I was educated at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, an independent, co-educational day school that fosters creativity. I obtained an honours degree in English Literature from Sydney University and a Certificate IV in Screen and Film Production. I taught film and photography at Macquarie University for many years. I won a prestigious award from Canon Australia for Best Photography in a magazine.
I've been a professional cinematographer for more than ten years. In 2009 a revolution began when Canon released the 5D Mark II which gave us full frame video. Unlike the traditional camcorders with only one lens, this new camera allowed us to use a variety of lenses. Now you could get that wonderful 35mm film look, gorgeous colour and shallow depth of field at a fraction of the cost.
Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS II
ultra wide landscape lens
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro
close-up lens for jewellery
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
My commitment to professionalism and quality means that I will only use Canon's top-of-the range
L series lenses, and I will always use the lens that is best suited to the task.
Sennheiser ME-2 lapel microphone
For wedding ceremonies and reception speeches I capture at least three different sources of audio. A direct feed from the DJ's sound desk is quite good, but this is sometimes compromised by the speaker's microphone technique (they are too close or too far away from the mic). I have found that the above audio system is by far the best: a lapel mic (LEFT) records audio directly to a tiny recording device (RIGHT). Both are worn by the speaker. It is not wireless, as this can be affected by inteference.
The Standard colour profile on the Canon 5D Mark III is very nice, but you have a lot more choice in post production if you choose a flat profile with Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation turned down.
This allows me to get more detail from the highlights and shadows in post production,
and the result is a much more film-like image.
17 Lisgar Road, Hornsby, Sydney NSW 2077