A Sensible Backup Strategy

I have added a new article on backup – how to set up a simple but robust system using one external hard drive, one NAS box and one software application.

AIPP Travel Photographer of the Year 2014

Nick has been awarded the title of Travel Photographer of the Year by the AIPP at the Australian Professional Photography Awards, Australia’s most prestigious pro event. The images in the title above are from the entries but all four winning images are posted below, with their awards. You can click on the images to see hi-res versions.


New Dehli – Gold


Taj Mahal – Gold


Taj Mahal – Gold Distinction



Chandelao – Silver

Bhutan – March 2015

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Photo Tours Abroad have added a Bhutan trip to their catalogue and have invited me to be the Guest Artist. If you fancy a top quality, small group photo trip to Bhutan then you can find full details here.

Bhutan 2015

The group will be a max of 6 photographers and based on previous trips of this type, that’s a perfect number for maximum flexibility and comfort. These trips are all about getting great images, everything we do is based around being in the right pace at the right time. To this end we hire experienced guides who are also ‘fixers’ so if we need access to a certain place we can usually get permission – or at least ask in the correct manner.

New Article – Mixed White Balance

I have posted a new article about how you can use more than one White Balance within the same image. This is particularly useful when shooting in the shade to escape the harsh sun.

Mixed White Balance

Image Library now online

Kangaroos available from Image Library

I have moved my Image Library to a new system, with a much nicer layout and easier to use Licensing system. All my images are available for commercial use.  Please click on the Photo Library link in the top menu to go to that part of the website. More and more images will be added over the coming weeks…

Image Library of Hi Res Files

Nick Rains’s Image Library contains high res imagery of a wide range of locations, including Australia, SE Asia, USA, Europe, India, China, Mongolia etc. All images are delivered suitable for reproduction at A3 size, RGB format and 300ppi.

Instant Delivery

Once a license is purchased, un-watermarked image files can be downloaded right away – great if you are up against a deadline.

Registered Users – Please Note

Hi – it’s been brought to my attention that currently registered guests cannot access the new website articles with their normal log on details. This is because your registration details from the old site have not yet been ported across to the new database structure. Apologies for that but until I do so the best way to access the restricted content is to simply re-register. I hope to re-import everyone’s details very soon.

New Articles

There are now over twenty photography articles published on this site and many are new – from articles published in print magazines over the past few years.

Photo Fundamentals Seminars

New Courses – Photo Fundamentals.

If you are relatively new to photography and would like to get your head around the core concepts of digital photography and what they really mean, then this is for you. A full day course examining ten different fundamental concepts, each of which will help you shoot better, more controlled images. The seminars are in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.


Photographer’s Eye book now in Second Edition.

My most successful book to date  – Australia – A Photographer’s Eye – was released a few months ago in a Second Edition with loads of new images and new locations mapped out for photography. I have just added it to my Product pages – it’s $54 including postage within Australia.

Bunker Bay Workshop – full

As usual this workshop has proved very popular and right now (2/7/14) it’s full. We do run a waiting list because places sometimes do become vacant, so please email us. The waiting list is strictly on a first come first served basis.

There are still a few places left for the Freycinet Workshop in November – similar workshop, different venue – so if you missed out on Bunker Bay, maybe a trip to Tassie is in order…