Today, we are joined by Tyhe Reading , he is a Photographer. You can view his portfolio here.

  • How long have you been taking photographs professionally (or semi-professionally, if applicable)?

I’ve been taking photos for about 6 years, starting when I was about 14. At first it was just a way for me to have fun with a camera, experimenting with what I could do and then when I was around 17, I decided it was something I wished to persue as a career. I’ve reached the professional level around mid year in 2013, after a year and a half of university training. I’m currently in my graduate year of a BA Arts (Photography) with another year of study to do to graduate with a BA Arts (Graphic Design) in 2015.

  • Did you undergo any training to get to where you are today?

Yeah, I’ve been studying a BA Arts (Photography) / BA Arts (Graphic Design) at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga since 2012. I plan on graduating in 2015, and if possible I’ll be undertaking a Masters in Creative Arts and Design to give me that extra level of qualifications.

  • What camera gear do you use?

I currently use a Pentax K-r with a 18-55mm, and a Sigma 28-300mm. I also have a Pentax K100D which is a little old, but still amazing. I have a variety of Cokin Grad filters which enhance the scene I’m shooting. A ManFrotto Tripod and a Metz Mecablitz A-45 speedlite is usually also in pack too. I’ve always had a pentax camera, as their quality and stability is of an amazing quality. I’m currently waiting (and hoping) that they’ll release a Full Frame model soon, but if not i’m sure their CMOS Sensor models will do me fine. As i’m at university still, I have the great opportunity to use the equipment they have in our photography store, which is all high end Canon equipment. I often use their Canon MK III with a variety of lenses also.

  • What are the typical preparations that need to be made before a shoot? (Both in terms of camera equipment and researching the location itself / weather etc.)

Well I usually do a few hours of research on the location i’m planning on shooting, depending on how well I know the area. So usually I look at the tide, swell, weather, sunset/sunrise, if I’m shooting seascapes with rocks I look at which way they’re facing and where they exactly are, if I’m shooting astro stuff, I look at how clear the night will be and how far into the moon phases we are. Then I normally just chose the lens I feel will capture the best shot, grab a tripod and the cokin filters I need, and give them all a quick clean, then head off.

  • Lighting is a key factor in any successful photograph: are there any rules that you follow when considering the lighting for your shots?

I usually always try and shoot around sunrise and sunset, with the hour before and after each having the best light. The softness of the light creates that nice fading light on the surfaces I photograph, whereas the harshness of the sun during the day doesn’t really do much for me. That’s usually my only rule.

  • What should I be looking for / working towards in terms of composition (generally)?

The basic rule of composition in photography is the rule of thirds, although that’s usually not something I follow. I mean, it’s a good rule and always produces a nice composition, but to me it’s a little bit too generic. I like to have quite a bit of negative space in my images, either to the top or either of the sides. My main subject is always in the lower part of the image in the center or to the bottom right hand corner, but always kind of varies depending on what I’m actually shooting.

  • What’s the most inspiring location you’ve visited so far?

The most inspiring location i’ve visited would have to be the waterfalls at home, so Waitui Falls, Potaroo Falls and Ellenbourough Falls. I think they would have to be the most inspiring as they’re far enough away from any towns that you feel more connected with the environment than anything else. Everything is always so fresh, and always so beautiful. It just opens up another level of appreciation of what we have around us, and how lucky we really are.

  • If you could give someone just 5 tips on this type of photography, what would they be?

1. Just be yourself when taking a photo, follow what you feel like is right for you.
2. Focus on the light, it’s the most important factor in photography.
3. The equipment is only as good as it’s user. The ‘best’ camera can become quite average if the photographer has no control of what it can do.
4. Experiment and see what you appreciate the most.
5. Just have fun with what you do.