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  • Writer's pictureHelen McLeod


As a child I always had a fascination for photography, and on the odd occasion my mother would indulge me and allow me to take a photo (you must remember, this was in the film days and the process of buying, developing and printing from film was very expensive). I didn't have a clue that I would harbor a deep passion (some would call it an obsession) for photography.

For a long time I was dubious about digital photography so bumbled along with my trusty old Canon T70 and it's film. When a work transfer occurred so did the transfer of thinking - the change from film to digital photography was revolutionary. With instant results the trajectory of my learning, and I would like to think, the quality of my imagery took off in a skyward direction.

Why didn't someone explain to me that, although the switch from analog to digital capture could be a challenge, most of the basic photography principles were the same as they were when photographers used glass plates? Maybe I'm thick, but I thought things would be radically different with a digital camera.

The physical principles of lenses have not changed, of course the rules of composition have remained the same, and my love of landscape photography is still all about capturing the light.

However, to excel at landscape work, you have to realise that it is not just about being in the right place at the right time. It's also about knowing what makes the right conditions occur, and understanding the mechanics of photography enough to be able to capture the detail and nuances of light at the best possible moment. These will be discussed in future blogs.

Most important, though, is to just go out and play. There is always something that can be photographed, and always a way to make it appear unique and special in whatever light you have - to make your image uniquely yours.

"Believing is seeing". You need to believe in yourself, your abilities, and your imagination before you can see the unique imagery that is there.

With digital camera technology, if you can believe it is possible, you will see it. And if you can see it, you can capture it and create it.

This is where our landscape workshops can assist you and your photography, so why not come on board - we would love to work alongside you!

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