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Trying Something Different - Really?

Paro Dzong, Bhutan
Phase One XF, 35mm lens, f8 @ 1/1600 second, ISO 160

How many photo books do you have on your shelves at home? I reckon I'd have close to 1000, but I confess that includes several boxes of books still under the house from when we renovated eight years ago!

And how often do you refer to those books for inspiration? It doesn't happen often enough, but sometimes I find myself printing a bunch of images on my Epson SureColor P10070 (with Canson paper, of course) with a little time between prints. So I'll go to my bookshelves and pull out a photo book. You can do the same with a Google search, of course, but what are you going to type into the search bar? And what will Google decide to give you? I think the advantage I have is that I have already chosen the book because I liked the images. Or the approach. Or the technique, the philosophy etcetera. While the images are great, it's the ideas that matter to me.

I'm always looking for inspiration and it was while reviewing one of my books that I decided to revisit black and white with areas of soft focus. Years ago in the darkroom, I'd use translucent plastic held over the print during exposure to create softness in parts of the image. I loved the results, but never felt that I'd really nailed the technique.

At the time, I was heading off to Bhutan with David Oliver and, given it was my fifth trip, I felt I had the space to try something completely new. And I knew David would be fully supportive if I tried something in black and white because he's always telling me how much better it is than the crap colour photos I produce!

The photo of Paro Dzong is one example of the technique. It uses softness over most of the image, which is then rubbed back over selected areas. Obviously I've also pushed the contrast up and I'm enjoying the deep, rich shadows. It's a little different to my usual work and while I haven't completely nailed the technique, I do love this one. It certainly has some mood to it.

So, my suggestion for this week is, what could you try that is a little different? Maybe you'd like to try some high contrast black and white as well? Or maybe we can both convince David Oliver to shoot a little in colour!

Better Photography Magazine - Issue 100

Congratulations to us for reaching 100 issues of Better Photography magazine! It is now available online for all subscribers in digital form, but for paper readers, there are a few changes.

With the COVID-19 issue, we have postponed printing Issue 100 for the newstands and, to be honest, we are unlikely to do so. With the number of newsagencies in decline and the current economic climate, it may not be viable again.

However, we love producing the paper product, so while we have readers who share our passion for turning pages, we will continue to print the magazine for subscribers only. We have teamed up with Momento Pro who is currently printing Issue 100 and it will be available in the second week of June (everything going to plan). 

If you normally wander down to the newsagent to buy your copy of Better Photography, it won't be there. However, you can subscribe online and we'll post it to you, but if you want to get Issue 100, you should act quickly and subscribe now. We've printed a few extra magazines, but essentially we will be printing 'on demand' going forwards, so unless we have your order ahead of time, you may miss out.

And all subscribers to the paper version of Better Photography automatically receive access to the online version - and its archive of nearly 50 back issues.

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If you have any problems or don't have your login details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance (Kim works three days a week, so allow a little time just in case).

Issue 100 content includes: 

  • Art Wolfe's Human Canvas

  • Murray Fredericks on Art

  • Luminosity Masking For Colour

  • Shooting Butterflies

  • Fujifilm X-T4

  • and lots lots more, of course!

Drone Safety

AS PHOTOGRAPHERS, we mightn’t realise quite how many lowcost and potentially unsafe drones are hitting the Australian market. However, we probably all realise just how many people are flying their drones contrary to CASA guidelines. And being involved with photography competitions, it’s interesting to see a number of photographs that were obviously taken outside the guidelines (for example, there’s a person directly below the drone).

There is now a new safety symbol to look for when buying a drone, which means you are purchasing from a responsible retailer, manufacturer or wholesaler.

“Drone safety advocates have pledged to follow a specific set of guidelines when selling drones,” CASA spokesman Peter Gibson says.

“The guidelines ensure they are providing consumers with important safety information on when, where and how they can use their drone safely— and stay within the law.”

DJI, Zero-X, C.R. Kennedy, EE Group Australia, Fly the Farm, Officeworks and Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions are Australia’s first drone safety advocates.

“This is a voluntary joint initiative between CASA, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers,” Mr Gibson says. “The outcome will be better drone safety education and encouragement for safe and responsible flying from the first time a new drone takes to the skies.

“Our research indicates consumers expect to be informed about the drone safety rules at the time they purchase their drone. Drones are great fun and by following the simple rules, everyone can enjoy flying safely.”

Australia’s drone safety rules have been in effect since 2002 and are designed to protect people, property and other aircraft. So, what are the rules we need to follow? Here’s a summary:

To begin, you must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level. You must also keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people and you can only fly one drone at a time! Now, keeping your drone away from people in busy public spaces can be pretty challenging, even more so when you start flying in an empty field and then find you have visitors arriving.

You must keep your drone within visual line-of-sight. This means always being able to see the drone with your own eyes (rather than through a device, screen or goggles), and you must not fly over or above people or in a populous area. This includes beaches, parks, events and sport ovals when there is a game in progress.

CASA also requires us to respect personal privacy, meaning we don’t record or photograph people without their consent as this may breach other laws. This rule could be clarified because, generally speaking in Australia, there’s no law to prevent us from photographing people in public, but then again, these laws didn’t consider drones flying over private property.

If your drone weighs more than 100 grams, you must fly at least 5.5 kilometres away from a controlled airport, which generally has a control tower at it. You must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property, you must only fly during the day and you must not fly through cloud or fog.

You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway. This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire or firefighting efforts, or search and rescue.

If you’re near a helicopter landing site or smaller aerodrome without a control tower, you can fly your drone within 5.5 kilometres, but if you become aware of a manned aircraft nearby, you will have to manoeuvre away and land your drone as quickly and safely as possible.

And finally, it is illegal to fly for money or reward unless you have a remote pilot licence (RePL) or you’re flying in the excluded category (meaning the drone weighs less than two kilograms or you’re flying over private land with the landholder’s permission).

For more information, visit https://www.casa.gov.au/ knowyourdrone/drone-rules.

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