28 Best Reasons to do Bird Photography

Esther BeatonBird Images, Photography Techniques, Photography Workshops, Wildlife Photography

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (subspecies coromandus) at nesting site, in willow tree, farm dam, Dooralong, Central Coast, New South Wales

Bird photography is the most challenging, difficult, expensive and time-consuming of all the areas of nature photography. Why on earth would anyone want to go to all that trouble? But something’s going on, because not only is there a rapid rise in bird watching, but also in nature and wildlife photography. If you’re not already on trend, maybe some of these … Read More

Tripods and heads for Bird Photography

Esther BeatonPhotography Equipment, Photography Techniques, Photography Workshops, Quick Tips, Wildlife Photography

Gimbal head holding 200-500 mm zoom lens on Benbo tripod.

A tripod comes with three features: the legs, the head and the mount. Each is an important choice. Needless to say, the more solid and heavier the tripod, the more sturdily it will hold your long lens. A well-built tripod will last decades (like my magnificent and trusty Benbo as you can see by these pics). The legs should splay … Read More

Photo Tip – Plan The Shots for Your Editorial Assignment

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, Photography Techniques, Professional Photography, Quick Tips

Here’s a tip for covering an editorial assignment. I’ve shot features for many magazines, but my favourite is the geographic assignment, so those are the sample photos I’ll use. The key to a successful feature in a magazine, geographical or otherwise, is diversity. To achieve that: Be sure to have three types of shots: long shots, mid-range shots and detail … Read More

The Story Behind the Green And Golden Bell Frog Image

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Cute Animals, Ecology, Nature and Wildlife, Nikon, Photography Equipment, Photography Techniques, Professional Photography, Threatened species, Wildlife Photography

It was the magic year of 2000. Everyone had breathed a sigh of relief that our computers and systems hadn’t gone haywire. In Sydney it was the time of the Olympics. Energy was high. Somehow the threatened Green and Golden Bell Frog became emblematic of this productive and heartfelt era. I was on assignment for Australian Geographic to do a story … Read More

The Arty Frog

Esther BeatonCute Animals, Exhibitions & Artworks, Fine Art, Nature and Wildlife, On Show

This handsome little fellow is the Green and Golden Bell Frog. He’s part of my latest body of artworks called “Noble Spirit – Australian Wildlife Portraits” which was on exhibit at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens in 2017. I originally photographed him as part of an assignment for Australian Geographic several years ago but, it was never published. How could … Read More

Squirrel Glider

Esther BeatonExhibitions & Artworks, Fine Art, Nature and Wildlife, Threatened species

Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) Southeastern Australia. Threatened species

From a secure high perch, the Squirrel Glider extends the flaps between its wrists and ankles – then soars. This portrait photo served as the cover, through two editions, of the classic tome by the Australian Museum, called The Complete Book of Australian Mammals. Interested in seeing this delicate portrait as a fine art print? It will be on show … Read More

The exhibition wraps up!

Esther BeatonBird Images, Buying, using art, Exhibitions & Artworks, Nature and Wildlife, What they're saying, Wildlife Photography

Many tourists and visitors to the Noble Spirit exhibition at Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia.

What a great exhibition!   Hundreds of tourists, both domestic an international, went through the Palm House – that little jewel of a gallery tucked within the royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Their comments in my visitor’s book and on tape confirm how amazed and delighted they were by the wildlife portraits. In addition, the ‘Noble Spirit’ exhibition was visited … Read More

You are invited…

Esther BeatonAnnouncements, Beautiful Images, Bird Images, Exhibitions & Artworks, Fine Art, Nature and Wildlife, Wildlife Photography

Wedge-tailed Eagle portrait. Noble Spirit

…to attend my latest exhibition “Noble Spirit”. Once again, I’m at the renowned Palm House, a little jewel of a gallery tucked in the middle of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney. This latest series of artworks features some of my best images captured over many years of travels throughout Australia. But with a difference. They no longer look like “straight” … Read More

Take better photos with your smartphone

Esther BeatonBehind the Scenes, Digital Photography, Environment, New South Wales, People Photography, Photography Equipment, Photography Techniques

You can take great photos with your smartphone – as long as you remember two things: The smartphone is for internet use only. The quality is not adequate for print, unless it’s postcard size or smaller. This is due the the small format, i.e., the sensor in the iPhone is smaller than your little fingernail. Others may argue that you … Read More

Behind the scenes on this month’s magazine feature

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, New South Wales, Professional Photography, Wildlife Photography

Wedge-tailed eagle Raptor rehab story

This week I’m taking you behind the scenes of my current published assignment for Australian Geographic. It’s only a short feature and you can see it in the November December 2016 issue called “Raptor rehab”. Here are some notes as to how and why I shot some of the pics. I was allowed very limited access to these injured birds of … Read More