Photograph a complete stranger: Danny

It’s hot in Sydney today – probably the hottest day of summer so far -  reaching 40 degrees C on the coast. Got up at 5am to do the usual Saturday morning ride up to Church Point (beautiful part of Sydney) and it must have been almost 30 degrees when I rolled out of bed. Needless to say lost a lot of fluid on…

20 in 2 – book for January & volunteering

Well we’re now well in to January and thought i’d see how my 20 in 2 list is coming along. I just finished reading Joe McNally’s ‘Hot Shoe Diaries’ – which provides a great insight into professional lighting techniques by basically giving you the finished product and working backwards. I highly recommend that and his other book ‘The Moment It Clicks’ for anyone looking…

Well it is Christmas after all…

A couple of weekends back I had the pleasure of volunteering at Help-Portrait in Sydney. Help-Portrait is a not for profit event that provides professional portraits to those less fortunate right around the globe. It is run entirely by volunteers and although only in its second year, there were 170 guests in Sydney alone! I had the pleasure of assisting Grace Tham (an amazing…

Photography lesson 2: try a black & white/monochrome conversion

When conditions may not be perfect for shooting say a landscape shot – high noon or overcast/dull weather for instance, try converting your shot in to black & white or monochrome – often you’ll be surprised at the result! The shot below I was about to pass by until I converted it to black & white using Adobe’s Lightroom software and it brought out…

Photography lesson 1: wait for the light

I went to Kirribilli in North Sydney this evening to take a few Harbour Bridge/Opera House/Cityscape shots and just as I was about to pack up and leave this beautiful blue cast came across the sky and allowed me to capture the shot below. Lesson learned – wait at least 30-45mins after the sun has dipped below the horizon before you pack up and…