SSI Photo Club Meeting
August 10, 2016
New Members: Susan Davenport
Current/upcoming Shows involving members:
- Photosynthesis opens August 24th, running to September 6th
- Elizabeth Dow showing at Country Grocer during September
- Maggie Argiro and Margaret Benmore, reprise of In and Out, Up and Down,
and Through, at Harbour House Lobby.
New Website: is up and running. If having difficulties accessing, go to ssphotog.ca, and sign in... &/or email Wendy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall DVD: Send your photos to Judy McPhee by August 15th
Hold that date: Our December meeting is on the 14th. On the agenda will be 1) Election of officers, 2) slide show... theme of “Holiday/Festive in Black and White” and 3) a Party!!
Speaker: Tom Shiffman, on Travel Photography
Tom introduced his Travel Photography talk with a description of his extensive travels covering all corners of the world, starting at age 16. His photography career began with studies at the Belles Artes in San Miguel de Allende, following which he went to Guatamala where he focused on the people and the marvellous color and energy of that country. He has done dark room work in the past, and recently upgraded to a large format printer. He shares his images in a variety of ways: giving images as gifts, doing digital slide shows, and creating an Apple photo book for each trip he takes, thus documenting his travels and organizing his images in a format that is easy to share with others.
Tips for good travel photography include:
1. Minimize risks of travelling with equipment that is often both expensive and heavy
- Keep equipment as light as possible to minimize strain on shoulders. Try to limit yourself to one or two good versatile lens (Tom travels with a single 28 to 300 mm lens, which covers most photo ops on his travels,)
- Always have a back up camera with you in case your primary camera is stolen or breaks.
- Consider investing in a strap with metal mesh imbedded in it... this makes it difficult for some one to cut the strap and grab the camera on the run. Putting duct tape onto a valuable camera to make it look old, well used and a bit tattered may also reduce the risk of theft.
Camera repair and/or replacement is often possible, even in remote parts of the world, with a little ingenuity and luck.
2. Always be on the watch for chance encounters, as these often yield the most interesting “people” images. While there are cultural differences in people’s willingness to be photographed most people will allow an initial photo. If subjects are shy, showing them their image is a great ice breaker and will often turn a shy child (or adult) into a total “ham”. If shooting in a culture where people are resistant to being photographed (eg Marrakesh) one must typically shoot discreetly, using a long lens. Getting spontaneous photos of people without their demanding payment is getting increasingly difficult as more people travel and request for photos mushroom.
3. Storing images while on the road: Avoid shooting RAW while travelling as this takes up too much space on a memory card. Download and back up images daily. Always travel with extra large capacity memory cards. Tom transfers all images onto his IPad daily with minimal editing, then backs them up into the cloud. This mandates staying in lodging with reliable Wi-Fi service.
4. Labelling images: Keep a detailed journal of where you have been and of what you did and saw, so you can accurately label images following the trip.
5. Use of guides for travel in challenging countries: consider hiring a guide, especially for travels in exotic parts of the world, so that you can make the most efficient use of your travel time, and avail yourself of information regarding the culture and history that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. Local guides can also be invaluable by knowing where to find unique photo ops, perspectives, etc.
Of note, Tom does relatively little post processing of his photos, preferring to print as shot.
This months Challenge was to pair an “as taken” photo with the same photo on which you have done some post processing work. The images were amazing! Post processing programs and/or tools used by members included Nik, “Zukmar” (a process developed cooperatively by U Vic professor of pictoral stategies, Bill Zuck, and Paul Marcano), “Juxtaposer”, Googles’s free “Dreamify”, “Tabletop”, swirl filters, liquify filters, sketch mode, Wetplate, vignetting, cartoon or comingle mode. Several members used methods of layering. Simon created an astounding image by cutting and shrinking a stock photo of a checkerboard obtained on Google, and inserting it into a drop of dew on a tiny twig. Using “Dreamify”, Paul Marcano changed a photo of ferns into a fantasy of whorls with tiny animal faces. Colton created an extravaganza of fireworks by laying multiple single images shot at 1/5 second, and f 1.8
Next months meeting:
Speaker will be Simon Hensen, discussing Black and White photography.
The monthly Challenge will be travel photography.
Gwen McDonald, Secretary.