Join John Smart on his journey from photo taker to photographer

“I’ve taken photos for as long as I can remember, starting with “instamatics” leading to SLR cameras with changeable lenses and the need to be frugal “snapping” photos in film. I got my first digital camera in 2004  – a Canon Powershot G3, a Canon D350 DSLR followed soon after and then a Canon D500 with an EOS 17 – 55 mm f2.8 Canon lens.  

Digital encouraged me to take even more snaps and re-enthused my excitement at looking through the lens and capturing an image that seemed magic to me at least. I now have the time to go beyond snapping photos and to try to develop as a photographer. This web site is intended to plot that transition or, hopefully, transformation. The galleries and photo shoots will be predominantly of my recent or new work. They should show improvement and progression over time. I’ve now upgraded again – this time to a full frame Canon 6D Mark 11 camera with a new set of lenses which, coupled with the power of post production editing, should help. There are many good digital images in my files from the past dozen years and they will also be featured from time to time alongside the occasional guest photo and audiovisual or video file.

I am the Beresford in TaylorBeresford (my middle name). Taylor was my sleeping partner until she inherited my Canon 500D. Now you can see her images labelled as taken by Taylor. We lived on a small lifestyle property near the provincial town of Whanganui in the North Island of New Zealand until recently moving into town where we plan to build a new home. Many of the galleries will feature local or regional or national images with the occasional international photoshoot. I hope you enjoy them and follow my journey from photo taker to photographer.”

John Smart