Mark Galer has a distinguished photographic career and has ridden the wave of the digital imaging revolution since its inception. He has always aligned himself with ground breaking ‘state-of-the art’ imaging technologies to explore new photographic possibilities. Mark is a seasoned professional photographer, educator, and author. Mark served as a Senior Lecturer of photography on the highly prestigious BA Photography Program at RMIT University in Melbourne for 14 years and was the Program Director during this time. He has written 30 photography books for the International publisher ‘Focal Press’ and over 160 magazine articles. Mark is a former Adobe Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand (14 years service) and has been a Sony Digital Imaging Ambassador for Australia for over six years while embracing the Mirrorless revolution.
They say we date our cameras, but marry our lenses – Mark had dated many cameras in his long career, including the original Kodak DCS in 1991 (the first DSLR), the first Alpha A100 and the Sony A7RII, A9 and A6500 cameras that he currently uses for most of his commercial, editorial work. He assures us, however, that he will now be forever wedded to the love of his life – his Sony G and GM glass. Mark is a passionate global adventurer, storyteller and experienced photographic educator. He is currently based in Melbourne Australia, when he is not on assignment shooting, or passing on his wealth of experience to fellow photographers.
Mark Galer is British by birth and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. ￼
Mark acquired a passion for travel when he circumnavigated the world by motorcycle between 1986-1988 while writing and illustrating articles for the news media, motorcycling press and charitable publications. His work has subsequently appeared in numerous international publications over the years and he is a recognised author for Focal Press with thirty books to his name. Although the vast majority of his work is commercial, he occasionally exhibits personal work such as at the Lumens festival in 2012 where it was screened in Suzhou, Jiangsu and Federation Square, Melbourne and is building a personal collection of abstracts called TimeScapes.
Mark has been a leading educator since 1990 and is a former Program Director of BA Photography at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is an authority on both capture and post production workflows and freely shares this information on his personal website www.markgaler.com
The Long Way Round: Profile in Australian Photography Magazine
From Digital Photo Pro, see the full interview here
In the 1980s, Mark Galer probably couldn’t imagine the photography world looking like it does today. A college student at Wolverhampton in the Midlands in the UK, Galer was immersed in the world of analog photography. He had originally planned on being an illustrator and a graphic designer, but found photography to be a better fit with his self-described “restless nature.”
Now Galer is an accomplished photographer, an educator and an Ambassador for both Adobe and Sony. A master of Photoshop and Lightroom, he has authored more than 30 books on photography and workflow, some of which are used as textbooks in digital photography classes around the world.
But, in 1980, he was a new graduate with a degree in photography and a need to develop his business. “I originally intended to be a graphic designer,” he says, “but was drawn by the immediacy of the photographic medium. I graduated in 1980 and have called myself a photographer ever since.”
- Cameras: A7RIII, A9, A6400 & RX100V
- Zooms: FE1635F28ZA, FE 24-104 F/4 G, FE70-200F4ZA, FE100-400GM + 1.4X Teleconverter
- Primes: Fe 24 F/1.4 GM, FE35F28ZA, FE55F18ZA, FE85F18, FE85F14GM, FE90M28G
- Flash: HVL60M, HVL-F45RM, HVL-F20M + Radio Wireless Flash System