What happens at our photography club?
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) at 7:30 pm. Members Photos – both digital and print, are displayed for all to view. At this stage, the author of each image is unknown.
Members can enter up to three photos each month. There are two sections – Set & Open. The ‘Set Subject’ is known prior to club night and members are able to choose whether they enter their 3 images ‘all’ in that month’s Set Subject; ‘all’ in Open Subject; or any blend of the two. We tend to finish around 9:30-10:00 pm, but feel free to leave earlier if required.
A visiting judge comments on each photo and awards a grade; the idea being that we can ‘all’ learn from the judge’s comments. It’s a friendly competition and members are not obliged to enter photos. Afterwards there’s time for a cuppa and a chat. A camera is not required for this night.
We also endeavour to arrange occasional field trips and workshops (learning opportunities).
Is it necessary to have an expensive camera and be an “expert”?
Certainly not. In photography we are always learning, this means that everyone is at different points on the same road, and in a club situation, you can learn from those who are further along than you are. You can purchase a second-hand camera for less than $50 that will provide good image quality (if you choose well). Photography is about ‘art’, not technicalities. Many famous photographs have far lower image quality than is seen in the shots produced by modern point-and-shoot cameras, and these famous photos are popular because content is king. Expensive cameras do have their advantages, but they’re not essential.
What is the procedure for entering photos into the monthly competition?
Click here to download the instructions.