Many photographers occasionally find it difficult to find inspiration for club competitions so our recent contest was a little different – a few weeks ago the members chose from a long list of subjects – in a lucky dip! The purpose was simple – no-one could know before the selection evening what they would be taking, and there was a strict ( but not strictly adhered to ! ) rule that all entries must be original and taken for the competition. Although essentially a fun evening, the purpose was to encourage members to actively look for new images – the subjects in the “ dip “ being as varied as possible – from “ Locks “ through “ Urban Decay “, “Sheds “, and even “ Graveyards” ! A very interesting and unusual evening with thanks to our Chairman Mike Pound for dreaming up the subjects.
On Friday the club held its first internal competition of the new season – the initial round of the quarterly projected image contest. Originally devised for colour slides, the competition allows members to project and enjoy on a large screen digital images from their cameras, whilst obtaining criticism ( mostly positive! ) from a visiting judge – this week Tony Mearman LRPS from Bracknell. The entries this week were, as ever, of varying subjects, newer members competing successfully with “ old hands “, so that points scored were spread across the range. The highest total score for the evening was achieved by Dave Patterson, with a superb 58 points from a possible 60, this from a total entry of 15 members. Points scored are rolled forward to the end of the season and the results from all four quarterlies provide the seasons’ winners.
This is just one of the competitions, both internal and external, which form part of the clubs’ programme, helping to encourage members old and new to improve their photography. We meet ever Friday in the season – see www.southreadingcameraclub.org.uk for more information.
Accompanying photo – “ The Steps “ – author Dave Patterson, score 20 ( out of 20 ).
At the clubs’ recent meeting our guest speaker, Ruari Cumming ARPS, shared
with us his approach to landscape photography. Using examples from his own
work, he guided us on the principles of composition and planning to produce
By adhering to a pre-planned sequence of work ( “ Grand Designs” , “ On Location “, “ The Final Rush “ etc. ) he explained, with the help of stunning projected images, largely of the Hebridean islands which he regularly visits, how members could improve their own work. Simple but important points such as buying ( and using ! ) local maps, researching your target area and choosing the correct time of day can work wonders for your chosen subject. As always Ruari, a regular visitor, provided a most interesting and helpful talk.
New members are most welcome – to see our full programme visit
Camera clubs do many things, but one of the most interesting is encouraging
members old and new to enter the various competitions included in the clubs’ programme. To ensure impartiality South Reading Camera Club invite expert judges to visit and give their views on members input but the question was asked at our recent meeting – “ What makes a good competition image? “ The answers were provided by our speakers Caroline Colgate ARPS and Tony Mearman LRPS, both experienced and knowledgeable club photographers. By means of projected “ target “ lists, and the use of both original and published example images, they advised on the many aspects of achieving success. Careful selection of images were obviously high on the list, but enthusiasm and motivation, and giving yourself a target for your photography such as, perhaps, gaining qualifications from the Royal Photographic Society could spur your photography ( which Tony advised wasn’t as difficult as many assumed ). Caroline reminded us that you don’t always have to look too far for success – there are potential subjects all around us – you just have to learn to see them! Finally they covered the use of software such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and similar products, showing how seemingly wasted shots can be rescued and even become winners!
South Reading Camera Club meet every
Friday at Hamilton Road Children's’ Centre,
Road, Reading, with a varied programme of talks, competitions and practical
evenings. For more information visit our website –