Learning Photography – Aperture and ISO

Learning Photography – Aperture and ISO

Shooting in ‘manual’ mode can be daunting at first but essentially there are only 3 main elements to control and adjust; your ISO, aperture and shutter speed.  In the tutorials below I outline what both ISO and aperture are and how adjusting them will...
2017 – The First 6 months

2017 – The First 6 months

Already half way through 2017, it’s scary how fast this year (and time in general) seems to have gone. With the birth of my daughter, trips and workshops in New Zealand and Canada as well as a solo venture to Patagonia, it’s been an incredibly busy start...
Patagonia – mountains of storms

Patagonia – mountains of storms

My eyes are tired but under the moonlight I can faintly make out the faces of the immense mountains that pierce the cloud right before me. After 30+ hours of transit and a 4 hour drive through the night, it’s 4am here in Chile and time to briefly rest my eyes. As I...
5 NSW landscapes that’ll make you feel small

5 NSW landscapes that’ll make you feel small

Ever since I took up photography as my full time profession I’ve been blessed to have done a lot of travel to some amazing destinations around the world. But what a lot of people may not realise is that there is so much beauty right here at my doorstep. I live in New...
5 tips for shooting sharper images

5 tips for shooting sharper images

A common question people ask me is how to get sharper photo’s. There is of course, no one direct answer to such a question however here are 5 tips that will help ensure your photos are as sharp as possible. 1.Invest in quality lenses – It doesn’t...
A new beginning

A new beginning

Almost 2 months into 2017, I figured it was time for a quick blog update on what’s new and in store for the year ahead. On February 13, my wife and I welcomed into the world our healthy and happy baby daughter, Aurora Jade Patino. All is well and she’s fit...
New work and personal favourites from 2016

New work and personal favourites from 2016

On both a professional and personal level, the past 12 months has been engaging, challenging and rewarding, all of which I’m grateful for. Running workshops across several countries and locations as well as being a husband, father and son has left little room...
New Zealand’s top 10 photography locations

New Zealand’s top 10 photography locations

Boasting some of the finest natural landscapes on Earth, it’s no secret that both the North and South Island of New Zealand are a paradise for photographers and nature lovers alike. Now I’m a huge advocate for creating your own adventure and can’t...
Behind the shot – Resurgence

Behind the shot – Resurgence

To avoid coming across as pretentious, I don’t often describe my images or what goes into capturing them. Sure, it’s not often that a piece truly resonates with me personally, perhaps half a dozen times a year, so I’m happy to make an exception when...
Snowfall – Laurel Hill Sugar Pine Forest

Snowfall – Laurel Hill Sugar Pine Forest

Somewhat of a rare occurrence, capturing snow at Laurel Hills Sugar Pine Forest has plagued my mind ever since my first and only shoot here back in 2014. After some missed opportunities and a failed attempt, July 2016 saw the vision become reality. Keep an eye on my...
Photography Tip – How To Shoot Sun Stars

Photography Tip – How To Shoot Sun Stars

Ever since I discovered that some people assumed my sun stars (aka sun bursts) were added in Photoshop, I’ve been meaning on writing a blog on how to shoot them. I’m passionate about getting an image right in camera and whether sunrise or sunset,...
The Budawangs – Morton National Park NSW

The Budawangs – Morton National Park NSW

Despite having spent my whole life living on the South Coast of NSW, the Budawangs in Morton National Park is an area I’d only heard of recently. After stumbling across some inspiring 1970’s film images from Dennis Rittson, I was more than surprised to...
Cathedral Rocks Kiama Location Guide

Cathedral Rocks Kiama Location Guide

Cathedral Rocks is located in Kiama Downs on the South Coast of NSW Australia. It’s a place that I have frequented many times since picking up a camera, in fact I’d say well over 100 times now! I’ve captured some personal favourite images here over...
Arise – Kirkjufell Iceland

Arise – Kirkjufell Iceland

As the year comes to an end, I wanted to share here an unreleased image from 2015 and what is now one of my all time personal faves. I often avoid detailed explanations and stories behind my work, perhaps to avoid coming across as pretentious. However this one holds...
My Top 3 Photography Locations In The Blue Mountains

My Top 3 Photography Locations In The Blue Mountains

The below post and images are now quite dated. Please feel free to contact me for any information on the Blue Mountains or to arrange your own private tour to some of the best photography locations. I have just returned from a weekend spent in Australia’s Blue...
Arms Of The Almighty

Arms Of The Almighty

“Keep comparing yourself to others and you’ll forget who you truly are”. I wrote those words to accompany an image on Instagram a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if I had heard those words somewhere else before but either way, they came to mind...
The Ancient Of Days – Cathedral Rocks Kiama

The Ancient Of Days – Cathedral Rocks Kiama

I debated with myself about writing this because it has become somewhat a cliche. Describing the lead up to finally photographing a much anticipated scene has become common place. However,  I’ve succumbed, and decided to spend few minutes of my life to pen some...
The Hand Of Thor – How To Photograph Lightning

The Hand Of Thor – How To Photograph Lightning

Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and rewarding type of light to photograph would have to be lightning. With an average duration of just 30 microseconds, catching a lightning bolt is not as hard as you may think in regards to camera settings. It’s being...
Treasure out at sea

Treasure out at sea

Have you ever looked outside at lunch time and thought to yourself nice clouds about, might get a rainbow at sunset which I should try line up between the wall at Bombo quarry? and then, four hours later, find yourself photographing the exact scene you imagined? No?...
Landscape photography tips

Landscape photography tips

I thought I would share a few general tips that may help you when out photographing landscapes. Since picking up a camera, I don’t think I have stopped learning and I am certain I never will. In every photo I have, I can always find at least something I would...
Bombo Quarry

Bombo Quarry

  The below post and images are quite dated. Please click here for new work and a Bombo Quarry location guide. Like many landscape photographers, I am a self taught. After picking up a camera in 2012, I soon realised the best way to figure out what I was doing...
Milford Sound – Where the mountains rise from the sea

Milford Sound – Where the mountains rise from the sea

It was hard not to have high expectations when visiting Milford Sound. Whenever I mentioned to someone about traveling to New Zealand, Milford was always mentioned in the conversation as a must see. When a place is so hyped up I try and lower my hopes, and as a...