Phil Copp Photos: Blog https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Phil Copp Photos phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Sun, 17 Oct 2021 09:03:00 GMT Sun, 17 Oct 2021 09:03:00 GMT https://www.philcoppphotos.com/img/s/v-12/u425530085-o909179020-50.jpg Phil Copp Photos: Blog https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog 120 80 Epson International Pano Awards 2021 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/10/epson-international-pano-awards-2021 Every year I enter the Epson International Pano Awards which is one of the premier photography competitions in the world. Only panoramic images are allowed and as a minimum must be twice as long as they are wide.

The photos entered are always top class, especially in the top 50 in each category which are awarded each year. General awards (Bronze, Silver, Gold) are awarded also for photos reaching a certain scoring level. A gold award must certainly reach out to the judges and be a unique sort of photo. I have come very close on a couple of occasions just missing out by a couple of points, including one this year. I will put the scoring levels below, scoring is out of 100 points.

Gold - 86 or more (Top 2%)

Silver - 80-85 (next 10%)

Bronze - 70-79 (next 33%) I rate this level similiar to the AIPP scoring level of professional standard.

There are always a high number of entries for both the Amateur and Open categories. I cannot enter the Amateur category anymore as my income from photography is above a certain level. The standard of photography in the both categories is just outstanding but the Open category is next level.

Here's a link to the winning galleries from this year. Go and have a look and prepare to be amazed!!

https://thepanoawards.com/2021-winners-gallery/
 

The main reason I enter awards is to challenge myself photographically and also for personal development and to improve. It's very subjective and my results are never what I expect. I'm always interested in what the judges like and this is the same for my social media feeds, it's nice to see what photos catch people's eyes and really engage with them. If anyone has any questions about entering awards feel free to reach out and send me an EMAIL. Always happy to help.

I'm already looking forward to entering the Epson International Pano Awards next year!

Here's a gallery below of all my awarded images from this year, 3x Silver and 3x Bronze. The first image below was only a couple of points off a Gold Award! Hopefully one year I can get that.

2021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11403 Score 842021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11403 Score 84 2021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11404 Score 822021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11404 Score 82 2021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11406 Score 802021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11406 Score 80 2021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-113982021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11398 2021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-114052021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11405 2021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-113992021-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-11399

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) awards landscape photographer landscape photography panoawards phil copp photos photography photography awards photography competition townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/10/epson-international-pano-awards-2021 Sun, 17 Oct 2021 09:02:42 GMT
Remote Pilot License https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/9/remote-pilot-license A couple of weeks ago I successfully completed a week long course to obtain my Remote Pilot License (RePL).

The course was approved by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) who are the safety regulator/operator for all Australian aviation (except Defence) and was conducted by the great team at Aviassist who are a CASA authorised training provider.

Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-8.33.22-AMScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-8.33.22-AM aviassistaviassist

The training consisted of approximately 3.5 days of theory and 1.5 days of practical flying. At the end students had to successfully complete an 85 question exam to become an accredited Remote Pilot (RePL).

I had been considering doing the training for a while now but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do the training through a work colleague so the decision was a no brainer really. Moving forward it will give me more scope for commercial work and opens the door for me to help people purchasing drones with workshops to help them fly safely and confidently.

RePLRePL

With the RePL course there are three main parts or accreditations for a better word. The normal course allows you to fly drones up to 7kg in weight. An extra addition to the course I did was a sub 25kg endorsement which allows me to fly drones up to that weight. Part of the practical component associated with this we had the opportunity to fly the DJI Matrice 600. See the photo below and if you are interested in more info on this drone check that out HERE. To give an idea of scale the Matrice is about 1.6m in diameter.

20210907_20040220210907_200402

The third part of the course was a radio operator accreditation for communications with control towers and other aircraft if required during approved drone operations. 

 

So, what are the advantages of having a remote pilot license (RePL) and why engage with an accredited remote pilot?

1. It's an accreditation approved by the Australian Government and CASA that shows operators have conducted training to operate drones safely and efficiently within the aviation environment including knowledge of controlled and non-controlled airspace and also aeronautical knowledge.

2. Remote pilots are experienced pilots and have conducted training not only to fly safely but also what to do when and if things go wrong.

3. Remote Pilots can work with an approved holder of a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) to apply for approvals with CASA for non-standard operations like night ops or operations within restricted no fly zones.

4. Most operators and pilots have a structured business which includes public liability insurance and the like and will conduct safety inspections and risk assessments for drone operations.

 

So, in summary, I now have scope to perform some operations that normal drone operators cannot. I have access to an approved operator (ReOC) so can gain approvals (in most cases) for commercial work if required. If you know or hear of any businesses or organisations that are looking to engage a drone operator I would like to have that discussion with them.

Alternatively, if you know of anyone who is considering buying a drone or maybe someone who has already purchased but not confident with flying it, I can help them set it up correctly and give them the knowledge and confidence to fly safely and legally. I can also assist them to get the best photos and video  from their drone. 

This also allows me to purchase a bigger and better drone for my landscape work.

As usual I can be contacted by email HERE.

I hope you enjoyed this information about the CASA Remote Pilot License.

Happy photographing and also safe drone flying!

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) aerial photography casa commercial drone pilot drone license drone operator drone photography drone pilot phil copp photos photography remote pilot remote pilot license repl townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/9/remote-pilot-license Tue, 07 Sep 2021 21:49:03 GMT
Photography Process https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/7/photography-process The next couple of blog posts contain information from an amazingly talented and experienced Australian Photographer - Peter Eastway.

Peter is a Grand Master of Photography with the AIPP achieved over many decades as a professional photographer. He is also the editor of Better Photography Magazine. More about that and a competition he runs in future blog posts.

 

This time I just wanted to share an excerpt that Peter wrote about photography process. For those that have done my Camera Photography Workshop, you will know I mention right at the start about taking control of our camera and what it does for us. Putting it on auto is like telling your kids to just go do whatever you want!! Controlling everything from focus to exposure to automatic camera menu settings to composition, it all makes sense to achieve a better photo. Below are some words from Peter that back this up. 

 

 

Photography is a two-step process: capture and post-production. Some critics unfairly suggest that you don’t need to take a good photo, all you need is a program like Photoshop that can fix up your images. Obviously these critics have never used Photoshop as image editing software requires skills of its own.

And these critics are quite wrong when they suggest you don’t need to take a good photo in the first place. A photo can only be as good as the weakest link in the chain of processes that lead to its completion. You will struggle to make a good photograph in post-production if you start with a poor capture.

For instance, if you haven’t focused on your subject, how are you going to solve this in Photoshop? If your exposure has blown out the highlights, how do you recover them in Lightroom? If the camera has a very high ISO setting, how will you remove the noise? The capture process is fundamental to photography. When the manufacturers sell us a new camera, the advertising suggests that all we need to do is press the shutter button and to some extent this is correct. Technology has made photography very easy.

However, if we rely solely on the camera, we are also at the mercy of decisions made by faceless technicians and designers back at the camera factory! There are lots of assumptions made when designing automatic exposure modes that may or may not suit our purposes. To have complete mastery over the final result, we need to take control of every step of the photo process, beginning with capture.

 

I hope you found that information useful. I always enjoy reading Peters stories and information.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about photography process. You can email me HERE.

 

Here's some links where you can find out more about Peter Eastway. Also search and give him a like on IG and FB. It's well worth signing up for his Better Photography newsletter also.

https://www.petereastway.com/
https://www.betterphotography.com/
 

 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera control landscape photography learning Peter Eastway phil copp photos photography photography control photography education photography process photography tips process Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/7/photography-process Tue, 06 Jul 2021 06:13:27 GMT
Feature Product #3 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/feature-product-3 *** FEATURE PRODUCT ***

Every month (or so) I will now feature a product from either the Nisi Filters, Sirui, Sunwayfoto or the new Explorer range. I also sell Walkstool photography stools too!

I strive to provide photographers and media creators with the best possible products and also value for money so you get the right product first time without wasting money on cheaper products which you will just end up upgrading anyway.

Each feature product will include a discount voucher to save you some more cash! Use Coupon FEATURE10 at checkout for 10% off.

See below some photos of this months feature product. Click on the feature link below to take you to the product page which contains all the information about the product.

As always if you have any questions about any feature product (or any others) I am more than happy to help. Send me an email HERE.

Until next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

Feature Product - May 2021

NiSi 100mm Starter Kit Plus Third Generation III with V6 and Landscape CPL

Click HERE to take you to the full product page or the full link is below. Use Coupon FEATURE10 at checkout for 10% off. Have a browse of all the products on the site while you are there! Plenty of great products and accessories for photographers.

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/index.php/product/nisi-100mm-starter-kit-plus-third-generation-iii-with-v6-and-landscape-cpl/
 

If you are looking for a great landscape photography filter set that you will not have to add anything to then this is the kit you want. Some kits still leave you wanting to add more filters to them and you end up spending the same amount anyway (or more!).

I use and recommend this kit and it always meets my needs. See the link for a full list of what is in this kit plus more information on the whole kit also.

Save until the end of May by using the coupon code at checkout. EMAIL me if you have any questions.

Starter-Kit-Plus boxStarter-Kit-Plus box

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography nisi filters nisifiltersau online shop online store phil copp photos philcoppphotos.com.au photography photography accessories photography accessories shop photography products photography shop photography workshops sirui sunwayfoto townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer walkstool website https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/feature-product-3 Fri, 21 May 2021 06:15:00 GMT
Milky Way Photography Tips https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/milky-way-photography-tips G'day Photographers!

With Milky Way season in full swing now I thought I would do a quick blog post with some milky way photography tips you can use to get the best out of your milky way and night sky photos. It's tricky enough to practice these things at home and in daylight let alone out in the bush, in the dark and on uneven surfaces (sometimes).
20201017-_MG_8067-Edit20201017-_MG_8067-Edit

The tips below are pretty important as you mostly have your shutter open for 15-20 secs for usual milky way shots so that's plenty of time for things to go wrong and ruin your shot. They also assume you are shooting in manual settings with no camera "automations" which may change things while shooting.

Ok, so let's get into it!

  • Planning. Before you even go out shooting there is plenty to do. Firstly make sure the moon phase is right. You don't want to get out there and realise the moon is going to ruin your shots. A crescent moon can be good sometimes to illuminate the landscape but you don't want it too bright. There are plenty of apps for shot planning now, I use one called PlanIt Pro which is great. You will pay a small price for the Pro version but it's well worth it. Also before you go out make sure everything is clean and all your batteries are charged. Make sure you have a good headlamp or torch. Tell someone where you are going if heading out alone. Make sure you have everything you need before leaving home like your tripod baseplate! That's a common one people leave behind.
  • Sturdy Tripod. I go on about this all the time because it is very important. Using a flimsy plastic tripod for this type of shooting just results in disaster and poor quality shots. The more heavy duty and solid your tripod is the less chance there is of any movement during your shot. If it is windy this is even more important. Spreading your tripod legs out wider and lower can help when it is windy. Also hanging your bag under your tripod can weigh it down which helps also. Look for this feature when buying a tripod along with sturdy carbon fibre legs (strong and light), a good solid ball head and also a panning feature adjustment which some tripods don't have. I am a reseller for Sirui tripods and they are arguably one of the best brands for landscape photographers. I highly recommend and use the Sirui W-2204. Check out my Photography Accessories website HERE.
  • Remote Shutter or Delay Timer. Even a simple thing like pressing your shutter button can move your camera and ruin your shot. Using a remote shutter release or the 2 second timer on your camera will prevent this.
  • Clean Lens. Having a clean lens will prevent any light defraction caused by dirt or smudges on your lens glass. You will get better shots if your lens is clean. I also do not use any type of protective filter when shooting at night. Even a UV filter can give odd light defractions. The less your camera is looking through the better for optimal performance and image quality. Be cautious of dew when out shooting as this can ruin your shots too. Regularly check the front of your lens in between shots.
  • Setting Up. Try to pick a clear area to shoot from. You will be in the dark and you don't want to be tripping over rocks or even your bag! Put your bag under your tripod or hang it from your tripod as per above. I have tripped over bags on workshops a few times before.
  • Composing Your Shot. Make sure you have a foreground interest where you setup. You can light paint that during shooting to create more interest in your photo. Don't just shoot sky only unless there's a tree or something in it or you want it for a composite shot to add a sky to another image. You may have been at another location but it was cloudy and you want to replicate the shot you should have got but couldn't due to the clouds. Be wary of things in your shot that may move like a tree blowing in the wind. This can create blurry parts of your image. Either compose it out of your shot or a good tip for moving trees is to use flash to briefly illuminate or light paint to the tree! This works really well.
  • Focus. Probably the most important aspect of astrophotography. You need those stars and that milky way to be sharp! There are other things that can affect this like good seeing conditions with the earths atmospshere. If it's a really clear sky then your shots will be better. If conditions aren't as good like thin high cloud which can be hard to detect then it's a struggle. You just have to make the most of the conditions and different bortle class skies give different results. The further away from light pollution you can get the better also. Back to focusing...the best way to focus is to use manual focus in live view. Most cameras have this nowadays and they also have a zoom function usually up to 10-15 times which enables you to zoom in on the night sky, pick a bright star or planet and fine tune your focus. The smaller you can get the stars the better!
  • Settings. Good typical settings to start with are: Shutter speed - 15-20secs, Aperture wide open - F4.0 or bigger (smaller f/no) is best, ISO 3200 or higher to start. I usually start with say ISO6400 and a shorter shutter speed (6-10secs) when setting up my composition. This saves a bit of time and quicker than waiting for a 20sec exposure for a shot you're probably not going to keep anyway. Once I get my composition right I then start dialing in the settings to fine tune the image. Once that shot is done, I repeat the process for the next composition.
  • Image Stabilisation. If your lens has an image stabilisation switch on the side, or your camera has it on an internal menu, make sure this is switched off when shooting from a tripod. IS can reduce image sharpness in some cases due to the camera being fixed and the IS trying to stabilise! Some cameras/lenses now have smarts that detect when a tripod is being used which is a great feature.
  • White Balance. Selecting a cooler white balance will make the images on the back of your camera during shooting seem a bit more realistic. I usually select "fluorescent" WB when shooting astro. If you are shooting RAW files you can change this after anyway to suit but it's good to see the best results on camera. 
  • Long Exposure Noise reduction. It's best to have this selected to Off when shooting. Find it in your camera menu and disable it. LE NR works by taking another exposure of the same length internally in your camera to reduce noise. You may have noticed sometimes your camera says "busy" or the like while it's doing that. If you have a 20sec exposure set, your camera takes another 20sec exposure after your first shot. This wastes a lot of time and is not really necessary. Most software programs have good noise reduction functions nowadays. The internal NR can work a bit though and if you don't have a software program then it's worth doing. A tip though, go through your whole setup process and then just turn the LE NR on for your final "money shot". Mark that photo somehow like a rating function in your camera or even just putting your hand over your lens and taking a photo so you know it was the photo before that one!
  • Battery Life. Long exposures and shooting in live view can chew through your batteries a lot quicker than normal. Make sure you have plenty of spare batteries and that they are all charged. Also make sure things are not operating in the back menu of your camera like GPS or Wi-Fi. These can drain your battery quicker also. Turning your LCD brightness down at night can help too. I usually have mine set high so I easily see images in sunlight or bright conditions.

 

That's about it. If you are going out shooting this season try to go with someone for safety and enjoy the night sky. Being prepared will also make your trip more enjoyable.

I hope you enjoyed these milky way photography tips. I am happy to help if you have any questions, feel free to send me an EMAIL.

See below some of the photos I have captured over the years using these techniques.

Till next time, happy shooting!

Phil

20190920-_MG_2357-Edit20190920-_MG_2357-Edit 20190921-_MG_2393-Edit-Edit20190921-_MG_2393-Edit-Edit 20190921-_MG_2383-Edit-Edit20190921-_MG_2383-Edit-Edit 20200715-_MG_6369-Edit20200715-_MG_6369-Edit

20181103-_MG_5427-Edit20181103-_MG_5427-Edit 20180619-_MG_804220180619-_MG_8042

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) astrophotography landscape photography long exposure milky way milky way photography night sky night sky photography phil copp photos photography Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/milky-way-photography-tips Thu, 13 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Hughenden Photography Workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/hughenden-photography-workshop Hi Photographers!

 

It's that time of the year again when the cooler weather is setting in here in Queensland. That means it's a great time to plan that Outback Queensland road trip or holiday. 

If you are looking for an awesome photography experience whilst out there I have my Hughenden Photography Workshop coming up and there are still  spots left if you want to jump onboard and come along.

This workshop is an afternoon/evening workshop where we capture all the amazing landscapes Hughenden has to offer. Hughenden has some of the best landscapes in Queensland in the area and also amazing sunrises, sunsets and incredible dark skies for astrophotography.

Here's a link to my website where you can find out more and also book. Date for this workshop the 12th of June. I also have another one later in the year on the 11th of Sept. See the link below for both booking links.

HUGHENDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
 

I've put a few photos from around Hughenden below. It really is a landscape photographers mecca around this area. 

I hope to see you on my Hughenden Photography Workshop coming up soon!

Feel free to EMAIL me if you have any questions.

20200621-_MG_6417-HDR-Edit20200621-_MG_6417-HDR-Edit 20200621-DJI_0114-Edit20200621-DJI_0114-Edit 20200619-_MG_5938-Edit20200619-_MG_5938-Edit 20190927-_MG_4822-Edit-Edit20190927-_MG_4822-Edit-Edit 20190928-_MG_4865-Edit20190928-_MG_4865-Edit

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) astrophotography Hughenden hughenden photography workshop landscape photography night sky outback Queensland phil copp photos photography photography workshops queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/hughenden-photography-workshop Wed, 05 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Winton Photography Workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/winton-photography-workshop Hi Photographers!

 

It's that time of the year again when the cooler weather is setting in here in Queensland. That means it's a great time to plan that Outback Queensland road trip or holiday. 

If you are looking for an awesome photography experience whilst out there I have my Winton Photography Workshop coming up and there are still  spots left if you want to jump onboard and come along.

This workshop is a new multi day landscape photography experience in Winton in central Queensland. A lot of planning has gone into this workshop to maximise what we can do and it's also ALL INCLUSIVE with accommodation and meals included so you just have to get to Winton and I will take care of the rest while you capture some awesome landscape images. Winton has some of the best landscapes in Queensland in the area and also amazing sunrises, sunsets and incredible dark skies for astrophotography.

Here's a link to my website where you can find out more and also book. Dates for this workshop are 04-07 June (incl).

WINTON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
 

I've put a few photos from around Winton below. It really is a landscape photographers mecca around this area. 

I hope to see you on my Winton Photography Workshop coming up soon!

Feel free to EMAIL me if you have any questions.

middleton hut star trails jul18-Editmiddleton hut star trails jul18-Edit 20180619-_MG_792220180619-_MG_7922Outback Queensland photo 20180619-_MG_233320180619-_MG_2333Outback Queensland photo 20180618-_MG_772220180618-_MG_7722

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) astrophotography landscape photography night sky outback Queensland phil copp photos photography photography workshops queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Winton winton photography workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/5/winton-photography-workshop Mon, 03 May 2021 04:25:40 GMT
Photography Tip 19 - Lightning Photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/4/photography-tip-19---lightning-photography Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is all about lightning photography.

Everyone loves a good lightning photo and lightning is one of mother natures amazing creations.

Many of you may have seen my recent shot I captured from a recent storm which passed over Townsville. I've added it below.

My post on Facebook reached over 300,000 people and had over 27,000 engagements! Good content is key for social media engagement and a lightning shot usually does the trick for that wow factor. 

See down below for how to capture a shot like this and also some safety considerations.

20210325-_MG_9822-Edit-Edit20210325-_MG_9822-Edit-Edit

The first thing to consider when looking to go "storm chasing" is SAFETY!!

This type of photography can be very dangerous and even life threatening if you find yourself in the wrong position. Lightning can kill. It can also strike a long way from a storm cloud or storm front so you need to be very aware of what you are doing and how you do it. We are lucky in Townsville that we don't get very many "Severe" storms that cause a lot of damage. You don't want to be caught out and about in one of these storms which can be like getting caught in a cyclone or even worse. There is a risk of tornadoes also with severe thunderstorms.

If you can shoot from an elevated position at a distance like I was doing when I captured the shot above then that is best and will give you the best viewpoint to capture photos. Always have a short escape route back to your car. It's better to leave your position early rather than later. Shoot from your car if needed. Quite often the rain will send you packing anyway.

If there is lightning striking around your car and the storm clouds are overhead, DO NOT get out of your car. Even though the storm in the above photo looks close it was still about 5kms away from where I was.

ALWAYS err on the side of safety with storm photography.

CAPTURE

For this shot I had my camera setup on my tripod. Having a super sturdy tripod is important for this type of shot as quite often the storm outflow winds can be very strong and gusty which may move your camera round.

My settings were ISO100, f11 (f8-f11 is usually ok) and for this shot my shutter speed was 30 seconds. The longer your shutter speed the more chance there is of movement in your photo from wind etc.

For the shot above I would have preferred to use my Pluto trigger but it wouldn't connect to my new phone so I had to resort to the long exposure method. To do this when it is brighter you can use an ND filter to increase the shutter speed. I think I used a 3 stop ND filter for this shot.

A lightning trigger is the best method for daytime shots as it detects the bolt and opens your camera shutter in time to capture the strike. You can get away with a lot shorter shutter speed this way to suit the light conditions. 

I always use ISO100 and about f8-f11 for lightning shots no matter how dark it is. This helps control the exposure so you don't get blown out highlights. The strikes are very bright!

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions by sending me a message on social media or by EMAIL.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/4/photography-tip-19---lightning-photography Fri, 16 Apr 2021 04:00:00 GMT
Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/4/photography-workshops In North Queensland we are now coming into the cooler part of the year which is ideal for my photography workshops.

From a beginners workshop to a multi day outback Queensland landscape and astrophotography experience, there is a workshop to suit photographers of any level.

I have spent many hours photographing the locations where my workshops are held so I know where and when to take participants for the best shots and to also help them capture quality photos in the field amongst like minded people. There is also the safety component of going with a group.

As with all my workshops I provide after workshop support if you need a refresher with something or any advice. This includes help with purchasing photography equipment.

Click HERE or on the photo below for more information and also booking links. Send me an email HERE if you have any questions.

Below is a list and description of current workshops for 2021 along with some photos.

 

20180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-220180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-2

Camera Photography Workshop

Aimed at beginner photographers for them to take control of their camera, not let the camera just do what it wants!

I conduct one of these workshops on the first Sunday of every month so if you miss out on one you won't have to wait long for another opportunity.

Click on the title above for more info.

Photography WorkshopPhotography Workshop 20190427-_MG_417520190427-_MG_4175

Landscape Photography workshop

This workshop gives photographers basic landscape photography skills for capture and also composition of photos that will appeal to any viewer.

It includes focusing and composition skills plus tips for ensuring your shoot is a safe one in more remote areas. It also includes a "try before you buy" opportunity to test landscape filters and also tripods.

Click on the title above for more info.

landscape workshop bannerlandscape workshop banner 20200812-_MG_0909-Edit-Edit20200812-_MG_0909-Edit-Edit

Charters Towers Landscape Photography Workshop

Landscape and astrophotography workshop around the Gold Mining city of Charters Towers. Experience the many amazing locations and also dark skies for some amazing landscape photography opportunities.

Click on the title above for more info.

20201017-_MG_8070-Edit-Edit20201017-_MG_8070-Edit-Edit 20200726-_MG_6667-Edit20200726-_MG_6667-Edit

Ravenswood Landscape Photography Workshop

Similiar to the Charters Towers workshop but this one is centred around the small gold mining town of Ravenswood south east of Townsville. Experience the unique landscapes and gold mining history amongst the dark night skies.

Click on the title above for more info.

20200912-_MG_5693-Edit-Edit20200912-_MG_5693-Edit-Edit 20200912-_MG_5649-HDR-Edit20200912-_MG_5649-HDR-Edit

Hughenden Landscape Photography Workshop

Experience the outback landscapes and dark skies of Hughenden in central Queensland.

Click on the title above for more info.

20200619-_MG_5959-Edit20200619-_MG_5959-Edit 20200621-_MG_6417-HDR-Edit20200621-_MG_6417-HDR-Edit

Red Hill Photography Workshop

A unique overnight photography workshop on a private cattle station west of Townsville. Experience the unique landscapes of Red Hill, dark night skies and also amazing station hospitality and knowledge of the land. All accommodation and meals are provided on this workshop.

Click on the title above for more info.

20191123-_MG_6758-Edit20191123-_MG_6758-Edit 20200628-_MG_6815-Edit-Edit20200628-_MG_6815-Edit-Edit

Winton Landscape Photography Workshop

New for 2021, this is a multi day (4 day/3 night) photography experience capturing the incredible outback landscapes and dark skies around Winton in central Queensland. All accommodation and meals are included for this workshop.

Click on the title above for more info.

20180619-_MG_792220180619-_MG_7922Outback Queensland photo middleton hut star trails jul18-Editmiddleton hut star trails jul18-Edit

Adobe Lightroom Workshop

A one on one workshop to learn everything Lightroom. Working with your own computer and files, this is a fully customised workshop to suit your workflow. Learn how to setup, import, catalogue, edit and export your photos using Lightroom.

Click on the title above for more info.

Adobe LR libAdobe LR lib

Advanced Landscape Photography Workshop

5 hours of advanced landscape photography from setup, capture, editing and print.

Click on the title above for more info.

20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit

I hope to see you on one of my 2021 Photography Workshops soon.

Click HERE for more information and also booking links. Send me an email HERE if you have any questions.

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) 2021 photography workshops Australian photography workshops landscape photographer landscape photography North Queensland photography workshop Outback Queensland photography workshops phil copp photos photographer photography photography education photography experience photography tips photography tuition photography workshops queensland photography workshops Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/4/photography-workshops Mon, 05 Apr 2021 05:15:00 GMT
Easter Sale https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/4/easter-sale ***PHOTOGRAPHERS***

Sirui, Sunwayfoto and NiSi Filters are having an Easter Sale.

From the 1st until the 5th of April receive 15% off all orders (except as noted).

Now is a great time to purchase that new tripod or get that set of landscape filters etc.

The discount will be valid on purchases made up until 11:59pm on Monday the 5th of April.

As always feel free to contact me by message, email or phone if you have any questions. I would prefer to have that discussion with you to ensure you purchase the right gear first time instead of wasting money by having to upgrade soon after.

You can use Coupon code - EASTER21 at checkout on my products website linked below. You can search using the category menus on the left hand side.

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/
 

Sirui Easter Sale 2021Sirui Easter Sale 2021 NiSi Easter Sale 2021NiSi Easter Sale 2021 Easter Sunwayfoto PostEaster Sunwayfoto Post

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera accessories discounts Easter Sale landscape photography Nisi phil copp photos photography photography accessories photography products sale Sirui Sunwayfoto Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/4/easter-sale Fri, 02 Apr 2021 02:47:40 GMT
Photography Tip 18 - Restoring Lightroom https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/3/photography-tip-18-restoring-lightroom Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

LR backup screenshotLR backup screenshot

Click on the photo above to watch the video tip!

This photography tip is about restoring Lightroom with a good catalogue file. For this one I have done an instructional video for you to watch and see the whole process.

This blog post and video was prompted by a real life scenario I had this morning where my main Lightroom catalogue file was corrupt and I couldn't open it. This a BIG issue as it contained all my photo edits for the last 7 years!!

The repair process in Lightroom would not work either, but luckily I was able to quickly get back up and running again with a backup file.

It shows the importance of having things backed up and being prepared for these types of things to happen. I hope it never happens to you but sit back, watch the video and then make sure you are setup and prepared for if it ever does.

As usual, I am always happy to help out so if you have any issues just get in touch.

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions by sending me a message on social media or by EMAIL.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/3/photography-tip-18-restoring-lightroom Sat, 20 Mar 2021 06:02:37 GMT
Wall Art https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/3/wall-art Hi there photographers and photography fans!

This blog post is about wall art.

All of my photos are available in a variety of different formats for your home or workplace. I can even arrange large wallpaper projects if you are looking for that amazing feature wall either at home or to impress your customers at work. If you own a business I would love to discuss options for your conference room or reception area. See below for some examples of my photos in Townsville businesses.

Many of my photos are mainstream Townsville and Queensland landscapes but some of my more abstract work is really suitable for wall art. If you are buying or building a new home, what better way to decorate it than with some cool framed prints, canvasses or acrylic prints.

Below are some examples of what they may look like in your home and you can also check out the gallery on my website below which contains some good examples of wall art content. Feel free to browse all my other galleries too as there will certainly be something you may like there also.

Wall Art Gallery:

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/p533349425
 

Here's a few samples below that show what they might look like in your home or workplace :-)

 

Pandanus 36x24 livingPandanus 36x24 living Fern 60x40 bedroomFern 60x40 bedroom Astro dining 45x30Astro dining 45x30 Jezzine living 30x45Jezzine living 30x45

Heliconia 36x24 livingHeliconia 36x24 living

boulders living 30x45boulders living 30x45

20210216-_MG_681920210216-_MG_6819 20190913-_MG_443820190913-_MG_4438 13708261_934464576662694_4669278462998181522_o13708261_934464576662694_4669278462998181522_o

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) abstract abstract photography aerial photography Australia Australian landscape photographer commercial photography drone art home artwork home decor images landscape landscape photographer local business Phil Copp Photos photographer photography photos Queensland Queensland landscape photographer Queensland photographer Queensland photography support local business Townsville Townsville commercial photographer Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer wall art wall art photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/3/wall-art Sat, 13 Mar 2021 01:42:18 GMT
Feature Product #2 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/3/feature-product-2 *** FEATURE PRODUCT ***

Every month I will now feature a product from either the Nisi Filters, Sirui, Sunwayfoto or the new Explorer range. More about the Explorer range in another blog coming soon. I also sell Walkstool photography stools too!

I strive to provide photographers and media creators with the best possible products and also value for money so you get the right product first time without wasting money on cheaper products which you will just end up upgrading anyway.

Each feature product will include a discount voucher to save you some more cash! Use Coupon FEATURE10 at checkout for 10% off.

See below some photos of this months feature product. Click on the feature link below to take you to the product page which contains all the information about the product.

As always if you have any questions about any feature product (or any others) I am more than happy to help. Send me an email HERE.

Until next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

Feature Product - Mar 2021

Click HERE to take you to the full product page or the full link is below. Use Coupon FEATURE10 at checkout for 10% off.

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/index.php/product-category/nisi-filters/polariser-filters/
 

Nisi Polariser filters are a must have if you are shooting anywhere near water or where there is excessive glare like window reflections etc.

A great example is a waterfall where there is glare on the water on the surface of the pool below the falls. Using a polariser will cut the glare and give your shot that depth and wow factor. You will be able to see into the pool and show all the awesome colours that the glare hides. The polariser also helps to reduce overexposure of the fast running white water. Simply turn the outer bezel of the filter until the glare is reduced or in a lot of cases eliminated altogether.
A polariser can also help reduce haze in landscape photos and give better saturation of colours. 

Check out the link above for all the different lens sizes, there will be one to suit the lens that you are using. Now is a great time to save on polarisers in my store.

A good tip when buying any circular filters is to buy the size of your biggest lens. You can then adapt down using a step down ring to suit other lenses.

HUC-C-PL67HUC-C-PL67

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography nisi filters nisifiltersau online shop online store phil copp photos philcoppphotos.com.au photography photography accessories photography accessories shop photography products photography shop photography workshops sirui sunwayfoto townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer website https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/3/feature-product-2 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:13:17 GMT
Photography Tip 17 - Resetting Your Camera https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/2/photography-tip-17 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

20210217_10562720210217_105627

This photography tip is about resetting your camera.

I think we have all been there, you change something inadvertently on your camera sometimes even without knowing it! Unless you know a lot about your camera, sometimes this is frustrating because you don't know how to fix it and it may be affecting your photos. 

I see quite a few different cameras at my workshops and sometimes I come across ones where some settings have been changed and people are complaining about how their photos are looking. Sometimes it's an easy fix but others are not. 

One of the best ways to fix problems with your camera (in most cases) is to do a simple reset and restore the settings to factory default. 9 times out of 10 this will fix your camera woes!

You will be able to find the reset menu in your camera settings. Obviously it will differ from camera to camera but it is usually in the general settings not the shooting settings. It will probably reset some of your settings you may have changed like file type (RAW, jpeg etc.) or any focus settings. If you have any custom settings it may reset them also but on Canon cameras it's in another menu to clear them. Resetting your camera shouldn't affect any of your photos you may have on your SD card but as a precaution it would be a good practice to make sure you have downloaded photos first and also go through your menus and make a note of anything you know you have changed.

If you have any issues as always I'm happy to help, just get in touch.

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions by sending me a message on social media or by EMAIL.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/2/photography-tip-17 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Feature Product #1 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/2/feature-product-1 *** FEATURE PRODUCT ***

Every month I will now feature a product from either the Nisi Filters, Sirui, Sunwayfoto or the new Explorer range. More about the Explorer range in another blog coming soon.

I strive to provide photographers and media creators with the best possible products and also value for money so you get the right product first time without wasting money on cheaper products which you will just end up upgrading anyway.

Each feature product will include a discount voucher to save you some more cash! Use Coupon FEATURE10 at checkout for 10% off.

See below some photos of this months feature product. Click on the feature link below to take you to the product page which contains all the information about the product.

As always if you have any questions about any feature product (or any others) I am more than happy to help. Send me an email HERE.

Until next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

Feature Product - Feb 2021

Click HERE to take you to the full product page or the full link is below. Use Coupon FEATURE10 at checkout for 10% off.

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/index.php/product/sirui-w-2204-carbon-fibre-waterproof-tripod-with-k-20ii/
 

This particular tripod featured this month is my go to tripod for everything I do with photography. I cannot fault anything with this tripod.

If you are after a solid, waterproof, light tripod that will stand the test of time and any conditions you can throw at it, this is what you want. Highly recommended for the advanced landscape photographer or the serious photographer wanting the best gear.

Sirui tripods also come with a 6 year warranty.

62701f73__W-22041-262701f73__W-22041-2 96cb9a39__W-2204-B96cb9a39__W-2204-B

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography nisi filters nisifiltersau online shop online store phil copp photos philcoppphotos.com.au photography photography accessories photography accessories shop photography products photography shop photography workshops sirui sunwayfoto Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer website https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/2/feature-product-1 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:56:02 GMT
2021 Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/1/2021-photography-workshops My 2021 Photography Workshops are now live!

20180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-220180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-2

From a beginners workshop to a multi day outback Queensland landscape and astrophotography experience, there is a workshop to suit photographers of any level.

I have spent many hours photographing the locations where my workshops are held so I know where and when to take participants for the best shots and to also help them capture quality photos in the field.

As with all my workshops I provide after workshop support if you need a refresher with something or any advice. This includes help with purchasing photography equipment.

Click HERE for more information and also booking links. Send me an email HERE if you have any questions.

Here is a list and description of LIVE workshops for 2021 along with some photos.

Camera Photography Workshop

Aimed at beginner photographers for them to take control of their camera, not let the camera just do what it wants!

Photography WorkshopPhotography Workshop 20190427-_MG_417520190427-_MG_4175

Landscape Photography workshop

This workshop gives photographers basic landscape photography skills for capture and also composition of photos that will appeal to any viewer.

It includes focusing and composition skills plus tips for ensuring your shoot is a safe one in more remote areas. It also includes a "try before you buy" opportunity to test landscape filters and also tripods.

landscape workshop bannerlandscape workshop banner 20200812-_MG_0909-Edit-Edit20200812-_MG_0909-Edit-Edit

Charters Towers Landscape Photography Workshop

Landscape and astrophotography workshop around the Gold Mining city of Charters Towers. Experience the many amazing locations and also dark skies for some amazing landscape photography opportunities.

20201017-_MG_8070-Edit-Edit20201017-_MG_8070-Edit-Edit 20200726-_MG_6667-Edit20200726-_MG_6667-Edit

Ravenswood Landscape Photography Workshop

Similiar to the Charters Towers workshop but this one is centred around the small gold mining town of Ravenswood south east of Townsville. Experience the unique landscapes and gold mining history amongst the dark night skies.

20200912-_MG_5693-Edit-Edit20200912-_MG_5693-Edit-Edit 20200912-_MG_5649-HDR-Edit20200912-_MG_5649-HDR-Edit

Hughenden Landscape Photography Workshop

Experience the outback landscapes and dark skies of Hughenden in central Queensland.

20200619-_MG_5959-Edit20200619-_MG_5959-Edit 20200621-_MG_6417-HDR-Edit20200621-_MG_6417-HDR-Edit

Red Hill Photography Workshop

A unique overnight photography workshop on a private cattle station west of Townsville. Experience the unique landscapes of Red Hill, dark night skies and also amazing station hospitality and knowledge of the land. All accommodation and meals are provided on this workshop.

20191123-_MG_6758-Edit20191123-_MG_6758-Edit 20200628-_MG_6815-Edit-Edit20200628-_MG_6815-Edit-Edit

Winton Landscape Photography Workshop

New for 2021, this is a multi day (4 day/3 night) photography experience capturing the incredible outback landscapes and dark skies around Winton in central Queensland. All accommodation and meals are included for this workshop.

20180619-_MG_792220180619-_MG_7922Outback Queensland photo middleton hut star trails jul18-Editmiddleton hut star trails jul18-Edit

Adobe Lightroom Workshop

A one on one workshop to learn everything Lightroom. Working with your own computer and files, this is a fully customised workshop to suit your workflow. Learn how to setup, import, catalogue, edit and export your photos using Lightroom.

Adobe LR libAdobe LR lib

Advanced Landscape Photography Workshop

5 hours of advanced landscape photography from setup, capture, editing and print.

20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit

I hope to see you on one of my 2021 Photography Workshops soon.

Click HERE for more information and also booking links. Send me an email HERE if you have any questions.

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) 2021 photography workshops Australian photography workshops landscape photographer landscape photography North Queensland photography workshop Outback Queensland photography workshops phil copp photos photographer photography photography education photography experience photography tips photography tuition photography workshops queensland photography workshops Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/1/2021-photography-workshops Sun, 10 Jan 2021 05:02:52 GMT
Happy 2021 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/1/happy-2021 Happy 2021 to all my followers and fellow photographers.

I hope you had a great Xmas break and a Happy New Year.

20201231-_MG_4556-220201231-_MG_4556-2

2020 was definitely a different year for everyone with all the COVID lockdowns and restrictions affecting everyone in some way. It certainly affected my business a lot. 

But lets not look back, lets hope for a better year where we rebuild after what has happened in 2020.

For me I enter my third year as a professional photographer. It hasn't been easy but it's been rewarding at the same time. For those that have followed me and especially those that have engaged with me and supported me, I thank you sincerely. I enjoy providing the best service I can to clients and also partaking my knowledge on my photography workshops, not only helping other photographers but providing a photography experience for them as well along with other like minded people in a controlled environment.

In 2020 I also became an authorised reseller for NiSi Filters, Sirui and Sunwayfoto. These three brands provide quality photography accessories for the budding photographer. Keep an eye out this year for featured products with a special discount and also regular promotions from the brands with good savings.

Click HERE to view my new Photography Products website or click on the photo below.

website snipwebsite snip

 

In closing I just want to highlight the three main areas of photography that I operate in.

These are COMMERCIAL, PERSONAL and PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS.

I endeavour to cover a lot of areas with my photography in order to provide a diversified capability for my clients. In addition I can provide aerial/drone services also from either UAV or traditional aerial platforms like fixed wing or helicopter.

For all my friends and also past clients, it means a lot for you to provide feedback to me so I can better myself. It also helps if you can recommend me to your friends and business colleagues. Writing a Google Review is also a great way for you to provide exposure for my business. If you do that or have done in the past, Thank You!

So here's a quick breakdown of the three photography Categories that I service:

COMMERCIAL

Anything photography for your business. People, premises or products. For your website or advertising/promotional requirements. Corporate events. I can travel to suit your needs if required.

Click HERE to email me about your business photography requirements.

20200724-_MG_841020200724-_MG_8410 20190613-_MG_8621-Edit20190613-_MG_8621-Edit 20190912-_MG_222120190912-_MG_2221

PERSONAL

Majority of your personal photography requirements. From a family shoot or school formal to your special wedding day. Personal memories that last a lifetime.

Click HERE to email me about your personal photography requirements.
20190406-_MG_081620190406-_MG_0816 20201118-_MG_124720201118-_MG_1247

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

I already have some 2021 workshops live so if you want to check them out you can do so HERE or click the photo below.

This year I am holding my beginner Camera Photography Workshop on the first Sunday of every month and the price remains low to keep it affordable for people wanting to learn photography and about their cameras.

All my Outback Queensland workshops are live including a new 4 day Winton Photography Workshop in stunning central outback Queensland.

Click HERE or the photo below for more info and to book.

20180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-220180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-2 20201017-_MG_8070-Edit-Edit20201017-_MG_8070-Edit-Edit

20200619-_MG_5938-Edit20200619-_MG_5938-Edit 20190920-_MG_4588-HDR20190920-_MG_4588-HDR
20200620-_MG_635920200620-_MG_6359 20200726-_MG_6702-Edit20200726-_MG_6702-Edit
 


 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) advertising business photography commercial commercial photography commercial real estate photography family photography formal photography headshots landscape photography online photography people personal photography phil copp photos photography photography education photography workshops products professional photographer Queensland professional photographer real estate photography small business support local business townsville photographer websites wedding photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2021/1/happy-2021 Wed, 06 Jan 2021 05:45:55 GMT
Xmas Promotion https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/12/xmas-promotion ******XMAS PROMOTION******

Enter xmas10 at checkout to receive your 10% discount on the selected products below.

For the next two weeks or so NiSi Filters and Sirui are having a Xmas Promotion on selected products, some of which are available on my products website. Until the 23rd of December you can receive 10% off the RRP on the products listed below. These include Sirui waterproof tripods and all NiSi 100mm landscape filter kits.

Give the gift of photography accessories this Xmas, shop and save with NiSi, Sirui and Phil Copp Photos. See the product photos below and also the links to each product. Enter xmas10 at checkout to receive your discount.

Click on the links below to go to each product on my website which is included in the promotion.

NiSi 100mm Starter Kit Third Generation III with V6 and Pro CPL

NiSi 100mm Starter Kit Plus Third Generation III with V6 and Landscape CPL

Sirui W-2204 Carbon Fibre Waterproof Tripod with K-20II

Sirui W-1004 Waterproof Aluminium Tripod with K-10x Ball Head

Enter xmas10 at checkout to receive your 10% discount.

Starter-Kit-Plus boxStarter-Kit-Plus box DSC05860DSC05860

 

 

 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Christmas landscape photography NiSi NiSi Filters phil copp photos photography photography accessories Sirui Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Xmas Xmas gift Xmas promotion https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/12/xmas-promotion Tue, 08 Dec 2020 09:11:28 GMT
Black Friday Sales https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/black-friday-sales *** BLACK FRIDAY SALES ***

For 4 days from the 27th until the 30th of November Sirui, NiSi and Sunwayfoto are holding their annual Black Friday Sales. Any purchase made during that time will receive a 15% discount and will be available on all products.

So, now is a great time to purchase or upgrade those photography accessories like tripods, filters and more!

Click on the photo below to browse and purchase products or click HERE. You can filter by using the product categories on the left hand side.

Enter pcp15 at checkout to receive your discount.

Black Friday tri photoBlack Friday tri photo

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) black friday sales camera accessories discounts landscape photography Nisi phil copp photos photography photography accessories photography products sale Sirui Sunwayfoto Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/black-friday-sales Thu, 26 Nov 2020 06:30:00 GMT
2021 Wall Calendars https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/2021-wall-calendars My 2021 wall calendars are now available for purchase HERE.

Featuring photos from around Townsville and North Queensland they are a must have planner for 2021. They are also printed locally by the awesome team at NPS Print Co in Leyland St, Garbutt.

This year I have included discounts for multiple buys and also free shipping Australia wide. All the details are included in the link below as well as checkout codes for multiple buys.

These make an awesome Xmas gift so now is the time to buy that unique gift for someone special or get one for your office wall.

Numbers are limited so get in quick. Click on the link below to purchase my 2021 wall calendar. I have also included below some of the photos that are included.

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/index.php/product/2021-wall-calendar/
 

20201123_095150 sq20201123_095150 sqVisit www.philcoppphotos.com.au to purchase 2021 wall calendars.

20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit 20200619-_MG_5938-Edit20200619-_MG_5938-Edit 20200228-_MG_0655-Edit-Edit20200228-_MG_0655-Edit-Edit

20200815-DJI_0432-HDR-Edit-Edit-Edit20200815-DJI_0432-HDR-Edit-Edit-Edit 20200606-_MG_5180-HDR-Edit-Edit20200606-_MG_5180-HDR-Edit-Edit

20200621-_MG_6401-Edit20200621-_MG_6401-Edit

20191123-_MG_6758-Edit20191123-_MG_6758-Edit

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) 2021 wall calendars landscape photography phil copp photos photography Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer wall calendar https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/2021-wall-calendars Tue, 24 Nov 2020 04:57:52 GMT
Adobe Lightroom Workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/adobe-lightroom-workshop A lot of photographers nowadays are using the popular Adobe Photography Plan (CC, Creative Cloud) for processing their photos. This plan includes Lightroom (LR) and also Photoshop (PS). I just want to use this blog to detail some pros of using this plan and also how I can help you set it up properly.

One thing I see a lot is comments about how photographers buy a new camera and suddenly their old version of Lightroom etc. will not recognise their files from their new camera. This is because the old software needs to be updated. If you have the Adobe photography plan, this can be avoided as you can regularly update to the latest versions which cover all the latest cameras that come onto the market. It is a monthly subscription but most things like this are nowadays and for a photographer its $14 per month well spent in my view.

The pros of this plan are:

1. Its cheap and affordable.

2. You can always update to the latest versions. It can even be set to automatically do this.

3. LR and PS talk to each other and edits done in PS carry back into LR.

4. Collections setup in LR are backed up on the cloud.

5. There are always new functions available which can be game changers in editing your photos compared to the older versions. The plan is a great way to "keep with the times".

Adobe LR libAdobe LR lib

Lightroom is effectively a database of your photos but your RAW files remain unchanged and LR records all changes to your files in a "catalogue file". Like your RAW files, this catalogue file also needs to be backed up. As with any database, its important to set it up correctly right from the start. I have been using LR for about 5 years and have found a comprehensive way to store, record, backup and also find photos really easily. This creates an easy to use "photography workflow" to use day in day out.

If you are constantly frustrated with LR or are thinking of switching to the plan, I can help with a one on one workshop to help you get going and to understand how to best manage all your photos and get the best out your hard earned $14 per month.

Adobe LR devAdobe LR dev

In my 3-4 hour Lightroom workshop you will learn the following:

1. Setup Lightroom correctly to suit your needs and create a useful file structure for your photos and RAW files. Setting up your catalogue file.

2. Import your photos into Lightroom correctly including use of presets to save time.

3. Use of keywords and how to sort and find your photos with them. Also filtering and searching for photos using other means.

4. Creating collections and collection sets.

5. Editing your photos with the develop module. Also mass editing of batches of photos using syncronisation. 

6. Setting up watermarks for your photos. Also saving shortcuts for these.

7. Exporting your photos and the different settings. Also saving shortcuts for these.

8. Maintenance and recommended backup of your RAW files and catalogue file.

9. Creative Cloud linking with Adobe Photoshop.

10. Updating of new versions of Lightroom and Photoshop and other Creative Cloud software like Camera Raw.

11. Other Lightroom functions as required.

 

Contact me today if you are interested. You can email me HERE.

I look forward to helping you get the most out of your photography!

 

 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Adobe Lightroom Adobe Lightroom Workshop cloud creative landscape photographer landscape photography Lightroom North Queensland Lightroom workshop North Queensland photography workshop Phil Copp Photos photography photography education photography workflow photography workshops Queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Townsville photography workshops workflow workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/adobe-lightroom-workshop Fri, 06 Nov 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Phil's Recommendations https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/phils-recommendations For this blog I thought I would share some info (Phil's recommendations) on a lot of the photography products I use to capture/edit my photos. Plus a few other recommendations also for some items I may use whilst out photographing or for editing etc.

Those that have followed me for a while know I purely shoot Canon full frame cameras and I also only use Canon lenses, mainly the L-Series professional lenses (identified with the red ring). I also only use Canon flash equipment and transmitters/receivers etc. I do use Godox soft boxes though for some of the portrait shooting I do but they use my Canon flashes for lighting. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years and love the supreme build quality, reliability and also the weather sealing of todays professional cameras and lenses. My go to camera at the moment is the new Canon EOS R5 but I also still frequently use my 5D Mk4 and also my 6D Mk2. All are brilliant cameras and do what I require of them without fail. I only use Sandisk cards in my cameras also, they are the market leader for quality and reliability and I have never had one let me down yet (good card maintenance is a must though).

20200829-_MG_931120200829-_MG_9311 20201027-_MG_882820201027-_MG_8828 20201027-_MG_882720201027-_MG_8827 20201027-_MG_882620201027-_MG_8826

Other equipment I also use are my DJI drones. The main one I use now is the P4 Pro+ which is a fantastic drone with a 20mp camera. I'm also looking at getting the DJI Mavic Air 2 soon also which is super small and can be used where I require portability like when I go hiking.

20201027-_MG_881520201027-_MG_8815

I also have 2x GoPro Hero 8 cameras which I use for timelapse and other jobs plus where I need portability and also a waterproof camera. The video and photo quality from these is great. I used one of these a lot on my recent hiking trip to Garawalt Creek. See my other blog post on this trip HERE.

20201027-_MG_881320201027-_MG_8813

For video jobs I still mainly either use my Canon cameras or a GoPro depending on the requirements. I also use Rode audio equipment, mics and transmitters/receivers. I have also just bought a DJI Ronin-S gimbal for video work so am looking forward to putting that to use and stepping up my game with video.

20201027-_MG_881420201027-_MG_8814 20201027-_MG_883820201027-_MG_8838

I am also a reseller for 3 photography accessory brands, NiSi Filters, Sirui and also Sunwayfoto. I have a new products website where you can browse and also purchase quality photography accessories like filters, tripods and much more. I have also created a category where you can filter products that I use and/or recommend to landscape photographers. You can check out Phil's recommendations at the link below. Stay tuned to my socials and mailing list for occasional specials and promotions with all these products, it's a great time to buy!

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/index.php/product-category/phils-recommendations/
 

Once I have captured my photos editing is the next most important thing I need quality software and equipment for. I have a custom built desk top computer which is super fast and was locally built in Townsville by The Computer Workshop. It's matched with an Eizo monitor which is the market leading brand for photography monitors. I calibrate this regularly so the colours in my prints match what I see on the screen. I use software in the Adobe Photography plan for editing which includes Lightroom and Photoshop. These are regularly updated so I know I am using the latest editing software. I also use Adobe Bridge for sorting lots of files as it is a lot quicker than Lightroom for this task. Other software I also use is Topaz DeNoise. This is game changing noise reduction software and I use it on a lot of my images now. It also works as a plug-in with Lightroom and Photoshop which is great and easy to use.

20201027-_MG_881820201027-_MG_8818 LRLR PSPS

Another product I highly recommend is my AYUP head torch. This headtorch is super bright and also waterproof with great battery life (about 8 hours). They are not cheap but are worth every cent for reliability and lighting the landscape on those early morning hikes to a new spot or at night for astrophotography. They are that good they are used by a lot of emergency services and also many expedition adventure racers. They are also Australian made. You can find out more at the link below:

https://ayup-lights.com/lighting-kits?product_id=1
 

My final recommendation is the awesome team at Garricks Camera House in Townsville. Always a smiling face to welcome you in store and always the best photography advice across many brands. Your one stop shop for all your gear! Shop local and they will look after you.

Lastly, I am more than happy to help (where I can) anyone with any photography related issues or questions. Get in touch via my website or socials.

Till next time, happy shooting!

Phil

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera gear gearporn landscape photography phil copp photos photography photography gear photography tips Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/11/phils-recommendations Sun, 01 Nov 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Epson International Pano Awards https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/10/epson-international-pano-awards Every year I enter the Epson International Pano Awards which is one of the premier photography competitions in the world. The photos entered are always top class, especially in the top 50 in each category which are awarded each year. General awards (Bronze, Silver, Gold) are awarded also for photos reaching a certain scoring level. A gold award must certainly reach out to the judges and be a unique sort of photo. I have come very close on a couple of occasions just missing out by a couple of points, including one this year. I will put the scoring levels below, scoring is out of 100 points.

Gold - 86 or more (Top 2%)

Silver - 80-85 (next 10%)

Bronze - 70-79 (next 33%) I rate this level similiar to the AIPP scoring level of professional standard.

There are always a high number of entries for both the Amateur and Open categories. I cannot enter the Amateur category anymore as my income from photography is above a certain level. The standard of photography in the both categories is just outstanding but the Open category is next level.

Here's a link to the winning galleries from this year. Go and have a look and prepare to be amazed!!

https://thepanoawards.com/2020-winners-gallery/
 

The main reason I enter awards is to challenge myself photographically and also for personal development and to improve. It's very subjective and my results are never what I expect. I'm always interested in what the judges like and this is the same for my social media feeds, it's nice to see what photos catch people's eyes and really engage with them. This year some of my photos I expected to do well did not and a couple of others were awarded and I did not expect that that so that's a good example. I usually throw in a couple of unknowns to see how they do. One of my "unknowns" this year received a Silver award which was a big surprise! I will put this image first below.

Next year I will focus more on this competition shooting specific projects. They will mainly be aerial photos but I have some good targets in mind throughout Queensland that I want to shoot. I think more will be from a helicopter where I can use my better cameras/lenses to capture a higher quality image. My drone does certainly have it's place though! Looking forward to entering the Epson International Pano Awards next year!

Here's a gallery below of all my awarded images from this year, 2x Silver and 6x Bronze.

2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-17742020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-1774 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-17792020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-1779 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-17782020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-1778 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-52802020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-5280 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-52832020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-5283 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-52812020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-5281 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-52792020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-5279 2020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-17732020-Epson-Pano-Awards-Score-Open Awards-Social-Badge-1773

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) awards landscape photographer landscape photography panoawards phil copp photos photography photography awards photography competition Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/10/epson-international-pano-awards Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:15:38 GMT
Photography Products Website https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/10/photography-products-website ***BREAKING NEWS***

 

My photography products website is up and running!!

It's been a bit of a work in progress over the last month or so but it's finally come to life. The links from my main website (Product Partners tab) will direct you to this also. You can filter items using the product category menus on the left side. You can go have a look HERE

You can now order products from NiSi Filters, Sirui and Sunwayfoto online and checkout and pay with the most common methods like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal. Once ordered I fulfil the order and your items are drop shipped to your home address. Delivery is usually very quick (2 days) unless the item happens to be on backorder.

You can also shop with confidence as the site security and Woo Commerce platform has all been configured by an IT professional so you can be assured your details will be safe the same as you would expect from any other online store. If you ever have the need for highly competent IT person please consider Leigh Kefford from National PC. Check out his website HERE and tell him you know me.

I have loaded the most common items already that photographers may want however there is still a lot of work to do. If you do find something you want is not there please EMAIL ME so I can help you out.

If anyone sees any issues like mobile viewing issues please EMAIL ME and let me know, I would appreciate that so I can have it fixed.

Here's a snippet of what my new photography products website looks like. Click on the photo to take you there :-)

products website snipproducts website snip

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) online shop online store phil copp photos philcoppphotos.com.au photography photography accessories photography products townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer website https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/10/photography-products-website Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:25:13 GMT
Garawalt Creek https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/10/garawalt-creek From the 10th to the 14th of October I went on a hiking trip with fellow photographer and good mate Wade Howlett into a remote section of the Girringun National Park west of Ingham in North Queensland. The area we wanted to get to was the top section of Garawalt Creek which is a side tributary that flows into the Herbert River. The area is very remote and involved following the creek line along rock hopping various sections. It was a hard slog hiking with a 22kg pack on my back on the uneven terrain. It was well worth it though.

The first day goal was to get right up to the top section of Garawalt Creek and set up camp there. After 8kms of hiking and feeling a bit exhausted from all the rock hopping with heavy packs we realised this was not going to happen. We opted to go back downstream about 500m to a nice section of the creek where we set up camp. We decided this would be our "base camp" for the rest of the trip and make shorter day hikes with minimal packs. Here's a couple of pics of our "camp view".

20201012-_MG_1632-HDR-Pano20201012-_MG_1632-HDR-Pano

20201012-_MG_143920201012-_MG_1439 GOPR0094GOPR0094

The next day we decided to make an assault on the top section of the creek and try and get as a far up as we could. It was so much easier rock hopping with only light packs on. Unfortunately we still couldn't get as a far up as we would have liked but we opted for the safer version deciding to try the steep ascent another time. Here's a photo of the waterfall and big pool we got to. You can see the country behind we would have had to negotiate. The waterfall we estimated was about 15m high.

GOPR0122GOPR0122

The next day we unfortunately got a bit of rain early in the morning which put a dampener on any day trip as the rocks became super slippery with the rain and it would not have been very safe to venture out. For me this was a good day to sit, watch and try and capture an Azure Kingfisher which also called our camp site home. We saw him a fair bit and I managed to get some reasonable photos and also some video clips of him "fishing".

Here's the best shot I got of him, I wish I had my longer lens with me.

20201013-_MG_1699-Edit-Edit20201013-_MG_1699-Edit-Edit

If you are interested in watching the video clip I created of the Kingfisher antics you can view it here:

https://youtu.be/8DIndmtaRU0
 

The next day we decided to err on the side of safety and make the trip out while conditions were dry as neither of us wanted to endure the 7km trip back to the car in wet slippery conditions. During the hike back Wade almost walked straight into a huge Golden Orb spider which had it's web in our path. See photo below, it was the biggest one I have ever seen, about as big as your open hand.

GOPR0257GOPR0257

We were glad to get back to the car eventually after navigating some thick lantana bush and made the trip to Ingham for a fish N chips treat!

It was a great 4 days albeit a hard slog in and out of Garawalt Creek and I would love to visit the area again sometime, it's such a stunning part of Queensland and great time out with no links to the outside world.

I have loaded more photos to my Flickr page which you can view here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_copp_photos/
 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camping girringun national park hiking landscape photography offtrail photography qldparks townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/10/garawalt-creek Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:36:03 GMT
NISI, Sirui and Sunwayfoto Promotion https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/9/nisi-sirui-and-sunwayfoto-promotion Photographers!

NiSi PostNiSi Post Sirui PostSirui Post Sunwayfoto PostSunwayfoto Post
 

From the 1st to the 11th of October there is a NiSi, Sirui and Sunwayfoto promotion offering 15% off the whole range across all 3 brands (except as noted).

I am an authorised reseller for all 3 brands and if you have been thinking of buying that new tripod, some landscape filters or other photography accessories, now is the time to buy! I can also provide you with complimentary assistance in selecting the right product and also assistance with using the product once purchased. Getting the right product first time is saving you money in the long run and as a small local business in Townsville I would appreciate your support. See below a further breakdown of products available.

Please get in contact via email to discuss your requirements – phil@philcoppphotos.com

I do have a product website in progress for these products but I can supply the whole range easily once I know what you require. 

I personally use a lot of these products and highly recommend them as quality photography accessories. I would not use poor quality equipment nor recommend them so you can be assured all these are quality products that you won't regret buying. Both Sirui and Sunwayfoto also offer a 6 year warranty for most products which is great piece of mind.

Nisi Filters

Nisi are the benchmark filter system when it comes to quality filters for landscape photography and other photography requirements. They have all your filter needs sorted for most brands of cameras and lenses.

 

Sirui

Carry a full range of tripods, monopods and tripod heads to suit all applications. But it's what else Sirui provide that is not as well known. They sell items such as gimbals, mobile accessories and even quality dry cabinets for storing your precious photography gear.

 

Sunwayfoto

Sunwayfoto provide photographers with items like quick release L-brackets, clamps, rails and slides for timelapse photography, leveling bases, tilt heads and also panoramic kits for that perfect panoramic photo!

 

Email me at phil@philcoppphotos.com or give me a call on 0439575340 to discuss.

NiSi Website BannerNiSi Website Banner Sirui Website BannerSirui Website Banner Sunwayfoto Website BannerSunwayfoto Website Banner

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography Nisi Nisi filters phil copp photos photography photography accessories Pixel One promotion Sirui Sirui tripods Sunwayfoto Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/9/nisi-sirui-and-sunwayfoto-promotion Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:45:00 GMT
Photography Tip 16 LCD Brightness https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/9/photography-tip-16 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

20200829-_MG_930720200829-_MG_9307

This photography tip is about LCD brightness of the screen on your camera.

Like your mobile phone sometimes it's hard to see the screen (or what it's displaying) in bright sunlight and similiar conditions. This makes it difficult to make out details in photos. The other option is to move to a shaded are or go inside. Mobile phones have a function where you can turn up the brightness of the screen which makes it much easier to see photos in brighter areas. 

Most people may know about this with their phones. The same situation happens with camera screens however most people don't realise that this can also be adjusted in your camera menu. It makes a significant difference for reviewing your photos in brighter conditions once captured to check those finer details. The setting will generally be in a general area of your menu as opposed to a shooting menu.

Also with both your phone and your camera, increasing the brightness of your screen can reduce the time your battery will last so sometimes it's good to adjust it back a bit dimmer when shooting at night etc. Combined with longer exposures at night your battery life can get chewed up pretty quickly especially if using modes like live view a lot.

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or EMAIL.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops Townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/9/photography-tip-16 Sat, 26 Sep 2020 03:14:33 GMT
Canon EOS R5 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/8/canon-eos-r5 So Canon recently released their latest cameras (and lenses) which are both full frame mirrorless bodies.

The Canon EOS R5 is the new flagship mirrorless camera and it was too hard to resist so I am now the proud owner of this amazing camera.

Boasting a 45mp sensor, fast shutter rates, advanced auto focus and impressive video performance, this camera will do everything I need. I have shot over 3000 frames with the camera so far in the few weeks I have owned it and I am more and more impressed each day.

You can find more info and specs etc. on the Canon EOS R5 plus the complete range of Canon Cameras at the link below. Game On!!

https://www.canon.com.au/cameras/eos-r5
 

Here's a few of photos of the actual camera plus some images I have shot with it so far.

20200829-_MG_931220200829-_MG_9312 20200829-_MG_930820200829-_MG_9308 20200829-_MG_931020200829-_MG_9310 20200829-_MG_930520200829-_MG_9305

20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit20200811-_MG_0886-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit

20200809-_MG_0768-Edit20200809-_MG_0768-Edit 20200812-_MG_0909-Edit-Edit20200812-_MG_0909-Edit-Edit 20200821-_MG_2076-Edit20200821-_MG_2076-Edit 20200804-_MG_036120200804-_MG_0361 20200809-_MG_0647-Edit20200809-_MG_0647-Edit 20200815-_MG_1121-Edit20200815-_MG_1121-Edit
 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) canon eos r5 canonaustralia canoneosr5 eosr5 fullframe landscape photography mirrorless phil copp photos photography townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/8/canon-eos-r5 Sat, 29 Aug 2020 01:22:53 GMT
Sirui Tripods https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/7/sirui-tripods siruisirui

As an authorised reseller for Sirui Tripods, I thought I would do a quick summary of a couple of tripods in the range including a new travel tripod just released. The two favourites are ones that I actually own, use and recommend/and/or would buy however everyone has different requirements and also budgets so I'm happy to help with selection to get you the best tripod for your buck and one that will be stable enough for you to use to get those awesome photos. All Sirui tripods are awesome quality and look the goods with a highly professional finish. They also carry a 6 year warranty!!

Here's a quick list of the ones covered here:

Sirui W-2204 - Great for a main landscape tripod and is carbon fibre for strength and light in weight and is also waterproof. I personally own and use one of these. 

Sirui Traveller 7C - A lightweight carbon tripod suitable for travelling/hiking. This tripod is also suitable for a main tripod too!

 

So, here's some photos and information/specifications of each tripod. Please EMAIL me if you are interested in a tripod purchase and I can help you select what is best for you.

The Sirui W-2204 with K-2011 ball head.

62701f73__W-22041-262701f73__W-22041-2 96cb9a39__W-2204-B96cb9a39__W-2204-B

Sirui W-2204 Carbon Fibre Waterproof

  • Tripod Load Capacity: 18kg

  • Leg Sections: 4

  • Weight: 1.4kg

  • Reverse-Folding Legs

  • One Leg Converts to a Monopod

  • Split Center Column

  • Stainless Steel Spikes and Rubber Feet

Sirui K-20II Ball Head

  • Knobs for Pan, Tilt & Tension

  • Aluminium knobs for added durability

  • 25 kg Load Capacity

  • Quick-Release Plate

  • Arca-Style Clamp for Quick Release

  • 90° Tilt, 360° Pan

  • CNC-Machined Aluminum Alloy

 

The Sirui W-2204 Carbon Fibre Waterproof Tripod with K-20II Ball Head is protected from water, dirt and dust. In addition, it has a newly designed locking mechanism for comfortable operation and a spirit level for accurate alignment. The tripod tubes are manufactured from 10-layer carbon fibre (reduced weight, increased stability, vibration-free).  Another special feature of this tripod is that one leg can be removed and used as a monopod. The centre column is made of two sections of different lengths. The short section can be used with the tripod for ground-level shots. The long section can be used to increase the height of the monopod to 177cm.  The legs have three ratchet positions and can be folded up by 180° so that the tripod measures just 52cm when collapsed. Each leg is made of 4 sections with 3 sealed twist locks. Rubber feet and metal spikes ensure that the tripod is stable on any surface.  A stabilising hook on the centre column is a SIRUI standard, as are cold weather grips and a transport bag. The bag strap can also be used as a tripod strap.

Tripod + Head Weight: 2.13kg

– Integrated monopod (remove one leg)
– 10-layer carbon fibre in 4 sections
– Reversible 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch screw for heads/cameras
– Locking screw for head
– Legs can be folded up by 180°
– Water and dustproof twist locks
– Stabilising hook and cold weather grips

– Weight: 1.70kg
– Max. load: 18kg
– Tripod height: 15.5 – 178cm
– Monopod height: 48 – 177cm
– Closed size: 52cm
– Tube diameter: 18.6 – 29.4mm

Included
1x SIRUI W-2204 waterproof tripod carbon fibre
3x Rubber feet
3x Stainless steel spikes
1x 2nd Mounting plate
1x Wrist strap
1x Transport bag with strap

The SIRUI KII series ball heads are designed and built to the highest standards. The tolerance between the ball and the bearing on SIRUI heads is a max. 0.01 mm. The superior quality is achieved by high-end CNC milling and high quality surface finish.

The base can be smoothly rotated by 360 °, thus panoramic shots are a breeze. With the three spirit levels the head can be perfectly aligned. The clamping device is compatible with the Arca-Swiss system, enabling the use of various quick-release plates. The safety lock system prevents accidental slippage of the quick release plate. The precise control of the knobs allows very smooth and effective locking and unlocking of the individual components. The knob for the friction of the ball can be limited in the KII series includes is a limit scale for easy reference.

– Ball Diameter: 38mm
– Weight: 0.43kg
– Height: 101mm
– Load Capacity: 25kg

  • 360 ° panorama function and vertical notch

  • Aluminium knobs for added durability

  • Easy and fast control of all knobs

  • Plate with 1/4″ stainless steel screw – head assembly with 3/8″ thread

  • Safety Lock – prevents slipping of the plate

  • Sliding Stopper – stops the camera slipping when in portrait mode

  • Spirit levels – horizontally and vertically

  • Quick release plate

 

The Sirui Traveller 7C with E-10 ball head.

DSC05860DSC05860 DSC05862DSC05862 DSC05864DSC05864

  • Removable leg can be converted to monopod

  • 6 year warranty

  • Leg Sections: 4

  • Weight: 1.6kg

  • E-10 Ball Head with TY-50E QR Plate

  • Reverse-Folding Legs

  • Soft Case

 

Sirui Traveler 7C Carbon Fibre Tripod with E-10 Ball Head – Stable, packable and full size

The Traveler tripods are compact lightweight and full size travel tripods. They feature updated leg locks and come packaged with the E-10 ball head. In every situation they are light to handle and support your camera securely.  The legs of the Traveler series can be folded up by 180° so that the tripod has a height of just 48cm when collapsed. The head can remain on the tripod. Each leg is composed of 4 sections with 3 twist locks. The rubber feet ensure the tripod is steady on all surfaces.  A stabilising hook on the centre column is a SIRUI standard, as are cold-weather grips and a transport soft bag.

SIRUI’s E ball heads operate very accurately, smoothly and softly. The base can be rotated by 360°, ideal for panoramic shots. The friction can be controlled using the setting knobs. The Safety Lock System prevents quick release plates from slipping. The release plate locking mechanism is compatible with Arca Swiss systems and allows various plates to be used.

  • 6-layer carbon fibre in 4 sections

  • Removable rubber feet can be changed for the included metal spikes

  • Removable leg converts to monopod

  • Reversible 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch screw for tripod heads or cameras

  • Locking screw for head

  • Legs can fold up by 180°

  • Practical twist locks for secure support

  • Stabilising hook and cold weather grips

  • Simple operation of all control knobs

  • 360° panorama pan with 5° scale

  • Arca-Swiss compatible – 90° vertical slot

  • Safety Lock – prevents the plate from slipping

  • Plate with 1/4 inch screw – head mount with 3/8 inch thread

  • TY-50E quick release plate

 

  • Tripod specifications: (Including Head)

  • Weight: 1.57kg

  • Max. load: 8kg

  • Max Height – 166.5cm (centre column extended)

  • Max Height – 137.5cm (centre column lowered)

  • Minimum Height – 48cm

  • Monopod Height – 52cm – 173.5cm

  • Closed size: 48cm

  • Tube diameter: 15 – 25.8mm

Ball head specifications:
– Weight: 0.3kg
– Max. load: 8kg
– Height: 90mm
– Ball diameter: 29mm
– Base diameter: 43mm
– Spirit level and Safety Pin
– Incl. TY-50E release plate

Included –
1x Sirui Traveler 7C Carbon Fibre Tripod with E-10 ball head
1x TY-50E release plate
3x Metal spikes
1x transport soft bag

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography landscape photography tripods photography photography tips Sirui Sirui tripods Townsville landscape photographer tripod https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/7/sirui-tripods Fri, 17 Jul 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Commercial Photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/7/commercial-photography As a full time professional photographer, it's important that my work is consistent and diversified.

Many of my followers know me best for my workshops and landscape work but that's not all I do.

One area that is important to me for consistent income is commercial photography working regularly with local and North Queensland businesses and organisations. This can involve photography for re-branding, people headshots and products, premises, projects and services that businesses partake in.

Creating a unique visual impression is what attracts customers and clients so professional photography definitely has a place and is an important form of advertising. If you have a poor visual representation on your website, customers may move on. But if you your website is visually attractive, chances are customers will engage with your business. Of course this is not the only thing to focus on as there are so many other aspects to running a successful business. 

Also many business transactions are done on a referral basis so I would ask anyone who has used my services to spread the word with your business friends and colleagues. I pride myself on being easy to work with, reliable and strive for a quality product. If you or anyone you know is a small business owner or works for a large organisation or anything in between and requires quality photography solutions I would love to hear from them. I can also provide video services and also drone video/photography (location depending).

Contact me today for my commercial photography capability statement.

Here's a few examples of some commercial photography work I have done.

20190923-_MG_4656-Edit20190923-_MG_4656-Edit 20190911-_MG_598920190911-_MG_5989 20190718-_MG_9806-Edit20190718-_MG_9806-Edit 20190627-_MG_877420190627-_MG_8774 20190322-_MG_2592-HDR20190322-_MG_2592-HDR 20190310-_MG_222620190310-_MG_2226

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) advertising business photography commercial commercial photography headshots online photography people phil copp photos photography products small business townsville photographer websites https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/7/commercial-photography Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Printing Service https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/7/printing-service For those that do not know, I can now provide a fine art printing service up to A2 size which is approx. the same size as a 16x24in print.

This is achieved via my Canon PRO1000 professional printer with high quality archival pigment inks and the best photography papers from Ilford and Canson.

The process is fully colour managed from my calibrated screen and controlled during printing by custom print profiles which suit the paper type being used. I can work with your file to provide the best outcome for your print.

I can also provide matted prints for up to A3+ prints which can readily be inserted into a nice frame for that quick professional look.

Please contact me for a price guide if you are interested in my printing service for your photos. You can email me HERE.

Here's some photos of my setup.

20200509_16220320200509_162203 20200509_15510620200509_155106 20200410_09391020200410_093910

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Canon Canon Printer Canon PRO1000 Canson fine art papers fine art printing Ilford phil copp photos photography printing printing service townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/7/printing-service Thu, 02 Jul 2020 05:00:00 GMT
Easy Way Photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/6/easy-way-photography EWP bannerEWP banner

************COMPLETE SET OF PHOTOSHOP COURSES*************

Over the last couple of years I have completed the majority of the Easy Way Photography Photoshop courses.

These courses are easily the best I have found on the internet and are well structured and easy to follow. I have learned so much about landscape photography editing and also photography by doing these courses. They have also helped me edit photos for the commercial side of my photography. I highly recommend these courses if you are serious about your photography and also editing landscape and other photos in a professional and colour managed workflow. They are also fantastic value for the price you pay.

The courses have been created by award winning Australian professional photographer Adam Williams. He explains the complexity of Photoshop in a simple manner and also provides excellent customer support if you have any issues.

In recent months Adam has developed an affiliate program where others can help promote his courses. I now have access to the full set of Easy Way Photography courses. In short if you sign up for a course you are not only supporting Adam who developed the course but me also. You must sign up via my affiliate links below in order to support both Adam and myself.

I have no hesitation in promoting these courses as I know how good they are and what I have achieved by doing them. Both Adam and myself will sincerely appreciate the support. 

Please visit my website by clicking on either of the photos in this post. There you can view the courses and sign up to Easy Way Photography via my affiliate links. The photo below is an example of how I have edited a photo using many Easy Way techniques. 

Please contact me if you have any issues.

20170221-IMG_2411-Edit-2-Edit20170221-IMG_2411-Edit-2-Edit

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Easy Way Photography landscape photographer landscape photography phil copp photos photography photography education Photoshop Photoshop courses Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/6/easy-way-photography Fri, 19 Jun 2020 05:00:00 GMT
Photography Tip 15 Lightroom Collections https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/6/photography-tip-14-lightroom-collections Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

I am also currently doing online workshops tailored to whatever you want to learn! Send me an EMAIL to discuss and book a time.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about using Lightroom collections and collection sets. 

For this tip I have done a short video which best shows the process for doing this. Click on the photo below to watch. While you are there please make sure you subscribe to my channel so you get future updates of photography content.

Screenshot 2020-06-06 14.27.28Screenshot 2020-06-06 14.27.28

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or EMAIL.

For more information on my full 1 on 1 Lightroom Workshops check the link below to my website. These workshops can also be conducted online and work with your own PC and software so it's a more realistic and comprehensive learning experience. 

Phil Copp Photos - Lightroom Workshop

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Adobe Lightroom lightroom lightroom collections Lightroom tips phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/6/photography-tip-14-lightroom-collections Fri, 12 Jun 2020 04:45:00 GMT
Photography Products https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/6/photography-products Recently I became an authorised reseller for three major brands supplying photography products and accessories to the photography industry.

They are SIRUI, SUNWAYFOTO and NISI FILTERS.

This is a major step for my business and has been a long term business goal to secure an arrangement like this. I have purchased and used some of the products from all three of these brands over the years and they are top notch quality. 

Moving forward this will further support what I can offer via my workshops and for people looking for quality photography products and accessories. Due to a brand conflict I can no longer support sales of Kase filters. I have enjoyed the journey with Kase but it’s time to move on.

My website will be setup soon to support these brands. I can however assist people straight away if required. Send me an EMAIL.

Please contact me if you have any questions or are wanting any of these photography products. I look forward to you supporting a local business  moving forward, it will be very much appreciated.

siruisirui

Sirui make awesome tripods which is their best known products with a great ranges. Other not so known photography products include gimbals for your phone or camera and also dry cabinets for storing your camera gear in a controlled environment.

Sunwayfoto-Banner-Pixel-OneSunwayfoto-Banner-Pixel-One

Sunwayfoto make a variety of photography products and accessories including things like L-Brackets and fill lights.

Pixel-One-banner NiSiPixel-One-banner NiSi

NiSi Filers need no introduction in the photography world and are a market leader in photography filters and accessories.

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photography nisi filters nisifiltersau phil copp photos photography photography products photography workshops sirui sunwayfoto townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/6/photography-products Sat, 06 Jun 2020 02:53:40 GMT
Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/5/photography-workshops My photography workshops are now fully go with the lift of travel restrictions for Queensland announced this morning. I have a full range of photography workshops both locally in Townsville and also in outback Queensland that cater for everyone from beginner to advanced landscape.

If you are itching to get out and learn about your camera whilst having an awesome Queensland experience, now is the time! 

If you have any questions send me an EMAIL. I look forward to seeing you on a photography workshop soon! Spots are filling fast so get in early!

For more information, and booking links click on the photo below.

20180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-220180915-_MG_3354-Edit-Edit-Edit-2

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape photographer landscape photography phil copp photos photographer photography photography education photography workshops queensland photography workshops Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/5/photography-workshops Sun, 31 May 2020 04:58:14 GMT
Photography Tip 14 Sorting Photos https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/5/photography-tip-14-sorting-photos Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

I am also currently doing online workshops tailored to whatever you want to learn! Send me an EMAIL to discuss and book a time.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about sorting photos using Adobe Bridge. Click on the photo to watch the video for all the details!

Screenshot 2020-05-27 14.04.01Screenshot 2020-05-27 14.04.01

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or EMAIL.

For more information on my full 1 on 1 Lightroom Workshops check the link below to my website. These workshops can also be conducted online and work with your own PC and software so it's a more realistic and comprehensive learning experience. 

Phil Copp Photos - Lightroom Workshop

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Adobe Bridge phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops sorting photos townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/5/photography-tip-14-sorting-photos Wed, 27 May 2020 04:07:59 GMT
Photography Tip 13 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/5/photography-tip-13 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

I am also currently doing online workshops tailored to whatever you want to learn! Send me an EMAIL to discuss and book a time.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about using the graduated filter tool in Adobe Lightroom. 

For this tip I have done a short video which best shows the process for doing this. Click on the photo below to watch. While you are there please make sure you subscribe to my channel so you get future updates of photography content.

Screenshot 2020-04-25 16.10.16Screenshot 2020-04-25 16.10.16

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or EMAIL.

For more information on my full 1 on 1 Lightroom Workshops check the link below to my website. These workshops can also be conducted online and work with your own PC and software so it's a more realistic and comprehensive learning experience. 

Phil Copp Photos - Lightroom Workshop

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/5/photography-tip-13 Fri, 01 May 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Photography Tip 12 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/photography-tip-12 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland. 

I am also currently doing online workshops tailored to whatever you want to learn! Send me an EMAIL to discuss and book a time.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about synchronising photo settings in Adobe Lightroom. 

For this tip I have done a short video which best shows the process for doing this. Click on the photo below to watch. While you are there please make sure you subscribe to my channel so you get future updates of photography content.

Screenshot 2020-04-25 15.36.35Screenshot 2020-04-25 15.36.35

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or EMAIL.

For more information on my 1 on 1 Lightroom Workshops check the link below to my website. These workshops can also be conducted online and work with your own PC and software so it's a more realistic and comprehensive learning experience. 

Phil Copp Photos - Lightroom Workshop

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/photography-tip-12 Sat, 25 Apr 2020 05:50:52 GMT
Facebook Live https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/facebook-live Hey photographers and followers.

So, my Red Hill Station photography workshop scheduled for this weekend had to be postponed, but there is no reason why we can't do a virtual tour!! 

This Saturday 18 April I will be doing a Facebook Live presentation and general photography chat get together to run through some of the photos I have captured at Red Hill plus some editing of a few photos. So come on down at 3pm this Saturday, grab an arvo drink and hang out online for a bit. At the end I'm happy to to just discuss any photography issues people have or answer any questions.

I'm sure it will be a good appetiser for when we can actually get back to Red Hill (hopefully in June). See below a few sample photos also.

See you on the weekend for Facebook live on Phil Copp Photos.

Saturday 18th April at 3pm AEST.

FB Live streamingFB Live streaming

20191123-_MG_6758-Edit20191123-_MG_6758-Edit 20191123-_MG_6770-Edit-Edit20191123-_MG_6770-Edit-Edit 20200104-_MG_8658-Edit20200104-_MG_8658-Edit 20200105-_MG_8733-Edit20200105-_MG_8733-Edit

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Facebook Live landscape photography outback outback Queensland phil copp photos photography Red Hill Station Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/facebook-live Thu, 16 Apr 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Photography Tip 11 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/photography-tip-11 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

I also have online photography workshops right now. EMAIL me to set up a day/time if you want to learn something or refresh any tips etc. Topics can be anything photography related.

My full Lightroom workshop can now also be delivered online. More info HERE. EMAIL me to book a time.

 

This photography tip is about straightening horizons. Watch the following videos where I will explain it all. I have done one for Lightroom and one for Photoshop. Please make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and opt to receive notifications for when I update any content.

LRLR

PSPS

For the best Photoshop course on the internet, I highly recommend the EasyWay Photography Photoshop Workflow course by Australian professional photographer Adam Williams. He has a special deal running right now "Pay What You Like". Yes, even $0.

Register HERE. It will be the best course you will do for your photography journey.

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to send me an EMAIL and ask any questions.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/photography-tip-11 Tue, 14 Apr 2020 11:11:41 GMT
Home Isolation Photography Tips https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/home-isolation-photography-tips With everyone at home I thought I would post some home isolation photography tips of things you can do while sitting around doing nothing haha

With not much activity due to all the restrictions, now is the time to get the photography backroom in order.

 

Clean Up Hard Drives

If your computer or external hard drives are getting full, now is the ideal time to go through and clean out any old folders or photos that you don't want to keep anymore. You may want to archive some of them onto other hard drives to give you more space. You don't want to have to be doing this when things get busier and you run out of space.

Backups!!

Losing precious photos is the last thing any photographer wants to happen so now is the ideal to make sure all your photos are backed up. Make sure all your RAW/jpeg files are all double backed up on separate hard drives. Even adding a third one is a good practice.

If you use Lightroom it's also very important to make sure your Lightroom catalogue file/s are backed up on the same hard drives. This way you can restore Lightroom if your computer ever crashes.

Emails

Use the time to clean out and archive any emails you want to keep and all those ones that you can delete. Create folders to organise all your emails.

Calibrate your Monitor

For those that work with a calibrated workflow, having your monitor display true colours is crucial when you come to edit your photos. Your monitor should be calibrated at least once a month. It's amazing how much it can be out even in that short time. I use a Spyder calibrator to regularly calibrate my Eizo monitor. 

Check/Clean all your Camera Gear and Lenses

Go through all your gear and clean and check everything so it doesn't let you down when you most need it. Check other things also like you tripod for any loose parts or things that may be worn. Now is the time to fix that! I did some work on my tripod the other day.

Check/Clean you PC

While you are in cleaning and checking mode, keep that going with your computer. Dust can be a problem getting inside towers etc. so clean and check any air vents and filters. Blow them out with dry air.

SD Cards

You should be formatting your cards on a regular basis anyway, but if you don't you risk losing photos from them. At least do it once every few weeks to keep them in top condition. Always format your cards in your camera for optimum performance. If you have had your cards for a couple of years now is a good time to get rid of old cards and replace them with new ones. Format them in your camera straight out of the packet also.

Website

If you have a website, now is the time to get it up to date and create those blog posts. You can schedule blog posts on most platforms to go live on the date you set. If you don't have keywords in all your website photos, get this done now for optimum SEO so people can find your website.

Camera Menus and Manuals

If you are not real familiar with your camera, use the down time to go through all your menus etc. and familiarise yourself with how to setup and change things. Go through and read your camera manual. A good practice would be to reset all your camera settings to default and go through and set everything up again. You will be amazed how sometimes you can inadvertently change things and not know it. I'm happy to help if you have any questions or problems.

Photobooks and Printing

Have you been wanting to create that photobook of some of your photos or maybe get that family album done. Do it now. Companies like Momento make the best photobooks in the business and they are open for business right now. They also have some good specials right now!

If you have a printer, use the time to print some of your photos and create those hard copy memories, not let them stay hidden on your hard drive, computer or dropbox folder.

Edit Old Photos

Use the time to go back through old photo shoots and pick out photos that catch your eye and edit or re-edit them. You will always look at things a bit differently over time. 

Experiment

Get your camera out in your backyard and try different things with different modes and settings etc. and experiment. Fine tune those photos of your pets and get that un used macro lens out. Try different things with flash photography....the list is endless really.

 

I hope you have enjoyed all these home isolation photography tips. Keep the mind stimulated and get things up to date. You will thank yourself for it when times get busy again.

Happy shooting (and cleaning, learning, creating etc!)

Phil

 

Adobe LR libAdobe LR lib 20190818-_MG_213020190818-_MG_2130 20190901-_MG_330820190901-_MG_3308 Momento-Pro-dark-rgbMomento-Pro-dark-rgb



20181029-20181029_15595520181029-20181029_155955 20190108-_MG_744920190108-_MG_7449
 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) backup Isolation landscape photography maintenance Phil Copp Photos photography photography jobs photography tips prepare Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/4/home-isolation-photography-tips Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:19:50 GMT
Online Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/3/online-photography-workshops Hey followers and fellow photographers!

Let's talk about online photography workshops.

Well haven't the last few weeks been interesting! Things have certainly changed and a lot of businesses have completely changed the way they go about their business (pardon the pun). For myself I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I can "be different" and have created some online photography workshops. This way I can provide people with services and information they want to learn about while complying with the latest health and "social gathering" restrictions in place. This can be especially useful for a couple of reasons. You may be someone who is in the higher risk category and has to be a bit more careful about going out in public or you are not from Townsville but follow my feeds and wish you could attend my workshops.

A lot of photographers do a lot of stuff online in normal times but right now online demand is higher than before due to everyone staying at home more and doing more shopping etc. online. I do want to start providing  lot more content online anyway so it will continue when things settle down again.

With that all said I have decided to introduce some 1 on 1 online "photography consultation" webinars. The content of these will be based on a couple of things:

1. The content of my usual face to face workshops

2. What you the customer wants to focus on (see what I did there!) with your photography. Yes we can talk about focusing :-)

 

I've decided to start with 4 main topics based on my workshops although a topic can be created to suit you if required:

1. Beginner camera.

2. Landscape photography.

3. Kase Landscape Photography Filters - setup and use.

4. Photo editing (Adobe Creative Cloud).

Each one will go for about an hour and cost is $65. If you are interested in all 4 I will work out a special deal for you based on my usual 1 on 1 workshops.

The online photography workshops will be delivered by either screen sharing or Zoom webinars and we will work with your equipment or computer etc. so it's personalised to what you need to learn. There may be challenges with this but I'm sure we can work around most issues.

So, if you're "self isolating" and sick of watching Netflix and want to learn more about photography, you can do it with one of my online photography workshops :-)

Click HERE for more info, to book and discuss a suitable date and time. Hope to see you online soon :-)

Happy shooting.

Phil

20190108-_MG_744920190108-_MG_7449

Adobe LR devAdobe LR dev 20180917-_MG_356320180917-_MG_3563

20191220-_MG_807620191220-_MG_8076

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera landscape photographer landscape photography online course online photography education online photography workshops Phil Copp Photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops Townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/3/online-photography-workshops Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:00:55 GMT
2020 Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/3/2020-photography-workshops Over the last couple of days I have updated all my 2020 photography workshops both on my website and Facebook page (as events)

Most are the usual workshops that I conduct both in Townsville and around North Queensland, but there will be others coming later in the year including the free events I have been offering plus some in National Parks. For these I have a permit to conduct commercial workshops so I am approved to guide you to get awesome photos in our protected areas. 

The big new workshop for Phil Copp Photos this year is the Red Hill Station photography workshop. This is an exclusive workshop on private property and will be as much a cattle station experience as it will a photography experience. Places for the first one in April are going fast so get in quick! If you miss out on that one there is another one in June.

So, here's a few links where you can view all my 2020 photography workshops that are live so far.

Stay tuned NQ photographers, there's plenty more coming for your photography addiction :-) For those that have supported my workshops also stay tuned for special deals coming your way as a thank you!

Also keep an eye out also for my regular photography tips. You can sign up to receive these by email HERE.

I hope to see you on a photography workshop soon so I can help you capture images like the ones below!

 

2020 Photography Workshops

View them all on my website at the link below. Click on the photo for more info, dates and booking links.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops
 

Phil Copp Photos Facebook events. Make sure you check them out and say if you are interested or coming along :-)

https://www.facebook.com/pg/philcoppphotos/events/?ref=page_internal
 

20190929-DJI_0425-HDR-Pano-Edit-Edit orig crop20190929-DJI_0425-HDR-Pano-Edit-Edit orig crop 20190920-_MG_2357-Edit20190920-_MG_2357-Edit 20190920-_MG_4588-HDR20190920-_MG_4588-HDR

20190921-_MG_2393-Edit-Edit20190921-_MG_2393-Edit-Edit 20191123-_MG_6758-Edit20191123-_MG_6758-Edit 20200104-_MG_8658-Edit20200104-_MG_8658-Edit 20200104-_MG_8670-Edit20200104-_MG_8670-Edit

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera course camera workshop course landscape photography North Queensland photography course North Queensland photography workshop photography photography course photography workshop Queensland Queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville landscape photography workshop Townsville landscape photography workshops Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography workshop Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/3/2020-photography-workshops Fri, 06 Mar 2020 03:59:39 GMT
Storm Photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/2/storm-photography Recently there has been a lot of thunderstorm activity in and around North Queensland.

Photographers are attracted to storms for storm photography and the opportunity of an awesome cloud formation or lightning photo. The cloud formations are a lot easier to photograph but to get one with a lightning bolt in it requires a good setup, positioning and also a bit of luck.

The biggest thing for me with chasing storms is SAFETY. To put it bluntly lightning can kill you in a split second and you may only get one chance so staying safe is paramount first then work toward getting the photos. Don't put yourself in a bad position just to get a photo. If in doubt opt to stay in your car or even stay home. Another thing to consider here with lightning is that it can strike kilometres away from the actual front itself so be aware.

In order to capture lightning photos there are a couple of ways you can go about it. One is to use a dark ND filter to extend your shutter speed and take a truckload of photos then sort through them later to pick out any shots with lightning in them. The other way is to use a lightning trigger. The one I use is a Pluto trigger. It has a light sensor in it which detects the bolt and activates your camera shutter for you to capture the bolt. A typical lightning bolt duration is approx 150ms whereas the lag time on your camera shutter is about 30ms so that's how the trigger works to capture the strike.

As far as setting up, for the ND filter option setup your camera in manual mode, Av f8-f11, ISO100 (or lower if possible) and manually focus on a suitable subject using live view. You don't want your camera to be focusing as well before each shot. A dark ND filter can typically give you a typical shutter speed of about 2secs as an example in average afternoon light (when most thunderstorms occur). You need to monitor your exposure as it gets darker and adjust accordingly. Set your camera shooting mode in continuous or burst mode and use a remote shutter device locked on so you camera continually takes photos. Then sit back (maybe in your car!) and wait. If it is dark you can just remove the ND filter and use continuous 30sec exposures to capture shots the same way.

For the trigger option you don't need a dark ND filter so your exposure times are a lot quicker. Typical settings may be f8-f11, ISO100 (or lower) and a shutter speed around 1/20th of a second but you need to adjust according to the light to get correct exposure. Don't have your shutter speed too fast or you may miss some bolts. Manual focus is again required, you don't want the trigger detecting the bolt and your camera missing the shot because it was focusing. Triggers can also be a bit unreliable sometimes especially for distant storms. Again you have to monitor your shutter speed to get correct exposure. Triggers have sensitivity settings also so it can take a bit of trial and error getting this right. To sensitive and the camera takes continuous shots (with usually nothing in them) and not enough sensitivity means you may miss some strikes. You can also use a trigger at night, set your shutter speed to 30secs and let the trigger initiate the shot. Any other strikes in the 30secs means you get multiple strikes in the one frame.

Below are some of my photos I have captured over the years both lightning and clouds. 

Good luck with your storm photography. Remember stay safe out there!

Let me know if you have any questions.
 

20200228-_MG_0655-Edit-Edit-220200228-_MG_0655-Edit-Edit-2 20181128-_MG_659920181128-_MG_6599 20180217-_MG_935520180217-_MG_9355 IMG_2182IMG_2182 IMG_2805IMG_2805 IMG_2737IMG_2737 IMG_3974IMG_3974 20140103160125_IMG_384820140103160125_IMG_3848 20181128-_MG_659020181128-_MG_6590 20200228-_MG_067520200228-_MG_0675

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) filters gradfilters Gradndfilters kasefilters landscape landscape photographer landscape photography landscape photography tips landscapefilters lightning NDfilters Phil Copp Photos photographer photography photography tips photos Queensland storm storm photo storm photography thunderstorm tips Townsville Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/2/storm-photography Sat, 29 Feb 2020 07:09:35 GMT
Photography Tip 10 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/2/photography-tip-10 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about an importing tip when bringing images into Adobe Lightroom. 

For this tip I have done a short video which best shows the process for doing this. Click on the photo below to watch.

 

LRLR

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

For more information on my 1 on 1 Lightroom Workshops check the link below to my website.

Phil Copp Photos - Lightroom Workshop

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/2/photography-tip-10 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT
Red Hill Station Photography Workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/2/red-hill-station-photography-workshop I have recently released my Red Hill Station photography workshops which is an exciting photography and station experience on a private cattle property west of Townsville.

It's been a great collaboration with Kylie from Red Hill who is also a keen photographer and enjoys showing people around their awesome property that is Red Hill. The station is located west of Townsville between the Army High Range Training area and the Burdekin River. It has an amazing array of different landscapes but the main feature is a ridge of red dirt (unique to the area) and rocky landscapes hence the name Red Hill. The night skies there are amazing also with little to no light pollution. The workshop will be an overnight stay (house accommodation) and meals will be included. The workshop is as much a station experience as it is a photography workshop and Kylie will join in on every workshop to show everyone the best spots and explain about station life and the land. I will be there to present some theory sessions and guide you to get some awesome photos. Each workshop is limited to only 6 participants for a personal experience and I have kept it affordable compared other similiar workshops. You cannot get this experience anywhere else, you definitely won't regret your trip to Red Hill, it's an amazing place!

Below is an approximate itinerary for the workshop and also some photos of Red Hill Station.

Workshop Itinerary:

Sat

2pm - Meet at the road junction to the station then drive in convoy to Red Hill.

2:30pm - Meet and greet and a station introduction from Kylie. Organise accommodation.

3-4:30pm - Photography theory, practice notes review then questions etc.

4:30-7pm - Afternoon and sunset shoot with nibblies/drinks at Red Rock.

7-8pm - Dinner

8-11pm - Night photography session. Star trails and Milky Way around station house.

Sun

5-8am - Sunrise and morning shoot along the top of Red Hill.

8-9am - Coffee and breakfast

9-10am - General station photography

10am - Workshop de-brief and goodbyes.

 

More information and booking links are on my website at the link below:

Red Hill Station photography workshop

 

Red Hill Station photos

20191123-DJI_0674-Edit20191123-DJI_0674-Edit 20191123-_MG_6758-Edit20191123-_MG_6758-Edit 20200104-_MG_8658-Edit20200104-_MG_8658-Edit 20200104-_MG_9548-Edit20200104-_MG_9548-Edit 20191123-_MG_6770-Edit-Edit20191123-_MG_6770-Edit-Edit 20191123-_MG_6775-Edit-Edit20191123-_MG_6775-Edit-Edit 20200105-_MG_877120200105-_MG_8771

20200105-_MG_874120200105-_MG_8741

20200105-DJI_080620200105-DJI_0806

Click on the link below to book!

Red Hill Station photography workshop
 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera course camera workshop course landscape photography North Queensland photography course North Queensland photography workshop outback photography workshop Outback Queensland photography photography course photography workshop Queensland Queensland photography workshop Red Hill station Townsville landscape photographer Townsville landscape photography workshop Townsville landscape photography workshops Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography workshop Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/2/red-hill-station-photography-workshop Tue, 04 Feb 2020 22:53:57 GMT
Photography Tip 9 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/1/photography-tip-9 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about merging multiple images in Adobe Lightroom.

For this tip I have done a short video which best shows the process for doing this. Click on the photo below to watch.

 

PCP you tube photoPCP you tube photo

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

For more information on my 1 on 1 Lightroom Workshops check the link below to my website.

Phil Copp Photos - Lightroom Workshop

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/1/photography-tip-9 Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:09:52 GMT
Cape Cleveland Drone Art https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/1/cape-cleveland-drone-art Since my drone aerial photographs have become a bit of a specialised area for me I have set up an album of all my best photos on my website.

Here's a few samples below and if you want to go check out the full album, you can do that here.

20190312-DJI_0509-Edit-Edit20190312-DJI_0509-Edit-Edit 20190731-DJI_0005-HDR-Edit20190731-DJI_0005-HDR-Edit 20191203-DJI_0725-Edit20191203-DJI_0725-Edit

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) abstract abstract aerial photography aerial aerial photographer aerial photography Australia Australian landscape photographer Cape Cleveland DJI drone drone art images landscape landscape photographer Phil Copp Photos photographer photography photos Queensland Queensland aerial photographer Queensland aerial photography Queensland drone photographer Queensland landscape photographer Townsville Townsville aerial photographer Townsville drone photographer Townsville drone photography Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/1/cape-cleveland-drone-art Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:30:00 GMT
Flickr https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/1/flickr I have recently updated my Flickr photostream. I have been using Flickr for many years to profile many of my photos and to organise them into specific albums. It's more a collection of my photography, not necessarily my best, for that my website is the best platform. You can view my website galleries here.

Click on the photo below to go to my Flickr photostream. From there you navigate around the photostream or go to albums etc.

If you are thinking about setting up an online portfolio site, I can highly recommend Flickr. You can safely load and store high resolution files there (backup) and also set so they cannot be downloaded at all which is a great feature to prevent people from stealing your photos. It's a bit like social media also with groups and followers/following etc.

I'm happy to help if you have any questions.

 

flickr profileflickr profile

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) landscape landscape photographer landscape photography Phil Copp Photos photographer photography photos Queensland Townsville Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2020/1/flickr Thu, 02 Jan 2020 05:30:00 GMT
Merry Xmas https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/12/merry-xmas Just thought I would do a quick Merry Xmas post. Every year I go for a drive around the suburbs and take a few photos of the local Xmas lights that people setup. Some of the good ones seem to be there every year so this I gave those a miss, but here's a couple that caught my eye recently.

For the camera nerds settings do a vary bit depending on how much light is emitted from each setup but generally these settings are a good starting point. 4 second exposure time, aperture f8, ISO400. I manually focus for each exposure by zooming in with live view.

From Phil Copp Photos I hope you have a safe and Merry Xmas and a happy New Year. See you in 2020.

 

20191206-_MG_7898-Edit20191206-_MG_7898-Edit 20191206-_MG_787520191206-_MG_7875

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Merry Xmas phil copp photos photography Townsville photographer Xmas lights https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/12/merry-xmas Mon, 23 Dec 2019 06:15:00 GMT
Photography Tip 8 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/12/photography-tip-8 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about restoring camera default settings.

I'm sure everyone has had that moment where some setting has changed in your camera and you have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how it happened!!

You could spend ages searching through your cameras menus trying to find out what went wrong and even then you still may not find it!

There is an easy way to correct most of these issues though and that is by restoring your camera to its default settings.

20191219_152832aa20191219_152832aa

Most cameras will have a menu item that says something like "clear all camera settings" or "restore camera default settings" or something similiar. 9 times out of 10 this will fix your issue. If it doesn't then it may even be a camera hardware issue which may involve a trip to the camera doctor.

Restoring default settings may clear some functions that you had customised yourself so after resetting go through your camera menus and set any favourite settings that you used before. Examples of that might be your file size (jpeg to RAW etc.) or any custom menus you had set. If you had done any micro adjustments to auto focus too these may have to be re-done. So while restoring default settings can be an easy fix, sometimes it may take a bit of work to get back to where you were.

If you have any camera issues I'm happy if you contact me or give me a call as I may be able to help in some cases.

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer Townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/12/photography-tip-8 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:57:40 GMT
Australian Geographic https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/11/australian-geographic I was excited a few weeks back to be contacted by the editor of Australian Geographic magazine wanting to purchase/license a few of my photos for a story they were publishing on Magnetic Island. The story will appear in Edition 153 which is the Nov/Dec edition this year. Do yourself a favour and get down to your local newsagent and grab a copy of one of Australia's best magazines. It's out now!

This almost didn't happen as their original email went to my spam folder (how dare you Google!) but luckily the editor followed up with a phone call shortly after so they must have really wanted my photos :-)

The story also includes a piece on Magnetic Island tourism company Aquascene Charters who are a small family business doing great things on the island taking people to secluded bays and beaches on the island showing off all the great parts of Maggy! I haven't been on a trip with them yet but it's high on the list to do next time I am on the island. Follow them on Instagram (@aquascenecharters_) to see what they do.

Here's a look at the photos used in the story and also the contents page.

1. This is how the photos appear in the magazine.

2019-11-11_19.15.512019-11-11_19.15.51

2. Nelly Bay marina and ferry terminals.

20190318-DJI_053220190318-DJI_0532

3&4. Arthur Bay. The one with the jet ski was used as the feature photo for the story. The other was used on the contents page of the magazine.

20180916-_MG_347820180916-_MG_3478Magnetic Island photo 20180916-_MG_347420180916-_MG_3474Magnetic Island photo

5. Magnetic Island Koala.

20170624-IMG_018120170624-IMG_0181Magnetic Island photo

6. Picnic Bay jetty

IMG_1323IMG_1323Magnetic Island photo

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Australian Geographic landscape photography Magnetic Island nature Phil Copp Photos photography published Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/11/australian-geographic Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:16:02 GMT
Photography Tip 7 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/11/photography-tip-7 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about focusing.

Focusing modes on todays digital SLR cameras are exceptional good, however like anything if they are not set and used correctly the results you get may not be what you expect and your photos not sharp or focused correctly.

To start, there are two "areas" of focus. There are focus modes (how your camera focuses) and focus point or zones (where your camera focuses).

Lets start with focus modes. Most cameras have two main types - single and continuous to put it in easy terms. For Canon users there is ONE SHOT (single) and AISERVO (continuous). Other cameras will have different acronyms etc. but you should be able to differentiate between the modes so you can select whats rights. E.g. Nikon may have AF-S for single or AF-C for continuous. Basically you use single focusing for stationary subjects and continuous focusing for moving subjects. So if you are shooting portraits you would use single mode and for shooting your dog running down the beach you would use continuous. In single mode you can hold the shutter button halfway and re-compose your shot while holding the same focal plane, but in continuous where ever your point your camera (or focus point) it will focus there so you cannot lock and hold focus in that mode. So, if you were trying to shoot a portrait in continuous mode and you put your focus point on the subjects eyes then re-composed the shot your focus would no longer be on their eyes which is critical for a portrait photo. If you were shooting your dog running in single mode, you may end up with blurred, soft or unsharp photos because the camera cannot maintain focus due to being locked for a split second before taking the shot.

Below is a photo of a Canon screen for focus modes.

canon focusing modescanon focusing modes

Next is focus points. Most cameras have a variety of focus point selections, but I mainly only use two. See the photo below for an example of focus point selections.

canon focusing points zonecanon focusing points zone

For the majority of my photography I only use a single focus point (selection second from left in the above photo). I like to know and control where my camera will focus. The selection above is called zone autofocus. The camera will best pick a subject or area in that zone to focus on which is not always where you want the focus to be. I do use this selection though for shooting birds in flight. It really does a good job of "locking" focus on the subject.

A couple of examples of why I use a single focus point instead of zone autofocus. For a portrait shot you can directly focus exactly on the subjects eye whereas zone may select other areas of the face or something else resulting in poor focus on the subjects critical areas.

If you have a bird sitting on a tree branch with a lot of surrounding leaves, branches etc. zone autofocus will usually pick up everything else except the bird, whereas with a single selection you focus directly and easily on the bird regardless of whats around it.

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer Townsville photography course townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/11/photography-tip-7 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Photography for special occassions https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/10/photography-for-special-occassions Most people associate me with landscape photography and that really is a passion to be honest which is why I focus on it so much. But I do cover so much more and if you require photography for special occassions I would love to hear from you.

So stepping out into other photography genres like weddings and family photos is very rewarding and I love the feedback I get when people are overwhelmed by the photos I capture. Happy customers are very important to me and also that you feel relaxed and comfortable with me during the shoot.

School formal portrait shoots are another facet I have done a bit of in the past with good results for happy customers. Formal week is fast approaching so if you have a teenager graduating I would love to hear from you to come and capture their photos! I really enjoy combining my landscape prowess with a beautiful portrait :-)

So, here's a few samples of what I have captured in the past during various shoots. I have good vacancies for formal week this year and also next year for weddings, so if you would like me to be a part of that please get in contact and we can discuss the what and how and when :-)

I look forward to hearing from you for your photography for special occassions.

20190601-_MG_777120190601-_MG_7771 20190601-_MG_568920190601-_MG_5689 20190406-_MG_0807-Edit20190406-_MG_0807-Edit 20190406-_MG_556020190406-_MG_5560 20181116-_MG_493720181116-_MG_4937 20181116-_MG_488420181116-_MG_4884 20180204-IMG_359920180204-IMG_3599 20171115-IMG_478820171115-IMG_4788 20160702-IMG_723920160702-IMG_7239 20160702-IMG_696520160702-IMG_6965

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) family family photography formal formal photography phil copp photos photography portrait photography portraits school formal special occassions townsville photographer wedding wedding photography https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/10/photography-for-special-occassions Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Photography Tip 6 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/10/photography-tip-6 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about aperture.

Every lens has a variable aperture designed to control the amount of light it lets through to the sensor (or film) on your camera. 

The size of the aperture is annotated by an "f number" or "f stop" e.g. f4, f7.1 or f11. The smaller the f number the bigger the aperture. Below is a good diagram to show that. The size of the aperture is set by a number of aperture blades which varies from lens to lens.

Size-of-Aperture-ChartSize-of-Aperture-Chart

Aperture makes up one of three components of the "exposure triangle" which control and set "correct exposure". If any one of the three are changed, at least one of the other components must change also to maintain correct expsoure. See diagram below.

exposure triangleexposure triangle

Aperture has two main functions in photography. One is to control exposure by letting a set amount of light in and the other is for depth of field.

Depth of field put simply is the distance either side of the focus point that is in focus. A large aperture (f2.8) will have a shallow depth of field and a small distance either side of the focal point. A smaller aperture (f16) will have a lot larger distance either side of the focal point leading out to infinity (depending on aperture) so generally the vast majority of your photo will be in focus. There are other factors which this depends on also like the focal length of your lens, but typically for say a landscape shot taken with a wide angle at f16 your whole photo will be in focus if your focal point is set right. There are apps for checking and setting depth of field which are handy tools. A good one I use is called Lumariver DoF. 

Here's another good diagram which shows depth of field.

Depth-of-Field-Comparison-f4-vs-f32Depth-of-Field-Comparison-f4-vs-f32

 

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/10/photography-tip-6 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:00:00 GMT
Landscape Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/10/landscape-photography-workshops In the last couple of weeks I have conducted landscape photography workshops in Outback Queensland at the towns of Charters Towers and Hughenden.

Both these were well received by attending photographers and we all had a great time at both workshops shooting both late afternoon/sunset landscapes and then some astrophotography in the evening. We had good conditions for the Charters Towers workshop with clear skies, but unfortunately for the Hughenden workshop a bit of uninvited cloud came to the party for the night but this didn't dampen the spirits of everyone and participants still learnt a lot of new techniques and put them into practice which is always a challenge in the dark.

Below are a selection of photos I captured during my trips out west to conduct these workshops. Most are taken outside of the workshops as my main focus for the workshops is to ensure people have a great learning experience. I did sneak a couple in though at the end of each night plus some group shots during the night.

If you are interested in any of my landscape photography workshops or beginner camera workshops you can click on the link below to check them out. Email me if you have any questions. I look forward to hopefully seeing you on a workshop soon :-)

Phil Copp Photos - Photography Workshops

Keep an eye out also for my regular photography tips. You can sign up to receive these HERE.

 

Charters Towers Photography Workshop

Macrossan rail bridges with the milky way above.

20190920-_MG_2357-Edit20190920-_MG_2357-Edit

Sunset from Towers Hill

20190920-_MG_4588-HDR20190920-_MG_4588-HDR

Milky Way and a dead tree at Fletchers Creek 

20190921-_MG_2393-Edit-Edit20190921-_MG_2393-Edit-Edit

Charters Towers Weir on the Burdekin River.

20190922-DJI_036820190922-DJI_0368

Gold mining poppet head in Charters Towers with the milky way above.

20190920-_MG_2339-Edit20190920-_MG_2339-Edit

Hughenden Photography Workshop

Porcupine Gorge sunrise

20190929-DJI_0425-HDR-Pano-Edit-Edit orig crop20190929-DJI_0425-HDR-Pano-Edit-Edit orig crop

 

Our workshop sunset.

20190928-_MG_4865-Edit20190928-_MG_4865-Edit

 

Cattle droving just out of Hughenden one morning.

20190928-_MG_251220190928-_MG_2512

 

Old car wreck just south of Hughenden.

20190928-_MG_251020190928-_MG_2510

 

Outback sunrise.

20190928-_MG_250920190928-_MG_2509

 

Windmill in Hughenden with the milky way.

20190927-_MG_4822-Edit-Edit20190927-_MG_4822-Edit-Edit

 

Milky way shots along the Flinders River and above some rocks on Mt. Walker.

20190927-_MG_4801-Edit20190927-_MG_4801-Edit 20190927-_MG_4814-Edit-Edit20190927-_MG_4814-Edit-Edit

 

Sunset from the top of Mt. Walker just out Hughenden.

 

A few group shots of the workshops.

20190928-_MG_2573-Edit20190928-_MG_2573-Edit 20190928-_MG_2562-Edit-Edit20190928-_MG_2562-Edit-Edit 20190928-_MG_488220190928-_MG_4882

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera course camera workshop course landscape photography North Queensland photography course North Queensland photography workshop photography photography course photography workshop Queensland Queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville landscape photography workshop Townsville landscape photography workshops Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography workshop Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/10/landscape-photography-workshops Sat, 05 Oct 2019 01:05:15 GMT
Photography Tip 5 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/9/photography-tip-5 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about selecting a tripod for your camera.

 

Having a good tripod for landscape photography (or any photography really) is very important. You spend thousands on good cameras and good lenses etc. so why not invest in good accessories also. The number one criteria for a good tripod is stability. For long exposure photography which a lot of landscape photography is, one tiny movement of your camera during exposure will ruin your shot or result in a loss of detail and sharpness. Putting a few kilos of camera and a good lens on a tiny cheap tripod is a recipe for disaster with your shots. This is even more critical when it is windy.

So, in short it's worth investing up front in good equipment. Like anything you get what you pay for and in most cases you will save money because you will realise the cheap tripod is no good and go buy a better one anyway.

Here's a few things I like to have in a tripod and are good things to look for when buying one.

1. Good solid legs and robust construction. Tripods with skinny legs are generally no good. 

2. Look for one that extends to a good height but also remains stable. Most good reputable tripods will be able to do this. It's easier to use your camera at the right height and it's also good for viewing over fences and the like. At least up to about chest height is good.

3. A ball head is a must for landscape photography. That way your tripod can be on uneven ground and you can still level the camera. Your tripod will need to be level though if you are shooting panoramas. My main tripod has a ball head with a trigger grip which gives even more control over your camera for setting compositions.

20190901-_MG_332320190901-_MG_3323 20190901-_MG_330620190901-_MG_3306

4. I like the overcentre clips to adjust the legs although the screw type legs are still Ok, I just like the clip ones and they are easier and quicker to use.

20190901-_MG_331420190901-_MG_3314 20190901-_MG_331920190901-_MG_3319

5. Having an adjustment to pan the ball head left or right is a good feature to have to save having to adjust the whole ballhead and resetting your composition. Some tripods don't have this so it's something to look for when buying a tripod.

20190901-_MG_332420190901-_MG_3324 20190901-_MG_330720190901-_MG_3307

6. Having a hook under the centre column is a very handy feature as you can hang your bag off it to add more weight to your tripod making it more stable.

20190901-_MG_331020190901-_MG_3310 20190901-_MG_332220190901-_MG_3322

7. Having a bubble level on the tripod itself is a must especially if you are shooting panoramas as your tripod must be exactly level. For other shooting it doesn't matter as you can use your camera levels to line everything up. That way you can be positioned on uneven ground like rocks etc.

If you do a lot of hiking look for as many of these features as possible and carbon construction which considerably reduces weight. One that folds up to a small size is important also for fitting to a backpack. When I'm using my travel tripod I try to keep as low to the ground as possible and spread the legs wide for better stability. Having a camera with a flip out screen is also handy when shooting like this.

And one last tip when using your tripod. Don't extend the centre column up too far, it just makes your camera more susceptible to movement. Keep it lower closer the main tripod frame for better stability.

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/9/photography-tip-5 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Daintree Photography Workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/9/daintree-photography-workshop From the 19-26th of August I was up in the beautiful Daintree world heritage listed rainforest for the 2019 Daintree Photography Workshop. Run by Dr Les Walkling along with many other helpers and guest presenters, it's highly regarded as one of the best technical photography workshops in the world.

One of the main guest presenters this year was Tony Hewitt who is a world renowned aerial photographer and presenter. His presentations were inspiring to say the least and he gave us a great insight into how he captures and edits his stunning images. His presence this year was one of the main reasons I had to participate, I love his work and it's very inspiring to what I want to achieve with my photography. It was great to meet him and spend time talking to him.

Off the grid for 8 days with no phone service, there were no distractions for a focused learning environment with some amazing content and advice being shared. I knew early in the year when I registered for this that it would be the best thing I will ever do for photography development. And I wasn't disappointed. Along with the awesome photography content, we were also spoiled with restaurant quality food being constantly prepared by 3 chefs. The cuisine was divine to say the least and I'm sure I put on at least 5 kilos. The workshop was held at the JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory at Cape Tribulation which is a state of the art rainforest research station with accommodation and conference facilities nestled deep in the pristine rainforest. There is no better place for a photography workshop!

For the duration of the workshop we had access to top of the range photography equipment and colour managed monitors and printers and also some of the best photography papers available so we could all print our work. We also went on a number of field trips to various parts of the Daintree area so everyone had plenty of photographs to print.

Below are some of the best photos I took during the time I was there. I also printed all these out, they look amazing in print. Nearly all were A3+ sized prints. I will put some notes against each of them for a bit more info. You can see more of my photos taken during the workshop in my Daintree photo gallery HERE.

I hope I can again go back to the Daintree in the future not only for myself, but also another one of these workshops.

 

This is Cape Tribulation taken on the second morning at first light with my drone.

20190820-DJI_0089-Edit20190820-DJI_0089-Edit

 

One of the facilities at the JCU DRO is a rainforest canopy crane. On the end of the main boom there is an Ospreys nest. I was lucky to capture some great shots of one of the adults flying off to hunt for food for their chicks. This print was also awarded as one of the 4 top prints for the workshop so that was an honour to receive that in amongst so many talented photographers.

20190823-_MG_2496-Edit20190823-_MG_2496-Edit

 

This was the other print I submitted in the final print competition. Taken at Thornton Beach just south of Cape Tribulation. The creek mouth shown is Cooper Creek. We went on a croc tour there the previous day but did not see any.

20190823-DJI_0203-HDR-Edit20190823-DJI_0203-HDR-Edit

 

Where the rainforest meets the reef. Noah Beach just south of where we were staying. The Daintree is the only area where two world heritage listed areas join each other, the rainforest and the Great Barier Reef.

20190822-_MG_2423-Edit20190822-_MG_2423-Edit

 

Another example of the rainforest meeting the reef. Taken at Cowie Bay about 20kms north of Cape Tribulation. An amazingly stunning area.

20190825-DJI_0247-Edit20190825-DJI_0247-Edit

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) accredited professional photographer daintree Les Walkling photography development photography workshop printing tropical North Queensland https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/9/daintree-photography-workshop Sun, 01 Sep 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Photography Tip 4 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/8/photography-tip-4 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about managing storage cards for your camera.

The most common type of storage card used by most cameras is the SD card (SD stands for secure digital) and all my cameras use these cards. The photo below is a typical SD card that I use.

20190818-_MG_213020190818-_MG_2130

A couple of my cameras have dual card slots which house an SD card and also a CF card (CF stands for compact flash). There are also a couple of other types of cards. I'm not going to go into all the types and speeds of cards here but what I will say is that its best to use a reputable brand (I use Sandisk) and purchase as fast a card as you can afford. With the method I explain below you don't really need a huge size with your card/s as it's more about managing the cards properly.

The main reason card management is important is so that we don't lose any precious photos from failed or corrupt cards. While this does happen from time to time, it's rare if you manage your cards correctly. The process is really quite easy and should be a regular part of your photography workflow. Basically it's shoot, download, backup, format, repeat. So you shoot some photos, download them to your computer, ensure you have backup copies in place on say a couple of external hard drives or your computer and an external hard drive, then put the card back in your camera and use the format function in your camera menu to format your card which will delete all your photos and give you a clean slate on your card ready for your next shoot.

Cards that are at risk of failure/corruption are ones that are full of photos and/or never get formatted regularly. It's also important to not remove or insert your card in your camera with the camera power on, this can corrupt cards also.

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/8/photography-tip-4 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:51:28 GMT
Strand Ephemera https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/8/strand-ephemera The Strand Ephemera has just finished and I collected a series of photos in an album on my website.

It's such a great event for Townsville with some amazing artists from Townsville and afar displaying their creations.

Here's a few samples of what I captured. I didn't get around to all the displays, just some that caught my eye and were good photographically :-)

You can view my full album via the link below:

Strand Ephemera

20190727-_MG_132620190727-_MG_1326

20190730-_MG_1244-HDR-Edit20190730-_MG_1244-HDR-Edit

20190727-_MG_127320190727-_MG_1273

20190727-_MG_129220190727-_MG_1292

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) art nafa phil copp photos queensland sculptures strand strand ephemera strandephemera townsville city council townsville photographer townsvilleshines https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/8/strand-ephemera Wed, 07 Aug 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Photography Tip 3 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/8/photography-tip-3 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is about camera file types. You will have heard the terms RAW and jpeg before. These examples of the types of files your camera creates when you take a photo. The best way to explain the difference between the two is to think back to the film days. The film "negatives" from then can best be related to a RAW file as it contained all the information from your photo. When you print out a film photo, this could best be related to a jpeg image. Digital RAW files do capture so much more information, like millions of different colours, whereas a jpeg image only captures 256 colours so a bit difference. There's pros and cons for both and it depends what and how you shoot, but ideally capturing photos in RAW format is best. The downside to this is you need specific software to view and edit a RAW file and it will also take up a lot more space on your computer so external storage needs to be considered. RAW files generally need some sort of editing to bring out the details of what the human eye saw, RAW files tend be bland and flat to the eye which is normal. The detail and colour is there though, photographers need to bring that out. RAW files will give you more editing flexibility too, like changing white balance which you cannot do with a jpeg image.

If you don't have the storage or software to manage RAW files I suggest you use the largest size/resolution jpeg your camera can capture.

raw jpegraw jpeg

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/8/photography-tip-3 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:00:00 GMT
Airlie Beach Running Festival https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/7/airlie-beach-running-festival I was official photographer at this years Airlie Beach Running Festival held last weekend.

It's such a great event and would have to be one of the best scenic running events in Australia with the course taking runners along the beautiful Airlie Beach coastline and boardwalks with stunning views of the local marinas.

Event distances were a marathon, half marathon, 10, 5k and 1k & 2k childrens races. There were also relay and corporate teams categories.

Here's a few samples from the morning. Between 2 of us we shot over 1600 photos for the festival organisers. You can see the full galleries on the ABRF website at www.runairlie.com.au.

 

20190720-DJI_0914-Pano20190720-DJI_0914-Pano 20190721-_MG_019120190721-_MG_0191

20190721-_MG_017520190721-_MG_0175

20190721-_MG_044520190721-_MG_0445

20190721-_MG_046120190721-_MG_0461

20190721-_MG_052720190721-_MG_0527

20190721-_MG_062820190721-_MG_0628

20190721-_MG_0849_6D220190721-_MG_0849_6D2 20190721-_MG_093820190721-_MG_0938

20190721-_MG_094820190721-_MG_0948

20190721-_MG_098920190721-_MG_0989

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) ABRF19 Airlie Beach Airlie Beach Running Festival event photography Phil Copp Photos road running running sports photography Whitsunday Running Club Whitsundays https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/7/airlie-beach-running-festival Fri, 26 Jul 2019 23:34:54 GMT
Photography Tip 2 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/7/photography-tip-2 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on the link below then scroll through all the different workshops I have available. From an educational workshop to a photography experience, I am always there to guide you to ensure you get the best photos and improve on your photography journey.

They are suitable for all levels of photography experience and take you to some of the best places in North Queensland.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip sort of carries on from the last tip which was about your cameras light meter.

For that to work the following "exposure triangle" comes into play (see photo).

exposure triangleexposure triangle

There are three components that make up the triangle. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

All three of these have to be "in balance" for correct exposure. If you change one value, at least one of the other values has to change to maintain correct exposure or your photo will be underexposed or overexposed depending on which way the value was changed.

If your camera is in full auto mode, it will determine all values for you. If it's in any of the semi auto modes like aperture priority or shutter priority one of these values will be fixed by the user e.g aperture. You may also fix the ISO which means the camera will only select the shutter speed for you depending on the metered light. These modes are a good way of taking a bit of control over your camera, e.g. to control depth of field with aperture or maintaining a certain shutter speed for sports photography.

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip.

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) phil copp photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops queensland photography workshops townsville photographer townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/7/photography-tip-2 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 06:48:53 GMT
Photography Tip 1 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/7/photography-tip-1 Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

If you want to catch up on all the tips in detail and in one hit then sign up for one of my photography workshops, there's one for everyone, click on this link then scroll through all the different workshops I have available.

https://www.philcoppphotos.com/photography-workshops

 

This photography tip is all about your cameras light meter. Your camera should have a screen similiar to the one below and a similiar graduated scale as shown.

20190710-_MG_967620190710-_MG_9676

Your cameras light meter is important for correct exposure of your photos. The middle of the scale indicates correct exposure as highlighted by the little bar underneath. The - and + signs indicate under or over exposure. Generally when exposing your photo you want the bar in the middle.

The photo below indicates under exposure.

20190710-_MG_967820190710-_MG_9678

The photo below indicates over exposure.

20190710-_MG_967920190710-_MG_9679

If you are in auto mode and your photos are darker or lighter than expected, you may have exposure compensation active. Find this in your cameras menu and reset it to the middle.

I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Make sure you sign up to my mailing list to ensure you see future tips, offers and also more about my workshops. You can join at the link below.

https://mailchi.mp/a8bba99a22b8/pcp
 

Till next time, happy shooting.

Phil

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) Phil Copp Photos photography photography education photography tips photography workshops Queensland photography workshops Townsville photographer Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/7/photography-tip-1 Wed, 10 Jul 2019 03:56:24 GMT
New Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/6/new-photography-workshops New Photography Workshops – Magnetic Island and Paluma

 

I’m excited today to release my next phase of new photography workshops.

These have been months in the planning stage and I can now move forward with these.

Initially there are two main workshops, an afternoon/evening on Magnetic Island and an overnight workshop in the beautiful rainforest of Paluma.

Here’s a summary of why you need to do either of these workshops (or both).

  • All inclusive costs so you don’t have to worry about anything, just taking photos.
  • I have everything planned to maximise your experience including travel from Townsville.
  • Guidance and tuition from an AIPP accredited professional photographer.
  • My workshops are Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service approved.
  • A small workshop group so there’s plenty of one on one time. 3 people only.
  • I have over 30 years of local knowledge and as an avid trail runner I have run through every area and trail that we will be using (and more!) so I know each place comprehensively.
  • Use of photography landscape filter kits to maximise the quality of your photos.
  • At Paluma I have access to private property and also a private house right in the heart of Paluma.

Both these workshops will include stunning landscape photo opportunities and also astrophotography away from light pollution.

Click on the photos below for more information, dates and to book a spot.

Email me here if you have any questions.

 

Magnetic Island Photography Workshop

Magnetic Island Landscape Photography WorkshopMagnetic Island Landscape Photography WorkshopAfternoon and evening landscape photography workshop on tropical Magnetic Island.

 

Paluma Rainforest Escape Photography Workshop.

20170415-IMG_390820170415-IMG_3908

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camera course camera workshop course landscape photography North Queensland photography course North Queensland photography workshop photography photography course photography workshop Queensland Queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville landscape photography workshop Townsville landscape photography workshops Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography workshop Townsville photography workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/6/new-photography-workshops Wed, 26 Jun 2019 04:21:37 GMT
World Rafting Championships https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/5/world-rafting-championships Earlier this month I was part of the media team for the World Rafting Championships held on the Tully River in North Queensland.

Teams from all over the world converged on the small cane farming township bringing a boost to the economy of Tully. The town really embraced the championships with posters and marketing material posted all over the town.

From a photography perspective it was a challenging 4 days of shooting as Australia's wettest town really lived up to it's name! My camera gear was continually wet the whole time but the Canon weather sealing in the pro level cameras was up to the challenge. Due to the rain drone operations were very limited but I did manage to get some cool footage and photos for about an hour one day when the sun very briefly broke through. It didn't last long though. I shot a lot more video this time than I normally would and the media team posted a few highlights reels each day on social media and also a longer clip at the end. Follow International Rafting Federation on IG to see some of the action.

There were 8 of us on the team including two guys from the UK who are making an hour long TV production to be shown worldwide on Fox Sports. I look forward to seeing that and hopefully I can share some of that with you eventually.

So, here's some of my photos I captured during the event. The Tully Gorge truly is a spectacular place and I heard a lot of the teams saying it was one of the most scenic World Rafting Championships they have been to. I've also included a team photo at the bottom :-)

20190516-_MG_518620190516-_MG_5186

20190516-_MG_548820190516-_MG_5488

20190517-DJI_074120190517-DJI_0741

20190516-_MG_550220190516-_MG_5502 20190517-DJI_076820190517-DJI_0768 20190516-_MG_500920190516-_MG_5009 20190519-_MG_623320190519-_MG_6233 20190516-_MG_519320190516-_MG_5193 IMG-20190522-WA0001IMG-20190522-WA0001

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) international media international rafting phil copp photos photographer photography raftersareawesome rafting sports photographer tamethetully townsville photographer tully white water rafting world rafting championships wrctully2019 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/5/world-rafting-championships Wed, 29 May 2019 23:07:07 GMT
Lake Buchanan https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/5/lake-buchanan Quick blog post about my recent trip to Lake Buchanan.

I have been wanting to do a trip out there for a while now and I thought this time of year would be good to see it as I assumed it would be full of water after the big wet season we have just had. I was right. I will do a return trip here later in the year when its dried up to see the difference. I'm hoping then for some nice shots in a different perspective to what I got this trip.

Lake Buchanan is a salt lake about 180kms SW of Charters Towers (as the crow flies) and about an 80km drive on dirt to the west of Belyando Crossing. Its a 130km drive south of Charters Towers to the turn off. The lake is different to most salt lakes as its at high altitude up on the great dividing range. A lot of salt lakes like Lake Eyre are actually below sea level. Not this one. There is another salt lake about 60kms south of Lake Buchanan called Lake Gallilee which is a bit bigger so I am keen to check that out soon also. Lake Buchanan is about 28kms long and 8kms across at the widest part. Max depth is only about 7-8ft.

When we arrived it took us a while to find a spot to even actually see the lake let alone a campsite, so when we eventually found a track in (was actually signposted) our camp was when we got to the lake. It was an awesome spot anyway. The track in was a bit dodgy and there was a lot of sandy areas near our campsite so it's best with a 4WD. There are no facilities there either so you need to be self sustained and also take all your rubbish etc. out with you (I have a leave no trace policy anyway).

The first view of the lake exceeded my expectations and for mid afternoon it was surprisingly calm. This continued until sunset and the view over the water was mind blowing and I got some of the best sunset images I have ever got. Some of these will be entered into future photography awards that's how good it was there.

Night photography was expected to be unreal also and it was. The dark moon and calm lake made for some great viewing even getting star reflections in the water. Sunrise the next morning was also good but no view over water that time.

Here's a few photos of the trip. Stay tuned for more to come from this awesome place :-)

20190505-DJI_064320190505-DJI_0643

Aerial view looking north up the lake.

20190505-IMG_288920190505-IMG_2889

Test shot from a timelapse I did on sunset. Stay tuned for a video on this!

20190505-DJI_066520190505-DJI_0665

Our campsite right on the edge of the lake! Awesome spot.

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) aerial photography drone photography Lake Buchanan Lake Buchanan Queensland landscape landscape photographer landscape photography Phil Copp Photos photography Queensland salt lake salt lake Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/5/lake-buchanan Tue, 07 May 2019 02:44:08 GMT
Adobe Lightroom Workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/4/adobe-lightroom-workshop A lot of photographers nowadays are using the popular Adobe Photography Plan (CC, Creative Cloud) for processing their photos. This plan includes Lightroom (LR) and also Photoshop (PS). I just want to use this blog to detail some pros of using this plan and also how I can help you set it up properly.

One thing I see a lot is comments about how photographers buy a new camera and suddenly their old version of Lightroom etc. will not recognise their files from their new camera. This is because the old software needs to be updated. If you have the Adobe photography plan, this can be avoided as you can regularly update to the latest versions which cover all the latest cameras that come onto the market. It is a monthly subscription but most things like this are nowadays and for a photographer its $14 per month well spent in my view.

The pros of this plan are:

1. Its cheap and affordable.

2. You can always update to the latest versions. It can even be set to automatically do this.

3. LR and PS talk to each other and edits done in PS carry back into LR.

4. Collections setup in LR are backed up on the cloud.

5. There are always new functions available which can be game changers in editing your photos compared to the older versions. The plan is a great way to "keep with the times".

Adobe LR libAdobe LR lib

Lightroom is effectively a database of your photos but your RAW files remain unchanged and LR records all changes to your files in a "catalogue file". Like your RAW files, this catalogue file also needs to be backed up. As with any database, its important to set it up correctly right from the start. I have been using LR for about 5 years and have found a comprehensive way to store, record, backup and also find photos really easily. This creates an easy to use "photography workflow" to use day in day out.

If you are constantly frustrated with LR or are thinking of switching to the plan, I can help with a one on one workshop to help you get going and to understand how to best manage all your photos and get the best out your hard earned $14 per month.

Adobe LR devAdobe LR dev

In my 3-4 hour Lightroom workshop you will learn the following:

1. Setup Lightroom correctly to suit your needs and create a useful file structure for your photos and RAW files. Setting up your catalogue file.

2. Import your photos into Lightroom correctly including use of presets to save time.

3. Use of keywords and how to sort and find your photos with them. Also filtering and searching for photos using other means.

4. Creating collections and collection sets.

5. Editing your photos with the develop module. Also mass editing of batches of photos using syncronisation. 

6. Setting up watermarks for your photos. Also saving shortcuts for these.

7. Exporting your photos and the different settings. Also saving shortcuts for these.

8. Maintenance and recommended backup of your RAW files and catalogue file.

9. Creative Cloud linking with Adobe Photoshop.

10. Updating of new versions of Lightroom and Photoshop and other Creative Cloud software like Camera Raw.

11. Other Lightroom functions as required.

 

Contact me today if you are interested. You can email me here.

I look forward to helping you get the most out of your photography!

 

 

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) . Adobe Lightroom Adobe Lightroom Workshop cloud creative landscape photographer landscape photography Lightroom North Queensland Lightroom workshop North Queensland photography workshop photography photography workflow Queensland photography workshop Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Townsville photography workshops workflow workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/4/adobe-lightroom-workshop Wed, 17 Apr 2019 23:08:26 GMT
My Drone Gear https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/3/my-drone-gear For this blog post I thought I would give you all an insight into my drone gear (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - UAV) I use to capture my aerial images. Drones have definitely opened up new perspectives for my photography and I love abstract aerial images.

Firstly, not all my photos are captured using this gear, some are taken from helicopters or fixed wing aircraft. Drones are very cost effective though and certainly have their place. There are a lot of limitations with using drones though especially in areas surrounding airfields and airports. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have developed a great phone app though that tells where I can and can't fly my drones. There are also a lot of other rules and regulations I have to abide by also and rightly so and drones use the same airspace as regular manned aircraft.

The first drone I purchased in 2016 was a DJI Mavic Pro. This is a fantastic drone and what attracted me to it was its portability and the fact the legs folded up and I could put it in my backpack and go biking or hiking with it which I have done a bit of. I can usually get at least 15-20 mins flight time but I don't push the limit and get it back on the ground with plenty of battery life left (at least 30%).

Here's a couple of photos I have taken with this drone and also some photos of the unit itself:

my-drone-gearmy-drone-gearQueensland aerial photos

20170624-DJI_002620170624-DJI_0026Queensland aerial photos

 

20190228-_MG_190820190228-_MG_1908 20190228-_MG_193120190228-_MG_1931 20190228-_MG_193320190228-_MG_1933

The other drone I now have (purchased in 2018) is a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ which is a big upgrade from the Mavic Pro and has a much better camera for what I need but the downside is it's not as portable. Most times I use this is from my car anyway. Image quality is much improved with this unit and there is more control over the camera. This one has a built in screen on the controller which has much improved brightness and visibility in bright sunlight and is much easier to fly.

Here's a couple of images I have captured with the P4Pro+ and some photos of the unit itself.

20181124-DJI_0228-Edit20181124-DJI_0228-EditQueensland aerial photos

my-drone-gearmy-drone-gearQueensland aerial photos

20190228-_MG_190920190228-_MG_1909 20190228-_MG_191320190228-_MG_1913 20190228-_MG_191520190228-_MG_1915 20190228-_MG_192620190228-_MG_1926

Stay tuned for more awesome aerial photos taken with my drone gear (and other aircraft of course). Any questions send me an email here

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) aerial aerial photographer aerial photography DJI drone my drone gear Townsville aerial photographer Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer UAV https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/3/my-drone-gear Wed, 06 Mar 2019 03:24:29 GMT
Top 10 Landscape Photography Tips https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/2/top-10-landscape-photography-tips Everyone loves a good landscape photo, especially of their home town or favorite location.

Good landscape photographers create a compelling photo through good composition and use of light.

But a lot more goes into achieving that behind the scenes of the shot.

Here's my top 10 tips for nailing that awesome landscape photo!

  1. A sturdy tripod is an absolute must have. There's no point going through all the motions of setting up your shot if it may be ruined by the slightest movement especially if its windy. If you have a tripod that's not the most sturdy, only extend the more solid legs and spread them wide and get down lower to create a more stable platform for your camera.
  2. Always shoot in manual and use a mid-range aperture (f11-16) to get the best depth of field and sharpness in your shot. Shooting at say f22 will in most cases reduce the sharpness in your image as you're not shooting in your lenses "sweet spot".
  3. Use manual focus in live view to obtain the best focus and sharpness in your photo. You can zoom in to do this, increase your exposure temporarily so you can see better especially if its a bit dark.
  4. Shoot in live view and also use the 2 second timer function (or a remote shutter release) to reduce camera movement.
  5. In saying all the above though, a good landscape photo can also be taken handheld, especially if the light allows. A key thing I do in this situation is to ensure your shutter is at least your focal length of your lens (prefer twice). This will give you a much better chance of achieving a sharp image with no blurring due to camera movement. An example of this would be: You are shooting with a zoom lens at 50mm. Your shutter speed should at least be 1/50th of a second or preferably higher, say 1/100th. With most cameras nowadays, a good way to do this in lower light might be to have your ISO set a bit higher, say 400 instead of 100. if your exposure is correct very little noise will be introduced by doing this.
  6. Composition is another key component. I like the "rule of thirds" where the image is divided into 9 sections (3x3). Place key parts of your scene along these lines. Another good composition method is to "balance" your photo. Imagine the centre of your photo is a pivot point like the centre of a seesaw, then compose your shot with "even weight" on each side.
  7. Use your histogram to set your exposure. Aim for no "spikes" on the left or right of the graph so you don't lose any detail in your image.
  8. For scenes where there is a high dynamic range or difference between dark and bright parts of your scene, use graduated landscape neutral density filters to balance the exposure. E.g. a graduated ND filter will have a dark section over the sky to reduce light in that section which allow more detail to be shown in your shadows.
  9. Look for things in your image that may cause blurring especially for long exposures when its windy. Things that move like tree branches can spoil the effect of your photos and create a distracting part of your image.
  10. Check your histogram after you have taken your shot and adjust settings and reshoot if required. Its too late to do that later on when at home or have moved from a location you may never come back to. Get it right while you have the chance.

 

Below is a photo I captured recently at sunrise using a graduated ND filter for the sky component. I was lucky for this shot that there was no wind. I would have chosen a different composition to eliminate the grass if it was windy.

Canon 6D Mk2, Canon EF24-70L f2.8

8secs, f11, ISO400.

KASE 0.9 3 stop graduated ND filter

 

Enjoy your shooting!

Send me a message if you are interested in a 1 on 1 landscape photography workshop where this will all be explained in detail and with your camera on a live shoot.

20180917-_MG_3563Townsville Sunrise

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) filters gradfilters Gradndfilters kasefilters landscape landscape photographer landscape photography landscape photography tips landscapefilters NDfilters Phil Copp Photos photographer photography photos Queensland tips Townsville Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/2/top-10-landscape-photography-tips Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:12:37 GMT
Photography Workshops https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/2/photography-workshops Hey photo lovers!

I have a range of photography workshops available from beginner camera workshops to an advanced landscape 1 on 1 workshop. I also conduct Adobe Lightroom 1 on 1 workshops for those wanting to know more about cataloguing and editing their photos.

During the North Queensland winter months I have workshops at Charters Towers and Hughenden where the landscapes and night skies are just sublime. I have also secured a boutique cattle station photography workshop on private property with some amazing photographic opportunities and also an insight into station life.

 

Here's a list of my current workshops:

General camera - for beginners

Landscape - introductory landscape with use of landscape photography filters

Astrophotography - Milky Way and the night sky

Charters Towers - landscape and astrophotography

Hughenden - landscape and astrophotography

Red Hill Station - landscape and astrophotography

Magnetic Island - tropical island getaway

Paluma - rainforest escape and waterfalls

 

1 on 1 Workshops

Advanced Landscape - includes capture and processing

Adobe Lightroom - how to get the most out of Lightroom

 

You can read more about them at the link below. I hope to see you on one of my photography workshops soon!

Phil Copp Photos - Photography Workshops
 

20180720-_MG_8996-Edit-3-Edit-Edit20180720-_MG_8996-Edit-3-Edit-EditOutback Queensland photo

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) astrophotography beginner photography course beginner photography workshop camera landscape landscape photographer landscape photography landscape photography workshop landscape photography workshops Magnetic Island North Queensland photography workshop North Queensland photography workshops photography photography workshops Queensland photography workshop Queensland photography workshops Townsville Townsville beginner photography course Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Townsville photography course Townsville photography courses Townsville photography workshop Townsville photography workshops workshop https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/2/photography-workshops Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:58:05 GMT
Townsville Floods - Jan/Feb 2019 https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/2/townsville-floods---jan/feb-2019 It's been an incredible last couple of weeks in Townsville and surrounds with record flooding and levels in the Ross River Dam and associated catchments.

Lots of people have been affected including some friends and photography colleagues. It will take some areas and people months to get back to normal. Special kudos to all the disaster management team and all emergency services and defence personnel who worked tirelessly during the events and continue to do so in recovery phases.

I didn't venture out too much during the event as it was recommended by authorities to stay off the roads and the last thing emergency services needed is photographers getting in the way. I did get out occasionally though when it was ok to do so and captured some photos around my local area including Ross River Dam. Most photos were captured with either my phone or GoPro as the continuous rain wasn't good for using my good camera.

Here's some of the photos I gathered including a trip out to Macrossan to see the Burdekin River in major flood with the river 4m over the road bridge there.

Ross River Dam

GOPR8376cGOPR8376c GOPR8386GOPR8386 20190201-_MG_856420190201-_MG_8564

20190205-DJI_033020190205-DJI_0330

Areas along the river between Riverway and the dam.

20190203_14235120190203_142351 20190203_15081320190203_150813 20190203-DJI_032220190203-DJI_0322 20190204_14323220190204_143232 20190205-GOPR851120190205-GOPR8511DCIM\102GOPRO\GOPR8511.JPG

The Burdekin River at Macrossan, approx 100kms west of Townsville.

20190206-_MG_034620190206-_MG_0346 20190206-_MG_032320190206-_MG_0323 20190206-_MG_029220190206-_MG_0292 20190206-_MG_026320190206-_MG_0263 20190206-_MG_024920190206-_MG_0249

Areas to the south of Ross River Dam in the back areas of the catchment along the road to Woodstock. The water came up to approx 1km from the highway. The other wetland photo is Toonpan Lagoon where the Ross Dam overflows to if it gets to a certain level. From here it would flow into Majors Creek then into the Haughton River. If this ever happened it would be devastating for communities in that region including Giru.

20190206-_MG_857020190206-_MG_8570 20190206-_MG_858720190206-_MG_8587

One of the worst rain bands that caused serious local flooding and also massive inflows into the Ross River Dam catchment area.

Screenshot_20190203-103610_WeatherzoneScreenshot_20190203-103610_Weatherzone

One of the worst days with incredible 24 hour rainfall figures especially in the dam catchment and also the upper Bluewater area.

rainfall 30Jan19rainfall 30Jan19

Graph of the dam levels experienced. A record level of around 248% (with 100% equal to full storage or spillway level) with the previous record being back in 2009 at about 167%.

The dam is capable of holding levels of approx 380% (full capacity) before it flows out the back near Toonpan Lagoon.

ross dam levelsross dam levels

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) flood monsoon monsoon flooding rain rainfall rainfordays record flood townsville townsville flood 2019 townsvillefloods2019 wet season https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2019/2/townsville-floods---jan/feb-2019 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 06:32:49 GMT
Photography Competition Awards https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/11/photography-competition-awards The last week or so has been pretty big for photography competitions.

There are a number of competitions that are top shelf for both terms and conditions and also for scores and feedback on entered photos.

I enter these competitions mainly for improvement in my photography and editing technique. Creating emotion and a story in a photo is something that’s important and I want to work on both of those the most moving forward although technical components and composition of an image are always important and have to be spot on.

One thing to note with all these awards is that Gold/Silver/Bronze etc. does not represent 1,2,3 etc. It indicates that the photo achieved a set scoring level.

The first one I entered earlier on in the year (March) was the AIPP QLD Epson Professional Photography Awards (AIPP State Awards). I could only submit 3 images for this and was lucky to receive one awarded image, a Silver award. Below is my photo from this year taken at the Babinda Boulders.

2018 QLD Epson Professional Photography Awards - Silver2018 QLD Epson Professional Photography Awards - Silver

The next competition was the Epson International Pano Awards. Another great comp that gives feedback scores for your photos. I submitted 6 photos this year and was lucky to receive 2 awarded images, a silver and a Bronze award, an improvement on last year. I got a huge surprise with this one when checking the Top 50 entries in the Amateur landscape category to find my photo coming in at number 40!! I also found out my score for this image was only one point off being awarded Gold.

It’s definitely an honour to have one of my photos included in the top 50 of an acclaimed international competition!

Here are my two awarded photos:

2018 Epson International Pano Awards - Amateur - Silver & top 502018 Epson International Pano Awards - Amateur - Silver & top 50

2018 Epson International Pano Awards Amateur - Bronze2018 Epson International Pano Awards Amateur - Bronze

Following closely after the Pano Awards was the Focus Photography Awards which is an Australian competition also giving photos scores and a feedback comment for improvement. I was only eligible to enter the Open category of this comp due to my AIPP membership status so I knew results would be very hard to come by in amongst some of the best Australian photographers.

Of the 10 photos I submitted, I managed to receive 2x silver awards and 4x bronze awards. I'm pretty happy with the conversion rate!

Interestingly, most of my high scoring photos recently have been aerials which I love capturing. I love the abstract feel that aerials produce.

See down below for my awarded photos from the Focus Awards:

Another competition that is very highly regarded (and probably out of my league) is the International Landscape Photographer which closes end of Nov. I might enter a few of my aerials and see how they go given my recent results. Fingers crossed J

Focus Awards 2018 - Open - Salt Flats aerial L - SilverFocus Awards 2018 - Open - Salt Flats aerial L - Silver Focus Awards 2018 - Open - Salt Flats aerial P - SilverFocus Awards 2018 - Open - Salt Flats aerial P - Silver Focus Awards 2018 - Open - Salt Flats sunrise - BronzeFocus Awards 2018 - Open - Salt Flats sunrise - Bronze Focus Awards 2018 - Open - Dune BW - BronzeFocus Awards 2018 - Open - Dune BW - Bronze Focus Awards 2018 - Open - Dune Corr Iron - BronzeFocus Awards 2018 - Open - Dune Corr Iron - Bronze Focus Awards 2018 - Open - Carcoory Trails - BronzeFocus Awards 2018 - Open - Carcoory Trails - Bronze

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) aipp aipp professional photographer awards bronze competitions epson focus pano panorama photographer photography professional photographer queensland silver townsville landscape photographer townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/11/photography-competition-awards Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:17:29 GMT
Running River https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/11/running-river Finally got to go camping on a trip a mate and I had been planning for ages, to head up to Running River west of Paluma in North Queensland. 

Its an awesome place with rolling hills, epic gorges and paperbark lined swimming holes.

Our camp was along a stretch of the river we knew about and had stayed before. The main purpose of staying here was it faces due west and we wanted to catch the milky way on its last throes for the season. The cloud forecast was favorable and we lucked out with clear skies for the hour window we had before the milky way set in the west.

Here's a selection of photos I captured for the trip including an epic drone flight over one of the gorges.

20181103-_MG_538520181103-_MG_5385

20181103-_MG_537520181103-_MG_5375

20181103-_MG_5427-Edit20181103-_MG_5427-Edit

20181104-_MG_548120181104-_MG_5481 20181104-_MG_552120181104-_MG_5521 20181104-DJI_018220181104-DJI_0182

 

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) camping gorge milky way outback Paluma river running river Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/11/running-river Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:54:44 GMT
My Gear https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/10/my-gear Thought I would do a post on what gear I use. I think its always interesting for a lot of people.

20181029-20181029_15595520181029-20181029_155955My Gear

If its not obvious from the photo, I am a staunch loyal Canon user and supporter. I have been using their cameras for over 30 years and have always loved them.

Here's a list of what I currently have and use.

Cameras

Canon 5DSR - Full Frame, 50mp Amazing quality and detail from this camera. I have done large wallpaper projects with photos from this camera.

Canon 6D Mkii - Full Frame, 26mp My go to camera of late and very underrated. Love the high ISO usability (have taken clean shots at 16000ISO), the flip screen, advanced focusing and also the in camera time lapse function is a ripper, capturing up to 4k TL videos although I usually just use FHD. The best thing about this function is that it meters the shot for each frame, so its great for night to day videos and vice versa where the light is changing quickly.

Canon 6D - Full Frame, 24mp (not shown in photo). Don't use it much nowadays but a good spare.

Go Pro Hero 5. Dont use this a real lot either, but its good when you need to go light and waterproof! It takes great stills and video.

 

Lenses

Canon EF16-35L f4 Beautiful sharp wide angle lens.

Canon EF24-70L f2.8ii This is always on my camera, amazing image quality and sharpness.

Canon EF24-105L f4 (don't use this a lot now, it stays on 6D as a backup and I always have it with me even when I don't have my other kit).

Canon EF70-200L f2.8ii Easily my go to lens for amazing image quality and sharpness.

Samyang 14mm f2.8 My only non Canon lens and I only use it for astrophotography, its a cracker!

 

Other Gear

Vanguard 283AT tripod and ballhead GH-300T. This tripod is rock solid and I know I can rely on it in any conditions to keep my camera still. See my landscape photography tips blog post about this.

Sirui T-1205X carbon tripod. I only use this for travelling/hiking when its too hard to carry my big tripod. Being carbon, its super light and folds up nice and small. Sirui make awesome tripods and I highly recommend them.

Canon 430EXIII speedlites. Fantastic lightweight flashes that are easy to use. Don't think they are under gunned though, these guys still have a good punch, recycle quickly and have good battery life. At the moment I'm using the RT version to trigger a Yongnuo receiver but am moving to a full Canon system soon (another 430EXII-RT).

Landscape Photography Filters.

 

That's about it for now, if you have any questions, flick me a message or email and I will be happy to answer or help.

If you are interested in a landscape or camera workshop to better understand your camera or how to shoot awesome landscape photos, get in touch.

Cheers till next time and happy shooting!

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) 5DSR 6DMk2 6DMkii Canon Canon Australia Canon DSLR Canon EF lenses Canon full frame Canon lenses gear gearporn landscape filters landscape photography filters photography photography equipment photography gear Sirui Sirui tripods Townsville landscape photographer Townsville photographer Vanguard Vanguard tripods https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/10/my-gear Mon, 29 Oct 2018 07:11:30 GMT
NISI Drone Filters https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/4/new-blog So, here goes for my first blog post....

For my first topic, I thought I would just talk about the new NISI drone filters I have just received.

2018-04-19 17.34.162018-04-19 17.34.16

I have been meaning to get some of these for a while now and finally bit the bullet and ordered them so hopefully they will improve the photos and video I capture from my drone.

I think the main one I will use will be the CPL which is a circular polarizer filter used to take the glare of reflective surfaces. It polarizes light only from a certain direction so it has to be orientated correctly when fitted. The main advantage is for shots with water in them, reducing the glare from the water and allowing you to see into the water giving a much better effect and look to your photos. A CPL usually reduces light by about 1.5 stops so does reduce your shutter speed slightly, but in good sunny conditions (when a CPL is best utilized) a fast shutter speed should be able to be maintained which is important for sharp photos from the drone, especially when its windy.

The ND (neutral density) filters I will use only for video to maintain a slower video shutter speed which gives a more cinematic view to video. Using a dark ND filter for photos can reduce your shutter speed significantly causing sharpness issues with your photos, especially in lower light conditions.

More to come soon, hopefully with some before and after shots to show the effect of the CPL. Stay tuned!

]]>
phil@philcoppphotos.com (Phil Copp Photos) cpl drone filters neutral density nisi https://www.philcoppphotos.com/blog/2018/4/new-blog Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:59:20 GMT