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December 2015

Best of Photo Genius on Instagram 2015

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Here’s our favourite Instagram posts of 2015….

We love photography, and any excuse to share images is a good one in our book! So Instagram is undoubtably one of our favourite apps and and a fantastic way to share photos from our travels, courses and experiences.  So we present our favourite Instagram moments and pics from 2015. All of these photos were taken by Photo Genius tutor Paul Farris either on an iPhone, Nikon DSLR or a Fujifilm X100S.

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Pelican resting at Wynnum on the Brisbane bayside. Shot with a Nikon D300 and 70-200mm f2.8 lens.
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Fishermen head out at sunrise at Wellington point, Redlands. Shot with an iPhone.
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The very colourful Parador Fumior Salon espresso & cuban cigar bar (West End, Brisbane) -Shot with an iPhone.
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View from a bridge

View from a bridge. Shot with an iPhone.
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Southside tea room Brisbane pic by Photo Genius photography courses Brisbane

Taken during a lunchtime meeting at the Southside tea room (Brisbane). Shot with an iPhone.
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New York City

New York City from a hotel window. Shot on an iPhone, edit using Circular app.
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Don’t let rainy days put you off! NYC cab ride in the rain. Shot on an iPhone.
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One-to-One sessions, food photography. Shot with a Fujifilm X100S.
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Speed light workshop Brisbane

Behind the scenes photo from our Speedlight / flash lighting course. Shot on in iPhone.
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Comedy wildlife photography awards 2015

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Comedy wildlife photography awards 2015

Animals and wildlife must undoubtedly rank as one of the most popular subjects to capture with photographers sometimes waiting hours for that perfect moment, of course not everything goes to plan and occasionally we capture something completely unexpected. The comedy wildlife photography awards takes a refreshing lighter look at wildlife photography and at the same time helping to raise awareness of the work of The Born Free Foundation for conservation and animal rights. Below you’ll find a small selection of this years entries including the winning photo by Julian Rad, make sure you follow the link to the website to view more great photos.

Comedy wildlife photography awards winner

The winning photo ‘Rush hour’ by Julian Rad

Comedy wildlife awards 2015 deer

Silver runner up ‘You haven’t seen me…’ by Liam Richardson

Comedy wildlife photography awards 2015 seal

Highly commended ‘Laughing seal’ by Julie Hunt

www.comedywildlifephoto.com

If you love photographing animals check out our Australia Zoo Photography Experience

Photographing Star Wars – The force awakens.

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Photographing the cast of Star Wars for Time magazine

The world has gone Star Wars crazy this week with the release of episode VII Star Wars – The force awakens.  We couldn’t let the week go by without sharing something Star Wars and photography related, so here’s a short video featuring Time magazine photographer Marco Grob who takes us behind the scenes as he photographs the stars of this years biggest movie.

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And finally . . . 

Check out the Instagram page of photographer Darryll Jones who takes great photos of a toy stormtrooper (affectionately called Eric) enjoying life away from the Death Star and has amassed over 95,000 followers on his Instagram page!

Photo Genius tip – how to transfer photos from a digital camera to your iPhone or iPad.

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Photo Genius tutor Paul Farris offers a cool tip for digital photographers.

I spend a great deal of time running photography courses and showing people how to take great photos with their digital cameras, but when I’m not there’s nothing better than grabbing my favourite camera (Fujifilm x100s), taking photos and sharing them with the world via our Instagram and Facebook pages. Until recently it’s not been easy to transfer photos on the go from my digital cameras to my iPhone or iPad for editing and sharing, but at last there is a simple solution!

With the recent iOS update (iOS 9.2) things have changed and Apple have recently released an adapter (lighting to SD card reader) that fits in my kit bag and allows me to easily transfer photos from to my devices. Sure some of the newer cameras have built in WiFi and another option is to purchase an Eye-Fi SD card, but these tend to be an unnecessary drain on the camera battery life – so for me this is a great solution and well worth checking out.

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Transfer your photos from camera to device.

Brisbane Camera Hire Q&A

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Brisbane Camera Hire has been looking after the rental needs of professional and amateur photographers alike for over 9 years.  At Photo Genius we regularly pass customers onto them who often enquire about gear when taking part in our photography courses, so when we heard that they are moving to new premises in 2016 we though we’d catch up with BCH owner Susan to get the lowdown and also ask her a few questions. . . . .

Brisbane Camera Hire Q&A with Photo Genius

Photo Genius : We remember hiring gear from BCH back in the early days when you were still running things from your house, how has the business changed and grown over the past few years?

BCH : Ah yes! Those were the days! BCH has occupied a few different premises over the last 9 years and we are about to relocate to our 7th location over the Christmas break. In the early days there’s a steep learning curve in building a business and you don’t always know whether it’s ultimately going to be a successful endeavor or not. Certainly it takes several years usually for a business even to turn a reasonable profit so I think it’s only natural that small business usually starts from home. The next step from running the business from home was then collocating with other complimentary businesses. I have done that now for the last 5 or so years. I’m very excited to be moving into my new shop in January which I will share with Michelle Kenna (professional commercial re-toucher, photographer and trainer). We have great plans to make it very girly and pretty.

Photo Genius : Are most of your clients professional photographers or enthusiasts?

BCH : I would honestly have to say it’s probably 50/50. The professional photographers are often hiring specialized lenses (like ultra wides or super long primes etc) which they don’t need all the time so just hire as needed. Enthusiasts are often testing out lenses to narrow down what purchases to make next or simply enjoy trying something new.

Photo Genius : What’s the most popular lens in your rental pool – and why do you think it’s so popular?

BCH : The most popular lens….. Oh I’d probably have to run a report to find that out for sure! But my gut feeling is that it’s probably either the 24-70 or 70-200mm lenses. I think these are the most popular lenses because they are just so necessary in every photographers kit really. They’re also a couple of grand each, so you’ve got to be committed to go out and purchase them. It can take awhile to save up for that sort of purchase. Next down the list are the nice fast primes like the 50mm f/1.2 or the 85mm f/1.2. My personal favourite lenses at the moment are by far the Sigma ART series. OMG – in love. That 50mm f/1.4 ART is to die for.

Photo Genius : You cater for Canon and Nikon users, do you see yourself stocking any gear from any other camera manafacturers in the near future?

BCH : Yes definitely. The next most requested cameras are the Sony’s. These will be next into the inventory. The Sony shooters are opting to utilize the Metabones adapters and still use all the L series lenses on them so it’s a good opportunity to expand the range without having to spend 10’s of thousands on a whole new range of lenses also.

Photo Genius : You’re a keen film photographer, do you get much opportunity to indulge and when you do what’s the camera and film you grab first.

BCH : Film is definitely my passion (see video below). I think the reason for that is founded in a few different places. I think the digital stuff feels a little too much like “work” for me as I deal with the gear full time in the hire business. I shoot totally differently with my film cameras. I enjoy the process of shooting film and the anticipation of having to wait to see your results. My dad gave me my first film camera – a Mamiya RB67 – a beast I can hardly hold! That one doesn’t get much use anymore but I will never sell it. I’m also very proud to say that of all my film cameras (and I might have a few), I use them all equally. My newest acquisition was for my birthday this year and that was a Hasselblad X-Pan. I’m half way through my second roll of film in that one and am awaiting to get my first roll back from developing right now!! I had lusted over that camera for a long time and it’s going to be a challenging one to shoot just because of that panoramic format, but I love a challenge. I don’t think I could possibly choose a favourite camera…. It’s like having a favourite child!!

Film wise though – I LOVE Kodak Ektar on a bright day at the beach, and black and white – definitely Fuji Acros. Jonathan Canlas introduced me to that film and it has a luminescent magic about it.

Photo Genius : You are moving into new premises in the New Year, is there anything new on the horizon we can look forward to?

BCH : Oh gosh, who knows. I’m playing it all by ear at the moment. I’m looking forward to picking up the camera and shooting again as it’s been too long. Definitely looking at getting a couple of the Sony mirrorless into the hire pool and in January we will be stocking some Profoto lighting gear so keep an eye out for that.

Photo Genius : You must have had some interesting and strange requests over the last few years – any funny stories you want to share?

BCH : Like you wouldn’t believe. I’m not even sure if I could tell the stories here though!! Oh well, what the heck. I’ve had people complain that the studio lights weren’t very bright (they’d left the bulb covers on the whole time, which were now just merely melted blobs of plastic), I’ve had a hirer take out over $10,000 worth of equipment to shoot for a “UK ad agency” but in reality he pawned all the items and is now currently in custody for fraud (see the BCH facebook page for the news story), I’ve tried to trouble shoot over the phone with a studio light that the hirer couldn’t get to fire – only to discover 20 minutes into the conversation that it wasn’t plugged in at the wall. I’ve been asked for the “Rain setting” for a forecasted wet wedding; I’ve been abused for a camera that “failed” when in fact the battery simply went flat…..

Actually – these aren’t funny stories at all! But it keeps life interesting I guess. I suppose anyone who’s hiring my gear to do anything super strange they certainly aren’t telling me about it!

Thanks to Susan from Brisbane Camera Hire for taking the time answer our questions. make sure you check out the video below and stop by the BCH website for details on what they offer.

Have Nikon acquired Samsung camera division?

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There’s been plenty of rumours recently regarding the future of Samsung’s camera division which have been fuelled by recent announcements that they are pulling out of the UK market and that sales of Samsung cameras have been disappointing.

Today the rumour mill has been buzzing and things have got even more interesting with speculation that Nikon will acquire Samsung’s NX technology. With the interest in mirrorless cameras (currently dominated by Sony, Olympus and Panasonic) growing this would place Nikon in a better position to launch a new range of mirrorless cameras using Samsung’s existing NX technology. Could there be a full frame mirrorless Nikon camera on the horizon? Who knows for sure, but there are defintely interesting times ahead for photographers.

What this space for more developments.

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Pirelli calendar 2016

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The Pirelli Calendar started in 1963 and is a trade calendar published in limited amounts and given away to a select number of Pirelli customers and celebrities. Over the years a who’s who of photographers have had the honour of photographing some of the world most famous models at locations around the world including Terence Donovan, Brian Duffy, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Mario Testino. For the 2016 calendar Pirelli enlisted US portrait photographer to the rich and famous, Annie Leibovitz who decided to take the theme and photos in a very different direction.

Unlike previous calendars, Leibovitz decided to feature proffesional women better known for their achievements in business, entertainment and the arts and photograph them in a studio environment. The reaction has been a positive one and Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti has commented that the new calendar “reflects contemporary society.”

Watch the Pirelli behind the scenes video below.

The 2016 #PirelliCalendar has been officially presented!Discover more www.pirellicalendar.com

Posted by Pirelli on Monday, November 30, 2015