Australian Photography April 2021

Australian Photography has one simple goal – to make you a better photographer. Each month the magazine features insightful photo tips to help you improve the way you shoot, edit and share your images. There's also interviews with leading pro shooters, step-by-step image-editing guides, photo competitions, reviews of the latest gear and much more

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
when the lights went out

A week before I started writing this editorial, news services on Facebook were switched off. The decision, a response to the Federal Government’s laws forcing tech giants to pay publishers for news content, seemed a pretty heavy handed one – after all, many publishers weren’t even involved in the negotiations around the proposed Media Bargaining Code, while others had spent years building up a following on Facebook, often at considerable expense, to promote their work through the platform. It wasn’t just something that affected big players such as the ABC or Nine Network, either, but small publishers and local community newspapers as well. Bizarrely, members of the photographic community you might not immediately class as “news” were swept up in the ban, with the hundreds of thousands of followers on the…

1 min

NICK RAINS Nick Rains has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He runs the Leica Akademie in Australia which instructs other photographers in the finer points of camera use and image making. See more at DYLAN GOLDBY Dylan Goldby is an Australian photographer based in Seoul, South Korea. His passion lies in documenting the ancient cultures of the region he now calls home. See more of his work at DYLAN GIANNAKOPOULOS Melbourne-based commercial, travel and landscape photographer Dylan Giannakopoulos has set out to capture all that inspires him. He is a Sony Imaging Advocate for Australia. See more at SHREYAS YADAV Shreyas Yadav is an engineer, and a wildlife and nature photographer from India. He is also a writer and lifelong adventure explorer. See more of his work at…

2 min
a golden glow

Death Valley, situated in the Mojave Desert in Eastern California, possesses one of the most dramatic and extreme environments in the world. The valley descends below sea level and holds the hottest recorded temperatures on earth. The local winds have scooped sands from the surrounding canyons and washes and sculpted them into numerous dune fields, with the most famous and accessible being the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes featured here. I'd been dreaming for years about this region as an aerial photography destination and these dunes were one of the features I most wanted to capture. It’s a long way to go so when I was invited to be an official judge at the WPPI Awards in nearby Las Vegas, I knew I was finally in with a chance and set out…

6 min
quick snaps

SONY ANNOUNCES $6699 FX3 CINE CAMERA SONY has announced the FX3, the newest in the company’s Cinema Line of film-ready cameras. The new camera borrows a number of features from last year’s A7S III, but combines them with a smaller, lighter body that’s aimed atusers who don’t need the stills capabilities of the A7S III, but still desire solid video specs. Inside, there’s a 10.2 megapixel (12.1 effective megapixels for stills) backside-illuminated full-frame sensor that offers 15+ stops of dynamic range and can shoot to a maximum ISO of 409,600 in video modes. The camera is powered by a BIONZ XR image processing engine. THE BODY The FX3 is the most compact Cinema Line camera from Sony − with the top of the camera completely flat with no viewfinder or top dials. It weighs…

4 min
how important is depth of field?

As a young photographer, I discovered the complexities of depth of field (DOF) back in 1980 when I bought a Tamron 75-250mm SP lens. It offered an excellent close focus feature, but boy was it hard to get everything in focus. I soon decided that instead of trying to get everything sharp, I would just photograph certain subjects.It started with a crab spider eating an insect. After taking a few shots, I realised the images with lots of distractions in the frame (such as plants or leaves around the spider) were too busy, while images of the spider with a clear gap to the background looked fantastic. I probably didn’t realise it at the time, but I had discovered how DOF worked, and that it could both help my photography or…

4 min
our best shot

PEOPLE ALAN SAIDMAN Man on a Bus EDITOR’S COMMENT We had some great entries this month, but our pick had to be Alan Saidman’s striking portrait from Udaipur, India, of a man gazing at him intently from a bus window. This is just a fantastic portrait – it’s beautifully composed, pin sharp, the lighting is lovely and the processing has been done with a deft hand, especially the editing of the reds against the grey tones in the frame. But what can make (or break) a portrait is the eyes, and it’s those that really hold our attention here. Well done on a lovely shot, Alan. TECHNICAL DETAILS Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 145mm. 1/160s @ f3.5, ISO 100. ROBYN WRIGHT Phone Addiction HOW I DID IT This image was shot at Emporium Melbourne in February…