Over the new year I always love to take photos of fireworks. Nothing says celebration like a giant fireworks explosion! It was my first new year in Melbourne, so I sought out a great spot to take pictures in Footscray, watching both the 9:30pm fireworks in Footscray and the midnight fireworks over the city.
My friends have often asked me how to take photos of fireworks – often they turn out blurry or don’t catch the moment. The great thing is, you can take a good fireworks shot as long as you have a camera with manual controls and a stable base. Here are my best tips.
This week’s camera question comes from Haviwah of the Barefoot on Backroads blog. He asks:
“What’s your take on Neutral Density and/or Polarizing camera filters? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen somewhere on your blog before that you have a few and I’m wondering if you rate them/think they’re worth while.”
I do rate camera filters as a worthwhile investment for most travel and landscape photographers. They allow a lot of flexibility for taking well exposed images without having to rejig them later in Lightroom.
I’m delighted to announce that I am the runner up in the Mayor’s Urban Ecology Photo Competition in the Streetscapes category. The photo I received the award for is a picture I took while out cycling of a cockatoo enjoying a breakfast of nuts and seeds. It was a case of right place, right time, with the birds just sitting by the cycle trail.
Making your perfect creative space is essential for anyone who works from home or spends lots of time doing creative projects. You don’t have to be an artist to have a creative space – it could simply be a place for you to stretch your mind and think differently about your work. As a freelancer, it’s essential that I have a place to work well and be creative because it’s what I’m paid to do, and while I try to be creative anywhere I go, it’s the office where I do most of my work.
I have unfortunately been the victim of theft from my own home. While in the bathroom, someone came into my house and helped themselves to my two week old Macbook Pro. Since then, I’ve been extra cautious about security and insurance. Thankfully I’ve never had anything stolen while travelling. But I know the horrible, sinking feeling of loss, when your laptop or camera gear goes walkabout. Camera gear safety is one of the most important factors in travel for a photographer. Here’s how to keep your camera gear safe when travelling.
My friend Jon asks “How can I take a night photo without a tripod?” When you’re travelling light, a tripod is one of the first things to go out the window. No one wants to lug around a full sized tripod on their vacation – unless you’re a crazy photographer like me… But you still want to do night photography right?
Just a short note to let you all know that I’ve been published in the May/June edition of Lonely Planet Asia magazine in the Postcards section. It was great to see it in the airport on my way home to Australia. The photo is of a guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, taken during my time in Korea. On a lovely double page spread too! Make sure you check it out if you’re in Asia.