Some great advice...Some from yours truly!

Through a Photographer’s Eye: 10 Photographers Share Their Advice

BY FUJIFILM AUSTRALIA ON AUGUST 3, 2017 • 

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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jared morgan photographer

Get Ready to Rumble...Townsville V8's

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. 

Interview with Fujifilm

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

Dfine has new wheels!

Being a Cairns Photographer isn't always easy on a motorbike!

Being a Cairns Photographer isn't always easy on a motorbike!

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...

The struggle..

Any creative. Be they an artist, writer or dare I say even a photographer, I am sure could relate to this video. Zack Arias is one of my favourite photographers. I love his work, but even more I love his style, his philosophy on photography. I like that he admits to his doubts and anxieties as an artist. When I find myself struggling photographically I often give his video another watch. Give it a watch, you just might find an interesting perspective...

Getting camera fit...

So my exploration with the Fuji XT-10 continues. I am slowly but surely using the Fuji at every opportunity, and seeing how the little Fuji handles. Unfortunately, time constraints always make getting to locations a bit of a hassle most days. 

I was coming back into Cairns from the North side just before sunset. I hadn't tried any sunset shooting with the Fuji as yet. I was interested in seeing the dynamic range and how far I could push the files if necessary. So I pulled over on the side of the highway and started seeing what I could do.

The following file is a single exposure as I wanted to see how hard I could push the shadows etc on the Fuji files. Not as good as my Nikon overall I would say, so I will have to be a little more careful on the exposure. But overall so far I am very happy with what the Fuji is capable of. 

cane sunset.jpg

#fujix #fujifilm #fujixt10 #sunsets

Niggling doubts...

cairns.night.blackandwhite

In a few months I am off to Japan for a few weeks. This is purely a personal photography trip for me. So, I decided to try a lighter alternative in regards to camera gear for this trip. So I picked up the wonderful little retro Fuji XT-10 (Check it out here) also the 18-55 and the 55-200 lenses. I am still undecided on the 14mm Wide angle lens and might rent this lens for the trip.

I love night photography, especially when travelling. I have tried out the body and lens combo during the day. (I have been so busy this has been limited to shooting from my balcony whilst having a morning coffee) I am happy that during daylight, the Fuji XT-10 will produce fantastic image quality for the trip. But...

The deal breaker is this "Will the XT-10 perform at night and for long exposure photography?".
I had to head down to my local shopping centre the other night. This was the first opportunity I had to try out a night time long exposure. OK, OK so it's not the greatest location or subject but it gave me an idea on whether the XT-10 will cut it for the trip.

Short answer...Yes! I was more than happy with the quality and clean files that resulted. Pack your stuff Fuji. You'll be heading home soon!

#fuji #fujixt10 #fujifilm #fujifanatics

A camera for those that like cameras!

I have a fair amount of travel with a multi lens, fully fledged Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera under my belt. Those that have travelled with such a set up know some of the downsides. The anxiety as you try to make your carry on bag appear much lighter than the allowed weight, hoping they don't want to weigh your bag! Long days spent hauling many kilograms of lenses and various accessories as well as a tripod. (I ALWAYS travel with a tripod)

So in an effort to trim down my travel set up, I have decided to try the world of the mirrorless cameras. Specifically the Fuji XT-10. Although I am still getting to know this wonderful retro style little camera, I am impressed so far. I will regularly update with some samples and my thoughts on this system as time goes on. I have a trip planned for Japan in November. Will the Fuji be up to the challenge?...

My all time favourite camera bag!

Camera bags are a very personal thing! What works for one photographer may not for the next. Messenger style bags work well for me, when I am travelling or getting around with my gear on the motorbike. There are several things that are important to me with my choice of camera bags.
these include:

1. Quality (Why pay all that money for something that falls apart at the worst moment)
2. Discreteness (I don't want to stand out as carrying lots of expensive gear!)
3. Functionality (It has to work as designed!)

So my bag for the last twelve months or so has been the Retrospective 7 by  Think Tank

The think Tank checks all these for me. I recently went to Europe and this bag was abused and used! I routinely was carrying FAR more than it was ever designed to and held up beautifully! I especially like the low key look of these bags and that they are not splattered with logos and clues as to their contents. Very handy as I do a lot of night shooting in the wee hours. I appreciated the fact I didn't look like a big target for thieves.

The quality and robustness of these bags has impressed me no end! I am actually going to buy another one to use as my bag when I am riding my motorcycle! No doubt it will see double duty as a camera bag as well, but these bags are just so impressive not to use all the time!

The layout and customisation is also very handy as I can lay out the bag depending on what I need for any particular job. I will let you head over to their website to see for yourself, but from me...Two big thumbs up!

 

Love the Sporties!

harleysportster

As a lifelong motorcyclist and current Harley owner, I was very happy to have a friends Sportster as a prop in a recent photo shoot. This is one of the lighting test shots before the model was placed into the scene. I love my sporty and we travelled around Australia together a few years ago, so I have a lot of history with my little bike and would never consider getting rid of her...Maybe she does need some company in the garage though hmmmm