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Created by stuart under Calypso News on Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Introducing Capture Cairns

An exciting new service from Calypso Productions is about to be launched!

All the gear and no idea …. Sound familiar ? Most photographers wouldn’t like to admit it, but not many use their cameras to their full potential.
As photographers we are bombarded with the latest and greatest gadgets everyday.
Today’s  most innovated models become superseded tomorrow.
Many photographers are driven by the idea that if they buy the best equipment, their photography will auto-magically improve.
THE most important part of improving your photography, it’s not the speed of your lens, how many megapixels you have or even that exotic location you have just flown halfway around the world to see.  It’s your eye!
If we spent as much in developing our skills as a photographer as buying new equipment, we would all be (well many )  Ansel Adams!

The beauty of photography is everyone (even the pros) keep learning and improving their technique.  For a gifted few, this comes naturally.  But for most of us, we need to develop our skills learning from others, finding our our style and practice, practice, practice!

Enrolling on a photography course or photography tour/trip will be the best value your money can buy, on improving your photography, period!

Capture Cairns, Calypso’s new and innovative service will do just this. Aimed at all levels of photography, from beginner to advanced. Landscape, portrait, macro, wildlife, even underwater and aerial.

Our professional and award winning photographers deliver you with personalised, one-on-one tuition to take your photography to your next level.

So, if you spend time behind the lens on holiday, create master pieces rather than happy snaps, images you hang on the wall, not store on your long lost hard drive.

Remember capturing the moment often means you’re not  in the moment, so make it count or leave your camera in your bag! (or use your iphone)

Further info on next photo tour


Created by stuart under Calypso News on Friday 26th of September 2014

Flying high over the Great Barrier Reef

Created by stuart under Calypso News on Sunday 14th of September 2014

Underwater Photography Course May 2014

Our popular underwater photography course commences next month

We have 1 Spot remaining

The maximum number of participants is four (4) All participants must hold an Open Water Diver Certification. The course is suited to beginner to advanced photographers, wanting to take their underwater photography to the next level.  Hosted by award winning professional photographer Stuart Ireland, the course includes a day tour to the Great Barrier Reef .Book Now


Created by stuart under Calypso News on Wednesday 9th of April 2014

GoPro VS Intova HD video comparison

We get alot of people in our shops asking for GoPro to use underwater and what I recommend
Unfortunately for many entry level customers, they are getting too expensive once you add an LCD, extra batteries (which you need as the battery only lasts 1 dive if you use LCD)

So I went looking a camera which was half the price, had an LCD included and the battery lasts longer than 1 dive!

The INTOVA SPORTS HD2 comes in at $259 retail, includes an LCD, so I thought I’d test the GoPro VS Intova HD on video comparison, which has similar specs.
I shot both in HD 1080p, with no red filter (dive was to 10m, averaging 5m), and rigged them side by side with twin SOLA 2000 LED lights each side.
Both action cams were used in out of box mode, full auto, however I did set GoPro lens from super wide to normal to closer match the Intova.
The footage has been unedited, pretty much straight from camera, both mp4 files were dropped onto FCP timeline, then converted to mov file, there is no colour correction etc.
Visibility was really bad, about 5-8m, on Moore Reef of Cairns, due to seasonal rainfall/sea conditions.
After the 90 minute dive, I let the cameras roll to gauge battery life.

So sit back and watch, you can be the judge… (please remember to like or comment on video)

GOPRO HERO3 Silver, LCD backpack, RRP (with LCD) AUD$529, battery life 80 minutes
INTOVA Sports HD2, LCD built in, RRP AUD$259 battery life 180 minutes +

Created by stuart under Calypso News on Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Photography Course Cairns starts February 2014

Do you need a helping hand with your photography? Have you purchased a new beaut digital SLR but have no idea how to drive it?  Our monthly photography course cairns starts Tuesday 4th February.
The Cairns Better Photography Course includes over 14 hours of group and personalised tuition, spread out over one month. The maximum number of participants is six (6) and the photography course is suited to introductory / intermediate first time SLR users

Book now, only 2 spots left.

For full details see our better photography workshop page

To view some great images from our previous workshops, click here (more…)

Created by stuart under Calypso News, Photography Workshops on Tuesday 14th of January 2014

Cairns Underwater Film Festival 2013

Celebrating the Great Barrier Reef and beyond.
Local and International film makers, David Hannan, Dean Miller, Stuart Ireland, Leandro Blanco, Howard Hall, Shawn Hendrichs, Simon Spears, John Boyle and more.
Cairns Underwater Film Festival is Australia’s Premier Festival which is totally non-profit. This year (2013) we raised AUD $20,000 which was donated to local marine research, rehabilitation projects. Cairns Turtle re-habit Centre on Fitzroy Island ($7500), Minke Whale Project ($7500), Tangaroa Blue ($5000)
To donate or enter films in our 2014 Festival goto

Created by stuart under Calypso News on Sunday 25th of August 2013

Turtle shot on iPhone5

Hi, how are you? Yes? Look sorry I’ve gotta go, there’s a green turtle, in front of me,bye! How good is this? I must say, these iphone’s are putting out some great images these days. This was shot in one of our dicapac housings. Not broadcast quality, but hey, it capture’s the moment. (Of course there’s a bit of technique involved) This footage is unedited though, straight from the iphone 5

Created by stuart under Calypso News on Thursday 27th of June 2013

Relay for Life – Cancer Council – Donate to Lisa’s team today

Support a great cause!  with donations of $5 and more going into a draw to win a great OUTER EDGE rash shirt worth $69

Lisa and her 15 strong relay for life team are off around Barlow park in Cairns from 3pm on Saturday 22nd June to 9am Sunday morning.

To donate please drop by shop or go online to

If your interested in joining in, please give Lisa a call on 0428 349 589 or email

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relay for life


Created by stuart under Calypso News on Wednesday 5th of June 2013

Coral Spawning 2013 Great Barrier Reef

Like to witness this years spectacular coral spawning?  Then plan ahead.  Two of the main factors determining when coral will spawn is the lunar cycle and water temperature. I will be organizing a trip off Cairns this November. For further details see below. (more…)

Created by stuart under Calypso News on Monday 27th of May 2013