Preparing for a photo assignment – when you can’t

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, Behind the Scenes, People PhotographyLeave a Comment

When I photograph an assignment I do lots of research and preparation beforehand. But where an event is involved,  I don’t know what the situation or locale will be like or what the opportunities will be. It’s almost impossible to prepare. So I have a specific strategy. I say to myself over and over “colour + action” knowing these two … Read More

An artful life: Scotland Island, Sydney

Esther BeatonLandscape Photography, New South Wales, People PhotographyLeave a Comment

I photographed an article for Australian Geographic recently and it’s now also online. If you don’t have a subscription to the Australian Geographic newsletter, you can see it here. Give a thought to the lead picture which is an overview of Scotland Island on a sparkling summer day. It almost looks like an aerial shot. Such an easy shot to take, … Read More

Suzanne Holman, go in peace

Esther BeatonOn the Beaton TrackLeave a Comment

The artist, Suzanne Holman, at work on one of her first major artworks, the mural at the children’s pool at Bondi Beach. I just had to write something to acknowledge this lovely, talented and community-spirited artist. She never stopped created murals and art installations along the whole eastern coastline. What a beautiful woman! Had I known at the time of taking her … Read More

Radio, video and more media events

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, In The Media1 Comment

New Feature in Print Whew – a lot happened this week. My story about orchid pollination hit the stands in the September issue of Australian Geographic. If you can get hold of a copy have a look at the “Queens of Seduction” feature. Not all the photos I shot could be included in print, so you can view a web gallery … Read More

5 Steps to Buying a Tripod

Esther BeatonPhotography EquipmentLeave a Comment

So many of my students avoid tripods. Sure, they bring them to the workshops, but then they diligently avoid using them until I just about take a leg off and beat them with it. The reason they don’t want to use them is because they’ve brought along a tripod that is painful to use. You know the ones; they are … Read More

Art Wolfe in Australia

Esther BeatonOn the Stage, Professional PhotographyLeave a Comment

How lucky was I to meet Art Wolfe! This man is the best wildlife photographer in the world. I consider myself so privileged to hear him speak when he was at the Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour on Friday night. He was sponsored by Denis Glennon who does wildlife photography tours to Africa and elsewhere. Art knocked my socks off … Read More

Orchid Fly – New to Science?

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, Macro PhotographyLeave a Comment

I ran into some orchid hunters on the weekend and instead of doing what I was “supposed” to do, I played hooky and went out into the fields to play with my new friends. It was well worth the effort (fun?) because we may have stumbled on to something new to science. Orchids are some of the most mysterious and … Read More