Picture Perfect

In 2014 Australian photographer Peter Lik made history by fetching $A7.8 million for his black and white landscape photo, ‘Phantom’. The image was of Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

“The purpose of all my photos is to capture the power of nature and convey it in a way that inspires someone to feel passionate and connected to the image.” Lik said.

The essence of a good photo is its ability to connect with the viewer. All its elements should come together to create a story that elicits an emotional response from the person interacting with it.

Composition, lighting, subject matter; the right balance is crucial to bring these elements together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Some people have a natural eye and seemingly point and shoot to create a stunning photo. Most of us however can benefit from wisdom imparted from the experts.

The digital revolution has made photography incredibly accessible. After the initial investment in your digital camera (and a few accessories), you can experiment to your heart’s content at very little cost.

To really shine and produce extraordinary images, it pays to look further into your DSLR’s features. Dare to explore your camera’s features dial, away from the safety of ‘auto’. Some of the most striking images are created by manually adjusting exposure and depth of field.

Technology is only one side of the coin however. A good photographer has a certain way of seeing. They set up a photo knowing how to compose a good basic structure. It’s this knowledge that can contribute to a jaw-dropping result.

The compositional order of an image should result in a picture that grabs the eye of the viewer from a distance. Use of shapes, colours and contrasts, the play of light and dark, positive and negative space.

By committing to learning the fundamentals, your photography can transform from good to great. You might even ignite a passion that sees you transition from hobbyist to professional.

The Digital Photography short course at eCampus NZ is aimed at those wanting to learn the art of digital photography for personal interest or those wanting to branch out into a professional career. It covers theory and practice, with a series of projects covering a range of approaches.

Our flexible course start dates mean you can structure your learning to suit you. Put yourself in the picture and enquire about our photography courses today.