Photography Campus Blog

Photoshop CS6 blur tools. Any good?

Posted on October 8, 2012

Photoshop has always been good for adding a bit of blur to photographs here and there...but what of the new CS6 blur tools? Has Photoshop outdone itself, or outsmarted itself? Let's delve through the blur and find out...


Tattoos for photography nuts!

Posted on April 6, 2012

What can I say? Everywhere I look I see people with tattoos.

Except for my own skin of course...yep I'm a cleanskin.

But, if I weren't what would I get?

Something photography related surely.


Shapes and shadows in black and white photography

Posted on December 30, 2011

In our course "How to see in black and white", we talk about seeing shapes and shadows in black and white photography.
It's really worth doing because once you get your head around it, you see shapes and shadows everywhere!


Welcome to the NEW Photography Campus!

Posted on December 15, 2011

It is with great pleasure (and some exhaustion) that we bring you the new Photography Campus!

As if elves aren't busy enough this time of the year - we made ours build us a whole new site.


Photography serves a noble purpose, if we want it to.

Posted on November 30, 2011

It's Easter.

And I'm reminded of a project I was involved in a couple of years ago with fellow Photography Campus member John Robb.

It was six weeks after the horrific bush fires that swept country Victoria.

We were asked to go up Flowerdale - a town as good as decimated by the blaze - to record some images for the community.

Sounds easy. Was hard.


Top tips for photographing the moon and getting a cracking shot

Posted on November 30, 2011

© "Moon" by harry-m

This week, John McClumpha, one of our most active gold members here at the Photography Campus, posed a questions in the forums; What's the best way to photograph the moon?

That's because on March 19 (this friday) the moon will be the closest it's been to the earth since 1993 - creating a phenomenon known as a 'super moon'. 

John's clearly keen to get out there with the werewolves, witches and whatever the heck else comes out to stare at the moon, so to help him and anyone else who dares take on this challenge we thought we'd throw forth a few tips.


7 mandatory things to consider when buying a camera tripod. (Photography hints to save time and money)

Posted on November 30, 2011

I photograph seascapes and plenty of them. So when it comes to buying a new tripod, I need to be confident it's going to cut the muster.

For the last three months I have been a tripod hunting machine. Seriously don't get between me and a tripod spec sheet. Can't say you weren't warned.

So I thought I'd pen a little post about looking for a camera tripod and what you need to consider in your next quest.


New canon telephoto zoom has built in extender?? You gotta see this

Posted on November 30, 2011

A canon telephoto zoom lens that goes further, and we mean further.

So you've got your fancy zoom lens trained on an unsuspecting target, but all of a sudden the target walks further away and your fancy zoom lens is no longer, well quite so fancy.

If only you had that extra zoom range. Just a bit, honest that's all your asking for.


Exclusive Interview with a BRILLIANT portrait photographer

Posted on November 30, 2011

Welcome to day 3 of an entire month of free online photography learning here at the Photography Campus Blog. This month it's all about Environmental Portrait Photography.

Today you're in for a special treat.

Jim McFarlane is one of our Instructors at the Photography Campus.

He actually does a course here on shooting food. But he's equally renowned for his photojournalism.

He's even been exhibited by invitation by the world famous Magnum Photographers. THE people for photojournalism.


REVIEW: John Robb reviews an exhibition by environmental portrait photographer Mike Emmett

Posted on November 30, 2011

Mike Emmett is a designer and photographer.

John Robb (JR) is a photographer and blogger.

Nice combo? We reckon too...

Recently JR took in Mike's latest photographic exhibition at none other than Yering Station Winery in Victoria's beautiful Yarra Valley.

In between sips of chardonnay, bites of olives and musings about wonderful environmental photography, JR managed to pen this review. 


How To Frame Your Environmental Portrait Photography

Posted on November 30, 2011

Welcome to day 2 of an entire month of free online photography learning here at the Photography Campus Blog. This month it's all about Environmental Portrait Photography.

Today I'm going to talk about framing your photographic portraits.

All photography is ultimately contrived - because at some point the photographer frames a slice of life and shoots. Items are excluded and elements deliberately included.


6 ways to approach photographing environmental portraits

Posted on November 29, 2011

Hi all, welcome to an entire month deicated to free online photography education at the photography campus.

This month it's all about photographing environmental portraits.

Portraits which capture the essence of someone and how they relate to their world.


Make a Canon DSLR for a few bucks...hello Christmas

Posted on November 29, 2011

Now we're not suggesting your cheap or anything.

Noooo, not you. What you are is smart.

That's why rather than spending thousands of dollars on your camera loving friend by buying them a Canon DSLR camera this Christmas, you're spending thousands of minutes making them one instead .


7 steps to great car photography

Posted on November 29, 2011

After recording the "How to photograph a car (and people)" course, with Michael Wearne, right here at thePhotography Campus. I went home completely inspired.

Only problem was, my mighty mazda didn't really inspire me with its crumpled front bumper (don't ask) and layers of dirt.

Then amazingly the next day, John a mate of mine, asked me to photograph his much loved, infinitely cleaner Subaru for an upcoming car club competition.

Brilliant! Here was my chance.


How to get the camera gear you want for Christmas Part 1

Posted on November 29, 2011

So Christmas is coming.

(Seriously it is, you can't stop it.)

And you know what that means? Yep, it's time to start layin' the hints big time.

Do not run the risk of getting a dud present like last year (or whatever year that was)...

It's time to put a serious plan in action.


GADGET ALERT: Colour lens & flash filters

Posted on November 29, 2011

Picture this...

You're at a dull, colourless and boring function when suddenly you remember you can completely change your world with one of these nifty little guys hanging from your keyring.

Introducing eight vibrant, pocket-sized color filters on a handy ring, ready to use over your lens or flash.


How this blog is going to work

Posted on November 29, 2011

Hi all,

Welcome to the Photography Campus Blog.

We're really stoked to be able to bring it to you;


Like the Photography Campus courses, the Photography Campus blog is all about empowering you to take better photographs and to enjoy your photography more.

We will be adding informative and educational posts to this blog every week day and have already worked out our program for the entire next year.



Posted on November 29, 2011

This is just a nice photograph which will sit here until the amount of blog posts on the front page spills in to this section. Won't be long. In the meantime...thought you might like this shot, taken by our very ownMelinda Kerr on assignment in Rwanda.


Photography T-Shirts

Posted on November 29, 2011

There are some awesome photography t-shirts out there in the whacky world of cyberspace.

So we thought we'd grab some, dust 'em off and showcase some here.


Bobbie Hanvey

Posted on November 22, 2011

Bobbie Hanvey (born October 31, 1945) is a Northern Ireland photographer.[1] In 1985, 1986, and 1987 he won the Northern Ireland Provincial Press Photographer of the Year Award for himself and the Down Recorder newspaper of Downpatrick. In 1985 and 1987 he also won the Northern Ireland overall award for ‘Best People Picture’. These were the only three years that he entered the competitions. His work has also been publicly exhibited at Down County Museum. His photographs have appeared in The Sunday Times and he currently supplies the Belfast Newsletter with a weekly column which feature his photographs.


Adding a touch of Diana to your shots

Posted on November 22, 2011

Now all you young folks out there, we don't want to alarm you but there was a time when you didn't know exactly what your shot would look like...until it was developed.

Shock, horror.

Yes you're right, we're talking about ye olde film days.


Is This The Sexiest Camera Ever?

Posted on November 22, 2011

We did a quick poll around the Photography Campus and this (adjectives cannot describe) Leica was voted 'it and a bit'.

The Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera is hot.


James Boddington shoots on the New York Subway

Posted on November 22, 2011

James Boddington is a wonderful photographer.

And wonderful Photographers make opportunities happen.

In New York for 3 weeks this northern summer James found himself spending a heap of time on the New York Subway, going back and forth to his 'real' job - shooting a book about the canine population in New York City.