Thursday, April 19, 2012

TIPA Awards 2012

You can safely say I am a Canon girl through and through, I have only had Canon cameras and I am looking at getting another Canon next so I am a little bias when it comes to Canon products. But in saying that I do like to know what products regardless of brand are making waves in the photography industry. One good way to find out about current hot products is through the annual TIPA awards.

These awards are well known and respected in the photography industry, TIPA stands for Technical Image Press Association, they represents 29 photography and imaging magazines across nine European countries plus Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the USA. The one award I found interesting was Best Mobile Imaging Device, which went to Samsung GALAXY Nexus – let’s face it who does not grab their mobile when they do not have their camera handy and I know for myself when picking out a new mobile the camera is something I factor in, actually I am holding off buying a new mobile, due to a new phone coming out with a great camera and social media capabilities.

On the 24th March, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa the TIPA group held there meeting to vote on each category and they announced the winners on the 16th April 2012.

Canon was awarded six TIPA awards:

Best Professional DSLR Lens in 2012
The Canon EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

Best DSLR Professional in 2012
Canon EOS-1D X

Best Video DSLR in 2012 

Best Expert Compact Camera in 2012
The PowerShot G1 X

Best Professional Video Camera in 2012 
EOS C300.

Best Multifunction Photo Printer in 2012
The Canon PIXMA MG8250 

You can find the full list of awards and winners HERE

PRWIRE (2012) Canon scoops six prestigiuous TIPA awards across digital camera, video and printer product categories. [press release], 18th April 2012.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Looking Up

This picture was taken from the 18th floor of the Q1 Spa & Resort in QLD

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Importance of Photography

The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it? -Edward Weston

Photography plays an important role in our society and our history, it is used to capture moments in our lives and yet how many of us think of that when we press the shutter button.  At times it is not until the subject of one of the images passes on or the opportunity to revisit a place passes that we realise the importance of the photograph and then we are left with nothing but the memories. 

Photography helps us relive the past and in a way to keep in touch with the past. Whether we realise it or not we all seem to have a camera of some description, be it on our mobile phones, the simple point and shoot variety or an SLR. There are all of these devices to capture those moments in our lives. ‘Photos are little legacies of the life we have led – our travels, experiences, food, family, friends, work relationships and more (Dutile n.d). They evoke emotions, both happy and sad. They can be both ugly and beautiful. They freeze time, yet keep it alive. These are the reasons why photography is so important. You only have to look on social media sites to see the types of photographs that are uploaded, capturing every moment of one’s life. Photography is stimulating since in order for photographs to be connected to and to communicate with others; we must understand what it is we are attempting to show or say and then how to execute it.

There are so many ways that photography plays a role in our society, however the importance of it and the reasons why is purely subjective. Everyone views photography differently, depending on why you are taking photographs. However, you would have to agree it is a great way to document history, be it family, nature or what is happening in your part of the world.

Photography is such a flexible and versatile art which has branched out to specialized area like press, sport, nature, wild life, bird photography etc. (Rarima n.d). So the question is do you know why you take photographs, is it to remember events or people, to portray the beauty in the world or create works of art?

Dutile, M n.d. Digital Photography School: Why we photograph, viewed 03 April 2012, <>

Pokkisam: Inspiring Photography quotes to know, viewed 03 April 2012, <>

Rarima, N S n.d. Photography and its Importance. [online] Available at: [Accessed:9 May 2012].

Why I photograph

Photography can mean something different to each person from an expression of art, to capturing life’s greatest moments, to photos from the past or simply ‘happy snaps’. I look at photography as a way to capture moments you do not want to forget, and as a way to record how I see life from my eyes. After all the camera is just a tool to use in order to show others what your eyes can see.

The creation of this blog is in essence to inspire myself to take more photos. Life seems to get in the way, and the camera does not come out as much as I would like. Once upon a time my children always said “mummy takes photos”, now they say “mummy does computer stuff” and honestly that pulls at the heart strings.
Photography is something that can be shared, enjoyed and cherished and as much as I would like to be able to completely remove myself from the computer it is not going to happen any time soon, so why not merge the two things.

I was 12 years old when I received my first camera, it was your typical film style point and shoot camera but I loved it. I was then given my first SLR camera, a Canon EOS 500 and there is just no way I could go back to a point and shoot camera, I still have that camera today and honestly cannot see myself parting with. It was a great camera. Now I am using a digital SLR, again it’s a Canon, a 350D and I have had it for 7 years. One day I will upgrade it, to what…I am not sure but I do know it will be a Canon.

I am excited about getting out and taking more photographs and I hope you enjoy what photographs I share with you on here.

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