The 2018 competition was the largest in the six years of running Photographer of the Year, so to be recognised at this level is a humbling achievement. I can’t wait to see the winning images. The standard was amazingly high this year! To see my images you can click here
As I was sitting here sifting through the usual deluge of junk emails I receive daily, I came across one in particular that piqued my interest! To my great delight and surprise I was informed that my photos from a recent trip to Japan have been short listed in the 2018 Photographer of The Year (Travel category)
Winners will be announced in January 2019. There are some amazing images and photographers entered this year and I wish them all the best of luck.
I am really happy to let you know about my ‘Capture to Print’ dance photography sessions.
I strongly believe in the art of the print, when it comes to capturing your special moments or special times in your kids lives! Ask yourself how often do you look at all those photos stored on your phone or computer! A stunning wall print that is professionally printed on museum quality paper framed in a gorgeous hand made frame is perfect for that WOW! factor. Now, of course you will have the opportunity to purchase high resolution digital photos. You will also be able to share your photos with friends or loved ones via your custom online gallery. Contact me here to find out more!
We, as a society produce more photographs than ever before. This year, it is estimated that billions of humans armed with smartphones will take some 1.2 trillion pictures. Many of them will be shared on social media, but more will simply be forgotten. Hardly any will make the transition into the physical world, becoming blots of ink that magically form into an image on a piece of paper, canvas, wood, or metal — a print.
The reasons for this are very understandable and there’s no point fighting progress, but nor should we ignore the value of a print. We may no longer print every photo but this can actually be a good thing for printing. It is now about quality rather than quantity, and the pictures we choose to print deserve the best treatment. Honestly, there has never been a better time to print than now.
Rather than bemoan the decline in quantity of photos printed, let’s celebrate the fact that digital has given us new technology and new avenues for producing high quality prints. We have the tools today to make better prints than ever before. Printing for archival reasons is a logical thing to do, but the real reason you should start printing is emotional. When done correctly, seeing a high quality print of an image that means something to you is completely intangible. There is just something about holding a finished print in your hands that is infinitely more satisfying than seeing your photo on a screen.
I have always thought one of the major qualities any photographer should have is problem solving. To me most of photography is problem solving to a degree. Too bright? How do I make it darker? Too dark? How do I make it brighter?...What happens when you location scouted a week ago and the weather was perfect and your creative juices are flowing for the ideas you now have in your head...Now it's windy and raining and your two clients and family are 10 minutes away...
Like Nike once said...Just Do It! Congratulations to Harriet and Hayden on their school formal day. Hope you had a great night!
Harriet and Hayden
Happy Mothers Day to all mothers out there today. So to do my bit today I was the team photographer for "The Mummagrams". The Mummagrams were out running early this morning to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. Was a fantastic turnout and great fun for all concerned. To donate anytime visit here:
One of the fundamental tenets of being a Professional Photographer is continuing the journey of the craft through on going education. Photography is an ever changing industry and keeping on top of things is a mandatory requirement for members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Continuing education can take on many forms: Gear, techniques and business education are just a few things Professional Photographers must keep up to date with to keep an informed and competitive edge.
Last month I travelled to my old stomping grounds of Townsvile to attend a workshop with the amazing Damian Cagnlia, you can see Damian's work here.
The workshop was amazing and was great to meet fellow North queensland members of the A.I.P.P.
I am not really one to enter competitions to be honest. I am a little cynical of the process and know people who shoot specifically for competitions. I had completely forgotten I had entered one of my photographs from the "Nightfall" series on a whim several months ago. I was pleasently surprised when this image received a commendation in the Professional Photography category.
So the New Year is here and as usual I start out both a little depressed and a little excited. Whenever I return from overseas, but especially after returning from my favourite place in the world to travel...Japan. I get a little depressed when I leave Japan, I miss the people, the food and just so many things that I love about traveling in Japan. I also get a little excited as I plan my next trip there...As I had said before, this was a true holiday for me, I probably took maybe 30 photographs tops! This trip was about being on holiday with my girlfriend and just enjoying that...
The one time I did get a little serious was when we went to Nagano then onto the famous 'Snow Monkeys'...How could I not take some photos there!?!
Well it is that time of year and, I am heading back to a place I have very fond memories of. Japan! Land of the Rising Sun...This is a pleasure trip this time so I am traveling very light photographically speaking for me. My partner is traveling with me so it is a little unfair of me to expect her to go through the sometimes hours of shooting that I would normally do.
So this trip I will be mainly just grabbing bits and pieces of video on my phone as we travel Japan together...
Running your own business can be incredibly rewarding, but also incredibly demanding. As a Cairns photographer I understand that I work in one of the most over saturated fields possible where "Professionals" are literally falling over themselves to get jobs for as little as $50...
It is always nice to be appreciated for the skill, experience and professional business practice that you bring to the table when quoting on work. It is also great to receive support from other local businesses who value the work of an Accredited Professional Photographer. They know that a true professional will deliver...No matter what, no excuses!
So in the spirit of supporting local professionals. Head over to McLeods Painting. They are a new start up in Cairns. They are locals and true professionals. If you need some painting done give them a call or ask the kid next door to paint your house for $50....I know which one I would choose!
A little over two years ago, I set myself a personal goal of becoming an Accredited Professional Photographer. I can now proudly display the logo as an APP. I have learned many new skills along the way, especially new business skills, so I can better serve my future clients.
Celebrated Master Photographer and AIPP Ambassador Nick Ghionis adds,
“Advancements in cameras and shooting techniques over the years have essentially meant that anyone looking to set up as a working photographer could do so very easily. Sadly as a result, many clients have been burned by poor quality work or bad business practice, because they have had no official standards to look for in advance. Certification changes this. Finally we are a recognised profession and the AIPP logo can stand up as a measure of quality and business practice that the public can trust. I’m hugely supportive of the AIPP’s work in the industry and proud that this development helps to raise our profile further."
ABOUT THE AIPP
The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) is Australia’s leading industry body for professional image makers, and is the only body in the country that offers a formally recognised Accreditation process in order to become an Accredited Member. The group works year round as advocates for the industry to improve the standard of the profession and offers members a range of benefits including development workshops and events, industry publications, business listing services, and ‘peer review’ Once accredited, members can also use AIPP visuals to demonstrate that they have been assessed to a professional standard and abide by a published Code of Professional Practice.
Through a Photographer’s Eye: 10 Photographers Share Their Advice
Over the last 10 weeks you would have seen ten interviews forming series two of Through a Photographer’s Eye. In each interview, we heard from a handful of Australian photographers and how they use Fujifilm X Series cameras to photograph the world around them.
Before Series Three of Through a Photographer’s Eye begins next week, let us take a look back at what advice was shared when each photographer was asked the question:
If you have some advice for someone starting out in photography what would it be?
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I was lucky enough to be invited down to Townsville V8's this year and to do so in the air-conditioned Coopers Brewery corporate box directly above pit lane! I didn't specificaly go for photography so I took it a little easier than usual and took the opportunity to be a "tourist"...Although I am a Cairns photographer, I spent a large chunk of my life in Townsville, so it was also good to catch up with family.
I was recently asked by Fujifilm Australia to give some thoughts on shooting with Fujifilm equipment. The interview also discusses some of my photography and thoughts on photography. I am super excited about this interview. Being a Cairns Photographer can be difficult to see your work gain exposure outside of the local area. Have a read here
So this here is a mighty little car I was lucky enough to photograph today! This is actually the first time I have been asked to do vehicle photography. I suppose when you are a Cairns photographer you never know what will come your way. I was also very lucky to go for a bit of a 'Fang' in this little blue beast. I know if I owned one my licence wouldn't last long at all!!!
So being a Cairns photographer when your only transport is a motorbike isn't always easy! This is very obvious when the wet season comes calling...So after 22 years as a motorbike rider, I have finally relented and got a 'cage'...
Oh!, the bike is still with me, it just shares a garage now with 'Fifi La Belle' the cheeky little French Renault. Jealousy has been kept to a minimum, with the understanding that this is a work car, and the bike comes first in all other respects...
This little car is definitely making carting all the gear around just a little easier, she will be off to the sign writers soon for a little extra bling...
Well let's just say I am a happy little camper...I have been selected as one of the featured photographers in the 2nd series of "Through a photographers eye" published on the Fujifilm Global website. It will be published in about three months and will include an interview with me on Fuji equipment, my photography and some thoughts on photography.
No not really. This is my Mums cat stylin' it up for the camera at Christmas time. I had just recently got the Fuji 56mm f1.2 and hadn't really had a chance to play with the lens. I understand why people rave about this lens, even when just taking photos of cats (welcome to the internet) Looking forward to using this lens more in the coming weeks.