In the introduction to the evening, we noted that, as a photographic society rather than a camera club, we tended to concentrate on aesthetic aspects of image making within the wider historical and global context of photography as an art form, or as story telling. Our speakers often are professionals in a particular genre or field and what camera they use and certainly what settings etc are of secondary interest. However, for some members, the increasingly complex technology of our photographic equipment is a challenge to be met as we strive to improve our own work. This workshop was an attempt to address those issues and depended on the generosity of members to give of their own knowledge and understanding.
In the first half, we gathered in groups: users of Nikon, Canon, Olympus and others. Topics ranged from use of filters, back button focussing, long exposures, secret menus and hidden functions. There was no need for a structured evening: once you have a group of twenty or so people with cameras, lights, tripods and gizmos, the buzz is hard to interrupt. Eventually, refreshments were taken and conversations either continued, or advantage was taken of the various still life arrangements of flowers and peppers to try out different settings and effects.
We are hoping that everyone will post five of their images on our Flickr group before we next meet on May 2nd, as there was no time for a plenary discussion or a flipchart presentation of lessons learnt and future needs.( www.flickr.com/groups/pickofweek/ If you would like to join this group, as a member, just email firstname.lastname@example.org )
We would also be very grateful if all participants would help by adding their own feedback on this and our programme in general, in comments on this page. Many thanks to all who helped make it a successful evening.