Sunday, October 30, 2011

Image magic: from daguerreotype to digital culture

Wow, now the world can see it! Here are scenes from beautiful Moreton Bay, protected from the Pacific Ocean by two huge sand islands, dotted with other smaller islands and with the vibrant urban culture of Redland City on its southern shores. These images by internationally renowned Redland photographer Julie Geldard certainly show why we are proud to call ourselves "Redlanders". Long live the Redlands!

THE Frenchman who is credited with taking photography out of the laboratory and into the world's mainstream culture would grin and grimace at the explosion of digital imaging almost two decades later.
Photography is now at society's fingertips, probably to a degree that Louis Daguerre would never have imagined.
Louis developed the camera with the most intriguing name, the daguerreotype (it's always a buzz to tap out a word like that).
At the time and for many decades, photography was a specialist skill and the property of highly trained practitioners.

NOWADAYS anyone can happily snap and show their handiwork to the world on the web.
The true professionals – remember how we used to call them 'shutterbugs' – are still clicking away, however.
Their work still carries the stamp of authority that says, "This is my work and my art," and it stands out in the proliferation of images like stars in the digital imaging universe.
Such professionals could be expected to look down their noses at the legions of amateurs but Wellington Point photographer Julie Geldard is delighted so many are recording the things that mean something to them.
"It's wonderful to have more and more people experiencing this magical world and capturing beauty; it makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy," she says.

JULIE, a highly accredited and awarded photographer with about 15 years' experience, advertises her "Master your Camera" classes in the training and tuition column.
She says use of just the programmed automatic camera settings gives control to the camera, rather than the operator; she shows how an understanding of camera functions can improve the images.
"I encourage the photographer to see magic moments, how to enhance their subject with many techniques such as leading lines, and how to not distract from their subject," Julie says.

SHE holds "ongoing and affordable practical workshops" weekly for participants to maintain their skills and advanced half-day workshops in specialist areas.
Weekend and overseas "photographic extravaganzas" to destinations including Thailand, the Greek islands and Africa are also on the agenda.
“One develops a second sense for that fleeting fantastic moment when a great shot is enhanced by light or a captured emotion to take it from good to breath-taking,” Julie says.
"My aim is to teach the technical skills, then enhance the creative skills to give each participant a life-long pathway to photographic growth and enjoyment," Julie says.
“One is never alone in the world with your camera.”

Thanks for joining me to meet the people in the marvellous community of classified advertising; this article has appeared in The Redland Times.

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