History & Gear
I have spent my life involved with colour and photography...
I have spent much of my adult life involved with colour and photography. Photography started as a hobby I fell in and out of my entire life. For the past two decades I have found myself getting more and more involved with the art, mostly through my work. I have done many product shoots, from restaurants through to festivals.
With formal training in colour reproduction for the graphic arts, my career took me towards a life of colour calibration for high end scanners and printers, and ultimately to teaching colour to those in high end digital printing. Today I build websites for a living, but am frequently asked to do product shots for those same clients. I also enjoy shooting for the pure pleasure of photography, and in more recent times I have fallen in love with the Australian Outback, and plan many journeys outback in the years to come.
The Camera Gear I Use
I started digital photography in the 2000s with a full Nikon D70 system and several Nikon and Sigma lenses. The moment the Canon 5D MkII came out with it’s extraordinary video capabilities, I made the switch to Canon. When Sony announced the A7R, I knew it was for me and purchased the A7R along with the few lenses available upon release. I then upgraded to the far superior Sony A7R II and sold a few lenses to afford a couple of G Master lenses. A Sony A7R IV however finally arrived in my camera bag in 2021 and I now have 61MP at my disposal.
I also use Phase One Capture One for all of my image processing needs. After many years with Adobe Lightroom I grew tired of it’s slow performance. I have bought and tried most of the other options out there such as DXO Photo Lab which I liked a lot, and it still is the king for noise reduction in high ISO images with Prime doing an amazing job of cleaning up those images. I also bought On1 Photo RAW but found it too buggy, perhaps it has improved by now but I settled on Capture One because of it’s superior image quality.
The Computer I Use
I recently switched my entire computer life to my laptop, and then shortly after purchased the later version of the laptop I was using; a Gigabyte Aero OLED. This latest iteration of this amazing laptop features:
- Intel 11th Gen Core i9-11980HK CPU (5GHz, 8 Cores, 16 Threads)
- NVIDIA RTX-3080 Laptop GPU (Not the slower Max Q)
- 64GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM
- PCIe Gen 4
- 1 x Sabrent 4TB SSD
- 1 x Sabrent 8TB SSD
- 4K AMOLED Display (100% DCI-P3 Colour Gamut)
- Wi-Fi 6 Gig+
- UHS-II SD Card Reader
- Backlit keyboard with number pad
On top of the main features listed above, this Gigabyte Aero has all of the connectivity you could ask for, including ethernet, HDMI 2.1, Display Port, USB 3.2 and Thunderbolt 4.
I use this laptop everyday for not only my photography work, but also my main work which is website development, as well as 4K video editing with Blackmagic Design’s Davinci Resolve Studio, and multi-track audio mixing. The Gigabyte handles everything in it’s stride, and is in fact faster than my custom built desktop system that is 2 years old.