We began the meeting with obligatory cup of tea and after a small delay due to technical difficulties with the Wi-Fi connection moved on to a discussion on how to get the most out of your camera indoors. The main points to be learnt are that if it is during the day open back your curtains and blinds and leave in as much light as possible, bump up your ISO and use a wide open aperture and position yourself so that the light is shining on your subject. Another invaluable tip is to de-clutter the background or use bare wall as a background. Photographs with busy backgrounds are generally poorly perceived as the eye is wandering all over and does not on concentrate on the subject.
Our third annual exhibition is scheduled for early June in the Tralee Library and we have set a deadline of the first meeting in May to have all the photographs in so that we can select, print and organise those that will be displayed. We ask each member to enter a least one photograph of what they consider their best work.
The next Open Competition will be held at our next meeting and there will be a slight change to the format. From now on each category will be shown separately beginning with the Novices, then the Intermediates and finally the Advanced Category. This will allow the members to mark the photos more consistently and we also discussed the best way to mark a photograph. The key points to consider when judging a photograph are its composition, the sharpness, the colours and the impact. If you would like some more information on our club then visit our website at http://ardfertcameraclub.weebly.com