One of the best and most fun ways to learn new techniques and meet other inspiring photographers, especially if you’re just starting out, is to interact with the photography community in your local area or country. Here are some suggestions on how you can get involved with like-minded creative such as yourself.
- Attend an event or exhibition – Various venues and galleries hold photography exhibitions, and sometimes the photographers are actually there to discuss their work and answer the audience’s questions. These are also a chance to mingle, meet other photographers, gains some inside tips from the experts, and view some truly inspiring photos.
- Take some lessons or a photography course – Many photography schools around New Zealand offer short or semester-long courses in everything photography related, from learning how to use your brand of camera, to photographing landscapes and the use of different lenses. You’ll learn new skills and make friends in the photography world, so check online for local courses in your city. Jackie Ranken and her husband Mike Langford run the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography, which regularly runs different lessons and courses to suit the needs of everyone, from beginners to professionals.
- Online competitions – There are plenty of online photography competitions held monthly and yearly, and many are online. Canon’s World of EOS has Photochains, Photo5, 1Wall, and People’s Gallery, and they accept entries from anyone with a compact digital camera, entry level SLR or professional camera. Of course, Flickr is another great online community for photographers to display, comment and share each other’s work for free.
Getting involved with the photography community online or in person is a great chance to learn and share what you’ve learned or taught yourself. Whether you love SLR cameras or compact cameras, there’s a place out there for everybody’s work to be displayed and shared. You can also visit the Photographic Society of New Zealand’s website at http://www.photography.org. nz for a huge range of information on events, competitions, photography tutorials, camera clubs, societies and galleries.
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