Photo Review

Photo Review June - August 2019

Inspiring photography, practical tips and useful information for photographers at all levels. Easy to follow advice on everything from buying the right camera gear through to shooting, editing, printing and organising your photos. The Inspiration section features high quality images and insight into how the best photographers create their photos.

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in this issue

3 min.
looking for pictures

This editorial started to coalesce in my mind while I was seated in a dentist’s chair. As he busied himself with the instruments he’d need for our subsequent – as it were – interaction, the dentist, the hygienist and I chatted about matters photographic. As a picture-taker himself, he has more than a passing interest in the finer points of photographic practice. His office, I should add, has a nice view down one of those urban canyons that are characteristic of all big city CBDs. It was a lovely day outside, with picturesque clouds appearing now and then in the little notch of sky visible from the chair where I now reclined, sporting a pair of dashing protective dark glasses. Our pre-procedure conversation drifted onto the topic of the ‘photographic eye’ –…

8 min.
depth of experience

Long before he became a professional photographer, Geoff Comfort was a competitive dinghy sailor. ‘When I finished school, I had a short stint in the public service, but felt dissatisfied there. I left that position and started my boat building career which tied in with my involvement in racing sailing dinghies,’ he explained. For the first 20 years of his working life he raced and built boats. ‘I didn't have much interest in photography before that. But then I did a black and white photographic course, and that inspired me to think about changing my career, getting out of my boat building business. ‘Some aspects of boat building aren't that nice, especially the fiberglass. I was living in Sydney then, but at that stage in my life, I had a mortgage and…

7 min.
rockin’ all over the world

If you have any interest in what’s happening in Australian music, you will very probably be aware of Tash Sultana’s spectacular rise to fame. And if you have seen a photo of her in ecstatic flight on stage somewhere in the world, chances are it was taken by Dara Munnis. Munnis, who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, has been building his career as a music photographer for seven years. In a tough, highly competitive field, he was doing better than most when, three years ago, he met the first of two Australian women who were destined to change his life. One of them is Sultana. The other… Well, it’s best that Munnis tells the story himself (in his typically warm, lilting Irish accent). ‘In mid-2016 I was doing some work for…

2 min.
the national photographic portrait prize 2019

The exhibition of 39 portraits was on display at the National Portrait Gallery from 23 February to 7 April 2019 and is now on tour to the following locations: Collie Art Gallery (WA) 26 April – 9 June 2019 Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (WA) 27 July – 22 September 2019 Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery (SA) 4 October – 17 November 2019 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (NSW) 25 January – 22 March 2020 The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. There were 40 finalists selected from 3.113 entries and the 2019 winner was Alana Holmberg for her portrait ‘Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks’. Alana received a $30,000 cash prize along with $22,148 worth of Canon photographic…

11 min.
winter in hokkaido

Why visit Spending a week or two in Japan during the Northern Hemisphere winter is a great way to escape summer's heat and humidity, find exciting new subjects for your camera and experience a different culture that is interesting and engaging. Hokkaido, blessed with an abundance of ice and snow, dramatic landscapes and seascapes and opportunities to photograph wildlife close-up, is located between the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean. Ranging from Hakodate in the south to Wakkanai in the north, Hokkaido boasts the longest winter season in Japan, making it a magnet for anyone interested in snow sports. Visitors can participate in activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow rafting, ice fishing, dog sledding and drift ice sightseeing cruises where the winter scenery is, literally, breathtaking due…

1 min.
tour options

A Google on 'photography in Japan in winter' will bring up plenty of tour options; some designed for ordinary members of the public and others dedicated to meeting the needs of photographers. Most cover roughly two weeks, although a few are only a week long, which is the shortest time we think you should allow for. Since prices are variable you need to have a clear idea of what you want in the way of places visited, experiences offered and creature comforts. Low-to-mid-priced tours will often require you to use public transport, sleep and eat Japanese-style (i.e. on tatami mats) and buy the occasional breakfast or lunch from a convenience store (to make time available for shooting opportunities). Small-group tours are generally better for photographers since they provide greater flexibility and there's…