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Newsletter Sept 2017

Good morning  

Thank you all so much for the wonderful entries to the summer holiday vacation competition, there are some fantastic images and I will be going through them and announcing the winner soon!!! 

Bizarrely, photographing the Morning glory above made me think of a podcast I listened to recently.  It is of my favorite podcasts and comes from the BBC and is called The Infinite Monkey Cage..also bizarre!! It is always a humorous discussion on topical scientific matters.  This particular one discusses the comment that Elon Musk made last year about the probability of us living in a simulation and it had me falling about laughing!!!  I highly recommend it if you like that kind of thing :-).  But I couldn't help but think that our most incredible natural world could exist with that kind of beauty and be created through a simulation.  Here is the podcast in case you want to have a listen!!

This months latest and greatest is all about a smoking hot photo session I did a few weeks ago for an extended family that were celebrating their parents 50th wedding anniversary!!!  I just loved everything about this....especially how they managed to maintain their cool composure in close to 100 degree heat!! Phew!

The September special is all about getting organized with your family photo sessions during this month!!  Check out the offer below to see how you can benefit from taking advantage of early booking for your family.

Sun still a little bright? Sometimes it's almost impossible to see if you managed to capture a good image on your camera!  There is a little tool that helps with this that you can look at which gives you a very clear idea of if your image is over or underexposed.  Check out 'For the Photographer in You' section to find out more!

I chose our newly born Morning Glory flowers to share with you in my 'Little Ditty' section.  They are so new and perfect....a really gorgeous image of summer!

Finally enjoy September....stay cool and of course I would love to get your questions and comments from the newsletter and your cheers on Facebook and Instagram 😊

Thanks for reading,


~ Tracey xxx

Latest and Greatest

Thank you to this wonderful extended family for being such amazing models. Enduring a swift change of location and almost 100° heat they still managed to pull off an impressively cool and calm look to result in a beautiful family photo shoot.  Thanks so much for choosing me to be your photographer and I wish you a very happy 50th wedding anniversary!!!
September Special
Family Portrait Early Booking Special!!

Don't let this year run away with you for your family images!! How often do you get to November or even December and are spinning around to find photos that you can use for your holiday cards?? Here is your simple answer to avoiding this :-)...
All family portrait sessions scheduled in September will include a $25 print credit for any print product from the gallery, which will include holiday cards later in fall (session doesn't have to take place in September)

Just click on the image to find out more...
Offer Ends - 30th September 2017
Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

For the Photographer in You - A little useful tool that shouldn't be Intimidating!...The Histogram

I wanted to introduce you to one of the most useful and easy to use tools.  It is especially useful if it is difficult to see the LCD screen because of bright sunlight!! - The histogram.

The histogram is basically a graph of data in your image.  It represents all of the data that is stored in the image and you can interpret if an image is over or underexposed using this graph by looking at it very quickly.

In the three images below the first one is over exposed and you can see in the histogram (the graph to the  top right of the image)  that it is showing a red peak to the right of the chart this is missing data and you will not be able to get any information from this part of the image.

The second image is underexposed there is no image information on the right-hand side of the chart it is all to the left with a dark area is. This graph is telling you that you do not have anything in the image that is registering any data in the bright areas.  We can see this is true from looking at the image.

Finally the third image includes a combination of dark and bright and is correctly exposed.  The image includes elements of light and dark, but none that go too far into the over bright section on the right-hand side as it did in the first image.

This histogram Graph is also found on the back of digital SLR cameras and you can view it whilst you are also looking at an image.

Incidentally, all of the histograms in these images include data to the far left of the image, this is because there is an amount of black in each of the images...which in this case is intentional.  In some instances, you would want to avoid an exposure that results in a lot of the image data being both either to the left or the right of the histogram.

As always...enjoy your photography and do get in touch if you have any questions!!

Peaks of image data on the right hand side of the graph, indicating that part of the image is overexposed.
No image data on the right hand side of the graph indicating that there is nothing bright in this image.  
A balanced graph of data, with no significant data on the furthest right of the histogram.
Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - From Seed to Flower!

I can't say that I pride myself on my green fingers too often but I have to say these morning glory vines have brought a smile to my face. From seed to flower in a few are a few of my favorite images from the most perfect newly born flowers!!
Quote of the Month

Work work work???  - 

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit– are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.  You must understand that and strive for balance in your life." - Brian Dyson
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