Australian Academy of Photography Blog

Balancing the demands of personal and commercial photography
02 Jun 2017

Balancing the demands of personal and commercial photography

by Emma-Jane Lewis (Course Tutor)

As a photographer, it can be hard to make the transition from building a portfolio to working in the commercial world. We all want to make a living from photography, but there are times when it can feel like we are abandoning our creativity for the needs of our clients. I believe this can be viewed in a number of ways and that it is possible to balance your own creative process with the more structured demands of the industry.

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Environmental Portraiture
20 Apr 2017

Environmental Portraiture

by Robert Irving (Course Tutor)

The essence of environmental portraiture is to capture the subject in the context of their surroundings. The best portraits are achieved when the photographer and subject exist within a common space, completely aware of each other’s existence. The photograph then becomes a reflection of this relationship. In this post, I will tell you about the process I used in a recent portrait shoot to capture some wonderful images.

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Making a Lens From Any Old Optic
06 Apr 2017

Making a Lens From Any Old Optic

by Robert Irving (Course Tutor)

When it comes to kit, photography is first and foremost about the lens. Sure, the digital sensor in the camera has an influence on the quality of the image, but not to the same extent that the lens does. Personally, I always think that any available budget should be spent on the optics rather than the camera body. Or better still, create your own.

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Shooting in Fog
24 Mar 2017

Shooting in Fog

by Anthony Griffin (Course Tutor)

Photographing foggy scenes can result in some wonderfully moody and atmospheric images, and as a photographer, I love the feeling of packing up my gear in preparation for an early morning shoot when I know there will be fog. However, without using certain photographic techniques, you can end up with dull, washed-out images.

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