Friday, October 28, 2011

Uncle Dick's Workshop - Friday 4

Every Friday at 10:00AM - we will be bringing you the sort of cutting-edge expertise that leaves ragged bits and sore fingers - Uncle Dick's Workshop. The advice is free - free from good sense in most instances....It really cranks up around the first of April.

Q:      Do you do weddings?
A:      No-one does weddings – the verb is “survive”.

Q:      Why are most professional cameras black? Is it to avoid attracting attention?
A:      Not at all – if professionals wished to avoid attracting attention they would dress better and stop holding award seminars. The manufacturers use black plastic because it is cheaper than coloured plastic. If orange peel was cheaper than plastic you would have a DSLR with a citrus smell.

Q:      Is photography art?
A:      No. Art is exhibiting porcelain urinals in major galleries and charging people $25 to look at them. In some cases they stand in line to look at them. You can do that in the loo for less.

Q:      Why is memory so cheap now?
A:      I forget.

Q:      Will a grey card give my images better colour?
A:      Yes. Put it in front of the lens until all you can see is grey. Your viewers will thank you.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Explore the Zoo with Canon and Darren Jew


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Three Masters

Mike Langford - Jackie Ranken - Nick Melidonis

The Ultimate Landscape, Travel and Fine Art Master Class
Monday March 19th 2012
9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Notre Dame University, Fremantle

Over the last decade, three photographers have dominated the 
AIPP ‘Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards’.

Husband and wife team Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken from New Zealand have each won it twice and Nick Melidonis three times. Mike Langford is also the current ‘Australian Professional Travel Photographer of the Year’ and Nick Melidonis was the runner-up.

With numerous other awards and achievements to their names, these three Master photographers will, for the first time, combine their expertise to provide an inspirational, fun and informative day at Notre Dame University that is not to be missed.

All three photographers have travelled extensively, capturing a vast range of landscapes, people and nature in some of the world’s most scenic locations. Each photographer will dissect samples of their signature images and explore their approach and elements of design in producing emotive images that connect with and engage the viewer.

Mike, Jackie and Nick are sought after professional educators and presenters with many years of sharing their depth of experience and knowledge. Participants will come away with inspiration,  fresh ideas and practical  solutions  to taking their photography to a new and more exciting level.

Topics and themes covered will include:
  • Essential elements for a successful landscape image
  • Translating what you feel in the field into a powerful image
  • The art of design, composition and working the light
  • Capturing a ‘sense of place’ in your travel images that connect with the viewer
  • Imagination rather than imitation
  • Finding inspiration
  • How we see versus what the camera captures
  • The art of fine art photography – how to make your images different and visually powerful.

Cost: $395, including morning and afternoon tea and light lunch

This is an AIPP Accredited Course worth 25 CPD Points
AIPP Members Seminar Cost After Discount: $316.00

Students Discount Price: $276.00

As this seminar will likely be popular, registrations will be accepted in the order received. To register for the seminar, please go to    

For further information, please ring Nick Melidonis on 0418 912156 or email:

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Uncle Dick's Workshop - Friday 3

Every Friday at 10:00AM - we will be bringing you the sort of cutting-edge expertise that leaves ragged bits and sore fingers - Uncle Dick's Workshop. The advice is free - free from good sense in most instances....It really cranks up around the first of April.

Q:      Why are medium format digital cameras so expensive?
A:      Because the sensors are knitted by hand.

Q:      Are second hand lenses from the pawn shop really good?
A:      The ones that still have glass in them can be fine....

Q:      Why are the inkjet prints from my home printer different from the image on the computer screen?
A:      Because the inkjet printer is a better artist than you.

Q:      Are on-line guarantees from Hong Kong worth anything?
A:      They are worth the paper they aren’t printed on.

Q:      How much should I pay for professional portrait photographs.
A:      Keep putting $ 50 bills into the photographer’s hand until they stop frowning and start smiling


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Leica Announce Special Edition D-Lux 5

The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium Special Edition – the camera for people who wish to capture their inspirations in a particularly stylish way. The limited edition unites quintessence of style with the refined elegance of a titanium-anodized finish. Its fast Leica lens (24 – 90 mm equivalent in 35 mm), manual setting options, and an extensive range of accessories provide the creative freedom you need.

The D-Lux 4 Titanium Special Edition was extremely popular and sold out very quickly.
There will only be a limited number of 120 D-Lux 5 Titanium Special Edition's available.
The camera has a RRP of $1,299.00.

Be sure not to miss out and Pre Order yours now for a November delivery!

For more info, click here.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

STOP PRESS! Canon 1D-X Announced

Canon Australia has today announced the new flagship model of the renowned EOS 1-series of digital SLR cameras for professional photographers: the Canon EOS-1D X. Superseding the EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III, the EOS-1D X is the ultimate tool for all professionals offering both exceptional image quality and unparalleled speed in one camera.

You can pre-book your order for this camera by contacting the staff at Camera Electronic on 08 9328-4405 or email


Join us on a Leica Afternoon, this Friday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Uncle Dick's Workshop - Friday 2

Every Friday at 10:00AM - we will be bringing you the sort of cutting-edge expertise that leaves ragged bits and sore fingers - Uncle Dick's Workshop. The advice is free - free from good sense in most instances....It really cranks up around the first of April.

Q:      Uncle Dick, I want to open a studio and become instantly famous. How do I get attention and publicity?
A:      Stage a siege in your street. Nothing attracts TV crews faster than a couple of .308 rounds into a pizza van.

Q:      Uncle Dick, why do I keep having to get my sensor cleaned?
A:      Beats me – I’ve always admired your picture of the ploughed field at seeding time taken with a variety of lenses.

Q:      Someone told me that I should shoot tethered. Is this a good idea.
A:      There are clubs for that sort of thing in the city....

Q:      Why won’t Facebook let me put up nude pictures?
A:      Wrong social network. Try Fecesbook.

Q:      Why do they continually chop and change sensor sizes and camera systems?
A:      Because old Kodak executives need something to do in retirement


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Canon Fisheye Lens now available for Hire!

Only a couple of weeks ago Canon announced the EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM, the world's first fisheye zoom lens to offer both 'circular' and 'full frame' images. And now you can use it any time too!

 This replacement for the EF 15mm F2.8 fisheye will produce circular images with a 180 degree angle of view when used at its widest setting on 35mm-format cameras such as the
EOS 5D Mark II, and images which cover the full sensor area at 15mm. It also incorporates marks at intermediate zoom positions denoting the widest settings which can be used on APS-C and APS-H format cameras to give full frame images without vignetting. The lens features weatherproof construction, including water-repellant Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements, and Canon's 'Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating' to minimize flare and ghosting.

The lens is available to hire from our extensive Rental equipment range for $88.00 per day including GST, and discounted rates for extended or weekend hires. 
Feel free to contact our Rental Department at 

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Canon Pro Services Membership Offer

All CPS Members now have the opportunity to purchase any Canon Professional EOS product* and get an additional 12 months CPS membership at no charge.

When any CPS member purchases qualifying product from Camera Electronic during the promotion period, they will get 12 months additional CPS membership free of charge. For non members who qualify for membership, they simply need to purchase a Canon professional EOS product* in the promotional period, purchase CPS membership (Gold or Silver) and they will get their first CPS membership renewal at no charge.  

Contact us for a copy of the “CPS - 12 Months Free Membership Offer” terms and conditions, a promotional flyer for your convenience, or the latest CPS newsletter which also includes this offer. This information can also be found at the Canon professional web page including qualifying products. The CPS membership application and CPS benefits can be found here -
Offer expires Dec 31 2011

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Uncle Dick's Workshop - Friday 1

Every Friday at 10:00AM - we will be bringing you the sort of cutting-edge expertise that leaves ragged bits and sore fingers - Uncle Dick's Workshop. The advice is free - free from good sense in most instances....It really cranks up around the first of April.
Q:      Uncle Dick, how can I persuade young women to take their clothes off and pose in my lounge room?

A:      Lose the motorbikes and car parts. Close the curtains. Buy a roach bomb and a camera.

Q:      Uncle Dick, what is the difference between macro and micro when I take close-ups?

A:      For you, no difference at all. Your focus point will be where you least expect it and your depth of field will be one micron. Don’t let it stop you from spending $ 1000 on a lens – it hasn’t stopped anyone else.

Q:      Uncle Dick, how do I reduce the noise in my prints?

A:      There is no noise – put the print up to your ear. Silence. Those coloured spots and blotches are your friends and relations.

Q:      Uncle Dick, which is better – Canon or Nikon?

A:      Yes, exactly. Couldn’t have put it better.

Q:      Uncle Dick, I want to do professional food illustration with a pocket compact camera and a couple of work lights from Bunnings.

A:      You do? I stand amazed – I had not supposed that there could be two of you in the world. Are you related?


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Joby Price Reposition

Joby Gorillapod tripods have repositioned their SRP in Australia. Have a look at these amazing price savings:


Art Wolfe Lectures & Workshops in Australia – March 2012

“Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.” — Sir David Attenborough

“Art has the broadest range of excellence of any nature photographer I know.” — Galen Rowell

“There’s a stunning clarity and vibrancy in Art Wolfe’s wildlife portraits, which are careful, often haunting, compositions.” — The New York Times Book Review

Over the course of his 30-year career, Art Wolfe has photographed on every continent and in numerous locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. His photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective. His unique approach to nature photography is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment. I recently photographed with Art in China and my observations on this amazing photographic experience are on Art’s blog: click Art Wolfe’s Blog. The article ‘Photographing China with Art Wolfe’ was published in Better Digital Camera, Australia; to read, click: Photographing China with Art Wolfe.

Iconic Images International has arranged for this world-renowned photographer to visit Australia in March 2012. Following Australia he will present a series of seminars and workshops in South Africa in conjunction with Iconic Images International and C4 Images & Safaris.

In Australia, Art will present a series of public lectures and one-day seminars in Sydney, Melbourne & Perth.


Sydney: – Australian National Maritime Museum Theatre, 2 Murray St., Darling Harbour.

  • Public Lecture on Friday 16th March 2012, 7.00 – 9.30pm
  • Seminar on Saturday 17th March 2012, 9.00am – 4.30pm.
Melbourne: – The Spring Street Conference Centre Theatrette, 1 Spring Street, Membourne
  • Public Lecture on Friday 23th March 2012, 7.00 – 9.30pm.
  • Seminar on Saturday 24th March 2012, 9.00am – 4.30pm.
Perth: – State Library of WA Theatre, 25 Francis Street, Perth.
  • Public Lecture on Friday 30th March 2012, 7.00 – 9.30pm
  • Seminar on Saturday 31st March 2012, 9.00am – 4.30pm.
  • Public Lecture – $95.00
  • Seminar – $395.00
This unforgettable presentation centres on the Himalaya region and reflects Art Wolfe’s most personal statement to date.  Between Heaven and Earth is a grand adventure tracing Art Wolfe’s formative years and development as an artist. Following a life-changing experience in Asia, the presentation centers on the Himalaya region of India, China, Nepal and Bhutan – locations that triggered his imagination and wonder towards a path of blending his creativity and art with photography while documenting the wild world. In its entirety, including photographs and video, the lecture will run for over two hours.

If you have associated Art Wolfe solely with nature photography please be prepared for an unforgettable revelation. Drawing from 36 years of international travel, Art Wolfe will delve into a vast range of subjects; from discovering the subject to elements of design and newer works. Imagery of nature, wildlife, and the world’s varied landscapes and cultures will augment the lectures to provide the most comprehensive and imaginative and inspiring photographic tuition available.
Utilizing his formal training as a fine art painter and art education instructor, Art Wolfe will dissect visual image examples and explore in depth what makes a compelling and emotionally engaging photograph.

Attendees will come away inspired and with tangible ideas and approaches for taking their photography to fresh and inspired levels.

The following is a summary of the material Art Wolfe will cover:
-Finding Inspiration
-De-constructing the Image/Point of View
-Ten Deadly Sins of Composition
-My Favorite Lenses/Use of Shutter Speeds
-Elements of Design/Color/Light
-Questions & Answers


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NEW Ilford Pinhole Photography Kit

PENTAX Workshop 2011 - NEW Price

Nikon A-GPS Updates for Nikon AW100

Nikon have released a software that can speed up the acquiring of current satellite positions via an updater called Assisted GPS.

This is done with mobile devices such as phoned etc.

Nikon have available from the below link which allows the user to get the most recent data. This can be done via a card reader and the SD card from the camera. Full details are on the page.


Ricoh GXR - Leica M-Module

It is pretty unusual in our shop to dedicate a whole evening seminar with beer and sandwiches to the study of a simple photo accessory - particularly one that is as basic as a lens mount. But Camera Electronic recently did and here’s why: It is more than a lens is a portal into a whole new world of image making.

Heard that one before? We hear it all the time, and we’re  generally pretty deaf - this time we listened.

The Ricoh company decided some time ago to take a basic good compact camera platform - the body of their GRD cameras - and split the function of the camera into two sections. One section was the chassis, with viewing screen, operational controls, battery and memory card. The second section was the lens and a sensor dedicated to it, with associated electronics. One bit slid into a dock in the other and you had the joy of a good quality interchangeable lens camera.

Ricoh made a small range of zoom and fixed focal length lenses at first and we were struck by how good they worked with their sensors - and no dirt on the sensors - all sealed.

Then they announced that they were making a GXR-M module for the camera chassis. It contained a shutter, a sensor, and a precise Leica-style M mount. All of a sudden that whole new world of imaging opened up - now users of Leica M film cameras could use all their lenses digitally at a modest price. Voigtländer users could experiment with the wide-angle lenses they own. Anyone who has a stock of historic screw-mount Leica lenses and a simple adapter could recreate the look in live view.

And not just with stills - the GXR has full HD video capability built in. Imagine filming ( without film, of course...) with Leica lenses. Sharp as. All this in a hand-size package that does not break either your shoulder or your bank balance. 

As far as money goes we’re talking $ 1248 for the body and M-mount module. Not to be mean to Wetzlar, but this is the sort of price that lets us all play. If we can’t afford an M9, well we still get to look through good glass.

If you want to add cream to the top of the cake, remember that the GXR camera also takes their VFR2 electronic viewfinder. Clean, bright, and adjustable to all eyesights - now you can shoot in the sun without squinting.

As with any good gear, it goes fast....but we have stocks now so call in and give it a test run. If you have M-mount lenses already, bring them and an SD card in and take some test images - you won’t be disappointed with the results.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pentax OPTIO H90 Camera Special

October Specials

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lomography Is A State Of Never Mind

With digital photography you can be too good for your own good. You can spend the rent money for the next year chasing that final megapixel and once you have caught it....well, the manufacturers change to the next model and the starter’s whistle blows again.

Stop. Relax. Take a deep breath and some pocket change, and buy a LOMO camera. You are transported right back to the toy camera 1960’s and you can play photography all day - and you don’t have to put your toys away when it gets dark - they even have pretty electronic flashes in some models.

This isn’t rocket science or brain surgery - this is plastic cameras with simple lenses. This is 35mm or 120 film. This is two shutter speeds and three apertures and a tripod socket. Direct frame finders. Pop colours on the plastic bodies. This is never-mind-the-science-press-the button-and hope.

Given the marvels of modern emulsions and processing, you can come back with surprisingly interesting images. They have their own look, and their own feel, and you will be the only person at the party who looks cool - and whose pictures everyone else wants to see next week.

Remember to file those negatives in a manila envelope for true retro authenticity.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Facebook and Blog Roll

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If you have a Blog page and you would like to be on Camera Electronic Blog Roll then send your URL to with the Subject "Blog Roll". Our Blog URL is . You can also forward our Blog URL onto your friends.

It is all about the exchanging of information and at Camera Electronic we are at the forefront of bringing NEW products to the Photographic Community in Western Australia.


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