Develop your photography skills

Published on: 05 Nov 2015

DO you want to take better photographs? Downend Camera Club has been helping its members improve their picture-taking skills for many years and their work can often be seen displayed in local libraries.
Meetings are on Tuesdays every week of the year, with many taken up by presentations of high quality inspirational prints and images by invited speakers who talk informally about their work.
Club spokesman Ed Shorney said: “Stunning pictures are often shown here, landscapes, wildlife, the rare and the beautiful, images taken in the UK and in exotic locations around the world. This is a good way to learn, finding out how the experts do it.
“The club’s meetings are relaxed and good-humoured, nobody talks technical jargon or how expensive their camera is, and lady members do particularly well.”
Regular club competitions also help show what works and what doesn’t. Members’ images can be sent in by email as well as prints and are evaluated and commented on, usually by an outside judge.  
Ed said all entries are anonymous so can be judged on merit and nobody is embarrassed.
“Photography has a few rules, but they are there to be broken as what is welcomed in competitions is often the unusual and unconventional, something a bit different, odd angles, street photography, good old black and white, everything and anything.  What matters is whether a picture is any good or not. Is photography an art form? This club thinks so!”
Digital images submitted to the competitions have to be less than 1.5m pixels, and as many mobile phones have 5m pixel cameras, great winning images can be made without owning a conventional camera.
Anyone is welcome to join, beginners to advanced photographers. The first few meetings, offered as taster sessions, are free. The club meets on Tuesdays at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend  at 7.45pm. Check out the website at www. downendcameraclub.org.uk. for more details.

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