About Shane Baker
I’m an enthusiast photographer living in Perth, Western Australia. I have an interest in photography going back as far as I can remember.
My photographic interests are broad; although if pressed, portraiture and landscapes are probably first among equals. My favourite photographers include Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh, Elliott Erwitt, Sebastião Salgado, W. Eugene Smith, and Australians Max Dupain and David Moore.
Like many of my generation, my first photographs were made with a box Brownie, until the family acquired a Mamiya SLR. My own cameras have included Nikon and Olympus in the film era. I now now use a Nikon D800 and a Fujifilm X100s.
I am a fervent believer that photographs are made in the camera. That said, I have used Adobe Lightroom, Nik software
(mainly for black and white conversions) and occasionally PhotoShop on my Mac to achieve appropriate responses from my audience when the “out of camera” file doesn’t match what I saw. However, late in 2015, I made a big decision and switched to Phase One's Capture Pro
, and intend moving away from Lightroom.
As much as I like posting images to this and other sites, I love producing a printed image. The results from my Epson 3880 are stunning, and I get a real buzz from framing these prints - as well as producing photo books on special occasions.
As friends and family will testify, I’m a compulsive educator. I enjoyed teaching an evening course in digital photography at the Erindale Community Education Program in Canberra in 2012 and 2013, and am planning educationally-orientated ventures in the future.
My blog (which is updated less often than it should be) is called Miscellaneous thoughts of a photographer
I’m privileged to be a life member of Canberra's Southside Camera Club
, and was Club President in 2010-11. (If you’re in Canberra and are looking for a friendly photography club, feel free to drop in!) Late in 2015, I joined the Swan Valley Camera Club
The images on my Folio page are some of my better images. As I develop this site, I will add to my folio - and so I hope you will continue to visit!