Food Photography, Depth of Field, Aperture and F-Stops

2018-05-11T12:15:48+07:00By |

In food photography, depth of field is one of the key tools that photographers use to make delicious looking images. Understanding depth of field, aperture, f-stops and their relationship is essential to mastering photography, particularly portrait and food photography — my bread and butter, so to speak. I thought I'd skip my usual post for Monday …

Monday Memories: Shooting by Candlelight

2018-11-27T18:25:14+07:00By |

During the recent full moon rituals held during the Siem Reap Water Festival or Bon Om Tuk, locals purchased elaborate floating candles from sellers on the waterfront, to offer to the river. While it was lovely to watch, it was a challenge to photograph. Here are some tips on shooting by candlelight. So what do you do if you’re going to an …

Monday Memories: A Face in the Crowd

2018-11-27T18:42:37+07:00By |

The crowds at the Siem Reap Water Festival, or Bon Om Tuk, were massive. People from all over Cambodia had come to the city for the boat races and they all seemed to have gathered along the riverside to watch the event. The challenge was to capture that in a frame. I went for a face in …

Monday Memories: The Dubai Camel Handler

2015-08-01T16:58:01+07:00By |

On my recently updated photography portfolio website, there are only a few images that have endured from the beginning of my professional career as a photographer and one is of this Dubai camel handler. For me there was always something about the sadness in his eyes that kept me coming back to this photograph. Although I …

Monday Memories: Greeting the Locals at Beng Mealea

2015-11-24T14:11:08+07:00By |

Like I always say, learning a little of the local language goes a long way when asking for a portrait. I like to think that's how I managed to capture such a generous smile from this guy at Beng Mealea temple in Cambodia. Literally just a few minutes after I took last week’s Monday Memories photo of children …

Monday Memories: Local Children at Beng Mealea

2018-11-27T18:25:14+07:00By |

The sunrise scrum at Angkor Wat to get the best position for a photo of the iconic (in the true sense of the word) temple is worth battling. However, many of the rich rewards of visiting Siem Reap come with early morning explorations of lesser visited temples in Cambodia such as Beng Mealea. First built as a …

Monday Memories: Reality Bytes

2015-08-02T14:27:59+07:00By |

No, this isn't a Photoshop job, this is part of a RAW image taken while on assignment in outback Australia. While developing the new Grantourismo website, I had to go back and work on every photo in its original digital RAW file. Not only has the image processing software become better at turning the RAW …

Monday Memories: a Return to Instagram and Food Photography

2018-05-09T14:26:46+07:00By |

It was this photo (above) that resulted in me giving up posting to Instagram just over a year ago. It didn’t happen straight after I posted the image, but a couple of months later when Lara asked me for the high-res, DSLR version of the image for a magazine story. But there was no high-res …

Monday Memories: Tetsuya Wakuda

2015-02-04T16:32:06+07:00By |

On a brilliant, bright, sunny Saturday afternoon in Sydney, Australia in 1990, Lara and I took a taxi to the slowly-gentrifying working class suburb of Rozelle. We were armed with three bottles of wine and were on our way to dine at a restaurant called Tetsuya’s ran by a Japanese chef named Tetsuya Wakuda. It became an …

Monday Memories: Crossing a Suspension Bridge in Battambang

2018-11-27T18:17:16+07:00By |

After getting a little misty-eyed while musing on our pre-Civil War travels in Syria and the special people we met, I decided it was time to look on the bright side and a destination recovering from a very tragic and violent past: Cambodia. In Cambodia, the past is still very present. We have friends our age who …

Monday Memories: Umayyad Mosque in Old Damascus in Syria

2018-11-27T18:11:20+07:00By |

The last time we were in Syria, back in 2009, there was a sense of optimism in the air. Or at least the illusion of optimism. New hotels, bars, restaurants, and boutiques had been popping up in the old towns of Damascus and Aleppo, and tourism — thanks to the magnificent castles, atmospheric souks, expansive Roman …

Monday Memories: A Portrait Session on Sydney Harbour

2019-01-29T13:10:39+07:00By |

It was Australia Day yesterday, 26th January, and while we always feel conflicted on this day that celebrates the official ‘founding’ of Australia in 1788 when the First Fleet arrived from Britain, despite Australia being occupied by indigenous peoples for around 40,000 years previously, it was wonderful to see the images of Sydney on social media. …

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