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Featured Hot Shot Photographer – Allison Murphy

June 25th, 2008 2 Comments

Allison recently won the "Wedding" photo category in the first round of our Hot Shot or Not competition. You can see all winners here.

In this post – Allison talks about her winning image:

I always wanted a dramatic poses for my wedding photo’s and just as that picture
was about to be taken the wind came up and my dress just billowed out, and we
knew that that photo would be brilliant!

Allison’s tip for others getting wedding photographs is:

I did a lot of research on poses and picked out the ones I wanted for my wedding
photos and I made sure that those were taken.  I would rather a few fantastic
photographs than a lot of ordinary.

Stay tuned for more feature photographer posts from our July Round of Hot Shot Photographers/


Featured Hot Shot Photographer | Peta Curnow for the Other Category

June 24th, 2008 1 Comment

Peta recently won the "Other" photo category in the first round of our Hot Shot or Not competition. You can see all winners here.

She kindly shared the story and technique behind her winning image "Action at Avalon Air Show"

Peta Writes:

When I booked my tickets online for the 2007 Airshow, I was initially disappointed that I could only get seats in the top row of the Grandstand. I wanted to be down by the runway so I could get some high speed shots of the big jets before they took to the air. On the day however, I changed my tune. I found that my seats up high gave me a unique perspective I had not seen before from other photographers at Airshows. As the planes left the runway, I felt like I was up there with them (briefly). Many that have since seen this shot asked what plane I was up in to get the shot!
I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D. My trusty Canon 70-300 IS was my lens of choice that day for obvious reasons. I used a circular polarizer to help improve contrast and pump up blues and greens, on what was a very gloomy day. I was shooting mostly on Shutter Priority, with my ISOs up around 500. I also changed from single shot mode to continuous. This shot was 2000 @ f7.1 at 300mm focal length. I chose to crop to a panoramic format in post production, as well as making some slight adjustments to the curves to improve contrast.

Peta’s tip for other photographers:

My tip: Dont be afraid of negative space in your compositions! I find they give context and in this case, room for the subject to move further into the frame.

You can check out more of Peta’s work at her photographic studio site.


Stay tuned for more feature posts from this months Hot Shots.




5 fantastic photographers take out the June Round of Hot Shot or Not

June 23rd, 2008 2 Comments

544 images. 5000 votes. 1 very tight contest.

We are proud to announce the winners of the first round of Hot Shot or Not. Each of the winners received the highest average vote in their category.

In no particular order – our 5 Hot Shots for June are:

Wedding Category:

Allison M. for "Windswept"

Landscape Category:

Sally M. for "Resting ontop of the Alps"

Portrait Category:

Sally M. for "After a day’s surf"

Flower Category:

Jenny T for "Purple Hyacinth"

Other Category:

Peta C. for "Action at Avalon Airshow"

Each winner receives their image as a 12 x 18 canvas print.

Many of the winners have offered to share the stories, techniques and tips behind their images on this blog. So keep checking back to find out their photographic secrets 🙂

Do you have what it takes to be our next Hot Shot?

We will be deleting the winning images from the server. So make sure you vote, or upload your own images!



Introducing Hot Shot or Not – Get your photo rated while winning great prizes

June 23rd, 2008 No Comments

We are proud to announce the launch of Hot Shot or Not – our ongoing photographic competition.

The idea behind "Hot Shot or not" is simple. You can:

1) Rate other photographers images and provide feedback

2) Upload your own images anonymously and get both ratings and comments

3) Win great prizes. The monthly winner in each category gets their winning images printed as a stunning 12 x 18 inch canvas prints.

We’ve created Hot Shot or Not to be an easy way for keen photographers to get honest feedback on their work.

The competition will run monthly – so make sure you see whether you are Australia’s next Hot Shot!

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