Photo Review

Photo Review March - May 2019

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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in this issue

3 min.
what’s in a theme

At Photo Review we’ve never really been ones for explicitly themed issues. And yet, despite our indifference to such conventions, it is intriguing how often some sort of thematic resonance emerges between articles in an issue. It’s not unusual for such connections to become apparent once we’re well along in the production process – as they did on this occasion where there’s an interesting commonality between our two Inspiration photographers, Alex Ellinghausen and Tom Williams. Like all successful photographers, Alex and Tom are not afraid of hard work. As you’ll learn in Steve Packer’s story on page 4, even when he’s just covering the action at Parliament House, Alex Ellinghausen can cover half-marathon scale distances in a single day. No slouch in the dedication stakes himself, Tom Williams, in addition to…

8 min.
in the corridors of power

When Fairfax Media's Alex Ellinghausen was named Canberra Press Gallery Journalist of the Year last September, it was the first time a photographer had won Australia's most prestigious award for political journalism. "Alex's work consistently captures the fine detail and drama of political events,” commented the judging panel, comprised of press gallery peers. “It often does as much – and often more – than any piece of writing to analyse, break news, highlight the atmosphere and expose the unvarnished truth of a story.” Ellinghausen, who was born and grew up in Singapore, and did three years of military service in the Singapore Army, moved to Australia in 2006 when he was 23. He was a photographer at the Bendigo Advertiser in Victoria for three years before taking up his current role in…

7 min.
family album

The progress from original photographic concept to finished prints framed and hanging on an exhibition wall is rarely a linear one. ‘I just had this strange, niggling idea of doing a large format, pinhole photography project of shopping centre carparks,’ said Tom Williams about the improbable origin of his exhibition at the State Library of NSW entitled Family Album: Stories of NSW - The NSW Arts Minister’s Award for Visual Storytelling. ‘Let’s face it, it was a pretty eccentric thing,’ Tom said, adding, ‘But sometimes when I have an idea, I’ve just got to start doing it. It’ll either be sort of silly and won’t work out, or something interesting will happen and you can follow it along.’ Equipped with a 4x5-inch format pinhole camera, he started visiting various carparks near his…

6 min.
faroe islands

Why visit Surrounded by the dramatic Atlantic Ocean and sitting between Norway and Iceland, the Faroes are an archipelago consisting of 18 islands connected by a combination of bridges and tunnels. It's a great place for photography and visitors can expect to see small villages perched on top of soaring cliffs, houses with sod roofs, abundant bird life and lush fjords with towering waterfalls. The Faroes are an ideal place to witness Mother Nature’s utmost fury with dramatic ocean swells lashing everything standing in their way. Remarkable cloud formations fuelled by the stormy weather make excellent photographic subjects in their own right. When to go Because the Faroe Islands sit so far north, they provide dramatic contrasts in lighting across all four seasons. No matter what time of the year you visit, there is…

2 min.
match your sony alpha camera with a premium g master lens

Photographers looking for a fast, wide-angle zoom lens that is light and portable shouldn't miss the FE 16-35mm f/2.8mm GM. Featuring advanced Sony optical and mechanical technologies, its optical design contains two Sony XA (extreme aspherical) elements for controlling distortion, astigmatism and field curvature. This lens boasts high edge-to-edge resolution, which is ideal for landscapes, architecture and interiors. Nano AR Coating is provided for suppressing ghosting and flare to deliver consistently high contrast and clarity. Expressive background bokeh ensures superb subject definition. The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM has earned accolades for its no-compromise design and superior performance. This go-everywhere lens is the perfect choice for subjects as diverse as portraits, scenery, travel and street photography. An XA (extreme aspherical) element in the optical design ensures superior corner-to-corner resolution, delivering detailed images…

7 min.
understanding autofocusing - part 1

Autofocusing systems in cameras have developed along two lines: contrast detection (CDAF) and phase difference detection (PDAF). Although they operate quite differently, in recent years many cameras have included both types in the quest for faster, more accurate autofocusing. This Insider will concentrate on how they work; not the actual mechanisms used to drive autofocusing. (Readers interested in the nuts and bolts of autofocusing systems can find an excellent article by Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals at www.bit.ly/pr79-autofocus.) Contrast detection CDAF systems are technologically simple, relatively cheap to implement, and more likely to focus accurately. They work by analysing the pixel array on the image sensor and scanning through possible focus points, looking for edges with the greatest difference in contrast (which defines sharp focus). Focusing speed depends on how quickly the lens motor…