Biography: David is a 21-year-old photographer, born and raised in Sydney. After studying at university, he deferred to work full time in a camera store in 2010. He has been a photographer for over two and a half years.
During a road trip around Australia, he realised he wasn't working to improve his skills as a photographer. Since then, David has been getting better with each photo. He loves shooting on the fly, capturing moments, faces and motion. David's strength is shooting what's already there, though he has been dedicating more time towards staged shots.
Equipment:Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II USM, Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, two Canon 580EX II Speedlites, Canon OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord, Hahnel Giga T Pro remote, Aperture 3
I was shooting for a Sydney blog so I was looking for social doc shots at Sydney Festival Opening Night. I always prefer to shoot candid moments, it seems like people drop their guard and you can better gauge the way they feel.
I'm trying to shoot more set-up scenes with a bit more creative input. I have tended to be more documentary, capturing the action. This was taken in Glebe tram yards as part of a competition (I didn't win).
I had the opportunity to try Canon's MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens. I took this shot handheld, elbows on knees, moving in and out as the lens doesn't have a focus ring, with the subject lying on the carpet in the tea room holding my flash towards her face.
Exposure: 1/200, f/8, ISO 2500, 3x macro magnification
This is one of my favourite photos, I'm happy with the composition and result. When I looked up at the leaves on Crown Street in Sydney's Surry Hills, I noticed the leaves were creating glowing edges so I positioned myself so the street lamp backlit them.
My first time using studio lights. There was an Elinchrom D-Lite 4 with Portalite and this group of friends landed on the couch for a photo. Once again this shot highlights my preference for shooting close up and wide.
I captured this at an installation night at a pub. A 50mm is ideal for these low-light situations where flash shouldn't be used. The available light was a series of fluorescent tubes that were great once balanced.
The only photo I've submitted that wasn't manually exposed. I used an off-shoe cord for my flash and pointed it at the wall to my left with an omni-bounce attached. I also played around with the colours as it was quite striking.