Big Update to Guide to ND Filters

I’ve just updated and revised my Guide to Neutral Density Filters to take on board several changes:

1. The New Hoya ND x400 Filter

In the last revision to the Guide, I noted that Hoya had released the famous ND x400 (The Black Glass) in an 82mm thread size. This means you can now shoot with an ND x400 on, say, a Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II and one of the best landscape lenses on the planet, the Carl Zeiss Distagon 21mm f2.8, and others.

If Hoya have managed to pull this off with a filter the quality of its smaller thread sizes, eg 72mm and 77mm, then the new 82mm size will basically eat the market. This is simply because the bigger the diameter of the glass, the harder it gets to actually manufacture a workable extreme ND filter and the Lee Big Stopper (the only alternative for lenses…

Are your long exposures the "right" colour?

Everyone loves a nicely-composed crisp sunrise/sunset, right? And how about those colours? Aren’t they awesome?! Especially the long exposure shots; the colour on those seem to really pop.

Like a magician spilling the beans on how a trick is performed, ie a traitor, I am about to show you how it’s all faked. In doing so, I will also say I am pretty sure a lot us landscape long exposure practitioners are not aware that those purples, pinks and mauves we’re getting are not because of the length of the exposure, but instead due to the camera’s Auto White Balance (AWB) not coping with the length of the long exposure.

So, if you are interested in how you can adjust the colour of your long exposure to reflect the blue of that dawn you actually saw and not the awesome pur…

How to Take A Tilt+Shift Photograph

If you want to know how to make a “fake miniature” image, use the selective Blur tool in Photograph. It’s commonly, and incorrectly, known as making a tilt-shift photograph.

If instead you want to know how to take a tilt+shift photograph, using a Tilt+Shift Lens, then this guide explains how to do it. Specifically, it is an explanation of how I create some of my images using either the Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L Tilt+Shift Lens, the Canon TS-E 45mm f2.8 Tilt+Shift Lens, or the Canon TS-E 90mm f2.8 Tilt+Shift Lens.

In an earlier publication, I explained in detail the concept of tilt+shift photography, including the various applications of Tilt+Shift Photography to shoot such things as “straight” buildings, and distortion-free interior shots using the Shift function…

The Easy Guide To Understanding Copyright


1. Introduction
2. Disclaimer
3. What is copyright?
4. How is copyright breached?
5. International comparisons
6. The birth of your copyright
7. What is moral copyright?
8. Signing up with Redbubble
9. Uploading to Redbubble
10. Do I need to register my copyright?
11. What is the Public Domain and where is it?
12. Do I need to assert that my artwork is not in the Public Domain?
13. Do I need to write © and my name in my Descriptions?
14. Can I assert copyright with my RB username?
15. Do I need to state that use of my images in any way is not permitted?
16. What is a DMCA notice?
17. Derivative works? Transformative works? Why should I care?
18. Collaborations on RB – cool or a copyright conundrum?
19. How to legally use someone else’s artwork without their permission
20. Permission to shoot – don’…

The Top 10 Reasons Members Leave Groups

A top secret market research focus group, meeting over capuccinos in a multi-coloured laneway in deepest darkest Melbourne late one night, pored over the response to a recent confidential survey of 50,000 carefully selected members. There being only one response, it didn’t take long.

The research was prompted by that burning need to know – why do RB members leave groups?

Here, for the first time, I can reveal the results. Or should that be “result”?

The No.1 Reason for leaving a group is … drum roll …. I got rejected. It turns out that people do not always like being rejected. Apparently, being rejected can sometimes lower one’s self-esteem and this, it also appears, is not a good thing. It also turns out the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility do…

Sets of Two - Photography a Century Apart

Recently I uploaded a photograph I took of a small waterfall below Leura in the Blue Mountains from atop a boulder which had carved steps in it. I had surmised that, like many similar locations in the Blue Mountains, a wooden viewing platform had once graced the same spot, perhaps over 100 years ago. It was this archeological evidence which makes me believe the waterfall has a name, despite the absence of one, or even the existence of the waterfall itself, from every map and source I could find.

But … another RBer had posted a shot of the same waterfall and named it “Lurline Falls”. “Lurline” is a name I am familiar with, as it is also the name of a street in nearby Katoomba, but it was enough for my mate, the ever-helpful Garth Smith, to do a search and come…

The Story of Bootless Falls

This is my story of Bootless Falls, and how they came to be named. By me.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Carl Zeiss Distagon ZE 21mm f2.8 Lens and Singh Ray Vari-ND Filter at about 4 stops, ISO 50, f10, 5 seconds, single RAW file, cropped

Tatiana and I have just returned from 5 days camping at Horse Swamp in the Barrington Tops National Park. Not having any of our respective children with us, all our aims were photographic. (Well ok, I’ll admit some QT alone together was a side benefit.)

Two years ago whilst camped at the same spot we regretted not having with us any good maps, so apart from the falls next to our campsite, our shooting forays were haphazard on that occasion. This time around, our preparations included a complete set of official Dept of Lands’ topographic and orthop…

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