Printing large images

Printing an image at a given size and resolution.
Divide the longest edge of your image (measured in pixels) by the longest edge of your desired print size (measured in inches). For example, if an image measures 3,840 x 5,760 pixels and you want an 8- x 10-inch print, take the longest edge in pixels and divide it by the longest edge in inches of the target print size: 5,760 pixels ÷ 10 inches = 576 ppi (pixels per inch). That’s more than enough resolution to produce an awesome print; remember, you need a minimum of 240 ppi though it really depends on the printer. However, if you want to make a 30- x 20-inch poster out of that image, you’d have a resolution of 192 ppi (5,760 ÷ 30), which isn’t high enough to print well. From:
A large image should really be admired from a minimum distance e.g. at least a metre away. Get up close to a large image and all flaws will be apparent. Stand back to view the image and it will be magic!
  • Shadows Open up – Print Down a Little
  • Textured Papers Work Better With Bigger Prints
  • Resolution Required Depends Greatly on Expected Viewing Distance
  • Original File Quality
  • Handling and Framing Considerations
Final Thought
Big prints show off flaws in your source material, but keep this in perspective. You will always be the fiercest critic of your own work.

Creative session – Saturday Feb. 10 at 10am.

Pop down to Point Danger for a CREATIVE session by the sea.

Here’s an opportunity to learn some new ways of seeing a scene, framing it, “expressing” yourself and thinking about taking pictures differently.

Come and use the left side of the brain for a while.  We start at 10am at the Point in Torquay (map here) and you can stay as long or as short as you like.  There won’t be a lot of walking, no lecturing, simply some techniques, tactics and tips.

You don’t need to let me know you’re coming but it helps 🙂 Ph. 04075 52060.

Bring your camera gear, clothing for the weather forecast, something to drink / snack on, and bring a friend too.

See ya there – Fred



Voice-over work

Fred has been involved with the Torquay Theatre Troupe on the Surf Coast for 13 years and at one stage acted as an extra in a full length international (propaganda?) movie in Beijing, so his experience with the creative world is not limited to photography.

Fred was approached to do the voiceover part of the foreman (Scottish accent) in the Gordon Institute of TAFE’s training video “Lean gone Lego“.

Fred has also recorded two short stories for (The Invisible Eye and The Waters of Death) and has done radio advertisements on community and local Geelong radio.

His accent is British English with a hint of Scottish and some Australian, but he can do a range of accents, speeds, tones and timbres. Fred will be able to satisfy your voice-over needs whether it be for radio, TV, in-house video or instruction.

“Home” again

This is my third time in Istanbul.  Even though my stays have not been for long (i.e. a week or so at a time), I have walked many of the highways and byways of the Sultanahmet district, up to Taksim and some places around the Asian side.  This (walking) isn’t for everyone because some of the side-streets are reasonably steep, slippery (cobbles) in the wet and often tricky underfoot with poorly-maintained footpaths, plenty of roadworks and some pushy drivers. I enjoy seeing the ‘raw’ side of cities as well as their highlights and often look for a different ‘angle’ on a place.  This is readily available on foot.
I like the relaxed friendliness of the people.  For a secular society with a largely Islamic population, the streets are full of people wearing, doing, working and playing just like many other western cities. And yes – the streets are full.  Cheek by jowel with the Suleymanie mosque is a collection of the decrepit multi-storey weatherboard houses traditionally built in the city centre and people living in obvious poverty.  It’s just a few metres off the tourist track.  There is plenty of money around – if that can be judged by the number of expensive cars on the road.  By the same token, most cars, scooters, vans and public transport has suffered damage that goes unrepaired- presumably from “touch parking”, minor incidents and the wear and tear of narrow street driving.
Istanbul is, like many cities, a place of urban and suburban life, centres of touristic business activity, spotted with splendid sights and a mix of cultures.  Street vendors, market stallholders, restaurant managers, tour guides and street sellers all compete for your interest and business. This is just a way of life in the tourist season here so there’s no reason to get annoyed with them as they vie for your business.  They are familiar with rejection so don’t be concerned about being polite and walking on.  A technique I have used in China is to wear earphones but not plug them in to anything so it LOOKS like you can’t hear them calling to you..  Anyway – part of the banter with vendors can give you at least some interpersonal contact with locals which, in turn, can break the ice.  Walking around the Sultanahmet district puts you right in the ‘firing line’ so choose to say ‘no thanks’ and keep moving if that’s your preference.
I’ve fallen straight back into my exploration of the city again – as you do with an old friend.  You just pick up where you left off. Today was a circuit of Sultanahmet, the Grand Bazaar; I particularly like the very edges of the Bazaar with street sellers and dusty items for sale.  Sometimes the shopkeepers look up from their tea or backgammon in surprise that anyone has ‘found’ them again; down to the moored boats that run from near the Galata Bridge along the Golden Horn to Fatih, then back uphill to landmark mosques, Fev Spasa Cadessi shopping street and then all the way back into Cemberlitas to check in to the hostel.
Tomorrow? Who knows? 🙂

Action blur

Catching the action

Slow shutter speed captures movement

A slow shutter speed (e.g. between 1/50 and 1/8 of a second (depending on the light and the speed of the subject) allows you to capture movement.  In this case, I PANNED with the subject.  This means that I followed the subject as it moved.  This technique can require a lot of practice to get repeatable results but you CAN just strike it lucky!

Camera blur
  • If you want to capture a sharp image, the combination of the focal length of your lens and the shutter speed is good to think about.  Look at the front of your camera’s lens and read the little white words on the lens.  It will usually tell you the focal length of the lens in millimetres (e.g. 12mm, 28mm, 35mm) and the maximum aperture of your lens in f (e.g. f2, f2.4, f3.5).  If you use a zoom lens, it will show you the focal range of the lens (e.g. 10-20mm, 18-35mm, 70-200mm)
  • A good “Rule of thumb” if you want sharp image is that your shutter speed should not be any slower than your focal length – for example if you are using a focal length of 20mm, you should use a shutter speed no slower than 1/20 of a second.  For a lens of 200mm, your shutter speed should be no slower than 1/200 of a second.

Skipped a day

Yesterday was the day I had organised to meet Osman from the Istanbul Photography Meetup.  We met at the Ataturk monument in Taksim, chatted over a coffee from Starbucks and then drove across the Bosphorus bridge to Asia.  He took me to a pleasant tearoom at the top of one of the Seven Hills upon which Istanbul is built,  Excavations have been done for the biggest mosque in Istanbul, near the skyline by the forest of antennas. As it turns out, we didn’t take photographs together; we talked.  I introduced him to the game of Conkers (look it up) because there are so many horse chestnut trees around.

After a couple of hours of pleasant chat, he drove me to Uskudar where I caught the Metro under the Bosphorus to Sirkeci (station).  I had five minutes to get to a meeting point with Tessa at Eminonu in time to catch a Bosphorus Ferry tour at 1.30.  Made it a couple of minutes late (believe it or not, running in sun makes you very sweaty) only to find that the daytime Bosphorus tours had been cancelled because of a yacht race.  Booked in for the 6.30 to midnight run!

Spent a lazy couple of hours wandering up though a PACKED spice market to Grand Bazaar and back down to Eminonu for 6.10.

Ferry ride takes 6 hours because it stops at five or six ports on the way.  Live music on board kept the locals singing.  Stopped at the north end of the Bosphorus for a couple of hours to eat a fish sandwich and trawl slowly through the gift shops.

Pleasant party atmosphere on the boat with singing and dancing until our return at midnight.  City still very busy.

Starting to lose track of days.

Had a 12 hour case of Bully Belly next day – not sure if it was from drinking the tap water or something else.  Took it easy through Aya Sofia museum and rested up in the hotel at lunchtime  80% good the next day – had to skip the Hammam.

Early flight to Zagreb and on to Dubrovnik made it a good day to get over the gut issues.

Now settled into Villa Flores in the Dubrovnik Old Town.  Need to stroll slowly so you don’t see all the old-town attractions too early.

Plenty of people!  Much busier than last time I was there (in March 2010),  Walked round the harbour at sunrise this morning; spinach burek, chocolate croissant and cherry juice for breakfast.  Nice meal out at Lucan Katun restaurant last night.  Lamb in honey and lavender, caesar salad, lentil soup, fish consomme, white anchovies on rocket…

Cable car and city walls coming up soon.