Print your photos!

We, as a society produce more photographs than ever before. This year, it is estimated that billions of humans armed with smartphones will take some 1.2 trillion pictures. Many of them will be shared on social media, but more will simply be forgotten. Hardly any will make the transition into the physical world, becoming blots of ink that magically form into an image on a piece of paper, canvas, wood, or metal — a print.

The reasons for this are very understandable and there’s no point fighting progress, but nor should we ignore the value of a print. We may no longer print every photo but this can actually be a good thing for printing. It is now about quality rather than quantity, and the pictures we choose to print deserve the best treatment. Honestly, there has never been a better time to print than now. 

Rather than bemoan the decline in quantity of photos printed, let’s celebrate the fact that digital has given us new technology and new avenues for producing high quality prints. We have the tools today to make better prints than ever before. Printing for archival reasons is a logical thing to do, but the real reason you should start printing is emotional. When done correctly, seeing a high quality print of an image that means something to you is completely intangible. There is just something about holding a finished print in your hands that is infinitely more satisfying than seeing your photo on a screen.

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Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers out there today. So to do my bit today I was the team photographer for "The Mummagrams". The Mummagrams were out running early this morning to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. Was a fantastic turnout and great fun for all concerned. To donate anytime visit here:

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Back to The Real World

So the New Year is here and as usual I start out both a little depressed and a little excited. Whenever I return from overseas, but especially after returning from my favourite place in the world to travel...Japan. I get a little depressed when I leave Japan, I miss the people, the food and just so many things that I love about traveling in Japan. I also get a little excited as I plan my next trip there...As I had said before, this was a true holiday for me, I probably took maybe 30 photographs tops! This trip was about being on holiday with my girlfriend and just enjoying that...

The one time I did get a little serious was when we went to Nagano then onto the famous 'Snow Monkeys'...How could I not take some photos there!?!

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Making it work

Running your own business can be incredibly rewarding, but also incredibly demanding. As a Cairns photographer I understand that I work in one of the most over saturated fields possible where "Professionals" are literally falling over themselves to get jobs for as little as $50...

It is always nice to be appreciated for the skill, experience and professional business practice that you bring to the table when quoting on work. It is also great to receive support from other local businesses who value the work of an Accredited Professional Photographer. They know that a true professional will deliver...No matter what, no excuses!

So in the spirit of supporting local professionals. Head over to McLeods Painting. They are a new start up in Cairns. They are locals and true professionals. If you need some painting done give them a call or ask the kid next door to paint your house for $50....I know which one I would choose!

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Get Ready to Rumble...Townsville V8's

I was lucky enough to be invited down to Townsville V8's this year and to do so in the air-conditioned Coopers Brewery corporate box directly above pit lane! I didn't specificaly go for photography so I took it a little easier than usual and took the opportunity to be a "tourist"...Although I am a Cairns photographer, I spent a large chunk of my life in Townsville, so it was also good to catch up with family. 

Interview with Fujifilm

I was recently asked by Fujifilm Australia to give some thoughts on shooting with Fujifilm equipment. The interview also discusses some of my photography and thoughts on photography. I am super excited about this interview. Being a Cairns Photographer can be difficult to see your work gain exposure outside of the local area. Have a read here

Vroom Vroom!

So this here is a mighty little car I was lucky enough to photograph today! This is actually the first time I have been asked to do vehicle photography. I suppose when you are a Cairns photographer you never know what will come your way. I was also very lucky to go for a bit of a 'Fang' in this little blue beast. I know if I owned one my licence wouldn't last long at all!!!

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Dfine has new wheels!

Being a Cairns Photographer isn't always easy on a motorbike!

Being a Cairns Photographer isn't always easy on a motorbike!

So being a Cairns photographer when your only transport is a motorbike isn't always easy! This is very obvious when the wet season comes calling...So after 22 years as a motorbike rider, I have finally relented and got a 'cage'...

Oh!, the bike is still with me, it just shares a garage now with 'Fifi La Belle' the cheeky little French Renault. Jealousy has been kept to a minimum, with the understanding that this is a work car, and the bike comes first in all other respects...

This little car is definitely making carting all the gear around just a little easier, she will be off to the sign writers soon for a little extra bling...

Through A Photographers Eye (Fujifilm Global)

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Well let's just say I am a happy little camper...I have been selected as one of the featured photographers in the 2nd series of "Through a photographers eye"  published on the Fujifilm Global website. It will be published in about three months and will include an interview with me on Fuji equipment, my photography and some thoughts on photography.

Working with difficult models...

No not really. This is my Mums cat stylin' it up for the camera at Christmas time. I had just recently got the Fuji 56mm f1.2 and hadn't really had a chance to play with the lens. I understand why people rave about this lens, even when just taking photos of cats (welcome to the internet) Looking forward to using this lens more in the coming weeks.