A great start to the new season

by | 16 November 2017 | Group meeting, Hobbies, Retford

Retford and District Photographic Society’s new season could not have got off to a better start. It has been great to welcome some new members and visitors and to see some younger people joining the club, which warmly welcomes people of any age or level of experience.

Howard Pratt followed up his visit showing glorious images of the Peak District with an inspiring evening showing members how he would process their own images using Adobe Lightroom. His workflow for this is now available to members so they can try for themselves with the images they sent in for Howard to work on or with any other images they choose.

Howard was followed by a return visit from the wonderful Des Ong. Des is an unassuming person with a charming manner which belies the excellence of his photographic skills. The two year wait for a free date to get him back speaks volumes. The club was fortunate that it was able to rebook Des after only one year.

Although he hails from Borneo, Des enjoys very different climates and began by talking about his macro work and the dedicated kit which he took to photograph Arctic foxes in Iceland. He also showed images of the surprisingly diverse flora there. Moving on, he gave some tips about photographing insects and how to compose the image. The club’s many keen nature photographers were interested to hear the details of the kit used by Des to capture these beautiful images. One tip we can all learn from is that the end of the day is a good time to capture winged insects, when they are settling down for the night.

Most recently, members heard from James Davies, more familiar as the expert coach for the club’s portrait nights, but this time showing his own work. James is a lively young man who stressed the importance of interacting with his subjects when taking portraits. He demonstrated his skills in this respect throughout the evening by conducting a lively conversation with the audience as he showed how he works and explained his kit and camera settings.

James concluded by saying that to stand out as a professional, you need to develop your own style. It was clear he has done this to excellent effect. As with all the best speakers, members were left wanting more and on this occasion they will be rewarded as James returns in April for a portrait tutorial.

Following the first club competition of the year on 9th October, the next speaker will be Les Forrester with his talk on ‘An Infinity with Monochrome’. The club meets weekly at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford on Monday evenings at 7.30pm until the end of April. If you are free on a Monday night just come along. Everyone is welcome. For more information see the 2017/18 programme on www.retford-photographic.co.uk.