Photographer and Educator
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.
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
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
Surf, Marine and Nature Photographer
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).
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)
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
Action Sports and Commercial Photographer
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.
My minimal travel bag:
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)
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
Nature Photographer and Videographer
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...
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
Musician, Producer and Photographer
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."
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 FE 85 f1.8
350 Yeezy Boost Pirate Black
Bellroy Passport Wallet
Neighbourhood Fabric Spray
Picture of my girl
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