Written by Dave Hastings
This week’s meeting, on Tuesday 21st May, was a group photoshoot in and around the grounds of St Thomas' church, Mellor. This is an elevated location, with long range views across Greater Manchester and the Cheshire plain towards the Wirral.
We were blessed with sunny skies and good visibility, and as the sun went down, the landscape was a feast of golden colours, perfect for photography, as seen in these images.
Written by David Hastings
At our last meeting, on 21st June, our very own Tony Bower (shown in the green shirt) gave an excellent workshop on how to set up and use studio lighting techniques.
With a mixture of tuition to the whole group, and one by one individually, everyone was able to gain a much better understanding of studio lighting and how to adjust their cameras for best results. By the end of the session, everyone was able to take high quality portrait shots, such as the one here of our president, Terry Ottway.
On 13th June, we have the opportunity to make photographs in the Film Noir style. Graham Currey (former President of South Manchester Camera Club), will lead the session and model. He will be bringing lighting and costumes. All we need to bring are cameras.
Everyone gets a turn, and Graham will instruct on use of lighting for dramatic portraiture and crafting a shot. If the weather is okay, we can also try shooting outside, under lamplight.
Written by Keith Nuttall
After a spectacular recce in May, we were scuppered by flat hazy light one evening in June. But that wasn't bad enough; an unfortunate cyclist was killed and the police had closed the main Macclesfield routes to the site. Despite these setbacks, intrepid members of Stockport Photographic Society found alternative routes, down windy single-track roads, and got there eventually.
Read more: Tegg's Nose Photoshoot
Written by Keith Nuttall
Ten of us met on a quiet cloudy evening in Stockport town centre, armed with cameras and tripods.
The challenge was to see what would make a good photograph, given the available light, which wasn't great. Most subjects were poorly or unevenly lit, and the lights themselves were much brighter than their surroundings.
Read more: Stockport Photo-Walk
Written by Tony Hewitt
Recently, the society arranged a photo shoot in the centre of Manchester. We met at Piccadily and 8 of our members ventured up Tib Street on foot, into The Northern Quarter.
There we split into smaller groups and spread out around the back streets. There were various areas of interest, some very run down and showing signs of severe wear and tear, others were were very new and shiny. Some parts were streets of bars and restaurants, with a very nice friendly atmosphere.
The street art was very striking, with quite large buildings painted with murals and other parts had smaller works of art that were more like mosaics.
There were several building worth a revisit in better lighting conditions. Most people were working hand held.
People who had brought tripods benefited as the light levels dropped very quickly as the sun went down and cast shadows in narrow streets.
This area is worth a visit, particularly for anyone interested in street photography.
At the end on the evening, the light finally failed and we retired to a bar for refreshments.