Week 9: Josh Spiers

Week 9: Josh Spiers

ls: After a bit of a break we are back to feature our sporting superstars. This week we have Josh Spiers from the Cannons Basketball Club. ls: What sports do you play? js: Basketball & a little golf. ls: What clubs do you currently play for? js: Cannons. ls: How many years have you been playing? js: 12 years.ls: What position do you play?js: Shooting guard and small forward. ls: How did you get involved in these sports? js: My brother started playing when I was 2 so I had to go to training with him and I used to like bouncing the ball from a very young age. I did terriers at TBI and then started playing when I was 6ls: What rep honours have you achieved? js: u12- u18 Townsville heat, Northern School Basketball u12 (07, 08) Qld School Basketball (08) Northern School Sport u15 (10,11) Honary Qld Team (11) Northern Open School Basketball (12,13) Qld School Basketball (13), U16 Qld North (11) u18 Qld North (12, 13) u20 Qld Team (14), Townsville Crocodiles Sharp Start. QBL Townsville Heat. ls: Ok you have achieved a lot in a short space of time, that is an impressive CV. How much time is involved? js: Training every day for at least an hour or so and anywhere up to two hours. Sometimes I have multiple sessions a day. ls: What is the best part of playing the sport? js: The best part about basketball is just the game itself. It lets you play with friends and makes me feel good about myself. I could be having a bad day and as soon as I...

Professional Photographic Standards.

An interesting question for the multitude of “professional photographers” out there is the simple question, “What is the difference between broad and narrow lighting and which do you use to make a person appear thinner?” The biggest issue with my profession is the the new photographers coming into it often do not take the time to learn the technical aspects of photography. If you do not know what the exposure triangle is, then before you call yourself a professional and start to charge for your services, learn what it is and how it affect your images. It is actually very important. On my Facebook page it comes up with a lot of the local professional photography pages so I get to have a look at a lot of them. There are some amazing photographers out there, taking incredible images. There are a lot though, that have no idea about lighting and how to use it. It is one of the frustrations of professional photography because this lack of lighting ability is now becoming the accepted standard by the public. As a profession we need to lift the standards and maybe have a benchmark for what is considered a professional standard photograph. The AIPP try to provide this but with 97% of professionals electing not to joining such organisations, we are fighting a losing...
Photographic competitions

Photographic competitions

Here is a big comment, but I believe that all photographers calling themselves professional should be entering at least one professional photographic competition a year. If you are a member of that AIPP then it is a requirement of maintaining your membership to enter into the APPA’s. Why do I say this? We have learnt so much from the competitions that we have entered and we have had a bit of success. We have also had a few disappointments along the way as well so it does balance out. I will admit we have been professional photographers for 8 years, but only started entering the competitions last year. That was definitely a mistake and in the end, slowed our progress. What better way is there than to get people with huge amounts of experience and technical skills to assess your work. There are however, a couple of problems with the APPA’s. Firstly it is very expensive to enter into the competition and secondly, and my point with this blog, is that you actually need to get the feedback from the judges to really benefit from the competition. That means you not only have the cost of entry, cost of the print and matting and the cost of posting to where ever the location is that year, you also have to travel to the judging. Costly from Townsville and there is also the time factor as well. This is one of the reasons that I love the International Loupe Awards, (Google if interested). Entry is only $35/image, unlimited entry’s and when you get the result you also get the judges...

Summer Weddings

As our last post explained, summer weddings in Townsville are difficult and require a lot of extra planning. With this in mind, Leiden Studios will offer an 10% extra digital images for  all of our packages for wedding booked in the months of December 2012, and February and March 2013. If you are getting married during these months, give us a call and come in and have a coffee with us. Danni & Paul on the beach at Maggie Island If you know someone getting married in these months, let them know about this special offer. The offer will only be available until the end of...

Summer Weddings

Have you noticed how hot it gets in summer in Townsville? So can you imagine how hot it is for couples who elect to get married during our summer months. It produces a range of different problems that southern states would not seem possible. Having said that I met a photographer at the “Hair of the Dog”, the annual conference of the Queensland branch of the AIPP. He had flown up from Melbourne where the day before he shot a wedding in 46C heat. Now that is hot.  Kell & Dom at Pallerenda  In Townsville, we have to beat the heat in creative ways as photographers. Later weddings, so after 4.00pm, going to an air condition building for photos after the wedding and then venturing out to the Strand or Pallerenda for sunset photos. The Brewery or Cactus Saloon or the Holiday Inn provide lots of great locations for photos while waiting for the cooler and better lighting conditions to arrive outside. At any wedding in Townsville regardless of the time of year, we always recommend that the bridal party has an eskie, yes have a few bears and wine, it is a celebration after all. However it must have water as well and all need to remember to drink a little through the day. A few nibbles as well are useful as many find it hard to eat before the wedding. Both sides of the bridal party need to be aware of heat stress, not a great way to finish your day if you get a case of heat stress through not drinking enough water.  Luke...

The beauty of Photography

Photography is permanent, once captured there is a permanent record of the split second in time that will last forever. Well maybe not. The image has to be captured correctly, and in the digital age, stored correctly. This means backing up, backing up, backing up. Images stored singularly on a hard drive of a computer are destined to be lost, simple as that. If you have never had a hard drive failure, you will, it is only a matter of time. It usually happens at the most difficult or inconvenient time. We have a Raid system that automatically backs itself up. Because we are a profession studios we have to have other systems in place to ensure we do not lose any clients work. This is done with two external drives, one is kept off sight, the other backs up each night. These are rotated every week. As it stands the most we can lose is one weeks work. That is still not good enough really, especially if that week we lost was a wedding. Can you imagine calling someone to tell them their wedding photos are lost. It would kill your business. Why the need for off sight? Backups only work if you still have them. A fire, theft, or natural disaster destroys both the original and backup. Very frustrating if it is your photos that are lost. It has happened to friends who were backing up their images and were burgled. Of course they stole both the computer and the backup. Suddenly any image that you might need is gone. The problem with all of these back ups, especially with...