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Tips & Techniques

Adding a Copyright Preset in Adobe Lightroom

Now there’s probably been a lot of blog posts on how to set up a Copyright Preset in Adobe Lightroom so there may be nothing new here. Due to a lot of problems we’ve recently been having with businesses stealing photos and using on their websites (not that this would stop them) we thought we would show you the information that we immediately apply to all our images in Adobe Lightroom.

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Travel Photography – Free eBook – 10 tips to get you started

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This FREE e-book titled “Travel Photography – 10 Tips to get you started” is ideal for the beginner/amateur wanting to learn more about this genre of photography or anybody interested in Travel Photography in general.

In the book we have shared some simple tips based on our combined experience of 5o years in the Travel Photography industry. To get your FREE COPY click on the image above.

It would be great to hear any feedback you may have about the eBook so that we can make improvements to any future releases. If you have any questions or comments we would love to hear from you.

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Review – 3 Axis Camera Spirit Level

camera spirit level

People always ask us why we use these when most cameras now have great tools for keeping the camera level. We have been using them for many years attached to our hot-shoe and although initially, we used them only when the camera was mounted on a tripod we have found them to be very useful in other situations. There are many different models and can be found on eBay, Amazon or at your local camera shop.

Here are a couple of reasons why this cheap little gadget should be in your camera bag –

  • They are very handy when using the camera low to the ground. They will make it a lot easier to level the camera without “standing on your head”.
  • They are extremely accurate. They also have multiple bubbles for confirming accuracy.
  • Designed for horizontal & vertical shooting.
  • If your camera doesn’t have a built-in spirit level and you do a lot of tripod work.

However, where this gadget is absolutely invaluable is that it gives you the ability to shoot at waist/stomach level. This is crucial at times in Travel Photography. During your travels, you will visit places such as churches that don’t allow photography. This is generally due to people using flashes. In these instances, if it’s ethically viable, taking a shot with this gadget can help, here are some steps to consider before taking the shot;

  • Make sure that your flash is turned off before entering a place where flash photography is not allowed (check your camera manual if you are unsure how to do this)
  • Turn off the AF assist illuminator function in your camera, (the red or white beam which assists your camera to focus in low light) as this light is a real giveaway that you’re taking a photograph.
  • Attach the Spirit Level to your hot-shoe
  • Increase your ISO so that you can handhold the camera as tripods will obviously not be allowed either. Even though you will be taking photos from stomach/waist level still try to attain a shutter speed as though you were hand-holding the camera.
  • If your camera has a Quiet Mode available then use it.
  • Be discreet and don’t get caught 🙂

Unfortunately, we live in a photography world where the majority of people don’t know how to turn off the flash on their camera. So many places like historic churches, museums, galleries etc will not let you take photos simply to protect their artwork from thousands of camera flashes every day. This is particularly the case in many cities in Europe where there are many churches and galleries with valuable art.

When not to use this method? Well, you really shouldn’t use this method if –

  • You plan to use the images commercially.
  • When the location you are shooting has a contract with a photographer.
  • During religious ceremonies where it would be disrespectful.
  • After being caught by an attendant it would be fairly rude to keep doing it.
  • Near military installations, government buildings, and other sensitive areas. Always research and be aware of the photography restrictions and regulations of the countries that you are visiting. Being thrown in prison is a sure way of ruining a holiday or a photography assignment.

If you want to purchase one click here.

Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know where this item has been useful for you when shooting.

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Italy, Venice – Then & Now – Part 3

Italy, Venice – Then & Now – Part 1

Riccordo di Venezia – the book is about the size of a large postcard

Italy, Venice – Then & Now – Part 1

Some years ago we were fossicking through a small bookshop in the suburb that we live in. The owner specialises in old books and we spent quite a few hours there. We were about to leave with a handful of old travel guides when the owner suggested that we have a look at another box that he had out the back. In this box, we found several small old books called “Ricordo di Venezia” & “Ricordo di  Napoli” (on another visit we also purchased “Riccordo di Roma” and “Riccordo di Genova”).

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Filters – The Polarizer

NiSi HUC C-PL PRO Nano Circular Polarizer FilterFilters – The Polarizer

The CPL (Circular Polarizer) is an essential filter for anyone that shoots landscapes or travel. Over the years we have worked a lot in the Pacific Islands and this filter practical lives on the lenses. It is great for images where you want to darken skies giving it more drama and emphasizing the clouds, to cut through reflections off glass, or reduce glare from the surface of water or the sea. It also saturates colours to make the scene more vibrant, especially blue skies, bodies of water and foliage. It is one of the few filters that has not really been properly replicated in software.

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Steel Wool Light Painting

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Steel Wool Light Painting

A while back we had the opportunity to photograph some Steel Wool Light Painting here in Sydney, Australia. Below are some of the images that were captured during the evening. If you ever get the opportunity to do this then you should give it a go. These are very easy images to take for those that want to try it for themselves. The biggest challenge is finding somewhere that has an interesting background. It is also best done right after sunset during the blue hour as this way you still get some nice colour in the sky and maybe some streaky clouds depending on the conditions.

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Long Exposures – Using 9 & 10 stop ND Filters

Long Exposures – Using 9 & 10 stop ND Filters

The Neutral Density filter is a very handy filter to have in your camera bag. Although it doesn’t get used that often in our Travel Photography it certainly should be near the top of your list of “must have” creative filters.

So, what is an ND 2.7 & ND 3.0 Neutral Density Filter?

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