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Interview with Ann Britton | GBPW Episode 163

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aerial outback photo by Ann Britton

In this episode, I speak with Australian photographer Ann Britton. Ann lives in a small town with a population of 301 people, where she owns a cattle business. Ann’s work is vibrant and authentic, fully reflecting her love for the raw Australian landscape.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Ann Britton’s life in outback Australia
  • Why taking photos regularly is important
  • How to take compelling nighttime photos

& much more!

This conversation shines a light on the lesser-known parts of nature where hills and beaches are absent. No matter where Ann is, she always finds inspiration. Her work is a great example of resilience and creativity. If you need a boost of motivation, this episode is for you!

Here is a preview of our conversation with Ann Britton.

drone shot of storm by Ann Britton

Q: What was it like for you to realise that you enjoyed taking photos in the outback?

Ann Britton: I grew up in the city because that’s where my dad worked from. Every school holiday or weekend, I was on a little farm. Both my parents come from farms, so that was in my blood.

When I moved to the middle of Australia, everything was new and it was fascinating. I felt that every photo that I was taking was history, because I love looking at old photos as well. Old photos tell a story.

Back then, there was no social media. I could take the photos when I went home and show my family and friends. Telling the story with the photo made it even better. That was where my love of photography came from.

cattle farm photo by Ann Britton

Q: What advice would you give to photographers who want to get better at astrophotography?

Ann Britton: You definitely need a tripod. There’s different ways. You can read. YouTube is very good.

I find for ISO, if you don’t want to get it too noisy, set it to around ISO 3600.

astrophotography by Ann Britton

Q: What does your approach to animal photography look like?

Ann Britton: I suppose I’m very lucky because I live where I live. Sometimes you just have to sit there and wait for the animal to come along.

If you have the opportunity to get to know the animal more, it’s a great advantage. There’s a lot of patience in it as well.

(This transcript was edited for clarity and length.)

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