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martin ollman

martin ollman



Martin is a freelance photographer based in Canberra, Australia. Available for contracts and assignments. Martin left traditional film photography 20 years ago – moved out of photo-journalism into computing and the internet and never looked back. Then, a year ago, he submerged himself in the digital photography revolution. He’d used Photoshop for 18 years but had never seen a digital negative file. It was a great revelation and stoked a unique understanding of digital tools and software, to say the least. Like riding a bike… a digital bike. The translation of processing and printing film to digital was as exciting as taking the actual photos and, just like printing in the darkroom, the digital process can still take as long with tricks ad infinitum. Discovering and playing with all of the different disciplines of photography has been exciting and rewarding for more than just Martin. Projected across our monuments for Enlighten, on the pages of nearly every regular publication in Canberra and making waves across the country, Martin Ollman’s impression of Canberra is helping to define it. Martin has contributed photographs and digital images, designs, artwork and editorial content to - Reuters, AP, AFP, News Interactive, The Fairfax Group, International Herald Tribune, Canberra Times, .net magazine, Internet & Comms Today, Internet Works, Future Publishing, FutureNet, Grey Worldwide, Computer Arts magazine, Edge magazine, Country Life. Over 2000+ published photographs - newspapers and magazines around the world. Multiple front-page photographs and winner of 2 national photographic awards. Some of the amazing people he has photographed whilst on the job include Micheal Palin, Joey Ramone, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte, John Gage, Gordon Brown, Arthur Scargill, Kylie Minouge, The Bee Gees, Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell, Peter Garrett, Nelson Mandela.
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D300
  • 8mm
  • 20-24mm
  • 50mm f/1.8
  • 60mm f/2 Macro
  • 28mm f/2
  • 180mm f/2.8
  • 300mm f/2.8

concert moments

Published March 18th, 2012

Various moments whilst photographing festivals and concerts

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Canberra Australia - The Nations Capital

Published March 18th, 2012

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of over 345,000, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. A resident of Canberra is known as a "Canberran".

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city. Following an international contest for the city's design, a blueprint by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins' plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory ...

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Macro Garden

Published March 18th, 2012

stepping outside no more than 10 meters from my house

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Published February 13th, 2012

Fantastic new service for Photographers - ImageBrief (

ImageBrief is a service, which allows art buyers to post an image brief and enables the site’s network of photography’s to bid for the work, looking to challenge image sourcing giants Corbis and Getty. ImageBrief offers an alternative to the leaders’ “outdated and broken” search library index.

ImageBrief is a no-spec platform borne out of the knowledge that there are amazing shots sitting in people's archives that never get seen while creatives are spending 100s of 1000s of dollars on stale stock shots.

Sign-up and you never know :-)

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Around 8,000 RAW files later

Published December 18th, 2011

‎July ‎12, ‎2011 - Is the day started using a DSLR for the very first time.

About a week later I photographed this scene at the Canberra Arboretum - it was the first time I realized what I had been missing with my crapy digital camera's jammed into phones and "compact" digital cameras.

In a sense it was the beginning of a new journey :-)

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