The photo club’s group project this year is “Skidaway Snapshots – a Slice of Island Life at the Landings.” All identifiable persons in your photo must sign a photo release form. If you need more forms, click here:
to CREATIVELY represent a typical 24 hours at The Landings, by capturing not just the beauty of our island, but the LIFE here – the people and activities that enliven the island.
to spark creativity and produce a group project
Mission: take creative photos of residents fishing, boating, biking, hiking, golfing, quilting, eating and drinking, playing cards etc, as well as staff prepping or serving food, mixing a drink, mowing greens, etc.
Thanks to the extreme generosity of our members, the club presented flowers and gift certificates to out-going club leaders Sherri Reddick and Michael Siegel at our September meeting, in recognition of all their time and efforts during the past three years. We are also grateful to Terry Breyman who is now our PowerPoint master, and Dawn Cordo who volunteered to handle our money matters. Many thanks to all! – Amy C
The 2018-2019 season of the Landlovers Photography Club is in full swing. Since kicking things off in October, we’ve had great meetings, really interesting guest speakers, wonderful photos taken by our members for our Monthly Assignment Photo Galleries, and a Winter Social and Group Photo Shoot at Delegal Marina (Check out the photo on the right.) And ten new members joined our Club. Welcome!
At our meeting on January 15, our Club Co-Leader, Amy Collings, gave a talk on the “Evolution of Travel Photography”. It was fascinating to see the earliest travel photos taken in the mid-19th century with cameras so big and heavy they needed to be moved around on wheels! And then to see how travel photos slowly changed over the years from flat, generally uninteresting compositions to beautifully composed images used in travelogues and published in books was really interesting. Thanks, Amy!
For those of you not familiar with our club, for the last five years The Landlovers Photography Club has been helping our members, who range from beginners to experts, improve their skills and enjoy photography in a friendly, supportive group setting. To join us, you must first be a member of The Landings Landlovers. Once you join Landlovers, you can join our club for just $20 for the year, which goes to special events, group outings, and photography resources that any of our members can use for free. You do not have to pay to attend your first meeting. Come join us and, if you like what you see, you can pay us then.
Talk about a late entry! Sorry! In March, I presented a program on being a bit “creative” with not just photography, but even the equipment used. As an example, I took the finial off of a table lamp and screwed my camera to the top of the lamp. Voila! It becomes a makeshift tripod. Try dazzling family at the next get-together with that little trick when it’s time for the group photo on a timer, so you can get in the action as well!
I also demonstrated some examples of what can be done with photoshop for those who like to experiment. Rather than me reiterating the session, just do a search for Photoshop levitation photography, or cleaning up unwanted items from travel photography.
And we discussed making bokeh shapes using cutouts placed over your lens. Again, that is a technique that takes some practice, but if you are looking for a challenge over the summer, it’s rather fun.
A bit more low tech is adding saran wrap to your lens that is then completely or partially smeared with petroleum jelly. Makes quite an impact and you can get different results with variations. Overall, just experiment and let your camera guide you! Try taking a photo of reflections in water puddles, through bubbles, of shadow shapes…… just play! Thank you to the few who took on the challenge for a photo assignment of “playing” with your camera! Linda
We had a very interesting session in the Photography Club last month. We explored portrait lighting using three different backgrounds and lighting kits. I gave a brief presentation of the various kinds of portrait lighting. If you haven’t seen it yet, click Studio lighting February 2016 to access the pdf file from the presentation.
We then broke into groups and each group was given the opportunity to take portraits against a white, black or mottled blue background with a mixture of light sources. Below you will find a variety of shots taken by all of our groups. Please take a couple of minutes to look through them and see the difference the background, lighting and composition makes.
Thanks to everyone in the club who continues to keep us posted about great articles and online sites! There is no end to what we can learn by looking for information from that mysterious place known as “the web”!
A few places that I would suggest you check out are listed here:
Scott Kelby is a leading professional educational photographer and this site is full of tutorials that can be purchased one at a time or in packages. I believe there is even a “try it for free” offer. If you ever want to learn more on Lightroom, Photoshop, or just plain digital photography/videography, you can find a tutorial here.
Remember also to check out YouTube! Anyone can place videos there and you will find many on just about any topic you are interested in, and some you probably would never have dreamed of…… for free. There are more out there! Just do a search one day on digital photography websites and you will find a big list. Some are great, some not so much, but you WILL find one that answers any question you might have! Happy searching!