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Australian Photography

Australian Photography February 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

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12 Issues


2 min.
best in show

Welcome to my favourite issue of Australian Photography magazine, the annual Photographer of the Year special issue. Inside you’ll find the work of our best amateur photographers, all of whom have been recognised in the richest and largest competition of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. It’s our flagship competition, and one we watch closely as a sign of current (and past) trends in photography. It’s also a competiton we believe can truly transform an aspiring photographer’s career. The 2018 edition saw more entries than ever and more prizes than ever. And, unsurprisingly perhaps, even greater challenges than ever for our judging panel of pro photographers. Often the difference between a winning portfolio and a runner-up came down to the smallest of details: a composition choice here, a lighting decision there.…

8 min.
quick snaps

LEICA OPENS SECOND AUSTRALIAN CAMERA STORE LEICA Camera have opened their second Australian store and gallery. Located in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD on Collins Street, the new store is the 20th Leica Gallery worldwide, and second in Australia following the Sydney Leica store which opened in 2016. The new Melbourne space offers almost three times the floor space of Sydney, with 220sqm. Addressing the crowd at the official opening were Dr Andreas Kaufman, Chairman of the Supervisory Board (Leica AG), and Ryan Williams, Managing Director (Leica Camera Australia Pty Ltd). Besides a full range of Leica gear and the opportunity to sit in the space and enjoy barista-made coffees (all staff have been trained!), you’ll also find a Leica Gallery showcasing the work of Leica photographers from around the world. The opening exhibition is by…

2 min.
tomorrow’s lenses today

NEW LENS STANDARDS With the G Master lens series, high resolution and spectacular bokeh come together, putting new creative possibilities in the hands of image-makers. Thanks to new computer technology specifically developed to accommodate the most exacting tolerances, resolution throughout the G Master series is simply unprecedented. In every aspect of the design process, Sony has worked to apply the most advanced optical technology available. For photographers, this translates to beautiful image detail and stunning sharpness that reveal the essence of every scene and subject. A NEW LEVEL OF RESOLUTION In all eight lenses, resolution unlocks details that were previously unheard of. An essential ingredient of this amazing resolution is a new XA (extreme aspherical) lens element that all eight lenses share. Aspherical lenses are much more difficult to manufacture than simple spherical types, however…

3 min.
flash is dead!

Ok, the headline is a bold statement to make and an incorrect one at that! But I must admit that I now use flash far less than I ever have before. There are two reasons. The first is the quality of modern camera sensors, which are capable of recording a huge latitude range of information at the time of capture. The other is processing. We now have advanced programmes like Adobe Lightroom that offer tools to enable us to ‘bring out’ detail in parts of an image that once required a reflector, fill-flash, or some other ingenious technique. Today, I find myself just going ‘plus’ with the shadows slider. However, this strategy is all well and good, but it still has limitations in very low light, or instances when you might…

2 min.
ultimate creative week. pinnacles, wa

Take your photography to the next level as you explore Western Australia’s new creative frontier with Australian Photography, World Photo Adventures and your own personal photo guides. Join Australian Photography editor Mike O'Connor, TV presenter and pro photographer Darran Leal, and Adobe and Sony ambassador Mark Galer on the photo trip of a lifetime. Just two hours north of Perth lies Cervantes and Nambung National Park. Boasting some of the most photogenic locations on the planet, the area is notable for the spectacularly surreal Pinnacles Desert, the towering pearl-coloured sand dunes of Lancelin, native plant species and wildlife, and the stunning white beaches and emerald waters of the Coral Coast. You'll not only have the opportunity to capture these incredible locations in the best possible conditions, your personal tutors will be on hand…

4 min.
your best shot

TECHNOLOGY HIGHLY COMMENDED STAN PACZKOWSKI Fun with technology EDITOR’S COMMENTS: Stan Paczkowski says he decided to have some fun creating a new image using PaintShopPro X8 software as his editing program. We must admit we haven’t heard of this software, but the results are really interesting – giving a decidedly Star Wars attack-on-the-Death-Star vibe to the final image. “I blended the 3 images using HDR and chose a dramatic final image,” he says “This was then cropped and adjusted in contrast and saturation. I then used the effects filter in the program applying reflection and adjusting feedback until I achieved a pleasing result.” The only real negative is the blown highlights on the monitor(s) on the right – but the neverending effect is so cool that we’ll let you get away with it this time. TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Nikon D800,…