Stephen Williams Photography

Equipment

 

Camera:

Canon 40D

Shutter release cable

 

Version 2 for me as the first one I got took a swim in the stunning water of Esperance. At least it went in a nice location! This is the second body I’ve used after using an Olympus E-300 for my first few years.The 40D is a nice improvement though, and image quality has definitely improved. The shutter release cable is to enable firing of the camera with minor camera shake- improving sharpness as a result.

 

Lenses:

18-45mm kit lens

70-300mm kit lens

12-24mm Tokina

 

I still use kit lenses, despite the topic repeatedly coming up on the internet that you must use the quickest, sharpest, best.... most expensive lenses you can get. I find that what I have works very well for me. If you know your camera and how to get the most out of it you can still get great images out of it.

 

Filters:

Hoya Polariser

Lee Neutral Density Grads

 

Pretty much a necessity in landscape photography. The polariser helps with contrast, especially when blues are involved. It is also crucial when dealing with water and reflections. It can be used to increase or decrease the intensity of the reflection.

 

The ND Grads are simply a bit of glass held in front of the lens- this is neutral grey, and cuts out light gradually over the lens. From the middle being thin, to the top being more solid. This is crucial when the sky is much lighter then the ground and foreground interest, so using the filter a much more even and balanced image can be taken and the foreground and sky are close together in brightness. This is much more pleasing then having a black foreground or a white sky due to the camera not being able to handle the difference.

 

Tripod:

Manfrotto

 

Computer:

Apple Mac

 

Software:

Aperture 2

Photoshop CS1

 

I shoot solely in RAW. RAW is a file type, that allows the camera to capture the full image details in colour etc. Unlike jpg files, RAW files require slight processing- with contrast, saturation, sharpness needing to be added into the file manually. This is not enhancement or modification- it is merely sweetening the image for printing, no different to the processing in a dark room. I do all of this in Aperture, with only the smallest adjustments being done to still keep the natural feel of the image. If any colour adjustments are done it’s usually bringing the colours back a bit as they ended up too strong for my liking. Aperture is also my filing and cataloguing system making it easy to locate my images down the track.

 

Photoshop is used to reduce image size and resolution, and also add a watermark ready for web use.

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