Camera Electronic Tag

I have permission to tell you this tale - from the principal in the story. A noted international photographer who lives in Perth worked hard all day - indeed he works hard every day because he is good at what he does and the people who buy photography buy it from him. Anyway, he went home in his car and unloaded it. But due to the hard working day and the need to continue that hard work with the post - processing, he had a little lapse of memory - he left a bag of Profoto portable studio strobes in his car. Don't judge him - we all forget sometimes. He was awoken next morning by the neighbour telling him that his car had been damaged. Indeed - a back window stove in by some random thief and that bag of Profotos gone...

Okay, let's cut to the punchline straight away. I want one of these. If you are a photographer who shoots weddings, shows, portraits, fashion, or editorial, you want one - or two - as well. Stefan Gosatti does all these things and he's just had a chance to test out the new Profoto B10 over the last few days. He's rapt with them, his pictures prove that they work like a locomotive, and he's spending some of his own money to buy some. He showed us how it all works last night at the Northbridge Hotel - courtesy of Camera Electronic and CR Kennedy. The unit has the classic Profoto mount and controls in a body the size of a large soup can. The style has the sort of Scandinavian slickness that we used to see with B&O and Sonab.  There's a classic Profoto glass diffuser on the front and the large illuminated LCD panel at the back. The lump on the side's the lithium-ion battery. The light stand mount on the bottom is detachable - there is provision to swing any of...

Recently it was pointed out to me that I sometimes cook up the posts here in the Camera Electronic weblog column with a lot of the same ingredients - specifically with items from the Fujifilm shelf. That's actually a fair call, and I looked in my photographic pantry to see why. It turns out that I am in the habit of reaching for the ingredients that I am most familiar with - and I noticed that I also do so when I am cooking food in our kitchen. There is also the factor that I have a number of recipes that I have perfected and that I know will turn out* - when I've got guests coming I revert to the old standards. Well, now that I realise it, it's time to change the pattern. I am going to try to feature more brands in the future and to find some way to give them more cooking time before they are served. In photographic terms this means I'll have to find some way to operate the equipment that people want to read about for...

Or more precisely, the Friday presentation by Telstra and the Seniors Recreation Council Of Western Australia at the Loftus Centre. I was asked by Saul to take a trade stand from Camera Electronic to help out Martin and Dawn Yates and I am very glad I did - it was a lot of fun. The main tenor of the morning was Telstra explaining the new NBN and telephone services - Martin had a good segment on mobile phone use for photography - and it was aimed specifically at senior people. As I is one of them, I can appreciate the time taken and the style of presentation. I tried to do the same for the people who visited our table with photographic enquiries. We ran a free draw-for-a-camera box - and the resultant presentation of a Canon IXUS 185 should make the lady who won it very happy - it will be a good combination of automation and clear photos for her. You can do a very great deal with the modern compact camera that even the professional users of more complex...