Newsletter 2 - July 2007

Profile of Australian Landscape Photographer R a Stanley
Long Jetty Welcome again to our periodic newsletter aimed at informing you of what’s happening here at R a Stanley Landscape Photography.

For those of you that are new subscribers I would firstly like to welcome you and hope you enjoy our newsletter which includes latest news, location reports and tips to help you improve your photography.


New Central Coast outlet at Erina Fair. You can now also find us at Erina Fair, one of the coasts leading shopping centres. Located on ‘The Boardwalk’ between Lowes and Best & Less we are open 7 days a week.

The Boardwalk, Erina Fair Opening Times

Mon – Wed 9am – 5.30pm
Thu – Fri 9am – 9pm
Sat 9am – 5pm
Sun 10am – 4pm

Wyoming Gallery. New opening times. Our gallery at Wyoming is now open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 5pm. Appointments can be made at all other times by calling Richard on 0410 191 288

Computer Wallpaper We now have a range of wallpaper available for your computer.

On Location

The Central Coast
Hello again. I hope you enjoyed the images from our location shoot ‘The Blue Mountains’ that was featured in our first newsletter. Recently I have stayed closer to home, concentrating on locations around the NSW Central Coast. With such a vast array of scenes from beaches to water falls and lakes to bush there are so many beautiful places to shoot. Here is a sample of my latest images. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Best Regards


  Bouddi National Park
  Empire Bay
  Forresters Beach
  Long Jetty
  MacMasters Beach
  Maitland Bay
  North Avoca
  Pretty Beach
  Putty Beach
  Shelly Beach
  Soldiers Beach
  Toowoon Bay
  Tuggerah Lake
Putty Beach, Central Coast, NSW

Soldiers Beach, Central Coast, NSW

Forresters Beach, Central Coast, NSW


Image Quality - Sharp Shooting

result of camera shake

It is often the case that image quality is compromised by camera shake. Camera shake is caused when unsteady support of the camera whilst shooting results in an blurred image particularly at slower shutter speeds.

SLR Cameras

For those of you shooting with SLR’s there is a good ‘rule of thumb’ to follow to ensure you capture sharp images which aren’t spoilt by camera shake.

Make sure your shutter speed is at least the reciprocal of the focal length you are shooting at. For example; if you are shooting at a focal length of 200mm then it is advised that you use a shutter speed of at least 1/250th of a second or faster. Some of the more expensive lenses also come with an image stabilising feature that will enable you to use slower shutter speeds whilst still achieving sharp results.

Of course there are other ways you can help alleviate camera shake. The use of tripods, mono pods, beanbags will all help you achieve a sharper image and in some cases i.e. shooting in low light are a must! Don’t forget to use a cable release or the cameras self timer as the action of pressing the shutter release button can also cause the camera to vibrate.

Advance use: Some more advanced SLR cameras have a mirror lock facility (most probably accessed via the cameras menus). This allows the mirror to be locked up prior to the shutter opening again ensuring that all efforts are being made to alleviate any form of camera shake/vibration whilst the shutter is open.


For those of you using compact cameras the same rules apply. On the majority of compacts the shutter speed will not be displayed but the camera will notify the user that a slower shutter speed is being used. Again for best results using a tripod or resting your camera on a sturdy platform and using the self timer can really help.

Also, simply holding your camera correctly and employing a firm stance will assist in reducing camera shake.

Useful Websites

Central Coast Tourism

Practical Photography

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