In a f lash

Fol­low Lach­lan Moore’s ad­vice for pho­tograph­ing peo­ple and mov­ing ob­jects and you’ll get a great shot ev­ery time.

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What’s the se­cret to tak­ing a great por­trait?

When you cap­ture a unique ex­pres­sion or ges­ture that taps into the sit­ter’s in­ner self, it’s a spe­cial moment. It can’t be forced; al­low­ing them lat­i­tude to de­liver what only they can is key. Speak to your sit­ter as a per­son and take the time to show gen­uine em­pa­thy and in­ter­est in their story.

When trav­el­ling, what’s your ap­proach to pho­tograph­ing peo­ple in the street?

A smile will go a long way, es­pe­cially if you don’t speak the lan­guage. One of the most valu­able skills you can ac­quire as a pho­tog­ra­pher is to read body lan­guage and use your own in a pos­i­tive way. Don’t take 40 shots – take two or three and thank them for their time. The Olym­pus OM-D is a great cam­era for street and travel pho­tog­ra­phy be­cause of its size. When you raise it to your eye, it doesn’t look in­tim­i­dat­ing.

What’s your ad­vice for be­com­ing a bet­ter pho­tog­ra­pher?

Be true to your­self and shoot what ex­cites you and brings you the great­est plea­sure. Aim high and sur­round your­self with like­minded peo­ple who you can bounce ideas off. Mis­takes are okay. With­out them, we wouldn’t learn the les­sons we need to dis­cover our great­est po­ten­tial.

How did you cre­ate th­ese images?

I’ve al­ways wanted to pro­duce a shoot like this. In this in­stance, us­ing the shut­ter speed to stop the pow­der in its tracks was not go­ing to work. In­stead, we opted to use a com­bi­na­tion of re­duc­ing the am­bi­ent light and a re­ally short flash du­ra­tion of about 1/12,000 to en­sure a sharp im­age with no move­ment what­so­ever. This way, the flash froze the sub­ject as op­posed to the cam­era. It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to freeze mo­tion. There’s an el­e­ment of the un­known be­cause ev­ery frame is dif­fer­ent.

Choos­ing pho­tog­ra­phy as an ex­tra elec­tive sub­ject in year 12 set Lach­lan Moore on his fu­ture ca­reer path. The owner of Mel­bourne’s Rokeby Stu­dios uses an Olym­pus OM-D E-M1 Mark II cam­era to cap­ture light and move­ment.

Olym­pus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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