Exposure

Exposure: Ben Dickson

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Exposure is a series of photo galleries showcasing photographic talent in Australia. If you are interested in being featured in Exposure, or know any photo buffs who might be, join our Flickr group and contact us at cnet@cnet.com.au. Exposure is now a free iPad app available for download from the iTunes store.
Ben Dickson

(Credit: Ben Dickson)

Photographer: Ben Dickson

Speciality: landscape, wedding, portraiture

Biography: Ben is a young and aspiring photographer based in Newcastle. He trained as a graphic designer after finishing high school and has worked in Sydney and Melbourne. Since moving back to his hometown, he has shifted his focus to photography and has become a successful wedding photographer over the past 18 months.

Ben has also produced promotional stills for bands, portraiture clients and commercial clients. After recently returning home from a world trip with his partner, Ben has chosen to share some of his favourite images from the trip. Although he grew up with digital photography, lately he has been experimenting with film.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 EF L Series, Canon 17-40 EF L Series, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX, Canon 580EX II Speedlite, Pocket Wizards

More of Ben's work can be seen on his website. Watch our interview below with Ben for an insight into his creative process and inspirations.



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sullyname posted a comment   
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I love the stiaircase shot! your pics are really nice....

 

CharlieC posted a comment   
Australia

Love your work

 

Sparkle58 posted a comment   

Inspring in depth and vision, well done! Would love to know what PP you use.

 

Sparkle58 posted a comment   

Inspring in depth and vision, well done! Would love to know what PP you use.

 

BenD2 posted a reply   

Thanks for the kind words :)

Is there any photo in particular that you wanted to know the post work on..?

 

Sparkle58 posted a reply   

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I love all of the posted shots and it's a rare thing that I don't have absolute faves. You've got great style. If there's one photo I'd like to practice emulating it's the Vatican staircase shot. I appreciate you taking the time to share...

 

BenD2 posted a reply   

The Staircase shot is possibly my favorite from the entire trip. Its one of the most photographed places in the city so its quite difficult to try and be different. I took multiple angles but this turned out to be my favorite. Shot at 17mm to exaggerate the angle i used cs5 and content aware to remove two people who were walking down the stairs. Other then that i used Lightroom to convert to b&W and just adjusted curves and contrast. Then finished with a bit of a vignette to frame the picture and really show the spiral. I hope that helps :)

 

Sparkle58 posted a reply   

Certainly did Ben, thanks again. Now to get out there and see how I go in the field.

 

Sparkle58 posted a reply   

Certainly did Ben, thanks again. Now to get out there and see how I go in the field.

 

BenD2 posted a reply   

The Staircase shot is possibly my favorite from the entire trip. Its one of the most photographed places in the city so its quite difficult to try and be different. I took multiple angles but this turned out to be my favorite. Shot at 17mm to exaggerate the angle i used cs5 and content aware to remove two people who were walking down the stairs. Other then that i used Lightroom to convert to b&W and just adjusted curves and contrast. Then finished with a bit of a vignette to frame the picture and really show the spiral. I hope that helps :)

 

Sparkle58 posted a reply   

Certainly did Ben, thanks again. Now to get out there and see how I go in the field.

 

Sparkle58 posted a reply   

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I love all of the posted shots and it's a rare thing that I don't have absolute faves. You've got great style. If there's one photo I'd like to practice emulating it's the Vatican staircase shot. I appreciate you taking the time to share...

 

BenD2 posted a reply   

The Staircase shot is possibly my favorite from the entire trip. Its one of the most photographed places in the city so its quite difficult to try and be different. I took multiple angles but this turned out to be my favorite. Shot at 17mm to exaggerate the angle i used cs5 and content aware to remove two people who were walking down the stairs. Other then that i used Lightroom to convert to b&W and just adjusted curves and contrast. Then finished with a bit of a vignette to frame the picture and really show the spiral. I hope that helps :)

 

Sparkle58 posted a reply   

Certainly did Ben, thanks again. Now to get out there and see how I go in the field.

 

Canberra Photographer posted a comment   

Congrats on your feature Ben, great work here and a worthy aspiration working for National Geographic. Those who have say that while it's far from an easy job, indeed some have said it's terrible at times (think leeches in jungles for weeks at a time), the rewards and experiences ultimately are priceless. Good luck.

 

BenD2 posted a reply   

It would be an amazing experience, But i am sure the list is long, and full of older and much more experienced photographers. Ill keep working towards it though and hopefully one day ill be in Patagonia photographing a rare breed of Alpaca :)


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