apps blog

There are two phone apps I’ve come to depend on as a professional travel and tourism photographer – The Easy Release – Model Release App and the Sun Seeker App (above).

Both cost under $5 and have made my life so much easier.

As I wrote some time ago, I have two international photo libraries representing my work, both of which require detailed, signed model releases to accompany any photographs featuring people (in the old days of film, you just needed a signature on the back of a business card. Now it takes a page of legalese no one can fathom to sign away your life). Printed releases have been a nightmare for me with having to attach each photo to a dog-eared document excavated from the deepest recesses of my camera bag before compiling them in a digital format to parcel and send away. But, with the Easy Release, you can open the app, start the process and hand your phone to the model to have them do it all – details, selfie, and signature (using finger) – before pressing the send button and having a PDF copy of the contract sent to both you and them for your records. What a Godsend!

I has the Sun Seeker App sitting on my I-Phone for a couple of months before I recognised its value on the shoot I just did in Victoria where, for the life of me, I couldn’t work out where the sun was going down. There was daylight saving thrown in, big trees and long shadows to consider and a sun that chose to set and rise everywhere but where I expected it to. The Sun Seeker App’s GPS software, however, told me exactly where the sun would be at any hour of the day, what time it rose and set and, somewhat remarkably, it even had a 3D function to better determine how the features in front of me would  be effected by the sunlight.

Both just amazing – and worth baring in mind the next time you’re heading out on a shoot.

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A quick session this afternoon with Ned Kelly outrunning the guards and we’re done here in Indigo Shire (though I return next week to do a wider shoot for the regional tourism authority).

It’s been a particularly productive assignment, largely due to the pre-planning we did a few weeks earlier and the sensible decision on the council’s part to get professional talent in for at least part of the shoot (as I’ve long said, having a handsome couple on hand to drop into your photographs can improve the quality and range of imagery by as much as 80%).

As you can see from this sample preview below, emphasis was focused on the appeal of a cycling trail that weaves through the shire around vineyards, rural settings and historic townships.


Indigo Preview

Indigo Preview

  • Odette Nightsky (Kirkland) - November 16, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Some great shots there. Love the Ned Kelly photos. Looks like a lovely place to getaway from the big smoke and enjoy some pleasures as a couple.ReplyCancel

  • ACharlie - November 17, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    Love the pics David! They’re full of life ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Ned Kelly II - November 19, 2014 - 6:13 am

    FANtastic David….makes me want to head East
    Off to cycle the Rail Trail of McLaren Vale (SA) today and home along the Heysen Trail
    Ned Kelly IIReplyCancel

    • davidkirkland - November 19, 2014 - 6:33 am

      But then what would you do tomorrow, you mountain goat! Signed:As always, struggling to keep up with you.ReplyCancel

I’m down in the territory Ned Kelly roamed (Beechworth), finishing off a tourism shoot for a local government authority before starting another for a Victorian regional tourism organisation a week later.

As I wrote earlier, I’m enjoying shooting in my own backyard for a change.

Here’s a few to start the assignment (yawn, yep, some early morning starts and hiking…. joy).


I’ve just begun my promotional cycle for the year ahead – offering a special Pre-Season Package to clients who book an assignment for 2015 prior to mid-December.

While offering the best value for money for my services and allowing clients to schedule the assignment at a time that most suits their weather conditions and priorities, the promotion also allows me to plan for the year ahead and work in my publishing projects.

The deadline for booking the package closes on December 15, with the confirmation of my assignment dates following shortly after.

2015 Promo e-card

2015 Promo e-card

I know, it’s a bit early to call but I have back-to-back assignments starting this week so I thought this might be a good time to post a selection of some of my favourite images from 2014.

Apart from sharing the photos, posting them like this provides me with the opportunity to readily review the year’s work and look for ways to broaden and improve my style and refine it to the needs of my clients.

Destinations featured in the selection include South Africa, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Samoa and Australia.

My promotional cycle for the year ahead starts this week (that’s right industry, brace yourself for the direct mail campaign). With six assignments already booked for 2015, I’m happy to say it’s shaping up to be an equally busy year.

(click below to preview the photographs)