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Travel Portrait Photography

Travel Portrait Photography

    Magician on Embarcadero, San Francisco In the last post, we discussed some techniques to try when approaching strangers to ask for their photograph. However, once you have their permission, don’t forget to actually make the photo. Here are some practical tips to get the most out of these opportunities. Be ready Once someone […]

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Travel Portrait Photography- Approaching Strangers

Travel Portrait Photography- Approaching Strangers

Marrakech, Morocco. This orange juice seller in Djemma el-Fna was more than happy to pose for some photos after I bought several glasses of juice. When we travel to a destination with the intention of photography, photographers mostly try to capture the destination in its entirity, rather than focus on one particular feature or aspect. […]

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Work (for great photos)

Work (for great photos)

This image of the 12 Apostles was the result of a lot of planning, research and multiple visits over the space of a few years before I captured an image I was finally happy with. Occasionally great images are made by luck, simply being in the right place at the right time. Mostly though, they […]

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Chimping- A Rant

Chimping- A Rant

Chimping: “What one does after taking a picture with a digital camera and looking at the result. Derived from the words they speak when chimping: “Ooo-oo-oo!”” Definition from http://www.urbandictionary.com While taking a break from editing, I recently came across a discussion on a photography forum about chimping and how only “cheat” photographers do it. This […]

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Ingredients of a Successful Image

Ingredients of a Successful Image

For all the technical jargon, multiple camera functions and general overthinking, making photographs is actually quite simple. Like some of the best recipes, a successful image is made up of only 3 ingredients, 1. A strong subject, 2. The right light, and 3. Thoughtful composition. A Strong Subject The most powerful images have a clearly defined […]

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Old Favourites

Old Favourites

We’re a weird bunch, us photographers. We spend countless hours watching light and waiting for it to be just right. We spend evening after evening returning to the same location waiting for everything to be just right to create an image we have seen in our minds. Non photographers look at us and ask “Don’t […]

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Negative Space

Negative Space

 If you do any type of photography training based around composition, you will likely be told that you need to “fill the frame”. Generally this is sound advice. However as with all rules, there is a case for ignoring them. Often the use of negative space helps to show the relationship between a subject and […]

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Keep Shooting

Keep Shooting

I made some photographs for the first time in weeks recently, and they weren’t very good. To me they seemed unimaginative and uninspired. They were difficult to make. Why, I wondered. Conditions were good, I had all the gear I needed. I had a beautiful location to shoot. The trouble was, I had forgotten what […]

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How to Read a Histogram

Histogram: a statistical graph that represents the frequency of values of a quantity by vertical rectangles of varying heights and widths. The width of the rectangles is in proportion to the class interval under consideration, and their areas represent the relative frequency of the phenomenon in question. What? The histogram is an often misunderstood, but […]

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The Case For Black

 Wheat stalks, 2004. The blacks in this image allow the other colours to stand out and give a sense of the hot summer evening that it was that day. I get the attraction of High Dynamic Range photography. I really do. It’s useful to be able to blend exposures and bring out detail otherwise lost. […]

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Shoot Something You (don’t) Love

Read on. The shoes will make sense in a moment, I promise. I know I’ve rambled on many times on this blog about finding the things you love to shoot and getting out there and shooting them, but today (and yes, I know how hypocritical this is) I’m going to talk about the benefits of shooting subjects you don’t […]

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Post Production Deconstruction

This image was made at Clifton Springs Beach, where the remains of this old jetty sit alongside several brand new ones with nowhere near as much character (although they are usable which I suppose is a plus). People are often surprised when I tell them I do around 98% of post production in Lightroom and I […]

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A Practice in Panning

 Melbourne tram, 2010. Panning is a great way to convey motion or speed in a photo, but it’s not the easiest technique to master. I’ve been at it for years and I still feel like I need a lot more practice, but it’s a lot of fun to try. Like other techniques, everyone will find […]

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More Jeckyl, Less Hide

Morning Peninsula, June 2012. This image was made by me, not my camera. Read on, it will make sense soon. “Hey, great photo. You must have a really good camera!” How many times have you cringed at this? Wanted to cry out “I took the damn photo, not the camera! It didn’t choose what to […]

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The Good to Bad Ratio

View from The Peak, Hong Kong. There was not a lot of scope to move around on the viewing platform, but I took over 100 frames as the sun set, building lights came on and the fog rolled in. Some photographers are blessed with the innate skill of being able to view a scene, understand […]

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Gear: What Do You Really Need?

 Is all this stuff really necessary?  I don’t write much about gear. I’m just not that into it. I know some people love their gear just as much, or in some cases more, than the act of making images, but to me camera equipment is simply a tool that lets me do what I love […]

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How a background can make your photograph

Blurring or removing a background can give more impact to the subject. When creating a photograph it is all too easy to get caught up in your subject at the expense of something equally as important: the background. So many times we are frustrated by unwanted elements only noticed after loading the image onto our […]

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Movement and Energy

 A busy intersection in Shinjuku District, Tokyo. f11 @ 2 sec. The blurred motion captures pedestrians hustling to their destination. Nothing conveys the bustle and energy of a big city quite like putting the camera on a tripod and setting the exposure to 10 seconds or longer. People merge together in crowds, car headlights stretch […]

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Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Sometimes we all get stuck. We get into a bit of a rut, we start to feel a bit stale and have trouble finding a subject to inspire us and get our creativity flowing again. Often the solution is looking at images by other photographers, however there are other sources of inspiration to kick start our […]

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A photographers greatest skill?

Shinjuku Dirstrict, Tokyo. After walking around the area for a little while, my overriding impression was how busy and past paced life was here. This is what I tried to communicate in the image. There are many different skills a photographer needs to create a meaningful photograph. Technical ability, timing, planning. But one skill I think […]

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Photographing Flowers

I’ve always believed that it is important to go out and shoot something other than what your usual subjects in to keep your photographic skills sharp. Flowers haven’t always been one of the most interesting subjects for me. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the beauty of a flower in bloom, but for some […]

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Things I want to learn from Photography in 2012

This isn’t a new years resolution post. It’s a bit early for that and I don’t make them anyhow, but I came across an article online this week that asked the question: what do you want to learn about photography in 2012? Not: where to you want to take your business, or how much money […]

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Wrestling with auto focus

Confession: I have trouble with focus. No, I’m not talking about any type of ADHD condition (although that might also be an issue, but beside the point here). I’m talking about the act of making sharp photos. About what seems like the never ending struggle to make the camera’s focus system behave and see what your seeing. There […]

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Melbourne from above

This image was taken from the Skydeck at the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, and looks out over the Federation Square and the Melbourne CBD. This is one of the newer tourist attractions in Melbourne and definitely one of the most popular. So much so, it is difficult to find a spot near the glass to […]

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