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It has been one of the constant themes in photography that the camera can see more than the operator. Even when that vision took twenty minutes and a cup of boiling mercury, there were details of vision the glass lenses recorded that were not seen by the human eye. It has gotten better/worse than that over the last 175+ years and there are lots of times when we humans stand at the back of the line to receive the word from the lenses. The digital era has accentuated this. The heading image is from the recent Vivid show in Sydney - though Luna Park has been an attraction for decades. The platform from which t was shot was a bobbing one - a ferry from Pyrmont to Circular Quay in a choppy harbour - and the lighting was the dead end of sundown when the light show projectors could start to make an impact on the buildings that had been chosen as screens. The metadata says that it was taken at 6400 ISO, f:2.8, and 1/60 of a second - all...

The title of this essay didn't start out to be psychological - I think I was on the way to typing something else and the kettle boiled or the cat yowled to be let out. It just got those two letters and stopped. I've no idea what it was originally going to be...

If you have grown jaded and bored with defusing old land mines or milking King Brown snakes for venom, you might like to include yourself in a group of art photographers and ask them whether what they do is really art. Life will become exciting in a very short period of time. Be prepared for noise. It might be as well to steel yourself for this by going to a few photography exhibitions or purchasing some of the books that deal with the business of art. There are any number of fine monographs available from art gallery bookshops and technical book stores that will start you off. Some are general, some specific. Authors who have their work published by major firms are a safe starting point - later you can progress to more radical artists - the ones who have paid for their own publications. The recognised photo artist can be seen as well on the internet - sites devoted to sales of their images are available 24 hours in the day. Here again, an agency or overall retailer selling images will have culled...

I've met photographers who have changed their entire systems when a competitor came out with a camera that had a higher shutter speed. However this was achieved - mechanically or electronically - it was the primary factor in their photography. For some it was because the subjects they photographed were in constant rapid motion with peaks of an even more frantic pace. None of these shooters was shooting architecture or real estate. Buildings don't move. Jolly well everything else does, however, from the traffic to the clouds to the sun to the wind - and not to mention the people who inhabit the buildings. And the building photographer - inside or outside - has to take this into account. a. The professional architectural photographer. They are paid by the builders, architects, owners, and tenants to record what a building looks like as it is being constructed, finished, occupied, and changed. They have a strong streak of landscape shooter in them as their subjects are large and occupy large spaces. Their equipment can be expensive and the way they are required to employ it can...

A recent weekend spent playing with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II showed me how useful it would be for macro work and studio product illustration. This column showed some of the ways that the focus bracketing and focus stacking features helped to tame the problem of depth of field. Kudos to Olympus. Also, my foray to Jandakot airport showed their long telephoto lens and their superb image stablising systems making short work of long-distance coverage in bumpy conditions. Instant desire to own one...

We sell lots of things in Camera Electronic that are intended to be small; Olympus cameras, Gitzo traveller's tripods, Metz LED lights. But we also sometimes lash out and get the Giant Economy Size. Case in point: The Premier Eco Print Shield cans.These are a liquid coating for your inkjet paper and canvas prints that will stop the UV rays from messing with the colours - they also stop airborne pollutants and moisture from ruining the surface of the print. This may not seem important if all your pictures are on your iPhone or 6 x 4 postcards in a shoe box...

 Life is not all smooth and sleek in Dassel, Lower Saxony, and neither is it in the Hahnemühle factory. At least not in the division that makes the Matt Fine Art - Textured inkjet paper.I don't know if the firm chops down chunkier trees or employs rougher workmen, but the results have a rugged charm all their own. Prepare to pick your way through a plowed field of paper. Mind your ankles.Holy Moley, Batman...

At the risk of sounding like a Me-Too blogger, I wish to draw attention to a course being run by the Shoot Workshops next door. It is a workshop on Picture Framing and will be run by Aaron McPolin on Sunday, the 4th of September - not that far into the future.The workshop costs $139, but this is the sort of thing that just does not come along every day. In fact, I would be prepared to say that in Perth this does not come along ANY day. It is the chance of a lifetime for some of us.We all make files. We all make images. Some of us make pictures. Few of us make pictures that hang on walls. And damned few of us make pictures that deserve to hang on the walls.Part of this is the files, part of it is the images. After that a great deal of it is the aesthetic that either supports or condemns the image. Here is where Aaron may be able to offer the insight to help us improve our pictures.The blurb...

Last year I was black-balled from entry into a Facebook group of artists - condemned for being an "events photographer". I suspect it was also because I was unable to speak Artish and would not get a tattoo or a man-bun.Whatever, it set me out on a quest to become an artist in spite of the critics. I thought long and hard about what art I would pursue. Making miniature scenes was all very well, and taking pictures of weddings and hot rods and pretty girls might be a good training ground, but something more was needed. Something that would say Art loud enough and in a condescending enough manner to allow me to sit in a coffee shop and fill out Centrelink forms...