Today's column was to be a report on a piece of stock from the Stirling Street Store taken with my portable studio and the new coloured backdrops. That can wait. Something wonderful has intervened. I arranged with my family for a Father's Day gift to be ordered through the shop - a Loupedeck editing console. Sam told me yeterday that it had arrived and would I like to take it home. Would I...

As you progress in your career, it’s easy to lose track of some of the photography basics for photographers. You gain skills, learn new tips and tricks, and forget some of the essential aspects of it all. Of course, you’ll remember that photography is all about light. You always have to keep in mind the exposure, aka the brightness or darkness of the photo. This will be affected by the aperture and depth of field, as they dictate how much light reaches the sensor. Your camera’s shutter speed dictates how the photograph will turn out. The higher the speed, the cleaner the action photos are, while the slower speed can create a surreal “motion blur.” The ISO speed will affect your camera’s sensitivity to light and allow you to take excellent photos in darker settings. Lastly, the white balance allows you to bring the color temperature back to neutral. All of these works together to help you create the perfect photograph. But there are other photography basics for photographers, have a look. Basics of Professional Photography It’s not easy being a professional photographer. It can be...

The heading image is taken in the " E " gallery of the Camera Electronic Art Gallery. The artist has displayed the essential Geistangstgekraft that troubles us all by juxstaposing the techological symbolism of electronic code upon the dou-coloured universe. This work was offered at auction but withdrawn when the reserve price of $ 56,000 was not reached. The art world is not ready for some movements. But this does not stop the clients of Camera Electronic from balancing upon the cutting edge of fine-art photography themselves. All that is needed is a simple camera, $ 5000 worth of computer, $9000 worth of inkjet printer, $ 300 worth of paper, and an Adobe Photoshop  Elements program. The more determined may wish to get a Wacom tablet and a takeaway cappuchino as well - art can take some time. Once the art has been seen, captured, uploaded, and mangled, it's time to attach the Artspeak. The best source for this is, of course, exhibitions at galleries or courses in art appreciation at technical colleges. But there may be no exhibitions on at present - sometimes...

I was waylaid by Dominic in the Murray Street shop one day. To be fair, he was armed with a new camera so the process wasn't scary - in fact it was a good chance to see a new Fujifilm camera. I am not a user of the Fujifilm Instax system - because my need for instant in-the-hand photos has long passed. At least I thought it had passed. Then Dom showed me the new features on the Instax Mini LiPlay and I realised that there is a degree of connectivity here that will just suit any number of people. Do you need instant photos in hand to give out or incorporate into presentations? This'll do it - and remember that Instax film is as good as the older Fujifilm FP100-C pack film was as far as colour and contrast. The Instax division of Fujifilm has been astoundingly successful this last decade based upon this quality. Score One But what if you take pictures with your mobile phone...