Jono Symonds, who is a valued supporter of the Society, provided a much-anticipated introduction to the art of portrait photography. With the helpful assistance of David, Jono provided members with an insight into the working methods of the professional photographer, both during the shooting stage and in post-processing with ‘Lightroom’ and the plugin ‘Nik’ software. Jono was extremely generous and helpful with his advice, practical demonstrations and practitioner's tips and we thank him for his time preparing and delivering a presentation which members will see as a timely foundation for the society’s emerging programme of weekend workshops on studio photography.
Our Judge, Alan Hartley, entertained and informed members with a thoughtful and carefully assessed critique of the images presented for judging in the inaugural, ’Group of Three’ competition.
This opportunity to present 3 individual images and a fourth composite image attracted 34 submissions, containing many inventive ideas, a great deal of technical skill and in our judge’s words, ‘images he could sell’. Alan, who is a member of the society and has considerable success in selling his work, succeeded, where many judges fail, in providing well supported and convincing judgements that will influence positively the photographic work of our members.
This form of competition gives members an opportunity to share more of their work with members and will, surely, become a continuing feature of our seasonal programmes.
During the first half of our meeting Members scored the 70 images, longlisted for entry into our forthcoming competition with the Peterhead Camera club and our shared evening with Morecambe Movie Makers. Members scored each image out of 20, the scores were added together, and the top scoring 25 images were identified and despatched to Peterhead.
After lively discussions over tea and coffee, we trialled the projection and sound system with videos providing an insight into the working methods of the revered, landscape photographer, Micael Kenna, www.michaelkenna.net/ and the intriguing philosophy of the pioneering, documentary photographer Pedro Meyer, www.pedromeyer.com/. The videos proved to be a welcome addition to our Monday evenings and we will seek to make further use of the video projection facilities.
It was good to hear from a former member of the Society. Nick captured our attention with a thoughtfully illustrated, upfront and personal story of his brave move from a corporate world supported by colleagues and structured professional development into the very different world of self-employment in a new, untried profession.
I guess we all concluded that Nick was never going to fail. His presentation brimmed with a passion and talent for photography, raw ambition and a determination to succeed, an analytical and goal led approach to business development and a natural ability to communicate with clients and build trust and reliability.
As we wandered off to the White Cross pub there were whispered comments, ‘that was the best night this season!’, and silent thoughts, ‘could I follow in Nick’s footsteps? ’.
On Monday evening George Steele provided members with a thoughtful, step-by-step approach to macro and close-up photography, based on his experiences over many years and his view that success in this genre can be achieved with inexpensive equipment, creative use of everyday, lighting appliances and short-haul flora and fauna expeditions into our gardens and immediate surroundings. George’s presentation was a taster for a series of future events involving club workshops and further presentations by professional photographers specialising in product photography.
Our fifth club night of the season and our first night in the new venue. Proceedings kicked off with a review of the images selected for inclusion in the Fauna and Flora competition and member selection of the best mono and colour images. Allan Hartley then introduced members to his collection of photo books, the companies he deals with, and the simple and rewarding process of bringing treasured images out of computer files and into attractive and desirable, coffee table, books. After a noisy tea and coffee break, John Aldred instructed members on the assembly of the society’s studio lighting equipment. John demonstrated the way the equipment can be arranged, used and triggered wirelessly from SLR cameras. John also gave members an interesting insight into the way lighting equipment is advancing through improvements in LED technology. Our thanks to Allan and John, and also to Brad, Dave and Alan Phillips who assisted members with composite image making.
We are now meeting at Cameron House on the White Cross Trading Estate. More details here.
12 February 2018 - Competition Evening 4 - The Presidents Challenge - ‘A group of 3’
Judge; Alan Hartley
- This competition will be judged by Alan Hartley, who proposed the idea of featuring 'the group of 3" in our competition season.
- This competition will limit members to a maximum of 2 submissions, either submission can be colour or mono, or a mixture of both.
- Each submission will contain image1, image2, image3 and composite - image 4 taking the form of a composite image made up of images 1, 2 and 3.
- Images 1,2 and 3 are to be sized in the usual way - 1400x1050. The composite image is to be sized 1920x1080. LPS has produced a special image resizing tool for Windows which will do this resizing for you, and this can be downloaded here. DO NOT USE the normal LPS competition tool for this competition.
- For the composite image, create a blank image 1920x1080 then import the three UNRESIZED (to retain image quality) images that you wish to use.
- There will be no constraint on the way members arrange images 1, 2, and 3 in the composite image.
- The images will be submitted on a memory stick as usual.
- Members will be able to size images 1, 2 and 3 in the normal way.
- The composite image is an illustrative image of the group of 3, and exists to show how images 1, 2 and 3 relate to each other.
- A tutorial on one way to composite images is available here
How to title and arrange your images on the memory stick
XX = your initials
We were expecting something special from Melvin and he did not disappoint. The landscape images, supporting narratives, practical advice and humorous anecdotes grabbed attention and did not falter as he took us on an extensive geographic tour that climaxed in Iceland with a string of striking images. Melvin clearly has a deep, loving relationship with rugged and wild places and his seascapes and landscapes demonstrated that the best images come from a commitment to perfection, a willingness to return again and again to the same location, and an unending determination to shoot early and late, in difficult weather conditions.
Our second trip to the butterfly house this year included chameleons, blue-tongued lizards, snakes and cockroaches as well as butterflies. This is a great opportunity to use different lighting techniques in a natural setting. We are considering a further visit in March 2018.