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Pick your Gear – Outdoor photography for beginners

We are very amateur photographers.  Just the “point and shoot ” type  or maybe “point and hope” is more like it.

Whenever we are wandering around  the outdoors, hiking or travelling, there are always fantastic opportunities to capture wonderful images.  We have taken a lot of shots over the years, some good, some great but many have just been duds.

Yes, boring images of some wonderful places we have visited.  The word dull comes to mind……

We decided to do something about improving our photography and teamed up with Stephanie Cotteret to help us understand more about digital photography.  We wanted to improve the shots we take.

Stephanie has been writing (and sharing her wonderful images) here for a couple of years now.  She is a freelance travel writer and photographer. An avid traveller and  outdoor person,  she lugs her camera gear all over the world seeking that magic shot.   We love her passion for photography and writing so decided to team up with her to create three guides,  all designed to help the beginner photographer (like us) improve their outdoor photography.

The first guide – Pick your Gear – Outdoor Photography for Beginners,  has been (finally) completed. Working with Bill Journee, who designed our other two ebooks, we are proud of the finished product. We hope it teaches you a few things that will help you improve your photography and, if you are in the market for a new camera, make an informed decision on your purchase.

To check out the first few pages of Pick your Gear, click on the Expand button below. It will open up on your screen. To make it full size, click on the little page icon right at the top. It’s an easy way to preview the ebook.


This book is focused on “Picking your Gear” and shares a lot of information, in simple terms, about what to look for in a camera, what is important and what you need to be aware of when selecting a camera and accessories.

It is written with the beginner in mind (people like us) and we got so much out of the ideas that we upgraded our camera and love the results we have been able to achieve.

Pick your Gear is $8.50.
We have tried to keep the cost as low as possible as it is not a huge, hundred + page document. It is just a simple, easy to read guide that helped us gain a lot of confidence in improving our photography.

As with all our eBooks, if you are not happy with the product, we offer a 100% money back guarantee for 60 days after you purchase. No questions asked, we just refund your payment.

After working with Stef on the book we have been really enjoying our photography.  It is great to come home from a trip and love the photographs we have taken!

If you are interested in some shots we have been able to get with our new gear, check out the slide show we created,  just to show off a bit….. Oh, and we have not edited or modified them at all, they are straight off the camera.

Click on the image and they will open up like magic!

Pick your gear – Frank and Sue’s latest outdoor photographs

Enjoy Pick your Gear – we don’t think you will be disappointed, it is never too late to learn new things!

If you have any questions or comments either shoot us an email frank@ourhikingblog.com.au or leave a message below.


    • Frank says:

      Thanks Adam,
      I just need to update the thank you page to add your excellent editing!
      It is probably a bit basic for a guru like you but boy, the information helped me get my head around it all.

  1. Sheryl says:

    Well done, Frank, Sue and team! Your ebook is ebrilliant! It has the look and “feel” of a hold-in-your-hand book with high production values – that’s really saying something for an ebook. The images are superb and the content is engaging and informative. As an ultra newbie to photography, it answered a lot of q’s for me. Looking forward to the rest of the series. :)

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  3. G’day Frank

    Thanks for the review copy of your new eBook. I think that you’ve all done a great job as many photography books assume too much base knowledge and the retailers selling cameras are usually too commission driven to be of any help. I think that Bill got the look and feel of it just right for your audience.

    I’ve given up lugging an SLR about as my high end Panasonic P & S with x 12 optical zoom does nearly as well without all the farnarkling about! However, for good action /movement shots an SLR really is needed.

    Here’s a link to some pics taken last week in NZ that show what a good P & S can do.

    On the road to Milford Sound

    More on the road to Milford

    Taken from a chopper – a hut near Mt Cook, I can’t remember its name though

    Landed with views towards Mt Cook

    Overview of my trip on my blog at:
    Tarsnakes – Motorcycle Touring

  4. Jenny B says:

    Hi Jules,
    Your photos are amazing – can you be a bit more specific on your camera model? The Milford shots make me wish I was there!



  5. Hi Jenny

    Thanks for the feedback. The camera I have is now obsolete, but the current equivalent model is the Panasonic Lumix TZ20. See this link to for a pic


    These cameras are now a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than when I bought mine in 2010.

    The HD video is impressive as well. Here’s a link to some video taken in demanding conditions (it’s Fox Glacier by the way)




  6. Robin says:

    Hi Jenny B,
    If you click on the “Show Details” you will get the following:-

    Date Taken: 2012-02-10 07:20:34
    Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS7
    Exposure Time: 0.008s (1/125)
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 125
    Focal Length: 4.1mm (25mm in 35mm)
    Date Modified: 2012-02-10 07:20:34
    Photo Dimensions: 4000 x 3000
    File Size: 4.95 MB
    JPEG Quality: fine
    Flash: flash did not fire, auto mode
    Metering: pattern
    Exposure Program: landscape mode
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Exposure Mode: auto
    Light Source: unknown
    White Balance: auto
    Contrast: 0
    Saturation: 0
    Sharpness: 0
    Sensing Method: one-chip color sensor
    Color Space: sRGB\

    P.S – I hope you don’t leave your camera on “Auto”!?!

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  8. sophia says:

    what clothing do i wear hiking mate im a tranny

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