Welcome to the first of an occasional series of posts called “Nick-T recommends” where I’ll highlight some of the bits and pieces I use and like.

First up and just released is James Madelin’s “ioShutter” a shutter release cable for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that controls your SLR, advanced compact and medium format camera.

You may have come across Mr Madelin before in the form of his excellent ringflash-for-flashgun the Orbis . Well now he’s done it again and I cannot believe no-one has thought of this before.

The good news is that the ioShutter will work with your hasselblad, I have tested it!

The App offers fun features like “ClaptoSnap” which as the name suggests is a sound activated shutter, I imagine with a bit of tweaking you could use this to capture splash shots for example.

The ioshutter also offers self timer and bulb settings and with the pro version, time lapse features, something that I see people looking for all the time. Now I just need a hot shoe adaptor for my 4s.

http://www.ioshutter.com/

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Iceland, Hasselblad, and an Aussie..

by Nick T on October 17, 2011

This post comes to us courtesy of Jeff Grant who has previously featured on this blog (superstar that he is!) here.

Here’s Jeff:

Iceland has been high on my list of places that I would really like to visit, and particularly, to photograph. It’s a long way from Australia, and something that didn’t look like it was going to happen soon. Then one morning, I stumbled upon a photo workshop that was being conducted in Iceland, led by Hans Strand , focussing on landscape only, and including a morning taking aerials from a helicopter. It took about two milliseconds to decide that this was the workshop that I wanted to do,

If you Google photo workshops in Iceland, you will get a strange mix. Some sound like prison with rules about having to present your images daily for review, others talk of staying in Icelandic huts. Trust me, unless you are in your twenties and like sleeping like a sardine in a bunk house, this is to be avoided.

Many workshops try to provide a bit of everything but I don’t really want to spend time taking puffins, or houses with grass on the roof. I’ve yet to see one that I thought was much better than a snapshot. Fine art doesn’t seem to be a strong point of most workshops.

The other option has always been the standard ‘hire a car and drive around the island’ method. This always seemed a bit hit or miss to me, requiring a lot of research beforehand and relying on the internet.

So with that background, when a workshop like this presented itself, it was a no-brainer. Hans Strand is a Hasselblad Masters Landscape winner, who has been going to Iceland, at least annually, since the mid-90’s and there wasn’t a puffin to be seen.

Getting to Reykjavik from Sydney is no small feat. There are a number of options, all of which are long. I flew from Sydney to Dubai, and then on to Copenhagen, overnighted and then on to Reykjavik,

The workshop was everything that it advertised. We travelled in a small bus with a very knowledgeable Icelandic driver who took us to places that I would never have thought of going to in a four wheel drive by myself. We had an Icelandic chef along for a few days who managed to create restaurant quality lunches and dinners. You really haven’t eaten in Iceland until you have dined in a tent in a lava field on superb food and French wine.

The photography was excellent. We were blessed with a mix of weather from sleet to sun but we managed to shoot most of the day. Having Hans Strand around was an experience in itself. My previous experience with workshops has been mixed. Often very little real information passed from leader to attendees.

Hans is the best photographic instructor that I have encountered. He is very willing to share his knowledge and has a very relaxed style without any hype. His ability to create an excellent composition in any situation was enlightening. It was a revelation to see what he had produced and what the rest of us had done. Every day was a Masterclass that I really enjoyed.

If you are contemplating an Icelandic adventure, I would recommend these guys unreservedly. They are www.better-moments.com. If I could just get my hands on the family fortune, I would be back there next year in a flash.

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Crowd sourced funding..

September 7, 2011

This post is about new ways to raise funds for projects, it’s not news but a few people I have been talking to had not heard about it so I thought I woould share here.. You might have seen shows on T.V like ‘Dragon’s Den’ were inventors present their ideas to a group of venture [...]

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Hasselblad shooter Jace Tan

August 31, 2011

Here’s a short piece on Singapore based photographer Jace Tan, I really like his style and I think he’s doing some great work. Here’s Jace: Where other students between 13 and 16 were studying maths, science and such in school, one of the elective for me, was Arts. I studied classical art such as Leonardo, [...]

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Hello world!

August 16, 2011

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Will Ophuis H4D40 Shooter

June 24, 2011

Will Ophuis is an extremely talented Australian based landscape photographer working with an H4D40. I asked Will to share some thoughts around his system and why he uses Hasselblad: Before shooting with the Hasselblad H4D-40 I was shooting with a Canon 5dmkII and a bunch of L lenses, I started to feel that the gear [...]

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Hasselblad Tintypes

May 25, 2011

In this post I wanted to share the work of California-based photographer Barry Goyette who is doing some lovely work replicating the Tin-Type photographic process. Trained on traditional film based cameras, Goyette began working on the hasselblad digital platform with the introduction of Imacon’s 132c. “I was always obsessed with image quality, even in school, [...]

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Hasselblad in Space

May 17, 2011

You know when you’re up there in space and you can never work out which lens to put on? Or how about you decide you want to grab a shot of the Space Shuttle with it’s cargo bay doors open and earth in the background? Well worry no more because there is a manual for [...]

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Peter Lorber shoots Hasselblad

April 27, 2011

You might remember Peter Lorber from this post on Hasselblads underwater. Peter is something of a pioneer in the way he is using Hasselblads so I thought I’d share some of his images here. Here’s Peter: There is a myth that Hasselblad is a studio camera and can’t be used for much else. I hear [...]

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H4D40 Vs P40+

March 15, 2011

What follows are some of my thoughts around the Hasselblad H4D40 and the Phase One P40+. This is not intended to be an independent or in any way scientific review because I’m really quite biased; I love my Hasselblads. The photographers that I assisted in London (back in the film days) all shot Hasselblad and [...]

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