Join us for Speaker Bill Young April 16th. About Bill from his website... Born in Toronto, I have made Ottawa home for most of the last 30-plus years. Why do I photograph? Like so many of us, I am compelled to create. We must feed the soul as well as the body. This is the fundamental reason that I shoot. Past that, however, I am a visually oriented person. While I appreciate many other forms of art, the technical and creative aspects of photography hold a fascination for me.
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Saturday April 21st Waterfalls and Moving Water The next outing is “Shooting Waterfalls” and is on April 21, 2018. We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the “Park and Ride” on Highway 38 and head off following a route that allows the shooting of different waterfalls as we go. We will finish at about 11:30 a.m. and anyone, available and interested, can join us for lunch. The restaurant is yet to be determined. Blackflies/Mosquitoes may be gigantic, so please include your personal anti-insect kit
Natural light Natural or available light can produce beautiful and flattering portraits, and many photographers prefer its subtlety to flash light. However, there’s an art to controlling it so you get the best results. Try and avoid direct sunlight, because it can create hard and ugly shadows on faces. Working in areas of open shade, try using a reflector to bounce light back onto your subject. It’s easy, relatively inexpensive and can give your portraits a professional look. You
Most photographers tend to undertake their landscape assignments in the daylight hours, and the hours immediately prior to and after sunrise and sunset are often held up as the best time to get interesting light. However, more adventurous photographers will also find that many landscapes work just as well in the dark of night. Photographing images at night by shining a torch ('flashlight') at your chosen subject using the technique known as ‘painting with light’ is actually a relatively simple
The Ubiquitous - and Much Derided - Rule of Thirds It's been the favourite 'rule' of camera clubs since photographs started to imitate 'art'. Imagine that your image is divided into nine equal segments by two vertical and two horizontal lines. Try to position the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or at the points where they intersect. Doing so will add balance and interest to your photo. Will they look old-fashioned and appear to have been set up in some way? Yes, very
Before I took my first photographs on my own camera (a Coronet 44, I think), at the age of 12, I hadn’t ever considered or learned about composition. I thought it only had something to do with painting.... and it was certainly something our Art teacher kept rattling on about. I disregarded composition entirely. Then there came a point where I began intuitively arranging my subject into what seemed 'better balanced' places. There again, I had no idea about shutter speeds and apertures – and I'm
Good Composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define. Instead of looking at composition as a set of ‘rules’ to follow – view it as a set of ingredients that can be used to make a great ‘meal’ (photograph). Alternatively, think of it as a set of ‘tools’ for the construction of a great image. The key is to remember that in the same way as a chef rarely uses all the ingredients at their disposal in any dish – a photographer rarely uses all of the