My studio

Craig Turnbull

Advocate
Image: Craig Turnbull, Alpha 7 II (A7M2) My studio

Originally from Scotland, I emigrated with my family at the age of 11 to Brisbane. My first experience with taking photos was a couple of years earlier, using a small compact film camera around the docks of Aberdeen. I had no idea what I was doing, but was thrilled when I got the film developed and I could see the results of my adventures. Hard to believe I actually walked 3km from my Grandparents to the city centre all by myself at the age of 9. How times have changed.

 

It wasn’t until much later, in 2006 in fact, on the return trip from a holiday back to Scotland I bought my first Canon DSLR. I still didn't know what I was doing, but have since and continue to, spend countless hours learning all I can about the art of taking photos.

 

Some 6 years ago I started getting paid for my photography, slowly increasing to where now it has become a big part of my overall income. I’ve been self employed for nearly 20 years and it has been more important now than ever before to have multiple income streams.

 

In October 2017 I started running Phocademy photography workshops for beginners and beyond. Since starting I’ve hosted over 50 Brisbane photography workshops, and although quite nervous in the beginning, I now feel quite comfortable teaching small groups of like minded people. It has now become an enjoyable passion to pass on some of what I have learned during my journey to become a photographer.

 

In December of 2018, out of an interest in going mirrorless, I attended a Sony roadshow event, where they allowed you to get hands on with their Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras. I liked them so much, I bought one at the end of that night.

 

Then in January the next year I received a phone call from one of the Sony reps I had met back in December, and was asked if I would like to become a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate, running Sony workshops through their soon to be released Sony Scene platform. Of course I jumped at the chance and have been running both Phocademy and Sony workshops since.

 

What is in your camera bag?

Camera
Lens
Filters

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

My go-to is my Sony Alpha 7R III coupled with the 50mm f/1.2 GM lens, it's super sharp, fast and versatile. Whether I'm shooting products, or walking the streets of Brisbane, I know the results are going to be awesome.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

My most memorable moment is my very first hands-on experience with the Alpha 7R III during a Sony Roadshow event in Brisbane. So memorable in fact, I bought my Sony kit that very night.

 

My events and articles

Get to know your Sony Alpha Camera
Craig Turnbull
Craig Turnbull
27 Oct / 3 Nov
A$180

Get to know your Sony Alpha Camera

Brisbane City, QLD
Top tips for capturing an amazing cityscape
Craig Turnbull
Craig Turnbull
26 May 2020

Top tips for capturing an amazing cityscape

5 Tips for capturing images in low light
Craig Turnbull
Craig Turnbull
28 Sep 2019

5 Tips for capturing images in low light