Hi, my name is Nicole. I work as an Executive Assistant, mostly in finance. Aside from photography, I love to cook, eat, bake, travel, and visit art museums. Occasionally I paint and sketch. And I recently joined Igers Sydney as one of the moderators, so I’ll be putting my event planning skills back in to use.
What gear do you use?
I currently use a Canon EOS RP mirrorless and a 5D mark iv DSLR. I have a couple of RF mirrorless lenses but I am primarily using my EF lenses with the converter. My favourite lens is the EF 100mm f/2.8 macro but for walking around, the RF 35mm macro on the RP is a super light combination and my EF24-70 f/2.8 almost never leaves my 5Div.
What type of photography are you into?
My three favourite subjects to photograph are food, architecture and flowers. I have been experimenting with my flower photography using multiple exposures and am also very inspired by Kathleen Clemons stunning flower portraits.
How did you start photography? What inspires you?
I have had a camera since I was around 12 years old but only got serious about photography 10 years ago. At the time I was painting flower portraits and was photographing flowers to use as subject matter for my paintings. On one visit to me in New York, my dad gave me his old Canon 50D when he upgraded. After having the camera sit in a cupboard for about six months, I finally enrolled in a beginners class at PhotoManhattan.
Art, architecture, the beauty of nature and new experiences are what inspire me. I love anything that is well-designed from buildings to desk accessories. I am also constantly inspired by some of my favourite food photographers, Petrina Tinslay, David Loftus, Matt Armendariz, Andrew Scriviani and an ever-growing list of others.
Top 3 photo locations?
- New York is a firm favourite. The parks and botanical gardens there are very picturesque, just made for photography and painting. And of course, the architecture and constantly evolving city skyline.
- Paris is another favourite. I love Parisian architecture. I could probably spend a year just photographing doors and doorways in Paris and eating my way through the countless patisseries and boulangeries.
- I also fell in love with Japan last year and can’t wait to go back. I love the history, diversity of architecture, contrast of old and new.
Top 3 photo/editing tips?
- One of the most important things for photographing food is knowing how to light it correctly. You want to bring out the texture of the food so light it from the side or behind. Never light food from the front.
- One of the best pieces of advice I was given, which I do forget sometimes, is to give your composition breathing space. If you want to print and frame a photo, this is particularly important as you will lose some of the edge of the photo in the framing process which can impact the composition.
- When editing on my MacBook or iPad the first thing I do is turn my screen brightness down and then make sure night shift is off. Otherwise I can end up with an image that is a little too dark and night shift will completely throw off the white balance.
What has been your most memorable experience?
Visiting Japan last year. The trip was done a bit on the fly between finishing one role and starting a new one so it wasn’t as organised and planned as usual for me, but the timing was perfect – I arrived just as the cherries were beginning to blossom in Tokyo.
If you had superpowers, what would yours be?
I wish I could speak cat. I have a cat who is very chatty and most of the time I have no idea what she’s telling me.
What have you been doing at home during this time?
I have been honing my food photography skills, experimenting with multiple exposure flower photos, learning off camera flash for food photography, tethering and composition, learning a bit more about editing and did a couple of the online streaming workshops Georges held earlier this year. I have just started an online course for food photography retouching. And like almost everyone, I learnt how to make sourdough.