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I’ve got to say, not being a native to New Zealand, that I’ve got enormous pride in this adopted country of mine. Not only is it one of the most stunning places I’ve been but the people are just amazing. So friendly, welcoming and smart. Check out these inspiring projects: Genie – Motion control time lapse device I’ve always been interested in timelapse photography and the recent push in motion timelapse has been great to watch. Whilst it’s not something I’m going to rush out and get in to I’m in awe of the footage that people are showing. These guys from Syrp have created a great little timelapse unit that seems to be the 4×4 of motion, being able to be used in so many different ways. Here’s their rundown: The Genie! A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for…

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Ok, so a bit of a new section to the blog where I recount a mistake I have made and hope to learn from it 🙂 Here’s Mistake #1 Always make sure your own equipment is not left in the background of a great shot: Worse still is not noticing for 6 months after the shoot!!!

Ok, so it’s a bad pun but a serious issue, reflections are hard to control especially on rounded objects such as wedding rings. I’m all for leaving my mark on my photographs, but being in them is not what I had in mind. Today’s lesson: Always check your images for reflections before you move on. Use the zoom on your camera monitor and make sure that you are not in the shot at all as it can totally ruin the vibe, especially when it’s real obvious. Man, my fingers look faaaaaaaaat! Bonus link (Warning, it’s a little indecent!): http://www.snopes.com/photos/risque/kettle.asp

I’ve been carrying around my lighting gear in the bottom of my travel bag for the past few trips and I decided that it was not really working for me. It takes up a lot of room and if i just want to take it to a shoot I either have to take the whole bag, which is quite large, or carry it all loose. I had an idea for a carry bag that would be padded enough for me to just check the whole lot in when I fly and also double as a ground matt for me to lay my gear out on when I’m on an outdoor shoot. After drawing up a little plan, I coerced my mum to help me with the sewing part. She’s got an old pedal sewing machine that is just beautiful and she drives it like a pro. Dad helped out with…

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