Author - Tim Maher

GearTalk: with Jussi Hellsten

 The full title for this article should be ‘GearTalk: with Jussi Hellsten, the hardest working man in photo business’. When I met up with him in the studio to do this interview, he had been up since 4am editing a commercial for a client, just so that he would not have to postpone our interview again. I think we moved the dates 4-5...

A Photographer’s Health is in the Balance

Tarja

I like to think that my health is something that I take seriously but I’ve definitely learnt over the years that being a photographer can be detrimental to your long-term well-being. During my assisting days, many of the photographers I worked for had back issues but I just felt that they were not looking after themselves. An extreme example...

Sony A7 series, the right camera system, at the right time

I’ve been shooting professionally for many years. In my film days, I’ve shot on various Hasselblads, Mamiya 67’s (I still own an RZ, sitting forlornly in a box behind me), the funky Pentax 67, several Canons, the occasional Nikon… In the digital age, I’ve been a Canon user from the beginning, starting with the 11 MP...

Choosing a travel tripod

Just by the fact that this site exists, you may have noticed that I like to do a bit of pre-production. The initial plan was simply for me to take a creative sabbatical around South America with my cameras. It was only later that I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the research I’ve done to get the best out of this adventure...

GearTalk: with photographer Valtteri Hirvonen

GearTalk-1

I first worked with Valtteri on the red dot award winning Transitions 1020 project, an epic journey round New Zealand’s south island shooting video and stills for Nokia on their recently launched device, the Nokia Lumia 1020. It was that experience that made me start thinking about the idea that became ‘From HEL and Back’, as we...

Workflow and Time Management: Part 2, FCPX

Music wall

Just to be clear, I am not an editor. I have sat in on several projects with various editors and have stumbled through some of my own personal projects to a passable level. What I have learnt from this is that editing is both an art and a craft. And when you are not in control of your craft, it can be a long and hard slog to reach your artistic...

Workflow and Time Management: Part 1, Capture One

(Update: 03.12.15 – The way I described my workflow using Capture One in this article originally was so not a working system that I have had to rewrite it. It goes to show that once you’re outside of your comfort zone, you’re as clueless as the next person. Luckily, I have to learn from my mistakes. Hopefully, not too many people have been...

Teamwork, Fonts and Jazz music

I Love Funk

Getting an idea like ‘From HEL and Back’ is the easy part. Daydreaming over where you want to take the idea is the fun part. Putting all the elements in place so as to be able to realise the idea is usually the bit where it all falls apart. Stubbornness and attention to detail are a big help. But what really makes the difference is...

The lightbulb moment for FHaB

Lightbulb moment for FHaB

The idea for FHaB came to me when I was working on the award-winning Transitions1020 project for Nokia, a two week shoot travelling around New Zealand’s south island. The shot above was one of many taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020, one of the last mobile devices made by Finland’s Nokia before Microsoft took over. Two days earlier, I’d been...