Next Monday we will be joined by Terry Hewitt who will share with us his thoughts on the 80+ images selected for entry to the third competition of our season, ‘Patterns and Shapes’. This departure from our familiar rotation of competition themes attracted a strong response and entries have been restricted to 2 mono and 2 colour images.
Our speaker, Rob Evans could surely hear the excited chatter in the pub about his presentation as he travelled back down the M6 to Birkenhead.
Rob is a highly successful photographic artist, specialising in composite image making and the creation of ‘real’, surreal and fantasy images. His presentation did feel like a magic show and his enthusiasm and impassioned desire to share with members his knowledge of photoshop, its huge potential, and the procedures he uses to create his kind of magic was refreshing and inspiring. His advice to members that they should create images for their own pleasure and look for inspiration in the work of others struck a note and will, I am sure, inform their work and increase their enjoyment of photography.
Rob has been invited to come back to Lancaster for a more in-depth, learning day. This will, hopefully, slot into our emerging programme of Saturday workshops.
A huge, ‘thank you’ to Ruth, her willing lieutenants and her enthusiastic models for what was a hugely successful, club night.
There was much to learn about different studio set-ups, artificial lighting, remote camera triggering, dialogue with models and camera craft in studio settings, both by observing other members at work and direct involvement in front of the models with camera in hand.
Ruth is a passionate advocate of studio photography and will no doubt seek to provide further opportunities for members to increase their knowledge in this area and acquire the confidence to use the society’s equipment on other occasions.
We have promised to provide the dance school with a portfolio of images from the shoot well before Christmas and we will provide information at our next meeting on how members can forward their best images to Ruth.
Members were treated last evening to a well prepared and thought provoking presentation by the photographer and artist, Adrian McGarry. His message that 'the smartphone has come of age as a serious photographic tool’ was supported by a detailed introduction to the accelerating technical advancements in smartphones and associated, imaging software.
Adrian explained, with examples, the surprisingly powerful and inexpensive apps, many of which are free, he employs on his iPhone and iPad to create impressive, competition standard images. He also shared with members his approach to street photography, and the camera craft he applies with the inconspicuous smartphone which is tailor made for this genre.
His inspiring enthusiasm and impassioned advice that we should let our creative juices flow and take photographs for ourselves and not for others will stay in the minds of members, inform their work and increase their enjoyment of photography. The dialogue on Facebook into the early hours, by those who couldn’t wait to get home to experiment, spoke volumes about the impact of this memorable presentation in our current season of speaker evenings.
Check out his website at adrianmcgarry.com
Members came together to look at the images entered for the second competition of the 2018/19 season, ‘Lancaster, People and Places’. After a late start caused by traffic, we heard the thoughts of the external judge, Ove Alexander.
Positive themes of the evening included balance, tones, framing, colours, engagement, style, leading lines and simplicity. We learned to watch overblowing the highlights, increasing the contrast in mono work, and focus and sharpness in our images.
A slideshow of the winning images:
A special ‘Thank You’, to Brad, Ruth, Dan, Graham and Mike for their thoughtful contributions to the first, in our series of hands-on club nights. Together, they created a full evening of inventive desktop set-ups and a variety of opportunities to work with artificial light, and learn how this can be manipulated to create drama and turn the mundane into something with impact and style. The set-ups, featuring everyday domestic, bespoke, and standard studio and flash lighting, metal sculptures, treasured keepsakes, vegetables, leaf skeletons, familiar, unfamiliar and quirky objects, provided members with a range of opportunities to learn from each other, capture interesting images and garner thoughts and ideas for future, indoor photographic projects
Our inter-club meetings with Morecambe continue to impress with the quality, diversity and impact of the photography on show. On Monday evening, we hosted this annual event for the first time in our Cameron House venue. It coped well with the numbers, helped to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and was graced with the carefully considered, hugely informative, kind and gentle thoughts of the independent, external judge, John Riley.
Our members were impressed by the absence of harsh criticism, and John’s positive alternative of, ‘constructive suggestions for further development’ when he felt that an image could be improved and its author assisted by the benefit of his experience.
Lancaster’s images attracted the highest overall score and if previous experience is anything to go on the Morecambe members will seek to ensure that this does not happen next time...
On Monday evening there was much to listen too, look at and touch in what was a well practised, carefully constructed and professionally delivered presentation by Terry and his associates Sead from Sony UK and Jonathan from Wilkinsons.
Sead provided members with a hands-on introduction to the full range of Sony mirrorless cameras and bespoke lenses.
Terry provided an illustrated explanation of his migration from Nikon DSLR to Sony mirrorless equipment, the technical innovations made by Sony and their impact on his working methods and photographic output. Terry’s presentation was peppered with stunning, award-winning images, helpful insights into his camera craft and digital darkroom processes and generous advice on the steps members can and should take to grow and maximise their enjoyment and success as photographers. After an enthusiastic show of hands, members walked into the night quietly discussing the inevitable demise of the DSLR and how quickly in this age of technical innovation this might now come about.
During this relaxed and enjoyable evening members looked at an impressive collection of printed images captured by both established and new members. There was general discussion and friendly, constructive dialogue between the image authors and the other members during the viewing sessions and the intervening tea and coffee break. This early event in our calendar of meetings provides members with an opportunity to digest reactions, gather-in thoughtful comments on the strengths of images and potential for their further improvement. We look forward to seeing a number of these images perform well in formal competition.