Workshops, Outings and Tutorials

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Fantasy Flowers
At our June social evening, Lilian Hadley gave us an insight into how she creates her amazing and very successful flower photographs. This inspiring talk saw many members trying their hand at flower photography and presenting their images at the June meeting.
Oil and Water Workshop
Oil and water don't mix, but they can combine to produce very beautiful abstract images. At our social evening in May we had a practical workshop on how to shoot oil and water bubbles as well as other table-top and macro subjects.


Light Domes and Light Painting
At our April workshop evening, we did some sparks over the water and some light domes, followed by light painting. Many thanks to our patient model, Leanne.


Bird Photography Lecture

On Tues 12 March, Robbie Aspeling gave us a fascinating lecture on the ins and outs of bird photography, including a look at his impressive equipment (get to know your bank manager) and a slide show of some memorable pictures of this country's wide range of birds.

Table-top Photography

Our November social evening was devoted to table-top photography. Roland had a professional light tent and Bruce brought a DIY light box made from a cardboard box, tracing paper and sticky tape.

Roland used tungsten spots for his light source whereas Bruce used off camera flash. The two different setups allowed members to experiment with the different lighting and how to get the best from each.

We started off with an explanation of the systems and how to set them up and the a demo of what results were achievable. Then, as usual, we had a wide-ranging informal question and answer session on this topic and many others, with a good flow of information between members.

Members then got to work playing with the various options available and producing some excellent results.

As usual, Bertie supplied a delicious hot meal and the barmaid, Katherine, took care of refreshments in between swotting for exams.

Don't forget to join us at the next social evening and have fun with photography while learning new skills and techniques that you can then go and pursue at home.

The above pic was shot with the DIY light box which cost a few Rands to make. Click on the picture to see an enlarged version. For more on how to make one of these boxes, check out these two sites.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html

http://www.diyphotography.net/homestudio/super-simple-light-tent

Unlike our regular monthly meetings, our social evenings are informal gatherings, offering an opportunity for members to chat about anything to do with photography in a relaxed and informal atmosphere where everyone can join in. It's an opportunity for you to find out more about a photographic technique you would like to learn, or to get assistance or advice on anything photographic and beginners are encouraged to join in. Feel free to bring equipment with you if you would like advice on how to use it, or just come along to soak up the atmosphere and share the passion of photography. We will be meeting from 18h00 at the Florida Canoe Club / Florida Yacht Club at Florida Lake. There is secure parking for cars, and a pub will operate with snacks available. For those of you who have been to these meetings, you will know that Bertie provides excellent meals, but an RSVP is essential for him to be able to cater for us, so please respond to me at bruce@astraweb.co.za if you will be attending otherwise there will not be enough hot meals for everyone. Here are the directions: From the N1 South take the 14th Avenue off-ramp and turn RIGHT under the freeway. Continue through three traffic lights and on past the Flora Clinic up the hill in William Nicol Drive.
Turn RIGHT at the top of the hill into ONTDEKKERS ROAD
Pass the first traffic light and then TURN LEFT at the next traffic light (next to fire department fountains) into GOLF CLUB TERRACE
PASS the Kentucky Fried Chicken on right at Goldman Street and go straight under the railway bridge
Stay on this road as the lake eventually appears on your LEFT
Go past the PUTT PUTT on left then at the traffic lights TURN LEFT into HAMBERG ROAD
200m later t
urn first left into EISTEDDFOD ROAD
Go through the security gate and straight ahead into the Canoe Club grounds.
FLORIDA LAKE CANOE CLUB GPS ADDRESS
S 26 10.713' E 027 54.229'
Looking forward to seeing you there!
 

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