Member Profile: Simone Jackson

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Year joined DPS 2015
Signification positions held in DPS Council member
Honours NZIPP Masters with 1 bar
Current camera Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 & 3 and 2 old EOS 35mm Film cameras
Favourite camera you have ever used/had Probably my old Canon EOS 50E … LOVED that camera
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital? Film, but I only do digital now. Yep, I’m a hypocrite 😛
And why? Sooo much nicer look than digital, and editing digital takes a ridiculous amount of time in comparison. On the flip side, I find digital less expensive to make mistakes with and learn faster!
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected? Print
And why? Being a tactile type, I love seeing the actual print/paper … and have to hold my hands behind my back to not touch!
How did you get into photography? My big OE helped me want to capture what was in front of me. And then working for a tourism company in Queenstown and I kind of fell into it. Later I trained under a wedding photographer, which I really loved and still do.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far? Helping out when the judges were judging the 45th Dunedin Festival of Photography. Listening to their comments was amazing, and I love hearing the comments & critique with the projected and print comps every month, great learning!
What keeps you inspired with your photography? Constantly being interested in different genres, whether it’s portraiture, landscape, wildlife or weddings, there are no restrictions on learning! Age, gender doesn’t matter!
Do you have a particular theme that would summarise your photographs? Not really as I’m learning so much, my style changes regarding what’s in front of me.
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos? I’m super fortunate to be a one year volunteer capturing the Northern Royal Albatross at Tairoa Head, which is the only mainland breeding colony in the world. The two unforgettable highlights were, when the chicks were hatching, and when some fledged right in front of me one windy day. This makes up for hanging out on the edge of a cliff in freezing winds! The goal is to capture emotion which is not easy as birds can’t smile lol! So it’s their body actions. The biggest challenge is that they have very little detail in the down/feathers.
What piece of equipment could you not do without in your camera bag? Dust cloth! It gets very windy on the Peninsula!
Do you have any advice for your fellow photographers? Have an open mind to learning a genre of photography that you normally may not be interested in. My hubby once said to me; “Can you do some landscapes”? Biggest mistake ever for him, as before that I was only doing weddings. Photography after that became a whole new world 😀

Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?
My interests change so I Google a few things when needing advice. But I do not follow other photographers if I can help it. Otherwise their style will influence me.
Any other comments? My goal is to get more familiar with Photoshop, not just Lightroom.