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Speaker: Caroline Preece

We were treated to a fascinating zoom talk on 6th October from London based photographer Caroline Preece, who encouraged us to look in a different way at photographic composition.

Entitled ‘Tools Not Rules’, Caroline explained that photography is a visual language in which we communicate our own personal take on the world through our images. She explained the psychology behind how people interpret the visual elements within photographs, which helped us understand how to make informed choices when composing our pictures, ensuring they convey feelings and emotions and have visual impact.

We’re often told about the rules of composition, but this was the first time I’d heard an explanation of why and how they work. A good image isn’t one that’s technically perfect but soul-less, it’s one which makes us feel something and Caroline empowered us to make different choices when composing our photographs to help convey our personal message during a very informative night.

This week Club member Seamus Bryans is holding a Portrait Workshop at Underbarrow Village Hall. Seamus is an accomplished portrait photographer who will be offering guidance and tuition on low key portraiture, with the opportunity to put skills learned into practice by photographing models at the event. Please note, this is an in-person workshop and not available on Zoom. Further information will be emailed to members.

Tutorial: Composition

Club member Jo Knight gave a Zoom tutorial on how to compose successful images at our meeting on 22nd September. Covering 8 basic rules of composition Jo demonstrated the importance of strong focal points, choosing where to place our main and secondary subjects, and how to achieve balance within our photos.

Weak composition
Strong composition

Alongside guidance on the rule of thirds and the importance of “KISS”, Jo also looked at when it’s OK to break the rules. There was a lot to take in, so a handout from the evening is available in the Members’ Section of our website. Our thanks go to Jo for her hard work in creating a very informative night.

Weak composition
Strong composition

Our next meeting is the first Members’ Evening competition of the season, which has an open subject. Competition nights are always a favourite, as they give us a chance to view each others images and to receive constructive critique on how to improve our photos. Guests and new members are always welcome, either via zoom or in person at Castle Street – see our membership page for details. See you next week!

Speaker: My Photography Challenge

It was a pleasure to welcome three new members and three guests to the first meeting of the new season on 15th September. Our experiment to enable participants to take part both at home via Zoom and in person at Castle Street community centre seemed to work well and there were thankfully no major technical hitches!

Club member Jeff Bagnall gave a short introduction and explanation of how the Club works, then went on to give a presentation on a year long photography challenge which involved taking 1 photograph each week for 52 weeks. It’s a big undertaking and it was interesting for club members to see the range of subjects Jeff managed to capture and the stories and locations behind each shot. Our thanks go to Jeff, as we recognize the time and effort it takes to put together a 2 hour long talk.

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 22nd September, when club member Jo Knight will be giving a tutorial on composition. Participants can again take part either from home via zoom, or in person at the Centre where the zoom meeting will be projected onto a screen. It’s not too late to join the club as a member, or book a place as a guest for the evening – see our Membership page for details. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 😊.