Stuart Gibson

I was born in Tasmania in 1983 and I became a photographer around 2003, although I’ve always loved cameras and filming. It wasn’t until I borrowed a friend’s Canon EOS 5 that I fell in love with still photography, the quality amazed me! Shooting on 35mm slide film was a true test to learn the skills to become a photographer.

A fellow Tasmanian and professional photographer Sean Davey was my main inspiration and mentor. He’s always keen to lend a helping hand, which I’m ever so grateful for! But I think to become a great photographer it’s not really about who inspires you, but more what inspires you. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the finer detail all the time, but that’s where you will generally find the key elements that make a memorable image. I’m still learning so much in the photo world but I’m having so much fun doing it. I truly can’t think of a better job.

My main passions are surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. But my photos are more than 90% surfing, or in the water in some way. I was practically born surfing so it’s hard to be away from the coast for too long. My life as a photographer consists of traveling, swimming, sun, and sitting behind a computer – a lot!

I’m in the process of swapping to Nikon, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag while I test some gear, but here’s a pretty standard kit for me to take on a surf trip:


Canon 5d mark 3, Canon 1d mark 4, Canon 7d, Nikon D800


Canon 8-15mm f/4 fisheye
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 24–105mm f/4
Canon 70–200mm f/2.8
Canon 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

ND grads,
ND 10 stop (Lee Big Stopper 10)

Water housings:

AquaTech Waterproof Housing, for the Canon 1d mark 4, 8 inch big dome for split shots etc.
SPL Waterproof Housing for the Canon 5d mark 3 and Canon 7d
SPL flash attachment housing


Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Charger for when I’m off the grid.
Canon 580EX II
PocketWizard Plus II Triggers
2 x hard drives
Sandisk 64GB cards

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  1. stu gibson on March 17, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Thanks Alex, im still in the process, juggling between both brands, i got a chance to use a D4 and loved it, then the d800 blew me away for landscapes, Nikon are being really good with shooters that are looking to make the switch, giving some options so the transition isnt such a huge initial investment.

  2. Axel Brunst on March 16, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Inspirational collection of work Stuart. – I am not that much of a gear geek, but wondered what made you switching to Nikon?

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