Aussie Photo Adventures

Equipment news

BIG WHITE GLASS FROM CANON. If you are Canon shooter and want to turn heads, reduce the weight of you wallet as well as the long glass you carry around. New versions of e f2.8 400mm and f4 600mm are out and about. Sales pitch here.

PANASONIC S SERIES of full frame cameras.

Panasonic have produced so very good 4/3 sensor mirrorless cameras over the years. They have been very strong in the video department, some would say leading the way. Now Panasonic have entered the full frame market with an L Mount camera. The mount jointly developed by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. Check out the propaganda here.

FUJIFILM X-T30 a mid-range camera with many of its specifications borrowed from the X-T3. This body is of course cheaper, lighter and it has 4K video. There is a short review over at DPreview for those interested.

CANON EOS RP A stripped down version of the recently launched EOS R, lighter much cheaper. Currently, the most inexpensive full-frame mirrorless camera on the market still has the ageing 6D sensor and a set of not so impressive specifications, but it is Canon, and it is a cheaper way to get into full-frame. Again a brief review over at DPREVIEW

 

Excitations Photo Adventures, photography instructor, Ian Mckenzie

Learn a little more about our chief instructor, Ian McKenzie. That’s the old bloke above, we have a Q&A session with him. Just click on the picture.

The journey not the destination

Photography News

CLASS NOTES,

We offer a series of class notes for some of our photography training courses. Links to those notes are below.
Beginners Guide to Photography.
Intermediate Photography.
Free YouTube tips and tricks.

 

 

At last

Finally, we have a hard drive that promises to allow us to make file backups in the field without the need for a laptop or other device. About time.

The DJI Lacie Copilot is a 2TB hard drive with an SD card slot and the ability to download your precise images from card to hard drive in the field on the go. Apparently, that is referred to as BOSS (backup on-set solution) of course it is, we all knew that right.
If you happen to have your phone or tablet with you your are able to do all sorts of other wonderful things as well, plus it comes with a whole bunch of cables and a months subscription to Adobe’s CC collection. Expect the street price in Australia to $500-600.
All the advertising hype  can be found at https://www.lacie.com/as/en/products/dji-copilot/ and a simple search of Google will get you a whole lot of in-depth reviews by people who make their living doing in-depth reviews of stuff they  have probably never ever used.

Events

  1. Riverland Beginners Photography Workshop

    March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Beginners Photography Sunraysia March 2019

    March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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stock photo news

For as long as I can remember, and that is a long time. Stock photographers have whinged about the amount of commission charged by libraries/agencies. To wine about prices is deeply embedded in our DNA. Of that, there is no doubt in my mind.
Alamy one of the better agencies out there has just announced a readjustment to their commission structure. They are reducing their payouts to photographers by 10%. Down from 50% of the gross sale price to 40%. While I don’t disagree with their reasons for the drop in payouts, I do argue with their mathematics. The drop from 50 to 40 is really a decrease of 20% in actual monies paid. But that is PR for you.
When we very first started supplying stock images to libraries, the returns to photographers were typically 60% down to 40% but gross sale amounts were substantially more. So yes returns for stock photos have decreased in real terms. Although it is a complicated market and some photographers are making more sales at lower margins and thus making more income. But most, at best will make a few dollars a year and be able to boast they are stock photographers.
I said Alamy was one of the better agencies, and while I’m not totally happy with the methods, we could do worse a lot worse. Some of the bad guys are pulling all sorts of stunts. One of the oldest and it has been around for years is to pass a sale through a network of offices. It works like this. Your image sells in London for $100, the London office takes 50% of the sale leaving $50 but then the sale is passed through the European head office and they take 50% leaving you with $25 then the sale goes through the New York office and they take 50% and forward the remaining $12.50 to you. Then in the really bad cases, there was a charge for processing your payment. Thanks for supporting us you sucker.