NZPhotographer Issue 21, July 2019

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE IMAGE?

I love Tui’s and I’m always trying to get that

perfect shot of one – This one is my favourite so

far. It was a real lucky shot. I was actually in a golf

buggy in the car park at Wairakei (Taupo) setting

off for a round of golf and had put the camera in

the cart as the course has a predator proof fence

around it. My husband stopped the cart just long

enough for me to take the shot. I had the Tamron

18–400mm lens on and it was taken at full zoom,

using my knee as a tripod.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ‘AHA

MOMENT’ IN PHOTOGRAPHY?

I’ve had two which worked coincidingly. Shooting

in RAW (which I couldn’t do with my other

cameras), and using Lightroom. Definitely a

defining moment for me.

I’d used Photoshop for many years through my

graphic design background so I knew how to use

it, and had done some processing of jpgs but

I’d always felt a bit guilty doing this with my little

group of friends working straight out of camera.

Then I discovered RAW and read all the

arguments about processing. I bought Lightroom,

really for its cataloguing programme, but fell

in love with it. I stopped feeling bad about

processing photos and now class it as part of my

style.

WHAT TIPS / TRICKS CAN YOU SHARE

WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO ARE JUST

STARTING OUT ON THEIR CREATIVE

JOURNEY?

Find a friend who is also interested in

photography. Only a fellow photographer can

spend hours wandering around a garden, zoo,

or forest without getting bored after an hour.

They can stop a car quicker to get that shot too!

It’s good to have someone to bounce ideas off

and to help with the technical stuff. Other than

that, just go out every day and take at least one

photograph whilst getting to know your camera.

20 NZPhotographer

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