NZPhotographer Issue 25, November 2019

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Whether you’re an enthusiastic weekend snapper or a beginner who wants to learn more about photography, New Zealand Photographer is the fun e-magazine for all Kiwi camera owners.

TESSIE AND TOMMY

Back in 2005 I decided to try and learn Photoshop, this

being my biggest learning curve relating to photography.

I am pretty good at learning new software, but Photoshop

was a step too far for me in terms of learning intuitively. It

happened because I had to have foot surgery and knew

that I was going to be pretty immobilised for a couple

of months so I purchased a book called “Photoshop

Classroom in a Book”. It had 20 tutorials in it, each lasting

1–2 hours. I worked my way through it. It was a really good

start but now there are so many courses online, YouTube,

books, e-books to help people learn new skills.

I think my biggest limiting factor now is time.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING

PROMOTING YOUR WORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

I am not very good with social media – I tend not to

spend a lot of time on it. Getting lots of likes and/or

followers is not really important to me. I would rather

sit with a group of friends and get some good honest

critiques of my images.

AS CHAIRPERSON OF THE JUDGE

ACCREDITATION PANEL, WHAT TIPS CAN YOU

SHARE WITH READERS?

Get feedback from someone you respect and admire

who has a good knowledge of photography. That

person should be able to enunciate what the image

communicates to him or her, and why. They may or

may not have recommendations you might consider,

which to their mind, may make the image a stronger

one. All this needs to be put in a way which honours

and respects both you and your work. Having friends

and family say that they like it, is perhaps good for

your ego, but is not really helping you grow.

If done properly, I believe that critiques help you

grow as a photographer. It is very difficult to be totally

objective about your own work.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?

www.instagram.com/shonajaray

www.facebook.com/ShonaJaray

www.shonajaray.com

albums.excio.io/profile/Shona

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