Wednesday 11th April 2012 – Clubnight – Studio Session

It’s the second Wednesday evening in the month again and that’s designated as our Studio Night, intended to give members experience and confidence in both the use of their cameras and of the studio lighting system.

The experience of such evenings is that the enthusiasm of participants can easily create chaos with everyone wanting an opportunity to shoot.  Tonight, we had two lovely young ladies, one of whom was the niece of Michael Rice.  Kayleigh and Kirsty were with us for the first time and neither had modelled before, but were surprisingly calm at being is such an environment.

In order to keep some discipline and control, Julie created numbered slips of paper and distributed to shooters. Each person was allowed about 5 minutes and this included any last minute camera adjustments.  All in all, everyone was very cooperative and this helped to relieve the pressure down at the front of the studio.

With a large group such as we had this evening, detailed experimentation with single light illumination and other special effects was limited.  This is best done with only one or two photographers on another non-meeting night.  Continue reading

Wednesday 8th February 2012 – Clubnight – Studio

On the second Wednesday night of the month we try to hold a studio night to give club members experience of working in a studio environment and understanding the use of their camera  on Manual settings.

From the experience of the previous studio night when a crowd turned up expecting a ‘model’, expectations were moderated a bit for tonight.  However it was decided to split the room into two sessions.  One session using full studio lighting and backdrops and the other using a Light Tent (Light Cube) which can be purchased on eBay for around £12 or with lights for around £24.   I also set up a shoot through umbrella on a stand with a Canon 580EXII Speedlight with a wireless trigger.   Umbrellas, stands, brackets and triggers can also found on eBay at reasonable prices. Continue reading