So everyone we thought it was about time to cover the exciting world of drone photography.
This great drone image was taken by our recent Diploma of Digital Photography graduate David Pethick. Read on for David’s wonderful description of the equipment and processes he used in capturing this inspiring image.
This image was taken using a DJI Mavic Pro with an inbuilt 4K camera. With the ability to shoot in RAW and ability to manage the settings whilst in flight at the touch of a few buttons. A ND4 filter attached helped soften the light. Although this is more designed to take video footage I still aim to take a few snaps for a quick share with friends, with footage being automatically synced to the phone. The skill to be able to organise the rig and know when and how to fly are skills that are required especially in coastal conditions where the wind can be quite strong, which was the case at the time of capturing this image. With enough fear of flying a drone above water driving me to push the boundaries and having real time relaying of information to my phone, constantly checking the drone position and identifying potential problems within the air it is considered an art to capture beautiful images. With so many considerations including determining a landing when issues might occur such as strong wind directing the drone off course, legal requirements from take-off to landing, considerations of people around and battery life, what might seem quite simple has the potential to be highly problematic.
As part of a what is becoming a more accessible form of photography Ariel photography adds another dimension of perspective and excitement. This image has created a level of compositional blending of nature and manmade features with the bridge and the natural rock formations at Canal Rocks, in Western Australia’s South West Region. The almost stillness of the rocks and coral to the left-hand side of the image. With the centre section taken up with the choppy pushing of water through the narrow channel and with careful inspection, after playing some ‘Where’s Wally’ the size of the people from a bird’s-eye view provide an indication how large this area is. The gentle casting of shadows from the afternoon sun as the rocks reflect subtle browns, white and yellows from the afternoon sun. The bridge shadows add extra detail to the image with the wooden upright slats form a small and delicate pattern. The hurrying ripples and white wash on the right third of the landscape styled image shows off the dark and stormy looking colour of the water creating distinction between that on the opposite side of the image. This type of image is diverse from the rest of the other submitted portfolio that aims in providing a strong sense of magnificence, trepidation and sense of an exhilarating thrill for the viewer gazing straight down from a considerable height.
Great job David and thanks for letting us share your image.
A big congratulations to recent photography graduate David Pethick on winning the People’s Choice award in The Bell Tower 7th Annual Photographic Competition.
David did some great work while completing his Diploma of Digital Photography course with us and we are very happy for him to get some recognition for his work.
if you would like to see the competition gallery then here it is – https://www.thebelltower.com.au/photo-competition-2017/
Our students and graduates never cease to amaze us. We have graduates carving out great photography careers in areas such as motorsport, fashion, weddings, travel, newspapers and the list goes on. So well done to all of you and for those still studying the sky is the limit.
We love to see our students doing well and reaching their goals.
Well done David.
Camera exposure is one element a true photographer uses to create an image that tells a story. An image needs to command a second look, to make you feel something, to make you wonder where it was taken, what happened, to make you want to know more, go there or wish you were there. By taking creative control, the photographer can control and dictate how the image will look and feel.
Here is a great example taken by Diploma of Digital Photography student, Lynne Broughton. Lynne was going for a minimalist look, making the jetty the singular object of attention with no distractions, not even the rippling of the water. She had achieved this by overexposing the image.
Great job Lynne, and thank you for allowing us to share your image.
If you see yourself taking stunning images like this then Enrol Now and we will teach you just how to do this and so much more.
If you are into street art and urban photography, Toowoomba in South East Queensland is a great place to explore. Grab your camera, hat and a water bottle and head off on foot through the city centre. First stop is the Tourist Info Centre to grab a map so you don’t miss anything. Hidden down alleyways and back laneways you will find some quirky stores, boutique coffee shops, funky food outlets and some great street art wall murals.
This one called “Urban Birds” as photographed by Diploma of Digital Photography Student Andrea Brown.
Great job Andrea with both the shoot and editing the final touches, and thanks for allowing us to share your image.
One of the many things that makes Online Camera Ed so different and better than our competition is that we offer elective subjects in our Diploma of Digital Photography course. What this means is that two of the twelve modules are selected by the student based on their interests. If you want to know more about this then read on and click the following hyperlinked text – ELECTIVE INFORMATION
So what are you waiting for, study photography with us now and become one of the Online Camera Ed family.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE WINNER
It gives me heaps of pleasure to announce our free photography course winner.
The lucky student is Kara Fullerton from NSW and she was overjoyed when we contacted her to break the good news.
We have refunded Kara her entire course fee.
To everyone who enrolled but missed out, don’t feel too bad as you have enrolled in our great courses and you will reap the benefits many times over with what you learn.
So once again congratulations Kara and thanks everyone else who was part of this competition.
Have a great evening everyone.
Online Camera Ed
A great example of nature photography here by our Diploma of Digital Photography student Frank McKernan.
The Tawny Frogmouths in this image are simply quite spectacular.
Frank has been able to capture the recently born baby with Mum. A great demonstration of the wonders of nature and the joy of capturing it with your camera.
This quality image has been aided by some great setting choices to give beautiful clarity in the front of the image with a nice depth of field.
Great job Frank and thanks for letting us share your image.
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CAPE LEVEQUE IMAGES
Do a quick Google search and you will find no shortage of beautiful Cape Leveque images.
This great shot capturing some lovely reflection in the sand and water was taken by our Diploma of Digital Photography student Claire Bailey.
Cape Leveque lies at the end of what used to be one of the roughest roads in the Kimberley, on the very tip of the Dampier Peninsula which is north of Broome in Western Australia.
This is a truly rugged, remote and beautiful part of the country to visit. definitely put this area on your bucket list of must do visits.
Thanks for allowing us to share your great image Claire.
Don’t you think that waterfall images just shout peace and tranquility? Unless of course you are in North Queensland during the wet season and then they are anything but peaceful when they turn into raging torrents of water.
On this occasion however, our Diploma of Digital Photography student Marcus Bird has done a great job with this wonderful, calm, relaxed image.
Using the rule of thirds, Marcus has balanced this image perfectly. The panorama shape and the angle of the light makes this one a winner.
To use a rather famous line, ah the serenity.
Great job Marcus and thanks for letting us share your image.
The flexibility of our Diploma of Digital Photography course especially our great elective subjects gives student’s the ability to choose subjects for tasks and assignments that appeal to their individual interests and reflection photography is the genre used here. That way, you are tailoring what you are learning to your areas of interest, keeping it fun and making the most of every learning experience. Online Camera Ed student Penny Halleen has done this with her reflection task in Module 5.
Linking my photography to things that are special in my life, I decided to incorporate my camellia bush which is flush with magnificent red blooms and surrounded at its base with the remains of the blossoms that fell last week as a result of a storm. Initially, it was my intention to use a round mirror to capture the reflection I was seeking but as I did not have one that was suitable I experimented with a round gold lid of a jar of hand lotion. It worked a treat!!! I placed the container in the discarded blossoms under the bush and heaped them up to the edge to disguise the white sides of the container and just left the lid exposed. The lid was strategically placed under red blossoms which reflected beautifully.
We think Penny has done a great job and we appreciate that she has allowed us to share here great work. Thanks Penny.
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GOLDEN HOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
The term golden hour photography or magic hour is a period of time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when the daylight is soft and even with a warmer colour temperature.
During this time the sun is lower in the sky and the light produced is softer and better diffused and is a lot better when compared to shooting in the harsh midday sun.
It is an ideal time to capture great images like this one from our Diploma of Digital Photography student Iain Hay. Great job Iain and thanks for letting us share your image.