For our second talk of the season, we welcomed back Martin Pickles, who has judged at the club before, but not given a presentation. Martin was asked to come early in the season to give some advice and tips for improving our photography. To illustrate the points he made we were privileged to see a lot of his own work, partly presented as audio visual sequences. He particularly stressed that the more frequently our cameras are used, i.e. daily if possible, the more inventive and creative we are likely to be. The idea is to keep the impetus going and the pictures will happen. ( He particularly recommends getting a dog to get us out every day!! ). Martin is particularly keen on taking advantage of the best lighting conditions, dull lighting produces dull images, and favours early morning and early evening for the best results, and making use of contre jour effects.
He discussed how to tackle particular projects such as street photography, and showed us the results of his project to photograph the new Christchurch bridge in Reading. Another example was a walk around London to record the Shard from all directions and aspects.
Martin concluded the evening with a quick introduction to Lightroom for those members who have not yet tried it, and made the point that its' best feature was that it was non-destructive to the original image, unlike Photoshop, which if the image is edited and saved, the original is lost.
He punctuated his talk wit appropriate quotes from eminent photographers, the best known of which was the master, Ansel Adams.
Altogether a useful and instructive evening, interactive with plenty of questions from members. Perhaps most of us will now consider taking out a subscription to Lightroom and Photoshop.
Report submitted by Dorothy Wood