Monday 12th September, 7pm for 7.15 at St Johns Ambulance building, 4 Link Way.
Our guest speaker is club member Jude Frazer: “I was encouraged to get into photography in 2007 before a photographic tour to Canada. I had only a point and shoot at that stage but was loaned a DSLR on a course and told put it on P and press the button! Armed with that knowledge I tried to get halfway decent images that were at least in focus and was hooked so bought a Canon 40D. That was the beginning of my travels with photographers. I’ve mostly done this through World Photo Adventures, an Australian company which travels throughout the world as well as through Australia. They have small groups, provide great opportunities for their clients as well as tuition whilst travelling. My last trip with them was to Guatemala and Cuba in February and March of this year. Places I’ve been with them include Bhutan, Alaska, Iceland, the Arctic, Namibia and Tanzania. I’m not prepared to always stand in a particular spot to take a photo like everyone else but try to look behind me, for different elements or features of the scene and not produce 'chocolate box landscapes' or cute animal shots. Having recently travelled on a ‘normal'
i.e. non photographic tour where you have only fleeting moments to capture what you want, no time to set up a tripod for example and where I was usually the last one on the bus, I appreciate the difference.”
The Set Subject is “Environmental Portrait” The images need to be in by Club night. Please remember the new sizing requirements. They are specified in the web submission form…if you are in any doubt about how to resize correctly please ask someone on club night before you submit them. Here are some ideas and more....
This is set for the weekend 17th-18th September. We will travel over to Haast on Saturday morning, back on Sunday afternoon. Accommodation has been arranged at the Top Ten facility. Dinner has been booked at the Haast Heritage Hotel. Please contact Tim Herrick if you are interested in joining in.
Dave Wethey, who gave such an interesting and enlightening talk at our last club night has agreed to hold some courses for the WCC - several 4 hour workshops and some longer ones. Suggested topics below.
REALLY NEED TO KNOW….your preferred timing for these. Would you please email Prue Wallis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your preference for weekend or weekday scheduling of courses.
Adobe Photoshop (includes Photoshop Elements) – 6 hours (?)
This course explores the very popular application Adobe Photoshop. It will cover a workflow including basic file management, effective cropping, image enhancement, sharpening, sizing and resolution. If time allows we will look at creative and practical aspects including working with layers, restoring and montaging images, adding text to images, filters, and layer styles. Participants will need to have Adobe Photoshop (I recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements if you need to buy a copy) installed on a laptop & running, plus have sorted out at least 20 images to work on.
The following field trips could be shorter courses - 4 hours
Life after shooting on Auto
This field trip is for photographers who have an understanding of their cameras but want to go further. Aperture and shutter priority modes and manual mode will be explored.
Using ISO effectively, correcting exposures, depth of field and using shutter speeds to control motion will be covered. Colour, use of flash and camera settings you should know about will be discussed.
Creating Effective Compositions
With a little experience an intuitive photographer can see an image at almost every turn of the head and by careful selection turn the mundane into an image with impact. This field trip will concentrate on finding an image, creating the effective composition and making the most of lenses and perspective. How we read images and using the “second stage of composition” in post-production will also be explained to further enhance an image.
Photojournalism styleThis course examines how to take a variety of photos ranging from portraits to images of people in their environment. How to make a natural image without posing someone and using lenses effectively to create images that have impact will be covered. Using both natural and artificial light correctly and making the most of spontaneous opportunities will be included.
Motion (Sports) Photography
This will suit photographers with a kit that includes longer telephoto lenses (i.e. 200mm) Learn how to make the most of motion, how to focus quickly on action and get good sharp, bold action images. Examine what features your camera contains that will help achieve better images. Composition, handling light and what professional photojournalist look for when covering a sporting event. Technique covered will also apply to wildlife photography.
Remember…please let Prue know whether you prefer weekend or weekday (or either) so that these courses can be scheduled.
PSNZ SOUTHERN REGIONAL CONVENTION
The PSNZ (Photographic Society of NZ) is holding a meeting in Westport on 7th-9th October. There will be two great speakers. It would be good to get a number of members along. It is interesting to know that over 25% of our members are also members of the PSNZ.
Please see PSNZ website.
WANAKA CAMERA CLUB WEBSITE
Please do keep an eye on our website. Each month the image gallery will feature a selection of the previous month’s set subject images and there will continue to be links to interesting websites and competitions.
Here’s a link to the f11 magazine – a free and very useful photographic resource.