The first time I visited Digital Photography was over two years ago, then run by the late Alan Saywood; after his death, fortunately Peter Finch came forward and took over the role of group leader, and so the group continues to flourish. Now meeting fortnightly on Mondays at the Burnham Museum there is room to accommodate more members and also space for laptops and a screen and projector that can be used.
I was fortunate enough a year ago to attend one of their meetings which was a talk on creating slideshows set to music – it was fascinating. Armed with a detailed sheet of instructions it was easy to follow –actually doing it may prove a lot harder! Planning, I gather, is essential. It is advisable to choose your photos and music beforehand and put them in one folder so it is easy to bring them into the slideshow. Text can be added and also further sound effects. Another member showed her devices for checking where to crop and to get a balanced photo and there was a discussion on apertures and light sensors. Finally, as at most meetings, photos taken by members were passed around for constructive criticism.
More recently, last month, I was lucky to be able to go with the group on an ‘away day’ to Southend. Meeting at the Southend Pier entrance the first stop was a High Street café for a coffee and to plan the day. The coffee was good but the apple pie and cream that Peter had ordered looked wonderful and, never one to miss a photo opportunity, the printed picture Peter took of it lying there on an orange plate looked even better. The plan was that firstly all members would take photos of an agreed subject and thereafter take pictures of whatever took their fancy and meet later for lunch. After much discussion ‘the Pier’ was chosen as the subject – the beach, Essex man/woman and the Kursaal being rejected.
Later we returned to the same café where the day was discussed and camera shots viewed etc. At the group’s following meeting in the museum, those who had taken pictures brought prints of them with a note of the settings used – the prints were handed round, discussed, admired etc. I saw some of the results and was impressed by the colours and variety and aspects of the different photos, the different subject matter, angles of the Pier, photos of the Kursaal, youngsters enjoying the thrills at Adventure Island and more. Quite a lot of the pictures had been digitally enhanced which really brings out the best in the photo but is time-consuming.
The group caters for all levels of knowledge and experience of digital photography and knowledgeable members are always happy to advise and help others.
The cost of the morning is £2.00 and includes refreshments and new members would be made welcome – call Peter on 784309 for details of the next meeting.