#YourStory: Getting To Know Diane Beguely

Diane, tell us about yourself and your journey into photography...

When I was 12 and living in New Plymouth, we went on a school trip to Wellington and Christchurch. I took my parents box brownie and photographed some of the places we visited. I still have those photos and think that's when my interest in photography started. Over the following years I took photos with the film cameras I owned, these were mostly family photos.

My first digital camera, a Canon point and shoot, was given to me by my son and daughter in law. I gave it a really good work out when I visited China where there was endless photo opportunities. My real interest and passion grew when I purchased my first DSLR, this opened up a whole new photographic world and enabled me to extend and grow my photographic journey.

"Dewy Rose" by Diane Beguely

My husband and I are both retired and we enjoy getting out and about in our motorhome. Travelling around our beautiful country (New Zealand) presents lots of photographic opportunities, especially travelling the back roads. We have 3 adult children and seven grandchildren who have all suffered me pointing the camera at them on numerous occasions!!

"Vivian Falls Harker Reserve" by Diane Beguely

What has been your biggest learning curve in photography and how have you overcome that?

My biggest learning curve was mastering the focus triangle. I attended night school classes to help with this and after a number of either over or under exposed images I got to grips with it.

"North Beach Westport" by Diane Beguely

What are your main principles in photography?

My main principle is to keep it real. By this I mean that I don't like to do a lot of editing - I want my photos to look natural and prefer to get my shots right in camera.

What advice would you give to others for developing a photographic eye and seeing more photo opportunities around them?

Try visualising things as a photo and not just as a building or a scene for example. Look at things from a different angle as your subject will often look better from another angle, for example, get down low and then look from above. Also look behind you - we always see things in front or to the side of us, turning around will often give you a better photographic opportunity.

"Beauty in black n white" by Diane Beguely

What tips can you share with photographers who are only just starting out or have perhaps been stuck with point and shoot cameras for some time, too scared to confront a DSLR and and/or all the camera buttons and menus?

To start with, I recommend just getting comfortable and familiar with your camera on auto mode. Read your camera manual. I find the information in the camera manual very helpful and easy to follow. You can also join a beginners workshop, it is great to spend the day with other newbies and get the required knowledge from the experts giving you the confidence to go further with your camera and all its settings.

"Wharariki Beach" by Diane Beguely

Out of your photos on Excio, can you choose a favourite?

My current favourite photo uploading on Excio is in my South Island 2020 collection. The shot is called River Bed and it was taken as we were driving through the awesome Arthurs Pass earlier this year. I like the patterns and colours in the river bed, the little skiff of water and the surrounding misty hills. This photo was taken on my cell phone as we were driving so I was pleased with the result.

"Arthurs Pass" by Diane Beguely

What's next for your photography journey?

I really like black and white photography so would like to improve my skills in this as I like the textures and tones in black and white photos. Any tips or advice from fellow members would be most welcome!

To view more of Diane's work, view her Excio profile online or on the Excio app on your phone.

"Purple Beauty" by Diane Beguely

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