Archive for May, 2011

Live From The Field


How to buy your first DSLR and other articles

Our seasonal newsletter for Autumn just launched. It’s filled with exclusive photos of our adventures in photography, insights into our studio and useful tips on photography.

This mailer has pointers on how to choose and purchase your first DSLR, Dave’s images of New York City and Adam Liaw, the MasterChef Winner of 2010.

Have a look at the first issue and make sure you join up to get our Winter issue.


Photography + Human Error

I was running late for a yoga class and dashed out of the studio at 5:15pm. Just as I was boarding the bus, I got a call from Jason.

“Have you got the props for our shoot tomorrow?”

I can not count the number of swear words that ran through my mind.

I told him where everything was in the studio and felt like crap for forgetting. Dave and Jason stayed back late and got everything we needed.

But then – it dawned on me – it was pretty brilliant that we had so many photographers in the studio. There’s no room for mistake, no human error.

If I wasn’t part of a big photography studio and was running this project solo, I would have had to stop the bus and run back to the studio, or worse, do the photo shoot without the props.

Where I failed, Jason and Dave picked up the slack.

The shoot the next day went swimmingly.

Cate Blanchett and Jas

Today Dave and I covered an event for Australia for UNHCR. Cate Blanchett was one of the guest speakers along with Sarah-Jane Clarke, Julie Mcrossin and Jane Turner.

We had a gruelling but rewarding time shooting the 400+ plus guests at the event in under three hours.

Jason, the head honcho, writes a once in a while editorial

Myself in 1987.

I joined the Studio in the late 1980s, when Sydney was riding high on bicentennial fever. We had four camera kits for seven photographers. The Studio was a quarter of the size it is now; hidden in a little alleyway in Pitt Street. We had three dark rooms and everyone learnt film processing, we did our own printing. Hand printed, no less.

When the studio opened in 1967, the photographers used to have a Graflex Speed Graphics camera that only loaded sheets of 5×4″ film. At each shoot, they could only take six (really good) images.

Shooting with film was completely different to using a camera today, we used a light meter all the time. We used medium format Bronica film cameras when I came on board.

These days, it’s a lot quicker to take an image and change things around relying on the LCD screen at the back, although we still use light meters at most shoots.

We had to dress more conservatively for our corporate clients but that’s changed with time. We’re not expected to dress corporately, it’s expected that we’re not cut from the same cloth.

The technology for cameras is literally moving in leaps and bounds. Each year, the advancements in camera bodies and Photoshop is pretty amazing. Because of this, photography as a communication is getting more advanced every three months.

Our work in the 80s now seems dated. Even work from the early 2000s ages quickly.

Photography as a field is at a really interesting point right now.

May 2011

We have a mix from Mexico, El Salvador and Papua New Guinea this month.

This month’s coffee is brought to you by these bad puns:

  • “It took forever and a Dave”.
  • “Hey, give me fries!” (Get it, give me five).
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