The second half of Retford and District Photographic Society’s season has seen members enjoying some excellent evenings. They had an opportunity to photograph a huge range of unusual creatures in a fascinating practical event and recently enjoyed a tutorial demonstration on using flash for portraiture. ‘Volunteers’ modelled for the speaker while he described the factors to manage and to think about when setting up the lighting to achieve a strong male or soft and flattering female portrait.
The group saw some images from a wildlife photographer which showed how nature can be given a helping hand with some man-made props and have also had a number of chances to see our own members’ great work. They returned from Christmas to an evening when two members spoke about their very different interests — wildlife and cathedrals.
Their Panel of Three competition had members each showing three images which told a story which fitted a theme. The winning sets were very different from each other and included wind turbines, brown hares and a guitar. Members are now looking forward to the back end of the season when they find out who is judged the most versatile photographer in each of the colour print, monochrome print and digital formats. There will also be a chance for members to choose their favourite shots of the season.
They will soon be thinking about their summer exhibition, this year to be held in July in St Swithun’s Church. It is never too late to get to know the society. Members hope to have some summer activities when our regular meetings are in recess. Why not go along and discover what is in store when they meet at 7.30pm on Mondays in St Joseph’s Hall, Babworth Road, Retford until the end of April 2019. They invite visitors to contact them through their website so they can look out for you, or you can just go along any Monday night. For more information see www.retford-photographic.co.uk.