Ballarat photographers share their view through the lens

Snap happy Ballarat photographers celebrated their work at an awards night on Tuesday. 

SNAP: Winners of the Ballarat Photography Group awards Jeny Trainor, Bridgette Earnshaw, Steve Demeye, Christine Thomson and Noel Verlinden. Picture: Lachlan Bence

SNAP: Winners of the Ballarat Photography Group awards Jeny Trainor, Bridgette Earnshaw, Steve Demeye, Christine Thomson and Noel Verlinden. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Ballarat Photography Group major award winner Steve Demeye said taking advantage of every photo opportunity had become easier with the improvement of cameras on smart phones. 

“Everything is a photo opportunity. When you do a lot of photography you tend to look at life through the lens of a camera,” he said. 

“I generally always carry a camera whether it be an iPhone, a DSLR, there is always a camera on me. Any camera is better than no camera. I will turn to the iPhone if I am caught short.”  

What makes a good photo? Mr Demeye said it was something that can be seen everyday, but presented in a different way in a photo. 

“It may stop them in their tracks and make them think, ‘I have never seen the lake (or whatever it be) in that way before,” he said. 

For fellow Ballarat Photography Group award winner Noel Verlinden, it is lighting that makes a good photo. “That is where the impact comes from,” he said. 

The Ballarat Photography Group will put their photos to the test at an inter-club competition against Corio Bay in two weeks before presenting them at the Victorian Amateur Photography conference in May.

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