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Rachel, Adam & beautiful baby Jack

18/07/2014

I really get to photograph some beautiful moments in life.

Having a baby is a huge moment, and I feel blessed to be part of that for a lot of families.

Rachel and Adam gave birth to gorgeous baby Jack earlier this year.

I had a wonderful time photographing the family. Adam and Rachel really enjoyed the experience and now have lots of wonderful photos PLUS a gorgeous photo book that they are giving copies of to everyone in the family….

Thanks Rachel and Adam for a fantastic day…

If you’d like a photoshoot of your baby, please contact me at bernasconiphotography.com or feel free to leave a comment below.

happy clicking

Chris :)

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How to create an AWESOME panorama using PHOTOMERGE in photoshop

27/06/2014

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I have travelled to some amazing places.

I have recently had some time to go through some images from my trip to Italy….to be more specific….Lake Como…

Beautiful. Stunning. Inspiring…

I took a series of images from the ferry on the way to Gravedona – a beautiful town on the northern shores of Lake Como.

How do you shoot for a stitched image?

Use a tripod. In this case I was in holiday mode – so no tripod :)

Always shoot in PORTRAIT orientation – This will give you a taller panorama and allow more room for cropping.

My BEST tip? Take a pic of your hand BEFORE AND AFTER your series of images. This makes it so much easier when editing in Lightroom, I clearly know which images I want to use for my stitched panorama.

Shooting from the left, overlap your images by approximately 40% – {this didn’t happen in this case, the ferry was moving too fast!}

Keep your APERTURE constant for the entire series of images.  This will ensure the DEPTH OF FIELD is consistent in the final panorama. Also make sure your FOCAL LENGTH is the same for each image – {All the images were shot at f13 at 105mm focal length.}

I like to shoot a stitch in MANUALmode. Take a few test shots to determine correct exposure. Here are my 5 images.

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How did I edit this image?

I loaded all the raw images into LIGHTROOM.

HIGHLIGHT all the images for your panorama in Lightroom – click on the first image, hold down the SHIFT key, and click on the last image.

Click ‘CONTROL E’ which will open all the images up in photoshop {I’m using CS5.}

In Photoshop, click on ‘FILE’ then ‘AUTOMATE’ then ‘PHOTOMERGE.’ 

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This screen will open up.

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Click on ‘ADD OPEN FILES.’

‘AUTO‘ is the default button selected on the left. I use this function most of the time. You can experiment with the others for optimum results. Click ‘OKAY’ and watch your panorama stitch together before your eyes.

You’ll end up seeing a version of your panorama that looks something like this.

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When Photomerge finishes,, you will have a single panorama with each image on a separate layer.

Zoom into 100% and check the seams between the images. If everything looks OK, FLATTEN the image by going into the LAYERS menu and clicking ‘FLATTEN IMAGE.’

Crop a rectangular composition of your stitched panorama. This is where shooting ‘VERTICALLY’ really makes a difference. You have a lot more room to ‘CROP.’

And there you have it, a FANTASTIC large panorama of your series of images.

Make any adjustments you like to your final image. I always add some contrast and some vibrance.

In this case I also had to muck around with the ‘lake’…and the different tones.

Please be aware these files are usually HUGE…and may take up a bit more storage room than usual.

So, next time you’re out shooting and can’t fit everything in the frame, consider shooting a SERIES of images to create an awesome panorama :)

happy clicking

Chris

 

click walk learn photography tours – news from my desk

23/05/2014

Phew!! What a SUPER busy few weeks I’ve had again!!

click walk learn has been picked up by a couple of travel tour agencies – so I’m busy SUPER busy designing new tours to inspire you and make YOU want to get out and about with YOUR camera.

I’m just back from my second series of click walk learn tours in Canberra….Both tours were booked out and we had a ball…it really is a wonderful city for photography..

The weather stayed kind of warm :) for the ‘night tour’ and beautiful for the ‘beginners tour’…thank you good weather God :)

I met some awesome people who were so enthusiastic about photography and learning all about their camera. New tours for Canberra will be released soon… A ‘how to take great portraits of kids tour’ an ‘advanced’ photography tour and another ‘beginners’ day tour.

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 Up and coming tours….

Spots are selling fast for the second VIVID SPECTACULAR photography tour – Tues 3rd June 2014.

If you’d like to photograph this awesome light show in a SMALL group with me….click here to book now!!

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Do you want to up your skills as a photographer? Join me at on Sunday 1st June at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo for a day of intense learning. We will explore ‘animal portraiture’, ‘continuous focusing’ and the use of a ‘polarising’ filter. For bookings click here.

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Wanna explore another part of Sydney? click walk learns tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park and Darling Harbour will teach you SO MUCH MORE about photography and your camera. This tour is on the Sat 7th June...for bookings click here.

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On Sat 21st June click walk learn is going back to Cockatoo Island. This incredibly popular tour will have you shooting old style buildings and industrial architecture. For bookings click here.

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Finally, the last tour for this half of the year will be held in The Rocks…this SUPER POPULAR TOUR will take you to places you never even knew existed…The date is set for Sat 28th June, for bookings click here.

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Tours for the third quarter of 2014 will be released soon….

Thanks for all your support, its so much appreciated…

happy clicking

Chris xx

All the latest from my desk + this weeks fantastic tours…

21/04/2014

Up, Up and away….my Hot Air Balloon Adventure….

11/04/2014

It was an early start. I mean a really early start :)

We arrived at the meeting point at Camden {on the outskirts of Sydney} all ready for our ‘hot air ballooning’ experience.

Ray and I and the other 7 passengers bundled into the 4WD and set off to our departure point {a field on someones property.}

It was a bigger deal than I thought…

Every few kilometres we pulled over to the side of the road and let off a small balloon to see which way the wind was blowing.

“All good” said the pilot. “We will be flying today.”

“I thought we were flying today anyway” I said…. “If the wind is too strong, or there is a sudden change in the weather, we don’t fly, its back home to bed for you.” said the pilot…

There were smiles all around…the biggest of all was mine.

We parked in a paddock and set up the basket on it’s side and unpacked the balloon…it was such a beautiful morning, and you know me, I was concentrating on taking pics and looking at the moon and the scenery all around me…everyone else was working to get the balloon inflated…. :)

The first time the burner was turned on to fill the balloon with hot air, I nearly dropped the camera….I was so excited and couldn’t wait to be airborne.

The balloon was inflated in no time. We all bundled into the basket, the burner was turned on again and all of a sudden….up, up and away….

WOW….the first thing I loved about this experience was the lack of noise..So peaceful and such a wonderful ‘birds eye view’ of the world below….

We had another couple of balloons who were with flying with us, so I was able to photograph a balloon up in the air, which was SO, SO good…

We drifted over homes, farms and misty bushland….It was fantastic..

Then the sun came up, and created such beautiful light and shadows, that my camera was going nutso….

We were up in the air for around an hour….It was one of the most magical experiences ever! I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends who know me so well, and bought me this adventure for my birthday.

All too soon, it came time for landing….and landing a balloon isn’t as easy as I thought. At one point the pilot wanted to land, but the wind prevented that, so we ended up further afield landing on a cricket field…..

All of a sudden we were back to earth and it was all over…..

I continued to photograph the balloon whilst everyone packed it up {clever aren’t I?}

We then headed back to Camden for a big breakfast, coffee and a debrief…..

If you want the experience of a lifetime….go hot air ballooning…I went with Balloon Aloft. The service, attention to detail and the whole experience in general, was amazing…Try it….It took me until I was 50 years old….

enjoy the pics….

If you’ve been hot air ballooning, I’d love to hear your experience. Feel free to leave a comment below….Click on the first pic to view them as a slideshow..

Chris :)

 

 

 

Sydney Royal Arts & Crafts Night 2014

09/04/2014

I enter the Sydney Royal Easter Show photography competition every year.

I love entering competitions. It is a great opportunity to have your work judged and seen by your peers, others in the photographic industry and the community in general.

The competition was fierce this year!

I enjoyed viewing all the photographers excellent works and getting their slant on the way they view and interpret the meaning of the four photography categories.

I am very happy to say that my favourite image ‘Lake Eucumbene’ sold last night :) I’m very proud of this photograph and LOVE the idea that someone wants my image hanging in their home :)

Congratulations to all the winners.

Here are my four entries:

Rural Australia – Lake Eucumbene NSW

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Portrait, Human Form – Woman in Bergamot, Italy

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Urban Landscape – Valparaiso, Chile

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Open Section – Gondoliers, Italy

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Happy clicking,

Chris :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From my desk…. 3 new photography tours added :)

04/04/2014
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