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I was once again back in Fiji and looking forward to working for a number of my regular clients.  First stop was Manta Ray Island Resort with the aim of creating some great new images to show sun, sand and crystal clear waters – all of the vital ingredients required for a tropical escape.  The weather gods had not been particularly kind on my previous shoot there, so with the sun out in full force I was excited to be making my way north to the… READ MORE >

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Further to my earlier post on “Better Landscape Photography”, I thought I’d share one of my new landscape photos from the recent trip through Botswana and Namibia. This is Spitzkoppe’s Arch “The Bridge” in Erongo, Namibia. I had been on tented safari through Botswana with Dean Fitzpatrick of Wildlight Safaris, hosting our annual Wildlife Photo Tour (click here for 2014 trip info and dates). Following the workshop – which was a huge success and such an enjoyable trip for everyone involved – Dean and I set… READ MORE >

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I’ve taken photos in over 40 different countries around the world, many of which I’ve traveled to a number of times.  Which means I’ve seen and photographed some pretty diverse and amazing landscapes in my time!  Landscape photography can be such a beautiful art form, with the shapes, patterns, colours and textures provided by the world simply breath-taking to the naked eye.  Frame that in a well-crafted image and you have recorded your individual interpretation for all to enjoy. Taking great landscape photos means firstly and… READ MORE >

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A quick visit to Wellington over the weekend where Chris ran a workshop “Magic Arms and Gaffa Tape” at the recent PSNZ Annual Convention. Hosted by Macalister Group in Auckland, Chris’s presentation covered the tools of trade required by a travel photographer.  He had the room kitted out with some of the usual – and the not so usual items – that he regularly uses on his travel photography assignments.  (You can see a list of some of the more unusual items Chris doesn’t leave home… READ MORE >

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On a recent photography assignment I was creating some very hi-res animal portraits at the Auckland Zoo.  These images are part of a project I am doing in conjunction with some of my sponsors and the Auckland Zoo, which will bring exposure to the great breeding and in-the-wild conservation projects that the Zoo is involved with. The resulting images will be on display for the first time ever as part of Auckland’s Festival of Photography during an exhibition I am holding at Shed Five in Wellesley… READ MORE >

Summit Lake on the Seward Scenic Highway between Anchorage and Seward, Alaska.

During my recent photography workshop in Alaska, we were driving from Anchorage to Seward to photograph Humpback Whales.  Along the way we stopped at Summit Lake for a late lunch. It was starting to rain but the view across the lake to the stormy mountains was stunning.  I wanted to capture a shot showing the reeds and rain on the water in the foreground and still pull in the background mountains with a long lens.  This posed the problem of having enough depth of field for… READ MORE >

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Is there a secret to better wildlife photography?  For those of you following the blog, you will know that Chris just spent a couple of weeks in South Africa with Journeys’ Unforgettable as a photo guide on their “Africa Big 5″ Photo Safari.  Followed by a week in Alaska hosting a group to photography the grizzly bears.  It’s easy to get great photos when you have an expert beside you offering tips and advice and providing hands-on tuition and guidance!  But how about some user-friendly tips… READ MORE >

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“Thinking outside the square” is a term commonly used in photography circles.  I like to think it refers to the opportunity – and the challenge – that those working in the creative field have to break the rules!  When so much of our life is governed by rules and regulations, including both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography it would seem, it is fantastic to take a step outside of those rules and experiment once in awhile. A few tips for taking photos that are… READ MORE >

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Which comes first, the successful photographer or the business photographer’s success? One of the biggest challenges facing professional photographers is how to attract, build and hold on to a successful client base. Particularly now with the continued advancements in digital photography meaning more and more people are taking up photography as their choice of career. The ability to send digital images quickly and effortlessly around the world has meant that New Zealand photographers are much more likely to be competing on an international stage. Which isn’t… READ MORE >

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Its always great to have a number of shots in your portfolio that people come back to again and again…  My freestyle Motorcross shot of Levi Sherwood is that kind of image, and I still get asked on a regular basis – “How did you get that shot”? Popular Photography Magazine in the US ran a “How To” article on this photo, and so I’ve included it here for those of you interested. I think the highest praise I have received for this image (apart from… READ MORE >

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This is a wildlife tutorial I did for Canon – worth watching just for some basic tips and tricks to help you improve your wildlife photography.  Whether you are photographing giant predators around the world, or just trying to get the best shot of your pet moggy back home…!  Its all about preparation, lighting, composition, knowing the animal’s behaviour, and of course knowing your gear well. If you are interested in further tutorials, look out for my new photography app coming soon, which will be jam… READ MORE >

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