Alex Eames • A Life Behind The Lens

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Alex Eames

Up and coming Melbourne photographer Alex Eames stopped by Mountain Thousand to have a quick chat about what he’s been up to lately and what new gear he has managed to add to his collection.

So let’s get straight to it, how long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been taking photos professionally for about 4 years now, but my passion for photography started back in 2009, so about 8 years all up!

Now when it comes to photography there is obviously a variety of styles out there. Is there a particular style you like to shoot? Do you have an out and out favourite?

I predominantly shoot event photography, nightclubs, festivals, weddings, that sort of thing. I also do landscapes, product photos, macro nature photos, and aerial photography.

It’s hard to pin point my favourite type but event photography is the most fun and most stressful (I thrive on stressful situations). I also really enjoy how peaceful landscape and aerial photography can be. Sometimes it’s nice to shoot with no distractions!

In your opinion how does a good shot compare to a bad shot? 

For me, framing is everything, whenever I look at any photo, generally the first thing I look at is the framing of a photo. Once you have the framing right in a photo, you can change almost anything when it comes to editing! So I’m always looking for the right framing when it comes to taking my raw images.

Your shots always seem so clear and crisp. Do you have your go to settings when shooting or do you tend to change things on the fly?

For nightclub photography, absolutely, I have my base settings that I adjust as need be on the night but for anything else I’m constantly changing and checking and re-changing!

Now you have quite the collection of gear. Is there any one piece that you cannot live without?

My 24-70mm Nikon Lens! Possibly one of the most expensive pieces of equipment I own but worth every cent! It’s a beautiful lens that is so versatile and can be used in so many situations!

Is there anything in your kit that you’ve bought out of impulse and now regret?

Actually, no! I’ve spent way too much money on all of my equipment but I’m glad I have it all. It’s all come in handy at different times and I’m thankful for all of it.

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As with most creative fields people tend to have someone that they draw inspiration from. Who is that person for you?

For event photography Nathan Doran is probably the person that I look up to and hope to get my photos to that level in the near future. Nathan and I are currently working on projects together so this might be more achievable than I first thought.

With my landscape photos a photographer that inspired me would be Ansell Adams. Ansell is an American landscape photographer that has captured the raw beauty of the Yosemite’s. My photography teacher back in high school introduced me to his work and to this day I’m still utterly amazed by it.

How do you educate or upskill yourself when it comes to taking better pics?

I’ve never been good at studying from a text book or from a lecture so everything I’ve learnt has been very hands on. Generally it’s from other photographers that work around me but there are 3 main people I have to thank for where I am today with my photography; Danielle Edwards (my photography teacher in high school), Zach Davis and Nathan Doran. I can’t thank any of them enough for what they’ve taught me!

What is one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

That’s a tough one because it would be a lot! I guess it would be to spend as much time as possible experimenting and being creative because that’s the easiest way to improve yourself.

Alex Camera Kit

Check out Alex’s camera gear above and below. We’re sure there’s something in here that all you gear nerds will like.

Bodies

  • Nikon D750 + Battery Grip
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D7200

Speed lights

  • SB5000
  • SB910

Lenses

  • Nikon 50mm
  • Sigma 15mm Fisheye
  • Nikon 35mm
  • Sigma 10-20mm
  • Sigma 18-35mm
  • Nikon 24-70mm
  • Tamron 70-200mm
  • Tamron 150-600mm

Drones

  • DJI Phantom 4
  • DJI Inspire 1

Other

  • Asus Laptop
  • iPad Mini
  • Vanguard Tripod
  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • Monopod
  • Video Stabilizer Mount
  • Go – Rode Microphone
  • Remote Speed Light triggers
  • Wireless Microphone Transmitter and Receiver
  • Microphone
  • Video Light
  • Gary Fong Diffuser

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