• Abandoned
    An abandoned British research station on Stonington Island in Antarctica
  • Harbour Dusk
    The daily buzz on Sydney Harbour is always a joy to experience.
  • Mona Vale
    View from the headland to Mona Vale Pool.
  • Antarctic Night
    Midnight in Antarctica and mirror-like reflections.
  • Neko Harbour
    Sunrise over Neko Harbour in Antarctica.

Archive for August, 2010

Graffiti Girl

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I went out with Brent and Chris last weekend to shoot a model, Brent had organized. He had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve, and with combined lighting gear, we lit the heck out of the abandoned factory, where we shot Sarah Jane.

She was really easy to work with and we all had a good time. After some starting problems with Nikon’s CLS, we finally managed to fire the three flashes at the same time and get some really cool shots. The location itself is increasingly becoming popular amongst portrait photographers. At the time we were there, there was another model shooting in a different room. It’s great to see so many eager photographers nowadays. So much talent and new ideas…exciting times!

Only 2 spaces left

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The Landscape Photography Workshop on 25/26 September 2010  is almost full, so if you don’t want to miss it, hit me up asap.
There are only 2 spots left, so don’t miss out!

Email me at kajo@kajophotography.com

Workshop date confirmed

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Ok, the date for the workshop has been set. It’s going to be the
25th – 26th September 2010
We start at 12pm for the optional portfolio review (please let me know if you are interested), the official theory session is from 1.30pm – 4pm.
Right after, we will head out for the practical session.
For course details please refer to the previous blog post.

Email me at kajo@kajophotography.com if you would like to attend the workshop. You won’t regret it.

Announcing first Landscape Photography Workshop

Friday, August 20th, 2010

I am happy to announce my first Landscape Photography Workshop on the weekend of 25-26th September 2010 in Sydney.
The following aspects are going to be covered:

Optional (Saturday, 12.00pm-1pm):
Portfolio Review – bring your prints or digital images and I will give you constructive feedback

Session1 (Saturday, 1.30pm-4pm):
• Basics of photography – interior of an SLR, components of exposure (aperture, ISO, shutter speed, focus,…), technical terms explained
• Histogram and exposing to the right – how to make use of it and how to improve your images through it
• Rules of composition
• Reading the light
• Bracketing (basics for HDR photography)
• Layer blending
• How to capture seascapes
• Shutter blending
• Creating panoramas
• Tips for researching (planning, scouting, shooting)
• Gear (recommended cameras, tripods, lenses, filters,…)
• Pre-shooting checklist

Session 2 (Saturday, 4pm – 6.30pm):
On-location shooting at one of Sydney’s Eastern beaches. Composition is going to be a major subject at this dusk shoot. I will show you what to look out for and how to line up the shot. Everyone will have some one-on-one time with me.

Session 3 (Sunday, 6am -7.30am):

Second on-location shooting. You get a second chance to apply what you have learned the evening before at the dawn shoot.
Experience first-hand, how shooting landscapes at different times of day affect your photos. There will be plenty more time to ask questions and correct mistakes.

First workshop special: Get 25% off the regular price = $217
I am confident that I can teach you some very valuable lessons. However should you feel like you did not get enough value out of the workshop, I am offering a 100% money-back guarantee.

If you’re interested, please email me at kajo@kajophotography.com or reply in the comments below.

Nikon D3100 released

Friday, August 20th, 2010

An interesting new Nikon camera has just been released the D3100. It’s a 14.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Full HD video capabilities at 24 fps.
What’s more: It has full-time autofocus with monaural sound. Nice!
Like it’s predecessor, the Nikon D3000, it is an entry-level camera, pretty light and compact in size.
Nikon’s EXPEED 2 processor allows you to get up to ISO 12,800. But don’t ask me how noisy that would be…

Find out more here.

HDR and landscape shots

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

HDR is the buzz world in the photography word for quite some years now.
Although it somewhat lost some of it’s shine, ever since we saw a huge load of very artificial looking photos – result of “overcooked” images.

It is very easy to go overboard with HDR and the actual challenge consists of creating high dynamic range images and at the same time retaining a natural look and feel.
You would think it should not be too hard to achieve just that, however going overboard with programs such as Photomatix or HDR Expose happens all too quickly.

Some of the more experienced HDR crowds know about this issue, and if that wasn’t bad enough, artifacts (where foliage or even the camera itself was shaking in between captures) can be a nightmare to get rid of.
One solution is layer-blending parts of the original capture (e.g. the 0 EV shot) over the areas where artifacts have occurred in the original image.

This is quite a time-consuming process, and the results can often still be underwhelming.
The key with HDR is subtlety. Less is definitely more.

Here is a shot from this morning. It’s been created from 3 exposures (-1,0,+1). Subtlety paid off, it may not even look much like a HDR shot, however the digital range is definitely larger compared to a single capture.

If enough people are interested, simply drop me a comment here and I will record a video how I processed this shot in Photomatix.

New Panorama – Antarctic Moods

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

When you go on a photography trip to an exotic a destination as Antarctica is, you can be guaranteed to return with months if not years of post-processing in your bag 🙂
It’s been about 1.5 years that I set foot on the Antarctic mainland, and I still find some gems in my Lightroom Antarctica catalog.
This one was taken on the first day of entering the magic dreamworld that is the Antarctic peninsula.

Don’t forget, my Antarctica ebook is about to be released in the coming weeks. So be sure to check back frequently.

The Life of Nails

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I really dig creative minds, and this collection of photos is exactly what I’m talking about.
The gallery is called “The life of nails” and it is exactly that.
Take a look at it, it is truly inspiring. I could have not imagined that emotions can be conveyed using something as simple as bent nails.

Check it out here. Well done Vlad Artazov.

Digital Magazines – the way of the future

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Digital magazines seem to be the way of the future and Apple’s Ipad is the perfect device for it.
I believe it will be able to change the way we browse magazines long term.
Wired Magazine app for the Ipad has been a big success already and Adobe plans to make publishing digital magazines a lot easier. Find out more here.