For Manor Lakes photographer Justin Sloan, creativity is not the only requirement when it comes to capturing images.

Sloan, 31, said he believed technical ability and camera use also contributed to composing an image.

“It takes a lot of planning, preparation, hunting a great location, sometimes hiking and then enough knowledge to obtain the perfect depth of field, exposure and, of course, composition,” he said.

Sloan’s first exhibition, Breaking Light, will be on show at the Saltwater Community Centre in Point Cook until November 24.

Sloan was surprised to sell three images before the exhibition even opened, but had to put a stop to pre-show sales after realising he may not have enough photos for the exhibition.

The exhibition includes several shots taken at the You Yangs Regional Park and Sloan said he was on the hunt for more Wyndham locations to photograph.

He said he enjoyed landscape photography because of both its beauty and educational opportunities.

“It gets me out to some great locations, and the learning curve is surprisingly continuous so it also keeps my needs of learning occupied,” he said.

Details www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/arts.