Tonight’s Meeting Cancelled

Due to the bad weather, and with no immediate prospect of improvement, we think it sensible to cancel this evening’s Camera Club meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all next week when we have Lionel Bryan judging our entries for the Set Subject competition.

In the meantime, take care in the snow and ice,

Best wishes,

Mike

New Year Perspective

How about getting more perspective in your photos?

If so, this short video might help. It was created by British psychological professorRichard Wiseman, and demonstrates the power of perspective. It’s titled, “Assumptions.”

 

But it might simply be the result of a very merry time over the holidays?

Aspect Ratio and Composition

As you try to shake off that Christmas leftover feeling and turn your thoughts towards the photographic challenges of 2013, what better than to refresh your thinking about photo composition.

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This article (at PetaPixel) gives a fresh take on the effects of aspect ratio, either in camera or through cropping, on the compositional strength of your images.

Its a longish piece but worth a quick read to set you thinking about composing those stunning images that you’re going to capture in the coming year.

And speaking of that –  Best Wishes for your photography, and everything else, in 2013.

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Christmas Greetings

PPS Christmas Card 2012

Mind the Gap !

What gap’s that? The gap between camera club photography and, what at times, seems like most other published photography today.

Each year, an international jury awards the Leica Oskar Barnack Award to a (professional) photographer whose panel of 10-12 images best documents the interaction between man and the environment, with contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and unintrusive.

Entries for the 2013 Award have just been opened and this led me here to glance at the 2012 winners.

Whether you like them or not, what struck me forcibly is that these entries are a million miles away from typical camera club fare.

For example – how would this image by the 2012 (Newcomer) Winner, Piotr Zbierski, be viewed at club level?

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Sharp? Good composition following the Rule of Thirds? No burnt-out highlights and good detail in the shadows? Not a bit of it.

But a prestigious panel of international judges think it one of the best in a competition open only to professional photographers, and sponsored by what might be regarded as a “conservative” camera manufacturer.

The thing about photography is that it’s broad enough to accommodate all tastes and interests. So you might think.

Yet some would feel that camera clubs seem determined to remain stuck in a time warp of well focused, beautifully exposed, traditionally composed, technical pictures.

But maybe pictures that too often fail to express any real emotion or message?

Or is that what many of us feel more comfortable with, and the arty pretentious stuff is too clever for it’s own good?

How Many Photos do we Take?

The number of photos we take is increasingly exponentially.

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It’s estimated that 3.8 Trillion photos have been taken – EVER.

About 10% of the photos ever taken have been taken in the last 12 months.

It makes you think doesn’t it.

Taken from the BuzzFeed website.

Film is Alive and Well

The camera film industry may be struggling, but there are certain segments that are still profitable. One such niche is the one-time-use disposable film camera market, and Ilford Photo, which makes widely used films, papers, and chemicals, announced two new black & white disposable cameras today.

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Both cameras feature a built-in flash and can shoot up to 27 exposures on ISO 400 Ilford film.

The XP2 variant uses B&W film that can be developed using the standard C41 chromogenic color print film developing process, which allows you to have the film developed at any local camera shop (or drug store) that can develop ordinary color film.

These new high quality disposable cameras complete with Flash. UK Retail Price is expected to be in the region of £8.99 including VAT, excluding processing costs.

There is an additional option for a Process Paid version of the HP5 Plus camera. This comes packaged with a pre-paid envelope from ILFORD LAB DIRECT. Cameras returned in this envelope will have the film processed at the ILFORD Lab in the Cheshire factory, and will receive back a boxed set of 6×4 inch black and white prints. This option is expected to Retail at around £14.99.