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Posing Workshop

Following on from the very informative posing night by Yana Martens we held a Posing Workshop. This night was an opportunity to hone the skills Yana told us about and, in particular, to practise being on both sides of the camera.

I was very impressed with the folks who first expressed hesitation about stepping in front of the camera but finally did so. Cathy provided us with a huge array of poses to have our subjects try. One of the great things to come out of the night was the folks who used those poses as a starting point and went beyond them, and of course their willing subjects who rose to the occasion.

A quick reminder of the things that came up during the night:

  • The initial hesitation of many to stand in front of the camera brings home the idea that to be the subject of an image is to be vulnerable. To put your image in the hands of your photographer.
  • Communication is key, talk to your model before bringing the camera up to your eye, tell them what you're looking for and explain the pose to them.
  • If your model is having trouble understanding what you want, use mirroring as a technique to show them. You perform the pose so they can see what it is you're after.
  • Regardless of age or gender of either the model or photographer don't just reach in and touch your subject. If you find you need to touch your subject you MUST get explicit permission to do so. In doing so let them know exactly what you're doing. If possible, ask them to fix something up before launching in and fixing yourself. If in getting into the pose their clothes shift, hair falls in the wrong way, or something else that needs to be corrected without breaking the pose, convey that to your subject. "Do you mind if I reposition your hair that has just fallen across your face?", "Do you mind if I straighten out your shirt a little?"
  • In the event you need to touch your subject, ensure you touch is not "lingering" get what needs to be done, done, after getting permission, and move away from your model.
  • Accept that when photographing people the work is a collaboration. Your subject will likely bring their own ideas to the fore, be open to them.
  • Warm up your subject, in photographing people you'll find your better images come towards the end of the session as the subject has come to trust you.
  • Don't feel you have to show the subject every image you take.
  • Don't use negative language during the shoot, even if it is directed at yourself. Actually, especially if it's directed at yourself. Your subject has confidence in you, don't destroy it by talking yourself down. And never say things like: "Well that didn't work.", "That doesn't look too good."
  • Feel free to talk your model up... "that looks great", "that's perfect" even if you have to tweak things after saying it.

And a reminder of the tips from Yana's talk, with thanks to Cathy for jotting them down for us:

  • You need to inspire your model.
  • You must tell your client (eg non model) what to do, don't just expect them to know what to do.
  • Match poses to  subjects body shape - most people aren't as thin as  most models so poses will look different
  • Do sketches of poses, and save pictures to print for inspiration.
  • Learn the principles of posing
  • Use posing apps
  • Make mood boards - get inspiration for overall ideas, lighting, makeup, hair, poses, mood, tone, theme you can use differents bits from several pictures to create one image - eg pose from one image, make up from another and lighting from a third
  • Facial expression is difficult, use psychology to make people comfortable
  • Don't take glasses off as it may make people uncomfortable
  • Good models are confident
  • Make them think that they are beautiful
  • What clothes - favourite clothes may not photograph the best, get people to bring several changes of clothes, don't use best outfit first (or last), let subject get comfortable with posing first, clothes should be plain and not tight fitting
  • Hands should be the same distance from the camera as the body - anything closer to the camera looks bigger
  • No straight lines
  • One leg bent
  • Show one heel
  • Weight on back foot - check by getting them to lift their front foot
  • Hips at angle to camera
  • Face should be closest thing to camera
  • Lift arms away from body to look thinner
  • Toes to face in dfferent directions
  • Have a space between you arms and torso or else your arms become part of your body and make you look bigger than you are
  • No elbows pointing to camera, they become too prominent in the image.
  • Don't point underarms towards the camera
  • Hair up makes you look taller
  • Long nails make your hands looks longer
  • Chin forward and slightly down, not up
  • Forehead forward
  • Move face closer to camera - ask model to move ears forward - it may feel weird but looks better in photo
  • Build up a pose one small change at a time eg get legs right, hips, then arms etc then work on expression
  • Once you have a good pose, change it slightly to get different images eg alter arm positions
  • Engage with model to get emotions

Below is a series of images taken during the night, a reminder that this wasn't a lighting workshop, it was the posing and getting used to talking to our subjects that we were working on, so forgive any images that seem too bright or too dark. You'll also find some behind-the-scenes images by Tess Maddocks so you can see

 

Competition Winners: Unloved and Open

Thank you all for you wonderful entries in our last competition “Unloved” and congratulations to the following winners.

Novice Digital 

  • 1st Place – Robyn Bartlett “Committed to the Mark” 

Open Print 

  • 1st Place – Brett Ferguson “Yolanda” 
  • 2nd Place – Neil Anderson “Diamond Beach” 
  • 3rd Place – Trudy Purchas “Enchanting Flight” 
  • Highly Commended – Margaret Turner “The smoker” 
  • Highly Commended – Cathy Buchanan “Flying” 
  • Highly Commended – Arvin Coloma “Graeme”

Set Print – "Unloved" 

  • 1st Place – Cathy Buchanan “Empty” 
  • 2nd Place – Karl Zeller  “Bradmill Art Gallery” 
  • 3rd Place – Kathryn Hocking “Broken” 
  • Highly Commended – Brett Ferguson “Inside Out” 
  • Highly Commended – Suzanne Hamley “In the bin”

Open Digital 

  • 1st Place – Brett Ferguson “Tell me a story” 
  • 2nd Place – Michael Kennedy "Molson 1940” 
  • 3rd Place – Karin Volz “Let me in, you look tasty” 
  • Highly Commended – Cathy Buchanan  “Just hold tight” 
  • Highly Commended – Tony Arceri “At the end of the day”

Set Digital – "Unloved" 

  • 1st Place – Michael Kennedy “Wasco 2142” 
  • 2nd Place – Colin Lofts “Have a seat” 
  • 3rd Place – Trudy Purchas “Someones favourite no more” 
  • Highly Commended – Kathryn Hocking “The Silence-3967” 
  • Highly Commended – Robert Moyses “Where's my 'C'”

IMPORTANT REMINDER: When sending your entries in make sure you have no watermarks on your digital images and no names on the back of your prints.  If you haven't  collected your prints, make sure you grab them at the next meeting.

 

First night in our new place

Last night was our first night at your new location, Brooklyn Community Hall in Cypress Avenue, Altona North. A fantastic location for us with plenty of room to grow.

As our membership numbers have been steadily rising, we were a little concerned that our old location, Walker Close Community Centre, wasn't going to be able to sustain us for much longer and we jumped at the chance when a larger venue because available not much further up the street.

Our new centre affords us more space to spread our wings and grow, as well as offering a great location for our numerous workshops we conduct throughout the year and that we have increased in number for 2017 given this space. We look forward to working with the members to make some amazing photos this year.

We kicked off our first meeting with a BBQ in the outdoor area. It was a great turn out, over 60 people in attendance, a new member and around 8 visitors stopping by to check us out.

The introduction of new "I'M NEW" for new members and visitors, and "TALK TO ME" badges for current members who are happy to be paired with our visitors and to show them the ropes.

We also ran through the committee and who does what, and our upcoming events, to let attendees know how we work and what's in the future for the club.

We ended the night with a quick Q&A, mostly focusing on Lightroom, in particular we touched on the difference of cropping in Lightroom and how it's actually setting an aspect ratio rather than setting a pixel size, compared to export, which is where we can set our pixel size and density as needed. There will be a video tutorial coming up on this in the next week or so.

A look at our Pinterest Boards to get some inspiration for our upcoming competitions, we welcome your additions to these boards, so if you're a Pinterest user, send me your Pinterest username or email and I can add you to the boards. If your a member, you can join the private Williamstown Camera Club Facebook group... and remember, to shoot me an email if you use a different name on Facebook than your real name.

Looking forward to a great year ahead in our new location. Big thanks to everyone who participated in getting last night festive start off the ground.

See those who can make it at the shoot this coming Sunday at the Brighton Bathing Boxes at 6pm, and we'll see the rest of you all at our next meeting on February 28th when we look at posing with Yana Martens.

Members enjoy a BBQ before our first meeting

 

Hopetoun Weekend 2016

After a long drive, stopping to photograph some amazing painted silos and eating beautiful country town pie, we finally arrives at the Mallee Bush Retreat. This place is a hidden gem and after talking to a local (Brett) it gets very busy in the warmer months.

Keys were given out and people moved off to their rooms (bunkhouses), once people were settled in, but before they settled down, it was off to the local pub for some good food and company. 

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Winners - Candid and Open

Novice Digital

  • 1st Place - Kathleen Moyses "Reflection"

Novice Print 

  • 1st Place - Kathleen Moyses "Walking the dog"

Open Print 

  • 1st Place - Neil Anderson "Last Glow"
  • 2nd Place - Ron Clarke "Black Shouldered Kite"
  • 3rd Place - Karl Zeller "Over the Edge"
  • Highly Commended - Cathy Buchanan "Got An App For That" 
  • Highly Commended - Arvin Coloma "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" 
  • Highly Commended - Brett Ferguson "The Boat" 
  • Highly Commended - Akm Imran "No Dogs"

Set Print - Candid 

  • 1st Place - Cathy Buchanan "Pygmy Hippo No Show" 
  • 2nd Place - Brett Ferguson "Spray" 
  • 3rd Place - Phil Taylor "Weekend Catch Up" 
  • Highly Commended - Sue Searls  "And Let Me Tell You" 
  • Highly Commended - Chris Brown "Cuban Wedding"

Open Digital 

  • 1st Place - Phil Taylor "Gotta Get The Puck" 
  • 2nd Place - Akm Imran "Untitled" 
  • 3rd Place - Karen Rog "Feeding Frenzy" 
  • Highly Commended - Neil Anderson  "Night Light" 
  • Highly Commended - James Troi "Capers in Salt" 
  • Highly Commended - Arvin Coloma "Grace Under Pressure" 
  • Highly Commended - Brett Ferguson "Cocoa" 
  • Highly Commended - Tess Maddocks "Mansfield Morning" 
  • Highly Commended - Chris Brown " Where's the Cupcake"

Set Digital - Candid 

  • 1st Place - Brett Ferguson "Pure Joy" 
  • 2nd Place - Tania Chalmers "Zebra Talk" 
  • 3rd Place - Karl Zeller "Cheese" 
  • Highly Commended - Ray Tucker "Where to Now" 
  • Highly Commended - Karen Rog "Model Material" 
  • Highly Commended - Brian Young "Very Interesting" 
  • Highly Commended - Alan Coram "Disappointment"
 

Winners - Series and Open

Novice: Digital

1st Place - My Happy Running - Grace Sobania

Print: Series  

1st Place - The Misadventures of Sandy - Arvin Coloma 

2nd Place - The Library (1) The Interruption (2) The Daydream (3) Lost In The Moment - Brett Ferguson  

3rd Place - Convenient - Cathy Buchanan

HC - Glacier Beach - Neil Anderson

Print: Open  

1st Place - Topping - Brett Ferguson  

2nd Place - Trees In Dance - Jennifer Empey  

3rd Place - That Guy - Arvin Coloma  

HC - Three Colours - Cathy Buchanan 

Digital: Series  

1st Place - Dark Disney (Alice Lost (1), Dark Alice (2), Desperation (3)) - Brett Ferguson  

2nd Place - iPhonery - Cathy Buchanan  

3rd Place - Autumn (A, B, C) - Karen Rog  

HC - Homeless (A, B, C, D, E, F) - Karl Zeller  

HC - At The End Of The Shift (1 to 11) - Akm Imran 

Digital: Open  

1st Place - She's A Star - Arvin Coloma 

2nd Place - Memememememe - Cathy Buchanan 

3rd Place - Bendy Bench - Chris Brown  

HC - The Search - Brett Ferguson

 

Bendigo Weekend Away, April 1-3 2016

Join Williamstown Camera Club and you learn things you didn’t realise you needed to know.

Simple things like LR, PS, light trails, bokeh, newborn, landscape and panoramic photography, how to make frames for competition entries, the world of multiple lenses and how to photograph the stars.

How did my life exist before without all this information?!

The recent trip to Bendigo was yet another opportunity to practice newly learnt skills and to learn heaps more. WCC members are very friendly, generous with their time and are happy to share their expertise. Brilliant for a newbie like me!

Kick off for me began when the weekend officially commenced at 1pm at Bendigo Cathedral on Saturday 2nd April. What an awesome space with incredible light. I got lost in there for hours. A highlight was being able to trek upstairs to check out the organ and pipes with a bonus recital by the organist thrown in. Another highlight, which I sadly missed out on, was the appearance of a drone. Belonging to a fellow clubbie, it was a great source of interest as it snapped aerial shots of the Cathedral and surrounds and of dazzled members gazing up at it.

The program for the rest of Saturday included a visit to:

  • Bendigo Pottery – the historical display in the Interpretive Museum provided many photographic opportunities and the Antiques and Collectables Centre gave the purse a bit of a workout. This was also a chance to have a cuppa, a bite and to share shots.
  • Botanic Gardens – Macro lens heaven. A simply gorgeous setting in the late afternoon sun.
  • Rosalind Park in the CBD precinct with the Golden Dragon Museum and its gardens nearby.
  • The Big Marilyn – The oversized sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in downtown Bendigo, was a traffic stopper and provided lots of fun and antics with Club members.
  • Moonlight Market – Live music and art, craft stalls and speciality food trucks provided an interesting diversion before sunset.
  • Poppet Head Lookout Tower for sunset. A great opportunity to give the legs a workout climbing to the top. The view was spectacular but the sunset was a fizzer so we all quickly retreated to the National hotel for a delicious dinner.

Sunday sunrise at a park with a wonderful view of Bendigo’s skyline, was attended by some hardy souls before breakfast at Beechworth Bakery. Then it was off to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion where we attended a talk and video presentation by one of the Nuns. We viewed the Holy Relics before being given a tour of the new temple (undergoing a lengthy construction) and gardens. The prayer wheels and statues of Buddha were amazing.

Then it was time to head back to Melbourne with various small town stops along the way. Historic Maldon was a favourite for lunch and was a photographic gold mine!

The whole weekend was a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and have lots of fun.

Oh and I also found out that I needed to know how to take a starburst photo, how to magnify the display, how to shoot a sunrise, Snapseed and a little about drones…need I go on?

 

Winners - Panorama and Open

Novice: Digital

1st Place - Mungo - Julie Neyland

Print: Panorama 

1st Place - Spinning Steel Wool - Karl Zeller

2nd Place - Last Light - Neil Anderson 

3rd Place - Wycheproof Silos - Cathy Buchanan

Print: Open 

1st Place - Follow Me Into The Darkness - Brett Ferguson 

2nd Place - Masked Lapwing - Ron Clarke 

3rd Place - Taking Flight - Phil Taylor 

HC - Hush - Arvin Coloma 

HC - Vervet Monkeys - Neil Anderson 

HC - Shelter - David Male 

HC - Just Passing - Cathy Buchanan

Digital: Panorama 

1st Place - Lake Lonsdale - Cathy Buchanan 

2nd Place - Melbourne Morning - James Troi 

3rd Place - Serenity - Jennifer Empey 

HC - Charlesworth Bay Storm - Neil Anderson 

HC - St Kilda Pier - Phil Taylor

HC - Do You Even Lift? - David McIntyre

Digital: Open 

1st Place - Hosier Lane Spinning Sparkler - Karl Zeller

2nd Place - Reflections - Kris Montgomery

3rd Place - In a Spin - David Male 

HC - Ruffled - Cathy Buchanan

 

Winners - Monochrome and Open

Digital: Novice

1st Place - Jessie by Jane Njuhi Hughes   

Print: Novice

1st Place - Mildura Airport by Francoise Muller Robbie

Digital: Open  

1st Place - The Lighthouse Keepers Residence by David Male

2nd Place - Escape Hole by Cathy Buchanan 

2nd Place - Fast Food by Chris Brown 

3rd Place - Fairy Martin by Ronald Clarke 

HC - Just Chillin by Trudy Purchas 

HC - Hali Sunset by Neil Anderson 

HC - Balancing Act by Kris Montgomery 

HC - Charlie Peacock by David Wayman    

Digital: Monochrome / Black and White  

1st Place - Dog Beach Puddle by David Wayman

2nd Place - Old Blacksmith Shop by Karl Zeller 

3rd Place - Perspective on Architecture by Suzanne Hamley 

HC - Reaching Skyward by Anne Young 

HC - Shoeshine by Cathy Buchanan 

HC - I Love Bathtime by Sue Searls 

HC - Waiting for Brian by Arvin Coloma  

Print: Open  

1st Place - Chasing the Time by Phil Taylor

2nd Place - The Butcher by James Troi 

3rd Place - Adam by David McIntyre 

HC - Jayde Portrait by Tony Buttigieg 

HC - New Holland Honeyeater by Ronald Clarke 

HC - Water Tickle by Nola Kelsey 

HC - I'm an Alien by Robert Moyses 

HC - The Rose by Chris Brown 

Print: Monochrome / Black and White  

1st Place - Ice Textures by Sue Searls

2nd Place - Brooklyn Perspective by Brett Ferguson

3rd Place - Up and Away by Ronald Clarke 

HC - Eastbound by Chris Brown 

HC - Masaai Lady by Neil Anderson 

HC - Tallship by Karl Zeller 

HC - Aireys Inlet Lighthouse by Tony Buttigieg

 

Canon Collective Bus Tour

On Saturday, 7th November 2015, 33 members of the Williamstown Camera Club boarded a bus along with Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin Kostopoulos and Jay Collier.  The destinations chosen for the event were Eynesbury Homestead, Eynesbury and Serendip Sanctuary at Lara, which provided club members a chance to practice a wide range of photography techniques throughout the day.  

Eynesbury Homestead is in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by attractive gardens, historic buildings, ornamental lake and a Gray Box forest.  Club members spent their morning taking a variety of images including macro, architecture, and landscape shots.  Everyone caught up at the homestead cafe for lunch and to compare notes on their morning before departing for Serendip Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary provided an opportunity to walk amongst local bird and wildlife in a peaceful setting.  A number of bird hides are provided for photographers to observe the abundant bird life in the wetlands.

Although club members brought their own equipment along, Canon Collective also provided a wide range of equipment to use on the day.  Attendees were able to try cameras such as the EOS 5DsR and EOS 1Dx and a range lenses suitable for the day, from the new EF 11-24mm f4 and EF 35mm f1.4 to a wide selection of the great whites.  The participants really appreciated being able to get hands on experience with some great equipment as well as having some very knowledgeable people on hand willing to provide tips and advice.  

All attendees enjoyed a great day on the road and had fun participating in the last photographic activity of the day - the all important group photo! This has been a feature of club outings for many years and provides us with some wonderful memories.

The Williamstown Camera Club wishes to thank Canon Australia and their Canon Collective Ambassadors, Erin and Jay for making this great event possible.

 

Upcoming

Workshop: Flash and Blur and Stroboscopic Flash

We'll be investigating the use of our flash to both create blur AND sharp images.

Brooklyn Community Hall
25th June 2019 7:45 pm
Photo Shoot: Fungi Hunting

We're heading to Mt Macedon in search of Fungi. Be sure to pack your macro gear if you have it, bring along something on which to kneel or lay as we'll be getting low to the ground.

Meet up location TBA

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