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Ride to Work Day

Today is Ride to Work day. We hope you took part, we absolutely loved it.

Marcus, Pieter and Jas.

The usual bicycle round up at Studio Commercial.

Mid-Week Break Picture Break

This is what I shot on the long weekend.

Long drive. Beautiful drive. Near Wagga Wagga.

Farm life. Away from the city. Green air and taking deep breaths…


October 2011

This month, we have lovingly roasted coffee beans from Yemen and Papua New Guinea, two contrasting countries that make the perfect coffee blend.

After some heavy-duty repairs, our coffee machine is roaring away. The warranty is either 100,000 cups of coffee or three years. At this rate, we’ll be hitting the cup quota.

Video of the Day: Headbanging

Pocket wizard surgery

Jason, our head honcho and gadget fixer tries to resuscitate a pocket wizard that has a broken foot.


Marcus’ Cycling Adventure

On Sunday the 16th October, 2011, Marcus Enno is going to go a bit crazy and do 250 kms for The Smith Family in Melbourne.

 Donate to his ride.

Studio Commercial, cycling, bikes, Marcus Enno

A couple of weekends ago Marcus rode 183 km to Newcastle in nine hours, as you do when you want to relax on a Saturday morning.

Fellow bike geeks, read his stats for the Newcastle ride.

Stirling Mortlock Photo Shoot

Rugby legend Stirling Mortlock stepped into our studio for one day of photography. Watch the video to see man vs fish.

This advert will be in the October 2011 issue of Australian Men’s Health. Also keep an eye out for posters at health stores country-wide.

Our thanks goes to Herbs of Gold for the fantastic shoot. A special shout out to Diana for making everything seamless.

Background knowledge on Stirling:

The year 2000, was a landmark year for Stirling – he became the fastest Australian to reach 50 and 100 Test points, he scored the most points and highest number of penalties [16] by any Australian in his first five Tests and created history by becoming the first Australian to score 20 points or more in four consecutive Tests.

In 2006, Stirling was passed the honour of becoming the 73rd player to Captain the Wallabies. Stirling lead the team from the front and they claimed the Cook Cup from England.Stirling received his greatest honour when he was asked to Captain the Wallabies at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

Stirling’s uncanny ability to score tries and kick goals has positioned him third on the all-time list of Australian Test point scorers (with 463 points) and he holds the mantle as the highest ACT Brumbies all-time point-scorer (with 875 points).

Stirling’s website

Products with Pieter and David

In this time-lapse video, Pieter and David photograph a hair product.

September 2011

Our coffee for this month for Studio Commercial is from Panama and Santo Domingo.


Did you know that Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic?

For thirty years, dictator Rafael Trujillo renamed the city after himself to Ciudad Trujillo, until his assassination in 1961.  Today, Santo Domingo is the biggest city in the Caribbean.


All that aside, our coffee is very good.


Tips of the photography trade

Studio Commercial has been in business for forty odd years. Our studio has survived the change from film to digital, the global financial crisis and mullets.

This is what we’ve learnt along the way:

  • Always carry these to every photo shoot: gaffa tape, spare batteries, spare CF cards and more than one lens.
  • Having seven photographers is invaluable. When one of us has fallen ill and another staff member is holidaying in the Maldives, photo shoots continued, emails were answered by others.  Everything continues to run like clockwork.
  • As a photographer, be very clear about your contract, prices and terms and conditions. Every second client will expect to get all of the raw unedited images at no cost and you will have to explain your policy. If you see nothing wrong with this, you shouldn’t be in photography.
  • Be nice to your camera brand’s representatives. They have the potential to love and nurture you and your equipment or keep you guessing as to when you can pick up your camera. Unfortunately, in either scenario, they will never let on when the latest gear is coming out.
  • Arrive early to every shoot. Leave nothing behind (that may mean having a gear bag packed with used tape).
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