Chris Shepherd – Composition & Catastrophe

Chris Shepherd – Composition & Catastrophe

Chris makes a very welcome return to the Society after his very successful talk – Looking Local.

In Chris’s own words;

Composition & Catastrophe
Two separate half evening technical talks, making for an evening where beginners and experts alike can learn (or be reminded) of something:

Considering Composition – we often hear talk of “The rules of composition”, but what are those rules and should we ignore them ? In this talk we explore the compositional tools we have available to us to make our pictures just a bit more interesting.

If you do one thing today – its a new digital world and yet not many of us stop to think how easily we could lose all our information.

In this talk we scare ourselves with tales of what could happen to our computers, photographs and information then look at ways to mitigate those risks.

You can see the quality of Chris’s work on his website – CLICK HERE

Informal Competition – Autumn & Winter

Informal Competition – Autumn & Winter

UPDATE: click this link for results

Welcome to 2017!

I hope all members of the Society had a great Christmas and New Year and that Santa Claus brought you what you wanted.

Kicking off 2017 we have an informal competition between members. This is ‘just for fun’ and the only trophy is kudos of having won.

It will be a knockout competition whereby images will be pitted against each other in pairs and member voting by show of hands which is their favourite.

The winner will be the one with most votes in the final knockout round.

We ran this system for a black and white competition last year and it worked well and importantly was fun.

The theme of the competition is Autumn / Winter to be interpreted in the widest sense. Remember though that too far off on a tangent and members may ‘not get it’!

All we ask is that the images have been taken since autumn started in 2016. The whole concept of the competition is to get members out there taking photos and not re-hashing past photos.

It is thought that we will present up to 3 photos per member, but if there is a dearth of entries we may bump this up to 4.

Standard naming protocol;

eg. 02_Philip Atkinson_A Winter Scene in Newcastle

(spaces and capital letters are allowed in the naming protocol – just make sure those underscores are in the correct place – that is what the computer looks for)

As is the norm with digital competitions please upload images to;

http://wdps.org/competition-upload/

I am looking into an alternative upload method as there are at times issues with a confirmation message appearing (although to date all images have been received).

Featured image by Peter Hall

 

Programme 2017

Programme 2017

 

Welcome to the 2017 programme.

Please be aware there may be changes which may need to be made during the year so check out the Monday Night section on the homepage and for more comprehensive information about the speakers, competitions, or member’s evenings.

9th  Member’s Evening

An informal competition with the theme of ‘Autumn / Winter’

This will be a member voted knockout competition.

16th Chris Shepherd

Composition & Catastrophe
Two separate half evening technical talks, making for an evening where beginners and experts alike can learn (or be reminded) of something;

Considering Composition – we often hear talk of “The rules of composition”, but what are those rules and should we ignore them ?

In this talk we explore the compositional tools we have available to us to make our pictures just a bit more interesting.
If you do one thing today – its a new digital world and yet not many of us stop to think how easily we could lose all our information.

In this talk we scare ourselves with tales of what could happen to our computers, photographs and information then look at ways to mitigate those risks.
23rd Peter Warne

Copped Hall – Photos of the restoration process and the surrounding countryside

30th Walker Projected

Round one (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Members may submit up to four digital images.

6th Member’s Evening

Night time photography

13th Projected image competition at Chingford Photography Society

See their website for details

20th Neil Philips

Photographing insects and invertebraes

27th Walker Projected

Round two (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Members may submit up to four digital images.

6th Members Evening

Preparing for competition

13th Basildon Trophy

Black and White print competition.

Held at Chingford PS. The third club is Enfield PS.

20th Walker Projected

Round three (of three) of the Walker Projected Competition.

Members may submit up to four digital images.

27th Alan Leas

My Uncle Alfred Eisenstaedt

 

3rd Wally Killmartin Memorial Lecture

Simon Weir – Beyond Visible Light

A journey into infra-red

10th 1 in a 100 Competition

Held at Chingford Photographic Society. Barking and Harlow also taking part

17th No Meeting – Easter Monday

24th Walker Print Competition

Round one (of three) of the Walker Print Competition

Members may submit up to four prints.

1st May – No meeting (bank holiday)

8th John Cross (our very own intrepid traveller)

15th Walker Print Competition

Round two (of three) of the Walker Print Competition

Members may submit up to four prints.

22nd Member’s Evening

“In the style of…..”

Following the success of the competition last year we are holding it again in 2017.

Members must submit two photos, the first a photo that inspires them and the second their own, ‘in the style of’ the first.

The number of entries a member may submit will be informed closer to the date.

29th No Meeting (bank holiday)

5th Dr Tony Kaye

How many pixels do you need and are you getting good value from them?

12th Walker Print Competition

Round three (of three) of the Walker Print Competition

Members may submit up to four prints.

19th City Walk

A members evening where there will be a photographic ramble around the City (somewhere)

26th Summer Photography Course

3rd Summer Photography Course

10th Summer Photography Course

17th Summer Photography Course

24th Summer Photography Course

31st Summer Photography Course

7th Summer Photography Course

14th Summer Photography Course

21st New Member’s Evening

28th No Meeting (bank holiday)

4th Members Evening

Practical portraiture.

An opportunity for members to get hands on with studio lighting and models.

11th Rosemary Wilman

An evening of contrasts

 

18th Stafford Steed

USA – the southern states. Images and AV.

25th Albert Bale Trophy

Portrait competition. Members may submit up to two prints.

2nd Paul Radden

A bit of him and some of her

9th Goddard Trophy

Panel competition. Members may enter a panel of four prints linked by a theme.

16th Centenary Trophy

AV competition voted upon by members

23rd – 28th Annual Exhibition

30th Member’s Evening

(tba – likely to be a review of the exhibition)

6th Annual General Meeting

13th Ron Tear

The black and white picture show

20th Print Competition against Chingford Photographic Society

Held in Walthamstow

27th Member’s Evening

You are the judge.

4th Documenting E17

Members photos of Waltham Forest taken through the year

11th Christmas Party

18th No Meeting

Informal drinks may be held in The Bell

25th No Meeting – it Christmas Day after all

Summer Photography Course – 2017

Summer Photography Course – 2017

The 2016 course proved to be very popular with over 30 people attending, a number of whom still regularly attend and are active within the Society.

In 2017 the course will run from 26th June until 14th August – Monday evenings 7.45pm – 10pm.

It is highly likely to be oversubscribed so if you are interested in attending please sign up as soon as possible.

The course is both practical and theoretical with the simple aim that by the end of the course you will take better photographs.

Over the years hundreds of people have attended, enjoyed, and gained from taking part in the course.

We find that people attend for a whole variety of reasons with common reasons being;

  • Stuck in a rut of taking snapshots and wanting to take quality photos instead
  • Buying a dSLR and never taking it off the automatic setting
  • A rekindling of an interest in photography
  • Technique and science of photography
  • Photographic outings
  • Practical assignments

There will be at least 3 outings on weekends in the Walthamstow area.  Additionally each week practical assignments will be set which relate to what has been covered that week in the course.

This practical work is optional and whilst reviewed this is done anonymously.  Many people find this the best aspect of the course as it stretches photographic skills into areas they may not previously have taken.

We find that most people tend to own dSLR cameras but bridge or compact cameras are often owned.  In the Society many people use bridge or compact cameras including competition winners.

The price of the course is only £75 (with some early bird fees of £65) and this includes membership of the Society until September 2018 (worth £50)

“I did not arrive with any particular preconceptions or specific expectations. Course has been very enjoyable and I am very happy with the content.”

“From my perspective the course has had a nice balance. I have sought to attend on Monday evenings and to participate in the field events.”

“As a novice I have learnt a great deal about photography and camera settings”

“I joined the 2013 Walthamstow Photographic Society Summer School.  Prior to this my photography was limited to trying to get better holiday photos than my friends, and I had never taken the camera off auto.

At the Summer School I learnt about the different settings on my camera, how to technically take a good photo, how to be creative taking photos, and most importantly from the homework I was encouraged to try photographing a whole range of different subjects pushing me out of my comfort zone.

Two years later, thanks to the start given at the Summer School, my photography and confidence has come on in leaps and bounds.

I enjoy entering the club competitions and interclub competitions and in 2015 I won the 1 in 100 interclub competition had 6 acceptances for the Southampton International Exhibition.” – Caroline Preece

Syllabus

Understanding all the knobs, buttons and symbols on your camera and what menu items mean.

    • How to use the Shutter Speed to get the correct exposure or use it to create creative images.
    • How using different Apertures impacts on what is in sharp focus in your images and how to use this Depth of Field for creative image making.
    • Understanding the Aperture/shutter speed relationship.
    • How to Focus and the different in-camera focusing modes available.
    • How to use ISO to cope with different lighting and photography conditions and for creative image making.
    • How to expose images correctly using all the above to improve your images and how to utilise this for creative effect.
    • How to use your camera’s light meter and the various options for in-camera light metering.
    • How to hold a camera and various ways of supporting one for different photographic tasks.
    • Holding the camera – low shutter speeds, technique for different lenses.
    • Exposure modes and what they are best for.
    • What lenses to use for what tasks and understanding focal lengths.
    • How to look after your equipment.

Understand the different rules that can help improve the composition of an image

  • Rule of thirds
  • Keeping horizons straight
  • Using other aids such as framing, lead in lines etc to improve your image
  • Understand what format to use;  landscape, portrait, square, letterbox, panorama
  • Understanding how your position impacts on the final feel of the image
  • Knowing when to break the ‘rules’

  • Moving objects.
  • Panning.
  • Difficult conditions

Managing your images digitally.

  • Moving your images from camera or card to computer
  • Understanding workflow and adopting a workflow model that works for you
  • File management including filing structure, tagging, naming and cataloguing images
  • Looking at software options;  free, hobbyist and professional
  • Preparing your images for printing or other media
  • Presenting your images

A overview on Portrait photography from a professional portrait photographers point of view.

Digital Processing and image adjustment.

Basic adjustments in Photoshop Elements:

      • Levels.
      • Shadows and Highlights.
      • Brightness and Contrast.
      • Straightening.
      • Cropping.
      • Cloning.
      • Red Eye Elimination.
      • Resizing images.
      • Sharpening.

  • Understanding lighting and the effect it has on your final image.
  • How the quality of light changes though the day.
  • How different conditions may cause a Colour shifts and how to rectify this.
  • Working in adverse weather conditions that change the quality of light.
  • Reflectors.
  • Flash / Fill in Flash.
  • Common lighting set-ups

  • What you can and can’t photograph, when and where
  • How to protect your images.
  • Ways of granting to others the right to use your images

Previous attendees have came from Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, South Woodford, Woodford, Wanstead, & Chingford.

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Christmas Party 2016

Christmas Party 2016

Well Xmas party (too lazy to write Christmas) is upon us again, so dodgy speech from me and raffles. Had a panic on the food front but thats been sorted.

Raffles will have a few photographic items, I have stuck in a brand new set of ND and Grad ND filters with holders, Phil has a camera bag to be won and there will be a Fat Cat print voucher plus the normal bits I would assume.

If you haven’t got ticket yet Pauline may be able to sort it still so e mail her. Might be possible to pay on the night.

It’s a social evening so get along and be sociable.

It’s the last meeting of the year, but we might be in a pub the following Monday details to follow.

Finally don’t forget the first week back is a members evening you get the chance to vote on the “Winter” competition. SO get out and get taking.

Anyway Enjoy the Hostilities.

All the best.

Ian

 

Albert Bale Competition 2016

Albert Bale Competition 2016

This coming Monday sees the return of the Albert Bale Trophy.

This is the only competition of the Society with a specific theme – A Human Portrait. It doesn’t need to be a posed portrait, it can be a portrait in the widest context.

It is a print competition where only Two entries are allowed per member.

Dimensions of the maximum mount size are 20” x 16” or 50 cm x 40 cm.

Prints can be either Black & White or Colour.