Discussions centred on macrophotography. Initial comments concerned using the macro function on fixed lens cameras with the conclusion that it was better to use a sharply focused zoom setting with subsequent cropping to fill the frame.
John Hawke discussed the use of extension tubes to create macro photographs for cameras with interchangeable lenses – a cheap option to a dedicated macro lens. Theresa Twitchell showed her album of superb macro photographs submitted as part of a past photography course.
The need to be aware of unwanted/misaligned objects in the background of pictures were also emphasised!
Pam Liberson announced that HP had acknowledged that their printer was faulty and it had been replaced – both hers and Mike Liberson’s prints were well colour balanced as a result.
Rosemary confessed that she took several pictures of the bottle at various angles and camera settings but did not know what settings were used for the best picture. John Hawke showed her how to change the ‘View’ in File Explorer from ‘Thumbnail’ to ‘Details’ – this gave all the camera settings for any picture (EXIF data).
Part of Rosemary’s portfolio was a fireworks display. The difficulties in taking such pictures were discussed and was complemented by Theresa showing an excellent photograph of a display taken at a very short shutter speed – this froze the action and generated a perfectly black background.
Theme for next meeting is ‘Christmas’.
Rosemary/John get their prints developed in an Andover shop – up for sale, so the future looks doubtful.
We also discussed allowing post-processing editing – limited to cropping until now. It was agreed that some editing could be used to get prints close to that on the camera/PC screen (exposure, brightness/contrast, sharpen). John Hawke emphasised the danger of over-editing and getting the best shot in the camera.
John Hawke gave some tips to Mike to get the optimal settings for his new Panasonic Bridge Camera (auto ISO limit determination, single-point focus for birding, etc.)
Theme for next meeting is ‘Lowlight photography (dawn, dusk and night scenes)’.
John Hawke led a discussion on Landscape Photography with an emphasis on composing the picture by analysing what was the focus of one's attention that made one want to take a picture in the first place. He also pointed out that one had time to compose the shot and encouraged those present to take a minute to determine the focal point one wanted to highlight. He then suggested that, by moving around, (from side to side as well as forwards and backwards) capture the 'best shot' by including objects that led the eye to that focal point. During a lively discussion, various techniques were described including optimal aperture/speed settings, focus stacking and multiple exposure blending. (to 'remove' moving people from the scene)
Theme for next meeting is ‘Autumn’ - the above discussion is relevant for this topic! Future themes are on the Group’s web site.
This prompted a lot of discussion about settings for cameras for different scenarios.(After the meeting the Group Leader e-mailed links to a helpful review of the camera features as well as a link to download a full manual).
It transpired that there was no time for the discussion on Landscape Photography – this was deferred to the next meeting.
Theme for next meeting is ‘Documentary’. Future themes are on the Group’s web site.
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