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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
A freelance writer living and loving in the northern beaches of Sydney...travelling, writing, outdoor activities, gardens, and Pilates are a few of my favourite things. Visit me www.potpourritravels.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/potpourritravels/
Published June 19th 2016
Snap-happy? Sign up for Shutter Fun

"Composition is king" says Joe Moreno, accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. I'm at a tutorial in the city, courtesy of the camera store where I bought my new toy . The room is full of thirty or so of us, all keen to learn a little more about the capabilities of our new cameras; to decipher the numerous dials, letters and numbers that cover every side of it. Seems we're a nation of snappers; whatever your tool - iPhone, iPad, compact point-and-shoot, DSLR with several sized interchangeable lenses - we all love a great photo.

camera class
Joe Moreno of SmarterDigital Photography


After three hours of dialling ISOs, adjusting WBs, learning about the A, S, P, and M settings, I have much more understanding of its potential, regardless of mine. With renewed enthusiasm and focus (sorry about that) I sign up for one of Joe's walking tours of the city, capturing street architecture. There's plenty to choose from - night photography, sunrise and sunsets, walk Hyde Park and Blackwattle Bay, to name just a few. I opt for the group tour, but private lessons are also available.

people moment
a moment in Martin Place


We meet in Martin Place on a grey showery morning, not the best photographic weather I would've thought. Instead, "the even light is perfect as a sunny day creates so much contrast, so many shadows", says Joe. "Move your feet, get down low, find a different angle, get in close and fill the frame, walk around the subject" are his tips. "I'm always looking for reflections, patterns, people moments that pass in a second" he says.

black and white street scape
black and white street scape


The three hours flew by. We covered areas of the CBD I never knew existed, and walked down laneways filled with birdcages.

Angel Place
Birdcages in Angel Place


One laneway had a car on the wall. I didn't just see high-rise buildings; I saw shapes and patterns that wouldn't ordinarily jump out at me.

car on wall of building
car mounted on a wall


I don't want to take 4000 average shots, I want to take 40 memorable ones, I decide.

That moment after purchase when we open the box to reveal our new piece of technology can be a heady mixture of exhilaration and mind-numbing fear. It doesn't have to be. Sign up for a course and enjoy every moment you capture.

fountain
fountain on slow shutter speed


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snap-happy or not, I got caught up in the buzz of it all. let's 'enjoy every moment we capture.' well put.
by lois (score: 2|114) 1192 days ago
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