How Can Brent Mail Help You?

Hi, my name is Brent Mail – Pro Photographer. If you want to improve your Digital SLR Photography then this site can help you. You will find many great photography tips, articles & videos, and I take you behind the scenes on real photo shoots, plus you will learn the essential ingredients for creating great pictures, every time you press the shutter button.

Make sure you signup for my free photography course, and weekly photo tips here.


Who is Brent?

I’m a full time AIPP accredited professional photographer, which means that I make my living only from photography.

I am a lover of great photography – this means that I love to look at great photographs – especially fine-art images & landscapes that really have an emotional impact on me. I love images that move me!

I also love the outdoors – especially the ocean, a good Thai curry, fun, adventure, travel and of course a custom hand-crafted espresso latte. Mostly I love to share my passion for photography with others.

Photography teacher & mentor

This is the reason why I have created this website, to teach you everything I know. I also teach,  more of  a “show and tell” at a school in my area.I love to share my knowledge & passion for photography with others.

Recently I was asked to become a photography business mentor for a young photography business owner, and I’m loving sharing my business experience with her too.

Photography workshops

I run a number of photography workshops throughout the year, and love to help people understand the art of photography. This is my chance to interact with my students and get some valuable feedback, which I incorporate into my training videos.

Successful studio owner – Capture Imaging Photography

I started and run a small boutique photography studio near the beach in the quiet seaside town of Anna Bay, Port Stephens (about 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney, Australia).

My business is called Capture Imaging Photography, and is run by people who are passionate about creating personal art and bringing joy to all those we meet. I have hand picked my crew, and we all love what they do, as you will see once you come into our studio for a coffee and a chat.

Award winning photographer

How can you be sure that you are an expert in your field?


The best way to gauge this is to enter your very best prints into a photography competition. Not just any photography competition, but a professional photography competition where you compete against the best professional photographers in the country. I have been doing this for a number of years now and have been lucky enough to win a few awards.

In Australia this prestigious organisation is called the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and every year they run the Australian Professional Photography Awards.

With these awards comes points, and once you accumulate enough points in a certain time frame you become an associate with the AIPP, and then a Master Photographer. I received my associate status in 2011.

I love hanging out with other great photographers too!


The gang – me, Varina, Jay and Johny were having so much fun while recording the Ultimate Landscape Photography Course at Fingal Spit.

Contact Me (and my support team):

Studio 02 4981 9659 (Wed-Fri, 10am – 2pm)

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8 Responses to “About”

  1. November 29 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Brent,
    I have taken a few courses in photography for the past three years and I have researched through the internet everything related to cameras, lenses and basic skills required in this field. You have no idea how confusing these past years of learning have been! You sent me recently a copy (free) of The Essential Photography Skills and I wished I had something like that three years ago. I love the way you teach your tutorials. You make it look easy and by providing good examples (the “how”), leaves no room to confusion or more questions. Great pedagogy Brent! I highly recommend this course for those interested in becoming a good photographers.
    Thank you.
    Marcela Lastra

  2. Jo-anne November 3 at 2:09 pm #

    I started your courses last week but somehow it’s telling me that I have completed them, but I know I haven’t. Is there some way I can redo the ones I haven’t done? I found the others to be quite helpful with my photography. Hoping that you will be able to help me. Thanks.

    • brentmail November 3 at 11:30 pm #

      Hi Jo-anne, yes its very easy. Simply click on the RESET LESSON button at the bottom of the video for each lesson. Also, it doesn’t matter that you have clicked the COMPLETE LESSON button, you can still re-watch the completed lessons as many times as you like. Cheers, Brent

  3. Albert Wells October 16 at 1:25 am #

    Is there a photography gene? According to my lady, I suck, big time at taking pictures. I don’t seem to have the eye for composing the shots and when I take the time to try…esp. with her in the picture… the backlash is loud and long, as she does not want to left waiting and losing the pose and facial expression which she only holds for a few moments.

    When it comes to landscape photography, I enjoy the beauty, but have not ever been successful at capturing it with a camera. I just started with a Fujifilm SX-1 bridge camera, since getting into a full-frame digital world with all the lenses is still to far out of my budget, but it does allow full aperture/shutter control. Can composure be taught, or does one needs an artist’s eyed to observe the right shot and then bring the correct lighting, exposure etc. to the camera to keep that moment in time permanent?

    • brentmail October 16 at 2:17 am #

      I think composition is a skill that can be taught, as well as the mechanics of how the camera works. The camera and leses are just tools, like a painters brushes and canvas.
      You still need to get into a creative “zone” to create amazing images, and there are all sorts of techniques to get into that zone. Checkout a book called The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
      Enjoy. Brent

  4. July 8 at 3:02 am #

    Hello Brent. Just signed up for your photographing kids course. At one stage I was given the option of loading this down. I was unsuccessful in doing it. I spend a lot of time in the interior of B.C. where there is no internet access, so having it on my computer would be very helpful.. Can it be done, and if so your help would be appreciated.
    Gary MacKenzie

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