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.'

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