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Spring is in full swing and Melbourne's in bloom, so why not try your hand at macro photography? This month we give you a few handy tips on macro photography. We also bring you some very exciting product announcements, a chat with Ian Zbiegniewski, one of our resident video camera experts and much more!

"This photo was taken on a recent trip to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is an amazing place with approx 275 steps to the top of the caves with monkeys running around everywhere. This photo is of a cheeky monkey that had grabbed a can out of a person's hand and ran off - he tipped the can sideways and I was fascinated by the way he pushed the can over and let it spill so he could have a drink and kept moving the can to get the liquid out – a very clever animal!" - Linda Abblitt

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Photo Tip
Macro Photography

Want to explore the fun and creative world of macro photography? Here are some tips to get you started from our media school manager Alwyn Hanson.

Try to use a macro lens wherever possible. Although some cameras have a macro setting this may distort the image. Alternatives to a macro lens are available; extension tubes or close-up filters being an inexpensive way to increase the magnification and close focus ability of your lens. Read more...

Tools for Macro Photography

Sigma 70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro Lens Sigma 70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro Lens

• Designed for Full-Frame and APS-C cameras
• 1:1 Magnification ratio
• Minimum focusing distance 25.7cm
• Floating internal focus system
• For Canon, Nikon and Pentax


Kenko Extension Tube SetKenko Extension Tubes

• Convert almost any lens to a macro lens
• Set includes 12mm, 20mm and 36mm tubes
• For Canon, Nikon and Sony/Minolta


Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Tripod + Ball HeadCarbon Fibre Tripod & Head

• 3-section legs with 100% carbon fibre tubing
• Magnesium die castings and magnesium top plate with bubble level
• Adjustable centre column for low-angle shots
• Supports 5kg load


Hoya Close Up Filters

Hoya Close Up Filters• Choose from +1, +2, +3 and +4 diopters for close-up photography
• Available in sizes from 37mm to 77mm to suit most lenses.


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Upcoming Free Seminars michaeld Media School
Thursday 13th October
Understanding White Balance: How Light Affects Colour

Thursday 20th October
Shooting the Inferno: My Experiences as a Firefighter/Photographer

Thursday 27th October
Introduction to Macro Photography

Short and sweet – learn more about your camera in the time it takes to get a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Our seminars will teach you new techniques and give you more in-depth knowledge about photography.

For more information please visit www.michaels.com.au/lunchtime

This video tutorial explains the basics of macro photography. Includes:

• Macro with a Point and Shoot versus an SLR

• The difference between close-up and true macro photographs

• Handy tips on how to avoid camera shake

• Using reflectors to light small objects

• Why we don't use flash

We have 58 FREE fantastic photography lessons to watch. Simply follow this link www.michaels.com.au/LearnOnline

Special Lunchtime Seminar
Shooting the Inferno: My Experiences as a Firefighter/Photographer

Almost three years on from Black Saturday and with another bush fire season approaching, join Alwyn Hanson our media school instructor as he shows you images taken during and after the fire that changed so many lives. Alwyn Hanson is a serving member of Christmas Hills Country Fire Authority.

Thursday 20th October, 1.10-1.50pm

Free Entry

New Product Announcements

Fuji X10Meet the Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fuji has recently unveiled the latest in the X series and little brother to the wildly popular X100. The X10 is a modern classic designed for professional and creative photo expression. The camera incorporates a compact and bright f2.0-f2.8 Fujinon lens with 4x manual zoom (28-112mm focal length) covering wide angle to telephoto. Other highlight features include bright optical zoom viewfinder, image stabilisation, Full HD movies, RAW image capture, 2.8” LCD monitor and ISO sensitivity up to 12,800.

Expected late October. Please email us to register interest or pre-order. Click here for more information.

Nikon 1New Nikon V1 and J1

Nikon's re-imagined camera design brings us the Nikon 1 – an intelligent camera system crafted to bring new levels of speed, simplicity and enjoyment to the way you capture your world. These two new first generation cameras boast an all-new image sensor with the fastest autofocus in the world. The 1-mount is compatible with four new lenses including a fast wide prime, wide zoom, telephoto zoom and power-drive zoom especially designed for shooting movies. An optional F-mount adaptor enables you to attach any Nikkor lens achieving full use of the incredible Nikon 1 autofocus system with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Compact speedlight and GPS unit also available.

Expected late 2011. Please email us to register interest or pre-order. Click here for more information.

New Canon Powershot ModelsCanon Introduce PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40

Canon Australia recently announced the new PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40 HS, featuring the revolutionary DiG!C 5 Image Processor. In addition to faster shooting speeds (the PowerShot S100 captures 9.6 fps and the PowerShot SX40 HS captures 10.3 fps), the DiG!C 5 Image Processor delivers clear, sharp images even when the main subject and background are lit with different light sources, thanks to Advanced White Balance. With DiG!C 5’s improved noise reduction function, only noise is suppressed while maintaining the image resolution even when shooting at a high ISO speed.
It also corrects the greenish tint caused by some artificial lighting sources,
reproducing the colours as they appear true-to-life.

Expected late October. Please email us to register interest or pre-order. Click here for more information.

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Fantastic Photographic Tools

Lensbaby Composer ProLensbaby Composer Pro

The Composer Pro is the basis of the Optic Swap System and is available with either the Double Glass or Sweet 35 Optic installed. Each optic gives your image a Sweet Spot of sharp focus, surrounded by blur. The Composer Pro offers silky smooth focus and tilt/swivel ability. With its refined design and sturdy metal construction, it's a step up from the Composer. Available for Canon or Nikon.

From Only $375 

Contour Roam HD  CameraContour Roam HD Action Camcorder

Waterproof to one metre, this tough and compact hands-free camcorder will capture your adventures wherever life takes you. The Contour Roam is incredibly intuitive and easy to use – just slide the record switch and you are instantly filming beautiful 1080p HD video. 170 degree super wide angle lens captures all the action even at the periphery, whilst 5 megapixel still image capture offers greater flexibility.

Only $299

Canon & Nikon Lens CupsNikon & Canon Lens Cups

These nifty thermos cups are full-scale replicas of professional Canon and Nikon lenses. Made from food grade plastic with a stainless steel interior, they are designed to safely hold your favourite hot or cold beverages, or alternatively can be used as a pen holder, money box or anything else you can think of!

Only $34.95

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michaels Photographic Gallery
Melbourne Traditional Darkroom
Printmakers Group

The Traditional Darkroom Printmakers Group is a special interest group of the Melbourne Camera Club. The group members are enthusiasts of traditional film and printing techniques and the highly diverse group still enjoys a high attendance.

The group holds monthly meetings which often include a practical demonstration, runs a beginner’s darkroom class for club members, and hosts workshops and excursions. It provides a friendly atmosphere and advice for members who want to learn about traditional printmaking, film photography or how to use the club's darkroom.

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