Chemainus artist provides photo tips

Chemainus artist Cim MacDonald brought a slew of breathtaking blown-up photographs with her to the Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat’s Art Show, last week.

Chemainus artist Cim MacDonald

Chemainus artist Cim MacDonald brought a slew of breathtaking blown-up photographs with her to the Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat’s Art Show, last week.

MacDonald’s delving into photography is a relatively new medium for her.

“I’d take photographs to paint from,” she said. “Then, there were photographs I was taking that I couldn’t make any better.”

In addition to selling her pieces, MacDonald is quick to provide some tips for fledgling photographers.

• “Take lots of photos – don’t take just one,” she said. “Think of changing the angle of your camera for a different perspective.”

• “Learn what your camera can do. They can do some neat things.”

• Always be ready to take a photo.

“I carry a camera pretty well everywhere I go,” she said.

• Experiment.

“That’s one thing I like to do, experimenting,” she said.

Although she has expensive camera gear herself, MacDonald said that even the simpler cameras can do neat things.