“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy.
This quote encapsulates photography for me—I strive to compose images that share the beauty of what I see when I’m out with my camera. Sometimes this involves using the digital darkroom to regain aspects of the image lost in translation. What our eyes see and what the camera captures are not always the same, particularly with regard to dynamic range. There are also times when I feel more creative, and put together composite or altered reality images. These are still grounded in the natural world and all elements incorporated in them are photographic in origin, captured by me.
Photography is an on-going learning process. I read books, magazines and online resources. I have learned to use Lightroom and Photoshop through watching online tutorials (those by Julianne Kost through Adobe are great) and by practising and trying things out. I still have heaps to I’d like to know how to do. I initially did a couple of photography courses with Bob Litchfield through UWA extension, which were very educational and inspiring. Through belonging to WAPF affiliated camera clubs, I have learnt so much from the judges’ critique on competition nights, from workshops, especially on weekends away, and from other members. Photographers form a very helpful and sharing community.
More recently, I have started doing judging myself. I did a course with WAPJA (WA Photographic Judges Association) and am now an accredited judge, mostly writing critiques for the country clubs in WA that are too far away from Perth to be able to have in-person judging.
Since moving to Bridgetown and joining the local camera club, I have been sharing things I have learnt. Mostly this has been through workshops for the club members. I have also run a couple of “Get Off Auto” courses aimed at club members and the general public.