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Indoors with window light – high ISO

This image was submitted by Amy after a recent workshop. We used this image last night in an online demo of photo editing tips and tricks. This photo was taken indoors using window light. It was shot at a high ISO (1250) which caused quite a lot of digital noise. There is also a lot of contrast between the shadows and highlights on the baby’s face. The eyes are lovely and sharp but a little ... »

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emotional connection: photo tip

As well as thinking about the technical aspects of your photography (aperture, shutter speed, iso etc) make sure you are thinking about the impact your photo has on the people who view it. While it’s important to understand the elements of light and exposure, one thing that makes a great photo is its ability to convey an emotion. Emotional connection, or conveying a feeling, can be the difference ... »


don’t forget the details

Photographing the details Often when I’m not getting the co-operation of the kids or the light is less than perfect or ‘just because’… I’ll focus on shooting details. I find it relaxing to concentrate on a single object. It’s also wonderful to look back at those little details and the day-to-day things from the past and let the memories flow…favourite clothes, toys, t... »

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one for you and one for a friend

Gift Certificates: Photo Workshops I hope you have been enjoying this wonderful Spring. September was a great month with so many new workshops launched. You can now choose between morning and afternoon workshops and Dee Why, Shelly Beach (Manly) and Balmoral – all sensational locations to hang about with others and learn to take stunning photos of your kids. And…drum roll…a new l... »

photography tips: fun

photography tips: focus on fun

life, love, laughter… Today’s photography tip is a really easy one: Children usually cannot care less for your desire for the perfect photo and the importance of the long lasting memories.  What any child really wants is to have fun. So make room in your child’s life for fun and just make sure you are there and ready to capture it! And aren’t these really the memories you w... »


Ballet Exam

This beautiful image was submitted by Gill from Cromer. Gill says…”My daughter just about to go into a Ballet Exam. I always seem to have a problem with light either too dark or too bright but this time with a peak of light shining through on this candid shot, it is one of my favourites” Feedback: I think this is a gorgeous image and I’m not surprised it’s one of you ... »

iphoneography and your kids [part 1]

iphoneography and your kids [part 1]

how to shoot simply stunning photos of your kids (or anything) with just an iPhone These days, most spur of the moment memories are probably being captured for posterity (or Facebook) using a smartphone camera, often an iPhone. Today we are going to go through some basics of getting the most from your iPhone photos (known as iphoneography). In upcoming posts we will look at more advances tips for ... »

going out to play

going out to play

“I cannot go to school today” Said little Peggy Ann McKay. “I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps. My mouth is wet, my throat is dry. I’m going blind in my right eye. My tonsils are as big as rocks, I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox. And there’s one more – that’s seventeen, And don’t you think my face looks green? My leg is... »


photography tips: preset your exposure and focus

capture that moment! It can be very frustrating! The moment is perfect, you have a great shot lined up, and press the shutter button. But your camera takes a few seconds to think about it before it opens the shutter (it’s called shutter lag). By the time the photo is actually taken, your prefect shot has vanished! The moment is gone! With many cameras when set to automatic mode, it can take ... »

cupcake girl

cupcake girl

This is Sue’s photo of her daughter uploaded for feedback “I took this at a father’s Day picnic on Sunday. I took it on my brand new camera which I’m just learning to use. The settings were all on automatic but I’m hoping to learn to use the other settings when I come to your workshop during the school holidays” Sue Feedback: Sue, lovely photo. My suggestion wou... »

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