Photo Review

Photo Review March - May 2018

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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why do you take pictures?

Everybody takes photographs, but true photographers understand that there is a difference between simply taking a picture and actively making a photograph. For the typical happy-snapper, pictures are mostly just a visual diary of their lives. By contrast, for a photographer, a successful image is something that can stand on its own; that can be understood and appreciated independently of its creator’s individual life story. On the occasion of our 75th edition, I thought it would be interesting to hear how my Photo Review colleagues responded to the question posed in the title of this column. Technical editor Margaret Brown’ whose photographic work appears in every edition, replied to my email query in characteristic fashion. ‘Because I feel that an image isn't a photograph until it is printed, I think it's important for…

10 minutos
competitive drive

‘I learned a lot from just trying to create this ever-better portfolio.’ Lee Duguid dates his interest in photography to 2003. Having earned an engineering degree from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen some years earlier, his first job was with a company that periodically sent him to work on projects in Russia. ‘Working in Russia, I earned a decent amount of money,’ he said, and being in his twenties with a tidy sum in the bank, he decided to do the logical thing – he went travelling for eight or nine months with a friend from uni days. Although he and his travelling companion were good mates, Lee said their relationship also had a competitive dimension. ‘We always wanted to beat each other at whatever we did,’ he said. ‘He was getting into…

6 minutos
montaging the past into the present

You do a lot of different types of photography; including, most recently, an evocative series of montages. How would you describe yourself as a photographer? I live in a small town [Portland, 160km west of Sydney] and I photograph everything and everybody. I respond to what people want and need – portraits, weddings, events – and balance that with my own desire to be creative and honest. Beyond the montages, I don’t think I have a distinctive style. I like integrity and authenticity, and I try not to be gimmicky. Going for a walk is my library. I’m a photographer of requirement when I’m out and about. I used to go out with my sons [now aged 19 and 23] and they’d hurtle down mountains on bicycles, and the only way I…

9 minutos
fuji five lakes

Why visit? We're taking you to Japan for this Locations feature, partly because it's one of the easiest places for Australian photographers to visit but also because you'll find subjects for your camera just about anywhere you look. There are plenty of things that set Japan apart from its Asian neighbours. It's safe and clean, it has excellent public transport, delicious and healthy food and even if you don't speak the language, the people are friendly and many of them can understand English, even if they are reluctant to speak it. It's also relatively affordable, Concentrating on a single area is the best strategy in our opinion because it enables you to get a real feel for Japanese life and customs. If your itinerary takes you from place to place you won't have…

3 minutos
in her element

Lisa Michele Burns is a recent and very enthusiastic convert to the Olympus system. ‘I was looking for a lightweight kit after having ongoing back issues from years of shooting weddings with two heavy DSLR’s,’ she says. ‘Early in 2017 I had a bunch of trips planned to photograph in the arctic winter, so when the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II was released with its weatherproof features I did a little happy dance. ‘My first time travelling with the Olympus system in Iceland and Norway’s Lofoten Islands changed the way I photograph. Having a new camera body to work with forced me to think about things differently. Transitioning to a new menu system and taking advantage of features like Live Composition and the Live View has helped me capture landscapes with…

7 minutos
mechanical vs electronic shutters

The purpose of a shutter is to control the amount of light reaching the image sensor. Back in the days of film, mechanical shutters were the only option and there were only two types: focal plane and leaf. Focal plane shutters were used in SLR cameras, while leaf shutters, named for their leaf-shaped blades, were generally integrated into the lenses for rangefinder cameras. To some degree this distinction has persisted into the digital age, but with the arrival of mirrorless cameras it became possible to include three more types: 'rolling' shutters; hybrid shutters (which combine mechanical and electronic operation); and 'global', fully electronic shutters. Mechanical shutters With a mechanical shutter, closing a blind or blades blocks the light, while opening them allows light to pass to the sensor. The time the shutter remains…