Craig Norris's Photo Gallery

Guest Photographer 4
Views from Victoria Peak
Views on the harbour
Views of Tokyo
Views of Taiwan
More of Taiwan
Portraits - Janet
Portraits - Janice
Guest Photographer 1
Guest Photographer 2
Guest Photographer 3
Guest Photographer 4
Guest Photographer 5
More from Michel
Guest Photographer 6
Guest Photographer 7
Guest Photographer 8
Guest Photographer 9
More from Grant
Guest Photographer 10
Guest Photographer 11
Guest Photographer 12
Guest Photographer 13
Guest Photographer 14
Joy of Dance
Australia Holiday
Industrial Photography
In the studio
Feathered friends
New arrival
Bangkok Holiday
U.S. road trip
Engagement Party
Hiking in Hong Kong
Oasis Dance Centre 2003
Family portraiture 1
Family portraiture 2
Family portraiture 3
Oasis Dance Centre 2004
Richard's wedding
Sally's wedding
My wedding
Outback Adventure 2009
Outback Adventure 2010

Jean Wong was on our first workshop in 2002, and had previously only used an Olympus zoom compact point and shoot camera.  Jean was already highly regarded as a good photographer by her friends because her "snapshots" usually had some attractive quality about them.  Jean certainly had a good eye for composition, but the subjects of lighting and exposure were only vaguely known to her, and so too the art of "framing" the image in the viewfinder was not so much in her mind.
Jean submits here the previous "best shot" taken before the workshop, followed by her best shot from the workshop's field trip, and includes her own "analysis" to explain the difference between the two photos.

"When I joined the course in May, Craig asked us to show him
5 best shots taken so far and he said that we would
take photos even better than our best shots after
the photography course."

"After the course, I've learned to see the imperfection in this
favourite photo [above].  Like most beginners, I concentrated too much
on the object of interest and I forgot to check that the
photograph had neat edges.  So some untidy wire has protruded
into the photograph on its left."

"Craig told me that this photo from The Peak is my best shot taken during the course.
Despite the buildings shooting up in a variety of ways, the edges of
the photo are neat and this helps the viewer to concentrate on the
drama of the setting sun's reflection on the water.  The drama of the
reflection was made possible by the technical superiority of a
single lens reflex camera which Craig has helped me choose and buy."

Craig's further comment:  I like the cyclist photo very much.  I didn't notice the wire on the left until Jean pointed it out.  The row of excited children behind the cyclist is very interesting, and the curve formed by the tops of their heads mimics the curve of the bicycle wheel, and contrasts with the straight edges of the steps, adding a bold graphic element to the whole composition.  My main problem with the photo is the fact that the sky is totally overexposed and therefore shows no colour or detail.  That is the only real detraction, in my opinion.   One technique to improve Jean's picture is simply to crop the image so that less sky is visible, and to remove the distracting element on the left.  I offer my example of Jean's picture, cropped, below.  This shows that one of the best pieces of equipment to improve your photography is a pair of scissors, or a scalpel and cutting mat.
All in all, Jean has done very well with a simple point and shoot camera, but now that she has an SLR, I expect even more impressive images from her in the future.

Photos on this page copyright Jean Wong.  All rights reserved.