Ravenshead

Photography For Fun

Group LeaderTerry Moore & Judith Moore Phone: 01623 797529
Meets 1st Wednesday 2-4pm in the Brammer Room of the Village Hall
Group Full? NoActive Yes

December Meeting - Wednesday 4th December 2019 2.00 p.m. Brammer Room.
NOTE: A link to the videos we have watched is on the RH pane of this page.

November Meeting Update

There were sixteen of us present at the November meeting of the PFF group yesterday. We started by looking at Jen’s 1-minute video compilation on ‘Critters’ and followed this with Sue C’s video of ‘Things that Make Me Smile’. Both were enjoyable to watch showing good use of some of the features of the video editor using music and written text. If you haven’t yet had a go at this, you can still enter one at a future meeting. Just let us know!

Anthony then gave us his ’10-minute talk’ based on his own photos and some research on the subject of Coventry Cathedral. Well done! We would like more in the future so let us know when you are ready, and we will fit it into one of the meetings.

Next, I went through some of the details of the electronic survey I sent out a while ago. It showed that we are a mix of people with varying degrees of experience in photography, but no one was brave enough to say that they were a ‘Real Expert’! We can all learn something new and hope to improve our photograph technically but also enjoy the process of taking better photos.

We then looked at a variety of Autumn / Seasonal photos that had been sent/brought in. There were some good individual shots and use of a collage effect which worked well for this sort of theme.

The last part of the meeting was spent looking into SHUTTER SPEED. We think that it is important that everyone in the group has some knowledge of the terminology used in photography and an understanding of the main features of taking photographs. Therefore, we will continue in meetings to do this, but don’t let it put you off if it all gets a bit complicated. Eventually, you will begin to get to grips with what it all means and perhaps then you will have the tools to take more creative photographs. Having looked at P mode last month we watched a video to help us understand Shutter speed.

(NOTE: A link to the video and other videos we have seen in the past is on the RH pane of this page.)

We then tried to take photos with a slow shutter speed and a fast shutter speed. A few people found that they were unable to change the shutter speed as their cameras were literally ‘point and shoot’ and didn’t have the options to do this. However, on some phones there is a ‘PRO’ mode that you can use that does allow this so maybe those people could try that. Alternatively, there is a free android phone app that allows this (although with a reduced resolution of pictures – you have to pay for the full version). It seems OK and doesn’t have adverts so you could try it just to see. It is called PROCAM X (LITE VERSION) and can be found here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intermedia.hd.camera.professional&gl=GB&showAllReviews=true

No doubt there are others available too and probably some for iPhones if you want to try them out.

Alternatively, you may want to ask Santa for a new camera perhaps! If so ask him to have a look at this list:

https://www.creativebloq.com/buying-guides/best-cameras-for-beginners

For our next meeting, we are asking you to have a go at taking some photos to show that you have got the idea at least of what shutter speed is all about. Pick a ‘subject’ for your photo. It should be something that moves! Then take a photo of it with a fast shutter speed (this will freeze the movement) and then take one with a slow shutter speed (this will blur the movement). (Try different shutter speeds as a trial.) Note that with slow shutter speeds you will need to keep the camera very still or stand it on a tripod or table. You can then use the self-timer to take the photo.

So one subject – but two photos. You can choose more than one subject of course but send (or bring) only 2 (or max 3) pairs of photos or we won’t have time to see them all. If you are not able to do it, then don’t worry about it and you can relax and view the others!

Any problems get in touch and I will see if I can help.

We will meet again on Wednesday, December 4th. Note that there will be no meeting in January. The first Wednesday is New Year’s Day and I think we all might need a lie in!!

Thanks,

Terry and Judith

P.S.

Attached is a different help sheet re Shutter speed which may help a bit!

Also here is a link sent to me by Barry. Hopefully, it will inspire you to take some great photos yourself!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7658691/The-stunning-images-final-2019-Agora-world-photography-awards.html

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