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Australian Photography

July 2019

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

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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IN THIS ISSUE

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nature or nurture?

Is a talent for photography something that’s sitting inside us waiting to be discovered, or is it the result of learned behaviours? Or let me put it another way – if you spent a lifetime following a set of rules and techniques for making great images, would that be enough to make you a great photographer? It’s something I’ve been considering lately, especially so after watching a YouTube video by photographer Nigel Danson where he explores the nature versus nurture debate. I think the answer for most of us is somewhere in the middle – you need a bit of the nature side and a bit of the nurture side to be good at just about anything in life, but having a dedication to learning (the nurture side) can really help…

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contributors

MATTY GRAHAM Matty Graham is a photojournalist and former mag editor based in the UK. He specialises in landscapes, portraiture and video. See more at mattygraham.com DYLAN GIANNAKOUPLOS Melbourne based photographer Dylan Giannakopoulos is a Sony Imaging Advocate for Australia. See more at dylangiannaphotography.com.au GEOFF MURRAY Tasmanian Geoff Murray is a wilderness photographer and expeditioner. He uses his images to show what is at stake as our natural world diminishes. See more at geoffmurray.com ANTHONY MCKEE Regular contributor to AP, Melbourne’s Anthony McKee was named AIPP Documentary Photographer of the Year in 2014. See more at anthonymckee.com.au…

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streak of light

Creating remarkable portraits is challenging. There are many elements that need to be embraced when creating a powerful image and the most important are emotion and connection. A really great image conveys a mood that draws the viewer into the scene. Any image that pulls on our heart strings will be successful. Capturing emotion in an image not only depends on how we connect with the subject. The way we use light can dramatically alter the feel too. Contrast between light and dark adds a point of interest and can be visually exciting. Using shadows and having part of the subject hidden also creates a sense of mystery. This image of my daughter was taken one day after school. Around seven o’clock in the evening in the summertime, the light streams into…

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travelling light

The great debate about cameras and weight is nothing new. Try travelling with any new full-frame camera – mirrorless or DSLR – a long telephoto lens, two other lenses, a flash, and a few other bits and pieces and your kit will soon be tipping the scales between around 8 and 10kg. What happened to mirrorless is lighter? The facts are simple, if you want to use a full-frame camera system to capture big image files, you also need big slabs of glass to resolve enough information onto those big sensors. That means a full-frame mirrorless system is still heavy, particularly compared to the smaller sensor systems also produced by Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus. This is an important and often overlooked aspect of the mirrorless vs DSLR debate: all full-frame cameras need…

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quick snaps

DJI LAUNCHES OSMO ACTION CAMERA DJI has announced the Osmo Action, a robust action camera that appears to have plenty in common with GoPro’s Hero line of action cameras. The dustproof, shockproof and waterproof action gets the same ½.3-inch sensor as that in the Osmo Pocket, and can capture 12-megapixel Raw stills, as well as 4K HDR video at 60fps and 100Mbps. In front of the sensor is a three-element f2.8 lens with a 145 degree field-of-view covered in an anti-reflective coating. There’s a 2.25-inch rear touchscreen with a water and fingerprint repelling coating, and a 1.4-inch front screen. Osmo Action is the first DJI handheld camera to include RockSteady, DJI’s Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) technology. Stabilisation algorithms work in conjunction with EIS, although according to DPreview, DJI estimates an 18-22% crop factor…

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your best shot

TRAVEL THIS MONTH'S WINNER ROBIN YATES The cabbage vendor EDITOR’S COMMENTS Robin Yates took this image in the village of Xingping in Yangshuo, China. “It was so interesting I just had to take my time and ‘people watch’,” he says. “When this old guy came past selling cabbages I was quite fascinated, and this picture of him was my favourite from the day.” Great travel photography has the ability to transport us to not just another place, but also to another time, and in this evocative image it’s easy to imagine a scene where little has changed in decades. We really like the lanterns that help anchor the frame and draw the viewer’s eye through all the different interactions. TECHNICAL DETAIL Canon 5D Mk lll, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens @ 70mm, 1/60s @ f7.1, ISO 200. Clarity, dehaze…

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