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Capture May-June 2018

Capture is Australia's top-selling magazine for professional and emerging photographers. Published quarterly, Capture covers all aspects of running a successful photography practice, from the latest gear and techniques, to ides to stretch your creativity, and advice to help you run a more successful business. Each issue showcases amazing images from the world's leading photographers and the stories of how they came to be created. Capture’s mission is to inspire, engage, inform and entertain.

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in this issue

3 min.
why grit matters

The best thing about writing the editorial for the May/June edition of the magazine is that the immense effort of running Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers is now finally behind me. The massive amount of time and energy is worth it knowing that the panel of judges I assembled (35 people who judged a total of 92 instances across the 10 categories) are helping to uncover some of the best emerging talent in Australasia. What’s even more encouraging is being able to track the progress of those entering. There were countless examples where someone’s submission was “Commended” in 2017, while this time around they find themselves in the Top 10. And in a few instances, those named runner-up previously have entered again only to find themselves winning the category. It’s all…

4 min.

Niall Chang Photography was always something that fascinated Niall Chang, but it wasn’t until later in life that he fully immersed himself in it. “I was an active member of the photographic society in my high school, spending hours in the darkroom developing film and making prints. But university, building a career, and starting a family put photography on the back-burner,” says Chang. Everything changed in 2013 when he attended a landscape photography presentation by the ND5 Group when he says he was “exposed to landscape photography proper”. It was at this event that Chang met Tony Hewitt who suggested that he join them at their workshop at Karijini, Western Australia. And so began an education that would shape Chang into the photographer he is today. “Other than learning from Australia’s best…

11 min.
erwin   olaf

So many words have been written to try and describe Dutch photographic artist, Erwin Olaf’s work – his “highly-polished, precise and atmospheric visual style,” his emphasis on precision (“painterly lighting, flawless hair and make-up, settings that create an allure of serenity”), “his highly theatrical compositions…complex and dramatic narratives,” “cinematic interpretation of photography,” “incredibly-powerful and expressive tableaux,” and “nuanced vision”. If you ask Olaf to describe his work, his answer is far simpler. “I’m a stage photographer,” he says. “I use photography to stage my own fantasies, my own dream world. As a boy, I dreamt a lot. I like to create a world that doesn’t exist.” Many of Olaf’s photographic fantasies have a purpose. “Most of the time, I am trying to tell a story. It’s a fantasy combined with a…

11 min.
secrets   of success

An amateur photographer needs passion in bucket loads. Without it, the hobby becomes a chore and the photo-buff wouldn’t do it. Passion drives an emerging photographer to finesse his or her craft. Passion for something, but not always photography, is the catalyst for the photographers that document wars, famine, endangered animals, and dying jungles. But on a commissioned job, a professional photographer needs to keep their passion in check. When they’re working with a brief, a budget, and what the client does and doesn’t like, problem solving needs to hold the reins. For a professional photographer, passion is something you call on if you need it. And often, you don’t. So, now we come to talent. There are hundreds of thousands of talented people in every one of the creative arts.…

15 min.
alternative   processes   for the digitally disillusioned

Today, photographers are working creatively and successfully with alternative photographic practices. But what are their motivations, and just what exactly is involved? Pushback to perfection The digital age has facilitated the pursuit of perfection. Want to be sure how it will look? Tether! Not sure if you’ve captured it perfectly? Shoot multiple frames without constraint! Unhappy with the result? Fix it in post! Why then are we seeing such a resurgence of alternative (historical) techniques that are both time consuming and unpredictable? It is precisely in response to this constant and overriding search for perfection. Ellie Young is the founder of Gold Street Studios, in Victoria. A photographic artist, long-standing practitioner, and educator in the field of hand-crafted photographs, she sums it up perfectly: “Everything is so fast and digital and immediate and…

11 min.
collaborations   an egoless road of artistic discovery

Photographers seeking creative stimulation, fresh perspectives, and a network of people, may discover that a collaboration is the perfect vehicle. In his recently published book, Photography and collaborations: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing, author Daniel Palmer emphasises photography as a “social rather than solitary act”. By contrast, the historical and current narrative of photography in museums and art schools presents photography as “an art of individuals who produce discrete works,” Palmer states. Although “in the 1960 photography and contemporary art merged in a significant way,” he continues. A montage of motives Typically, what motivates photographers to collaborate varies from project to project. For French-born, New York-based fashion photographer Antoine Verglas, it was his curious nature, sensitivity, and openness to all art forms that drew him to collaborating. “A collaboration is an exchange…