We had another successful session, with a lucky thirteen members along. Much of the evening was spent discussing how best to create good images.
This can start with something that catches your eye, but then making a good image out of it means capturing and conveying what you found attractive about it to start with. This should be photographed clearly, without distracting or cluttered backgrounds.
A good image will be:
- meaningful and tell some kind of story
- well composed
- good technically (e.g., without blown highlights or poor focus)
In terms of composition, we worked through and discussed an excellent set of 10 Top Photography Composition Rules – bearing in mind that rules are really only guidelines, and are sometimes there to be broken. The example shown from that site illustrates the well-known “rule of thirds”.
Another useful link discussed was an online calculator for calculating depth of field and hyperfocal distances for many different cameras.
All in all it was a very informative session. Thanks to Rod, Murray, Peter and Hugh who are doing an excellent job organising these sessions.
The next meeting on Tuesday 4 October will be a photoshoot session in downtown Waikanae (Mahara Place). Stay tuned for more details, which will be available soon on the Events Calendar.