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8 Photography Tips To Advance Your Photography Skills

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Read on these 8 photography tips to advance your photography skills and find the next inspiration for your photography business in 2017 from If you ever feel that you get stuck in finding your creative streaks, or if you notice that you’ve been losing followers on your Instagram or Facebook page, this article might be for you.

Sometimes as photographers or artists, we push ourselves too hard and we hit a roadblock to find our next inspiration for our creative work. We are often trapped in a situation where we are forced to post our creative works in social media that may not reflect who we truly are, or what our tribes like us for.

We bet that it’s happened to you before, one way or another. Now, how would you overcome this challenge if it ever happens to you again? Well, we are here to help you. We summarise eight tips that would contribute to improving your photography skills, and keep your customers and followers coming back to your site.

1. Get feedback from your loyal clients

Your best and honest feedback would certainly come from your loyal buying customers. First of all, call them, thank them for the business they give you, ask them what has made them purchase your photographic artworks, why they’ve ordered from your shop instead of others, and what would it take for them to come back again to your store and make another purchase.

2. Read on photography journals or magazines and find what’s trending in photography business at the moment.

We live in the information era and internet has made it very easy for anyone to search for answers to any questions they may have. That includes what type of photography is trending at the moment. Try to google it at your own time, and you’ll be amazed at what you can find online.

3. Find a mentor and ask for their feedback and opinion on your photography skills.

Try to contact local photography business owners or other professional photographers in your neighbourhood. See if you can make an appointment with them. If you do so, you will need to come prepared, and offer them “something in return”. It does not have to be expensive, but they would appreciate a genuine invite to meet for coffee of course. Remember, their time is valuable. You would need to cherish and appreciate that they’re willing to spend time for you.

4. Visit local art gallery to find out what their best selling artworks are.

Paying a visit to a local art gallery with your team members can give you a good brainstorming exercise to do a little bit of market research for your photography business. Talk to them, ask their opinion of any artworks that excite you, and exchange ideas. Also, don’t forget to speak to the gallery assistant to find out what their criteria are when they select photography artworks for their gallery. You’ll be surprised by all the information that you can obtain from such exercise.

5. Advance knowledge of your equipment.

It goes without saying that you must know your camera inside out. Read the manuals and understand what effect each set up would give you. Once you master all of the set ups, have pre-saved settings for your photography styles and fine tune those settings on the go. Keep practising until you find your perfect settings for each occasion.

6. Bring your camera with you all the time (where possible).

As a photographer, your camera is your best friend. Bring it with you everywhere you go if you can. Not only you can quickly take a shot when you see interesting objects, carrying a camera with you shows that you’re passionate and serious about being a professional photographer. Believe it or not, you will feel more confident walking down the street with a camera with you. Just be careful of pickpockets though.

7. Find something different from the usual.

One thing that we always strive at designedbydax is to challenge ourselves to take better photo shots than our most recent best ones. That means we are open to different photography ideas or new objects, as long as they are still within the principles of what we do. You can do the same too. If you always take photo shots of city buildings, you may want to explore different objects around you. Try nature photography perhaps. Get a license to take photographs at your local national park and let your creative genes guide your way to transform the ordinary to become extraordinary. One of our favourite quotes from Chris Burkard during his Q & A session with Mountain Life Media goes like this, “.. When you embrace uncertainty, amazing things can happen..”

8. Stay true to yourself and your photography business.

Finally, whatever inspiration you get from all of those tips above, remember to stay true to your values and stick to your authentic styles.

We hope that you are can now pick up some ideas that you can implement right after you read this blog. In conclusion, being an artist in a creative industry (especially in photography) requires us to be thinking outside the box. We hope that you are can pick up one or two photography tips to advance your photography skill that you can implement straight away after you read this blog. At designedbydax photography, we are here to help you as much as we can. Last but not least, feel free to get inspired by our photographic art on

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For some time until 2017, conservative members of the Australian government repeatedly blocked attempts by the Opposition to introduce a marriage equality bill. A bill which would allow equal rights under the law to Australia’s LGBTQI population.

In August 2017, a non-binding marriage equality postal survey announced with an estimated cost of $120M to the Australian tax payer. Despite the fact that free polls showed a huge majority of the population were in favour of marriage equality. The postal survey, sent to every registered voter in Australia was also non-binding on the government. Even if the results came back with a win for Yes, the government could still vote No in their own conscience vote.

The question on the survey was simple enough

“Should the law be changed to allow same sex people to marry: Yes or No”

Despite this, certain right wing political and media groups portrayed this as an attack on religious freedoms and instigated a campaign against marriage equality that was filled with hatred and lies. These community leaders took it upon themselves to spread lies and insults about the LGBTQI community that had nothing whatsoever to do with marriage equality. It was an extremely difficult time for a lot of people, especially the young and vulnerable who were just beginning to discover who they are. Homophobia, crime, vandalism, assault and abuse against the gay community became commonplace during the postal survey. Those in power, with the ability to stop the hatred and educate the homophobes turned a blind eye because they saw themselves as the victims. The truth is, the only people who would be affected by gay marriage are gay people. Finally, we would be considered as true equals.

This only made us stronger. The LGBTQI came together in a way never seen before in Australian history. Almost 40,000 people came together for a YES! Equality rally at Sydney Town Hall. Street parties, picnics and more rallies all across Australia. The sense of community, belonging, acceptance, the sense of pride. All of this showed all of Australia who we really are and that we will accept nothing less than Equality.

Wednesday November 15th, 10.00am. The results. I watched at my desk in my office, surrounded by my colleagues. The flood of emotions going through me was almost unbearable while waiting for the result. The polls showed it would be a win for Yes but still, anxiousness and nervousness were almost getting the better of me. 

I needn’t have worried. The Yes campaign won with 61.6% of 12,727,920 votes. A cheer went up all across the office and the country. I couldn’t stop shaking as I held back tears. We did it.

Celebrations started immediately and are still continuing, although it’s not quite over yet. The Prime Minister has ordered Parliament to sit until a marriage equality bill has been introduced, debated and approved. Right wing conservative ministers have already tried to introduce a bill loaded with discrimination, one that would wind back existing anti-discrimination laws and allow businesses and services to refuse service to gay people. It’s already been shot down. There are more people of good will in Parliament than the so called religious right. These people have our backs and are now free to vote on a marriage bill that gives dignity and equality to all, not some.


On ya ‘Straya.


November 2017



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The Exposure Triangle

If you are on a mission to produce well-exposed images, whether it is for your products on your website or your social media posts, you will need to understand this fundamental principle called ‘The Exposure Triangle’. The principle consists of three elements, namely: Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. 
Let’s understand what they are and how they can improve the result your photo shots.

What is ISO?

In today’s era of digital photography, ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. 

Most digital cameras have an ‘Auto Mode’ setting where the camera selects the appropriate ISO setting depending on the conditions you are working with. An ISO setting of 100 is usually accepted as ‘the standard’, and this level will give you decent crisp shots. The lower the ISO, the less sensitive your camera is to light and reduced or zero grain in your shots (shutter speed dependent). Higher ISO settings would benefit your photo shoots in darker situations. Take note however, that increasing ISO also increases background grain, particularly in night time shots.

What about Aperture?

 Aperture affects the depth of field and is used to blur your foreground or background, depending on what you want from the shot. It determines how wide the shutter opens when released. As you adjust the aperture, the depth of the field changes, affecting how much of the shot is in focus. As a rule of thumb, low aperture gives you a blurred background while high aperture provides a wide depth of field.
In landscape photography, a large aperture setting is desirable to get that crisp and clear mountain or sunrise scene in focus.  In contrast, portrait photographers prefer to have the closeup subject perfectly in focus, and they tend to choose a beautiful blurry background to ensure that their subject is the main focal point. A low setting, around F5.0, is good for this.

Shutter Speed?

Shutter Speed refers to the amount of time that the shutter is open. It is the length of time the sensor is exposed to the scene you are photographing. In other words, the length of time that the image sensor ‘sees’ the scene you are trying to capture. You would measure Shutter Speed in seconds. In most cases, anything beyond 1/4 of a second (1/2, 1, 2 seconds and so on) is extremely challenging to use without getting camera shake, and a tripod is essential. The longer the shutter is open, the more chances of blurred images if you move or accidentally shake the camera.
If there is movement in your scene, your choices would be either to freeze the movement to make it look “still” or to let the moving object intentionally blur (giving it a sense of movement). As a rule of thumb, less exposure gives frozen motion, and more exposure gives blurred motion. 

So, how should you choose the best combination of ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed? Start off by balancing your light meter but depending on the subject matter and conditions you may have to sacrifice that balance to get the shot you want. A little bit of post processing afterwards can effortlessly bring your light levels back up to normal conditions. Also, it is much easier to brighten an underexposed image than to darken an overexposed one!
Remember, photography is an art and so is “balancing” those three elements. The more you practice, make mistakes and learn, the better you will become. 
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A spectacular sunrise greeted Dawn Service Memorials across Sydney this morning. A fitting tribute to the ANZAC heroes that Australia honours on this day. Lest we forget.

#dax_designs #designedbydax #design #graphicdesign #photography #creative #morning #dawn #sunrise #dawnservice #ANZAC #lestweforget

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That feeling when you’ve been listening to and loving those iconic songs for so long. That feeling when you see the icon right there in front of you. That feeling when you hear those songs sung live. That feeling when you’re in the company of 95,000 like minded people. That feeling. Can’t be described. Can’t be beat.

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Sydney Harbour fireworks

I’m loving the colours that come out in my photographs at night time, especially the long exposure shots. Taking the time to use a tripod and try, try and try again until you get that shot you were looking for is well worth it. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if you don’t succeed, it’s better than not knowing or missing that shot!

William St lights
Darlinghurst sunrise
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
One shot in a hundred
Supermoon over Darlinghurst
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Spring storms in Sydney can be pretty spectacular usually. Last night’s was quite mild by comparison, barely a rumble. I was still lucky enough to get this shot though 😊

Fun fact: there’s more energy in a thunderstorm than an atomic bomb. One bolt of lightning contains around 1 billion (1,000,000,000) joules of energy. Out of 1.5 billion lightning strikes every year, approximately 375,000,000 hit the earth. My head hurts!

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A Supermoon is a common enough occurrence, when the moon in its elliptical orbit comes closer to the Earth. On Monday November 14th (Australia time) we were lucky enough to experience a rare type of Supermoon – when the moon is full and also at it’s closest point to Earth. This hasn’t happened for 60 years and won’t happen again for another 22 years! Although many people won’t see much of a difference except that the moon appears somewhat brighter than usual, it was actually 14% larger and around 45,000kms (28,000 miles) closer.

Of course I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity to photograph the event! I had an anxious wait, hoping the clouds would clear up but clear up they did 🙂 I managed to take this amazing photograph which has also been featured on the Facebook page, the official page for Destination NSW and website.




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St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney stands on the oldest catholic site of worship in Australia. The current building is built entirely of sandstone, a stone commonly used throughout Sydney architecture. Construction started in 1868 and was completed in 2000, 100 years after its architect, William Wardell, died. It remains today the largest ecclesiastical building in the English gothic style in the world.