Gadgets & Gizmos

Double Copies On-Location

Make a backup of your backup with the DJI Copilot.

There’s more to the DJI Copilot than meets the eye because even without a laptop, you can make multiple backups to multiple external drives, all with the DJI BOSS app on your smartphone or tablet!

LaCie’s DJI Copilot is a complete backup solution without a computer. It means that no matter where you are, you can quickly insert an SD card into the DJI Copilot and make a copy of your files. You don’t need to turn on your laptop. You don’t need an external power supply.

And you don’t need a smartphone or tablet either, but if you happened to have one nearby, there’s a lot more you can do with the DJI Copilot and the Copilot BOSS app.

The DJI Copilot is a BOSS (Backup On- Set Solution) device with 2TB capacity, an SD card slot and two USB ports so you can copy files directly from your memory cards or the camera.

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A further connection allows you to connect the DJI Copilot to your smartphone or tablet with a cable (three different connectors are supplied, so you’ll have no trouble attaching your device).

The advantage of connecting the DJI Copilot to your phone or tablet is that the Copilot BOSS app gives you even more control over your files, using the device’s LCD screen.

The Copilot BOSS app will let you view your files, play your videos, rename files and even delete files you don’t want.

LaCie’s DJI Copilot attached to a smartphone. 

Make more Copies

What might not be immediately obvious is that the DJI Copilot can also copy your backed-up files to another hard drive, like a LaCie Rugged, for example. This means there is no limit to the number of backup and archive copies you can create, all out on location, all without a laptop.

Using the USB Type A port, plug in the other hard drive to the DJI Copilot and you will see it recognised by the Copilot BOSS app on your device. Now, select the folders or files you want to copy on the DJI Copilot, and then choose the folder on your other drive where you want the files to end up.

Sensibly the app doesn’t need to be connected to the internet to work.

Like LaCie’s Rugged range of portable drives, the DJI Copilot is splash resistant, dust resistant and drop resistant, so it will handle tough use out on location. It includes a rechargeable power supply and can also act as a phone charger if required – you see, LaCie really has thought about everything, including a three-year warranty!

For more information, visit, a specialist photo supplier or better computer suppliers Australia-wide.

Maximising Your Creative Efforts


I’m in photo-editing heaven! And you can be too with Wacom’s Cintiq Pro creative pen display. By Peter Eastway.

To my mind, a mouse is not the best tool for a photographer when editing his or her work. Mice are great for general computing, for clicking buttons and opening menu displays, but they are not ideal for drawing masks, making selections or painting in an adjustment layer effect.

While you might think a pen is old school, you can’t argue with the ergonomics of holding a pen and ‘drawing’, compared to the awkward click, hold, press and drag of using a mouse.

Mice really just don’t work for photographers.

More than a Tablet

Wacom has a range of pen solutions, beginning with its famous Intuos range of pen/tablet devices. And they work brilliantly well. The first couple of times you use a pen it could feel a little awkward – and this is quite normal. But persevere and the rewards are there, so much so that now I find using the mouse is awkward compared to my skills with a pen!

So, what could be better than an Intuos? Answer: A Wacom Cintiq Pro!

A Cintiq Pro is a pen and screen, rather than a pen and blank tablet. It means that you’re drawing, selecting or masking directly onto the image itself, with the tip of the pen in direct correlation to the pixels you’re editing.

Whether you’re working in Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One or one of the new editing programs gaining popularity, the Cintiq Pro offers photographers a creative experience like no other.

And it’s a lot of fun too!

Five Models

In addition to the 13- and 16- inch models, there are three new Cintiq Pros in two sizes. The large Wacom Cintiq Pro 32 has a 31.5- inch (80 cm) 4K display with both pen and touch control (RRP $4499).

The smaller Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 has a 23.6-inch (60 cm) 4K display and comes in a pen-only configuration (RRP $2999) as well as the pen/touch version (RRP $3499).

Apart from differences in size and control, the two units share very similar specifications, beginning with a wonderful 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160 pixel) display.

Colour performance produces over 1 billion colours with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, so you get great blacks and a beautifully rendered tonal range.

The Cintiq Pros also display 98-99% of the AdobeRGB colour space, so this is no second-rate screen you’re drawing all over!

However, they’re not lightweight units and at 7 kg and 13 kg, they are designed to sit on a desk – these are studio or home devices.

The Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 may be just the size you need for photography purposes. It’s available with and without touch control.

Ergo Stand

There are a number of ways you can use the Cintiq Pro. The most basic way is to place it flat on the desk and use it like an Intuos, retaining your computer monitor as well. One advantage of this set-up is that you always have full visibility of what you’re doing because, when working on the Cintiq, there are times when the hand that is holding the pen temporarily hides the menu and so you find yourself circling your arm around to adapt. This isn’t a problem if you can also see what you’re doing on your computer monitor.

The Cintiq Pros come with built-in legs that allow you to position them flat or at a moderate tilt angle of 15 degrees.

However, most photographers use the Cintiq without a monitor, or they keep the monitor as a second screen for their menus and palettes. The benefit of this approach is that many photographers like the idea of ‘working at an easel’, so this is where Wacom’s Ergo stand comes in.

The Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Ergo stand (RRP $699) sits neatly on your desk or workstation and allows you to easily position your Cintiq in a range of different positions. It even allows you to rotate the screen to vertical and diagonal positions, ideal for those difficult masks or retouching jobs.

Cintiq in Action

Setting up the Cintiq is a snap! Plug it in, load some software, grab the pen and you’re away!

Up the top right is a set of buttons for touch, on-screen keyboard, switching between inputs and preferences.

There’s also an ExpressKey Remote panel which includes 17 programmable buttons which can be customised for every application you use – and the Cintiq Pro is compatible itself with both PC and Mac computers.

Add the Touch Ring, the Rocker Ring/ Home Button and additional on-screen menus and you may never need to look at your keyboard while working in creative mode again.

The Cintiq Pros use Wacom’s latest Pro Pen 2 with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity on both the pen tip and the eraser at the other end.

The Cintiq Pro really is an amazing input device and there’s an option to turn it into a fully fledged computer as well with the Wacom Cintiq ProEngine, which can offer up to 32GB RAM with a 500GB solid state drive.

Which Version?

So, which version is the best? I’m using the 24-inch version. Why?

When I tested the 32-inch model, I felt it was just a bit too big for me, especially when moving the pen around from one side of the screen to the other to interact with menus.

I also found on the 32-inch model that the 4K resolution, while remarkably sharp and clean, was ‘stretched’ out a little more (because you’re working in such close proximity to the screen) and I preferred looking at the same 4K resolution on the smaller 24-inch screen.

What about the touch screen, or is the pen-only model a workable solution? There’s no doubt that touch is cool and fun to use, but I find I am often turning touch off or limiting its features to stop it reacting to my unwanted ‘touch’. While I personally use the pen/touch model, all the functionality I need to work creatively is effectively available in the pen-only model.

For more information, visit www.wacom. com. And to purchase a Cintiq Pro or Ergo stand, visit the Wacom eStore at, or selected retailers.

A $60,000 prize-pool is up for grabs in Australia’s best photo awards, now open for 2019!

All Finalists will be exhibited in a printed exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2019.

Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student categories.

Entries close: 3 February 2019

Enter the Head On Photo Awards 


We have been helping photographers to Create, Exhibit and inspire since 2004.

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories; 

Portrait | Landscape | Mobile | Student

Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards 2019.

The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from classical to contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).

Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer.

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