How being a Landscape photographer helps me with wedding photography

As many of you may know, I was crowned as South Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of the year through the annual state-based AIPP awards in 2016. I also happened to win the national title of Science photographer of the year at the national awards. One might think that this is a bit of a disconnect with being a better wedding photographer, and may be asking why I’m not winning the title of ‘Wedding Photographer of the year’. But I’d argue that due to my professional-level prowess in these other genres of photography, I’m able to approach wedding photography in a unique, laid-back and genuine way. It’s like having an professional chef come in and cook you dinner, it’s not as if that chef would only be capable of cooking a single meal would they? So how does being a successful Landscape photographer help at all with being a better wedding photographer?

How being Landscape Photographer of the year helps with Wedding Photography

Having done both landscape and wedding work professionally for over 5 years now, I’d just like to point out the type of adaptability required to move from one work situation to another. In the landscape field, people appreciate a huge amount of technical ability, and the ability to create works of art from the mundane. This skill set is easily transferred over to wedding photography as my work is always of a high calibre technically and I love to incorporate an ‘epic vibe’ to much of my work.

Having worked in a variety of different situations I have the experience to quickly adapt to whatever is thrown at me in regards to scenery, lighting and weather. It’s through my ability as a landscape and scientific photographer that I can quite quickly and easily adapt to anything a wedding throws at me, while also drawing on my 5 years experience of shooting weddings. Neither skillset is mutually exclusive of one another and it’s one thing that I feel sets me apart from other photographers, that and my additional services I provide for free.

The general knowledge of photography needed to be successful in these fields also comes into play in a huge way. I am intimately familiar in how a camera works and frequently utilise home-made cameras to create some of my award winning work. While I’m no gear snob, and couldn’t care less how much your camera costs, I understand what equipment is needed to capture the shot the way I would like. It’s for this reason my work looks the way it does, it’s the root of my artistry. Say I want to use a sun flare or sunset happening behind my bride and groom, the same knowledge is used when thinking about shooting a landscape.

Being so successful in other genres of photography also allows me to see things in ways others don’t. I hate being a cookie cutter at my weddings, I cringe at how many photographers approach weddings by taking all the same shots at every single wedding they do. Of course there are some shots that just work and look amazing, but every single one? I think it’s important to personalise each wedding based on the personality of the bride and groom, and I shoot accordingly using my knowledge in all genres of photography.

Due to my work in a variety of different genres, I’ve also become quite proficient in photoshop. This would also be due to my several degrees in Multimedia and associated subjects, but it’s truly doing the work that gives me the practice. It’s a lot of fun too 🙂 The below photo may not be suited to every wedding, but I think it demonstrates the technical ability in photoshop I have garnered through my prowess in other genres of photography, and not just weddings.

For a bit of a taste of my Landscape work if you’re interested, I have a separate website built to showcase my work at https://stevenduncanart.com

Photographer of the year 2016

As a dedicated member of the AIPP (Australian Institute for Professional Photography) I am a recognised accredited photographer by trade within Australia and as such run my business in the utmost of ethical manner. This includes consistent professional development and networking with other professional photographers around Australia. Last night the South Australian Professional Photography Awards dinner was held, which is an event I’m proud to say I have attended each year since 2009, consistently winning awards for my work in a number of different genres, including wedding, landscape, science and illustrative. In 2014 I came close to becoming the SA contemporary art photographer of the year by coming second in the category.

This year I’m proud to say that I had my most successful year yet by winning the title of photographer of the year 2016 in the landscape category, while being a finalist in the science category. I managed to win a gold and 7 silver awards across my entries, which included entries into the wedding category. This shows the dedication to my craft as a photographer amounts to being consistently award winning no matter what genre of photography I partake in and it’s the level of dedication I take to each of my shoots, be they weddings, or landscape work.

Landscape photographer of the year 2016

So what does this mean when it comes to wedding photography? While yes I did not win photographer of the year in the wedding category, the portfolio of images entered in the category were all deemed to be of high professional standard. Winning landscape photographer of the year means that I have an award winning eye for the scenery surrounding your wedding. I am able to paint a picture with my camera by really putting your emotion and personal story into any backdrop you’re holding your wedding at. Utilising the skills I have as the landscape photographer of the year 2016 at your wedding means I’m producing pieces of fine art at all times while shooting your wedding. Your images will have the quality of the fine art photographs you would see in any of the best galleries as they would have been taken by one of the SA photographers of the year.

I have a separate website at http://stevenduncanart.com to showcase my work in the genres of landscape and science, so if you’d like to view my work in those genres, please feel free to have a look! 🙂

Launch of Steven Duncan ART

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Steven Duncan ART, at http://StevenDuncanART.com.

Working in my free time recently, I’ve developed a website dedicated to the art side of my photography. SvenStudios.com is now wholly dedicated to the wedding photography and event coverage side of my business, where at Steven Duncan ART will be dedicated to Fine Art prints. I’m an award winning photographer in not only wedding photography, but also Landscape, Illustrative, and even Science photography. I also like to dabble in digital painting and concept art.

Steven Duncan ART

Steven Duncan ART

Steven Duncan ART will showcase all my my fine art pieces I produce while not shooting weddings. I’m also a huge fan of digital painting and concept art, so I’ll also be using the site for that. I understood that the majority of visitors to SvenStudios were looking for their wedding photographer, as opposed to a fine art landscape photographer, which is the reason for developing this new website.

If you’re looking for a nice fine art print of a landscape, or painting I’ve developed, Steven Duncan ART also provides a secure shop to buy prints.

If you’re a fan of landscape or fine art photography, or just my photography and art in general, please visit Steven Duncan ART, and please support me by liking the Steven Duncan ART Facebook page.

2014 National AIPP Photography Awards

This weekend saw the 2014 AIPP National Photography Awards being held in Sydney. The AIPP (Australian Institute for Professional Photography) hold these photography awards each year to showcase the best photography Australia has to offer. Each state also holds their own photography awards to showcase more local photography, but this time around, the National photography awards are supposed to showcase the best of the states. Myself, in the past have been reasonably successful in both the states and national competitions winning numerous awards including but not limited to a Gold in the national science category while I was a student photography and more recently second place in the SA state photography awards’ Contemporary Photographic Art category.

I’m pleased to announce that I have added two more awards to my lengthening list of photographic accomplishments. A silver award in both the illustrative and landscape categories, with my other two entries in the wedding and travel categories scored in the high professional practice range.

The way the photography awards work is that there are a panel of 5 judges who are respected professionals in their own right who view each printed image. They each give a score out of 100, and they are then averaged to give a final score. Any score above 80 wins an award. 70 and above is considered professional standard, 80 is a silver award, 85 is silver with distinction, 90 is a gold award and 95 is gold with distinction.

2014 AIPP Photography Awards results

The below two images both scored a respectable 82 in the landscape and illustrative categories. awarding me with two solid silver awards at this year’s AIPP National Awards. As a bit of a side effect of my success over the last few years I may be eligible for an AIPP honour elevating me from a usual accredited AIPP member up to an associate of the AIPP, which would be awesome. I’ll find out about that in the next few weeks.

Favourite on National Geographic

For the 4th time I’ve been featured on the National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ website, but this time for a different image. The first 3 times I had been showcased for my lighthouse and galaxy image, but this time an image I shot on my trip in 2011 to the north island of New Zealand. It’s the road running past the Tongariro volcanic complex on the Central Plateau of the North Island of New Zealand – or the reverse side of the view filmed and used as Mordor in the Lord of the Rings films.

While this hnour isn’t going to make me super famous, it’s always nice to gain recognition by National geographic photography editors. In this case Daniel Westergren, the director of photography for National Geographic Traveler magazine. So that’s pretty cool.