Simons Photography - New Zealand Photographer
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The First Selfie

The First Selfie

Snapped in New York on the roof of the Marceau Studio on Fifth Avenue, across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral, this picture features five mustached photographers holding an antediluvian analog camera at arm's length. Because this camera would have been... Read More »

100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

This list is for me to re-read at my leisure, but you can read it too :p   Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn't mean that they're a good photographer. Always shoot in RAW. Always. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photog... Read More »

The First Photo Ever

The First Photo Ever

Boulevard du Temple, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in 1838, is generally accepted as the earliest photograph to include people. It is a view of a busy street, but because the exposure time was at least ten minutes the moving traffic left no trace. Onl... Read More »

NZ Photography Laws

NZ Photography Laws

So last week in Pak n Save I was told that I am not allowed to take photos. Turns out that legally, as long as I'm not shooting people, this is not accurate, even if they have a 'no cameras' sign on the front door.   You can check out what the five-... Read More »

How to be an Opportunistic Photographer

How to be an Opportunistic Photographer

It's all in the eyes.    I believe you first need to be the kind of person who not just notices things, but has a second look at things with an expectation of wonder, perhaps you could learn this simply by slowing yourself down a bit and really tak... Read More »

Google Photos App Ruined

Google Photos App Ruined

Late last week Google Photos updated, lets call it an update - it was more of a total downgrade in my opinion.   Google Photos used to contain what I feel was some of the best free image editing tools you can get, spot editing, instant (fake) HDR, struct... Read More »

Not so blissful

Not so blissful

The default Windows XP wallpaper containing rolling green hills, blue sky and fluffy white clouds is a real photo, taken by a real photographer - Charles O'Rear, now 73.  You are probably thinking OMFG he must have lolled all the way to the bank? Wro... Read More »

Photography Cheat Sheet

Photography Cheat Sheet

  Want to capture excellent photos? Then you need to understand three things — the aperture, the shutter speed, and the ISO.    The aperture controls light that passes through your camera lens. If you shoot with the aperture adjusted to the s... Read More »

Drive-by Shooting

Drive-by Shooting

As my car is out of commission, I initially found shooting from a moving vehicle bit of a challenge, especially ending up with power poles in what could have been a great shot. To overcome this I used what I have learn over the years as a gamer - lead the targ... Read More »

My Camera

This is my camera (Canon 600D) having a rest on the beach.

Photography and Filters

The other day I posted a sunset on Facebook and I was asked how much saturation I must have put on it to get it so red - this has prompted this post.  I don't really do a hell of a lot to my photos I take with my camera - sometimes I might go as far... Read More »