Life in focus – World Photography Day 2022

Life in Focus


History of photography
The kind of photography we know today dates back to 1839. At that time, the French Academy of Sciences introduced the Daguerreotype which was a photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre, a French artist and pioneering photographer.

This groundbreaking process made it possible to create a highly detailed image on a sheet of copper with a thin coat of silver, and without the use of a negative – making it the first method for creating a permanent image with a camera.

The French government purchased the patent and presented it to the public as a gift to the world from France on 19 August 1839, marking the official birthday of practical photography.

From that point on, photography processes and tools have continually evolved from chemistry on plates to easily loadable films to completely digital photographs taken from our phones.

A picture is worth a thousand words
Photography is an art form and a medium of storytelling. A photograph has the ability to capture a place, an experience, an idea, or a moment in time.

With the rapid advancements in camera technology, photography has become one of the primary modes of communication in the digital world. Photojournalists, street photographers, documentary photographers, and even everyday folk contribute to sharing rich visual stories through photos, allowing us to learn more about events, places, and people from different parts of the world that we would unlikely personally encounter in our lifetimes.

Three basic photography tips
While photography is all about creativity, inspiration, and sharing your unique artistic vision, there are still a few fundamental rules to capturing the perfect shot.

Retired professional photographer and GemLife Bribie Island resident, Marshall Cass, knows photography like the back of his hand and shares his three top tips.

Work with the light
“Back when I was a kid and got my very first camera – the Kodak Brownie Box – we were taught by our parents to ‘keep the sun at your back’ – that rule still applies today,” said Marshall.

“Whether you are shooting with your smart phone or a camera, don’t take a picture straight into the sunlight, because it will create shadows in your image. If you don’t have a choice and must photograph into the sun, take your photos with flash to help fill in those shadows.”

Pay attention to the composition
“When you are taking a photograph, don’t just focus on the subject at hand, check what’s around it and be aware of your surroundings. Sometimes I see people taking photos on their phones and there’s a lamppost sticking out at the back of someone’s head,” Marshall said with a chuckle.

“It’s just simple things like moving a step here and there to get the best picture.”

Edit your image
“There are so many applications on phones and tablets which make it very easy to edit your own images, which aren’t that far off from what Photoshop can do,” said Marshall.

“It’s all trial and error really. With practise you can teach yourself to change settings – such as brightness and saturation – to see what works to improve your photos.”

GemLife photo competition closing soon

Time is running out to showcase your creative photography skills and stand a chance for your eye-catching photos to be featured in GemLife’s 2023 ‘A whole new life’ calendar.
Send your submissions to [email protected] by 30 September 2022 to avoid missing out.

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