Feb/Mar/Apr 2020

Capture is Australia's top selling professional photography magazine. The bi-monthly publication covers all facets of the professional photography industry, in particular equipment, marketing, training, pricing, finance and rights management. Capture's mission is to help professional photographers stay informed and up-to-date, to help them grow their business and develop their careers. Capture also showcases the latest photography and editing products, equipment and techniques from Australia’s best known companies and trend-setters. It reaches the whole photographic community, including editorial, advertising, wedding, photojournalism, events, fashion and portrait photographers, plus assistants and aspiring students

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niche to meet you

It’s a question that has played on the minds of photographers for almost as long as the profession has been around. Should working photographers focus all their time and effort on a specific niche area, or instead keep their skills broad across a variety of genres and subject matter? Back in the olden days when there weren’t quite so many photographers plying their trade, the decision was a lot simpler and certainly clearer. But in an age when almost anyone can be a photographer, and the most ubiquitous device of all, the mobile phone, doubles as a more-than-capable camera, deciding on the path to take requires careful consideration. For our feature (page 34), we spoke with a number of veteran photographers to get their views on the topic. And suffice to…

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Mark Forbes It was in his early twenties, almost 15 years ago, that Mark Forbes initially discovered his love of photography. The passion was sparked after he bought a film camera at the airport duty-free shop, and used it on a trip around Europe. But over the last few years, Forbes has focussed his attention and honed his photographic skills. Completely self-taught, through a mix of reading and practising techniques, he now shoots a mix of client work, but also spends significant time working on personal projects and fine art. “I love the ability that photography gives me to tell a story, especially when that story has a connection to the world that we live in,” Forbes says. “I feel this enjoyment every time I shoot.” Forbes’ commissioned work is varied, and…

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the greatest of the greats

A photographer’s greatest photo has been judged so by critics, awards juries, the media, the world at large. These greatest photos may have won the world’s most prestigious awards; been written about, talked about, exhibited…revered. There is no doubt that they are all great photos. The photo that a great photographer deems to be their greatest may be something quite different, however. Behind it will be a story that means the world to them. Mario Testino – Manúh Rubi Mario Testino’s most famous photo is, without question, his portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, which he shot in 1997. Christie’s had put up for auction 79 of Diana’s gowns and British fashion and art journalist, Meredith Etherington-Smith, who was helping to organise the event, decided that she should be photographed for Vogue…

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publishing worth the time and effort?

Bursting your bubble Let’s begin with the bad news: your book’s not going to sell. I asked top agents and publishers how many of their artists drove Bentleys. The answer was always exactly the same: they laughed. Heartily. Essentially, there are too many photobooks and not enough buyers. According to standard economics, market forces should ensure that supply will dip to meet demand when nobody wants a product. But for some reason, with photobooks, we insist on printing the things, regardless of who’ll buy them. So, in effect, the photographer becomes the customer. “At the moment, there’s way too many photographers out there,” explains Tom Claxton, a photographic agent in New York. His list includes some serious names in photography, such as Mark Steinmetz, Max Pinckers, and Laia Abril, who took out this…

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digital asset management how to save your sanity when a drive fails

Climate change is entirely my fault. From my sketchy understanding of the science, it seems as though the average temperature of the earth has risen around two degrees due to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, released by the burning of fossil fuels, which traps heat around the planet like a big stinky doona. It’s been on my mind, and now it’s time to fess up: I made all that carbon. At last count, there are six external hard-drives hot-glued to the bottom of my desk, a couple of switches, and a server. They’re running 24/7. And still, I’m not totally sure my photos are secure. This bothers me. So, while I’m waiting for Elon Musk to solve the energy crisis, I thought I’d talk to five experts about…

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the great debate be a generalist or find a niche

What’s the greatest asset a photographer can have right now? A highly trained eye and remarkable expertise for creating standout images in a specific genre, or the ability to do great work for briefs that, increasingly, require images to be used across a multiplicity of media forms for a range of uses? Melbourne food photographer, Brent Parker Jones explains the value of specialists with a role-playing game. You: You live and breathe furniture and interior design. Me: Not so much. We: Both have to shoot this new restaurant. You: As you walk in, your eye goes wild at the use of timber panels and concrete. “So yesterday,” you think. But then you see those chairs that line the entrance. Each one is a rare find but, nope, here they are. That…