Behind the Camera: Mark Turner

_MG_6354fb3Who are you? Mark Turner. I’m a performing arts photographer in Canberra, Australia. I started taking photos about two and a half years ago and gravitated to performing arts from having a musical background playing in bands. I shoot for myself, BMA (a local music magazine) and I’m the resident photographer at an amazing venue called The Abbey (

How did you get started? A good mate sold me a heavily discounted Sony DSLR and I was instantly hooked.

What’s in the bag? Nikon D3s and D3200. Sigma 70-200 f2.8, Sigma 24-70 f2.8 and a Nikon 50mm f1.8. Plus strobes, softboxes, Yougnuo speedlight and the usual kit.

Which photographers do you admire?

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?

  • Fast Glass
  • Get in close and nail the emotion
  • Be nice to security

My favourite shot is? This is one of my favourite shots. It’s of a long time friend Charlie working the bass in his band, Captain Reckless and the Lost Souls. The composition, mood, colour just work for me. And he’s a good mate.

How can we find out more about you and find more of your work?

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