December 11, 2014

For years I have heard people saying how much better it is to use a graphic tablet for retouching instead of a mouse. All that time I have always thought: “Hey, I’m pretty god with the mouse, why bother spending the extra money?!”.

Last month I won “photographer of the month” at my work and was rewarded with a voucher for an electronic store. My girlfriend suggested I might get a tablet to give it a try. Walking through the store, I wandered past the section with graphic tablets and thought “now or never” and grabbed a Wacom Intuos Pro – Medium – tablet.

From the moment I plugged it into my computer I was in love with it. While the handling takes a little time to get used to, I could instantly see the benefits for my retouching. I never had that much control and could tweak the smallest things with ease. By far the biggest improvement is visible when using masks or cloning. While a mouse has only one pressure setting, the pen allows you to vary the pressure and adjust the brush size on the go, without having to change it all the time. It makes retouching so much easier!

I just thought I share my “findings” and might encourage a few people to give it a go. I can’t believe I have lived without a graphic tablet for that long!


Just ignore the messy cables 😉



December 10, 2014

December is a bit of a quiet month for me at work, which allows me to go out to photograph birds a bit more often.

The last few times I focused on the temperate rain forests around Melbourne. It’s a fantastic place and offer plenty of photo opportunities. The only downside are the billions of leeches, which constantly creep up your clothes and when they bite it feels a bit like a cut with lemon juice dribbling into it…Trust me, not a very pleasant experience. nevertheless I had a good time.


Here are some of the results

The stunning King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)


Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)


Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)