Who 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 (www.theabbey.com.au).
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?
- Matt Allen (Silk Imagery) silkimagery.com/
- Michael Comerford (Just Great Photos) slice-of-life.smugmug.com
- Onur Ka (Gallery Burlesque) galleryburlesque.com/
- Brett Sargeant (D-Eye) facebook.com/pages/D-eye-Photography/451001441637599
- Luke Morris lukemorris.com.au
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?