Keep it Beautiful This Week

Esther BeatonBeautiful Images, Photo CompetitionsLeave a Comment

Did you know it is Keep Australia Beautiful Week? Sometimes ugly things are happening in the world and it’s easy to despair. I wonder how people in London and other cities in England feel upon hearing the “Keep it Beautiful” motto. After the damage and chaos of recent weeks, just cleaning up seems an overwhelming task let alone attempting to … Read More

Paul’s Silhouette Success

Esther BeatonPhoto Critiques, Photography Books1 Comment

One of my favorite topics to post is a photo from a student. I was chatting to Paul Collis after he and his wife came back from the Kimberley, Western Australia. They had printed out a selection of recipes from my photography cookbook to take along on their travels. Paul specifically wanted to try one of the step-by-step recipes on … Read More

Kodak Fosters Nature Photography

Esther BeatonOn the Stage1 Comment

Well, I’ve had a big adventure! I ‘just’ finished my seminar series with Kodak, “Great Recipes for Wildlife Photography”. Although the tour ended three weeks ago, it has taken me this long to handle all the jobs that had piled up in my absence. The talks were a great success with record crowds at each venue. In Melbourne and Sydney … Read More

Kodak Seminar Tour

Esther BeatonAnnouncements, On the Stage4 Comments

Kodak and I are touring all over Australia and New Zealand in September. If you or a friend is interested in wildlife and nature photography, here’s an invitation to come along. Bookings are essential, so to attend this free seminar, you’ll have to sign up. Just go to the front page of Kodak’s website www.kodak.com.au and click on my name … Read More

The Spider Olympics

Esther BeatonDid You Know?6 Comments

This little feller wasn’t invited to compete in the high-wire gymnastics at the Olympics – probably due to unfair advantage. His type was born with extraordinary skills and an especially strong dose of pluck and courage built right in to his DNA. The female St Andrews Cross Spider, common in gardens, is a model of sexual cannibalism. Tiny, almost invisible … Read More

Waterfall Trickery

Esther BeatonLandscape Photography, Photo Critiques, Photography Workshops, Quick Tips6 Comments

It’s great when you learn from your students. The last Day Safari workshop was a big fun day out. We shot wildlife in the morning and waterfalls in the late afternoon. Participants quickly understood how to use different shutter speeds to create various amounts of “silkiness” in the waterfall.┬áBut my students taught me something about these waterfalls that I never … Read More

Photographing Scary Things

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, Professional Photography1 Comment

Can you ever become a good nature and wildlife photographer if you don’t love ALL of nature? Some subjects are easy – the beauty of colourful birds and the majesty of wild scenics draw us into their spell. The camera just magnetically pops into the hand to record these beautiful moments. But how would you go if you had an … Read More