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Technology is your friend

Technology is your friend

Most of us have different friends who fulfil different roles in our life – we don’t ask everything of one friend. And with some friends, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. That’s about as far as I want to go with the “technology is your friend” analogy… but my point is, […]


The Hipsta look is not for everyone

The Hipsta look is not for everyone

…but you’re not everyone, are you? 🙂 Lately I’ve been having a blast with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone. And I’m not the only one. This thing has become quite a craze amongst photographers, amateur and professional, all over the world. For me, it all started a few months ago, when a friend gave […]


That didn’t hurt a bit!

That didn’t hurt a bit!

So, I had been using CMSimple as the platform for the smartshots website for several years. It pretty much does what it promises, i.e. it’s a simple content management system – and although it has served me well, it was a little rudimentary for where I wanted to go with the site. Well, a lot […]


Insert Lame Pun Here

Insert Lame Pun Here

OK, I guess we should pick this thing up where we left off… Since I haven’t written a post here since September, I thought I’d thought I start off with something different, and not force you to endure one of my silly puns as the post title. I won’t mix things up too much, though – […]


Never lie to an x-ray technician

Never lie to an x-ray technician

Never lie to an x-ray technician… they can see right through you. As you can see, I thought it was about time I revived the lame jokes… I actually considered recycling a couple I’ve used before, they were that bad. Anyway, enough of that nonsense… on with the photography stuff. I just wanted to tell […]


Life is like riding a bicycle

Life is like riding a bicycle

Albert Einstein is reported to have said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”. Not one to turn down the advice of someone of Einstein’s intellect, I’ve decided to move Smartshots WHQ (World Headquarters) once again. WHQ in Richmond has served me well for two years, but a […]


The best summer holidays in the world ever

The best summer holidays in the world ever

Well, the last week of January is here, so you’re probably back at work by now, doing stuff like this: 2007 I thought it would be a good time to reflect on 2007, talk about a few nice things that happened over the holidays, and start thinking about how you and I can have a […]


Hot news: Picture tells way more words than previously thought!

Hot news: Picture tells way more words than previously thought!

We’ve all heard the old adage that “a picture tells a thousand words”. And of course it’s one that we photographers in particular love. But it turns out that far from telling a measly 1,000 words, a picture tells nearly eighty thousand! How do I know this? Small Business Marketing blogger John Jantsch of Duct […]


PR photography

PR photography

PR shoots are fun. The challenge often is getting a newsworthy story out of something which doesn’t initially appear to be that exciting. On Monday afternoon I did this shoot at an old house which has just been thoroughly renovated, with careful attention to energy and water saving features. To add to the fun, construction […]


Welcome back; and building facade number 943

Welcome back; and building facade number 943

Oh – hello again! You know… I’ve been meaning to ‘revive’ this blog from it’s dormant state for a long time now (like, 5 months), and I’ve been agonizing for the last little while about how I’m gonna start it up again and get you up to date with all the interesting shoots I’ve been […]


Group photo – "Who Blinked?!"

Group photo – "Who Blinked?!"

Until digital cameras and Photoshop came along, ‘blinks’ were the scourge of the group photograph. Nowadays, if you’ve taken a few captures of a group, it is possible to ‘fix’ blinks by playing plastic surgeon and replacing someone’s closed eyes in one picture with (the same person’s) open eyes from another. The problem with this […]


"My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents."

"My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents."

This post on Seth Godin’s blog about honesty immediately reminded me of George’s famous pick up line from the classic Seinfeld episode, “The Opposite” 🙂


…at least I can laugh about it

…at least I can laugh about it

To ‘celebrate’ the fact that this is the first post in five months, I added an entry for blogfade to Urban Dictionary (it may take a while to appear while it is being reviewed by humans). So what’s news? Well, the main news is that we have moved to new World Headquarters (mwuahahahaha). For just […]


Lights, camera, FIRE!

Lights, camera, FIRE!

In an unfortunate bit of PR, HP have recalled their Photosmart R707 Digital Camera because of a fire hazard. According to the recall document, “The digital camera can cause certain non-rechargeable batteries… to overheat when the camera is connected to an AC adapter or docking station, posing a fire hazard.” I’m pleased to announce that […]


Cover of Australian Anthill #16

Cover of Australian Anthill #16

Just got my issue of Australian Anthill #16 in the mail today. This is about my fifth (sixth?) cover for them and the novelty hasn’t worn off at all 🙂 Technorati Tags: Photography, Commercial Photography, Magazine Photographer, Cover shoot


Build muscle by osmosis?

Build muscle by osmosis?

Build muscles by osmosis? I wish. On Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing fitness champs Monica Wright and Matt Thom, as well as Kerry, an instructor from their gym (Fitness Kick Flemington). Competitive fitness is an interesting sport – and the effect on practitioners’ bodies is a lot more useful (and […]


Why I love being a corporate photographer

Why I love being a corporate photographer

The Gulf Times reports that ten people were injured during an Israeli protest rally, including an AFP photographer who was shot in the hand with a rubber bullet. Obvioulsy news/war photography would be extremely rewarding – or at least an incredible adrenalin rush at times, but I’ll stick to my corporate photography gig, thanks. Photographing […]


Photographer Melbourne

Photographer Melbourne

Brunetti One of the funnest things (yes, I know ‘funnest’ isn’t a word, I’m just writing the way I speak, OK?) about being a Melbourne photographer is, well, being a Melbourne Photographer. What the? No, really. I get to see a huge variety of bits of Melbourne – from abbatoirs to Collins Street offices – […]


How to get a job as a photographer’s assistant

How to get a job as a photographer’s assistant

I get a fair few e-mails from people asking about how to get into the photography business. I got this one recently and thought that since I went to the trouble to write a proper answer, I may as well share it with the world: —- I have recently become crazy about photography, I have […]


I’m on the telly!

I’m on the telly!

I’m on the telly! Well, not me, personally… but my friend and client James Tuckerman, founder and publisher of Australian Anthill magazine. So that’s almost as good. There is a transcript on the ABC Inside Business page and the little video clip is at the bottom of the page. Check it out! Technorati Tags: Australian […]


BDO at Dusk

BDO at Dusk

BDO A day in the life of a Melbourne photographer, part 2… The Melbourne offices of ‘Big Five’ accountants/advisors BDO. There’s only a small window of opportunity for shooting at dusk; too early, and the sky is too light, too late, and everything is too dark! So it’s important to plan your shot in advance. […]


Auctioneers

Auctioneers

Auctioneers A day in the life of a Melbourne photographer, part 1… Auctioneering involves a lot of showmanship – so photographing these guys was a lot of fun (even at eight o’clock in the morning)! Technorati Tags: photography, commercial photography, professional photography, people photography, auctioneers


Winter – A great time to shoot building exteriors

Winter – A great time to shoot building exteriors

I know it’s not winter yet, but boy are we getting some cold nights in Melbourne! Which got me thinking – now is a good time to start planning to any photography of building exteriors you may have been putting off. What’s so good about photographing buildings in winter? Here are three: Foliage – there’s […]


Two weeks to shoot an ice cream?

Two weeks to shoot an ice cream?

My clients are often surprised at how long it takes to photograph simple environmental portraits – for example, company staff at their workplace. “All this for one shot”?, they ask. But spare a thought for Cincinnati food photographer Teri Campbell and his clients. According to an article in the Cincinnati Business Courier, they may be […]