Posts by Ted's Cameras

After a huge month on submissions and sorting through almost 1500 stunning images, we finally have a winner for our October "Something Blue" photo competition! Check out the incredible winning image and a few of our favourite entries from the past month, did you make it on the list??? ...  Read More

These days a lot of DSLR and Compact System cameras are purchased by families with young children. These cameras are purchased because people want to get great shots of their kids, but once the camera arrives on your doorstep, how do you use it?

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We don't all have an endless amount of money to spend on cameras, but we do all have a need to capture our treasured memories in the best quality possible. Thankfully, modern advancements have led to an increase in quality and features across the board, even in the under $300 range - these are our picks from that bunch.

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Congratulations to Amber, winner of Ted's September "In The Moment" Photo competition!


Amber has scored herself a Nikon Coolpix P900, valued at $799.95!

Check out her great image and a few of our favourite entries from the past month, did you make it on the list???

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Confused by the huge range of cameras available? Not sure which one fits your needs? Fear not! Ted's and Fuji are here to help :-) Let us demystify the wonderful worlds of X-Series cameras, from the entry level X-A cameras, to the fully featured X-Pro Series. ...  Read More

Australia is a sporting nation, whether they're playing it, watching it or arguing about it with their mates :-)
With climate and terrain that supports everything from surfing to skiing, Australia offers the keen photographer an unlimited range of sports photography opportunities.

This week we've collected a selection of action images, that are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety of sports available to the local photographer.

Check them out, follow the links and be inspired!

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“The Decisive Moment” was a term coined by the pioneer of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. During his time, photography was still a relatively new art medium and it wasn’t taken seriously. Furthermore, photographers were often criticised for not having the same discipline and creativity as traditional artists as photographers can create their images in a matter of seconds, not hours.

This month we celebrate the decisive moment with our #TedsInTheMoment photo comp. We want to see how you capture the world, the highs, the lows, moments of action & joy! ...  Read More

Congratulations to @shaun.clancy , winner of Ted's August Black & White Photo competition! Check out his great image and a few of our favourite entries from the past month, did you make it on the list??? ...  Read More

During July and August this year, Ted's Maroochydore customer, avid photographer and "Everyday Hero" Richard West, made it his mission to ride his motorcycle around Australia in 62 days, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the charity Beyond Blue.

He was kind enough to share his images and story here...

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Black & White photography never goes out of style, from landscapes to portraits and everything in between. B&W has the ability to add new dimensions to an image, bring out subtle details or hide distracting elements.

Explore a world of shadows, highlights, tones & texture, with this months #TedsBlackAndWhite photo comp. We want to see your monotone masterpieces, B&W beauties and gorgeous greyscales!
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Ted's Cameras are proud to be sponsoring the 2016 Photo Shootout. Launched this week at Ted's Camera Stores in Maroochydore. The Photo Shootout is a weekend long photography festival and competition designed to bring the photography community together for a weekend of fun and adventure, celebrating our art and passion. ...  Read More
Congratulations to Siobhan! Winner of our July "Different Perspectives" photo comp! ...  Read More

This month we've done something different for our photo competition, instead of a literal theme (sports, wildlife, landscape etc.), we've opted for something more creative.

We've asked you to show us your "Different Perspective", we want to see how you view the world. Whether it's a birdseye view, fisheye or any view your imagination can conjure up, we want to see it :-)

To help you along, this weeks Flickr Friday is all about different perspectives, we've searched the web for images to inspire you and spark your creativity.
So have a look, be inspired and join the fun.

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Winter is here in force and entries for our "Winter" photo comp have been coming in thick and fast.
It's always hard to pick a favourite image in these situations, but this month has been exceptional. Not only do we have a winner, but we also have 3 runners up with prizes by Sandisk :-) ...  Read More

If you are in the market for an entry-level DSLR with more features than your average beginner model, but just as compact and easy to use, chances are you have already heard about the Nikon D5500. But is this the model that is going to be best suited to your needs?

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To the outsider, Nikon seem to have a very clear vision - to create a full-frame body that is suitable for every enthusiast and professional photographer. Not too long ago we saw the revamp of their professional range with the powerful D810 and we have also recently seen the arrival of the affordable lower-end D610; now we have the Nikon D750, sitting comfortably in the middle with features in common with both of the previously mentioned models.

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One of the most anticipated follow ups in modern camera history, the Canon EOS 7D mark II had big boots to fill. Long before it was officially announced, this action-ready DSLR was surrounded by hype, with camera lovers speculating what road Canon would take and whether this second generation body would be worth the lengthy wait.

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The introduction of the full-frame DSLR camera excited many, and opened many doors for photography, but for a number of years it created a great divide between beginners and professionals. ...  Read More

Once again, with the support of Canon Australia, the Ted's Fountain Gate team have held another successful Canon Lens Day. This was all about macro and the use of speedlights with close up capabilities. Having this on the weekend of Ted's huge "Friday the 13th" lens sale was perfect timing for photographers to test some lenses in the real world and grab some great deals!

If you happened to miss out on this event, don't worry, there are more to come :-) Just make sure you follow Ted's on Facebook HERE, or sign up to our mailing list HERE to get exclusive invites to these great FREE events.

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Sunday the 8th marks Mothers Day in Australia. On this day we take time to appreciate our mothers or mother figures. While Mothers Day wasn't started in Australia, it's a little known fact that it was an Australian who is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother's Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers. ...  Read More
We had a great response to our April "Old" Photo Comp, with some classic old photos, vintage inspired new photos and beautiful collages.

But as always there can be only one winner, and this months 1st place has been awarded to Hayden L. for his haunting image titled "Meet Bonzo", you can see that a lot of work as gone into this image, both before and after snapping the shutter.
Congratulations Hayden!

But wait, that's not all... This month Olloclip has come to the party with 10 prizes for our runners up :-)

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"Photography is made essentially of time. I often think that what we show is a point in time, more than a window onto space."
Frank Horvat

Born on April 28th 1928, in Abbazia, Italy (now Opatija, Croatia). At the tender age of 15, Frank Horvat swapped his postage stamp collection for a 35mm Retinamat camera and never looked back. He is now 88 years old and still pushing the boundaries of photography, embracing new mediums and processes, while exhibiting in galleries, online and via his iPad App. He is truly an inspiration for all photographers young and old. ...  Read More

This Monday across Australia, NZ & the world, we will commemorate ANZAC Day & pay our respects to the men & women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC Day is known as one of Australia’s most sacred national memorials. April 25th is a day of remembrance, observed in two separate ceremonies. The "Dawn Service" in memory of the ANZAC's first landing and then, the marches which take place through the country’s major cities and in many smaller centres.
In these ways, Anzac Day is a time at which Australians & New Zealanders reflect on the many different meanings of war. ...  Read More

Andrew Peacock's latest exhibition "Call of the Wild" is part of the Sydney HeadOn Festival, and opens on the 29 April 2016, running until the 31st of May.

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The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, as a wise man once said... "Winter is coming" But that doesn't mean you have to hibernate, cold weather opens up a world of photographic possibilities that summer denies us. ...  Read More

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons for photography. The vibrant colours of foliage, dramatic fog in the morning and depending on where you live, the first frost of the year. Whether you're a pro or an amateur, with a DSLR or a smart phone, anyone can capture autumn’s beauty.

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Drones, quadcopters, UAV’s or whatever you want to call them, they’re here and they’re great!

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably noticed that drones are becoming a pretty big thing.

While drones may seem scary or pointless to some people, for photographers they've opened up an entirely new world of photography, that until now was the exclusive realm of professional photographers or extremely wealthy amateurs.

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”A photograph is a secret about a secret.
The more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

This March 14th marks what would have been the 92nd birthday of the gifted and troubled photographer Diane Arbus

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If you didn’t know yet, March is Macro photography month at Ted’s and to celebrate, we’re running a “Macro” photography competition on our website, Facebook and Instagram!

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Patterns. We see them every day, they surround us, in nature and in man made structures. And yet how often do you really take notice of them? Noticing these details can help us to get a better understanding of the world around us as well as provide us with unlimited inspiration.

The theme of our latest weekly Instagram competition is Patterns and we're asking you to look at the environment around you in different ways. Seek out the hidden geometry that is all around us and think about the way patterns can tell a story, lead the eye and give us a new understanding of everyday objects.

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The amazing Flinders Island contains diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to rugged mountains. It's located in the Bass Strait, just North East of Tasmania.

Late January in 2016, we hosted a unique photographic adventure to Flinders Island, guided by master photographer Ric Wallis.
A group of 8 photography enthusiasts flew from Melbourne for 3 days and two nights of some of the most amazing landscapes that you will ever set sight on, this short film will give you just a taste of what could be in store for you, if you take the leap and book one of these once in a lifetime trips :-) ...  Read More

On February 19th in 1836, South Australia was officially proclaimed as state.

South Australia, with it's huge semi-desert areas in the far Outback, is the driest out of all of the states, yet it is also the most urbanised and hosts a range of arts and performance festivals.
These contrasts of beaches, deserts, cities and farmland make South Australia a photographers dream. This week we've selected a range of images showing off the beauty and diversity of this beautiful region. So, as always, enjoy the pic's, take some photos and make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section. ...  Read More

This week we're doing something a little different, instead of "Flickr Friday", we're having "Feature Me Friday"

If you follow Ted's Instagram @Teds_Cameras, you'll know we run our #FeatureMeTeds community, showing some of the great photos that get submitted to us every day.
Sadly we don't get to share as many as we'd like, so today we've collected some of the recent highlights to share with you all. Make sure you click through to see all the beautiful images, it might just give you the inspiration you need to take your next great photo :-)

So as always, enjoy the pic's, take more photos and make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Last year (in Part 1) we had the pleasure of working with and filming Rob and in Part 2 we get to ask him few questions about his work and inspiration.

Rob Woodcox is a surreal portrait and fine art photographer born in Houston, raised in Detroit, and currently residing in Portland Oregon. He exercises his talent for photography with a passion that is unquenchable and contagious.

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This year the Chinese New Year falls on February 8th (this Monday). It is the Year of the Fire Monkey according to Chinese zodiac the Monkey possesses such character traits as curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness.

Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to have some fun and take some great photos, with brightly coloured clothes, dynamic dragon dancers and fireworks on the streets in your local ChinaTown. You'd be mad not to get out their with your camera and join the fun :-)

For a little inspiration, this week we've selected a beautiful bunch of images, showcasing the exciting and energetic scenes of Chinese New Year's of the past.

So as always, enjoy the pic's, take some photos and make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Melbournians have a saying "if you don't like the weather in Melbourne, just wait five minutes and it will change", but it seems lately you could apply that quote to all four corners of this great land.

Dramatic weather can take your images from good to amazing, architecture, landscapes and even portraits can be given new meaning by utilising the chaotic Australian weather as a backdrop. Dust storms, thunderstorms, lightning and wind,

So why not get out in the thick of it next time the weather turns bad, it might just be the best photo you've ever taken.

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Last post we showed you some photos of students from Clyde Fenton Primary School having fun with their new cameras. The school received a delivery of traded-in cameras from our last ‘trade-in sale’ and they were quickly put to good use.
The kids have taken to their new lessons like pros and have been producing some beautiful photographs. We caught up with some of the students to ask what they like about photography.

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Tuesday 26th is Australia Day, a day for us to celebrate harmony, diversity, and unity as a nation.

Australia Day means many different things to many different people and isn't just about Aussie flags and Triple J, so we've tried to find a diverse range of images to share with you for this weeks Flickr Friday post.

Whatever you're doing this Tuesday, make sure you take your camera along and share what Australia Day means to you. Tag your pic's with #featuremeteds and you might even get featured on our Instagram page :-)



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You may be one of the awesome people who traded in their old camera, or maybe you heard about our plan to send traded-in cameras to a school in the NT.

Well the cameras have finally arrived at Clyde Fenton School in Katherine. They’ve found a home in the art department and have been incorporated into lessons by Dave.

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Buying presents can be hard, especially if the person you’re buying for is a photographer. The jargon and technical details can be confusing, aperture, focal length, guide number… It’s almost enough to make you give up and buy a gift hamper :-(

But don’t be discouraged, Ted’s is here to help!

From DSLR’s to iphones, we’ve a put together a list of surefire gifts that your special someone is bound to love.

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Ralph Lee Hopkins Director of Lindblad Expedition Photography and National Geographic photographer has submitted his one on one interview, with some stunning images that he had taken during one of Lindblad Expeditions Cruises. ...  Read More

Buying Christmas presents can be hard, especially if the person you’re buying for is a photographer. The jargon and technical details can be confusing, aperture, focal length, guide number… It’s almost enough to make you give up and buy a gift hamper :-(

But don’t be discouraged, Ted’s is here to help!

From DSLR’s to iPhones, we’ve a put together a list of surefire gifts that your special someone is bound to love.

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The Christmas trees are out and the decorations are up, the festive season is upon us and it's the perfect opportunity to take a few photos.

Tinsel, Christmas lights and bright festive colours all combine to make for beautiful scenery, so get out there and take some snaps!

This week we've hunted the interwebs for a few photos to inspire your creativity, have a look, share them with your friends and don't forget to let us know your thoughts in the comments


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Rob Woodcox is a surreal portrait and fine art photographer born in Houston, raised in Detroit, and currently residing in Portland Oregon. He exercises his talent for photography with a passion that is unquenchable and contagious.

Rob visited Melbourne recently and we were lucky enough to have a chat with him about his work and inspiration.

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This week we're doing something a little different... :-)

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $685 million and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

This month we've been running our first ever #showusyourmo competition on our Instagram page @teds_cameras, we had a huge response and thought we'd share a few of the highlights with you all :-)

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your trade-in cameras?

After our latest ‘trade-in sale’ a bunch of second hand digital cameras made their way up to the Katherine in the Northern Territory. They found their new home at the Clyde Fenton School; a school committed to meeting the needs of all students on an equitable basis. It’s here that the resident art teacher, David McGill has put them to good use.

We had a quick chat with him about the school, the kids and what it’s like to teach in such a unique school.

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Black & White photography has always held a special place in my heart, ever since the first time I saw the little square prints from my grandad's Box Brownie, I've been fascinated by the way black, white and shades of grey can be used in the creative process.
B&W is a major part of how I take photos and I couldn’t imagine my photography without it.

This week we've collected a range of different B&W images, covering a variety of subjects and styles. ...  Read More

It's been a hot week for most of Australia and it looks like this summer is going to be a cracker!

Before you go running inside to your fans and air-con, why not think about some of the great photo opportunities this extreme weather can provide.
Stark landscapes, unique wildlife and poolside fun can all make for great subject matter :-)

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Buying Christmas presents can be hard, especially if the person you’re buying for is a photographer. The jargon and technical details can be confusing, aperture, focal length, guide number… It’s almost enough to make you give up and buy a gift hamper :-(

But don’t be discouraged, Ted’s is here to help!

From DSLR’s to iphones, we’ve a put together a list of surefire gifts that your special someone is bound to love.

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Wednesday the 11th was Remembrance day.

This year 11 November marked the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

This Friday we've decided to share 10 images that we feel best match the theme of remembrance.

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Melbourne Cup is coming "The Race That Stops A Nation", even if you're not in Melbourne it's hard not to feel the excitement this great event spreads across Australia

To celebrate this day of fun and festivities, we've searched the world for racing inspired imagery. Racing in all it's forms, on wheels, on water, on ice and sand.

Have a look, let us know what you think and as always feel free to share any great photographers that you think should be added to this list.


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From thunder storms to ocean spray and dramatic coasts to serene lakes, Australia has always had a love affair with water in all it's forms water.

This weeks Flickr Friday theme is "Water", we've selected a range of images of water in all it's forms, natural, man made, massive or macro, there's something to please every taste.

Have a look, let us know what you think and as always feel free to share any great photographers that you think should be added to this list.

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Ted's is proud to offer a range of courses across Australia, hosted by some extremely talented individuals.
Glynn teaches our "Understanding Your Camera" courses, through his business Creative Photo Workshops

Having just come back from an amazing Vietnam adventure, we thought we'd ask him a few questions about his work and his thought about photography.

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The days are getting longer, the nights are warmer and all the animals are coming out from their winter hides

Australia has a wealth of unique native fauna and often their habitat is just on our doorstep, which makes it so easy for all of us to take some great photos of animals in the wild.

This weeks Flickr Friday theme is "Wildlife", we've sourced images from near and far to inspire and entertain you. Have a look, let us know what you think and as always feel free to share any great photographers that you think should be added to this list.

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If you're thinking about going on one of Ted's PhotoEscapades, or you've already bought your tickets, these packing tips from Ted's Educator Ric Wallis will help you refine your equipment to the bare essentials. ...  Read More

Today marks the birthday of John Lennon. Musician, Writer & Activist

John Lennon will always be strongly linked with peace and anti-war protest, which is why this weeks Flickr Friday theme is "Peace".

Have a look, let us know what you think and feel free to share any other photos that you think would fit the theme.

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For many of us our wedding day is one of the most important events in our lives, which is why it's so important to find a photographer that understands you and can capture the unique feeling of that special day.

There are so many amazing wedding photographers out there, but we think Zosia & Jakub the brother and sister duo from Aparat Photography are an up and coming team, that you should definitely check out.

Ted's "One On One" let's you find out what makes these great photographers tick, so read on, enjoy the photos and don't forget to let us know what you think :-)

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Another weekend, another holiday... This week for those lucky folk in Victoria, it's Grand Final weekend and they're celebrating by declaring a brand new holiday.

So for all of you enjoying the long weekend, remember to take a moment to relax and unwind after all the yelling, screaming and flag waving.

This weeks Flickr Friday theme is "Relax", we've sourced images of how we like to relax in our time off, what's your favourite?

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Making the leap from student photographer to professional photographer can be a scary process, which is why it's great to have a mentor who's been through it all before.

This week we meet Dance and Wedding Photographer Belinda Wright and she shares with us her hints and tips to make the transition smoother.

So read on, enjoy the photos and don't forget to let us know what you think!

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If you happen to be in the Australian Capital Territory this Monday (September 28th), you'll be lucky enough to experience quite a unique public holiday. ACT Family and Community Day.

Family and Community Day is a public holiday for people to get together with family, friends and the community to spend quality time connecting with each other.

That's why this weeks Flickr Friday theme is "Family & Community". Whether or not your in the ACT, what better excuse to go out this weekend with your family and neighbours and take a few snapshots.

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Photography is such a powerful medium, an image can inform you, entertain you, move you and inspire you.

This weeks Flickr Friday theme is "Wanderlust" the irresistibly strong desire to travel. We hope these images inspire you to travel this weekend and create your own beautiful images. ...  Read More

Australia is full of outstanding photographers and at Ted's we love sharing their work with you. Ted's "One On One" let's you find out what makes these great photographers tick, so read on, enjoy the photos and don't forget to let us know what you think :-) This week we meet Travel & Documentary Photographer Damian Caniglia ...  Read More

It's the end of the week and we're back for another edition of "Flickr Friday".

In photography we always talk about sharpness, we want sharp lenses, we sharpen our images in photoshop and we buy high resolution cameras with the hope of producing "tack sharp" images.

But what about the other side of the coin, blur can give a soft dreaminess to our images, motion blur emphasises movement and background blur (bokeh) makes foreground subjects "pop-out" from the page

Here's just a few photographers from the web that we hope will inspire you to experiment with blur this weekend, enjoy!

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And we're back for another edition of "Flickr Friday".

Sunday is Father's Day in Australia, so we're celebrating all the Dad's out there!

We've hunted through Flickr to find you stunning images to get you inspired for a weekend of photography.

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It was hard work picking a winner from the hundreds of amazing photos of tasty treats and mouthwatering meals, but we loved Glen's use of colour, light and composition.

Glen is the proud owner of a new Panasonic G7

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Learn about up and coming photographers around Australia, with Ted's "One On One", we find out where they got there start in the business and what makes them tick.

At only 14 years old, Lachy Starling is shooting above his weight. Taking photos that people twice his age would be proud of, he's showing us there's nothing you can't do if you're dedicated enough. ...  Read More

Welcome to the first of what we hope will be a regular feature on the Ted's Blog, "Flickr Friday".

We've hunted through Flickr to find you stunning images to get you inspired for a weekend of photography.
As Monday is the birthday of the famous and under-rated street photographer Helen Levitt, we're kicking off with a gallery of our favourite "street photos".

Let us know what you think and feel free to add any of your own favourite Flickr photographers in the comments.

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On Wednesday night the 12th of August Canon hosted a free speedlite workshop at our Melbourne store.

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Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August saw Ted’s stores raise funds for the Victorian Cancer Council and to show support for our very own Tania. ...  Read More

Ted's will be raising money for the Cancer council of Victoria during our 45th birthday weekend.

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Once again, another Ted's Photo Competition has come to an end. With hundreds of fantastic entries, it's always difficult to pick a winner. ...  Read More
In the modern world of Instagram, Flickr etc it's not hard to find photographic Inspiration, but what are the Top Photographers that you should be following on social media? ...  Read More
From the original box camera of the early 1900's to today's versatile compact digital cameras; take a look at the past present and future if photography. ...  Read More

The Sony A7 and the Canon EOS 6D are two great cameras which bridge the gap between the ease of handling of compact cameras and the power and versatility of full specification DSLRs.

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Not all insurance companies are alike, if you have specialised camera equipment or any sort of digital camera equipment that is more than just an SLR and a single lens, then you really should be insured with a specialist camera insurer. 

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Ever wondered what happens to your camera at the end of the Ted’s trade in promotion that we run a couple of times a year?

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Prior to digital cameras, Black and White (B&W) photography was as simple a process as dropping a roll of B&W film into your camera and you could just start snapping.

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Our last post introduced you to Travel Photography, now we are going to take you a little bit further into looking at the best equipment you should be using.

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Any photo that is captured during a journey could be considered a travel photo but in reality it is an image that captures the time, location, the light and scene as the photographer saw the situation.

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In our last blog post we spoke about the best times to photograph and working with the right light to help capture great landscape images.
Continuing with our series on Landscape photography we will now discuss some of the best techniques to use.

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In our last blog post we spoke about the right equipment you need to capture great landscape images.
Now we will take you through some of the best times of day to photograph. 

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If you're ready to take your photography to the next level, and are looking for a new camera to do so, you have an abundance of options to choose from. Brand, camera features, camera accessories, and lenses - making a decision isn't easy, but this infographic is a start. We take an in-depth look at the hardware and performance features of two top camera choices: the Olympus OMD - EM10 and Nikon's D5300.

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This is a first in a series of posts about Landscape photography which we will be bring you over the coming weeks.
First up we look at the Equipment needed to capture stunning landscape images​.

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Its that time of year when Motorsports season kicks off around Australia.
There are events such as the Clipsal 500, The Australian Grand Prix and state motorsport series all start to begin for the year.

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With mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras now able to share images online easier than ever before, it means that there are a lot of images floating around the world of cyber space that may not look as good as you hoped.

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The debate is still raging over which is better – Cameras or Smartphones?

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Spring has sprung – what better time to get acquainted with wildlife photography? Be it taking animal photos in the Serengeti or in your own back yard wildlife photography can be a very rewarding pursuit, however it requires some skill and huge amounts of patience. Here are some tips to help get you started.

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With just a few tips and the right camera accessories, you can capture rockets and starbursts like a pro.

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Every wondered what range a 18-200mm lens covers or the difference beween and 18-55mm and a 55-250mm? Take a look at this post comparing 13 different focal lengths. 

Take the guess work out of your next lens purchase!

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Yay! You did it! Your back from your holiday and you have got the perfect shot! The light was just right, the angle was perfect, you edited to bring out just the right amount of texture/contrast/colour, and your subject wasn’t blinking. So…now what?
Some images are just too good to languish away on a hard drive or decorating your Facebook page; no they should be printed, mounted and/or framed.

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It’s the middle of winter, and as usual our thoughts are drifting to exotic locations, sandy beaches and warmer climes. Here at Ted’s we look forward to holidays because, most of all, they let us take some great shots.  Here are some tips for getting the most from your travel photos.

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Top Free Smartphone Photo Apps

Keen to edit the snaps from your mobile phone before you share them to your favourite social network but unsure which app to use? Fear not! Here at Ted's we've researched and listed the best of the photo editing apps out there.
Read away and why not share this infographic with your friends?

Also take a look at our range of iPhone accessories here

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So we know what a compact camera is. We know what a Digital SLR camera is. So what is a Compact System camera?

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HDR photography is getting to be very popular these days, and when used correctly it is a fantastic tool capable of creating spectacular images. When used incorrectly it looks pretty darn dodgy, so here are some tips to get you started on a whole new photographic style.

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Get the edge in our Photography competition with this month's Ted's cameras blog on Landscapes.
It's packed with tips to get you shooting right away.
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Hello all, it’s time for another addition to our Photoshop basics series. I hope over the break you have all been reading plenty of photography tips and most importantly taking lots and lots of pictures! This blog entry will focus on why you should shoot RAW files and how to edit them.

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Have you ever wondered what makes professional-grade cameras so special, or what people are talking about when they say “Full Frame”? This Ted’s Blog explains what Full Frame cameras are, and why you might want to use one.

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In this infographic we compare two CSC cameras - the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Canon EOS M - with the DSLR Canon EOS 650D. What's best for travel? What is good for fast-moving sports scenes. And which can capture great action in videos. We also outline the key differences in the technology that sets DSLR and compact system cameras apart.

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In the last blog entry of this series we discussed how to open, save, crop and re-size your images. In this entry we will take it a step further and talk about adjusting brightness and colour levels.

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This series of blogs is for those who want to edit their photos and don’t know where to start, so we will start at the beginning with compact camera users...

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Welcome to part 3 of our Flash Photography series.

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After considering our previous instalment, no doubt you have some questions regarding how to do more. You want to get more creative and elaborate...well a whole new part of photographic hobby has just opened for you - fun with external flash.

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Okay, hands up those of you who want better pictures. You bought the DSLR, a lens, memory card and bag, but somehow your pictures just don’t seem to pop the way photographs from a big expensive company do. Well, after learning the basics of how your camera works (see our article on Manual shooting) and how to use the right settings, you might like to try your hand at controlling the available light.

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So, your kids have reached that age where they need to burn off energy, so you get them in to sport. They have a lot of fun running around the field, track or court, and you start to wonder if you can get a photograph of them to show the family what a great player they are

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Have you ever seen a macro photograph? Odds on you have, even if you didn’t realise it at the time...

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You can tell a lot about a person by what car they drive, what clothes they wear and what camera they use...

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A common question asked by people purchasing cameras and lenses is ‘How do I take a good shot of my kids?’ Believe it or not, good portrait photography is easy when you know a few basic tricks. You don’t need a fancy studio set up to take natural, fun portrait photographs. 

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Jules Tahan photographs Black Caviar and they both live to tell the tale. “A horse is a horse, of course, of course, And no one (is scared of photographing a horse) of course, that is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Black Caviar.” 

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The Fuji X100 has arrived and the international media pretend that it isn’t the biggest event of the year. What’s all this fuss about Greece anyway? Haven’t these journalist hacks seen this camera? 

Actually, neither have we – well, almost.  Sightings of the Fuji X100 for a while were pretty rare. It took an earthquake and a tsunami to remind us that there is another country in Asia other than China where they still make things, like the X100, called Japan. The Fuji marketing boys could manufacture the story but the company could barely manufacture the camera.  The was no doubting the hype was genuine. Demand was through the roof but the supply was a trickle.

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There are certain things that feel like forever in these times, like waiting for Melbourne public transport, but modern technology is not one of them. It only seems like yesterday that my grandfather, when filming using his video camera – and younger readers I kid you not – was forced to brace it on his shoulder such was its weight. Recording a family function not only took an element of photographic understanding, it took an element of power lifting. He needed a Thighmaster to stay in shape to get it off the ground. A crook back went along with the editing later on.

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The modern camera is undergoing a transformation like the fashion lines of the world: retro is in. As one who is usually oblivious to the changing nature of attire (what, men don’t wear hats anymore?) even I can’t help but be impressed. Not only do the cameras look like something Megan Gale would be proud to swing from her shoulder or Paris Hilton strap to her poodle, but some old ideas are resurfacing to give substance to all the style.

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I can think of few superior methods to developing skill as a photographer than with the bar bill on expenses, not to mention the lenses, and a beautiful model in the frame. As this approach has yet to be authorised, the least I can do is open the idea out to discussion: hence this blog.

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Those of us who like to spend time in bars need to think about our lenses.  If we are honest with ourselves - and over a beer or two, honesty can come fast, just ask Mel Gibson - many of us own one of these: either the Nikon 18-55mm VR or Canon 18-55mm IS.  Some of us with a little more in the budget may have opted for the Nikon 16-85mm VR or 18-105mm or indeed the Canon 17-85mm IS if not the 15-85mm IS.  Two of the hottest sellers are longer again: both the Nikon andCanon versions of the 18-200mm

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Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of listening to a Justin Bieber fan trying to articulate the appeal of a star who seemingly can’t even exude testosterone let alone charisma will know photographic terminology can be just as baffling. Often those considering upgrading from a compact camera to a DSLR can’t escape the idea that suddenly the whole thing seems very complicated, just like Justin can’t help running into packs of screaming girls between blow drying his hair. The good news is a DSLR needn’t be complicated unless you want it to be.

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When people want to evoke the Grand Prix they talk about the noise.  As one who lives in the premier city of the Australian nanny state - where thugs with knives are unheard of and the impeccable public transport system doesn’t hold even an air of public menace - I can vouch for the racket.  I can also vouch for a pain in the neck carrying my camera bag  around the track, testing out the Nikon 70 - 300mm VR, all day.

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In the recent storm about Lara Bingle having her photograph taken in the shower, as opposed to everywhere else with studio lights, one wonders what pictures might have appeared if the camera had not been attached to a mobile phone held in a hand commanded by a brain of questionable capacity but rather had been one of these.

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Late last year a forgotten product left for dead in the digital era made a late, sizzling dash as a hot item in the photographic industry even as it died: polaroid instant film.

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