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.

2017 Spring Print Exhibition

 

Member Profile: Nicola Pye

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Year joined DPS 2013
Signification positions held in DPS Secretary
Honours LPSNZ
Current camera Olympus OMD EM1
Favourite camera you have ever used/had The first one I bought myself when I was 16 – a Pentax K1000
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital? Digital
And why? Digital – you can afford to make way more mistakes or experiment more, at no cost.
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected? Projected
And why?
Because I’m cheap, stingy and lazy 😉 
How did you get into photography? My dad used to set up a dark room in the bathroom after we all went to bed, which made it seem so intriguing and mysterious.  I did photography at school for a year, but then didn’t really pick up a camera properly except to take photos of my babies. Decided I needed a hobby in 2013, so enrolled in the SIT Diploma in Digital Photography, and joined DPS then.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far? Probably the first weekend trip I went on with DPS, to Milford Sound – somehow I was roped in to taking on the secretary’s role, but it was also a lovely weekend away, with nothing much to do except photography and a few dishes.
What keeps you inspired with your photography? Setting projects and expectations – although I love taking photos, there often isn’t enough time in the day, or a good enough reason to make the time…if I have a set date to meet, I find it much easier to go out and take the photographs, and a deadline promotes desperate inspiration!  Sometimes our projected image of the month is the only thing that reminds me to pick up my camera…
Do you have a particular theme that would summarise your photographs? Eclectic and haphazard
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos? Anywhere stormy and dramatic
What piece of equipment could you not do without in your camera bag? After the camera, an extra battery or two
Do you have any advice for your fellow photographers?
Not really – but if they have any for me, please email it ASAP 😀

Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?
I don’t have any real favourites, but I do scan through Instagram a lot for ideas and inspiration, and Youtube is an endless source of useful videos (and quite a bit of complete rubbish).