The evening was an informal critique night, fronted by our own experienced and knowledgeable judges Alan Taberer and Kathy Chantler. There was a good turnout of 31 members, including a few new members and some returning ones too.
The members had provided a good array of subject matter. Landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, portraiture, flowers and even ICM (Intentional Camera Movement). Lots of advice and tips to be had, like trying the image in black and white sometimes works better. Waiting for the sun to drop behind the horizon so the burnt out ball of bright light doesn’t distract, something that can’t be avoided when shooting into the sun.
They discussed negative space and and how to create a minimalistic image. Does the image have impact? Advice on cropping, and the need for a ‘target’ in the image, somewhere for the eye go to. Watch for bright distracting colours in the background which draws the eye away from the subject.
The tips and advice were endless, giving us so much to think about when taking a picture and hopefully helping the photographer (or Author as is the usual term used). They touched on the next, slightly daunting subject of post processing. The ideal is to try and get it right in camera! Who’d have thought so much went into getting a photograph?
So, remember when taking a picture – Try a step to the right, or left. Raise, or lower the camera, see if a good image can become a great image!
Here’s a selection of images that were submitted for critique on the night.