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Peter Eastway is an Australian photographer known internationally for his landscape photography and creative use of post-production. A practising professional, he shoots editorially (mainly for Better Photography magazine) and works selectively in advertising and portraiture.

Peter has been involved in photographic magazine publishing for over 40 years, establishing his own title, Australia's Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. As a result, Peter and his websites are a wealth of information on how to capture, edit and print, offering tutorials, videos and inspiration for amateur and professional photographers.

Peter’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. He was the author of the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Landscape Photography. His photography has featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet’s guide to Australia, in articles in the Qantas inflight magazine, and in an international Apple television commercial. He has worked closely with Canon, Adobe and Phase One.

He was one of the featured photographers in the Tales By Light television series aired on the National Geographic Channel in Australia and produced in partnership with Canon Australia. It can currently be viewed on Netflix.

Peter Eastway is a Grand Master of Photography, a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. He won the 1996 and 1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Award. He is a WPPI Master of Photography.

He won the 2009 Kodak Award of Distinction at the international WPPI Print Competition held in Las Vegas, USA; the AIPP NSW Professional Photographer of the Year 2019 and the AIPP Australian Professional Nature Photographer of the Year 2019.

Peter’s early landscapes were primarily black and white, carefully printed and toned, but with the advent of digital photography, he has taken a leading role internationally, creating a New Tradition (the title of his book) of high quality imagery, and speaks about ‘invisible Photoshop’.

He is an ambassador for a number of international photography brands, including Canson, Eizo, Epson, Momento Pro, Phase One, SanDisk, The Edge Photo Imaging, Wacom and Zenfolio.

Peter speaks internationally on topics including landscape photography, Photoshop techniques, publishing and the business of professional photography.

Peter is in his sixties, rides a short surfboard, believes two skis are better than one, and in case you're buying him lunch, he is vegetarian.

Peter Eastway Major Awards Summary 

2019 AIPP Australian Nature Photographer of the Year
2019 AIPP NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
2019 AIPP NSW Nature Photographer of the Year
2018 AIPP Australian Photo Book Award
2013 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Commercial Photographer of the Year
2009 Kodak Award of Distinction, WPPI
2009 1st, 2nd, 3rd Landscape Category, WPPI, Commercial Category
2008 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2007 New Zealand Overseas Photographer of the Year
2006 AIPP Grand Master of Photography 
2005 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2004 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year
2004 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year 
1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 NSW Professional Photographers of the Year
1995 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1995 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1995 Master of Photography 
1986 Kodak Achievement Award
1986 Associateship of the AIPP

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Automatic cameras take 'good' photos most of the time, but if you want to take 'great' photos, you need to understand just a little bit more! That's why I have put together this series of introductory articles that are easy to read and understand. They contain all the essential facts that will turn you into a far more competent photographer. - Peter Eastway


Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography and a photography magazine editor with over 30 years' experience. Why is this important? Because it means you can rely on the information he provides in his Photo Atelier, a series of 50 free photography newletters provided weekly.  

An atelier is a studio or a space, especially for an artist, a designer or these days, a photographer. And traditionally, the way artists and photographers learned was by working under the watchful eye of a more skilled artisan, often in an atelier.

The Better Photography Photo Atelier is a series of short lessons focused on better techniques and stronger images. It covers all the basic issues Peter runs through when taking or crafting a photograph.

Here are some of the topics covered in the Photo Atelier

How to use apertures

How to use shutter speeds

Understanding colour balance

What are colour spaces?

Setting the black point and why

Macro photography basics

How to check your monitor

Squeezing your images

What is colour grading?

Luminosity blend mode

File transfer essentials

Getting exposure right

Portraiture lighting challenges

Photoshop examples: the tutu

Controlling highlights

Sharpening your images

Using autofocus for better results

Using the hyperfocal point

Diffraction and how to stop it

Lab colour mode in Photoshop

Blend If advanced layers

Metering and how it works

Portrait photography accessories

Mid tone contrast adjustments

Travel photography tips and tricks

Using the histogram

Printer profiles

Applying grain in Photoshop

How to create great B&Ws

Using actions in Photoshop


Explained Peter, "There are some things that we all need to understand as photographers. Many of these are 'forgotten' or never learned because our automatic cameras do such a great job. But understanding the craft and technique behind this automation is the only way you will advance your skills as a photographer.

"Photography for me is more than just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter. Everyone does that. You don't even need a camera, just a phone. I use the camera in my phone too, of course, for messages and social media. But what do you use if you want to express yourself?

"Over the next 50 weeks, I'll send you a little Photo Atelier. Some of the topics you might know already while others will hopefully be 'ah-ha!' moments when I'm able to fill in some gaps in your photographic knowledge and help you on your journey.

There are two newsletters. The Almost Weekly newsletter has a photo of the week and other things of interest.You may already be receiving this if you have joined the website previously.

The second is the Photo Atelier and comprises 50 emails over a year.

Your first Atelier should arrive within 15 minutes of subscribing, and then every week at roughly the same time.

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