Intentional Camera Movement – 19th March 2024

Unfortunately Roy Killen who was going to give an online workshop on Nature photography for us tomorrow night is not well.

I will now be giving a workshop planned for June in his place. It will be on Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and will be held in the main hall of the Mount Waverley Community Centre, 7.30 start. And a reminder this is our set subject for the August competition

Please bring your camera, a zoom lens with a good range, something colourful to photography in an abstract sort of way and be prepared to
play! Tripods optional.

Gear Night – 20th February 2024

Our next workshop night, on Tuesday 20th February 2024, has been designated a “Gear Night”.

For those of you unfamiliar with this concept (the last one was possibly before COVID), this night is where we focus on improving our familiarity with our camera equipment. But that’s not all, we also use this as an opportunity to swap/buy/sell gear amongst members – I’ll come back to this shortly.

Gear Discussion Groups

For the main part of the evening we will divide up into groups (tables) according to the make/vendor of our gear. Each table will have a designated member who owns the same brand of camera as the others on the table and will help lead the discussion.

To kick things off, there will be some prepared tasks that we will ask everyone to do – I hope this will inject a bit of fun into the exercise. More importantly, I hope this will get the conversation started at each table, and after those 6 tasks, each table can take the conversation forward according to the needs/wishes of the group.

Swap/Buy/Sell Gear

At some point in the evening, we’ll move over to the swap/sell/buy activity. If the gear involved is unique to a brand (e.g. Olympus), such as a lens, then this part of the evening may well start off at the ‘brand’ table. We’ll also have a couple of tables set up for selling ‘generic’ gear, such as tripods etc.

Advertising Gear For Sale

As preparation for the swap/buy/sell segment, members are invited (or even encouraged) to post items for sale on the club members Facebook group, or via the members email group (especially if there are more expensive items, such as lenses, camera bodies, etc.). The FB group is the preferred mechanism for advertising gear as each email to all members needs to be vetted and ‘sent’ which creates work for our team, so please only use email if you are not on FB. You may wish to negotiate a deal offline and simply use the night as an opportunity to exchange the gear.

To be crystal clear, any goods/monies exchanged through this event is a matter between the members concerned only – the club will not be involved in any way, and does not offer any warranties around goods, equipment condition, and/or advice on price or good value. Any and all issues relating to goods, payments etc., is a matter for the members involved only, and caveat emptor is advised. The club is only providing the opportunity for members to get together to ‘swap’.

This is usually a fun evening, involving a high level of interaction between members with ‘like’ equipment. There is a good chance everyone will take away something, if only the realisation that you really need to spend more time getting to know your gear!

I hope you are looking forward to it. I know I am. See you there at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, starting at the usual time of 7:30pm.

A Photographers Sketchbook Part 2 with Gillian Turner

Our next workshop will be with Dr Gillian Turner. This is an in person workshop, please bring your cameras!

When: Tuesday 21st November 2023, 7.30 pm
Where: Mt Waverley Community Centre, Craft room

Here is some information from Gillian Turner to assist with your thinking:

Focus: Finding Patterns and Textures

My presentation will engage with the following:

  • Use of terminology shared across all visual arts techniques
  • Composition – Meaning and use in making images
  • Brainstorming – how to gather ideas for set subjects
  • Using a notebook/journal as a tool in photography
  • Setting personal challenges for photography
  • Looking and seeing in new ways – making your mark
  • Different ways of making images

An important aspect of the evening will be time for general chats about what has been created in each section, a short brainstorming activity and follow up discussion

It will be helpful if members bring the following items:

  • A small notebook – plain paper if possible
  • A few images they feel respond to the topic patterns and/or textures – they will need to cut or mark these so bring only those you are happy to ‘destroy’! I will also bring a few so if people forget or don’t have any, that’s OK.
  • Camera and a strong torch or mobile with torch function
  • A sense of adventure!!

I will bring a box of interesting bits and pieces for people to play with.

Upcoming Portraiture Workshops

Over the next few months, the club will present a number of workshops on portrait photography and post processing. Further details will be provided closer to the dates.

Introduction to Studio Lighting by Peter Harrison

Part A: Wednesday 18 October 2023 7.15 pm til 9.30 pm
Part B: Thursday 26 October 2023 7.15 pm til 9.30 pm
Held at Mount Waverley Community Centre.
Limited to 25 participants.

The basics of studio lighting including types equipment used, how light works, and demonstration of several lighting setups for portraiture that could be used at home with purchase of minimal equipment. This will be very practical and highly interactive. Bring your camera.

It is strongly recommended that members, particularly those with limited experience with studio lighting, attend these two sessions as a foundation for the “Studio Lighting by Andrea Esposito” session.

Studio Lighting by Andrea Esposito (with experienced model)

Saturday 11 November 2023 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday 13 November 2023 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Member co-payment $40.00
Held at Melbourne Camera Club studio, South Melbourne.

Andrea will demonstrate three lighting set ups; headshots, half and full body. He will assist each participant will have their own dedicated time to direct, pose and shoot the model for each of the lighting set-ups.
Limited to 10 participants per session.

Creating Composites by Sharon and Rob Prenton-Jones (with live model)

Sunday 7 January 2024 Full Day
Member co-payment $50.00

Sharon and Rob will demonstrate the end to end process of creating fine art composites. This will include a live model shoot with lighting, capturing background images, and through bringing it all together through processing with ACR and Photoshop. Following the presentation, additional video training material will be provided to participants.

Further information will follow on each of the above workshops. In the meantime, mark the dates in your diary!

Special presentation from Mieke Boynton focusing on Bright and surrounds

In advance of our club weekend away to Bright we have a special presentation from Mieke Boynton focusing on Bright and surrounds.

Mieke is well know to the club and is an internationally acclaimed landscape and aerial photographer. Mieke and her partner Matt Palmer own and run the Alpine Light Gallery in the beautiful alpine township of Bright in Victoria, where you can visit and view a large selection of their fine art landscape prints.

The presentation will be on Wednesday 19th April 2023 at 7:30pm over Zoom.