Sunday, September 15, 2013
Looking back over the last 3 years our little club has grown and evolved, with still so much more to come! We have a wonderful group of people who get together and share the passion and love for photography. We are lucky to have such a diverse group, not only in ages, but also interests, experience, knowledge and equipment. A great opportunity for all of us to enjoy our own images, and also open our eyes and mind to what our fellow photographers enjoy.
I (Pam) will be unable to be at the first meeting, however Dan will be there and has asked me to encourage all members to bring some of your favourite images from the summer.
When choosing these images... even though I will not be there - what I would love to know is why...
Why did you choose the image? What is it that gives the photo feeling or meaning? Also as this is a way I personally learn with photography - what were your settings? Did you use Auto, P, shutter priority, aperture priority or manual and why?
Here are a few photos from one of our members from her group of 2012 fav's - Jennifer Thompson.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
James is a wealth of knowledge. For those members who have been using Lightroom even learned some awesome tips and tricks within the software - which is also very affordable. Bonus is if you have a child in school, they need this software and qualify for the 80% education discount. ;)
Thank you to James... For anyone who is into photography and wants to take a "once in a lifetime photography trip" that is not only fun for the photographer and spouse but also very affordable... You've got to check out his site!
Do me a favourite and tell him the Mount Forest Camera Club sent you ;)
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hi all, at our May meeting we determined that for June we would show our Depth Of Field photos!
This is an example of my own. I LOVE shooting wide open ... this was shot with my 50mm at 1.2. So very shallow depth of focus, which makes it even more important when you are taking the shot to ensure your shutter speed is high enough to not have a blur of any kind and toggle your focal point!
Members please bring 3-5 photos to the next meeting along with your settings, if you planned the shot or planned your settings please explain why you chose them.
We will begin to open up the meeting for "Constructive Criticism" to each member who shows images - for ONE of their images shown at the meeting.
A Club Handbook is in the works and will be emailed out soon to members as well as our follow up email from the May meeting!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Here is one of the images I used...
This was just a few days later...
Sunday, February 26, 2012
We do a monthly share of photos, we have a facebook community as well as a flickr community online. Each month a word is chosen and for the next few weeks you have to take photograph's using that word as your inspriration - some have been a stretch haha but its always fun to see each others photograph's and be open and honest about constructive criticism (which you do not have to ask for if you do not want to!).
Hope to see you out!
This photo is something we put together, with photos from 4 of the members in the club, the image is watermarked however the one we print for the township is full quality.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Our Club met a week later than we typically do, we had great reason for this and we are very excited to begin working with the Mount Forest Chamber of Commerce for the betterment of our community!
As emails with specific meeting details only go out to club members who have been in attendance and have paid their club fee, we will not be posting specifics on here. However we would like anyone interested to know that we have some great plans for future meetings. We plan on doing hands on lessons (cameras involved - point and shoot and DSLR), we will also be sharing our best photos from the month - including camera settings which were used to achieve the shots, there will be an opportunity for the photographers to ask their fellow photogs for any criticism or critique on their photos to assist them in understanding what went wrong or even what went well for them to achieve the shot they did.
Interested... we would love for you to join us! :)
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Hope to see you there! 730pm last Thursday of September at the Faith Baptist Church.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Then next weekend...
The Mount Forest District Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 11th Annual Fireworks Festival. It's been recognized as one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals and Events four years in a row: 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2011!
Our spectacular firework displays began and continue with (former - local) manufacturer of fireworks, owner, David Whysall. Recently his Team Canada competed in an International Fireworks Competition in Da Nang, Vietnam. As well as winning globally in 2008.
Many of our members, if not all of them, will be taking part in this fantastic event ... behind the camera! Thats right, as a club we are going to Photograph all of the various aspects of this fantastic event which has helped make our town THE place to be this weekend in July!
MEMBERS - If you are interested in having your images included or want more details you MUST contact us BEFORE the event! firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thursday, June 9, 2011
We will be meeting at 730pm at the Faith Baptist Church on the corner of London Road and King Street. Bring your equipment if you like and if its not raining (what is with this weather!?) we could always go out and actually do some hands on shooting - this is where other members can assist each other in learning their camera or various photography techniques as well.
We are also hoping to use this blog more to showcase our members! This is one thing that will be discussed tonight and we will be adding a page to our blog/website to add photos of each member and a short bio about them :) Also with various photography topics I am hoping to share more members photos ON our blog/website of shots from our members !
Happy Shooting and hope to see you later :)
A post is always better with a photo! This is one I captured of my kids last night while watching the storm from our front porch (after the worst of the wind calmed).
Monday, June 6, 2011
The month of June is partially going to be reflection and restructuring of the club - so if you have any interest in photography now is the time to come out and join us! No matter your interest level, even if you are a very casual picture taker or a professional this club is meant for everyone. We are looking forward to the upcoming year of growth and friendship. Everyone of all ages is welcome.
Also at our June meetings we will be compiling a list of "scavenger hunt" words that over the summer photographers can take a word and put their own creative spin on it and photograph how they see it...
Hope to see you out this Thursday!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
This was a blog post on the website Digital-Photography-School. They have excellent tips and hints for photography and this most recent post really hit home for me as I personally use these tips now everyday in my own photography with my kids. The difference is amazing when you do think outside the box and start to get down and maneuvre yourself around to get "the shot". You not only capture memories with an entirely unique angle you truly can capture the emotions in the memory by doing this! I have put the information from their blog post into this blog post for the ease of our members, however full credit goes to http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-go-beyond-the-regular-composition-advice-for-getting-the-best-shots-of-your-kids. If you click this link you can see some of their other blog posts!
How to go Beyond the Regular Composition Advice for Getting the Best Shots of your Kids
If you search for advice on how to take better pictures of children there are certain gems that are sure to appear on any list of tips. “Get on their level” and “Get Closer”, are the two that come to mind right away and they are both solid ways to improve your kid shots. Let’s look first at why these work and then how to expand those ideas to create infinitely more interesting images.
The top tip on any list you find is often going to be “Get on their level”. There is a reason that it should be as it is great advice and will make a big difference immediately. If you get down on the same level as a child to take their portrait, you give them power by allowing them to look into the camera straight on. Kneel down so that you become the same height as the child. Chat with your subject and engage them before just going right into taking their photograph. When the time is right, lift your camera and ask the kids if they can see themselves (or a fairy or a pony or any other magical subject) in your lens to get direct eye contact.
Photography is a visual language and the angle with which you shoot the photograph is an integral part of the structure of your story you are telling. Think of composition as part of the “grammar” of this language and that the choices that you make should serve a purpose. Photography is a common language that even kids can understand and when you make the effort to physically go down to their level you are showing them a certain respect.
Tech tip: Use a long lens so that you can put some distance between the camera and the child’s face. That is just another layer of respect.
Once you have begun to incorporate the “Get on their level” angle into your regular routine, here are four other ideas to break the cycle of the adult eye level shots:
Over Their Shoulder: You are down on their level, you have taken a straight on portrait, now move around the child and have a look at what they are doing. Immerse yourself in their world and let your camera see what they see.
Tech tip: If you have a fast 50mm lens, use it now and include some of the child in the frame. If they are busy, you will need to use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion. Using a fast 50mm lens means you will be able to open up the aperture to allow you to use that faster shutter speed indoors and avoid triggering your flash.
Go Low: Kids are short and you may have gotten on your knees to get their eye level, but now, go further. Come on, you can do it, lie down. You may be amazed at what the world looks like from the ground. Babies tend to hate tummy time, but if you get down with them, they may even enjoy it more and you can end up with some wonderfully funny faces. Or, how about that mountain of toys on the playroom floor? You think it looks bad from where you are standing? It is massive from down here!
Tech tip: Keep your aperture as wide as your lens will let you go so you can blur some of the floor in the foreground of these shots. That will help you isolate your subject even more.
Bird’s Eye: Breaking the adult’s eye level angle is not always just about sitting “criss-cross applesauce” or laying on the floor. It is about carefully observing the world that your child inhabits. It may be the same one as you, but it sure can appear different when you make an effort to look from unexpected points of view. Climb (carefully!) up above the kids and shoot directly down on mealtime, playtime, naptime, story time or bath time…anytime really. I have balanced (carefully! yet precariously) on the edges of various bathtubs, crib railings and dinner tables to get some of my favorite shots. It may be easier to grab a step stool though.
Tech tip: Use the widest focal length that you have and really get a sweeping scope of the children in their environment. Just watch out for your own feet getting into the frame.
Reflections: Use reflections to not only capture yourself with kids, but to catch their expression when they don’t realize the camera is trained on them. You don’t need a house full of mirrors to do this either. When you start looking, you will find shiny surfaces all around you.
Tech Tip: Show yourself in the shot. Set the camera to closest subject auto focus mode and take the camera away from your face before you press the shutter button.
Almost as often, when searching for ways to improve your photos of children, you will be told to “Get closer.” Children’s faces are so perfect and beautiful that it is great advice for you to fill the frame with them. Isolate the tiniest of details by photographing in close on things like newborn lashes, pursed toddler lips going in for a kiss or the drips of a juicy orange picked right from the tree. These shots make for beautiful additions to your collection of images.
Tech tip: Use a macro lens, close-up adapter (or the little flower icon for point and shooters) to get the closest focus possible.
Far Away: Now that you have that powerful and fantastic full frame eye contact shot of your child, step back and let the kids in your photos breathe. You will need to really step back and feature the children in their big world. This angle will emphasize their smallness, but their confidence at being alone in the frame will be their strength.
Tech tip: Use color and negative space well. A messy shot will not be as powerful.
Rachel Devine is an international commercial kid photographer and daily life photo blogger from the states. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Rachel and Peta Mazey are the photography duo behind “Beyond Snapshots”. They teach and mentor (in person and online) photographers of all levels on how to take better photographs of life. Their book will be published next year on Amphoto/Random House.
Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-go-beyond-the-regular-composition-advice-for-getting-the-best-shots-of-your-kids#ixzz1Nds1x4t7
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80) , Aperture f/10.0 , ISO Speed 160
Sunday, May 15, 2011
We've had some great meetings and upcoming for this month of May the group has decided on a photo walk - I am excited!!! Not only to get out and shoot - of course thats a blast, but to get out and shoot with everyone in the group and see the various perspectives and results :)
The theme for the month of May is depth of perspective... play around with your aperture and see the various results you can get with a shallow depth of focus shooting wide open (small number) and then shooting closed down more (larger aperture number). Andrea and I have already uploaded some examples to our Facebook Group and as well to Flickr - you must request to join our Flickr group to see the photos.
Here is one of my own examples... of a shallow depth of field. This was shot using my macro lens at f2.8.
Here is an example of closing down my aperture more to have more of the frame in focus. This was at f10
The location for the May Photography get together is going to be the Mount Forest Cemetary... lots of green space there to work with ! Come out and join us and perhaps learn something new :)