Critique - Back to the Basics - Before Color

  • Apr 28, 2011 · 6:00 PM
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Set your cameras to black and white.  Or sepia.  Avoid shooting in color and then converting the images to monochrome.  Envision the tonal difference, the contrast in the subject you're shooting, before you release the shutter.  Pay attention to depth of field, movement or freezing movement, composition.  Back to the basics. 

This could also be a good chance to learn more of your camera's settings: contrast; sharpness; color; black and white; sepia.  Does your camera have built-in filter effects for monochrome shooting?   I was surprised to learn this option exists on many DSLR's.  Read the manual and/or explore your camera's menu choices.  Bring your camera along, too, so you can ask questions of others or share with the rest of us what you learned. 

In return for being able to use Dudley's great spaces for our group, we should all plan on having a coffee, chai, drink or snack to make it worthwhile for them to stay open an extra 2 hours for us.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The exercise itself was very enjoyable. Photographing in B&W allowed me to focus (no pun intended!) on contrast & composition. I loved the simplicity of that! Judging from the good photos produced by everyone (without exception!), it was a success. The meetup/critique, however, felt a bit tainted by a couple of guests who could have been more respectful of our group's time & intention.

    April 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good meeting with wonderful photos. Robert always does a good job showing everyone's photos. The only drawback last night was we had more people (20) than spaces available (12) which led to multiple conversations going on at once while not paying attention to the person who's photos were being shown. Robert tried to control it as best he could, but people seemed to ignore his caution and continue their conversations at will. I think we have to be respectful when someone has the floor explaining their work without interruption and side conversations.

    April 29, 2011

  • Mary

    I loved the photos and the sharing, and the visiting with the regular members. I did not appreciate the long-winded soliloquies by visitor non-members.

    April 29, 2011

  • Robert C.

    Lots of great photos were shared. The black and white "exercise" was a good one for many of us - helped us focus more on composition than we might otherwise have done shooting color. I gave this a three because with this many people the conversations wandered and there were too many of them at once. I need to make some changes about the rules for guests offering input, also.

    April 29, 2011

  • Jennifer L.

    I'll be bringing a friend too.

    April 28, 2011

  • Tom R.

    I hope you guys enjoy the meetup tonight. I would love to participate by I am still in Korea - and likely to be here for at least another week.

    April 28, 2011

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