Gary Smith Dip Photo Imaging FAPJA


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I started dabbling in photography back in the late 1970s using this as an adjunct to my engineering research for Holden and my maritime archaeology hobby; never seeing or understanding the creative aspects to photography. At the time I was using a Nikonos 4 SLR film underwater camera.
A life-changing event caused me to begin exploring my creative side and I joined my first camera club in 2013. That same year Ford announced that it would leave Australian automotive manufacturing; this was followed within the year by both Holden and Toyota. Toyota’s closure enabled me to complete my Tertiary Studies of Photo Imaging as part of my retirement package.
In 2015 I joined the Australian Photographic Judges Association with a view to improving my photography; since then, I have completed Level 6 training and have judged at numerous camera clubs, State, National, and International competitions.
As a photographer, my main interest was in capturing the natural world, so landscape and nature were my preferred genre. However in the last few years, I have started exploring other genres such as portraits, macro, and star photography, more recently I have been exploring abstract and creative images and now I am delving into time lapse and audiovisual as well.
Currently, I am heavily involved in photography administration having served on the committees of the Warragul Camera Club and VAPS, currently, I am serving the APJA where I am the Training Director, where I see this as the most important photographic position and my mission is to provide highly trained photographic judges.



• Image Evaluation
• Photoshop and Lightroom editing
• Art design and Colour Theory
• Depth of Field
• Copyright in Photography
• Ethics in Photography
• Macro Photography
• Monochrome
• Genre specific workshops on:

o Landscape
o Aerial Photography
o Sports Photography