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.
At the September 15th Meeting of the Landlovers Photo Club we reviewed the elements of exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO). Here are the examples submitted by Photo Club members of good exposure:
We also covered the basics of composition (focal point, rule of thirds, framing your subject, using lines to draw the viewer into your picture, balance and telling a story). Here are the examples of good composition:
The assignment for this month is to shoot something small (not larger than 3X3 inches), making sure that it is separated from the background. Please email them to Sheila Grossman (email@example.com) and Linda Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 14th. We are asking that you submit pictures that are between 300-800kb in size.
When was that anyway? Seems like so long ago! As you will recall, the off island photo shoot was all about the use of reflectors to capture light. Thanks to all who came out and tried their hand at something new. LOVED the results!
If you weren’t there and would like my handout, here it is. Reflectors are very inexpensive and come in many sizes. It usually takes 2 people to use them so you need an assistant OR you can attach one to a frame…..
These were by Anne Wasse-Lyon with no added light, some and more with reflectors:
Betsy Smith- Frame in frame
ISO 100, f5.6, 1/60
ISO125, f5.6, 1/125 sec, 70 mm
ISO 200, f5.6, 1/125
People in natural settings-
Hasselblad w trix
hand and breath held
Digital color desaturated
Hasselblad with trix
rated at 320
Janet JohnstonSilver reflector
Maryce CunninghamWith reflector
ISO 50, f5.6, 1/200
focal length 6mm
ISO 320, f6.3, 1/400
270 mm focal
Maureen GordonISO 400, f11, 1320
18mm focal length
Maureen Gordon-reflected lightISO400, f11, 1/400
18 mm focal length
ISO 400, f7.1, 1/160
Piper HawesWith reflector
Piper HawesWithout reflector
Piper HawesStop motion
Shirley BrownISO 100, f 8.0, 1/250
Shirley BrownISO 100, f 80, 1/250
ISO 100, f 5.6, 1/500
105 focal length
Sharry GerosaLandscape macro
Sharry GerosaWith reflector
Sharry GerosaWithout reflector
Sharry GerosaWith reflector
Mary MolnarCanon 40D
Using reflector, ISO 400, f 8.1, 1/160
Mary MolnarCanon 40D
Using reflector, ISO 400, f 10, 1/250
Patty BrindleWithout reflector
Patty BrindleWith reflector
Sheila GrossmanWithout reflector
Sheila GrossmanWith reflector
Sheila GrossmanFrame within frame
Hope everyone has a great holiday and a continuing great summer! Remember, we are asking that everyone send in a photo of what you did/where you were on July 4! Send them QUICKLY and we will work to get them posted fast. I promise. Not like this last time! 🙂 Linda and Sheila