Whether you’re exploring our caves or hiking the Cape to Cape, it’s a joy to capture some great memories in photographs. Four locals share their tips on capturing Margaret River’s most picturesque scenes.
Dr Erika Jacobson, EDGEWALKERS Erika runs guided Cape to Cape walks and a night photography retreat. She has a flair for capturing the natural beauty of the region, and shares her tips.
Composition – find the most interesting composition by looking from different angles, from the side, underneath, above, behind – I have taken some great shots by getting down on the ground like the one of this western bearded dragon.
Point of view – give the onlooker a connection with the subject by letting them see what the subject sees – like the one here of the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Editing tools – my favourite tools are the saturation filter which allows you to pick up the colour a notch, and the structure filter which accentuates textures like the clouds in the sky or the grainy texture in the ground.
Get out regularly and at different times of the day so you can capture something unique – you can’t capture anything if you’re not out there!
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Photography plays a large part in Hank’s nature tours, and he happily shares tips and incredible locations.
- Choose a camera and lens to match your passion, whether that’s close-ups of flowers and insects, people, landscapes, birds or action photography.
- Preset your camera settings to reflect the light conditions on the day.
- Nature photography is about capturing that memorable moment, so be prepared and have your camera ready.
- Your best friend in digital photography is the Histogram. Understanding this light graph will enhance your photography no end.
Tim is a professional photographer who comanages the Margaret River region social media.
“These days I’m all about light and storytelling – it’s not about the gear. Concentrate on the narrative and shooting in great light.”
Take people on a journey in your images. Just like a movie, each photo should have a beginning, middle and an end – foreground, mid ground and background.
Use leading lines to direct the viewer’s eye through the image; I’ve used the road lines to catch your eye, send you on a journey into the bay and off to Sugarloaf Rock.
Shoot at a high aperture to render the whole scene in focus, this will give the image a greater depth of field.
Cave Photography: To create the image above I used off-camera flash placed behind the subject to show definition in the cave. I also used on-camera flash pointed at the roof to act as a gentle fill light. You can’t take a tripod into the cave, so I’d shoot into the fixed cave lights and meter for the hot spots and use an underexposed on-camera flash pointed at the ceiling for a gentle fill light.
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Sean Blocksidge’s advice is simple: “I started with the technical info but then re-did it with what I think is truly the best advice… Read the instructions.”
His images of his daily life as a tour guide in the Margaret River region have been shared thousands of times around the world. He operates “the tour for people who don’t do tours” and has won many awards.