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Camera House : Better Pictures 10
FINE ArT PHOTOS Feature Creative Masters CANON EOS 7D JaCKie’s LaNDsCaPe toP 5 tiPs 1. Avoid merges, where two or more shapes come together and create visual confusion. 2. Create shapes and graphics that you can use to make interesting compositions. 3. Less is more: less confusing shapes, less bright distracting areas. 4. Keep it simple. Make your subject strong, simple, sharp and well-exposed. Be aware of any distracting elements, and try to take it out, especially when it’s on the edge of frame. 5. Experiment, then choose the best shot later when reviewing on a computer. A superb enthusiast camera from Canon, the 7D delivers an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor alongside the DiG!C 4 image processor to provide brilliant image quality with superb colour tones. The 19-point AF provides razor sharp images and an ISO range up to 12,800 ensures low light images are a snap. The inclusion of HD movie recording makes it a great travel companion. “When I am working on a series it’s important that the series work together. It’s important to edit out the images that don’t fit in. As a whole, the printed images should be stronger when seen together on a gallery wall, or seen in a fine art book.” Ranken is also known for her aerial work. From 2001-2003 she embarked on a series of aerial photographs taken around her hometown of Goulburn, NSW. “It was called ‘Aerial Abstracts’. The images I then, in 1977, a framed print with race details cost $22 and I received $3 commission. It was a great first job.” Today Ranken’s images sell for considerably more than $3 and the photographer finds her inspiration in places other than the racetrack. Her work as a landscape and fine art photographer is world-renowned. When asked what inspires her photograhy, Ranken quotes painter Margaret Ollie: “the love of doing”. She explains: “I am at my most settled when I have a camera in my hands and have the space, the time and the light to make photographs and print them. made displayed my natural response to abstract shapes, lines, textures, and shadows as seen from the top of a loop looking down on the ground from 1000 feet. My father, Dick Nell, was my pilot and his antique biplane was my flying tripod. We made the photographs while flying a loop because the bottom wing was getting in the way of my lens (and it was a lot of fun).” More recent work shows Ranken’s continued love for “the abstract and the surreal”. “I push most of my landscapes into monochrome plus texture layers. So the advent of the digital darkroom suits me. At present I am really enjoying the multiple exposure features in my Canon 5D MKIII. “My current fine art landscape work is broken into classic themes. Rocks, grass, trees, water, clouds and objects in the landscape. “ Ranken once said that ‘creativity is more about CANON EF 100mm F/2.8 mACrO USm lENS This entry level Macro lens by Canon ensures macro beginners and enthusiasts will get great results. The Ring USM provides fast and quiet Auto Focus for sneaking up on your subject and this lens delivers life-size (1x) magnification. Those who prefer more control can opt for full-time manual focusing. The large fast aperture delivers a wonderful bokeh. 11
Better Pictures 9
Better Pictures 11