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Ta-ku

Musician, Producer and Photographer

Ta-ku

About Ta-ku

Ta-ku might be the modern day renaissance man. Haven risen to prominence as one of Australia's most in-demand beatmakers, the Perth-based artist (real name Regan Matthews) has found himself curator of a rapidly expanding, multi-disciplinary creative empire. Ta-ku's music has quickly become a global, full-time concern with involvement in projects like 50 Days For Dilla, high-profile remixes for Flume, Chet Faker, BANKS, Childish Gambino and Justin Timberlake, as well as a clutch of co-writes, production efforts and countless self-releases.

This storytelling gene is key. Once reserved as currency for his music, Ta-ku now applies it to a diverse range of passion projects that encompass photography, design, business and fashion. "I document things," he says. "I like bringing a story and attention to detail to everything I do and it's evolved into something I didn't know it was going to."

While the common thread is one of collaboration and self-expression, the key to managing these disparate passions is respect. "Having different creative outlets keeps me fresh in each one," says Ta-ku. "For a while music was all I was doing and it was becoming more of a burden than a release, and I think that's when my creativity started branching out. When I take photos or go travelling I get hungry to get back into the studio to make something."


Tell us about your first Sony experience or product?

My good friend @Tilore was shooting with his Sony a7 in Toronto when myself and my long-time friend and collaborator @Repeat_Pattern were shooting our next book from the series NO.SLEEP. The capabilities and flexibility of the camera blew my mind.

How would you describe your style of photography?

I like to tell stories and spotlight the subtleties in life. The subtleties keep things really interesting for me and hopefully my audience. Since not much is given away - the story/photo is so subjective & always up for interpretation.

What are some of your travel essentials?

Sony a7RII
Sony FE 85 f1.8
350 Yeezy Boost Pirate Black
Bellroy Passport Wallet
Neighbourhood Fabric Spray
Mifland Rucksack
Picture of my girl

For the next generation of creative minds, what is your advice to them?

Be yourself and stay true to what appeals to you. Comparing yourself to others is extremely counterproductive. Also - always know that Uncle Ta-ku loves you and believes in you haha.

Website & Social

takumusic.com
vsco.co/taku
instagram.com/takubeats
facebook.com/takubeats
twitter.com/takubeats

Caroline Buchanan

BMX Champion

Caroline Buchanan

About Caroline

Caroline Buchanan also known as "Queen Of The Dirt" is an action sport adrenaline junkie. Caroline's sport of BMX & Mountain Bike racing is all about approaching & excecuting obstacles on your course better than your components. Starting at the age 5 years old in Canberra Australia it's natural for Caroline to turn obstacles on and off the bike into opportunities and firmly believes that "overcoming what life throws at you makes you stronger".

At the age of 24 some of accolades include 5 x World Champion, 16 x Australian National Champion, Australian Athlete Of The Year, Young Australian Of The Year finalist, Australian Cyclist Of The Year & more.

Caroline is always striving to be a great role model and to push quality and support for women in sport.

 Watch: CB68 Career Highlights Video


Favourite way to mount your Action Cam?

You can't go wrong with straight forward mounting on the top of your helmet. I love capturing my perspective & the roller coaster feeling of flowing through a BMX track.

 Watch: ON board view - Hot lap USA BMX World Cup Track

Craziest action moment

Filming a crazy year in 360 degree selfie format. The highs, the lows, the journey and the unexpected places my Sony Action Cam went with me.

 Watch: 360 degree global selfie

Top place to travel to next

Whistler Canada is an all time favourite place in the world to relax, see and ride. I cant wipe the smile off my face when I am on my Bike in Whistler.

 Watch: POV Dual Slalom Crankworx Whistler Course 2014

Interests off the bike

I love my 2 French Bulldogs Diesel & Brie... watch as they race me at the BMX track.

 Watch: BMX Racing French Bulldogs

Caroline Buchanan in action

Manchester UCI BMX Championships

 Watch: 15 second Action Cam hot lap

Australian BMX National Titles 2015

 Watch: BMX Action with Caroline Buchanan

Website

carolinebuchanan.com/

Paul Verhoeven

Broadcaster, Writer, Blogger and Comedian

Paul Verhoeven

About Paul

Paul is the host and writer of Steam Punks! on ABC3, and a regular fixture on Studio 3, as well as Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’. He spent five years as a Triple J presenter, appearing as a regular guest on Breakfast with Tom and Alex, and as host of Weekend Breakfast. He was the host of Save Point on ONE HD, narrated the Beyond Entertainment documentary series Stop, Rewind, and has been a senior contributor for TheVine.com.au for five years.

He has also written for IGN, Filmink, Yen Magazine and MMGN, and is a prolific social media commentator, winning Pedestrian.tv’s King of the Tweet 2013. He has hosted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony of Legends, has performed sell out shows at four years of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as part of the Lords of Luxury, and is an active presence on YouTube, where his channel has over 200,000 unique views.

Tell us about your first Sony experience or product?

When I was about fifteen I got a Sony Discman! It was bright orange and the day it died a little of me died with it.

You’re a regular on stage and screen, is there someone currently on stage or screen that you’d love to work with?

Helen Mirren. I don't know what would compel such a perfect human to work with me, but she worked with Ryan Reynolds recently and... Damn. I should have said Ryan Reynolds. Is it too late to change my answer? Can I have Mirren AND Reynolds?

If you could name and create a product for Sony, what would it be?

I'd invent some kind of magic mechanical box that could capture images of things you put in front of it, letting you save those images for later. And I'd call it... The Snappy-Boy.™

If you could get in your Delorean and time travel back to see yourself at age 10, what advice would you give yourself?

Take care of your teeth, you idiot. I'm not even kidding, brush every day and in the name of all that is holy, floss.

Digital Imaging Ambassadors

Steve Axford

Nature Photographer and Videographer

Steve Axford

About Steve

Steve is a nature photographer who specialises in fungi photography. His unique talent for capturing nature has led him to be featured in numerous magazines and exhibitions across the globe, including Geo and NatGeo magazines in Europe and New Scientist to name just a couple. Steve's work opened the opportunity to work with mycologists in the Yunan Province in China to facilitate the documentation of local fungi. The success is currently displayed in Moscow's' White Rabbit Restaurant where his photos are exhibited across the venue. Being invited to Moscow to see his work in the public eye was a memorable moment in Steve's career.

Much of his time is now spent with time lapse, where his work will soon appear with the BBC on the Planet Earth II series hosted by David Attenborough. Netflix have also started to work with Steve on a long term project to produce a series of fungi time lapse sequences. Further science documentaries are in the works soon to be announced and broadcasted...


What is in your camera bag?

When I go into the forest my camera bag needs to be light, so I take my Sony a7RII with the Sony FE FE 90M f2.8 G macro lens. I also have a carbon fibre tripod, a ball head, Sony remote control plus some spare batteries.

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

The Sony a7RII with the Sony FE FE 90M f2.8 G macro because they take such beautiful and clear pictures.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

Being able to use the camera in places that would not be possible without the tilt screen and accurate focussing on the screen.

Website

steveaxford.smugmug.com/
facebook.com/groups/915302501820717/

Mark Galer

Photographer and Educator

Mark Galer

About Mark

Mark Galer is a seasoned professional photographer, educator, author, and contributing editor for Australian Photography and Digital magazine. Mark is the Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom Ambassador for Australia and an internationally recognized Photoshop Guru. He recently published his 30th book with Focal Press, has served as a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the BA Photography course at RMIT University in Melbourne (the oldest photography course in the world). Since 2012 Mark has been a contributing Sony Digital Imaging Ambassador for Australia.


What is in your camera bag?

Alpha Cameras: a7RII, a7SII, a6000, RX100
Zoom Lenses: FE 16-35 f4 ZA, FE 24-70 f4 ZA, FE 70-200 f4 ZA, FE PZ 28-135 f4 G
Prime Lenses: FE 35 f2.8 ZA, FE 35 f1.4 ZA, FE 55 f1.8 ZA, FE 90M f2.8 G
Speedlights: HVL-F20M, HVL-F32M, HVL-43M, HVL-F60M

markgaler.com/whats-marks-bag

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

My 'go to' camera in my Alpha kit is the A7RII. It's an incredibly versatile camera that can shoot pretty much everything spectacularly well and can be configured to be very forgiving for any pilot error! Combine this camera with one of the amazing Alpha prime lenses (the FE 90 M is so sharp it should carry a warning) and it makes shooting an absolute joy.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

During my last assignment on location in Bali, I documented the people and their religious ceremonies that form an integral part of the rich Hindu culture. I felt deeply privileged to be invited to Balinese family ceremonies that allowed me to understand and document one of the most fascinating cultures on the planet. For a photographer to feel that they never 'shoot' or 'take' images is a gift that gives photography meaning and value.

Website

markgaler.com/
flickr.com/photos/markgaler/
facebook.com/mark.galer

Stefan Haworth

Action Sports and Commercial Photographer

Stefan Haworth

About Stefan

Born and based in Queenstown NZ, Stefan Haworth specialises in Action Sports and Commercial photography. With passion for ocean and outdoors, Stefan's work takes him across the globe. He works with some of the world's best athletes and is grateful to be able to meet the people he does.

Getting a cover shot is rad, huge stoke factor, but also seeing it in person and what goes behind it all is amazing. Working together with an athlete on something we're passionate about to create images then see them overcome fears and challenges is huge. I wouldn't change one bit of it, I love telling a story.


What is in your camera bag?

My minimal travel bag:
f-stop Tilopa
Sony a7RII
Sony RX1rII
Sony FE 70-200mm f4 G OSS
Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA
Sony FE 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS
Sony Action Cam (X1000, AS100 & mounts)
Macbook Air

stefanhaworth.com/gear-list/

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

Spending days tracking down villagers, I was able to return prints of local portraits I took in Indonesia. Their reaction and tears was a rewarding experience.

Craziest action moment

Fighting a monkey to give my Sony Action Camera back. It was challenging not to get bitten.

Website

stefanhaworth.com/
instagram.com/stefan_haworth

Gabe Hutcheon

Commercial Photographer

Gabe Hutcheon

About Gabe

Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Gabe is a youth photographer expressing his fresh and unique content through his camera and desire for exploring hidden treasures.

"It's just a really fast paced city and sometimes you need to get away from it. You can go on a roof and it's completely different, you get it all to yourself, it's like an inner peace. The feeling I get when I explore is insane. You're so alone, no one knows you're there. You could disappear and no one would know."

Gabe aims to create visual memories that he can share in Australia's history.


What is in your camera bag?

Currently I have a Sony a7RII, Sony FE 55m F1.8 ZA and a Sony FE 16-35 f4 ZA.

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

It would have to be the Sony FE 55m F1.8 ZA. The majority of the photography I shoot is in low light situations. The Sony a7RII's low light abilities combined with such a low f stop means I can capture great shots in environments with almost no light at all.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

It would have to be in Tokyo when I was in Osaka and lost my Japan rail pass. had nowhere to stay the night so I climbed a rooftop and after a whole night of rain and no sleep I laid down to have a sleep. As the sun rose, I pulled out my camera and captured this insane sunrise over Osaka.

Website & Social

instagram.com/GKHZ
GKHZ.co

Craig Parry

Surf, Marine and Nature Photographer

Craig Parry

About Craig

Craig Parry is an international, multi award winning nature photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia. Specialising in marine, aerial and landscape photography, Craig strives to capture the world's landscapes and oceans to share with his audience the beauty of the world. His work regularly sees him travelling to all corners of the globe in pursuit of new adventures and unique encounters, and he can often be found working with the likes of National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Travel Channel. Craig's stature as a photographer was indisputably confirmed with his receipt of the award 'International Landscape Photo of the Year' (2014), in addition to taking out the award for 'Underwater Photograph of the Year' (2014).


What is in your camera bag?

Alpha Cameras: a7RII, a7SII
Sony lenses: FE 90M f2.8 G, FE 16-35mm f4 ZA, FE 55mm f1.8 ZA, FE 70-200mm f4 G, FE 28mm f2.0
Sony Fish-eye converter
Underwater housing (Aquatech Elite Series II)

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

That's a hard question with so much choice. I would have to say my Sony a7RII and Sony FE 16-35mm f4 ZA because of them having exceptional image quality and versatility.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

When a 7 tonne baby Humpback whacked my A7RII out of my hand and the image captured before was priceless!

Website

craigparryphotography.com/
instagram.com/craigparryphotography/
facebook.com/craigparryphoto