Social Worker, Jane, shares an update about her photography hobby and some fab photos she has taken:
Hello – I’m Jane Surman and I work as a Supervising Social Worker in the Ringwood Office. I’m often telling my carers how important it is to ensure they have some time to themselves, so this is what I do in my spare time, when I’m not social working!
I took up photography just a few years ago really for something to do and to get me out and about. Well it has certainly done that and I have made new friends also through groups that I belong to on Facebook. I enjoy taking all sorts of photo’s really, usually landscapes, the new forest or flowers and animals.
I started off by learning the basics, and attended a couple of workshops run by the local college, which got me going on the right track. I then attended some one day hands on tutorials with a local photographer (Chris Button), who runs some excellent forest and coastal days out, and was able to gain someone to one teaching to help me learn the settings and the essentials for beginners.
I started off using a basic bridge camera and now have a Nikon DSLR camera which can link up to my pc and helps me to take brilliant shots. I have often been asked ‘what camera do you have, as you take great photo’s’ Well there that’s like saying your oven bakes a great cake! Anyone can learn to take a good picture and you don’t necessarily need an expensive camera to do it. Many phone camera’s these days are brilliant and most have some editing software on to crop etc. I think one great tip I would give is to consider the background before taking any picture, a great picture of your child can be ruined by items in the background. You can always cut out some background to some extent
I have yet to make any sales on my photos but I am working on it and that is my next step. I’m in the process of getting some framed up for display and hope to be able to sell some locally at a later date. I have also entered local small Facebook competitions and entered a local exhibition, with another one coming up in September in Totton whereby I am submitting 2 pieces of work. I have also had a picture published in the local paper and often send some in for them to use.
Photography is a great way to relax and get out in the sunshine (or under the stars!). There are some great digital photo magazines out there and some great tutorials on you tube to get you started. So grab your camera or your phone and get snapping.