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Camera House : Better Pictures 7
Feature happy holidays picture perfect Taking incredible holiday and travel snaps is easy if you have the know- how. World Photo Adventures’ Darran Leal gives us his top tips for shooting great images on the go. It was a trip to Tasmania at the end of the seventies that first piqued Darran Leal’s interest in photography. “I had just bought a Praktica Super TL SLR outfit secondhand,” recalls Leal. “I still have a few photos from that trip... “Then I was at Norfolk Island about a year later, shooting a Red-tailed Tropic Bird. Suddenly, travel and photography became linked. I was amazed how I could press a button and capture a split second in time.” Leal abandoned his aspirations for a career as a sportsman and took up a role as a waiter on Norfolk Island and within a few months, through a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, after the sudden departure of the island’s resident photographer, Leal stepped into the shooter’s shoes. “A week earlier, I had taken one good image that suited the job. It was a simple shot of a family enjoying their time on the Island. That one image started my career in photography.” A few years later, a move to Sydney brought a role as a photographic teacher, where Leal learnt his craft under Sydney pro Warren Macris, and a lifelong love affair with teaching photography and shooting photos began. A working trip to Carnarvon Gorge commenced his career as a guide and in 1988 Leal led his first photo tour. These days World Photo Adventures takes intrepid photographers on journeys of a lifetime all over the globe. 12 012_Bpics7_Travel_v5.indd 12 24/11/11 8:39 AM
Better Pictures 6
Better Pictures 8