Jon Morrison

Commercial | Last Updated: June 24, 2023

Scottish born Jon Morrison trained as a photographer in the British Army during the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Upon leaving the Army he set up his own commercial photography business and 10 years later he moved to Australia, in particular to the beautiful island state of Tasmania.

Jon can often be seen with his gear anywhere from mine sites, shooting from aircraft or in his studio shooting models or products (although you will never see him shooting a wedding!).

With the subtle humor and mild manners of Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Jon can usually be found consuming single malt whisky and reciting Monty Python passages. It is said this releases his creative and technical genius as a commercial and advertising photographer, and obsession with all things labelled “Nikon”. Some say he should permanently be behind a camera due to the fact that nobody can understand his Scottish accent.

Jon has 2 exhibitions in galleries in Tasmania which showcase his fine art nude photography (guide).

The bag is a Pelican Case, very tough and waterproof.

Starting with prime lenses there is the Nikon 200mm f/4 Micro which I find ideal for product shots and sometimes use it for headshot portraiture.

Next is the Nikon 85mm f/1.8D. This is mostly used for full length fashion and fine art nude work. I feel the focal length is too short for portraiture.

Then there is the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, really great in low light. It is also sharp enough to shoot product work as well.

Finally the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 – great for interiors and special effects when shooting fine art nudes.

The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 is ideal for shooting social events and interiors – very much a workhorse and very versatile. The big brother is the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, probably the lens I use the most – also a workhorse just because it is such good quality and very fast.

The Grand Daddy is the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 – “The Beast”. This is the lens I use the least but when I need it, the quality and functionality are superb and it does the job so well. I have often heard this lens is a legend in the making – I think the legend is made.

Camera bodies consist of a Nikon D3x, Nikon D800 and my trusty little compact Nikon Coolpix P7100 for personal use (all Nikon of course).

1x Nikon MC-36 Remote Shutter Release and 1x Pelican Card Holder for 4 CF cards (Waterproof.)

As for lighting on location, I often use the Nikon creative lighting system (CLS) with a SB-900, SB-800 and 3 x SB-600’s.

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