My Facebook and Instagram accounts were hacked, and now they’re gone

NOV 18 Superbike World Championship -Australia

My Facebook Account was hacked and thousands spent on Ads.

In the early hours of Saturday the 20th of August, some basement dwelling amoeba successfully hacked into my Facebook account.

Not wasting any time, they changed my password, added two factor authentication, and made themselves the admin for my Facebook business account.

Shooting The Wallabies v France Test Rugby Match

Michael Hooper of the Wallabies is tackled during the rugby international test match between the Australia Wallabies and France

After shooting the A-League Grand Final a couple of weeks ago, along with the endless lockdown in Melbourne I had expected some time off for a little while.

NRL is pretty much being played interstate, Formula 1 and the MotoGP has been cancelled thanks to the greatness of our inept politicians determined to make the cure for COVID worse than the disease.

Spotlight on Speed Media’s photographer Dave Hewison

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Niki Tuuli of Finland on the MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta F3 800 RR during The 2022 FIM World Superbike Championship Supersport Free Practice 2 at The Phillip Island Circuit on November 18, 2022 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Dave Hewison/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)

Speed Media published a short bio on me on their website last week. I decided to republish it on my blog, but you can find the original post here.

As a kid, I was obsessed with photography and after much groveling I talked my dad into buying me my first SLR camera which was a Yashica FX-3. With that camera, I joined my schools AV club where I learnt to shoot, process film, make prints and that was basically my life until riding motorcycles took over.

Does your DELL XPS 15 become unusable when it heats up?

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Does your DELL XPS 15 become unusable when it heats up? This is a long post and very much off topic for this blog but this is something that has been irritating me for years. It will be of no interest to most here but if you happen to own this laptop, it may save […]

Melbourne At Night Under COVID-19 Curfew

Melbourne under curfew, a city devoid of life. A view of the Bourke Street Mall looking west as seen from Russell Street during COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia. Premier Daniel Andrews announced yesterday his plans to extend Victoria's State of Emergency for another 12 months giving his government and his Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, unprecedented powers as well as the ability to curtail democratic checks and balances. It comes as case numbers continue to fall. Responsibility for the current wave the State is experiencing rests solely on the Andrews Governments shoulders and some are saying that if they cannot manage hotel quarantine effectively, handing them full and total power without accountability would be a fatal mistake. Victoria records another 149 cases overnight and a further 24 deaths, 21 in Aged Care.

So what does a city under curfew look like? Well if you’re not a working photographer, I wouldn’t suggest wandering into the CBD to find out. I was stopped by police 4 times in a three hour period. I had to show ID my work permit and all was fine but if I didn’t have my permit, I would have been fined $1,600 each time.

Visiting Melbourne’s Mobile Coronavirus Testing Sites

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - June 27: Medial staff, including military personnel are seen conducting testing at the new Mobile Testing Site at the Melbourne Showgrounds during COVID 19 on 27 June, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Amid a worrying increase of Coronavirus test positive cases in Victoria which is sparking fears of a second wave the State Premier, Daniel Andrews announced last week that a targeted testing blitz would be launched yesterday (26 June) across ten targeted suburbs to zero in on community transmission. For the next fortnight, 10,000 tests will be conducted across Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham, with Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows identified as the top two and focus of the next three days of testing. An additional 41 new test positive cases have been uncovered overnight. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)

In today’s blog post I wanted to talk about something entirely unrelated to sport or photography. I’m currently half way through writing a blog about the best data backup strategy for photographers, or really anyone with critical data, but lets be honest, it’s a dry subject and not all that interesting. So I’ve put a pause on that one for now because I think there’s a special group of people that deserve our gratitude.

Who’s Missing Sport?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Topless Cricket fans pose for a photo during the Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and South Africa at The Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dave Hewison/Speed Media

I sure am.

It’s been a surreal time these last few months in Australia, not to mention the rest of the world where in many places the virus has hit much harder and lockdowns more severe. My heart goes out to all those affected.

Why I Prefer Back Button Focus

Back button focus essentially gives you the best of both single and continuous AF modes, at virtually the same time. All you need to do is have your camera constantly set in continuous AF mode. Simply press and release the back focus button to focus on a still subject (and recompose as desired) or press and hold to track movement, releasing only if your subject stops moving.

Shooting Weddings Using the Film Hybrid Technique

We all have a certain style that sets us apart from other photographers, although I’m still finding mine, there is a wide gap between sport and weddings. So, with that in mind, I wanted to come up with something that would look and feel airy, as wedding photos should, but also have a unique aesthetic that would set them apart a little.