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Nikon D5300: Unsung corker

Posted on April 19th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in News, Reviews. No Comments

a walk in the woods from Gethin Coles on Vimeo.

Following on from the a6000 first impressions comes the same for a camera that’s been out for a while now and on the radar for enthusiasts and film makers. The D5300 is touted as having the best bang for buck image quality on the market.…

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Sony Alpha 6000 First Impressions

Posted on April 14th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Reviews. No Comments

By now you all know that the a6000 is the fastest focussing camera in the world.  Its a nifty tiny fully featured enthusiast camera with more menu options than you can shake a stick at.

I wanted to know how the video fared.  There was talk of the video side of the camera being up there with those feisty micro four thirds Lumixes that punch above their weight – and for me have the most organic looking video in their segment.…

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ROTW: I give DSLRs 10 years

Posted on January 21st, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Blog, Rant of the week. No Comments

I love my nikon D800.  I can do things with it that would make my canon 7d crawl into a corner and weep.

(Like the lead image here)

But in the last couple of days its got me thinking about its future.

After a recent repair it came back with a unique focussing issue – unique to me at least  in that I’ve never come across it in 35 years of using 35mm SLRS, TLRS, Medium format SLRS.…

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Testing your website (pain and misery)

Posted on November 12th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in News. No Comments

Edit: Since writing this article window 8.1 (or some other update) has broken virtual box.  If you find this article after similar issues, leave a comment!  I happily found an update and installed it, then to unhappily find that this specific update doesn’t work if you have a different virtualisation software installed: hyper-v.  …

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Epson 7600 printer on Windows 8

Posted on October 25th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in News. No Comments

EDIT: April 2014
It turns out there is a much simpler way, although as they say YMMV. Yes you can install the vista driver in windows 8. Apparently the only reason you can’t is because the driver is not signed as being compatible. Print engines can’t possibly be the cause, then because I’ve done the steps outlined in the page below and now have a fully functioning epson 7600 connected directly to my windows 8 box.…

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Top tips for better landscapes

Posted on May 21st, by Alex Cowley in Technique. 2 comments

Whether you are at home, abroad or even just out walking the dog, you can be presented with some fantastic opportunities for landscape photography. The trick is in knowing how to make the most of them. What follows are a few suggestions that may help turn a snap into something to hang on the wall.…

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In with the cloud

Posted on May 7th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in News. No Comments

Adobe announced today that it is getting rid of its Creative Suite software, replacing it with a subscription only cloud based service.  Through the magic of spin they have turned this into a super groovy thing that they are, and everyone else should be, frothingly excited about.  What this means to an amateur and a student is that even if you only use Photoshop 5 times a year, and were previously happy having a version that was 3 years old, from now on you’ll need to pay $29 per month to do so.…

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Adobe releases lightroom 5 beta updated

Posted on April 16th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in News. No Comments

A quick heads up that adobe has released a beta version of lightroom 5.

Why should we care? What crazy person would load beta software onto a working computer?  Well I’ve always tried the lightroom beta’s and I’ve always been sucked in to features to the point where I end up using it as my main production tool.  …

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Win a workshop

Posted on April 13th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Courses. 2 comments

Like our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/fixelpix, and share this story and we will put you into a draw to win a spot on our first workshop in this series – see below for details…

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Creative Camera Courses

Posted on April 9th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Courses. No Comments

Starting this May we are running a series of short courses for photography enthusiasts.  The full course takes place every other Saturday for 3 weeks, but you can book in to do a single session or all three. We will cover

  • #1 – Being creative with your camera – using framing creatively, how to pick your subject matter, lens wizardry and more
  • #2 – Getting your camera off auto, and why you would want to.


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Sign up for a Fixel Course Heads-up!

Posted on April 8th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Courses. No Comments

In the next few days we’ll be adding new courses that start in May. Find out about them first by signing up to our Courses Mailing list.

We do not spam, we do not give away email addresses, we will not send you info from partners and special offers. We hate that, too.…

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Tough Enough?

Posted on March 26th, by Alex Cowley in News, Reviews. No Comments

Adelaide, March 19th 2013.

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, but if you’re by the pool or at the beach that comes with a certain amount of risk. With all of their complex electronics and not inconsiderable price tag the modern digital camera is not the sort of thing you would want kicked around in the sand or splashed with water.…

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Windows 8 – a photographers perspective

Posted on March 19th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Rant of the week. 2 comments

A friend of mine has a theory that every other windows iteration is rubbish: Windows XP, good; Vista, bad; Windows 7, good… Its called the Odd/Even Star Trek Movie Law, where every other Star Trek movie is bad. So is Windows 8 a Wrath of Kahn, or a Search for Spock?…

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Getting Fired Up With Old Pics

Posted on March 11th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Snapshot. No Comments

Today I had a fiddle with some old files shot on a Canon 20d.  These fire photos were shot at iso 3200, which is the equivalent of about ISO 256,000 in today’s money.

However when I first had a go at processing them I don’t think Lightroom even had noise reduction.…

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Sony – The elephant in the room

Posted on December 15th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Rant of the week. No Comments

What do laser printers and Sony cameras have in common?…

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Panasonic unveils Lumix GH3

Posted on November 22nd, by Alex Cowley in News. No Comments

Panasonic has recently unveiled it’s newest member in their acclaimed top of the line G series family, the Lumix DMC-GH3. 

The new DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera offers a host of innovative features. A full die cast magnesium alloy body as well as advanced dust and splash-proofing mean that the GH3 is at home in out the field as it is indoors.…

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A day at the races

Posted on October 3rd, by Alex Cowley in Technique. No Comments

It’s been just over a year since the World Rally Championship came to Coffs Harbour. In a few weeks the forests in the area will once again echo with the sound of revving engines as round five of the 2012 Bosch Australian Rally Championship comes to town. It’s sure to be a huge drawcard for motorsport fans but as I found out last year it’s also a great opportunity for photographers to get close to the action.…

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ROTW: Aren’t Digital Cameras Brilliant?

Posted on October 2nd, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Rant of the week. No Comments

Aren’t digital cameras brilliant?

The dynamic range! The usability! The quite obviously ludicrous number of pixels!

The fact the screen size has stayed the same for the last 2 generations! Errm… The locked down firmware model! Ah… The carrying on regardless whilst smartphones revolutionise photography!  Oooh!

The first time I saw an iphone being used as a camera I almost wet myself.  …

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Hands on with Panasonic’s new Lumix G5

Posted on September 19th, by Alex Cowley in Reviews. No Comments

In early August, Panasonic invited a select group of journalists to attend the launch of their new range of Lumix cameras. It was an opportunity to get a sneak peak at the next generation of the award winning Lumix line-up and spend a couple of days shooting alongside landscape photography legend Ken Duncan.…

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New additions to Canon’s PowerShot line-up

Posted on September 17th, by Alex Cowley in News. No Comments

Canon has expanded it’s range of PowerShot cameras with the announcement today of three new 12MP additions to the family due to hit the shelves in October.

Included is the ‘professionals compact’, the PowerShot G15 with a fast 28-140mm f1.8 – 2.8 (35mm equivalent) lens, improved AF, Full HD video and multi-aspect RAW recording.…

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EOS 6D Digital SLR camera

Posted on September 17th, by Alex Cowley in News. No Comments

With a 20 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor under the hood, Canon’s new EOS 6D neatly fills the gap between the 7D and 5D MKIII.

Features include WiFi, GPS, Full HD video and a newly developed 11 point AF sensor.  At a price in Australia that’s likely to be well below AU$2500 it’s one to watch out for.…

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Lumix FZ compact packs a punch

Posted on September 14th, by Alex Cowley in News. No Comments

Central Coast, 7 August, 2012. Among the line up of Lumix cameras announced today, were two new additions to the popular FZ series.

The flagship model in the series line-up is the top of the range DMC-FZ200. It’s impressive feature list includes a huge 25-600mm zoom with a constant aperture of f2.8, making it a world first in digital compact cameras.…

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New top end compact announced by Panasonic

Posted on September 14th, by Alex Cowley in News. No Comments

August 7th, 2012 Central Coast, NSW. Today Panasonic announced it’s new top end compact camera the Lumix DMC – LX7, the latest in the company’s world-renowned LX series. Aimed at enthusiasts and professionals alike, the Lumix LX7 features a newly designed lens, image sensor and processing engine in a package that promises to deliver high quality results.…

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Nurse!

Posted on August 30th, by Fixel Pixie Gethin Coles in Pixel Doctor. No Comments

Please take a seat. The Doctor will be with you in a moment.

Coming soon to Fixel, the Pixel Doctor.

Do you have a question about photography?

Picture not turned out quite the way you hoped it would?

Do you have a vision for an image but can’t seem to realise it?…

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