Entries by Steve


The Best Camera Settings for Concerts Today I’m going to explain the best camera settings for concert photography. Concert photography is one of the more challenging types of photography. You have very difficult lighting, a lot of moving subjects. One of the best things you can do to ensure your concert photos are as awesome […]

Variety Arts Club of New Zealand

For those who are interested in nostalgia, old Shadows music or anything the New Zealand Variety Arts Club gets up to you may just find the odd snippet here. In this case I have uploaded a video from a show in Auckland during 2015. It features “The Shadz” another New Zealand band who rock the […]


Elaine Paige, Good, Great and Bad

Blogs as well as Facebook provide a platform for airing views, whether it be what I classify as political BS, or how bad Starbucks Coffee happens to be etc. This is a very rare rant for me but currently I am highly brassed off and it has NOTHING to do with photography. It is all […]


Great Guitars

I am constantly being asked where to buy guitar gear. People want to know the most reliable source for online musical equipment. To be honest the very best I can come up with it Amazon. They not only are the biggest online market place they have the biggest range of equipment you can imagine.   […]

A Short History of Photography

Photos through the ages When you see videos of the early developers of photography, it is pretty funny especially in light of photography today. In those old movies, to get a picture, the camera was as big as a computer is today. The photographer had to put his head under a sheet and hold up […]


Perth Happenings

A Home Studio to die for: My great friend Nunzio Mondia from Perth Western Australia has created a masterpiece. Normally a masterpiece for Nunzio is a composition carefully structured on his Fazioli piano. However he has gone one step further and built a state of the art recording studio behind his home. Nunzio was able […]

Concert photography-Shooting with changing lighting

Concerts with Changing Lights Tips when lights are changing When photographing live performances in small venues where the lighting changes continuously, try using Manual Exposure and Auto ISO Sensitivity Control. Auto ISO Sensitivity Control allows the camera to adjust ISO sensitivity automatically if optimal exposure cannot be achieved at the value currently selected by the […]

Steve Hilliar Concert Photography

Concert Photography Part One   I get a lot of requests to talk about concert photography so I decided to find some existing video that has already been created on the subject. Anthony Morganti has made a three-part miniseries on concert photography. In the first part he talks about why you might want to become […]


Tommy Adderley

Tommy Adderley was a well known singer and entertainer who sadly passed away on February 5th 1993. Tommy had immigrated to New Zealand many years earlier and become well known very quickly. His ability to sing and play the harp was unequaled in this country. During 1985 during Queens birthday weekend Tommy along with others […]


Peter Caulton

Peter Caulton another sensational New Zealand entertainer was sadly farewelled today in Auckland. One of the real great New Zealand artists who deserved far more recognition in this country passed away on March 13th 2018. A former member of Stage Door Trio, Country Flyers, and Good News, Peter Caulton performed regularly at local pubs and […]