In the digital age, more and more people have access to cameras. The ability of even smart phones to take photos is impressive and the DSLR is now becoming quite common. While more and more people take photos than ever before something has been lost. The Art of photography seems to be declining. This blog will be written to showcase the “art” of Photography. In time and with practice everyone can be an taught to create beautiful images. Here I will show Sensational Sunrise Shots with descriptions of how the image was taken. Tips on Beautiful Wedding and portrait photography and how to achieve the look. How to process your images in Photoshop so the Goldilocks in you is satisfied. Not to heavy, not to light, but just right.
To start with I though I would talk a little about me.
Hello my name is Andrew Murrell. You probably already knew that considering your looking through my web page but I had to start somewhere. I was born in July 1967 (I can picture some of you counting on your fingers) and have lived on the Central Coast my entire life. The Central Coast is one of the best places in Australia. Since I’m biased in thinking Australia is the best place on Planet Earth, ipso facto the Central Coast is one of the best place on the Planet.
I am 6’2″ tall, carry a little too much weight, I have grey hair which is so thick an bushy I doubt I will ever go bald.. I have large hands, large Feet and a…….. (Sorry to much information.) I have been told I have the perfect voice for Radio and have been known to burst in song as I love to sing, a passion that has recently resurfaced after a gap of nearly 30 years.
I have several hobbies and Interests including Astronomy, Photography, science in general and Doctor Who. My interest in Photography started when I was about 12 and my sister Kerrie received a Cosina CSM camera for Christmas. When Kerrie upgraded to her first Nikon a few years later she gave the Cosina to me. I have fond memories of using that camera down the Beach at Umina and in Coonabarabran when I was there observing with my telescope. It wasn’t to much of a step for me to start combining both Hobbies and I quickly learnt how to mount the camera on my 4″ scope and hand track to allow me to take 5 minute exposures. I have some great photos of Comet Halley doing this. I also learnt how to do Star trail photos and have a few examples I’m proud of today. Eventually the Cosina needed to be replaced and by then I was doing some part time work fruit picking so I purchased a second hand Nikon EM. I chose Nikon again due to my sister Kerrie as that was the brand of camera she upgraded to.
As a hobby photographer I shot mainly landscapes and nature. I found I loved the way the sky changed as the Sunset developed and I can remember making the wish occasionally that I would become a Professional Photographer as the first stars appeared.
Eventually I started to learn to develop and print my own black and white images. Taking a keen interest in people like Ansell Adams and learning the darkroom skills and techniques they used to make a print with more impact. Naturally when Photoshop became available I recognised some of the terms and functions from my B&W days. Photoshop is a tool just like the camera and is your friend, there to be embraced and used to assist you with your photography.
I currently shoot with a Nikon D3s and a series lenses ranging from a 14mm f2.8 to a 300mm f2.8. I still shoot my landscapes and Astronomy related images, but I have embraced Portrait photography and have built my business based on Weddings and Event Photography.