Saturday, June 30, 2012

Humour for the weekend...

Stranger: "That is a beautiful child you have there." 

Mother: "That's nothing. You should see his photograph." 

Monday, June 4, 2012

North East Community Initiatives

Found about about a new organisation today - have a quick read about NECI :
North East Community Initiatives has been established to assist in the recovery of our community and to develop businesses that provide employment and training opportunities for our youth and the disengaged.
North East Community Initiatives Key points:                                                                                                      
·       Not for profit Social Enterprise
·       Established to benefit our community
·       Regional youth
·       Disadvantaged 
·       Local employment opportunities
·       Learning & development opportunities

The first business we have rolled out is North East Publishing a printing organisation based in Kinglake. Delivering quality printing services whilst benefiting our community and youth. 
North East Publishing key points and services offered:
-        Printing & Graphic arts
-        Short and long term employment
-        Training and development
-        Work experience
-        Trainee-ships
-        Trade accreditation
-        Mentoring
Our Services Offered:
*        Graphic Design
*        Pre-press
*        Offset printing
*        Digital printing
*        Bindery
*        Finishing

Supplying all forms of general printing:  

*        Production of books                                                                                    
*        Advertising and marketing material
*        Community newspapers, community flyers
*         Posters

We look forward to the opportunity of working with you in the future

Brad Quilliam - Director
T:  +61 3 5786 1474
m:  0488 998 338

Friday, May 18, 2012

Best photo tip of the week 18 May 2012

Diffusers....I learnt something, a neat trick this week. ( I learn a new thing everyday )

Use a frosted white shower curtain ( leave the floral ones for the shower or the skip - which ever applies )
and attach to your chosen well lit or over lit window to get a great diffused light for an indoor shot.

Especially handy if your looking to use the window as side lighting...make sure your a small distance away and shooooooot!


Friday, March 9, 2012

money money money in a rich world

The top 10 ($US billion) were announced by Forbes;

1. Gina Rinehart 18.00
2. Ivan Glasenberg 7.20
3. Andrew Forrest 5.30
4. James Packer 4.50
5. Frank Lowy 4.40
6. Harry Triguboff 4.00
7. Anthony Pratt 3.40
8. John Gandel 3.20
9. Angela Bennett & Michael Wright 2.30
10. Kerr Neilson 2.10

Does money really make you happy?

The more money and business interests people have the more calculated risks you must take sometimes on a daily and hourly basis.

Some of these people listed above are in the news for all the wrong reasons. 
Dip in share/stock prices, family feuds, investigations, lower retail spend and reports of bad choices in business interests.

Think to be happy one must take stock of what is important, health, family and secured set of values…and if your self employed and doing alright....LIFES great!!

If you have that then you must be number one on the list.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Highs and lows

Today has been full of highs and lows, 
this morning I find out a distant older friend Gwen passed away, 
a real gentlewoman who was very creative in all that she touched whether it was cooking or photography.

Gwen loved her landscapes and I have had the pleasure of judging her images and also
judging and Gwen being a steward.
Gwen may you rest in peace now and always have a camera handy.
A wonderful, beautiful person sadly missed.

The other was a high, 
a business I have known about for 10 years, never heard a bad word about them, always been too far away to consider for quotes, but hey presto there is email now...
thought I'd give them a go in regards to some printing I needed done.
Tight deadlines, didn't pick the stock just emailed the order through this week ...and Ta Dah!,
ready for pick up tomorrow.
The owner has just emailed me and offered to meet me half way on the road for delivery.

A great rule for being in businesses - exceed expectations every time..
You will win customers for life.

Friday, February 10, 2012

When size does matter!

Often I am asked; what lens do you have for your camera's?

what size?

what is your dream lens?

This gets me fired up, I Start thinking if I had a bigger lens just think of the shots I could take..

mmm, birds, nightscapes, animals, landscapes, seascapes, oh dear the list is long and wide...

But when is many lenses too many, do we really use them all?

I have many lenses from an analogue camera and I can only remember using 2.

So is it worth it having all that pretty and expensive glass sitting around?

I convince myself that the 4 lenses I have for my Nikon are ENOUGH!

Then a friend comes over, sits outside for a short time and emails me this image...

Damn it I want a bigger telephoto/ zoom.....after all there is room in the camera bag seriously!!

Photo by R. Martin.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thinking of the whole region

today and tomorrow. 
Many local families,friends and business colleges from across the region will be heavy hearted tomorrow on the 3rd anniversary of  the black Saturday bushfires of 2009.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Great gem of a book!

Today in the email inbox I came across an e-book a freebie that is a beauty!

50 gems from Australia’s top SME entrepreneurs by
In it is 50 quotes from SME’s that they have interviewed and I enjoyed reading it.
Well I didn’t read the lot merely flicked through it but I found number 45 to be appropriate to all of us out there in social media land..

“Social media matters a lot!
There’s a new group of people who are on Facebook and their iPhones, tagging places that they have been to and eaten at.

I think that can become very infectious and good for businesses that do very well and not so good for businesses that don’t have a good reputation.

It only takes one negative tweet about an employee not doing the right thing to their staff and it can go viral.”   

Marcus Sellen, Selmar Institute of Education

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2/3 can I make the hat trick ?

Happy New Year and all that Jaz! 

I love to shop but the thing that lets most retailers down is their staff  - their ability to strike up a relationship with their customers and then ensure the vital part of a sale is to ensure the customers purchase will make a difference in their life in a timely and polite no crap kinda way.

Simple enough? Nope it seems there is no staff training out there in retail land.... or is there...

Think about it for a moment:

If I could sell you something that would improve your quality of live, make more time for you to enjoy the quality times in your life  - whether it be down time, time with family or bring some pleasure to your little neck of the woods?

Have I got your attention?



you betcha!

I know I would….my time is valuable, im a busy person, businesses, family and lots of volunteer commitments….I scream from the roof…

In the past I have had less than satisfactory experiences with phone retail and especially retail online….after all its global, your a faceless number/ name out there in the Internet of life...

But my 2 latest online chat/retail experiences have been unreal – a great start for 2012 and slowly restoring my faith in on-line retail experiences.

Meaning that most online purchases through ebay/online stores etc are usually straight forward.

But if you happen to have a slightly out of the box retail need....hold on its real windy out there...

But in saying all that... I have tried the the latest online retail fad – support chat….

Real people that can make decisions...OMG!

1/ update software, tricky one... this one..... need to upgrade from a very old Adobe product to latest version with all the bells and whistles…please make this simple for me...

2/update phone as 4 year phone is out of contract and wont update itself any more, needs a bin real fast.. who doesn't love dealing with telco's... oh dear.... headache tablets at the ready.

Task 1 – results: search on-line, log in, find chat on-line support - OMG its a real person with the same name as me....a little spooky ....
total time 23 minutes for online questions, selection, extra purchase, payment – delivered to my door within 7 days from Ireland.


Task 2 – results: 33 minutes for lots and lots of questions back and forth, selection of handset, choose plan choice, billing choice, proof of identity and finally payment – delivered to my door within 7 -10 working days ( they promised )

OMG and they even rang me when the connection was dropped via bad weather..
they I had a nice chat with my online support person who was so SWITCHED ON.

Love it!

that's what it is about....I'm a loyal customer will tell 25+ of my friends and sing their corporate praises online....everywhere...

Task three to purchase IT equipment on line....searching for the support we blog...

Maybe my faith in retail especially online is being restored...