Club Meeting Report, Painting with Light - Tuesday 17th September 2013.

On Tuesday 17th September the second meeting of the Morpeth Camera Club 2013/14 season was a PDI presentation
by visiting guest speaker Richard Speirs (DPAGB, APAGB BTE2*), who is a member of Morton Photographic Society in
Cumbria.
Entitled " Painting with Light ", Richard gave a talk based on the techniques of photography rather than showcasing his
own efforts. He explained that it was primarily associated with what he often saw whilst judging and that his aim was to
encourage photographers to improve their work by just applying a few simple changes - or more importantly by taking
control of their camera rather than leaving it on the automatic programme setting.
Richard discussed the importance of composition, the use of the " rule of thirds ", point of focus, variations in horizon
lines and he demonstrated that by taking several photographs of the same subject from different angles, could make a
huge difference to the final outcome.
Further hints and tips to improve our photography included using the ground as a tripod for a different point of view,
creating impact by experimenting with depth of field, having the patience to wait for better light, the benefits of using
filters on a cloudy day, making best use of the foreground and making sure that the correct light balance is set on your
camera.
Illustrated with his photographs, Richard showed examples of " good " and " bad " positioning, highlighting distractions
which could take the viewers eye away from the subject, and he concluded that although rules of composition can be
ignored, there are certain rules which are necessary, in terms of how the human eye is conditioned to perceive shapes,
light and direction.
Morpeth club chairman Steve Mcdonald then thanked Richard for a very interesting, thought provoking & humorous
talk, before the raffle and refreshments concluded the evening.