camera tip: back button focus

There’s a lot of complicated stuff in photography, but the action of pressing the shutter button to take the photo is pretty simple: press the button, the camera focuses and the photo is taken. You might be surprised to learn that even with something that simple there’s a better way.…

For the last few years, any camera I’ve owned has been adjusted so that when you press the shutter button, it doesn’t activate the auto focus. Knowing this, you might expect that you would look through my photos and see lots of blur or maybe you think that I use manual focus all the time. You’d be wrong on both counts.

All I’ve done with my camera is change the button which triggers the autofocus mechanisms. I’ve moved that control off the shutter button and onto a “AF-ON” button that’s on the back of my came

Photographic Lighting course

My next Photographic Lighting course will be running Feb/Mar 2014 in Melbourne. It’s designed for people who don’t know anything about manipulating light. It teaches basic theory of how light behaves and then demonstrates various ways of using it.

Click the image below for more info…

My next 'Photographic Lighting' course...

Last year I ran my first 6-week “Photographic Lighting” course at the Melbourne Camera Club.

It’s happening again from late May through to late June, this time at a venue in Carnegie on a series of Tuesday nights.

If you’re comfortable with your camera but haven’t played around with lighting before, this course may be for you.

You can find full details about the course on my website

finding home

As I work in IT, I’m completely comfortable with computer technology. As such, it’s hardly surprising that I jumped into photography by buying a digital camera. At the time it was just my latest tech toy but this turned out to be one that stuck. I used to go to gigs and take bad photos with my little digital camera and then when I got home I would crop and tweak mercilessly on the computer to make it look like I was a decent photographer.…

I don’t do that anymore. I find it painful enough to go through a shoot of hundreds of shots (one long day I shot 1350 images) just to pull out the good stuff. I’ve no interest in then wasting more time individually editing the good images I found. If I’m going to spend time on my photography, I’d much rather be doing that with a camera in my hand and my

fireworks photos

One rule I try to follow when taking photos is: if you can’t fight it, go with it.…

So if something isn’t working when I’m shooting, I try to acknowledge the problem and then work out how to incorporate that problem into my shot. I want to make the problem work for me because it’s often much easier than trying to correct it.

For most people, shooting fireworks involves a tripod and a shutter release cable. Shooting fireworks without at least a tripod is probably seen as difficult/impossible because the long exposures require holding the camera still. Without a tripod you’ll get motion blur.

So the 3 fireworks photos I posted yesterday were long exposures shot without a tripod. I knew I was going to get motion blur so I decided to try and get the most interesting motion blur I could. I trie

talking about some of my photos

I have kinda added images to Redbubble as an afterthought, usually after I’ve added the same images to my personal website and to my flickr account.

I probably should take Redbubble a little more seriously if I want to try and generate some sales of images. It would be nice to have this photography hobby pay for this photography hobby.

I’ve just started adding some comments to some of my images, giving a little bit of background in how they were shot and what I think of them. I’ll add more as I find time. Drop me a bubblemail if there are particular images you’d like me to explain.

Yes, I know, I choose boring titles for my images…

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