Photography

Some ideas for my venture into photography, not sure where or how to start.  There is so much information available, fantastic photographers so where do I start, the camera, the shot, technical information or get out there and have a go. Maybe a theme: getting from A to B such as stuck in traffic, walking, driving, on a train, in transit. How do I choose, what do I choose, it is all too familiar, how do I make a photo, isolate something, what is it going to say, what do I want to say, how will I frame it, what is in focus, what is the exposure, day or night, what will be in the frame and so much more.  Maybe something abstract like I read in a magazine, hiding around corners, pressed against walls, peering down from bridges now this sounds interesting and exciting.

My first experiments:

Highlighting Women  in Photojournalism

In 1973, Sara Krulwich visited 29 newspapers, looking for a job after graduating from the University of Michigan. She met with male photo editors who mostly scoffed at the idea of a woman as a news photographer. One editor, she said, told her that hiring a woman was like “hiring half a person.”

COLLECTION  OF  NOTES

HEAD ON

Head On to the Art Gallery of Hyderabad 

This year we presented the wonderful work by finalists of the Head On Portrait Prize AND the Head On Landscape Prize at State Art Gallery of Hyderabad as part of the Indian Photogrpahy Festival.

TED’S  PHOTOGRAPHICS:  Photographers Through Time

24 HOUR  PROJECT Documenting Humanity to make a Difference, photographers share the human condition of their own city in one single day.

RAW vs JPEG

 

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PHOTO SHARING

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The Aperture Club

Artsy.net: Andreas Gursky

Australian Video Camera

Blue Hour Site: how to take blue hour photos

Cinefii

Cinematography Archives

COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR  CPOY’s greatest value is educational: it encourages photographers to sort through and evaluate their own work and assemble the best of it to show, both to peers and to the working professionals who donate their time to judge the contest.

COMPOSITION: THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY  words and photos by Julian Thomas

Creative Live

Chris Bray Photography  http://chrisbrayphotography.com

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  • Free Course Videos Complete course by award-winning Australian Geographic photographer Chris Bray. Ten easy-to-understand episodes with plenty of examples from basic setup and composition, to aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO, lighting, lenses, histograms, white balance and more!

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Digital Photography School

Digital Photo Secrets:  photos too blue, white balance might be to blame

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Exposure Guide:  Photography Blog with Photography News, Tips & Tutorials

FOTOGRAOIA

THE FOX DARKROOM & Gallery is a Melbourne darkroom for hire and exhibition space. It promotes and celebrates photography through hands-on workshops and by exhibiting work from emerging and established artists.

HOW TO USE DIGITAL ART TO ENHANCE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY  – If I had to describe briefly my passion for photography, I’d discard the word passion because what I really feel about this art, is admiration. The condition that makes photography so unique is its ability to communicate. I am not talking about communicating facts, events, any of that; the kind of communication I’ve discovered seven years ago was the message of emotion, sensation and feeling.

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6 Tips for Creating More Captivating Landscape Photographs

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10 quick landscape photography tips

Landscape Photography Tips:  National Geographic

LENS CULTURE

THE BEST LENS to USE is the ONE THAT is WITH YOU

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Photo.net:  a site for photographers by photographers

PICTURES of the YEAR  INTERNATIONAL  POYi began as a photographic contest in the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, when the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored its “First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition” contest. Its stated purpose was, “to pay tribute to those press photographers and newspapers which, despite tremendous war-time difficulties, are doing a splendid job; to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition; and to compile and preserve…a collection of the best in current, home-front press pictures.”

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SMARTPHONE and happy snapping

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WORLD PRESS PHOTO CONTEST

“We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.”

World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organisation committed to supporting and advancing photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide. Among their many activities, World Press Photo organises an annual exhibition featuring the award-winning photographs from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest for press photography. The 2016 contest had 80,408 images submitted by 5034 press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from 126 countries.

In the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts in Hobart – Morton Allport, possibly environmental photography in Australia.  Allport’s ‘Excursion to Lake St Clair February 1863 album’, a phonebook with text and images.  https://stors.tas.gov.au/AUTA001126254101

MARK ROGERS ON HIS APPROACH TO PORTRAITURE

Mark Rogers is known for his innate ability to distil the essence of a story or character into a singular image. His portraits are defined by an ease and directness that balance intimacy with presence and feeling. It is this approach that has secured him over the past two decades work with prominent clients and a regular spot as a finalist in The Head On Portrait Prize, National Portrait Prize, Moran Photographic Prize and Olive Cotton Award.

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Mark recently took some time off the set of the upcoming movie ‘Peter Rabbit’ where he is working as the stills photographer to talk about his approach to portraiture and what it is like working on set.

“The personality, the presence and the approach of the photographer are somehow written in the portrait. For me, it’s a process of manufacturing spontaneity. With people, particularly celebrities, who have been photographed a lot, there is always a tension between them performing a portrait and finding an intimacy together where this mask may drop.”

Mark is always thoroughly prepared before his subject arrives so he is ready and relaxed when he takes the first picture. “Setting the lighting with an assistant sitting in, preparing the backdrop and props, using music for the right atmosphere – whether calm or energetic, so that I am happy with the image and can then concentrate on breathing the life of the subject into it. Then it [the process] can become a direct relationship with my subject, where we are both relaxed and spontaneity can occur.”

Being prepared is equally important on set where ‘action’ is repeated over multiple takes and the actors are different each time. “Magic only ever occurs fleetingly. Often the best portraits of actors are between scenes when they bring the character and performance we need for a powerful shot.”

You can keep up to date with Mark on
Facebook: /markrogersphotographer
Insta: @markrogers_photo
Web: markrogers.com.au

JARRAD SENG ON LANDSCAPES

Jarrad Seng is a creative based in Western Australia who now travels around the world with musicians and taking pictures. He has worked with UK bands and artists such as Passenger and Ed Sheeran and his client list includes Converse, Qantas and many tourism agencies around the world. Jarrad is not your traditional landscape photographer and it is his unique approach that has won him an online fanbase of over 300,000 people.

We asked Jarrad to share some words of wisdom with us on how he approaches photography, not the technical stuff but more on his attitude to photography. This is what he had to say.

“I’ll preface these words by conceding that I don’t consider myself a landscape photographer, at least not in the traditional sense.  In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find many images of mine which don’t feature some sort of human element or other subject of interest.  That said, I think all photography techniques and attitudes can (and should be) be applied across all genres.”

Ask yourself, what makes this photo interesting?
“Sounds obvious, but I sometimes question whether many photographers ask themselves this question while they’re shooting.  Often we can get into a routine when we’re working on autopilot, and not really thinking critically about the image we’re creating.  What’s the point of interest?  What is unique about this photo?  Should I add a human element to add scale or personality to the photograph?  Should I play with unconventional angles or shutter speeds to challenge the traditional view of the scene?  Let’s be honest, landscape photography can be amongst the boring images cluttering social media – don’t add to the noise!”

Wonky horizons are the devil
“Short and sweet.  Straighten those horizons.  Wonky lines are the first thing I’ll notice about a photograph, and it’ll taint the whole image.  So unless you have a deliberate reason for not doing so… get those horizons level!”
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If it were easy, everybody would do it.  And has done it.
“It’s cliche, but it’s true.  If the image you’re capturing seems like a piece of cake, it probably means that thousands of other photographers have stood in the same spot and taken the same shot too.  I mean, anyone can walk a few metres from the carpark to a viewing point, or follow a herd of tourists to the ‘classic’ spot.  But how many are willing to hike up a mountain to gain a fresh angle?  Or drive into the wilderness at midnight for the clearest night skies?  Or hang out of an open plane window? The greater the risk and the greater the effort, the greater the reward.  Of course, you also run the chance of not getting a shot at all, if you don’t play it safe.  But that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it?
You can keep up to date with Jarrad on
Facebook: /jarradsengphotography
Insta: @jarradseng
Web: www.jarradseng.com
Markus Andersen has a passion for revealing truths and creating unexpected narratives through photography.  His focus is primarily documentary and conceptual bodies of work using both analog & digital camera formats. Markus has held solo and collaborative exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Istanbul, Sydney and the United Kingdom, and his work is represented in private and institutional collections around the world.
Markus Andersen’s first book, Rage Against The Light, was released in late 2015 and a second book, Cabramatta: A moment in time, was released in early 2017 (both titles through T&G Publishing). You can see behind the scenes footage from his Cabramatta project in a recently released documentary (directed by Maria Tran) titled Cabramatta Into The Light.
We asked Markus to share some tips and his thoughts on mobile photography and here is what he had to say.
“The mobile phone camera has on occasion become my diary for recording certain spontaneous moments of life. I am not a photographer that walks around daily with my big cameras in hand unless I am shooting a specific project.”
“I do have trouble switching my eye off, I subconsciously scan a scene for a possible picture, whether it be walking down a city street, at the beach or hiking in the Blue Mountains. As a result, the mobile has sometimes become the camera I use to grab a photo that just pops up. I treat the mobile the same as I would a compact film /digital camera due to its size and ability to capture instinctive images discreetly and quickly. Of course there has to be an awareness of the output limitations of a phone camera when compared to a rangefinder, mirrorless or DSLR camera and understand the parameters to work within the device.”
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Markus finds that when photographing with the phone it is possible to move in closer to people on the street than when using cameras “grabbing a picture quickly before the subject is aware. I find the mobile phone useful as it is so common that people do not notice or care a photo is being taken in their direction –  just another person doing what millions of others are doing.”
Markus also has a few general tips when photographing – regardless of what camera format you are using or whether you are shooting documentary or street photography. “I find certain things can help when taking these types of pictures – keeping a relaxed vibe when in public, moving around and getting your knees dirty; never using zoom lenses, looking for the unique within the everyday, pre- visualise images, paring the equipment kit down to bare essentials and don’t think too much when shooting. As thought can sometimes be the enemy on the street, just observe, react and click. When shooting life or people: scan the scene, explore the light, look for details of interest and wait for the unusual, dynamic or the unexpected to occur “
You can keep up to date with Markus on
Facebook: /markus.andersen.3705
Insta: @markusxandersen
Web: markusandersen.com

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

Exclusive to Nikon cameras, the NEF is Nikon’s RAW file format. RAW image files, sometimes referred to as digital negatives, contain all the image information captured by the camera’s sensor, along with the image’s metadata (the camera’s identification and its settings, the lens used and other information). The NEF file is written to the memory card in either an uncompressed or “lossless” compressed form. 

The primary benefit of writing images to the memory card in NEF format rather than TIFF or JPEG is that no in-camera processing for white balance, hue, tone and sharpening are applied to the NEF file; rather, those values are retained as instruction sets included in the file. You can change the instruction set as many times as you like without ever disturbing the original image’s RAW data. Another benefit of the NEF file is that depending on the camera, it retains 12-bit or 14-bit data, resulting in an image with a far greater tonal range than an eight-bit JPEG or TIFF file.

After-capture processing of the NEF file by Nikon’s Capture NX2 software, or other imaging programs, offers greater control over the final image than the processing of a JPEG or a TIFF. After processing, the NEF file can be saved as a TIFF, JPEG or again as a NEF with the addition of any applied Capture NX2 processing saved inside the file as a second or alternate instruction set. As long as the original NEF file is preserved, the “digital negative” remains untouched; processing a NEF file does not alter the original instruction set.

What are the differences between: RAW, NEF, Compressed-NEF, TIFF, and JPG file formats?

Nikon calls images saved in the RAW format “NEF” files. Nikon RAW NEF files can be edited in Nikon View Editor, PictureProject, Nikon Capture Editor and Nikon Adobe Photoshop plug-in.

This unique format consists of the RAW data of an image, along with an instruction set that provides extensive image editing capability not available with other file formats.  With a NEF file, the original RAW data of an image is never changed.  All corrections and adjustments that you make are preserved in the file’s instruction set. You can change the instruction set as many times as you like without ever disturbing the original image’s RAW data. Using the software listed above you can change the shooting White Balance, adjust Exposure Compensation as well as basic color, sharpening and levels controls.

Current Nikon DSLR cameras, including the D3-series, D2-series, D700, D300(S),  D200, D100, D7000, D5000, D3100, D3000, D90, D80, D70s, D70, D60, D50, D40X, D40, all support the NEF RAW file format. All future Nikon Digital SLR cameras will support the NEF RAW file, and some Coolpix cameras will as well.

Many users think of their NEF files as their original digital “negative” which they then make changes to and save the changed files as TIFF (or JPEG) for printing.

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SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS

Mircea Albutiu  http://www.mirceaalbutiu.com

Michael Amendola  http://www.michaelamendolia.com

Emanuele Amighetti  http://www.emanueleamighetti.com

Jim Anderson  http://www.jimanderson.com.au

Among Atem  http://www.atongatem.com

Elizabeth Avedon  http://elizabethavedon.blogspot.com.au

Stacey Baker  https://www.photoawards.com/stacey-baker-2/

Roger Ballen  https://www.rogerballen.com

Pablo Bartholomew  http://www.bartholomew.tv

Nicola Bernardi  http://www.nicolabernardi.com

Chris Bray http://chrisbrayphotography.com

Jan Breckwoldt  https://500px.com/janbreckwoldt

Alicia Brodowicz http://alicjabrodowicz.com

Sally Brownhill  http://sallybrownbill.com

Paula Broom  https://www.instagram.com/paulabroom/

Brett Canet-Gibson  https://www.lensculture.com/brett-canet-gibson

Aletheia Casey  http://www.aletheiacasey.com

Brian Cassey  http://www.briancasseyphotographer.com

Oscar Castillo  http://www.eltestigo.net

Robert Catto  https://www.robertcatto.com

Alejandro Cegarra  http://www.alecegarra.com

Giles Clarke  http://www.gilesnclarke.com

Michael Robinson Chávez  http://photowings.org/michael-robinson-chavez-biography/

Michael Coyne  http://www.michaelcoyne.com.au

Virginia Cummins  http://www.virginiacummins.com

James Whitlow Delano http://www.jameswhitlowdelano.com

Peter De Vries  http://www.pieterdevries.com.au

César Dezfuli  http://www.cesardezfuli.com/about

Erika Diettes. http://www.erikadiettes.com

Douwe Dijkstra https://www.instagram.com/monochromevisions/?hl=en

Bill Dimas  http://tristanstefanedouard.com.au/tag/bill-dimas/

John Dobson http://www.johndobson.com.au

Julia Durkin  http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com/en/2014/05/30/article/25003/auckland-festival-of-photography-interview-with-director-julia-durkin/

Natan Dvir  http://natandvir.com

Sandy Edwards  http://www.australianphotographers.org/artists/sandy-edwards

Samantha Everton  http://samanthaeverton.com

Fabiola Ferrero  http://www.fabiolaferrero.com

Elizabeth Fortescue  http://www.artwriter.com.au/about/

Alasdair Foster  http://flakphoto.com/profile/alasdair-foster

Murray Fredericks http://www.murrayfredericks.com.au

Johanna-Maria Fritz  http://www.johannamariafritz.de/About

Christopher Getts https://www.photographers.com.au/httpwwwfacebookcomcgettsphotography

Alessia Glaviano  https://www.lensculture.com/alessia-glaviano

Craig Golding  http://www.craiggoldingphotos.com/index

Renzo Grande  http://www.renzogrande.com

Natela Grigalashvili  https://www.lensculture.com/natela-grigalashvili

Simon Harsent  http://www.simonharsent.com

Ron Haviv  http://www.ronhaviv.com

Andrea Hernandez  http://andreahernandezzz.weebly.com

Meg Hewitt  https://meg-hewitt.com/bio/

Sophia Howarth http://www.sophiehowarthphotography.com

Nadia Janis https://www.instagram.com/nadiajanisz/

Quentin Jones  http://www.jonesphoto.com.au/biocontact.html

Marko Kokic  http://www.reportagebygettyimages.com/features/the-caucasus-a-place-seldom-seen/

Grzegorz Kosmala  http://urbanphotoawards.com/grzegorz-kosmala/

Teru Kuwayama. http://terukuwayama.com

Cristian Laemmle-Ruff  https://www.kristianlaemmleruff.com

Alex Levac  http://alexlevac-blog.tumblr.com

Jon Lewis  http://www.jonnylewis.org

Megan Lewis  http://www.meganlewis.com.au

Geoffrey Liau  http://www.geoffreyliauphotography.com

Andrzej Liguz http://moreimages.net/portfolio/

Dina Litovsky  https://www.instagram.com/dina_litovsky/?hl=en

Glen Lockitch https://glennlockitchphotography.net

Katharine Lotze  https://app.blink.la/u/katsnapspix, http://katharinelotze.com

Paul McDonald  http://twtstleonards.com.au/news/global-photographer-paul-mcdonald-brings-australias-captivating-photographers-st-leonards

Wendy McDougall  http://www.wendymcdougall.com.au/Home.html

Graham MacIndoe  https://www.grahammacindoe.com

Eleanor Macnair  https://www.instagram.com/eleanormacnair/?hl=en

Simon Marnie  http://www.gettyimages.com.au/photos/simon-marnie?excludenudity=true&sort=mostpopular&mediatype=photography&phrase=simon%20marnie

Greg Marsden  http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/08/30/the-vibrant-street-light-of-sydney-by-greg-marsden-ho-hum/

Robert McFarlane  http://www.robertmcfarlanephotos.com/about.html

Dan Macintosh  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-27/landline_-dan-mcintosh/5771692

Sue Mcarthur  https://www.theloop.com.au/suemcarthurphotography/portfolio

Younes Mohammad  http://www.younesagha.com/bio

Jeff Moorfoot http://www.jeffmoorfoot.com.au

Richard Morecroft  http://www.richardmorecroft.com/photos2.html

Matt Moyer http://www.mattmoyer.com  Matt Moyer is a photographer and filmmaker committed to documenting the social and cultural issues that affect our world.

Christopher Mueller  http://www.nebuliarts.com/christoph-mueller/

Yaniv Nadav  http://www.yanivnadav.com

Seiko Nedic   https://www.zelkonedic.com

Gael Newton  http://photo-web.com.au/gn/about-gael-newton/

Matthew Newton  http://www.matthewnewton.com.au

Luke O’Brien  http://www.lukeobrien.com.au/about-luke

Trish O’Donnell  https://500px.com/trishodonnell/about

Chris Peken  https://www.chrispeken.com/resting-in-peace

Matt Portch  http://www.mattportch.com

Peter Powditch  http://www.rayhughesgallery.com/contemporary-australian/peter-powditch

Zodiac Purlija  http://www.zoricapurlija.com.au/Artist.asp?ArtistID=32593&Akey=A2QTAD5R&ajx=1

Manu Quintero  http://www.manuquintero.com/about

Claudio Rasano. http://www.rasano.com

Evan Richards  http://www.evanrichards.com

Eugene Richards  https://eugenerichards.com

Will Riera  http://www.wilrieraphoto.com

Clair Rosen  http://www.clairerosenphoto.com

Moshe Rosenzveig http://www.4dphotography.com.au

Alessandro Rota  http://alessandrorota.photoshelter.com/about

Paul Rovere  http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/the-best-by-age-photographer-paul-rovere-20121001-26v5v.html

David Rubinger  https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/mar/03/david-rubinger-photojournalist-israel-in-pictures

Steve Rushworth  https://www.foap.com/users/steven.rushworth

Robin Schwartz  http://robinschwartz.net

Ben Scott  http://www.photographlive.com

Lesley Sebastian  http://lessysebastian.wixsite.com/lessy-sebastian

Dean Sewell  photographic essay: Ten days in a Russian steelworks

Roz Sharp

Glenn Sloggett  http://www.glennsloggett.com

Friso Spoelstra  http://www.frisospoelstra.com/index

Doug Spowart  http://www.cooperandspowart.com.au

Maggie Steber  http://www.maggiesteber.com/main.html

Kris Stenders  https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/the-screen-guide/p/kriv-stenders/20881#ccTall

Mim Stirling  http://www.photography-now.com/artist/mim-stirling

Frédéric Stuchin http://www.fredericstucin.com

North Sullivan  http://www.northsullivan.com/#/

Lawrence Sumulong  http://www.lawrencesumulong.com

Nyk Sykes http://nyksykes.com

Tbilisi – has a thriving photographic scene.

Julian Thomas  https://www.instagram.com/_julianthomas/

Amy Toensing http://www.amytoensing.com An American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people.

Rob Tuckwell  http://robtuckwell.com.au

Astrid Verhoef   http://astridverhoef.nl/#!/news/0

Dougie Wallace  http://www.dougiewallace.com

Nicole Wells  http://www.nicolewells.com.au/about

Annette Widitz  http://annettewiditz.tumblr.com

Caleb Williams  http://www.calebwilliams.com.au

Carl Williams  http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1283075/

Ian Wittenberg  http://ilanwittenberg.com/portfolio/

Women Photograph

Scott A Woodward  http://scottawoodward.com

William Yang  http://www.stillsgallery.com.au/artists/yang/

Tom Williams  http://www.tomwilliamsphotos.com

Fiona Wolf-Symeonides  http://www.wolfwerk.net/category/about/

Kyla Woods https://www.theloop.com.au/kylawoods/portfolio/Journalist/Sydney

Daniella Zalcaman  http://www.dan.iella.net

Patrick Witty

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