Photo Review

Photo Review

September - November 2020

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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3 min.
whose picture is this anyway?

In early July of this year the coast of New South Wales experienced an exceptionally large swell thanks to the formation of a slow-moving and unusually powerful storm system. Known as East Coast Lows (ECL), these storms typically create mountainous seas, gale force winds and driving rain for several days before moving away to the east. When a big ECL spins up, we surfers keep a close eye on the storm’s progress – waiting for the moment when the winds change to a favourable direction and the lumpy storm waves transform into the long, smooth-faced, ruler-edged lines that make a wave rider’s heart skip a beat. As some readers may know, for many years I’ve been a Saturday morning surf reporter for ABC radio Sydney’s Weekend Show. Preparation for my little spot…

11 min.
history and devotion

‘You start climbing at night, well before sunrise,’ says Natalia Mroz. It can take four hours to reach some of the churches she’s photographed in the mountains of Ethiopia for her Pilgrimage project. ‘Parts of the path are vertical and truly frightening, but as you climb higher, the sunrise illuminates the flat plain below and you can see for miles. Then suddenly the priest who has accompanied you puts a huge old key into what looks like a hole in the rock… and you have your “Indiana Jones” moment. Illuminated by candlelight, you see a whole basilica carved out inside, with columns and frescoes.’ Orthodox Christianity was introduced to Northern Ethiopia sometime in the 3rd century AD and its adherents soon began hand-carving places of worship into the stark, mountainous landscape.…

6 min.
heights of abstraction

‘It’s like unwrapping Christmas presents in that you never know what you’re going to get. Or if you’re going to get anything at all.’ How has the coronavirus pandemic affected your photography and business? I have two sources of income as a professional landscape photographer. One is teaching the workshops I’ve been doing since 2005. They were suspended, of course, but I’m back doing them now [in June]. The second is my gallery at Mornington [on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula], which opened 18 months ago. When COVID-19 happened, it closed for six weeks, and reopening it with the ‘four square metres per person’ rule wasn’t a problem because it covers 60-odd square metres, with not many people in it at any one time. Due to the state borders being closed and home isolation precautions, I…

7 min.
stirling ranges national park

Why visit Located approximately 337 km south-east of Perth and just over an hours' drive northeast of Albany, the Stirling Range National Park (or Koikyennuruff in the Indigenous language) covers an area of 1,159 square kilometres and stretches for 65 kilometres from east to west. The area is known both within Australia and internationally for its astonishing range of wildflowers, covering more than 1,000 different species, some of which are found nowhere else. Many photographers come to the area just to photograph them. But that’s not the only reason to visit the area; it also takes in a number of impressive peaks that provide panoramic views over the surrounding plains. Bluff Knoll, the tallest peak for a thousand kilometres or more in any direction is the most popular tourist attraction but Toolbrunup…

4 min.
360 in 360

‘The 360 in 360 project was an idea I developed more than four years ago with an aim to showcase Australia in a way that has rarely been seen before,’ says award-winning Olympus photographer Scott Portelli. The concept is as simple as it is ambitious, he explains. ‘By combining aerial, landscape and underwater images and video, stories that reflect the wildlife, nature, people and places that make up Australia, we intend to show the hidden gems that only local knowledge and immersing yourself in a place can provide.’ ‘2020 was not the year to take on an epic one-year journey around Australia,’ Scott says with admirable understatement. ‘The plan was to spend the first few months in NSW and Victoria, but the tragic circumstances of Australia’s bushfires meant that we had…

8 min.
crop factors and lens performance

Photographers often become obsessed with lens speed, particularly when shooting in dim lighting and especially with respect to prime lenses. There’s a good reason for this response: faster lenses allow more light to reach the image sensor, thereby reducing the need to boost ISO settings and allowing faster shutter speeds to be used. This reduces the risk of blurring due to camera shake. But with modern improvements to sensor performance, stabilisation and autofocusing technology, lens speed becomes less important. There are other factors to take into account, especially the effects the size of the camera’s image sensor can have on the amount of light a lens admits. The influence of crop factors Users of digital cameras will be familiar with the influence of the size of the image sensor on the effective focal…