09/04/13 Speaker: Wedding Photographer, Peter Puddiphatt

Unfortunately due to an emergency our planned speaker had to postpone his visit until later this year, so we were fortunate that Peter Puddiphatt agreed to bring his ‘Wedding Photography’ talk and presentation forward.

Most people who have black and white photographs of their wedding taken by a professional will have them stored away in an album, possibly in the loft. It is hard to appreciate that the wedding photographer was probably more on edge than the happy couple. After taking the photos there was a rush to get away to have them developed and return with the proofs, desperately hoping that many would order copies.

The arrival of digital cameras opened up a new world, particularly for the professionals. Surely the taking of wedding photos would now be a piece of cake, wedding or otherwise but as George Gershwin wrote ‘It ain’t necessarily so’. Peter reminded us that success for a photographer is still built on the planning before any photograph is taken. Plan your work and then work your plan. This includes having a second camera readily available. Good rapport with the bride, bridesmaids and possibly the mothers-in-law will help relieve some of their tension and nerves and certainly your own. Making yourself known to any children who are to be photographed may help them later to do what you ask, rather than for a stranger.

Some wedding photos are expected to be of a formal nature, but always be on the lookout for a pre-arranged, less formal opportunity and, of course, one taken when the subject is unaware. This became clear as we looked at a number of Peter’s photographs accompanied by his helpful commentary. One particular photo that had been requested by the bride was somewhat unusual!! You should have been present to see this! We had some first time visitors who we hope will become regulars.

By Ron Meloy.

Don’t forget: Mark Whittaker – wildlife photography – 8th May

7.30pm, Tuesday 8th May, WI Hall, St Agnes

A quick reminder that we have Mark Whittaker, a keen wildlife photographer and keeper at Screech Owl Sanctuary, coming to talk to us about his photography and his career at this month’s Tuesday meeting. Mark’s talk will tie in nicely with our fieldtrip in June to the Screech Owl Sanctuary.

As always – all members and guests welcome!

Don’t forget: Beach photography with St Agnes VMCA – 5th May

Saturday 5th May, 10.30am, meet outside The Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove

Help Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area (VMCA) with their photography morning. A great oppportunity to support St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area’s (VMCA) community work and take lots of beach and marine photos!

Roger has written a very helpful guide to beachside photography.

13/03/12 WCPF Photo Evening

At our meeting last Tuesday we had the chance to view a CD of the photographs which were accepted for the Exhibitions held by the WCPF (Western Counties Photographic Federation) in 2011.  We had a choice of photos covering Nature, Creative, Mono & General categories – so there was something for everyone. It was an inspirational collection although I have to say that I found some of the ‘creative’ work less easy to understand!  Also included was a “Travelling Critique” collection (TC). The TC consists of photos which just missed out on being selected for exhibition, but it was very interesting to look through them,  with us all making comments (and criticisms?) as we went along.  It was great to get the chance to critique work of this standard and hear everyone’s opinions.

Each year the WCPF holds exhibitions of both printed and projected photographs. It offers an opportunity to showcase and enjoy the work of WCPF Photographers, Clubs and Societies.  Anyone who is a member of a club within the WCPF can submit their work – St Agnes Photo Club is a member of the WCPF, so next year maybe we should have a go!

We also had a look at the Street Photography shots member had managed to capture over the last few months but since Nikki was the only one to bring any along, this was fairly short session.  Nevertheless,  as Nikki talked us through her photos, I definitely regretted that I hadn’t made the effort myself.  Must try harder.

By Claudia Crewes