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U3AC Photo Forum 17 – Photojournalism: Brian Harris

Brian Harris explored his world of photojournalism through the 18 months spent in Eastern Europe documenting the collapse of communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  Photographs of smoggy streets, people going about their daily lives, night … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 16 – Next Term’s Topics

Topics agreed for next term, in no particular order: Photojournalism – with Brian Harris Street Photography – members’ photographs Cityscapes and architecture – members’ photographs Points Of View 1 – outdoor session taking photographs in City centre Points of View … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 15 – Creative and Abstract Photography

Sue Fifer explored this through the work of established photographers and members of the Forum, following the headings used by Jackie Higgins in her book, Why it Does Not Have to be in Focus (Thames and Hudson, 2017).  ‘Portraits/Smile’: e.g. … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 14 – Morality and Controversy in Photography

Helen Cherry started of gently with the Cottingley Fairies and then took us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the work of Robert Capa, Brian Walski, Mikhael Subotsky, Kevin Carter, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut, Alan Kurdi, Irina Ionesco, Diane Arbus, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 13 – Travel Photography

Members of the Forum submitted around 40 travel photographs for discussion.  The RPS definition of travel photography was used as a guide: ‘Images that express a feeling of a time and place, portray a land, its people or a culture … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 12 – Macro Photography

Adventures in small things with Chris Thomas.  A largely technical, ‘how to’ presentation, but none the less interesting for that.  Chris eschews expensive specialist macro lenses and relies on converters, supplementary lenses, extension tubes, reversing rings and the lens from … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 12 – Landscape

Today the Forum discussed landscape photographs submitted by members.  Twenty-eight pictures covered mountains and beaches, hills and lakes, rocks and trees, sunshine and snow.  They ranged from carefully considered, technically accomplished views to album pictures more important emotionally to the … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 11 – Street Photography

‘Street photography: observing or connecting?’ was the question Jane Lynas and I posed to the U3AC Photography Forum yesterday.  Our starting points were that street photography: pictures people and everyday life in public spaces; relies on serendipity and ambiguity; explores … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 11 – Wildlife

Jane Greatorex on wildlife photography today.  Lots of practical advice about: equipment and how to use it; dressing comfortably for the conditions; selecting the viewpoint and catching the light in the golden hour; knowing and respecting your subject (field craft); … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 10 – Cityscapes

Mike Morrish led today’s Forum meeting.  He said that the whole city is rarely the subject for photography, rather it is the context for work around architecture and human activities.  He argued that cityscape photography only starts in the early … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 9 – Portraiture

Today the Forum blind-viewed around 20 portraits submitted by members, from formal studies to snapshots and street photography to documentary shots.  As such it was like comparing apples and oranges and pears and melons and posed the overarching question, ‘What … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 7 – What Makes a Good Picture?

Gerry Metcalfe, camera club member and photo judge of 20 plus years took the Forum through the challenges of judging.  The post on 21st July 2017 covers an earlier presentation to the U3AC by Gerry.  His views on judging? ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Street Photography

Next term I shall be leading a session on street photography at the U3AC Photo Forum.  What is street photography?  Westerbeck and Meyerowitz write about: ‘…pictures of people who are going about their business unaware of the photographer’s presence.  They … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 6 – Organising Photos

Peter Hampson took us through the challenges of organising our photographs.  For many the problems start with the sheer volume of material and the diversity of formats.  Then, why do we want to organise them – for current use or … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 5 – Post Processing

Using Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efx, just three of the wide range of packages available, Sue Fifer and Molly Warrington showed how easy post processing is in the digital age compared with the time of silver and chemical baths.  If … Continue reading

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