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Interview With Shane Russell Landscape Photographer by Katherine Nielsen

Shane Russell strives to capture and display nature at its finest. His photography is unique and his portfolio shows an incredible versatility. @shanerussellphotography

Can you tell me about yourself? 

I am a photographer, surfer and family man from Port Stephens NSW Australia. Having grown up my whole life on this wonderful part of the east coast and being a surfer since the age of eight. I have  always been drawn to the ocean and the coastal environment.  

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How would you describe your current photographic style?

I am a Landscape/Seascape/Astro and Surf photographer  

What inspires your vision? 

To capture the best light and conditions possible.

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Can you give a breakdown of the equipment you use to create your images? 

For my Landscape images I use a canon 5D with a tokina 17-35mm with a full kit of ray masters filters. For astro images I use the same camera body combined with a Samyang 14 mm 2.8.  For the Wave and Surf images I use a canon 7D body with a sigma 150-500mm and canon 70-200mm.

 What would be your favourite lens and why? 

Samyang 14mm best value prime on the market and is pin sharp edge to edge.

What are your go to settings when you shoot? 

Aways start at F8 ISO L Auto WB 0.3 “ shutter speed for water momement

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Where is your favourite destination for photography?

I will always say home first, but other than that anywhere coastal.

Among all your work what is your most memorable capture? 

This would have to be my lightning shot from a dead mangrove tree close to home, I had been after this image for over three years and finally nailed it.

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What methods do you use for editing and can you explain your workflow? 

My workflow and editing are pretty simple, I use photoshop and bridge with 70% of my work done in adobe camera raw then final touches completed in photoshop.

How do you educate yourself to become a better photographer? 

When I am not shooting alone I like to  hang out with like wise photographers who inspire and push me to be a better photographer I also watch a lot of you tube for tips and tricks on shooting and editing

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 Who would you say are your greatest influencers and inspirations? 

Landscape wise I would have to say Marc Adamus and good friend Timothy Poulton as far as wave photography I would say Ray Collins.

Lastly, what advice would give someone starting out in photography?  

My advise for someone starting out as a landscape photographer is always go out and shoot no matter how bad the weather is because this is where mother nature might treat you with something very special, my other bit of advise is keep your ears and eyes open watch and listen to information from people you may get to shoot with. There is a huge photography community who has helped me so much along the way. 

To learn more about Shane and see his work visit www.shanerussellphotography.com