A king parrot at the Queens Park Nature Centre by Lesley Vickers.
A king parrot at the Queens Park Nature Centre by Lesley Vickers. Lesley Vickers

#SnapIpswich: Today is the day to get snapping

WE live in one of the most beautiful regions on the planet.

From our breathtaking views and historic buildings to our stunning parks and gardens, Ipswich has so much to photograph.

So to celebrate what we have - and to build our community pride - Queensland Times launched our #SnapIpswich campaign - a social media initiative to promote what we all love about living here.

And today #SnapIpswich will culminate in a big day of snapping. We want everyone to capture images of our incredible region and share them through our hashtag.

Lesley Vickers - tiny frog taken at Kholo Gardens.
Lesley Vickers - tiny frog taken at Kholo Gardens.



Budding photographers will be joining similar quests in capital cities and regions across the country as part of the News Corp initiative in partnership with Canon Australia and Harvey Norman Photo Centre.

All you have to do is snap with your phone, hashtag your post #SnapIpswich and share on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Here are some tips from renowned landscape photographer Jenn Cooper to capture sensational snaps.

"Make sure you get to the spot half an hour before sunrise or sunset to get set up and watch the different lights change," the Canon Collective ambassador says.

Cookie Kookaburra at Blackstone.
Cookie Kookaburra at Blackstone. Lesley Vickers



"Look for a shot that has something interesting in the foreground. This brings a sense of perspective to the shot. Reflections are great to bring interest into the shot."

Ms Cooper said to think about storytelling when taking a photo - and consider markets for new faces and different cultures.

She also said camera settings were also crucial to taking a top photo.

The old house next door to St Paul's Church, Ipswich.
The old house next door to St Paul's Church, Ipswich. Lesley Vickers



"If you're just starting out turn the camera to AV mode, this will let you play with the depth of field, in terms of how much of the shot is in focus, while the camera does the rest."

If you are shooting with a mobile phone, make sure you lock in the focus and aperture by pressing and holding down on the screen where you want your focus and lighting to be.

Of course, you don't have to stick to just scenery.

Perhaps, there's a great character in your town who would make a beautiful portrait. You can also share photos of your family, pets and anything that you think is unique for your suburb.

Bremervale, Park Raceview.
Bremervale, Park Raceview. Lesley Vickers



Just remember to use the #SnapIpswich hashtag and ensure your post is public so we can share it with others.

We will gather the best of the photos posted on our Facebook page to create beautiful online galleries for all to see on our website and in our paper. So let's all get snapping and share the beauty of Ipswich.
 



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