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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
Life on the move To get a great shot you do need the right equipment -- but that doesn't have to mean high-tech, expensive camera gear. There are some good compact cameras on the market, but most models don't have viewfinders -- you have to use the LCD screen to compose the picture and in bright sunlight, the screen is hard to see. Compacts can also be fiddly to attach to a tripod. A better option and a good set-up for basic landscape photography is a 10-megapixel digital SLR with an 18-135mm lens. As well, you need to be prepared to stay at a location until the light is right -- after all, light is the only thing you are photographing. Ask yourself -- where is the light coming from? How is it falling on the subject? What colour is it? So forget about fancy filters and a bag full of lenses and think a flask of coffee, some sandwiches and a good book. (Bananas and cashew nuts always work for me.) There are some accessories I never leave home without -- they include a tripod, a good quality map showing 4WD trails and my camera manual. Moder n cameras have extensive menus and although I spend a fair bit of time getting familiar with each new camera, there's always some setting that I just can't remember. The tripod can be the difference between a good shot and a great one. An inexpensive camera on a sturdy tripod, particularly in low light, will often produce a better result than a hand-held image using whiz-bang equipment. I also pack an umbrella and lens cloth (both come in handy shooting waterfalls), spare batteries and extra memory cards. I also take my laptop so I can check the images and back them up on the computer as I go. A 4WD helps if you plan to get off the main roads but there are other fabulous locations to photograph, sometimes within metres of a parking area. Think of Dove Lake -- some of the best images of Cradle Mountain are taken a few steps away from the photographer's car! Brian Dullaghan is a landscape photographer, video producer, musician and published author. www.briandullaghan.com You should consider whether the product is right for you and read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decisions about Tasplan. Please call 1800 005 166 to obtain a copy of the Tasplan PDS. Tasplan Ltd: ABN 13 009 563 062, AFS Licence No. 235391, RSE Licence No. L0000680. Tasplan Super: RSE No. R1000924. Call 1800 005 166 today. Tassie's largest profits-to-members industry super fund. ...your natural choice for super in Tasmania. 81919 Tasplan... 25 August / September 2010 October / November 09
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