Pentax Tag

The first of October is just over a week away - Thursday morning will dawn before you know it and you need to be prepared for it now. Here's a Camera Electronic checklist to ensure that you will be ready in time:1. Do you have that second camera body? If your first one fails on the evening of the 30th of September, will you have a second one ready to take over? Better call into the shop and purchase another one now and get the battery charged up in time for Thursday. A couple of spare lenses would be a good idea too.2. Is your camera set properly? If you have just been fooling around recently or experimenting with different settings you may lose valuable time on Thursday morning re-configuring it. best do it now and then attach a tag to the camera strap lugs with a ready-to-go code. Flouro colours work best for this.3. Have you remembered the grounding stake and connecting cable?4. No-one likes a card snatcher - when you suddenly need more memory it is really bad...

There's this movie in production about boxing. Not two Irishmen pummelling each other - boxing. Packaging  cameras. I can hardly wait for the release.Now, this is going to be different from all the Yo' Tube videos of sad people taking their new camera out of the packaging while the rest of the world burns around them. This is going to be the inside story of the intrigues and murders in the Japanese packaging industry. If you don't believe they have them, consider these facts:1. Japan has a culture of wrapping and packaging. There is a Japanese cultural channel on Foxtel that has video reports from Japan and broadcasts whole shows on wrapping -foreigners watch Japanese retail sellers package different products for sale and ten comment on how it is done in their own country. The Japanese always do it better, and with more style.2. Japanese companies are quite competitive. Just like the feudal families used to be, They may not go round each other's head offices and shower the opposing office workers with arrows at lunchtime but the temptation is...

We see many famous and successful professional photographers here in our shop. Award-winners, superstars, iconic ambassadors, and mentors. They are a wonderful experience and do us a great deal of good - not least in the matter of figuring out how much to charge for taking pictures. We don't have an exact number but their general advice is...

Those of you with a historical bent will know what title means. The rest will think we are discussing building detail. Which leads into the topic of the post - architectural photography.Never mind what you thought architecture was. It might have been that way but it isn't any more. Universities and Institutes of Technology turn out hundreds of architects each year and from the looks of some of the designs they produce a few of them have even less sense of responsibility than photography students...

Armed with a Pentax SV, a roll of Plus-X, and 55mm Super Takumar lens, I roamed the streets. I roamed them on Saturday afternoons when the rest of Perth had shut their shop doors and gone to the football. I roamed them on Saturday nights when I should have been out at the movies with girls. I roamed them on dead Sunday afternoons when nothing moved except for the tumbleweeds and Holden Fj's. I have reviewed my negatives and prints of the period and they all reflect the fact that I had no idea what I was doing - it was not that the 60's was a haze of drugs or anything - I just had no skill as a street photographer.I have recently gone out again on Saturday and Sunday armed with a digital camera. The streets are busy to bursting these days and there are images everywhere ready to be scooped up on a photosensitive surface. The scooping costs considerably less than it did in the film era. I should be happy and productive and famous by now.Hah. I...

We hear this from clients quite regularly and note internet warnings about stolen photo equipment every month. Insurance companies contact us for quotes to replace cameras and lenses. It is really becoming a series of horror tales.We cannot say who steals the stuff, nor can we say what becomes of it. Anything that is presented for sale or trade here is VERY thoroughly scrutinised by the tech staff, the sales staff, and our second-hand expert. Then it is vetted by the WA Police through their computer and investigative services. So far I have only seen one instance where our commercial vigilance needed the attention of Mr. Plod, but when it did, the response was fast and magic.Unfortunately we often hear that photographic equipment has been stolen from motor vehicles while the owner is off taking pictures. This would seem to argue that some of the more popular photo locations have a population of thieves that monitor who is visiting. and what they have in their car. We all have a tendency to take more than we use, and if we...