On Friday 30th September Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB gave us his talk on ‘Building on the basics’. Andy is a member of Crayford Camera Club and his photography background covers forty years with his camera and twenty years as a KCPA judge. Find some of his photography on the Crayford website.
His talk was all about everything we should know about our camera if we read the manual and studied the menu, in order to get a perfect image before resorting to Photoshop/Lightroom. Everything, he said, was inter-related, so it was important to cover the basics and put them into practice. He stressed that the capabilities of cameras had advanced over the years and they were all now able to make some choices for you, but there were some steps which should be taken independently in order to get the best results. Some lenses were quite expensive and it was personal choice which ones to use. All were excellent in their own field, and it was important to choose appropriate to the subject you wished to specialise in. In the second half of his talk he showed us some images for comparison – colour, monochrome, architecture, street photography – stressing that while the rule of thirds was successful in producing a balanced image, it wasn’t always necessary to keep strictly to the book.
The following are several slides from Any's presentation:
Next Friday, 7th October, Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB will be judging our first Print Competition, and it will be the first round of our Small Print Competition. Visitors always welcome.