One of the best things about attending your local Camera Club, besides the monthly open competitions, making new friends and enjoying the social side of the club is learning about different types of photography.
Having a first-hand account of how a reputable and renowned photographer goes about their business, how they started off and what key lessons they learned on their incredible journey is a key part of our learning in understanding our project in front of us in order to take better shots and be better photographers.
Members of Mid-Cheshire camera Club were in for a real treat. Introduced by our Chairman – our speaker for the night was Roger Evans (MPAGB, EFIAP, FBPE)
Roger’s photographic genre is Sport. Introducing his presentation, he explained to the audience the objectives that he was wanting to cover;
• His early history starting with film
• What he learned
Roger explained his formula for his images, which included understanding the depth of field for his chosen shot. Looking at ways to enhance the image through the use of a limited colour palette and available light. This may mean the photographer moving position or changing perspective to obtain the desired result, and finally the importance of the photographer telling an interesting story through the image.
Roger was keen to point out that he is constantly looking to capture images in new ways understanding that once published, his methodology would be copied. He smiled in acceptance of this fact but went on to explain that this fuelled his drive to constantly reinvent his creativity.
Roger, besides being an excellent photographer, is an all-round sports enthusiast. He explained that knowing your subject – who is involved, key people (including behind the scenes), locations has allowed him to capitalise on obtaining great shots. This knowledge is part of one’s preparation for completing any photographic task. Linked to knowledge is the preparation of your kit – what lenses are needed for the task at hand, how many batteries will I need etc. How many of us have ventured out with the best intentions of taking great images only to find you have forgotten to put an SD card in your camera – preparation! Roger’s message is simple and applies to any photographic challenge from walking the dog to attending a sporting event.
Every image Roger showed us was accompanied by the exif data. A detail account of how the image was taken including and the considerations made to obtain it were also included. This assisted in driving home his objectives to us, the main one being preparation.
The evening was very enjoyable and the first part of a series of presentations conducted by Roger. We will have to wait until next year to hear his second instalment. Personally, I can’t wait!
For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit our website at www.midcheshirecameraclub.org
or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.
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