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Made it to the meeting, and it proved interesting.

What? You want more?

The group meets once a month, alternating their meetings between a workshop and a business meeting/print contest. I'm not sure what print contest means, exactly, as yesterday was the workshop. A local who specialises in portraiture presented on 'headshots' (which is what portraiture seems to be these days). Another member also brought in a lighting setup, thus with the presenter's there were two. Following the presentation, two models sat for members to practice what they'd just learned. Since I neither knew the workshop to be scheduled, nor the subject, nor am a member yet I did not bring a camera. So I didn't photograph the models.

I suppose it is not entirely accurate to say I didn't bring a camera, since the Treo PsortaSmartPhone is a camera as well. So I did photograph the two different lighting setups, comparing their similarity and differences. The backdrop the pro used I liked for the purpose; a fairly benign mottled grey-white. The other fellows was way too busy. Both setups used electronic flash, with modeling lights. I've mostly used 'hot lights' so far, incandescent lamps rather than flash. Not exclusively, though my flash setup isn't in that league.

Left before things totally wrapped there, as since I didn't have a camera, wasn't taking photos, and everyone was nattering away with folk they knew and comparing their shots.

Such is the evening of yesterday, and I've survived another Meeting Marathon Wednesday at Hospital.


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May. 6th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I used to belong to one of the local camera clubs. It was fun being one of the 4 members that were not septuagenarians. We would meet every week for various workshops and the last meeting of the month was devoted to competition. Competitions scored at your level of experience, novice or advanced. They were then broken down into several categories: Nature (Could not show the hand of man), Pictorial, and news (this category often contained sports photos); then you had the same categories under prints as well as print maker prints. Digital as a media wasn't even considered as viable photography at this point.

The workshops were always fun and interesting. Hyper-focal distances being one that was repeated year after year because no one could get it, rear screen projection, shooting through textured glass. I learned more from the club and it's classes and outings than I ever learned in a class.

It was also fun to hang out with other camera geeks, no matter the age. I hope you have as much fun as I did.
May. 7th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
I think I shall, indeed. *G* Dad got me started on photography when (as a sculptor) he started to study to stretch as an artist. He, too, joined a local club for the same reasons you describe; camaraderie, critique, and knowledge. Ocala (unlike Gainesville, with the University) has a number of retirement communities as satellites, so there are rather a few septuagenarians as well. Many of them travel North for the Summer, yet the club continues to meet.
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