New Aviation Series

Again I will be working for the web site in producing a 12 part series to be viewed on fiveDME over the next 12 months. The series is called “A Working Airport” and will cover all aspects that go into running one of Australia’s major airports. The team at Adelaide Airport will be contributing to the video.

Here’s the promo…..

So, keep a look out on

fiveDME Premier Adelaide Aviation is 5 video.

During the last few months we have gathered together some message from various aviation industry and community people to wish the team from a happy 5th Birthday. For 5 years they have been pumping out aviation stories from all around South Australia promoting the sector and the contributions it makes to the wider community.

The following video is the result of David hales and David Wilkie from Optical Design.

Protecting My Images On Line

I wrote this post to help clarify issues about internet and intellectual property rights. I am not a lawyer but in my opinion this is the reality in sharing images on the internet. also, I believe you should seek permission before using someone’s property and give the appropriate credit if requested to do so. On the net, there is the law and then there is what actually happens.

Can I protect my images from theft on line?

Reality or false expectations?

We’d all like to think that images we upload are only available for the purpose we intended. That is to share with family and friends or to use in the promotion of our business such as web sites. The reality could not be further from the expectation.

When you take a photo, the copyright is generally with you. You own the image. However, when you upload it to the internet what the law says and what people do is quite a different thing. When you upload an image, people can copy, steal or use the image without your consent. This is not legal but often the reality.

For instance, I deal with businesses who operate web sites and I am quite often asked, “how do I stop people stealing my images?”

When I answer this question it is not always what the client wants to hear. That is “YOU CAN’T”

mineWe can do things to the site like, no right click, watermarks or use low resolution images that do not enlarge well but inevitably, I have to bring the client back to reality and say, “Why are you on line?” and they reply, “I want to sell my products and share with family and friends.”

OK, to sell your products you must have reasonable quality images on line. The client must be able to get a clear view of the product they are expected to purchase. The images should not be watermarked as this diminishes the viewer’s experience as they may not be able to see the product clearly. Plus, watermarks can be removed by special software, so the cost and effort may outweigh the benefits. Disabling right click is also useless as people bent on getting the image WILL. There are ways.

In the long run the cost of protecting the images might be more that sales are worth or stop your hobby. If you are not prepared to take the risk, don’t upload.

Again, I ask, “Why are you on line, sales, hobby?” and “Do you want to continue to do this?”

So, the answer is a simple one in the end. If you place pictures or images on line, they immediately become susceptible to theft. Is your end goal to prevent theft of your images or sell your product, have fun, share, hobby, whatever?

There is always the risk someone will steal your material if it is on line and the only way for you to enforce this is through the courts. You have to do the maths, is it worth pursuing or should you just get on with your business or hobby?

In short, if you want to keep your photos and images as solely your property, don’t upload them. If you goal is to show your images for whatever reason and you do upload them, be prepared for them to be copied. The benefit of uploading can be great personal satisfaction or benefit your business. Again, I ask, “why are you doing this?” If you like to show your photos and images or need to for business, then do so. If you don’t want people to steal them, don’t upload them.

Possibly, a better alternative to trying to prevent theft (which is totally useless anyway) is to place some text on your site/images that says something like, “If you use my images, I’d appreciate a credit.” If they are still bent on pinching the image, they might at least acknowledge the photographer and you get some credit and possible referrals.

A note on Social Media

Social Media users uploading images are especially open to intellectual property theft, as the nature of this medium is to share and everyone on SM at some time has taken an inch then a mile. Simply making your profile private or closing a group will not necessarily stop images being pilfered. Images can still be forwarded outside by friends and group members and some search engines still index closed groups.

This also may diminish the purpose of the page, group or profile. What’s the point of trying to gain public interest if they can’t see your product. Again, why are you there? If you don’t want it stolen, don’t upload it.


Adelaide Control Tower Video

The new control tower at Adelaide Airport is now only months away from having complete control as the old tower is phased out. The two towers are currently in “mimic” mode where the old tower is still in control of all traffic and the new tower mimics the old with regards to all traffic. At a later date the old tower will go into “Ghost” mode and the new tower will have executive control. Once all is confirmed correct, the old tower will be phased out.

New facilities include state-of -the-art touch-screens that can be customised by the operator. The new digital technology replaces the older paper strip system and all operator

Filming Aerobatics

Last weekend I had a morning at Murray Bridge Airfield with Chris Sperou, Australian 13 times National Aerobatics Champion. Chris put on a display for us to record a promo for the up-coming Barossa Airshow. Here’s the finished video:

Chris firstly performed a solo display then Warren Stewart went up with another plane and the team performed a dual show.

It’s interesting filming aerobatics as I get just as tired on the camera as does the pilot (I think). After the filming I need a lay down and a drink. Trying to keep that fast moving aircraft in a 1 degree field of view (at the farthest point) is really tiring.

That’s new for me! Virtual Tours

Last Monday I was out on location with David Wilkie (Optical Design) and Gary Hennessy from Professionals Real Estate Reynella filming a virtual tour of a house he has for sale at O’Halloran Hill. This was my first virtual tour type video. We used a steadycam and dolly to get the tracking and walk-thru shots. Plus a lot of hand held stills for specific items. It gives a great perspective of the house and we look forward to doing a lot more of this style of videos. This was our first shoot with the Mobile Media Unit (MMU) now equiped with an inverter power supply. We didn’t need to use it on this occassion but hey, it was there 😉
Watch the video below or here—>

Harvest Festival at McLaren Vale 2013

Filming at the Harvest Festival at McLaren Vale went really well. Although, there was only a few of us on the ground and we did not get to everything. However, I think there’s enough there to show what a really great day it was and fun was had by all.

I’ll be editing the footage in a few days. So keep an eye out for the finished product.

You will see the Wine Spitting Competition, Simon Bryant Master Class, Rides, Animals and entertainment.

Southern Junction Community Services

David Wilkie and I have just had two great weeks shooting at various locations for Southern Junction Community Services. The concept was to film various supporting businesses who wished to pass on their Seasons Greetings to their clients and the community.



It was lots of fun for both the film crew and the participants. A few takes each, usually the third take was the one:)

I hope all involved had a great time doing the project and from me, I’d like to say it was a most enjoyable and worth-while project for the community and Southern Junction.

New Studio at Optical Design

I have not written here in over a month but it has all been for a good cause.

Late 2010 I decided to build a studio for video and still photography at Optical Design. The idea was that the Biz Adelaide show would be recorded there and the studio could be used during down time for other purposes including hire to other photographers. This could include product and catalogue shoots or portrait photography.

Very late 2010 things got away from me. Anyway, one thing led to another and the studio was back-burnered. Until now!

Our New Studio

About three to four weeks ago I finally got the bug again and the business decision time was right. Well, once I get going, I keep going till I’m done. We now have a 6m x 3m studio with a cyc and green screen. There is a standard 2″ tube lighting grid overhead and a 12 channel dimmer for precise control.

Optical Design Web TV and Photo Studio

The building was originally wired with 3 phase power as it was always intended to be a studio. So we have 3 double GPOs and a 20A GPO plus, a 30A 3 phase outlet for the dimmers.

Our green screen is well lit, so no need to spend an hour getting it right. The floor has removable carpet and camera dollies track nicely.

Biz Adelaide & Aviation Now

Just recently we recorded our first four segments for the new web TV show Biz Adelaide. It all went extremely well and the studio set by Kirstie Hales looked great. Within the next week or so the show will be uploaded for viewing. Also, we are now working on a set for Aviation Now, the 5DME.NET web show about aviation in South Australia.

I’ll post a few more items as things progress.