Club Report, Guide to Audio Visual Presentations - Tuesday 16th December 2014.

On Tuesday 16th December 2014, the last meeting before the Christmas break, Club Chairman, Steve McDonald
gave a powerpoint presentation on audio visual production. Planning an AV before taking images can help to focus
your thoughts. A piece of music may inspire you to take photographs to complement it or, you may have a selection
of photographs already, in which case you have to find a piece of music as an accompaniment.
It is essential to match scenes to maintain fluidity in style, brightness and composition, line up horizons so that the
transition between scenes flow gently on the eye. It is important not to repeat images but to carefully choose the next
image to blend with the last and to pick music which will not detract from the mood of the subject, but will enhance it.
There should be a beginning, a middle and an end, the final images in an av are significant and should gently bring
the production to a conclusion. Care should be taken in the use of transitions, too many and they become a distraction,
fast transitions on a computer monitor may look fine but, when projected onto a screen the effect is escalated and
can be detrimental to the natural flow.
Steve illustrated his presentation by showing one of his first attempts at audio visual work, displaying beautiful
photography but being over zealous with transitions, which is so common with first timers. The second av, which was
produced by another photographer, entitled Skye in Winter, set to beautiful music and using subtle transitions was an
example of how the use of good images and complementary music can result in a very pleasing, atmospheric production.
The final example of a good audio visual presentation took the form of a documentary, entitled The Story of Beer,
together with a voice over by the author, with illustrations of historic brewers, told the origins of pub names which kept
the interest of the audience from beginning to end.
Steve’s presentation of each type of AV, was very useful to club members who have been invited to partake in an AV
competition, a new addition to the clubs programme, which will take place in the new year. Vice Chairman, Glyn
Trueman, thanked Steve for his very useful guidance after which a buffet supper was enjoyed.
                                                                                                                              Stephanie Robson.