We have two photography groups, both of them small, friendly, and supportive. Group 1, led by Clifton, normally meet on the fourth Monday afternoon of every month at the leader's home in Sherborne. Group 2, led by Peter, meet on the second Friday morning of each month at Milborne Port Village Hall from 10.30am until 1.00pm
The aim of Group 1 is to practice taking better pictures. What we don't do is teach people how to use their cameras. Most people now use digital cameras rather than film cameras. We set a theme to photograph before the next session, and then each of us comes to that session with a handful of prints (usually 3 or 4 as large as possible - A4 is ideal) taken to that theme. We each show our efforts to the others in turn, and any technical problems (or sometimes artistic points) arising are discussed by us all. We encourage members to be selective and self critical so that quality of pictures is more important than quantity.
Group 2 takes a slightly different approach. We can be described as "mixed ability". Each month a theme is chosen and members are invited to discuss their own work and comment on work submitted by others. All formats are catered for. At the end of the session a vote is taken and a winner is announced. Each month the use of the digital camera is explored and practical examples demonstrated. We aim to assist the new user with their techniques. Manipulation of photos using a laptop and associated programmes are examined.
The climax of the year is the Summer Event when, alongside the art and painting groups, both photography groups display some of the year's work.