“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.
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 NEPG, my local camera club, 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.