Red Tulip

Susan always has her camera with her ready to capture those many magical photo opportunities. As a result, she has taken thousands of photographs for use in all sorts of advertising design, magazine artwork, artist calendars, fund raising calendars, website design and original paintings.

Susan has a large collection of photographs from all over the world including:

  • West Coast scenes
  • Prairie scenes
  • Mexican beaches and sunsets
  • Underwater shots she took on her scuba diving trips.

Susan says:

I rarely throw any images away. What you may think is no good at the time, could someday be used as a wonderful background, or a cropping from a photo used in a painting. Chances are, as soon as you throw it away, you will think of a use for it.

Composition and focus are key to good photography. Take your time and really look at what your are about to photograph. Composition, the process of organising the elements and individual details of a scene into a balanced and pleasing arrangement is often a matter of personal taste. For example a photograph will always look better if the horizon line is not perfectly centred. Try having it either a third of a distance from the top or bottom. Is there a branch or power line in the shot that you don't need? Is there a glare off someone's glasses that can be distracting? Look at all the elements in the photograph.

One way to make sure you don't shake while taking a photo is to take a breath in and hold it while you click the camera, then release the breath. If you can make a conscious effort to be as still before and after the shot, then chances are you will have taken a steady shot. Oh ya, and no thumbs or fingers in the frame please!