Photography For Fun
|Group Leader||Terry Moore & Judith Moore Phone: 01623 797529|
|Meets 1st Wednesday 2-4pm||in the Brammer Room of the Village Hall|
|Group Full? No||Active Yes|
July 2019 email message to members:
We had our first ‘proper meeting’ at the Brammer Room on Wednesday 3rd July at 2.00 p.m. Nineteen of us attended, with some others unable to attend due to holidays etc. Particularly for those people and as a reminder to the rest of us, this email sets out a summary of what we did, and what we planned for.
We started by collecting the subs required to pay for the room! £5 from each person will keep us going for a year and maybe will give us a bit extra for any other costs if needed.
We then looked at the results of the ‘brainstorm’ we had at our initial meeting. Judith went through the various sections which will help us focus on what we might include in future meetings. Hopefully, some of the more experienced members might be able to help tackle some of these.’ Composition’ of photos was one, which we then addressed later in the meeting.
One Photo To Talk About:
Some members had the opportunity to then talk about a photo they had sent or brought in. There were some interesting stories behind of these and some good photos. We will include this again next time we meet so that those who didn’t get the opportunity can do this. We also discovered that bringing a photo on a MAC formatted USB stick wasn’t compatible with my windows 10 machine. In this case, in future, please email me any photos you have.
This section looked at how to improve the composition of your photos. We watched a video which was very informative and included things like the Rule of Thirds. For those not present or those wanting to watch it again, I have included a link at the bottom of this email.
For the RU3A Groups Showcase at the September general meeting this year, we discussed including a quiz involving your photographs. This will take the form of a ‘close up quiz’ which will require two shots of an everyday item that most people would recognise. However, the first shot should be at an unusual angle or close up section of the item and the second shot should be a ‘normal’ view of the object. You can have a go at as many as you like but send me your best by the end of August so that I can select which ones to include. Judith and I showed a couple of our attempts such a USB stick and a shopping trolley!
Related to the above, we looked at various ways of editing photos. Particularly useful for the above project will be the cropping tool. (However, don’t crop in too close otherwise the image will be very small and ‘blocky’).
We looked briefly at Photoshop Elements, which works on both MAC and Windows machines, and is probably the most common photo editor out there with lots of support. (Latest version is currently £70 and probably worth the investment if you go on to take things to the next level.)
The Smartphone app Photoshop Express is a cut down version of this and costs nothing!
Windows 10 has its own free editor (called PHOTOS) and works well for basic editing. We showed how cropping worked in this. Members said that MAC computers have something similar.
Shot of The Month:
Members were told to think about sending in a ‘shot of the month’ to be displayed to members at a future meeting. This can be an ongoing section of a meeting so keep it in mind!
Members were asked to consider deciding on a Theme for an individual Project. One member had decided on Patterns but there are lots of others. Hopefully, by July of next year, you will all have several photos in a themed collection which might form the basis of the next Groups showcase in 2020! Here is a list of 328 for you to consider:
NEXT MEETING! AUGUST
We reminded members that we are not meeting next month in the Brammer Room as the Village Hall is being refurbished in August. Instead, we are going on our first ‘photoshoot’ to Mansfield!
Meet in the centre of Mansfield Market place by 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday 7th August. Bring smartphones AND camera to try out various things. Those with similar equipment might be able to help each other with techniques, settings and control of the equipment. We assume that we will meet whatever the weather! We can maybe have coffee somewhere and people can be free to leave whenever they need to.
Afterwards, you can send me your ‘best three’ shots for us to look at in a future meeting. (You might want to edit them first!) We could make these into a slideshow presentation entitled ‘A Walk Round Mansfield’.
Following that the next meeting will be on September 4th at 2.00 p.m. in the Brammer Room.
Anyone willing to get there a bit early can help with any setting up required. We will also try and finish the meeting by around 3.30p.m. which will give more time for questions and members to discuss issues with each other and seek advice.
Terry and Judith
Link to shared folder for the Video and example of close up quiz shot:
PFF! Shared Folder (https://1drv.ms/u/s!AqG4pyPlwAz6iugXhTZa-CmVf8g8NA?e=6mPdVn)