Hands Like Houses – Photo Essay for AMH Network


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AMH Network asked me to go backstage with Hands Like Houses and shoot their process of preparing and putting on a show. You can read the article and view the full pics over on AMH Network, or check out some of my photo highlights below.

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My interview with ABC Melbourne 774 on smartphone photography


Mobile phone photography

ABC Melbourne’s 774 presenter, Lindy Burns, asked me to chat with her about smartphone photography and how her listeners can get the most out of shooting with a mobile phone. Take a listen to the interview about iPhoneography or smartphone photography (whatever you like to call it) here:

I’ve mentioned a few times throughout my blog that there is no simple way of making yourself stand out amongst the competition when shooting exclusively with a mobile phone, however I hope the time I spent with Lindy will help you find some apps to make your journey a little smoother.

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

 


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Popcorn Head (Food Photography)


Popcorn Cake food photography

I haven’t done much food photography lately, so when I was presented with this vegan cupcake by Emily, I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some practice in.

I also thought I’d make the settings available as Lightroom presets at the bottom of this page – so hit the download if you’d like to use these settings for yourself!

Popcorn Cake food photography

Popcorn Cake food photography

Popcorn Cake food photography

Popcorn Cake food photography

Popcorn Cake food photography


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Thank you, Gig Photographer!


Kendrick Lamar Australian Tour Photos

A quick thanks to Gig Photographer, who published a few of my photos today:

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I love the team over at Gig Photographer, so it means a lot. Thanks!


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Melbourne creatives and iPhone photography


I just got back from Melbourne, and while I can’t say too much about what I was working on just yet, I did document some of my stay by means of iPhone photography. Soon enough my routine visits to Melbourne might become a little clearer, but like any creative, I’m working hard on ideas that I think are unique and useful to people and am somewhat protective of that.

Creatives are a unique type. I spend almost 100% of my time around them and we all work a little differently. The one thing we have in common is how territorial we can be with new ideas. We’re all stuck in a time when all of the obvious ideas are already realised, and those that don’t appear obvious at first often turn out to be just that. Sometimes finding a unique idea is like finding a needle in a haystack, only some creatives will act like the stack is made of needles because only they can see it. That may be true to some people, but it’s not to anyone I know or have worked with. It might be ego or the ‘fake it till you make it’ routine.

Everyone else is hungry for that one idea, and when they get it, they’re proud that it’s theirs. Melbourne respects the importance of that creative culture, which is probably why most of my friends live down there now. I don’t think my idea is world-changing, but I’m excited to show you. For now, here’s some shots from Melbourne as iPhone photography.

iPhone photography in Melbourne

iPhone photography in Melbourne
iPhone photography in Melbourne

iPhone photography in Melbourne

iPhone photography in Melbourne


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Free Lightroom presets giveaway is over


4for4 Lightroom Presets by Matt Warrell

Over 150 of you are now enjoying my four free presets that I gave away over four weeks.

Thank you to all of you who download the free presets, sent me one of your photos that used the presets, or told someone in your network about the presets. You’re all winners to me.

For those of you that didn’t pick up the four Lightroom presets or missed one of the presets, you can download them all for just $4.

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High On Fire’s Australian Tour


I had never seen High On Fire before, but I had heard about the almighty Matt Pike before. 

Brisbane’s Crowbar have always been super nice to me and it was great to be back there after The Bronx’s double header a couple of weeks ago. High On Fire kicked off their Australian tour with a double header gig back-to-back at Crowbar and I got along to night number two, where they played with Zodiac and Lizzard Wizzard.

Check out the photos from High On Fire after the jump.

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane

High On Fire band at Crowbar Brisbane


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Review: 40mm 2.8 Pancake lens


The 40mm 2.8 lens is known as a ‘pancake lens’ to most photographers. You probably won’t be surprised to know that it’s thin – but no matter what understanding you have of the size of the pancake lens, you’ll still be surprised. This thing is thin, and it’s a brilliant piece of photography gear for its price.

About the lens

I bought the pancake lens blindly and hoped it would be a decent addition to my camera bag. I just had one of those days where the urge to be a consumer was at an all-time high. The 40mm pancake lens had just come out and I thought I would try it out. What’s the harm at $220, I thought? The lens is designed for use with Canon’s EOS M range, which is Canon’s mirrorless body offering. The lens also features a certain type of motor which I admit I don’t know too much about, but provides a steadier change in focusing while filming with an EOS M body. That’s outside the scope of this review because I’m a photographer, and that’s all my insight can really comment on.

What I tested the lens with

I tested this lens mainly with street photography and food photography. The reasons I tested it on these types of photography is because the biggest selling point of the pancake lens is how thin and light it is. I wanted to test how much lighter it made my 5Dmkiii and how it focused for a prime. I also wanted to test it against sharpness, which food photography is perfect for.

Focusing with the lens

The focusing is quite accurate with the autofocus, although it is noticeably slow. This is probably the weakest point of the lens. The lens is best when you have it on manual focus. However, this really shows off where the pancake design has its biggest flaws. The focusing ring is on the furtherest part of the lens away from the camera body, and is as thin as you imagine it to be. It’s very unforgiving when you’re out and needing to focus quickly. Because the lens is really design for filming on the EOS M range, the focusing ring requires a lot of rotations to focus compared to more common Canon lenses.

Build quality of the lens

The build quality is pretty good, but there are some concerns I had with how well it meets non-EOS M mount cameras. When you slide the lens in and twist it into place, it feels like it’s not meant to fit on the EF mount. It feels like you are pushing against it unnaturally. When you get it in place, some of the connector points must not have made contact with certain parts of the 40mm lens, because it would not autofocus or allow me to release the shutter. Once I took the lens off and remounted it, the autofocus worked and everything was going great. However, I find that this lack of contact point accuracy happens almost every time I equip the lens, which is frustrating. It’s also concerning how much damage the friction it has against the EF mount might be doing. This lens is designed for the EOS M camera, and it shows, despite boasting its compatibility. The lens is made out of some durable plastic and metals, and while there’s not much to it, it does feel solid.

Sharpness

This thing is razor sharp in terms of clarity for its price. I expected something similar to the 50mm 1.8 that many people say is a photographer’s best friend. The 50mm is very sharp, but I believe the 40mm 2.8 pancake lens is sharper. I often shoot with the 50mm 1.2L lens, and the 40mm performs almost as sharp as that lens, and comes in at around $1,200 cheaper than that of its luxury competitor.

Who the lens is perfect for

The 40mm 2.8 pancake lens is perfect for photographers who feel the 50mm 1.8 is a little long in the tooth, or are using a crop-frame and feel the 50mm is a little too restrictive in terms of what fits in the frame. The lens is best when it’s taken out on the street, making your camera much more subtle when catching that perfect moment between strangers. But it really is a well-rounded lens that is sharp enough and fast enough to grab enough light and pass as a professional lens.

Samples

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4fo4 – Last chance for free Lightroom presets!


There has been a fantastic show of support for my 4for4 Lightroom preset giveaway. And by a show of support, I mean acceptance of the free presets I’ve offered you in return for supporting me.

I’m sad that this is the final week of 4for4. I might do another one again sometime. These presets might become available in the future in some kind of preset pack, but this is your last opportunity to download one of the 4for4 free Lightroom presets for zero dollars.

I hope you’ve enjoyed downloading them and creating different-looking work! But for now, download the final preset below, or see some examples of work I’ve made with the final week of 4for4 – a preset titled ‘Dirty and Dull’. It does what you’d expect; making cracks and dirt look more prominent while fading some of the commonly clean-looking colours.

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4for4 Free Lightroom Presets

4for4 Free Lightroom Presets

4for4 Free Lightroom Presets

4for4 Free Lightroom Presets

4for4 Free Lightroom Presets

4for4 Free Lightroom Presets

4for4 Free Lightroom Presets


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A week curating the We Are Brisbane Twitter account


Time with the We Are Brisbane Twitter account

This week I was asked to curate the We Are Brisbane Twitter account, a dedicated rotation curation identity. Each week, a new Brisbane-dweller takes to the account and engages with the different followers that We Are Brisbane has, and this week, I was that Brisbane-dweller.

I’ve just finished my week speaking with people of Brisbane about photography, film, social media and more. It’s been a hectic and fun week chatting with so many new people. I shared my photography with people and they shared theirs with me. Brisbane has a fantastic photography community, but they’re more reserved than similar communities in Melbourne and Sydney. This makes it harder for me to find and chat with them, discuss techniques and share content. Finding those connections and other Brisbane creatives was the best thing about curating We Are Brisbane account.

Thanks for asking me to be a part of We Are Brisbane, Kelly!


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