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Critique Night

It’s easy to become emotionally attached to the photographs we take and it can be difficult to view them objectively, so it’s always useful to have someone else look over them from a different perspective. On Wednesday 24th February we invited members to send in up to 2 images they were struggling with, which were critiqued by three of our more advanced members who offered suggestions on how the pictures might be improved.

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It’s often very simple things such as changing the angle from which the image was shot, cropping in post production, or edits like increasing contrast, cloning out distractions, or dodging & burning, which make a huge difference to photographs, although some pictures were suffering from less obvious issues like barrel distortion, converging verticals and dust on the sensor. Converting a picture to monochrome often brings a dramatic change. Our Chairman Gavin’s suggestion of adding a shark to Jeff’s fell tarn picture, it has to be said though, probably wasn’t that useful 😆.

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It can be difficult to have our images picked apart, so a big thank you to the brave members who offered up their pictures for critique. We hope the comments were helpful and that in offering suggestions on these particular photographs it helped other members to look more objectively at their own images and to learn and grow.

Next week our guest speaker for the night is Club member Dave Nelson, who is taking us ‘Around & About Scotland’s Western Isles’. As we’re all fed up to the back teeth of lockdown and being cooped up in the house, we are looking forward to going on a virtual trip to Scotland with Dave and his camera and dreaming about the day our confinement will end!

Members are reminded that next Friday (5th March) is the deadline for handing in images for the upcoming Panel competition to be held on 10th March, and also for handing in Macro images for the Club competition to be held on 17th March.

New Season

After we had to abruptly end our last Club season early due to lockdown, we are delighted to announce that our new season starts on Wednesday 16th September, running through until 28th April 2021. We meet at 7.30pm each Wednesday, with a 4 week break in December for Christmas & New Year. Unfortunately for now, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be meeting in person at our usual Castle Street venue. This situation will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Instead, members have been meeting via Zoom as a trial during our summer break which has proved to be popular and successful so we will be continuing our programme of events online. This includes speakers, competitions, workshops, editing advice, terrible lighting, dodgy backgrounds and plenty of banter! Here are a few of the motley crew on one of our summer Zoom meetings:


There is the opportunity to ask questions or have a chat with other members at the beginning and end of each Zoom meeting. During competitions and demonstrations, however, members’ sound will be automatically muted so as not to distract the judge or speaker if your doorbell rings or your dog starts barking 😉.

If you are thinking of joining Kendal Photography Club we realize it can be daunting to come along to a club where you don’t know anyone, and even more so to join in a Zoom meeting. But we were all new once too and are confident that whatever your area of photographic interest, experience or level of skill, the club will provide a great focus for your photography.

Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before – it’s been a learning curve for most of us. You will need either a phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or computer with a webcam and microphone (they usually come built-in). Download either the FREE Zoom app from the play store on your phone/tablet, or download Zoom for laptops and desktops here (choose Zoom Client for Meetings). The software will install automatically. Each week, you will receive an email from the Club with a link to our meeting – simply click the link, making sure you choose to share your video and audio when prompted.

Please either email a committee member, comment on this blog post, get in touch via Facebook or use our website Contact form if you have any problems or questions. If you’re interested in joining Kendal Photography Club, either as a member or guest, visit our Membership page for details.

We look forward to seeing old and new members alike 😊.