Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'Aussie Aussie Aussie' Photography Competition

Trekabout Photography Workshop and Tours

Photograph 'Nature in the Wild' with Professional Photographers and Tutors, 
Michael Snedic and Mark Rayner.

January - February 2014 Theme

'Aussie Aussie Aussie'

Get your entries in now. As long as it's Aussie it's eligible.

First Prize
One Weekend or Full Day Photography Workshop and Tour

Proudly provided by Trekabout Photography Workshops.
Choose from Full Day Mountain Experience, Full Day Mountains to Beach Experience, Australia Zoo Experience, Bird Photography Techniques, Weekend Mountain Experience or Weekend Mountain to Beach Experience
Valued up to $394.00

Second Prize
Hologon 20B Backpack Camera Bag

Kindly donated by Cameras Online 07 3207 6066
Valued at up to $219.00

Third Prize
DSLR Performance Pack - A premium service for your digital SLR and includes wet sensor clean - Before and after images - Clean mirror box - Check back focus - Check mode dial - Check exposure - Optimal external clean of body and lens. Kindly donated by 
Anderson's Camera Repairs (07) 3245 6444
Valued at $199.00

Fourth Prize
$50.00 Print Voucher
Kindly donated by 
RGB Digital Pro Lab (07) 3426 8200

Fifth Prize
$20.00 Gift Voucher
Kindly donated by 
Highcove Educational (07) 3359 3776

Monday, February 24, 2014

Last Meeting

On Monday at our last meeting, we started off with a slideshow of members' photos that 'TELL A STORY and EVOKE EMOTION. Again, we saw some fine examples submitted by members.

Kathy captured that shot shortly after the Boston bombing.

Michael took this shot the day after a typhoon

Yvonne captured this incoming plane at Sint Marteen in the West Indies 
After morning tea, Peter Attwood presented the main topic for the meeting, CHOOSING A CAMERA.

Peter went into great details about brands, functionality, and prices we can expect to pay for today's cameras. Well done, Peter.
Members are listening to Peter talking about a range of cameras on the market

Peter really researched the subject of cameras very thoroughly
 If you need more information, I'm sure Peter will help you at future meetings.

Now, for the challenge for next meeting

Send us your 3 photos following:

Ten Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures without buying any new gear!
By Darlene Hilderbrandt

Challenge #1 Walk around your subject
Okay, you're probably wondering what the heck that means, right? What I mean by “walk around your subject” is that I see many new photographers find an interesting subject to photograph, they take one shot and then quickly move on. My challenge to you on this: force yourself to pause and cover that subject in more depth. If it was interesting enough to stop you in your tracks in the first place, doesn't it deserve at least a couple minutes of your time?            I'd suggest that it does.
There are several ways to cover the same subject in different ways, so try and push yourself to create at least ten images of this subject before you move on. I'd suggest you vary your approach to it in order to get ten, distinctly different photographs. I mean really different from one another! If you showed them to someone separately, the images should be so different the person would not be able to tell it's all the same subject. Getting the idea? Some ideas for you to make the images different:
Change your lens, go from super wide like 17mm if you have it, to 100mm, to 200 or 300mm. Each will give you a very different perspective and look.
Use different angles, shoot from the ground on your elbows, get up high and shoot if possible. Stand on something or go to the rooftop. You've heard of bird's eye view, there's also worm's eye view which is sometimes down in the mud. Odd angles like this are different than how the average person sees the world. It is one thing to help get your images noticed.
Get up close and do some macro shots of just details of the subject.
Move around the subject, go all 360 degrees. Watch how the light and background changes as you move. The back side may be way more interesting than the front and if you take one shot you may miss out. Also, backsides of things aren't usually noticed, so part of a photographers job is to see the world differently and share it with others.
If your camera has a black and white setting shoot some using that. It's not the best way to make a b/w image but it will get you thinking and seeing the subject in it's purest form, shape and light.

Instead of using the phrase, “I can't do that!” successful people rework it and instead think “how CAN I do that?” See how much more powerful and empowering that sounds than “I can't” ?

Now, what if the chosen subject is a person? You're walking down the street in some foreign land and find an interesting street vendor, taxi driver, or person at a cafe. What do you do? Will they let you take 10 photos of them? What if they get angry?
What do you think I'm going to suggest? Yes do it!
Well, first of all, ask their permission, and you don't need to speak their language to do that. They see you have a camera, so you can do some charades to get your message across. If they are selling something, buy one to make a relationship with them, then ask. If they are a street musician or busker, put some money in their hat as a good will gesture. If they still say no, just respect their wishes and move on. Some of my favorite people images have occurred this way. I stood and took photos of people walking past a street musician in New Orleans for about 30 minutes. I bought his little CD and chatted with him first though! This gesture built his trust, and made him like me.

The next Meeting will be on the 10th March at the library when Des Wilkinson will talk about 'Understanding Multiple Lenses.'

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Next Meeting, Monday 24 February, 11.00 AM

Hi members,

We'll start off our meeting with a slideshow of photographs, you have sent us, telling a story, or evoking emotion.

Telling a Birthday Story??

After the coffee break, member Peter Attwood will present the main topic for the meeting,
Choosing a Camera, Peter will outline explain the types of cameras out there and what features are available, including what price range we can expect when shopping for cameras.

See you there

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today's Meeting

Hi Members,

We had five new members attend the first meeting for the year plus most of the regulars which was good to see.

Diane presented today's topic THE HEART OF A PHOTOGRAPH, and for the benefit of new members, gave us a refresher session on composition, rule of thirds, lines, patterns, framing etc.

Then after the coffee break she came to the crux of the matter of what makes a good photograph.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well not always. We have to work at trying to make a photo tell a story. Here are some tips to help create a powerful image.

A good photograph should evoke emotion, tell  story and engage the viewer. 

Show Relationship with others, even if they're not shown - by Diane

Show how a photograph can tell a story - by Michael

Evoke emotion of awe - by Trevor

Show excitement - by Kathy

Evoke happiness - by Diane

Show empathy - by Vivienne

Challenge for next Meeting:

Go out there, take some shots and send us the best three pictures, evoking emotion and/or tell a story. 

Send them to Bill at u3acameraclub@gmail.com

Next Meeting - Monday 24  February - 11.00 AM at the Library

Thursday, February 6, 2014

First Meeting of 2014 - Monday 10 January - 11.00AM

Hi Members,

Are you ready for a brand new Camera Club year?

The topic on Monday is 'THE HEART OF A PHOTO'

They say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Diane explains how we should combine technical aspects with creative imagination to produce excellent pictures.

A picture should EVOKE EMOTION

A picture should TELL A STORY
 Also check the blog to see the club program for 2014.