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Thursday 23 March 2017 – Jim Price presents “What’s the difference between a camera club and exhibition print?”
Critique night: excellently and informatively led by Lisa, this is a popular night with many. Members submit images that can be experimental, which they are not sure about, or just want some feedback about. These are then discussed and feedback given in a positive and safe environment. The photographer then either takes this on board or ignores it, entirely at his/her choice.
This critique session saw some abstract images of mist, Autumn and a breathed-on camera lens from Colin, together with some experimental shapes and street scenes which may perhaps confound a judge reading from the traditional “photography rulebook”.
There was also some more existential debate about this image, “Like a shot to the head” by Dave Greenwood. Is this a photo of a wall with another artist’s work on it? Or does the perfectly timed addition of the lady and of the other couple, make it your own work?
Special Interest Group (SIG) night: It’s always a joy when members take over to lead on one of their particular areas of photography skill. Such was the case on Thursday as Neil took a strobist session on “painting with light”.
Gathering at a, now very rare, location with minimal light pollution, Neil showed how to combine non-specialist and readily available LED lighting with long shutter speeds, to create various different light effects.
He was also on hand to give advice as members split into teams to put the theory into practice. We had “fires”, orbs and light writing amongst others. A fun time was had by all and many skills learned.
Image: “Entranceway” by Team Hood
Ann Miles visited the Club on Thursday 6 October to present her talk entitled “DigitalArt”.
It was a very engaging talk starting from the very first photographic manipulations back in the 1830’s to the present opinions on photo manipulation.
Ann showed both prints and digital images of her own within the presentation and it was fascinating to see some of the images creation from the beginning.
Particular favourites of the members included a panel of landscapes that were created from sand patterns and another panel of old dolls. Whilst the images looked superb on the screen seeing them printed really brought the quality home and Ann’s choice of paper emphasised the images in just the right way.
Ann was educational, informative and very entertaining and a speaker that is highly recommended to other clubs that are looking for speakers for their upcoming seasons.
Members had been sent during the Summer, a number of base images reflecting landscapes, people and other as shown above. The challenge set was to use at least one of those images and combine with others to make a composite.
The main aim was to give members an opportunity to practice their processing skills and perhaps try something new. All images were viewed and a selection discussed in detail at the club night on Thursday 22 September. A few of the members volunteered to go through their photoshop techniques and discuss the layers in their image. It included what techniques they adopted and why.
Questions were answered and instant processing help given to less experienced members.The overall objective was well achieved: to advance everyone’s knowledge of Photoshop and the many different ways of approaching the same task. All came away having learned at least one new thing.
It is quite difficult to negotiate the speed of the horses, the quickly fading light at this time of year and the course railings. The general public also need to be taken into account; those taking 25:1 bets excitedly waving their arms and banging the fence on which you have carefully propped and prepared yourself for the golden moment of shutter click.
Unfortunately the bulk of us came away with a vastly improved understanding of how not to do it again, together with an improved esteem for the talents of those who specialise in sports photography. But this gave lots to talk about in the bar and there is always third time lucky next year….