Biography: Jason began playing around with his mother's Panasonic Lumix compact camera in 2007. One evening, he left the camera on the roof of a friend's car. After paying his mum back, he saved up for a Canon 350D.
Over the next few years, Jason decided to challenge himself and improve his skills, so he listened to photography podcasts, read blogs from professional photographers and watched tutorial videos. With this in mind, he shifted towards portrait, documentary, lifestyle and sports photography, which are the areas that he pursues now.
I try to learn something new everyday, be it reading, experimenting or watching something photography-related. I feel that it's impossible to improve if I'm not constantly learning.
Equipment:Canon EOS 50D, Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, Canon 430EX II, 2x 500ws monolights, 80x60cm softbox, 84cm shoot through umbrella, 80cm bounce umbrella, Lumiquest speedlite mini softbox and parabolic reflectors, wireless transmitters, lightstands, Manfrotto tripod, DIY Panoramic tripod head, Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3.
I went out to a local surf spot with some friends. They surfed while I sat in the water and took photos. I was using a waterproof camera bag. It's very difficult to use, especially in rough surf, but I did my best. This is one of my picks from the day.
Crossing a bridge in Asakusa, Tokyo, I noticed this man fishing down by the Sumida River. He had his lines set up and was just slowly walking back and forth from his lines to his fishing gear, which is out of frame.
During a visit to see the snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan, I had a the goal to get some close-up portraits of them. This particular female macaque was bathing in the hot springs. I got in close and she looked directly into the lens as I took the photo.
My friends Jarah and Kate married in Port Macquarie, then had a few reception parties at different locations around NSW and Queensland. I took some portraits of them at their Canberra reception. I used the setting sun as a nice warm backlight, and a gold reflector for fill.
I was at a local skate park taking some photos for my friend, Jordy. We were going to send them into a board riding company called I Ride Sideways. I took this shot when I was setting the focus. It was pitch black, so to get the focus right I would get Jordy to hold my iPhone and stand where he would be skating. I would then set the focus using the light from the phone's screen.
Working one morning at Newtown, I had finished earlier than expected. I had some time to kill so I grabbed my camera gear and headed to an interesting spot that I had seen before. The sun was rising behind the clouds, the traffic was starting to get busy and just as I was about to shoot, someone walked across the frame, so I slowed down the shutter speed and took the shot.
Taken inside The Galleries Victoria in Sydney. I was out and about with my Canon 500D and 50mm prime. I saw this woman walking along the level below, and lined up the shot using the hand rail as support.
We were on a nearby mountain, Mt Tenjo, that has incredible views of Mt Fuji. My friend and I had gotten lost in the town below, but had finally made our way to this lookout before dark, and with just enough time to take some photographs before the last cable car of the day.
My friend, Kyal, was waiting out in the water for his next wave. I thought it would make an interesting photo, half in the water and half out. It was a gloomy day so I processed the image with exaggerated colours.
Shinjuku Station in Tokyo is an incredibly busy place. Apparently, 3.6 million people pass through the gates each day. We were making our way to our platform when I saw a rush of people coming. I liked how the lines on the roof and the floor worked with people moving out from the centre of frame.
This was my first photo shoot with a band. They are all good friends of mine, but I was still nervous. We took a number of shots; this is the one I liked the most. I used a 430EX II Speedlite and a silver foil car sunshade for a makeshift reflector.
Looking southwest from the top viewing platform in Tokyo Tower, I took seven photos, hand-held panning across approx 120º. Tokyo is an amazing sight — buildings as far as the eye can see, and using just my 17mm lens wasn't wide enough to do it justice, so a panorama was a good option.
Exposure: 7 images stitched, 1/250, f/7, 17mm, ISO 100