in a (not so serious) fashion. Don’t read it if you’re a snowflake.
Small dictionary of photographic terms explained. Humorous article – don’t read it if you’re a snowflake.
Landscape photography can be a troublesome hobby thanks to its reliance on the weather, but we photographers don’t make our lives any easier some times. Here are ten home truths I’ve picked up along the way to photographic enlightenment.
The notion of copyright is being devalued day by day with image aggregators happily ripping off photographers without a care in the world. How did we get here?
If someone doesn’t specifically ask for ‘criticism’ of their photograph, then don’t offer – you’re just being insulting.
Read the small print, read the small print, read the small print. Most photo competitions exist purely to make money …
I had high hopes of 1X, but the site turned out to be an incestous temple to photographic hubris.
I saw a heated debate on Reddit the other day about the nature of photography and how it applies to the Instagram generation. There was of course much to-and-fro on either side of the argument, but the general consensus seemed to be that if you took photos then you were
I wrote this article more than six years ago now. It continues to be the most viewed post on my website, which would kind of suggest that fuck all has changed over at 500px. Do you agree?