Photographic Society

Published on February 14th, 2015 | by Content Admin


Photographic Society: February 2015 Report

Click here to see the above photograph. Stolen Kiss by Martyn Pearse
In February, Bob Brind-Surch gave a most interesting presentation on ‘Macro Photography.’ A retired physics teacher, Bob had been interested in photography from his youth and, on retirement, has now turned his hobby into a full-time activity with numerous commercial commissions, workshops and organised wildlife safaris to Africa and elsewhere. For his presentation, Bob concentrated on macro techniques, explaining the principles of magnification for different types of cameras, the limitations of lenses for this type of work, and the pros/cons of close-up lenses, extension tubes and dedicated macro lenses. He then reviewed the benefits of reversing lens adapters, together with the use of various items such as clamps, ring flashes, light panels, laboratory jacks and focusing racks. Bob concluded by examining a post-production software technique known as ‘focus stacking’, whereby the limitations of the shallow depth of field normally associated with macro work could be completely overcome.

Bob made a somewhat technical presentation easy to understand by showing diagrams and photographs at each stage of his presentation, and by physically demonstrating the use of each item of equipment. In summary, this was an absorbing and stimulating ‘tour de force’ of macro photography by someone with an intimate knowledge of his subject, and which was much appreciated by his audience.

The Society Club Night is on 4 March, when Alan Fretten will give a presentation entitled ‘So long and thanks for the fish – a selection of images covering sport, rock bands and travel.’ This will be followed by a Workshop on 18 March about ‘Camera exposure modes’, and the Annual General Meeting of the Society occurs on 1 April together with a subsequent presentation by members on ‘My attempts at abstract photography’. All events are at 7.30pm in the Cartwright Hotel, Aynho, and everyone is welcome to attend.

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