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Camera House : Better Pictures 14
Contents What’s InsIde 3 CONTENTS Editor Cec Busby Art dirEctor Camila Fernandes dESiGNEr Suzanne Elworthy crEAtivE dirEctor Rob Loughridge AdvErtiSiNG MANAGEr Richard Sossen firstname.lastname@example.org Direct: 02 8197 3707 Mobile: 0411 860 024 dirEctor Nick Cutler email@example.com Direct: 02 8197 3710 Mobile: 0414 539 009 Printer – Webstar PrivAcy StAtEMENt: © CMMA Print & Digital Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. No article or images may be reproduced wholly or in part without prior written permission from the publisher. diScLAiMEr: Published by CMMA Print & Digital Pty Ltd (ACN 138 871 271), address Suite 1/16 Charles Street Redfern NSW 2016 © 2013. All rights reserved. CMMA Print & Digital accepts no responsibility in respect of any products, services or goods which may be presented in this magazine, or any errors, omissions or mistakes in editorial references. Any advice contained in this magazine is general advice only and may not apply to your individual circumstances. Printed on behalf of Camera House Stores. Distributed 4 x per annum through all Camera House stores and available for download at www.camerahouse.com.au Cover image by Alina Gozin’a. A super fast memory card capable of up to 95MB/sec read and write speeds, the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro is powerful enough to handle Full HD 1080p movie recording without a ny lag. What more could you want? shoot like a pro SANDISK SDXC 64GB 95MB/S EXTREME PRO MEMORY CARD STIll life Capturing the action on stage and film sets is no easy task. Alina Gozin’a tells Better Pictures what it takes to make it as an on-set photographer. it’s not everyday someone gives up a career at Pricewaterhou seCoopers to tackle the world of creative arts – but that’s exactly what award-winning photographer Alina Gozin’a did when she traded her career in the high- powered corporate world for one in the arts. “My parents wanted me to have a stable career,” says Gozin’a, who studied commerce/ law while at university. “My dad never wanted me to be a photographer. He grew up in Russia and he came from a conservative mentality – even though he an d my moth er were quite bohemian . He was a photographer himself and my mother was an art director. But my dad decided I should be a lawyer because it was a much safer me on a platter – you are there with the filmmakers, and one of th em tries to do a film for a dollar,” she laughs. “S o they ask you to do the set images for free. You know, I bought my first Chanel bag working at PwC and I went from that to working extra jobs to make en ds meet.” Gozin’a got h er first break shooting stills on an Au ssie feature film, View From Greenh aven Drive, a slow-burn drama directed by the MacRae Brothers and produced by Martin Brown. “ItwasabigdealandI was very nervous. It was producedbyMartin Brown who produced Moulin Rouge for Baz Luhrmann, so there was quite a lot of pressure,” says Gozin’a. Still, she must have done som ething right, for the offers started rolling in. She recently shot stills on Around the Block starring Christina profession, especially for a girl. And I agreed. I had no interest in cameras growing up because I was surrounded by them. It was really my love of film that brought me to photography.” Gozin’a completed her degree and was working at PwC when the first inklings that things weren’t quite right began to appear. “I was working as a tax advisor and my dad was happy and I thought I washappy,butI wasn’t.SoIkept workingat PwC, but did my postgrad at UTS after hours at night, and that’s how I got into the film industry.” As Gozin’a soon discovered, when you’re surrounded by film students all trying to make low budget movies, gaining experience on set becomes par for the course. “It was handed to ■ Top Left: Eamon Farren, Twist Of Fate, Top: Slava Orel, Broken at Broken Hill Left: Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicty Price, Wish You Were He re, stills Grading and Retouching: by Rebecca Thuresson This pro camera serves up a 22.3 -megapixel full frame CMOS sen sor and a super fast DiG!C 5 image processor making it ideal for use in low light. With an ISO range of 100-25,600, it’s extremely versatile. New creative features like HDR and multiple exposure modes up the ante while HD recording is another bonu s. CANON EOS 5D MK III The RODE microphone with Rycote suspension offers a directional supercardioid polar pattern for impeccable sound quality. The shock mount protects your mic from bumps and vibrations and a High Pass filter acts to minimise distracting background noise. RODE MICROPHONE WITH RYCOTE SUSPENSION 13 Feature SET PHOTOGRAPHY Feature SET PHOTOGRAPHY 12 20 years of Lomography As the digital photo revolution explodes, it’s hard to fathom the popularity of Lomography, an analogue photo system that has just clocked up its 20th anniversary. The Lomo journey started back in the early ‘90 s, when Austrian students Wolfgan g Stranzinger an d Matthais Feigl stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat (LCA) – a small, enigmatic, Russian camera. Embracing the freedom of shooting from the hip, they were astounded with the mind- blowing photos that the LCA produced. The colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot. It was nothing like theyhad seen before. Upon returning home, they showed their new shots to their pals a nd a revolution in artistic experimental photography was unleashed. In 1992 Stranzinger and Feigl forme d the Lomographic Society, and what began as a group of friendly photo enthusiasts became a worldwide movement with more than a million devotees. Two decades later and the Lomo’s innovation continues to produce fresh images and attract a new generation of shooters. The Society now has more than 50 stores and it has launched more than 150 creative cameras models in the past 20 years. Karen Boudakian, who heads up Lomo’s Australian and New Zealand base, first caught the Lomo bug in the ‘90s and has been running the antipodean branch of the Lomographic Society since its inception 13 years ago. She believes the Lomo’s appeal lies in its ability to combine low-tech con trols with high-quality vision. “Anyone can use a Lomo camera,” says Boudakian. “You don’t have to be a pro, th at’s the beauty of Lomography.” In a time where every second person has an Instagram account, it’s surprising that the Lomo still has such universal appeal, but Boudakis suggests that while the technology may be old, the images that the Lomo produces remain cutting edge. “Instagram modelled its look on the Lomo so when you look at the Lomo’s images they still seem fresh.” The Lomo Society recently celebrated two decades of creativity with an exhibition of work. Boudakian says she was amazed by the breadth and creativity on offer and the cross-section of the public that proved to be enthusiasts. “There really is no typical L omo user,” she says. “Lomography attracts everyone – from people that have never picked up a camera before to the hipsters to children to professionals.” So what’s her advice to the Lomo beginner? “Shoot. Don’t Think!” To find out more about Lomography visit lomography.com.au ■ 21 FEATURE LoMoGraPHy 21 12 6 7 Products Hot new gear Products Hot new gear CANON EOS 70D FUJIFILM X-M1 Tired of toting your DSLR around everywhere but still want to capture stunning images? Consider the COOLPIXA,a professional compact equipped with a fabulousnew wide-angle 18.5mm, f/2.8 (equivalent to a 28mmangle of viewin 35mm format) fixed focal length NIKKOR lens.Add to thisa DX-format CMOSsensor with 16.2 -megapixelson board and you have a cameracapable ofdelivering super sharp images and fantastic colour reproduction. Like Nikon’s newD7100it has no optical low passfilter so it makes the most of every megapixel available. Able to shoot full 1080p HD moviesas well asRAW still images, this is one versatile compact indeed! NIKON COOLPIX A Photographyenthusiasts looking to expand their creative options will love Canon’s latest addition to the EOS range,the70D. Replacing the enthusiasts’ workhouse, the 60D, the Canon EOS 70D features newDual Pixel CMOSAF technology and combinesinnovative features with wireless capabilities to make shooting and sharing your imageseasier than ever before. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF systemdelivers AF performance in Live View mode, much likeyour viewfinder, enabling speedier focusing, exceptional tracking and smooth AF when shooting HD movies. The new19-point crosstype AF system allows photographers to capture incredible, full resolution imagesatup to 7 framesper second for a continuousburst ofup to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images. A 3-inch vari-angle ClearViewII LCD touch screen allowsfor greater versatility when framing up your shots and utilises touch focusto easily identify your subject within theframe.Add to thisan ISOrange of 100-12,800 (expandableto 25,600)and the abilityto shootFull HD movies and you have a camera that enthusiastsand pro shooters will adore. With itssleek retro style thisgorgeous, lightweight compact system camera offersseriousshooters all the capabilitiesof a DSLR in a much morecompact form. Starting with the largeAPS-C 16-megapixel XTransCMOSsensor, which incorporatesan original colour filter arraywith ahighlyrandom pattern, the X-M1 eliminates the need for anoptical low-passfilter. The result: impressive resolutionand fabulouscolour reproduction from edge to edge. Add to this the newEXR PROCESSOR IIthat’sperfect for capturing low-lightscenes withcrisp clarity,free from noise. An Advanced SR AUTOsetting takesthe decision making outof the photo process by automaticallyoptimising shutter speed, aperture and other settings. It choosesfrom 58 scene typesand then selects the most appropriate for crisp, clear shotseverytime. The 5.6 frames per second shutter speed lets youcapturekidsat play, friskypets and theaction ofthe sportsfield without any fuss.Thetilting monitor makesframing up in awkward locations easy,and twin command dials giveyou easyaccessand selection ofyour favourite settings.Built-in Wi-Fi allowsyou to transfer images easilyto your smart phone or tablet. HOT NEW GEAR The latest camera gear set to sizzle. Thistough little beast fromPanasonictakes rugged to the nextlevel. Able to withstand freezing temperatures, waterproofto 13 metres, crushproofto 100kg and shockproof to two metres, this compact camera can really take a beating. Connectivityoptions are expanded with built-in Wi-Fi,GPS and global navigation satellitesystem (GLOSNASS)for easygeo-tagging and the dedicated Wi-Fi buttonmakessharing imagesa simple process. You can even useyour smartphone as a remote viewfinder. Armed with 16.1-megapixels, the resolution istacksharp and the ability to shoot 1080p AVCHD movies isanother bonusfor the photographer looking for an all-in-onesolution. PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FT5 If you’re a bit ofa social snapper, this new compactcamera in Sony’s Cyber-shot rangeis certain to appeal. It boasts one-touch recording, wirelesstransfer of imagesto your smartphoneor tablet,a tiltable LCD for easyframing,and it’ssuperb inlow light.The 20.2 -megapixel back- illuminated Exmor R CMOSsensor offerscrisp clear imagesand the f/1.8 Carl ZeisVario Sonnar T lens provides 3.6optical zoomfor greater versatility.Adjusting your camera’ssettingsis easy thanksto acontrol ring atthe base of the lensand you can step through to five preset settingsfor faster zooming. Withitsclassic retro style and small form factor, this new compact camera from Pentax offersa fast bright4xoptical zoom wide-angle lens with a m aximum aperture of f/1.8 .Boastinga top ISOrangeof 12800and with 12 m egapixelsonboard, theMX-1 isalowlight king. A pop-up auto flash and alarge tilt-able high-definition (920,000dot) LCD monitor complete the package. Dedicated modedialsand the ability to shoot RAW images providegreater creative freedom for the photo enthusiast.Sensor-shift shake reduction keep imagessharp and blur free. Full HD movie recording including slowmotion moviesisanother bonus. SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX100 II PENTAX MX-1 Workersat Dong Gang Fish Market processthousandsof frozen shark finsto meet the demand for shark- fin soup; agrey-headed flying fox swoopsover water, seeking adrink; a red kite eagle shares air space with an airliner – these, and more stunning images, can all be found in the current Wildlife Photographer ofthe Year exhibition on show at the Australian Museum. Nowin its49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition wasestablished in 1965.With a reputation for showcasing the mostgloriousimagesof nature from around theworld, the competition attractsthousands of entries annuallyasshooters vie for the prestigioustitle. In 1984, theNatural History Museum joined forces with BBC Worldwidetocreatethe competitionas it stands today. Over theensuing years theexhibition has grown to encompass nearly 48,000 entries from over 98 countries.An internationaljury of photography experts evaluates each entry before narrowing down thefieldto the top 100finalists, whose works then tour theglobe. The exhibition isa popular attraction wherever it tours. Australian Museumproject manager Louise Berg says oftentimes the juxtaposition ofman and nature makefor the most powerful imagesthat resonatefor the viewer. “The WildlifePhotographer of the Year exhibition isa rich and entertaining experience,” saysBerg. “Through thepowerful and illuminating images, visitors will be able to comprehend man’s relationship with his environment, and see the beautyand vulnerabilityof the natural world.” Recently, more and more photographersare using thecompetitionto highlightthe impact of man on nature, turning their lenseson the environmental and social issuesmankind and nature face.Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who presented the 2012 awardssaid, “The eventputsthe spotlight on wildlife, showing us how beautiful and strong it can be,but also how fragile.” Thisyear, Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen came away with thetop honour for his enchanting image ofemperor penguinsat play, while emerging photographer Owen Hearn won Young WildlifePhotographer of the Year for his image,‘Flight Paths’. sight. “Hundreds launched themselves out of the water and onto theice above me –it was amoment that Ifelt incredibly fortunate to witness, and one I’ll never forget.” Nicklensays he seeks toshineaspotlight on the impactofmanonanoft-times fragileenvironment. “I call myselfan interpreter and atranslator,” said Nicklen. “I translate what the scientists are telling me.If welose ice, we stand to lose an entireeco-system. I hope we can realise through myphotography how interconnected thesespecies are.It just takes one image to get someone’s attention.” TheWildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition ison showat the Australian Museum until October 7. ■ “The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a rich and entertaining experience” WILD AT HEART The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition unveils a world of wonder at the Australian Museum this spring. Aussie photographer Paul Hilton who made it into the Top100 for his sobering image ‘The End of Sharks’, commented on the sadness of a consumer-driven industry that has seen one in three shark species hunted to the brink of extinction. “Sadly, manysharks are taken solely for their fins then thrown backin the sea where it takes hoursfor themto die,” saysHilton. “All for a soup that isn’t even healthy.Myaim isto showthat we,asconsumers, truly can make a difference with our dailychoices;it isin our power to save this remarkablespecies.” Ofer Levy, whose image‘Fly-byDrinking’ earned aspecial commendation, captured a fascinating aspectof a flying fox’s behaviour. Wanting to capture the bats’ unusual drinking habits, Levy stood for daysin chest-deep water in Parramatta Park. He explained, “At dusk, the bat swoopslowover the water, skimming the surface withitsbellyand chest,then asit fliesoff, it licks the dropsoffitswet fur.” The resulting image perfectlycaptures this moment in time. Overall winner Paul Nicklen, a biologist and photographer whose imageof emperor penguinsshot inthe Ross Seas off Antarctica capturesa once-in-a -lifetime moment, describesthisvision asan unforgettable ■LastWildPicture,SteveWinter,USA ■Treading Water, CharlieHamilton James, UK ■FlyByDrinking,Ofer Levy, Australia 24 25 feature WILD AT ART feature WILD AT ART 6 24 UP CLOSE and personal An acclaimed portrait, landscape and commercial photographer, Adam Taylor captures life’s elusive moments. A 51-point focus system with 15 cross type points matches the D4 for precision. A dual dial control system make s changing apertures and shutter speed a breeze. A 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF) easily captures the action. Sigm a’s standard prime lens offers a fast large aperture for optimal use in low light. It features moulded aspherical glass elements to minimise ghosting and chromatic aberration, and it is compact enough for everyday use. Perfect as a portrait lens. This well-built flash offers reliability and high performance, and can be used with a radio trigger for greater flexibility. Its ease of use makes it ideal for the novice as well as the pro shooter. It can be used as a master or slave unit in multiple flash setups. perfect portraits NIKON D7100 SIGMA 50MM F/1.4 EX DG HSM LENS CANON 600EX SPEEDLITE When Adam Taylor was just 16 he convinced his father to turn their cellar into a darkroom, and thus began a lifelong passion for photography and the photographic image. “I was very enthusiastic about the traditional photographic process,” remembers Taylor. “I convinced my father to light-tight our cellar and put in a couple of benches so I could use it as a darkroom.” Admittedly it wasn’t that hard a task – his fathe r was also an avid photographer who would compose slide nights of the family’s travels and everyday adventures. It is here that Adam got his first taste of the photographic bug. “My dad wa s right into photography. Discovering my father’s immaculate Kodak chrome slide transparency colle ction is one of my earliest photographic memories. There were ‘slide nights’ with family and friends at our place on the dining room wall, with much colourful commentary, inspiration and laughter.” Having made the decision from an early age that photography wa s going to be his career of choice, Taylor set about carving a niche for himself on the local scene. Early jobs in street press and music magazines helped him sharpen his skills and today Taylor is one of our foremost portrait artists, and a sought-after fashion and advertising shooter. His process is very much a collaborative effort these days. “I work in collaboration with art directors a nd creative directors, who come to me with their wonderful ideas and concepts that they have been championing to the client, usually for months before I even see them, and finally they get the green light to make the work. “We discuss and consider the ideas which, at this stage, are illustrations or storyboard-like drawings on paper. I go away and research and plan how I am going to turn their concepts into powerful photographic visuals, something that will knock the socks off the audience they are targeting.” Understanding the audience and realising who is viewing your images and what they are meant to represent is an integral part of this process. Preparation is key to delivering a suc cessful shoot. “I was a boy scout and their motto is ‘be pr epared’, which translates incredibly well for what I do now,” explains Taylor. “There ar e weeks of planning and research into every aspect of how the shoot is going to play out, and the direction I and the creative team would like it to take.” This exacting preparatory work ha s resulted in a photographic style that is strong and confident. Taylor likes to think it is “cohesive” through every image he takes. Not surprising when you consider his influe nces, which range from Henri Cartier Bresson (“for his decisive moment”) to Adam Watson (“for graphic strength and beauty”), to Patrick Dema rchelier (“for his language on the beauty of la femme”) and Edward Weston (“for candid camera tips 1 Use a compact camera. 2 Anticipate the action. 3 Be patient. 4 Explore your technical creativity. 5 Make the most of your composition. 17 Feature ADAM TAy LOr Feature ADA M TAyLOr 16 PeoPle snaps Shirley Milburn, winner of the Photo Friday ‘Emotions’ competition, takes us through her photographic jour ney. snap-happy shoote r Shirley Milburn has a string of a cclaimed images to her name, and says that winning the occ asional award goes a long way towards paying for her passion. “I have never considered photography a career possibility. Although it is my passion,” says Milburn. “However, getting recognition in national competitions and awards, and selling the occasional print is fantastic reward, and does help fund what can be an expensive hobby,” she says. Milburn has been taking photos since her youth: one of her earliest memories is of receiving a Kodak disc camera as a Christmas present. “I was about 12, and from then on I assumed the role of family photogra pher,” remembers Milburn. She still recalls the excitement of undertaking that process of development. “The disc film was 15 shots and I can still remember the excitement of the ‘Bonusprint’ envelope arriving in the post with the photographs inside. I was always the one with the camera at events and on holidays.” Growing up as her family’s resident photographer has allowed Milburn to sharpen he r eye and she says she’s always looking for inspiration, whether it’s in magazines, the internet or nature. “I spend a lot of time online looking at images and trying to understand what appeals to me and what doesn’t,” says Milburn. “I mainly shoot landscapes, and so I will research locations, and utilise online tools for plotting sunrise and sunset and checking the weather conditions. When I arrive at a location I will try and take in the scene first, looking at what is happening all around. I confess, I can often get ‘blinkered’ on a shoot, so if I have a ‘lone tree on a hill’ in mind, sometimes I forget to look for anything else.” Today, Milburn ha s a family of her own so finds she has le ss time for spontaneous shoots than before. Not to say she still doesn’t sometimes stumble upon a happy accident where everything comes together for the perfect shot. “Having two small children means my shoots are often pre-planned, and so I have to take the luck of the draw with the weather. Happy accidents can’t happen unless you have the camera with you though, and some of my favourite photos have been quickly- grabbed shots while out with friends or family. The thrill of being at a great location when there is a fabulous sunrise or sunset is an amazing feeling though.” He r idea of a great photo is simple: “One that captures your attention and evokes an emotion. There is no magical formula, and what one person thinks is great, another may flick straight past. I love quite minimal images, where what has been left out of the image is just as important as what has been fra med.” Being a part of the Photo Friday family has also impacted Milburn’s work. “Photo Friday is a fabulous competition that often pushes me outside of my comfort zone and gets me trying new things. I love looking at the different interpretations of a theme, and this helps to expand my creativity too. There are many talented photographers in the group, most of whom are willing to share their experience and knowledge.” See more of Shirley’s images at shirleymilburn.com ■ • Canon EoS 5DIII • Canon EoS 7D • Canon EF17-40mm L LEnS • Canon EF 24-105mm L LEnS • Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L LEnS • Canon EF100mm maCro F/2.8L LEnS • LEE CIrCuLar PoLarISEr FILtEr • LEE BIg StoPPEr FILtEr • HItECH nD anD gnD FILtErS • SParE BattEry anD CF CarDS • rEmotE trIggEr • manFrotto 055Pro XB trIPoD InsIde shIrley’s bag? ProFILE SNAP HAPPY 23 23 16 Spring Fever With the weather warming up, the thought of rising early to capture the magic hour seems a far more enticing prospect than it did on those cold frosty days not so long ago. It’s easy to be inspired when nature is blooming. So why not grab your camera and head outdoors and see what you can capture in your lens? If you’re still stuck for inspiration you’ll find plenty within this issue to get your trigger finger snapping. Renowned portrait, landscape and commercial shooter Adam Taylor gives us the lowdown on his photographic process, and offers insight into his compelling street kids’ series. Film and theatre shooter Alina Gozin’a provides a glimpse into the mystery and magic of life on a film set, sharing with us her techniques for crafting perfect film stills that capture the essence of a movie, or a character. After 20 years the Lomo camera is still going strong, proving old school analogue images still have a place in this increasingly digital-heavy world. If that’s not enough, we also deliver the highlights of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competition – the Wildlife Photographer of the Year – which showcases mother nature and her wonders at their best. Don’t forget to check out the Hot Gear and Bits and Pieces pages for the latest and greatest camera gear! Happy snapping! Cec Busby, Editor HOT NEW GEAR Give your photography an edge with the latest gear. STill lifE Alina Gozin’a takes us backstage and behind the scenes of life as a film and theatre photographer. up ClOSE & pERSONAl Adam Taylor reveals his photo process. 20 yEARS Of lOmOGRApHy The little plastic camera that started a photo revolution. pEOplE SNApS Shirley Milburn talks us through her photographic journey to date. WilD AT HEART The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. BiTS & piECES All the gear you need to take your photography from newbie to pro! SHuTTERBuG Introducing Capture Magazine’s emerging photographer Ben MacRae. 6 12 16 21 23 24 27 30 003_Bpics14_contents_v2.indd 3 27/08/13 9:55 AM
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