Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Jillian Wightman0
Photographic Society: November Report
NOVEMBER 2014: In October, member George Sainsbury led a Workshop on ‘Being judgemental about your own photographs’, which comprised an inter-active appraisal of photographs using two formats and where members were invited to critically review George’s own photographs.
At the end of October, the Society held its second annual exhibition in Deddington’s Parish Church, auspiciously at the same time as the Farmers’ Market, collecting in the Visitors’ Book such comments as ‘Just fabulous!’ and ‘What an inspiration to get the camera out!’ The Club is very grateful to have received a grant from the Deddington Farmers’ Market, as a contribution towards the cost of a lamp for illuminating prints on Club Nights.
Then, at November’s Club Night, Rod Bird gave a presentation on ‘What’s new: Trends in the photographic industry’. Rod, who is a member of the Maidenhead Camera Club and an experienced photographer, looked at the historical aspects of early photography and the accelerating pace of digital photography, which has resulted in the amalgamation or demise of many well-known manufacturers.
Using graphs and tables, he demonstrated the increasing capability of digital cameras and, specifically, the developments in reducing the size of camera sensors, improvements in sensor sensitivity and associated ISO ratings, enhancements in the dynamic range of images and advances in auto-focusing techniques. Rod continued with a personal assessment of four main types of digital camera: compact, bridge, single lens reflex (SLR) and compact systems (CSC). He then concluded by forecasting the increasing use of video display viewfinders in lieu of SLR optical mirrors – except for high-end professional use – and predicted the continuing growth of all types of CSC due to their flexibility, relative smallness and ease of use. This was a very interesting, albeit somewhat technical, presentation that was much appreciated by his audience.