Iceland 2016

October 27, 2016

Iceland 2016

Some of the many images we shot on the recent Akademie trip to Iceland. All images by Principal Instructor Nick Rains using the Leica SL with 24-90mm, 90-280mm and 18mm Elmar lenses.

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Six things you might not know about photography

Shutter speeds, apertures, focal lengths, camera brands, post processing tricks – these are all essential things to know about and understand, but, beyond the obvious, there are also plenty of aspects of modern photography that are not so well understood – call them photography myths if you like.

I’d like to offer you a series of photography ‘thoughts’, in no particular order, which are a little left-of-field, stuff that you might not have considered, or even things that no-one ever told you when you first bought that nice shiny camera and pressed the shutter button for the first time.

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Atmosphere

August 4, 2016

Atmosphere

 

Atmosphere in Photographs by Nick Rains

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Black and White Photography Workshop

Black and White Photography Workshop

Black and White photography is considered by many to the the ultimate challenge for creative photographers. Since photography was invented, we have become familiar with B+W imagery and even though ‘in colour’ is now the way we see and think, B+W still has that certain compelling feel that is hard to master. It’s abstract at the same time as being very familiar.

Akademie Instructor Nick Rains will conduct a full day workshop involving thinking and seeing in B+W through a practical session with either leica cameras or your own. Then he will take you through the subtleties of conversion from colour to B+W as well as how to make good B+W prints.

  • What is B+W Photography
  • Thinking in B+W
  • Textures and Shapes
  • B+W Conversions
  • B+W Printing
  • B+W In camera

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Polished Lighting for Street Portraits

Out on the street there is a strong tendency to work in flat shade light, particularly when you know from experience how harsh actual sunlight can be. In the dark inner-city canyons avoiding direct sun is a tried and true method.

There is, however, another way to work. One that gives you direction and shape, without the harshness of direct light. It’s also quick, easy and very portable.

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Uluru Workshop  – Behind the Scenes Video

A short behind the scenes video from our recent workshop in the Red Centre of Australia where Akademie Instructor Nick Rains hosted a group of twelve keen photographers for a 4 day workshop based at the Sails in the Desert resort.

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Images from the Holi Festivals trip, March 2016

Photos and a video from our recent Akademie trip to India to see the Holi Festivals – images courtesy of guests David Mierowski, Barbara Spencer, Tom McCarthy and Greg Jacobs.

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Leica SL filming at 120fps.

Shooting recently with the new Leica SL, Akademie Instructor Nick Rains was tempted to try out its ability to shoot 120 frames per second in 1080p Full HD video. Here’s a quick show reel of some of the results:

 

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Leica SL over Sydney

February 20, 2016

Leica SL over Sydney

Akademie Instructor Nick Rains was recently commissioned to shoot a series of aerial photographs of a cruise ship coming into Sydney harbour. Having a helicopter handy on a perfect day is not something that happens very often so Nick took the opportunity to shoot some personal images whilst waiting for the ship to dock. Nick has just started working with the Leica SL so this was a good opportunity to put the camera through its paces in a challenging environment – doors-off, 500 feet over Sydney.

“I found the SL to be perfect for this kind of work. It’s light and responsive so I can concentrate on the shot, and a major bonus of the 24-90 lens is the built-in stabiliser which gave me images as sharp as though I had shot on a tripod”.

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Street Photography with Jesse Marlow

Eagle-eyed Jesse Marlow hosted a street photography workshop on February 14th in Melbourne – in his own words “It was an excellent day with perfect weather and everyone was into it.” Josh from Michaels Cameras came along too and shot some photos of the group as well as some street shots of his own, no doubt following Jesse’s teachings! Jesse reckons Stephen Mead got the ‘shot of the day’ – see below –

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