Welcome to the michaels Photographic Blog - we will be posting a range of content for your enjoyment including photographer profiles, product reviews and demonstrations and interesting finds from the world of photography.
It was 2004 and I was preparing to go away on a trip to Papua New Guinea to traverse the Kokoda Track when I went shopping for my first digital camera. Being an outer-eastern suburbanite, I visited Kirk's Camera Supply in Ringwood to search for one. The choice was a difficult one, 2004 being the awkward crossover between digital and 35mm cameras. While digital compacts were quickly becoming the norm, digital SLRs were big, expensive and out of my reach...
I instead opted for an Olympus C-725, a 3.2 megapixel, 8x optical zoom compact camera. Accessories included a nice little Lowepro bag, NiMH rechargable AA batteries, a few lithium AAs and a couple of 256mb Olympus XD cards. The memory cards were the most expensive component of the purchase next to the camera! Thankfully the C-725 replaced a previous model that had used the dreaded SmartMedia cards for image storage.
You may have heard the estimate that there are more photographs taken every two minutes today than were taken throughout the entirety of the 19th century. Given the immense numbers we're talking here, and the opaque social media organisations through which these images often pass, it's hard to get a grasp of the numbers of photos floating around.
For some, Facebook has become the 21st century brag book, a place where images of events, holidays and cats can be easily shared with your friends and the world. Worryingly, social media services are also becoming the only point of backup for people's photographs. Given the ephemeral nature of the online environment, this should be actively avoided by both enthusiast photographers and casual shooters.
The michaels photo lab is where a precise combination of chemistry, machinery and human expertise work in harmony to fix the shadows on strips and sheets of light-sensitive emulsions in a modern refinement of a process first undertaken in the mid-19th century. There’s a sort of magic in the air a couple of floors up from the main counter at michaels. Well, if you call a curious and unmistakable air of chemistry and machinery magic. It’s a mix no old photographic hand could dare forget: the air of the photo lab...
In August 2011 two long-standing michaels team members Tom Kinkel and Owen Maroney were invited to attend the prestigious Leica Akademie in Solms, Germany. Tom and Owen joined an Australian and New Zealand group who were taken on an exclusive tour of the Leica factory in Solms, along with presentations from the various Leica optics divisions as well as a hands-on workshop at the Leica Akademie. This was a great honour for Tom and Owen to vastly increase their already strong Leica knowledge, and to share this with the rest of the michaels team to reinforce our position as the ultimate source of Leica equipment and advice in Australia...
Welcome to Part 5 in the michaels Interview Sessions! Today's interview shines a spotlight on Paul Jeffers, a photographer with a diverse and colourful photographic background.
Paul has worked in New York and London in recent years but is currently based in Melbourne. He is specialising in news and current affairs, multimedia features, corporate and portrait imagery. A highly accomplished photographer, Paul's editorial work has appeared in publications such as The Times London, The Sun, The Guardian, The Sunday Age, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
We get together to discuss his passion for photography and story telling, the importance of immersing oneself in the industry to both network and develop friendships, the impact of significant mentors in his journey, and tools Paul relies upon to get the job done...
Help re-unite a Camera Found at the Bottom of the Hawksbury River with its Owner!
Adam Biro, a Fairfield East fisherman has stumbled across a lost camera while fishing one of Australia's largest river in NSW. The Panasonic Tough Lumix FT10 has spent an entire week at the bottom of the Hawkesbury river submerged beneath 10 meters of murky water.
This camera has lived up to it's 'Tough' reputation as testing revealed the camera to still be in working order! As a result Adam, in conjuncture with Panasonic is seeking to re-unite the camera with it's rightful owner.
Click the title for the rest of the story including Youtube footage and a Flickr gallery.
A few nights ago on SBS Insight (October 25th, 2011) a discussion took place around the very topical issue of protecting the privacy of the individual in public spaces. The federal government is currently looking at whether to introduce legislation that will make it possible to sue someone for a serious invasion of one’s privacy. But this is a highly complex issue and drawing the proverbial line will surely prove extremely challenging.
The discussion as it relates to photography in public involves everyone and we are likely to see a divide between photographers and the general public as we seek to find balance between ones complete and total ownership of their image and an artist's right to self-expression....
Welcome to Week 4 in the michaels Interview Sessions! Today we talk to another Melbourne-based Photographer, Charlie Payne. Charlie is dedicated to his passion as he splits his time between working in Commercial photography shooting architecture, still life and fashion, and exploring his personal creative expression through portraiture, landscape and luminious photographic work.
Have no doubt we will be seeing much more from this young and talented up-and-coming photographer.
Welcome to Part 3 in the michaels Interview Sessions. Today we are speaking with Melbourne street photographer, designer and entrepreneur, William Watt. Will is certainly no stranger to us at michaels but it his diverse range of photographic and artistic activities which compelled us to engage Will for a more intimate conversation. Here’s how it went down…
Welcome to Part 2 in the michaels Interview Series. Today we are speaking with Melbourne based Portrait and Documentary Photographer Tom Goldner. Tom is an award-winning photographer who developed his skills in many areas within the photographic profession, but has found a true passion in Photojournalism.
After achieving head photographer position with one of Melbourne’s leading portrait studios and being regularly contracted to photograph at events in South East Asia over the past few years, Tom has since become affiliated with YGAP and is directly involved in fund raising for anti-trafficking work in Ghana.
Tom is leading the 'Photo For Freedom' project, which he explains in our discussion, and hopes this inaugural project will become his life's work. In 2011 Tom was announced as Runner up for the APPA Documentary Photographer of the year.