May 2017

Get busy. The window of opportunity is about to shoot up and let you climb into a good thing. The Fremantle International Portrait Prize. Every two years the FIPP organises an on-line competition for portraiture. They receive entries, accompanied by a small fee, from all over the world and consider them in the light of several categories of work. Professional and careful judging, I might add - Judges who are prominent in the profession and knew what they are seeing. There is a long list of possible winners published to keep interest up...

Do you enjoy coffee? Do you enjoy mirror-less photography? Do you like to talk to Burke Flynn? Well you can combine all three in upcoming Coffee On Olympus events this year. These have proved popular in the past as Burke explains the operation of the new Olympus cameras like the Pen F and the OM-D  E-M1 MkII. There are more possibilities encased in these new bodies than you would think - all the way from increased image stabilisation and dedicated focus stacking and shifting to extensive image customisation. It can be too much for some of us to absorb just from an instruction manual, so the Olympus company has made Mr. Flynn available to help. He has the happy knack of converting a complex series of procedures to a simple workflow - and this makes it easier for the growth of the Olympus system. Fortunately for Perth photographers, Olympus is also firmly based here in the state with medical imaging and treatment systems - they have a large headquarters and a ready attitude to help people. You can bank on them getting back to you...

The Camera Electronic shop in Murray Streetis not in deadly competition with the shop in Stirling Street. The staff do not draw lines in the sand, dance hakas, or throw hand grenades at staff meetings*. But they do have a distinct advantage over the older premises - they have the Fujifilm terminals and the Fujifilm Frontier printer - and they can make marvellous art for the photographers who visit the shop. It is as easy as...

Explore the world with Seven West Travel Club and Camera Electronic. Seven West Travel Club shares the world of travel through many various mediums including editorials, videos, photos, podcasts and a dedicated eNewsletter. They also offer competitions along with special offers and discounts plus run events, tutorials and exclusive tours with their writers and photographers. Having a team of highly experienced professionals from travel writers, through photographers and videographers and other industry professionals - they bring you the best of travel experiences and opportunities from around the globe. Recently Seven West Travel Club hosted Camera Electronic directors, Saul and Howard Frank at their studios speaking briefly about exciting products you as a travelling photographer can take along with you to make the results better than ever! Spend a few moments with Saul, Howard and Photojournalist Mogens Johansen as they talk about a few very handy products and tips for improving photography. Click here to view the video now. Being a series of videos make sure you keep checking back on our blog for any new videos these three great guys bring to you...

If you are a person who uses modern electronic devices a lot - cameras, mobile phones, tablets, etc - you are constantly aware of the need to top up your batteries. That dreaded little flashing battery symbol on the screen is always nagging at you!  Here’s a chance to defeat it for free - draw your electricity from the sun.  The Sirix Solar Power bank is a battery and a charger that can sit there soaking up that free electricity and then feed into your devices. The battery inside it is the very light and powerful Lithium Polymer sort - it contains 5000 mAh. It releases 5 volts DC from two USB ports at 1 Amp.  For the non-technical, this means that your mobile devices can all be catered for - and to make it easy, the Sirix company includes 3 separate cords with the Power Bank. Plug in and play anywhere.  It is a rugged charger - encased in a rubber-coated brick with a hanging loop on the top. They even include a carabinieri to help you take it camping. It comes in...

Just this past weekend the event where we get to see some of the best photography done by WA Photographic Federation members for 2017 took place -  Click West sponsored by Canon and Camera Electronic.  This years event took place on 2nd June at the iconic Maritime Museum in Fremantle, a stylish modern venue with great facilities, transport and parking.  The event kicked off around 6:30 with guests gathering in the upstairs function room, greeted by delicious canapes served with beverages.  Members of various West Australian Photographic Federation clubs mingled and were able to speak to the sponsors.  Later guests were invited to the theatre where they enjoyed viewing entries and the presentation of prizes to the winners. The photographers have sent in their best shots, judges have done their work in selecting the best of the best and results are now published on the website. We would also like to congratulate all the winners and finalists, amazing photography and techniques were on display - we certainly cannot wait until next year! Click here to see the Portfolio Section Winners and Finalists - Congratulations to Marie...

The long lineage of the Nikon APS-C digital cameras can be a two-edged thing - not a sword exactly, but the sort of implement that makes you look carefully to see which way it is pointed. The first of the Nikon digital DLSR's were probably as much a learning mechanism for the factory and the designers as they were for their buyers. I know - I bought an ex-press camera from one of the early batches and taught myself what each of the controls did. I'm not ashamed to admit that I went to DP review and dear old Ken Rockwell for many of the settings. The cameras got better and better, and simultaneously simpler to operate and more complex to set up. The line diverged into top line, middle line, and entry line. But the good complex stuff from the top line always trickled down to the entry eventually. The camera We are looking at is the new Nikon D7500. Some think the numbering indicated entry - I have looked at the specs and rated it considerably more sophisticated than that. And the...