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Australian Photography May 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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2 min
super size me

A few issues back, we ran a step-by-step Photoshop tutorial detailing the painstaking process you’d need to follow if you fancied swapping a sky in one of your images – taking it from say, a boring blue to a vibrant pink. Then, just a few weeks later, Adobe released its Sky Replacement feature in Photoshop that automated the whole thing with the help of some pretty trick artificial intelligence – ain’t that a kick in the teeth. Sky Replacement doesn’t just plonk any old sunset into your images either, but gives a selection of options that run the gamut from tasteful to garish, with each cleanly masked to your chosen scene. Interestingly, each change also makes subtle adjustments to the foreground tones too, so that the sky fits the rest of…

8 min
image doctor

CARE WITH COMPRESSION On a staycation to Dunsborough, in WA, Adrian Haupt and his wife came across a popular tourist location, Sugarloaf Rock. He wrote, “We decided to stay and watch the sunset. Perfect weather, company and a bottle of wine, we were happy to be able to capture this moment”. The colour in this is fantastic, and the composition with the rule of thirds works well. The long exposure produces a smoky effect, but an even longer exposure - say 80s or 100s - would intensify that smokiness and smooth out that water more. A neutral density filter would help to get those long exposures. The main weakness here however is not the image, but rather that there is too much compression. A JPEG needs to be upward of seven (normal in…

14 min
a sea of images

It’s 5.30am in Sydney, and while most of the city is starting to wake up to another day, photographer Ralph Kerle and I are already preparing for a day’s shoot. He loads his car with the familiarity of someone who has done it hundreds of times before. First, into the boot of the old Ford station wagon goes a pair of sun-faded life jackets and paddles, and then one of his three kayaks is carefully levered up onto the roof. The two-berth boat he’s chosen this morning is more practical than purposeful, peppered with scuffs and marks and a world away from the sleek, glossy crafts we’ll soon see zipping around the inner harbour. A quick check that our cameras are packed, and we edge out of his driveway and…

15 min
the human element

Protagoras, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, is best known for the assertion that ‘Man is the measure of all things,’ a statement that was considered controversial even 2500 years ago. As a lifelong outdoors-person, one of my greatest joys is a landscape bearing no sign of human industry what-so-ever. Because when allowed to be simply what it is, the Earth will outshine the grandeur of anything that human hands could ever make. With that said, however, Protagoras also wasn’t completely wrong. For as much as Australian Aboriginal cultures are both right and wise to believe that people belong to the land (and not the other way around), the truth is also that being humans, we exist in an intrinsically human world. As landscape photographers, we often use the exclusionary power of the frame to…

2 min
behind the mask

I joined Norths Camera Club in 2001, and am currently president of Norths Photographic Society, as well as president of The FCC (Federation of Camera Clubs NSW). My first passion was photographing people, either in their environment or as portraits. This was soon followed by a keen interest in nature imagery, which is now my primary love. However, I have decided to share one of my people images here. I have always found environmental portraits particularly rewarding. However, I’ve learned that to obtain a striking image, there really needs to be more than just the subject in the frame. Either a plain non-busy background to focus the viewer’s attention on the subject, or an image with a beautiful background such as a sunrise or sunset (and preferably in a stunning location!) that…