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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ben Ashton

Being part of the growth within a person's career is very satisfying. I have been privileged to have been there before, and now again. As a photographer, I imagine these opportunities arise often. Photographers find themselves often at the most important stages and events in people's lives.

I have been happy to have been a part of the growth of the music career of Ben Ashton, whose debut album, Morning Edges, is out now.While my schedule did not allow me to shoot the cover of the album, many of my images appear inside the CD's book and on his website - a page of which is pictured here.I wish you every success, Ben. You are a talented singer and songwriter and I wish you every success. For more information about Ben, visit his website by clicking here

Friday, July 27, 2007

Easygoing is not always....easy going!

Mark and Jo are not only newly weds, they are new arrivals. They have only been in Australia for a couple of weeks, having moved from the UK to start a new life here. They booked my services as a photographer while overseas.

So, I turned up to begin photographing their wedding without having met either of them. I think we were both pleasantly surprised. I was a fun loving photographer, which was just what they wanted. They were a happy, fun loving couple, very easy going.

Perhaps too...easygoing.Candid, taken with my lovely new Tamron 180mm f3.5 Macro

Getting this fun loving couple to stop laughing and socialising over champagnes after the ceremony was the hardest part! I spent most of my day taking candids! Now,don't get me wrong. Candids are fine. They are pure, natural images - the kind all couples want. But they also want some lovely wedding portraits also. And, so do I! Well, I hope they like their candids coz the formals are few and far between!

And thanks for the fun- both of you. You nearly killed me! ;-)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I 'Stand' for Cokin

The Australian importer for Cokin filters, Maxwell International, have used an image taken from my trip through the Canadian Rockies last year for the banner image on their new Cokin filter stand for their instore display. It is a panorama of Peyto Lake, taken using my Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens on my Nikon D200. I have actually printed this image out as a six foot print, mounted and framed as a gift for my very good friend, Leon Delta at House of Holidays. It is proudly on display in his living room now. For Cokin to be using this image is also quite wonderful, although Leon had already paid it greater dues!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Latest Issues are Out! Win a Leica!

Well, again, after a long and arduous journey, the latest issues of Total Image and Better Pictures are soon to hit your photo retailers' shelves. You can even win a Leica by clicking here and following the links to the competition!
In this issue we examine metering and discuss the art of exposure. We explain how photographers achieve those spontaneous images and we show you Paint Shop Pro's little secret black and white tool...its lovely.

Be sure to get yours soon!
Better Pictures is available free from all Camera House stores.Total Image is available from participating independant photo retailers.

Better Photography Latest Issue

The latest issue of Better Photography is once again available, and once again features an editorial by yours truly. My article is a basics on composition, with the emphasis on getting the image right in camera.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mikail and Joseph

So, here's the Story.

I receive an email from a young lady named Mikail. She informs me that she is getting married and has been recommended to me from another couple whose wedding I photographed a few years ago.
(Hello Marni and Steve! - and thanks for the recommendation!)
Would I be available to photograph her wedding?
Of course I would be more than pleased to photograph their big day.

The entire thing is to be held at Butleigh Wootton, one of Melbourne's most pretigious wedding venues. Fabulous! I turn up only to find out I have known Mikail's parents for many years...Marlene and Bill - and nobody thought to tell me!
It was lovely catching up with you all and seeing you after all this time! Oh, and lets not forget the fun it was to photograph the wedding!
Thanks to you both, Joseph and Mikail. It was an honour to photograph your wedding.
Oh, and fun too!

I wish you both every possible happiness!

My New Lens

I do love lenses.
Perhaps more than cameras.
Lenses are the eyes to my cameras, my new and interesting viewpoint for every possible subject.

I have recently acquired the Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus lens. Its a mouthful, but this lens is a beautiful thing. I only with I had the time to use it! I will have to make the time I guess. But it is so many things in one lens...Portrait, Telephoto, Macro...its wonderful.
I will keep you all up to date and show you some images soon!

Monday, July 09, 2007

And! Loving It!

Maxwell International are the Australian importers of such great products as Tamron lenses, Cokin Filters, Pelican Cases and LowePro. Their new website is up and running and it features the work of a very happy Australian! You can check out the website by clicking here.
I am very pleased to have been asked to provide the lion's share of images for this site. Web designer, Glenn Watson of Cyberdog and I have known each other for several years and its always a giggle and an absolute pleasure working with him.
As it stands, I am an avid user of the products they distribute here in Australia. I have three Tamron lenses, 4 LowePro gadget bags, about a dozen Cokin filters - and have recently taken possession of the Tamron 180mm f3.5 Macro lens. No doubt it will provide some more images (hopefully) that the site can utilise. So, in the words of that other famous Maxwell...And Loving It!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Cokin's Australian DVD

For the last Photo Industry Expo, which was held here in Melbourne, I was asked to put together a DVD to show at the Expo which highlighted Cokin filters and their continuing practicality in the digital age. It was all put together at the last minute so I was a bit nervous. However, it was a hit and many retailers have asked for copies to run in their stores as sales aids.
So, I have finessed it a little and sent it to the importers - Maxwell International, who have been good friends and clients for several years. I hope Cokin sell more filters as a result.

For me, using filters in your photography is as logical and necessary as it ever was. I have used them since I was 17 and I can't see myself stopping now...

The Life, Times and Images of photographer, Shelton Muller

Images on this blog are copyright Shelton Muller