IS IT TIME TO SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A DIF­FER­ENT LENS? WITH SPARE TIME UP YOUR SLEEVE OVER THE CHRIST­MAS BREAK AND PLENTY OF CUTE KIDDIE/ CHRIST­MAS SUB­JECT MAT­TER AVAIL­ABLE, PER­HAPS IT COULD BE TIME TO START LEARN­ING (OR HONING) THE ART OF PHO­TOG­RA­PHY?

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Whether you aim to be­come a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher or just want to en­sure your fam­ily pho­tos al­bums are up to scratch for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of your fam­ily, learn­ing how to han­dle a cam­era and all the as­so­ci­ated tech­nol­ogy, are great life­long skills to have. HOW? There are plenty of ways to learn the art of pho­tog­ra­phy, from se­lect­ing your sub­ject, tak­ing a photo and edit­ing it to per­fec­tion. Novice pho­tog­ra­phers can learn some of these skills without even leaving their homes via the power of the In­ter­net. If you’re in­ter­ested in the paid route how­ever, TAFE and other col­lege-style in­sti­tu­tions for pho­tog­ra­phers of all lev­els and ages. If you think you’ve got an eye for the craft and you’re ready to move onto the next step be­yond tak­ing cour­ses to en­hance your photo edit­ing skills and ul­ti­mately help you cre­ate photographic works of art. If you’re look­ing for a more low-bud­get ap­proach, www.meetup.com hosts a large range of pho­tog­ra­phy groups across Bris­bane, Gold Coast and By­ron Bay with a wide va­ri­ety of sub­ject mat­ter. You’ll learn from be­ing with like­minded in­di­vid­u­als who will no doubt help you with any ques­tions you have. WHAT? Get­ting prop­erly set up in pho­tog­ra­phy can be pricey if you are in the mar­ket for a good cam­era body, a range of lenses, SD card, cam­era bag, photo edit­ing soft­ware – the list goes on. But, like ev­ery­thing, there are cheaper ways to go about it. For in­stance, how se­ri­ously have you taken your smart­phone cam­era lately? While we know them with friends, the hum­ble smart­phone cam­era can re­ally pack a punch these days. At the very least, your smart­phone cam­era will teach you the art of fram­ing your sub­ject well. There are even re­ally cheap and cheer­ful add-on lenses for smart­phones as well as a macro and wide-an­gle lens kit, each for just for $12.99. In fact, you can re­ally kit out ($19.99), il­lu­mi­na­tor lens ($29.99), blue­tooth re­mote ($9.99), ro­tat­ing panorama stand ($9.99) and even a fun kalei­do­scope lens that’s cur­rently on sale for just $2! These add-ons make great lit­tle gift ideas for Christ­mas and will give you and the kids rea­son to spend qual­ity time to­gether dur­ing the school hol­i­days as you bond over cap­tur­ing that killer shot. WHEN? There is ob­vi­ously no set age to be­come a pho­tog­ra­pher, how­ever emerg­ing Bris­bane pho­tog­ra­pher Brent Luztke says he started at age 11. Brent be­lieves start­ing kids into pho­tog­ra­phy from young en­ables them to ex­pand their cre­ativ­ity as well as pick up valu­able cam­era and com­puter skills. The sooner you pick up a cam­era the bet­ter you will be­come ear­lier. Sim­ple. WHERE? You don’t want to go to all that work be­hind the hard­drive in the cup­board or in a dig­i­tal cloud op­tions when it comes to shar­ing and dis­play­ing your pho­tog­ra­phy: • Dig­i­tal photo frames. Rather than hav­ing to choose just one im­age to put in a stan­dard frame, why not have hun­dreds, if not thou­sands, on ro­ta­tion? Try Har­vey Nor­man or The Good • Photo books. These make great keep­sakes,

es­pe­cially when built around a theme eg. that ser­vices that al­lows you to play with sep­a­rate page de­signs. And the sites gen­er­ally store your dig­i­tal pho­tos also have a back-up copy. Here’s a hot tip: Many of the big­ger pho­to­book up to cel­e­bra­tory events like Mother’s Day, Valen­tine’s Day and Christ­mas. If you aren’t in cent. For an even sim­pler op­tion, Chat­books will turn your In­sta­gram, Face­book and mobile pho­tos into hard copy books with the click of a few but­tons, from just $8. Easy. • Trin­kets and gifts. Which Nana doesn’t love her grandies printed on a mug? Or a be­spoke Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion fea­tur­ing a photo that ju­nior took him­self? And Pop could al­ways do with a new stubby holder fea­tur­ing his beloved fam­ily. Nowa­days, the hard­est de­ci­sion you’ll have to make is what gift you want your photo now do­ing pho­tos printed on blan­kets! • Apps. If you want to give your images some ‘wow’ fac­tor be­fore shar­ing them, there are more apps avail­able than you can count pix­els in a dig­i­tal photo. WordSwag tem­plates will have you turn­ing your spe­cial photo into an even more spe­cial piece of in­spi­ra­tional word art in just min­utes. A Beau­ti­ful Mess and In­staQuote are sim­i­larly pop­u­lar op­tions. Canva does the same - you can make your pho­tos into cards, pre­sen­ta­tions, posters, blog graph­ics, brochures and more. These are all great op­tions for rel­lies this Christ­mas. • Prints. You might think that hard copy prints have had their day but tell me one per­son who doesn’t love look­ing at that per­fect, happy mo­ment, caught in a lens, printed on glossy pa­per and at­tached to the fam­ily fridge via mag­nets?! There are also many, many op­tions for turn­ing your best so­cial snaps into trendy square the best op­tion for your re­quire­ment. So there you have it. A lit­tle bit of photographic in­spo to get you and your fam­ily ex­cited about your cam­era these hol­i­days. Just re­mem­ber that prac­tice makes per­fect so pack your cam­era for ev­ery oc­ca­sion – you never know when that win­ning shot will pop up!

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