Photo Review

Photo Review December 2017 - February 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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slow down

It was a beautiful day for a drive. The weather was mild, the skies were mostly clear but for a few picturesque cumulus and the air had that clarity that makes every detail of the landscape ‘pop’. Nor were we any any particular hurry. All my brother and I had to do was make Tamworth before dinner. For those of us who live in big cities there comes a point on every road trip away when you feel you’ve really left it all behind. If I’m heading north from Sydney, I generally experience that sensation when I’m crossing the Hawkesbury bridge. As anyone who’s been across it knows, when you’re coming from the south, it’s the point at which the scenery really opens up and the vistas are truly panoramic. And it’s…

9 minutos
weather eye

‘In winter in particular, the Grampians are a very dramatic landscape,’ said landscape photographer Marty Schoo. ‘You get a lot of cloud and there are dramatic shifts in weather. In the west beyond the mountain are only plains. Because of that, often the best light happens when the sun's setting and for five minutes the light pokes through under all the cloud and lights everything up. You’ll get columns of showers falling on the landscape but not raining where you are and you're able to capture that drama of weather. I do like my seasons.Weather's your friend as a landscape photographer.’ When he was just four, Marty’s family immigrated to Australia from the Netherlands. They settled in Bendigo where he would grow up in a household in which taking photographs was…

7 minutos
on top of an ocean of emotion

Looking at your photos on the internet, it’s like Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: ‘Water, water everywhere/ Nor any drop to drink’. There’s seawater just about everywhere. Why is that? I grew up in South Australia and studied marine biology at Flinders University until I was in my mid-20s. I was 85 per cent through my studies when I realised that my love of the ocean wasn’t so much scientific as interpretive and artistic. I was destined to spend too much time in the laboratory and not enough time in the ocean. So I started pursuing photography as more than a hobby and switched to doing a two-year course at the Centre for Creative Photography in Adelaide. Which took me four years because I did it while assisting…

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the aboriginal story

The area around Chambers Pillar is a site of Aboriginal significance. It is said that in the Dreamtime, Gecko ancestor Itirkawara left the Finke River and journeyed north-eastward. As he travelled he grew into a huge and powerfully built man of super-human strength and extreme violence of temper. On the way home to his birthplace he successfully challenged and killed a number of unfortunate ancestors with his stone knife. Flushed with the ease of his successes he then disregarded the strict marriage code and took a wife from the wrong skin group. His enraged relatives promptly banished him and the girl. The two retreated into the desert, Itirkawara raging in fury, the girl shrinking from him in deep shame. They rested among the dunes and turned into prominent rock formations; Itirkawara into…

6 minutos
chambers pillar

Why visit? Chambers Pillar is a spectacular solitary column towering 40 metres above the Simpson Desert plain. It was formed from sandstone deposited and worn down over 340 million years. The adjacent Castle Rock, a mesa located 500 metres to the north-east of Chambers Pillar was formed at the same time and is also dominant in the landscape, which contains several smaller, but similarly developed rock formations, the largest being Window Rock and Eagle Rock. Chambers Pillar was also an important landmark guiding the region's earliest pioneers on their way from Adelaide to Alice Springs. John MacDouall Stuart was the first white person to see it when heading north on his earliest attempt to cross Australia in April 1860. He named it for his sponsor and friend, James Chambers. Other explorers and travellers…

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a lens and two wheels

As a passionate rider himself, Marcus Enno knows all about the fine line between being close or too-close to the action. ‘A rider touched my foot in the Vuelta but I was pushed up against a wall with nowhere to go,’ he said of a rare instance where he came close to crossing that fine line. ‘Mostly I give the riders as much space as I can,’ he added. Apart from the Vuelta incident – and the time a team car ran over his foot -- Marcus says his work rarely involves anything more traumatic than a few scratches on his legs from tramping through the scrub in search of dramatic angles. An Olympus shooter since he started taking pictures at 14, the Sydney-based photographer had been working as a professional for…