Click Techniques on Channel Nines Extra

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Photo Kiosks in Camera stores story - 2nd March 2006

Ray was asked to be an advisor and help for Channel Nines Extra for a story on Photo Kiosks and their benefits and ease of use. Ray helped Lisa Honeywill with the story in Bentleys Camera House at Chermside.

Ray and Lisa went through how to load files select images and edit or correct them with the final result being quite a lovely picture.

Click Techniques DVD availalble or purchase online now by clicking here.

The story went to air on the 2nd of March 2006.

If you've made the switch from an old style camera to the new digital technology you'll know there are many benefits.. particularly being able to view your snaps instantly.

But one downside of the digital revolution is that fewer photos are being printed for keepsakes. For our story we looked at different do-it-yourself kiosks and compared service, price and quality.

Click Techniques featured on Extra - 29th November 2005

On the 29th of November Click Techniques was featured on Channel Nines Extra. Belinda Burrows came out to the office of Ray and Lystra and then the Crew, including Rod Coates, went out to Newfarm Park to finish the story.

Below is the story from the Extra Website.

Ever looked at someone else's great holiday photos and wished yours were better quality and composition? Well now they can be.

Two professional photographers have released a DVD, so you can have a snap happy holiday season.

And as Belinda Burrows discovered, it's easy to take great photos, when you learn, step by step.

When it comes to taking photos, mum Wendy Flanigan admits she's pretty ordinary. “I just don't get the composition right and the lighting is like the child's in the dark and it's all bright around them. I just don't get it.”

“If you understand the basic principles, it's not really rocket science.” Ray and Lystra Bisschop are professional photographers and reckon everyone can take great photos.

All you need to do is to learn the basics, which is why they've released a how-to DVD. “It's basically a DVD to use the camera equipment you've got to its best ability.” Their DVD covers all angles of photography, from framing to how to take landscapes and portraits. And instead of bogging you down with technical jargon, it focuses on the end result - the shot you want and how you achieve it. “The thing is just to experiment. Try different perspectives - try up high, try a low vantage point. Don't just stand there and put the camera in front of your face.”

Which brings us back to our farcical photographer, Wendy. First lesson - photographing people. “First we're going to take a posed photo of your daughters. So how about you set them up and see what kind of shot you take. OK, girls, stand in front of the tree - beautiful smile. Alright, that's a pretty good shot but it's a little boring - it's a bit more like a school photo. How about we arrange them just a little bit differently? Can we get some of you over that side of the tree? Yep, maybe swing off the tree a little bit there. Just look really relaxed.”

Lystra's also got Wendy to zoom in so she captures the girls' faces. Next challenge - framing. “We're going to talk composition now, so why don't you line the girls up in front of the playground here and take your shot. OK, hop in front of the swings, girls. Let's have a look at that. Now notice the piece of equipment that's kind of sticking out of her head? Oh, yeah. How about we get the girls... Girls, can you shuffle that way a little bit? Nice. How about you take that shot.”

So Wendy's mastered taking shots of people - now it's on to landscapes with Ray. “OK, we've got a beautiful landscape here - show me what you'd take a photo of. Oh, well, the rotunda there is looking good but the flowers are beautiful, so just for everything. OK, now, the problem with that is, is we've got such a wide shot. It's got the grey clouds in the sky, which look a little flat today, so we'll crop in a bit, cut out the bad things, get the nice flowers in the foreground - as you said, beautiful - and that would be a better shot. OK, no worries.”

And when it comes to taking a photo of a flower, Wendy says she takes it from overhead and gets in as close as the focus allows. Ray, on the other hand: “I'd take the photo by getting in nice and low and using my macro setting. It's a setting most digital cameras have and takes sharper close-ups.”

So apart from those simple tips, our photographers recommend: Using a tripod to avoid camera movement. Taking photos in the first two and last two hours of the day when the light is soft. Placing the horizon in the top or bottom third of the shot instead of cutting the photo in half. Avoiding putting people in the sun during the middle of the day and if they have harsh shadows on their faces. “If they're squinting and you can't see their eyes it's just not going to work anyway. Turn them away from the sun so the sun's at their back and use your fill flash.”

‘Click Techniques' DVD costs around $50 and is available over the Internet or from Photo Continental. So learn the basics like Wendy and you too can be taking photos like the professionals.

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