Marketing without Breaking the Bank

I remember years ago, the Saturday papers were the go to publications for everything, from finding which jobs were available to apply for, to finding out which shops had specials and what they were. Newspapers and magazines were full of advertisements for almost anything. Firms that didn’t advertise through magazines and newspapers would sometimes print flyers and fill your letter box with them.

But, all that has changed. Globally many publications which were in business a few years ago, now no longer exist. Many that do remain are struggling and have drastically cut staff numbers, notably journalists, because the advertising revenue is no longer available to pay for them. Printed catalogues that many firms used a few years ago are now far less common.

So, have firms stopped spending money on marketing? No, of course not. They have just changed how and where it is being spent. It is now a mere quarter of a century that we have had the World Wide Web, or Internet, but it is sometimes difficult to remember how we ever existed without it.

The Internet along with other technology has really changed how we do almost everything. One of the biggest changes has been in the way in which many people communicate. I don’t use public transport often, but when I do catch a train or a bus I am still surprised by the number of people staring at their smart phones with their thumbs working overtime. Once upon a time you would sit on a bus or a train and actually have a chat with the person sitting beside you whether your knew them or not. Generally I embrace change, but there are some things I preferred as they were.

But, I digress. I was discussing how advertising revenue for the traditional print media had significantly dropped. And fewer people are purchasing printed publications. This trend is closely correlated with the changes in the way people are communicating, which I also mentioned. Social media sites such as Facebook have in many cases have taken the place of the traditional print media. Firms having a social media presence are generally much more likely to be successful than those that don’t. Google and Facebook are now receiving a much greater share of the advertising revenue that in the past would have gone to the traditional print media.

Web sites would probably be considered as essential for many businesses if they are to stay in business. They are relatively inexpensive to set up and maintain, in addition to being able to produce colour photographs of products without having to go to the expense of getting them printed.

Maybe in some ways I am old fashioned, but personally I still prefer to hold a physical book or magazine in my hands instead of reading it on a Kindle reader or an iPad. However, I do both. Since 2010 I have published several books. The early ones were on aspects of business and communication, and most of the more recent ones are photography related. They have all been published as both paperbacks and as e-books. Earlier this year I investigated the software for the latest technology in e-books, the flipping page book. I thought it was great and purchased the software. Most of the books which I had earlier published as paperbacks and as e-books, are now also published as flipping page books. You can view them here.

In addition to converting these books, I have used the software to produce two issues of Petography Magazine. I have always had an entrepreneurial streak in me, and I have come up with what I think are great ideas to effectively use this software. I analysed the pros and the cons of using this software instead of web sites or printed products for various different scenarios. In several instances, the pros far outweighed the cons.

Here are some of the areas in which marketing using this flipping technology software will be very effective:

1. Flip Portfolios
2. Mini Flip Magazines for clubs, hobbyists etc.
3. Flip promotion for tradespeople or self-employed professionals
4. Flip promotion of an upcoming event or function

I registered a new domain name yesterday, and I have already published a web site giving more details about each of the above options.

The web site URL is

Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are.

Halloween 2017

On Halloween which occurs on the eve of All Saint’s Day, 31 October, it was believed by the ancient Celts that ghosts and spirits move about on the evening. Many of the current celebrations of Halloween are based on these pre-Christian traditions. It has been a big deal with our American cousins for some time, and Aussies seem to be increasingly accepting the celebration of Halloween. I spent a couple of days this week at my Nephew’s house at Buderim. On Tuesday night we drove up to Tewantin to look at some furniture advertised on Gum Tree, and there were quite a few groups of “tricksters and treaters” wandering the streets.

Halloween is not just for the kids. It is a great excuse for adults to dress up and party as well. Wade Boys is a guy who has oganised Halloween parties for years. This year’s was his tenth consecutive Halloween celebration. And, participants take it very seriously. Professional makeup artists are in attendance to create all sorts of ghoulish effects. One guy this year had a latex mask which was imported from the USA. He paid more for it than many would pay for a major electrical appliance.

It has been my pleasure to be behind the lens of my camera for the last two years at Wade’s Halloween parties. Beaut shots were obtained on both occasions. This year I edited a total of nine hundred photographs from the party. Now, that is way too many to post on Facebook, so instead I have posted the whole lot into an album I have created. It has a total of two hundred and thirty pages. These have been incorporated into a flip page book which can be flipped through fairly quickly. The book is available as an instantly available download for US$2.50 and I have posted details below. For anyone interested, the book will also be available as a paperback. But, being in full colour with two hundred and thirty pages and nine hundred photographs, the cost will be considerably more than the electronic download.

Below is the book cover and a “Buy Now” button where you can make an immediate purchase.

Buy Now

I shall let you know when the paperback version has been published for those of you who are interested. The front and back photos of the printed version are below.

I shall post a few small albums from the nine hundred photos on Facebook for you to have a look.

Head Shots

Everyone should have at least one recent good quality head shot. Almost all social media sites have provision for uploading head shots. And, for business sites such as Linkedin, or acting and model sites, it is vitally important that these head shots are of a high quality if you plan on those viewing your photos seeing you as a positive and professional person. First impressions tend to be lasting in people’s minds, and very often the first impression someone may have of you is from your head shot on a social media page.

Ahead Foto

What makes a great head shot? Below I have listed ten important pointers.

1. Your head shots needs to look like the natural you, not an air-brushed glamorous version of you.
2. Your face is the most important part of the head shot, and your eyes are the most important part of your face.
3. A great head shot photographer will spot focus on one of your eyes so it is bright and crystal clear.
4. Your head should almost fill the frame, sometimes with part of your upper body.
5. The background or the environment you are in is not important and should not distract from your face.
6. Lighting is important. Studio lighting is okay, but natural lighting tends to give a more natural, real look.
7. The lighting should also be soft, avoiding harsh shadows. Nothing should distract attention from your face.
8. Go easy on the makeup and avoid flamboyant clothing. Wear something conservative for the shoot. No props.
9. You need to feel relaxed for the shoot. A natural environment and a photographer with whom you feel comfortable.
10.Quality equipment in addition to an experienced photographer are both important for quality head shots.

Ahead Foto

Regardless of your line of work, if you are promoting yourself you will need a good head shot. If you are an actor or a model, your head shot can be your single most important marketing tool. You need to be seen as a professional, not an amateur.

Let’s look in more detail at the ten points I have made above.

The old saying that, “photographs don’t lie” is no longer true. They can and they do lie. With modern software it is easy to airbrush away acne and wrinkles, and even make obese people look less so. Head shots are not about you looking pretty and glamorous. They are about you looking like you and even showing aspects of your personality. Post processing should be kept to a minimum.

Points two, three and five in the above list can only be achieved with a quality camera fitted with a lens designed for head shots. An iPhone is not capable of giving these results. Let me explain. A phone camera can produce a reasonable snapshot with everything in reasonable focus.

But, you do not want that.

A good head shot has what is referred to photographically as having good bokeh. Bokeh means there are areas that are out of focus. Why have areas out of focus? Well, because that draws the viewers attention to the area that is most in focus. And, that area is the model’s eyes. Or, if both eyes are not exactly the same distance from the camera’s lens, it will be one of the model’s eyes.When we look at someone, we tend to look at their eyes. Next time a baby or young child looks at you, you will see that they are not looking at your ears or mouth, but directly at your eyes.

A good camera lens will be a prime focus lens that can be set to a very low f-stop giving a very short depth of field. This means that the focus point, normally the nearest eye, will be crystal clear and everything else closer to or further away from the lens will out of focus. The further the difference in distance from the lens, the more blurry will be the focus. The background therefore will be just a soft blur, with nothing recognisable in it. For my head shots I usually use a top quality Nikon Prime 85mm lens set to an f-stop of 1.8 that is fitted to my Nikon D800 full frame 36 megapixel camera.

Point four above states that your head for a good head shot should almost fill the frame. Sometimes part of the upper body may be in the shot as well. A businessman’s head shot for LinkedIn for example may show him with his tie and suit coat in addition to just his head. But, too much space, particularly above the head needs to be avoided. It is even okay to sometimes cut off the top part of the model’s head so once again all attention is drawn to the face.

Points six and seven above refer to lighting. In a studio, a photographer can have total control over the lighting and great shots can be obtained. The background can be a plain grey, black or some other colour. Although studio head shots are often preferred by many, I prefer the more natural and relaxed look that can usually be obtained using natural light outdoors. Provided the background is a reasonable distance away from the model, it will appear as a soft merging of colours in the finished product, which looks more natural than studio backdrops.

In point eight I mention makeup. Avoid using it, or at least too much of it. This is not a glamour shoot, it is a shoot which is trying to show you as you are as much as possible in real life. Mid-tone conservative clothes should be worn so that undue attention is not drawn to them. Props in the head shot should not normally be required.

Being relaxed and feeling comfortable for the shoot is important. A good experienced photographer should be able to help here. Also, as I have already mentioned an outdoors location is usually more conducive to putting you at ease than a studio setting. If an indoor shoot is a preferred option, an indoor studio set up in your own workplace or home, is more desirable than attending a photographic studio with which you are not familiar.

Head shots are different from comp card shots or portfolio shots. Comp cards are normally a small set of A5 size cards, or a couple of pages of A4 photographs showing different aspects of a particular model or actor. A portfolio is generally more comprehensive showing the model or actor in different outfits, settings and environments, with or without others and props. A head shot is normally used as the image of the model/actor/business person that will be seen first by others on social media sites and elsewhere.

Ahead Foto

Currency of your head shots is important. They should be replaced at least every two years, or more frequently if your “look” is changing. They should show you as you are now, not how you were ten years ago.

You are welcome to visit my new web site Ahead Foto and contact me if you have any questions regarding what you have read. If you have a firm in south east Queensland and would like headshots for your entire staff, or some of your staff, I would be happy to discuss arrangements with you.

The website link I have given is specifically for head shots. However, I am also involved in other aspects of photography, portraiture being my preferred genre. Contact me if you think I can assist in any way.

Petography Magazine Issue 2

The November 2017 issue of Petography magazine has now been published. It is available as an instantly downloadable electronic flip book, Buy Now, or as A printed magazine.

The magazine has grown in size since the first volume which had sixty-six pages. The November, 2017 issue has a total of eight-six pages, all in full colour. The download price has been kept at a low US$2.50, and it is intended to keep all future issues at this same low price. But, being in full colour and with the high price of quality printed magazines and books, there is a marginal increase in the cost of the printed version.

Since 2012, I have published numerous books on subjects ranging from Australian humour and slang, to giving personal presentations and photography albums. Work books on subjects such as setting and achieving goals have also been published. Most of these books are available as both published paperbacks with ISBN’s and instantly downloadable e-books using Amazon Kindle and other formats. Thirty-four of them are now also published in Flip Book format.

One advantage of the Flip Book format, is that I have set up all of these books on book shelves, and the first ten pages of any of them can be viewed before deciding to make a purchase. Once a purchase is made, the book becomes instantly available. The prices of all of my Flip Books is in the range of US$0.99 to US$4.95, with the majority being around US$2.45.

Chances are, if you have been to my photo shoots over the years, your photos may well be in one or more of my photo albums. If you have downloaded a Flip Book and you would like to see a printed copy of the same book, just let me know. I do have multiple copies of most of them, and can bring the one you want to the next shoot for you to take a look.

Petography magazine is a bi-monthly publication with stories of people and their pets. If you or members of your family have a pet, or pets, and would like to be featured in a future issue, then let me know. It can be easily arranged.

Ian McKenzie

Need a Unique Gift for Someone?

Whether it is for; a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas, a thank you, or for any other reason; finding an appropriate and unique present for someone can sometimes present as a problem for a potential purchaser.

Photographic prints are one option. But, there are many personalised and unique products that can be quickly made from the original images. These products include, but are not limited to the following: mouse pads, stubbie holders, jig-saw puzzles, slate products, coated glass and crystal, coated aluminium, coated plastics, ceramic tiles of various sizes, ceramic mugs, and on fabric for wearable products such as T-Shirts.

All of the above listed products, I am able to manufacture myself through a process known as sublimation printing. This process is explained in another posts on this site. Any photograph that I have taken can be made into a sublimation product, with or without added text and/or graphics.

In addition to photography, graphic design is another interest of mine, and I currently have hundreds of designs which I have published. Most have incorporated my photography as well as graphics and any of these is available for placement on products of your choice.

Personal manufacturing by me is one option for obtaining these products, but another is through third party web sites. One site which I have now been a member of for well over nine years is RED BUBBLE. Examples of some of my RED BUBBLE work and access to my profile on RED BUBBLE can be obtained by clicking the link.

Not all products listed on RED BUBBLE, am I able to manufacture myself, but many I can. You are of course very welcome to purchase directly from the RED BUBBLE site, but if you live locally in south-east Queensland, I suggest that you contact me first. If I am able to manufacture the same or a similar product, I can do it for a lower price than you will see on the RED BUBBLE web site.

A newer kid on the block which I have uploaded many of my designs to is a site called ZAZZLE. Some of my designs on ZAZZLE are also on RED BUBBLE, but there are also many additional designs there. Another difference with the ZAZZLE site is that all the designs that I have uploaded, I have made editable. You are able to enlarge or reduce the size of any of my graphics, and you are also able to add your own personalised text to any graphic, for any of the products listed. ZAZZLE has a Greater range of products than RED BUBBLE.

Currently I have three separate stores on ZAZZLE, and the products are listed in a total of twenty-four different categories. Links to my profile, stores and the categories are listed below. You are welcome to browse through any that you wish. As with RED BUBBLE, I own all the photographs and art work listed on any of my products. This I have stored on external hard drives for easy access, and any of the photos and graphics can be used for products which I personally manufacture.

ZAZZLE profile.

As I said, there are a heap of categories, (twenty-four of them), but feel free to browse through any that you wish.




Success Through Adversity









Flowers and Love

Team Work






Motivation and Inspiration

Good Ideas



Old English Sheepdog

Congratulations if you have gone through all of those. Another idea for a present is a copy of one of the books I have published. There are over thirty from which to choose. Over the last few years, they have been mainly photography albums, and chances are if you have been to one or more of one of my shoots your images will be in one or more of these albums. Almost all of my publications at available as both instant electronic downloads. The electronic downloads cost only a couple of dollars each, with a variety of electronic formats available for each. You may prefer to have a printed hard copy that you can leave on the coffee table for visitors to browse through. These publications are all registered with ISBN numbers and are available through all major international booksellers. I personally purchase several copies of each publication, and if you live locally to me, any of the publications I can bring along to our next photo shoot or somewhere else we may be meeting up for you to have a look at. A list of all of my books and some of the outlets they are available from are listed on my Ian’s Books Web Site.

Who or What is a Friend?

Social network sites such as Facebook and Instagram have created new meanings for the term “friend”.

In keeping with the contemporaneousness of many things in today’s throw away society, social network friendships can be made or lost as quickly and as simply as a single left click of the mouse.

There are different criteria used by people to determine who their social media friends should be. One criterion is to obtain the maximum possible number. People using this criterion often use their large following as a money making exercise, making recommendations for products and services in their posts in exchange for recompense from the firms concerned.

Another criterion appears to be that people want their “friends” to be virtual clones of themselves. Numerous posts state that if you disagree with a certain idea or belief that someone has, you will be “unfriended”. Social media actively encourages this sort of attitude. Views held by someone are reinforced by Facebook by feeding more and more stories with the same or similar views.

This morning I read Facebook post with a photo of a completed Marriage equality survey form with the “no” box ticked. The person making the post felt the need to state that she was “sorry”, but was voting “no”. Why apologise? Well, she obviously realised that many of her Facebook “friends” would have a different viewpoint from hers. And, they surely did, and let the original poster know in a tirade of obnoxious and in some cases abusive comments in response to her post. The irony of one accusation of “intolerance” is apparently beyond the intelligence level of the accuser, who is indeed intolerant for not accepting that it is okay for others to have views different from theirs.

The world would be a boring place to be if we all thought and believed the same things. Diversity is good and should be embraced. Numerous studies have in fact shown that workplaces where diversity is encouraged are more innovative and successful, than workplaces in which things are always done the same way.

Back to the question, “who or what is a friend”? I accept that social media “friends” can be different from real friends. Even though real friends may also be social media friends. Also, I am quite comfortable for any friends of mine, regardless of how they are categorised, to have views on various subjects that are different from mine.

And, maximising the number of friends on social media. Well, to be honest I did try going down that path at one stage, particularly with my Instagram account. But, some of the practices that have been suggested to maximise numbers are to say the least unethical, and my foray into maximisation of friends and followers was short lived.

I have a smart phone, but usually use it only as a telephone and for sending and receiving SMS’s. I still have an Instagram account, but use it very infrequently. Facebook I usually check daily, some times twice daily, but I am never on it for more than about an hour at a time. It is important for us all to have a life beyond social media, and I plan on making mine that way. I will not respond to your emails straight away, because I now check them only infrequently. Facebook would like people to be available 24/7 to respond to messages. I am not going to be pressured by what I can only describe as their subtle bullying. So, if you have sent me a message on Facebook, Linkedin, Starnow or email; you can generally expect a response within forty-eight hours. If you don’t get one, and the matter to you is reasonably urgent, try sending me an SMS on 0403 543 827.

Tote Bags, T’s and Other Tops

Sublimation is the chemical process of a substance going from a solid state to a gaseous state without going through the normal intermediary liquid state. Dry ice which is frozen carbon dioxide gas is a well known example of this process.
What is the connection between this chemical process and “Tote Bags, T’s and Other Tops”? Well, sublimation is a printing process that can be used on certain types of fabric and other substrates. Powdered dyes are held in suspension in a liquid base, and specially modified bubble jet printers squirt a mirror image of the final print onto a transfer medium. After it has dried, the transfer medium is attached with heat resistant tape to the final product to be printed, both are then placed in a special heat press. Temperatures and pressures vary depending upon the substrate, but typical settings for “Tote Bags, T’s and Other Tops” is one hundred and ninety degrees Celsius for about three minutes and reasonably high pressure. The result is that the heat and pressure cause the powdered dyes to sublimate into gases which become incorporated as a part of the fabric. Sublimated prints require specialised equipment and are more labour intensive than regular printing like canvas prints, in which the ink is sprayed onto the surface of the fabric, but the result is more permanent with stronger colours.

The images in this post are among the many that I have designed and uploaded to my Red Bubble artists site. I have been a member of Red Bubble for well over nine years, but most of my activity on the site has been fairly recent. If you click on the link you will be taken to my profile page where you will see examples of my art work and photography, all of which can be incorporated into products that can be purchased. Clicking on any graphic in particular, will take you to a page showing all the products available with that graphic. Many of Red Bubble’s products are printed using the sublimation printing method, and of course you are welcome to purchase any of the products listed on the site. However, I do own my own sublimation printers and heat presses, and can therefore produce many of the products listed on the Red Bubble site, in addition to many others, but for a fraction of the cost.
The originals of all the graphics on the Red Bubble site I have on my own external hard drives and am able to access reasonably quickly. Also, I enjoy dabbling in graphic art and produce new examples each week. Any photograph I have taken as well as all the art I have produced can be sublimated printed onto, “Tote Bags, T’s and Other Tops”. And, of course many other products such as mugs, tiles, aluminium sheets, cross word puzzles. Below are prices listed for some products.

Tote Bag (small) – $10.00 or $8.00
Tote Bag (large) – $12.50 or $10.00
Tote Bag (extra large) – $15.00 or $12.00
Draw String Bag – $15.00 or $12.00
T-Shirts (white) all sizes for ladies, men and kids $25.00 or $20.00
Ladies Tank Tops (white) all sizes – $25.00 or $20.00
Ladies Crop Tops (white) all sizes – $25.00 or $20.00

If you compare these prices with those on Red Bubble, you will find that they are about one third of the cost or even better in some cases. Why the two prices for each product? Well, the first price is the cost of any product for which the art work has not been done already. This includes any photograph not already published, with or without words. For these products, if five or more are ordered, then the second listed prices will apply. The second price also applies to all products for which the art work has already been completed. So, all of the graphics on the Red Bubble site will of course fall into this category.
All these products are white. If you want coloured tops you will need to purchase them from the Red Bubble site. For high definition sublimation prints, the best fabric is 100% polyester. I need to pre-purchase the blanks before I can produce any final products. So, you have the choice of white or white. Most of the graphics on the Red Bubble site I have already printed onto small and large sized Tote Bags. If you are interested in seeing any of these and we are likely to be meeting up for a photo shoot for example, remind me to put them in my vehicle before we meet.


The September 2017 edition of Petography Magazine has just been published. You will notice that a couple of the graphics I have placed in this posting mention the magazine. The cost of promoting anything can be expensive; but I consider Tote Bags, T-Shirts, Tank Tops and Crop Tops with a mention of Petography Magazine and its web site being seen in public as walking promotions. I am therefore willing to drastically cut the price on these products to half of the first mentioned price for each product in the list above. This deal extends to all of the Petography products which have already been produced or any photograph taken for the Petography Magazine with the added wording “featured in Petography Magazine” and “”.

That makes Tote Bags for as little as $5.00 and all tops for only $12.50.

For all orders, 50% payment is required with the order, with the balance being paid upon delivery.

If you have not already downloaded a copy of the September issue of Petography Magazine, it is available now for immediate download for only US$2.50. Click on the link to get your copy.

I have several hard copies which are perfect bound. You can save on the shipping cost and US exchange rate by getting one directly from me at a cost of AU$20.00.

Photographers and others with original art work, if you would like any of the above listed products, I would be happy to organise them for you. The second listed price would apply, but there would need to be a minimum order of five products, (can be assorted), for each piece of art work. The art work can be either PNG or JPEG, but must have a resolution of 300dpi or better. The art work and order can be emailed to

Petography magazine

It has arrived early.

The first issue of Petography magazine is the September and October 2017 edition. It has just been published and is available right now for immediate download.

Buy Now
Only US$2.50 a copy

The magazine has sixty-seven pages, and if you would prefer a printed perfect bound copy to an electronic copy, then that is available also. The emphasis in the magazine is on photographs and short stories of people and their pets. If you have already been photographed for the magazine and your photos and story are not in the first issue, they will be in a subsequent issue. Most of the content for the second issue is already available, and now the first issue has been published, I can now start on formatting and editing the second volume.

All photographs in the first issue were taken by me. And although I intend to continue taking photographs of people and their pets, I also welcome submissions from other photographers for future publications. Of course a short story or stories must accompany the photographs. Because the magazine is being produced as a web magazine in addition to a printed version, only high resolution photographs, watermark free will be accepted. They will need to have a resolution of 300dpi for the size being printed. Credit will of course be given to photographers and others involved in submitting material. If you would like to prepare suitable material, it can be sent to

Copies of the first issue can be downloaded from the Petography magazine web site. Or can be purchased right here:

Buy Now
US$2.50 a copy

Feedback on the magazine is of course always welcome. I have already planned a few additional features for the next issue.

The cost of the electronic version I am keeping at a low US$2.50. For a magazine with over sixty pages of full colour, I am sure you will agree that for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per issue, it is great value. The perfect bound printed version is selling for US$14.95. If you are purchasing the printed version online, there will also be a shipping cost involved. Alternatively, if there is an opportunity for us to meet personally, I will have copies of the perfect bound paperback edition for AU$20.00 each, (as soon as my stock arrives).

South East Queensland Living

“Beautiful one day, perfect the next” is a well known promotion for the Sunshine State of Queensland. Most of us who live here and many who visit would agree that it certainly is a great part of the world in which to live or visit.

It is a state with a large geographic area. You could for example, fit Great Britain into the area about eight times. But the population of the state is no where near the population of England’s capital London. Most of the population of Queensland is in its south east corner. In fact, the capital Brisbane, and its near neighbour Gold Coast city are Australia’s third and sixth largest cities respectively. But, neighbouring these cities are other cities and shires such as Logan, Ipswich, Redcliffe, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim which all merge into each other. Driving from my home in Jimboomba to Brisbane city can take me through three different cities; Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane. Someone who didn’t keep an eye on the place names as they were driving through probably would not be aware of just where they were on the journey.

There are many interesting stories that can be told about buildings, architecture and land marks, and people living and working in this part of the world. But, south east Queensland is not just about cities and people. We have National Parks with spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and much more.

In fact, there is so much of interest that can be photographed and talked about I think it should all go into a regular magazine. And, one is about to be published. It will be called South East Queensland Living.

This is one of two projects that I am setting for myself. The other I shall mention shortly. It will be a large undertaking which will not work unless I get help from you and others. How can you help?

Well, in many ways.

All of us know interesting people. Let’s tell some stories about some of them. The stories could be concerning their work, perhaps some unusual trade, or perhaps a hobby or an interest with a difference. You can write the story and take photographs yourself if you wish, but there is no need to do so. I would be happy to take on that role. You would just need to discuss it with me and maybe assist in arranging times for an interview and photographs.

Perhaps you have some beaut photographs of whale watching off the coast, or of Natural Bridge or Queen Mary Falls in Lamington National Park. The ones published will certainly have credit given to the photographers involved.

Is there an interesting event or marketplace that you know about? Share it with us.

The magazine will be published using the latest technology and software HTML5 and Flash. It is planned that the magazine will be on-line only, at least in the early stages. A Print version could be organised at a later date if there is sufficient interest. In addition to photographs and stories, the magazine can contain videos, Utube or Vimeo, and other media. If you have any thoughts or ideas, I would be happy to discuss them with you.

I would like to get the first edition published before the end of this year, and future editions could be quarterly or bi-monthly. But, this can only happen if I get ideas, stories, photos and support from you and others.

Earlier I mentioned that there were two projects which I had in mind. The first is South East Queensland Living and the second is Models Actors Performers.

You guessed it. It is another magazine. Much of what I have said about South East Queensland Living also applies to Models Actors Performers.

It will have a focus on people in or associated with those three areas of interest in south east Queensland. But, there will probably be stories about happenings in other parts of Australia and even internationally. A detailed story with photographs on someone from each of the three areas mentioned will probably be included in each edition.

As with South East Queensland Living, I am looking for submissions of stories, photographs and other relevant material of interest. Web sites have been set up for both magazines. Each web site has an upload page where you can easily upload files straight from your computer to me without having to be a member of Dropbox, or some other file sharing web site. Take a look at the two magazine web sites and let me know what you think.

South East Queensland Living
Models Actors Performers

Mothers’ Day Classic

The Mothers’ Day Classic in on this coming Sunday, Mothers’ Day, at Southbank Parklands. In addition to me, there are currently forty-two other participants in the Passionate About Photography team.

All participants have no doubt been sent a website “Everyday Hero” link on which they can keep a record of their fund raising and also write any relevant news. Apart from my entry fee for the Mothers’ Day Classic, I don’t plan to get actively involved in fund raising for breast cancer research at this time. It is however a very worthwhile cause and I decided that I could help in other ways.

I plan on supporting all of you other good people who are going to be there to participate.

Already I have told Passionate About Photography participants that, I plan on being at the venue for most of the day. I should be there by 7.30m and will stay as long as needed, at least until mid-afternoon. My plans were to get heaps of photographs of our participants at the event. But, I want to do more, and I am going to.

The offer of photos is extended to all other groups or individual participants who would like to be involved. In addition to photos, I want stories . . . photos and stories that I can publish.

As many of you know over the last few years I have published several books and photography albums. These have been published as paperbacks and also digitally.

I plan on making an album from the photos and “stories” that I get from the event on Sunday. However, I plan on making the digital version of this album completely free to all participants, and to any others who would like to download it. If I produce a paperback version, and you want a copy of it, there will of course be a charge, because I am sure you will realise there are significant costs in producing full colour books in print. The content of all editions will be identical.

The “stories” will be the editorial content of the book, which of course I will reserve the right to edit. I may even need your help in ensuring I place the correct photos with the correct editorial. To ensure this I shall upload thumbnails of all the shots taken soon after the event, so the correct photos can go with the correct captions and/or stories.

Your help in letting relevant people know about this would be appreciated. Stories can be sent to me, or if you like bring along a typed sheet to the event on Sunday. Messenger is also another easy way to contact me. My mobile is 0403 543 827 if you need to contact me on the day. There will be crowds at the event, but I plan on spending a lot of time loitering around in front of the Nepal Pagoda, if you are trying to find me.

File copies of all edited photographs will be available at no charge.