Monday, 5 March 2018
We had a stellar turn-out at last night’s meeting, attesting to the power of the creative still image – even during Hollywood’s special Oscar global gala. The meeting represented the fifth anniversary of our commencement as a photography club. We’ve come a long way in that time, as evidenced by the quality of the images and presentation material. But most importantly, our member participation continues to grow with a full 40 members contributing towards last night’s proceedings.
We started with a reminder of “A Moment in Time” photo show by ten of our members that is currently on display at the John M Parrott Art Gallery in Belleville and continues until March 21st.
Our first presenter of the night was Bert Jenkins who explained the impact of a camera’s sensor size on hyperfocal distance (HFD). Notwithstanding mathematical formulae and tables galore, the key take-away was that smaller sensor cameras such as micro four-thirds are excellent alternatives for landscape type photography where you want everything from close-up to far away in sharp focus. Larger full-frame cameras have shallower depth-of-field (all things being equal) and are a favoured choice by portrait and wedding photographers where HFD is not the key criterion.
We started the second half with a short slideshow of the Exec Committee’s macro photo images from Joe’s aforementioned workshop – even the pyrotechnics!
Next up, I put on a short discussion on How to Make an Effective Slideshow. We discussed various pre-planning, image selection/ordering, audio prep and video encoding ideas, including a number of excellent (and free!) software programs to get the job done right.
The theme challenges for the next two months have been handed down – Fifty Shades of Grey for March and Everyday Items with a Twist! for April.
Thanks to all those who came out to the meeting and we look forward to another great month of photography ahead of us all!