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“The concept of photography changing your brain is kind of cool.” – Introducing Grant Galbraith

I have felt a great sense of pride over the last few weeks, when reading the Success Stories that Easy Way students have been sending in.  Thank you to those of you who have had the courage to share your story with me!

As a teacher, there is no greater reward than to hear that my students have taken those tools and techniques and used them to overcome the obstacles, achieve their goals and find a greater passion and joy for the art of photography!

 

That’s enough about me – it’s time to introduce Grant Galbraith and share his ‘Success Story’.

 

Grant Galbraith

I began my association with Adam several years ago after meeting him at the 2013 Focus Awards and spent some time discussing the images we’d entered. At this time, before Easy Way, Adam ran courses at Dee Why RSL and his home. I attended a couple of the courses, which formed the backbone of what you see today as Easy Way.

“From memory, I attended Adam’s Intermediate and Creative courses.”

“I’ve always been predominantly a Lightroom user, and I prefer its uncomplicated approach to many tasks.”

Grant uses radial filters to control light and finds the cloning and healing tools superior at times to Photoshop. He describes it best as software that gets out of the way and lets you explore and immerse yourself in an image, experimenting and trying new things in an intuitive way that brings out your creativity.

 

“That said, incorporating Photoshop into my workflow has taken images to the next level, and that is where Photoshop and Adam have made all the difference.”

It was the simpler techniques Grant has learnt that he refers to most often.

 

You might think that adding an auto curve layer is relatively straightforward, but things like applying layers and masks were a bit of a mystery to me, and Adam’s easy style made these simple to understand and become part of my regular workflow.”


On the more advanced side, Grant often uses the image manipulation techniques that he has learnt from Easy Way to improve an image’s composition. Things like image transformation and adding or moving objects.

 

“Interestingly I do this less and less these days, so I have become less of an alchemist than I used to be.”

Entering competitions has always been something Grant has enjoyed, and he has been fortunate to have some success over the years.

 

“This is again where Adam’s insight has been invaluable. I highly recommend watching any of Adams talks or courses on what makes a winning competition image. It changed the way I see images and, indeed, the way I shoot in the field and compositions I see.”

 

Grant think it’s fascinating how photography changes the way you see the world. Things, like looking at a scene and visualising a final image. Knowing where you need to move to make the composition better, and visualising what that looks like before you move. These are skills that develop over time and eventually we see the world differently day-to-day.


“The concept of photography changing your brain is kind of cool.”
The four images Grant has chosen to share with this article have won competitions and awards in recent times and the past. You can read more about their specific successes at his site https://g6foto.net/awards but what he’d mainly like to share is what they mean to him on a personal level.
“I love capturing the dance of water and light together and have found that this best occurs in a monochrome format. I am also drawn to unique places like Bombo Headland in NSW. If you have never been there, it is a mesmerising location during a large swell. I try to visit there at least once a year and often spend time during and after the shoot to sit and soak in nature at its most powerful and awe-inspiring best. The shot shared won the Landscape category at the 2018 Sony Alpha Awards and is taken behind the large basalt columns with the ocean spilling over into the old quarry.”

Waterfalls have a similar effect on Grant, and the image below has brought him recent success in competitions, winning the Landscape category at Better Photography, and the Dark and Moody Award at the International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

I love nothing more than to stand at the bottom of a fall and take in the feeling of water falling around me, but this image offered something very different in that it was shot some distance away from across a mist-filled valley. It was such an exciting morning as the mist swirled and created patterns around the falls. I stayed for hours, taking it all in.”

The other images Grant has shared are more creative efforts which he loves exploring and are a nice contrast to more traditional landscape images. The city image has won categories at three significant awards, including the Places category at this year’s AIPP Silver Lining Awards. Captured with intentional camera movement, it is a single capture image which often surprises people.

“The charcoal sketch and textured look come from techniques I’ve learnt from Adam and brought out the vision I had in my head when I first captured the image. I’d like to thank Adam for the kind words he shared about this image on his YouTube channel. It’s always a special moment when other artists connect with your work and really ‘see’ one of your images. Cheers mate.”

The final image included is an increasingly rare event for Grant in that it is in colour and includes a textured layer from another image. There’s not much here that hasn’t been manipulated, and it is more of a creative vision than anything else. It hasn’t won a competition but did receive a gold award at Better Photography a few years ago.

It is an image that forms part of a slowly evolving series of images that began in 2014 that I call ‘Lost in Translation’. Without going into too much detail, they explore who I am as a person. In concept they are much like the images that you may be familiar with from Adam, and I believe we may have drawn some inspiration from each other over the years as these have evolved. This one is called ‘Towards Hope’ and is my favourite from the series and the images I’ve shared here. It tells a deeply personal story and is an image I turn to for inspiration and hope.”
Thank you so much to Grant for sharing his inspirational ‘Success Story’. I hope that you enjoyed hearing about one of our fellow Easy Way Students, as much as I did! I have really enjoyed reading about the stories behind Grant’s imagery and really appreciate that he has shared his story with us all. Keep up the beautiful work!

Sharing and celebrating success, teaches, inspires, challenges and motivates others to achieve similar goals and we would be excited to share your success story with fellow students at Easy Way Photography.

Perhaps you have succeeded in mastering sky replacements or created your first composite image. Or you have found the courage to enter your first competition.

If you feel that you have succeeded in any way and in doing so, would like to give others a great sense that they are not alone on their photographic journey, we would be excited to share your story. 

Please provide a brief summary of your success story, to be considered for an interview to be featured on the Easy Way Photography Blog, Facebook Group, Instagram, Facebook business page and via email to Easy Way Photography subscribers.

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Take care,

Adam

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