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5 tips for taking stunning photos at this year’s NSW Seniors Festival

5 tips for taking stunning photos at this year’s NSW Seniors Festival
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The NSW Seniors Festival is a photographer’s dream, abuzz with activity, awash in colour, and full of vibrant visitors taking in the spectacular art, music and theatre and exhibitions.

But as any smartphone snapper knows, capturing all that action on a pocket camera is no easy feat.

Here, we look at some of the highlights from the upcoming Art of Ageing exhibition, and consider the simple techniques that make the photographs so successful. Follow these, and your Seniors Fest photos will shine.

The Art of Ageing will be on display at the NSW Seniors Festival, which runs from 12 – 23 February. Don’t forget your camera!

Don’t stress about your gear

Don’t stress about your gear
Julie Slavin

Great photos require great subjects – not a great camera. This photo of Angie and Paul Bell with their twin grandchildren, taken by Julie Slavin, shows what can be achieved with a simple setup when you get the timing just right.

Engage with your subject

Engage with your subject
Julie Slavin

Let your subjects talk, give them a prop and don’t be afraid to have fun. This photo of Graham Gibbons finds him at home in his shed, and his sense of ease with the photographer and his surrounds shines through.

Get a move on

Get a move on
Julie Slavin

This photo captures yoga teacher Eve Grybowski’s natural athleticism with a strong sense of motion. Keep moving when taking pics to get a variety of lively shots.

Remember the ‘Rule of Thirds’

Remember the ‘Rule of Thirds’
Kerri Ambler

The Rule of Thirds is a well-known composition technique. Divide the frame of your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Then, place your subject along one of the lines to increase visual interest. The Rule of Thirds is on display in Kerri Ambler’s carefully balanced photo of actor Geoff Morell.

Make the most of natural light

Make the most of natural light
Kerri Ambler

Light is the lifeblood of great photos. Make the most of natural light at different points throughout the day to give your photos depth and warmth. This photo finds Leca and Brett at home in Molong basking in golden afternoon sunlight (note the Rule of Thirds at work!)

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NSW Seniors Festival

NSW Seniors Festival

If you’re over 60, NSW Seniors Festival gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at an array of local community events, many which are free or heavily discounted. Find out what’s happening at seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au.

Can’t make it to Seniors Festival? The Art of Ageing visits 46 locations across NSW from next month. Find out when it’s coming to your community at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/artofageing

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