SA heaps good photographers #004 – Mel McKinlay

Without even looking at the username, I can invariably tell when one of Mel’s shots appears in my feed.

She has a remarkably consistent style and skilfully uses filters to produce calming, ethereal images that are beautifully composed and feature deep, rich colours.

Mel is able to translate the emotion of a gorgeous sunrise into a photograph like no other photographer I know.

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You are not your Instagram account!

There was a time in my not too distant past when I was more preoccupied with increasing my following on Instagram than I was actually making great photographs.

One particular member of a Facebook group that I was a part of created a thread stating that they were stuck on 15.9K followers, and wanted to know what they could do to increase that to 16K and beyond.

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The true power of mindfulness photography and how to harness it

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While I have written about mindfulness photography before, I’d like to delve a little deeper this time and stress why it is so very important to your evolution as a photographer.

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SA heaps good photographers #003 – Alex Frayne

Please enjoy this extended interview with Alex Frayne, acclaimed photographer of the banal and unembellished. Alex has a comforting, almost nostalgic way of documenting people going about their lives and of ordinary, every-day stuff. I appreciate Alex’s deep focus and attention to a subject or series, and commitment to photographing the world as it is.

I highly recommend that you check out his portfolios at

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What Colonel Sanders can teach us about our photography

Consider the story of Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of KFC and not a photographer in the slightest. He lost his father at the age of 6 and became responsible for feeding his siblings. Sanders subsequently developed a passion for cooking, refining a fried chicken recipe over the ensuing decades.

Long before KFC was a commercial success, he tried his hand at being a railway worker, a streetcar operator and a life insurance salesman, among other things.

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SA heaps good photographers #002 – Josiah Stanfield

Josiah Stanfield is a guy who I can relate to. We share a love of Christian Fletcher and a passion for South Australian landscapes among other things. Importantly, he wants to impart that passion onto others.

He has an unshakeable enthusiasm for the craft of photography and shoots with the big picture in mind (pun intended). I think this (very) young man is going places and I look forward to watching his work evolve.

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SA heaps good photographers #001 – Rowan Summerfield

Welcome to SA heaps good photographers! One night I was laying in bed and had the idea to interview some South Australian photographers and try to understand what makes them tick – what drives them, inspires them and motivates them to make photographs.

It’s a subject I find very interesting, and I hope you do too. Furthermore, I wanted to showcase our state and the fabulous work of the photographers who document it.

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How Claude Monet can make you a better photographer

French impressionist artist Claude Monet loved water lilies. In fact, his well-known Water Lilies series featured approximately 250 paintings of his private water garden.

Monet enjoyed the transience of nature, that all moments were fleeting and no two were the same.

By extension, no two scenes were the same. He would often paint the same scene several times over, with the only variables being the time of day, weather, or season.

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Ego is not a dirty word

The opening verse of the Skyhooks song, Ego Is Not A Dirty Word, goes like this;

Generally speaking, the word has negative connotations. If you have an ego, then it is implied that you hold yourself in too high a regard.

But in their 1975 hit, the Skyhooks hinted at a more multi-faceted definition.

What does this mean for your photography?

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