Monthly Archives: September 2014

MEDIUM FORMAT PENTAX – WORTH THE WEIGHT

Only about five percent of my images are shot on my medium format Pentax camera. It simply doesn’t have the speed I need for the majority of my work.

So, as you can imagine, I’m often questioning whether I even need to be carrying the extra weight in my camera bag – particularly when it comes to the big walks.

OFF TO SAUDI AGAIN BUT VICTORIA’S HIGH COUNTRY FIRST

The Saudi’s have been back in touch about visa details so, Insh’Allah, I’ll be off to Riyadh again towards the end of the month to be one of the judges in their national photographic competition and shoot for their promotional library.
In the meantime, I’ve just arrived in regional Victoria – the high country I’m told – on a five day shoot for the local government authority.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A VALUABLE LESSON A PLUMBER TAUGHT ME

I remember some time ago taking a plumber to task when he turned up at my house to fix my washing machine and charged AUD$150 for five minutes work. He simply reached in and plucked out a 20c coin that was blocking the system before handing me his invoice on the way out.

As he mentioned though, he knew where to look. The fact was I wasn’t paying him for his time as much for his experience which quickly directed him to the problem and provided the expertise needed to fix it.
Travel photography at a professional level is no different. Over time (in my case, two decades) we (hopefully) have learned from our mistakes and honed our craft. It’s not a matter of running around like a chook without a head from sun up to sun down and appearing productive by taking a stack of mediocre photographs. It’s about drawing on your experience to place yourself in the right place, at the right time, in the most favourable circumstance to capture the best photographs of the destination you’re shooting.

ADDING VALUE TO MY WORK – TAKING MY PHOTOGRAPHY ONTO THE HIGH SEAS

I’m often asked by photographers who are travelling how they can make money from their photographs. As you might guess, it’s a competitive arena and financial success can be elusive. Personally, I think being a good photographer is just one of the elements you need to be successful in this game – you also need...

BREAD AND BUTTER VS ART AND BARE BREASTS

Here are two interpretations of the same event I shot as part of this cruise I’m doing of Papua New Guinea. The photograph (below) is the sort of picture most guests who were attending the cultural performance in Alotau would have captured, while the one (above) resulted from an opportunity I created at the same...

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