Better Imaging Workshop - Dates

The aim of these workshops is to allow LFPS members to share their images for discussion. The goal is to hear a range of views, guided by experienced club members, on the strengths and areas for improvement for each image without getting too tied up in technical detail. This will give a more rounded review rather than the brief competition judges' comments. All members of the club are welcome to attend no matter what level. This will be purely a positive and supportive discussion group.
Email your images to share to catherine.knee.uk@gmail.com 2 days before each workshop. Use the workshop title for the email subject eg: What makes a Great Portrait?

Monday 26th October 2020 - So, what is a great portrait?
We've all seen very technically competent portraits but the emotion is missing from the sitter. How do you find the character and emotion in the sitter? Too often the image is a head and shoulder shot but you can tell a much better story of what the person is about with a half or full figure. Does the setting matter? What are the good techniques for more than one person in shot?

Monday 30th November 2020 - Monochrome, Black and White, and Infrared
In some respects, monochrome is one of the most creative forms of photography. After-all we don’t see the world in black and white. The discussion will help us think about the key creative aspects which are needed to create monochrome image as a piece of fine art.

Monday 14th December 2020 - Dawn, Dusk and Night-time
More than ever before modern cameras give us an opportunity to capture those unique times of the day when very little light is available. The creative challenge occurs during the processing of images. It’s so easy to overdo or under-do the enhancements. The discussion will explore where the boundaries are.

Monday 25th January 2021 - My Family and Other Animals
It is very easy to consider family and our own pet photography as a different category to club and competition images. Are we able to tap into this easily accessible and free resource to produce images to produce a result that can be more than a family snap?

Monday 22nd February 2021 - Art and Creativity
The Photoshop and other software offer a huge number of tools for manipulating images in many different ways. Too often we get constrained by the photography competition circuit which is dominated by traditional or photorealistic images. Share some images where you have let yourself have a go with the "naughty" filters and pre-sets etc. But make sure the end result is good, say perhaps it's something you'd like to hang on your wall or sell in an art gallery.

Monday 29th March 2021 - Nature and Wildlife
What makes a great wildlife/nature image? And ... do the strict competition rule standards mean the image isn't as good as it could be? Share 2 versions of your favourite nature images, one with the rules and one without. Remember nature rules only apply to nature competitions. You can be edit more freely in open/pictorial competitions.

Monday 26th April 2021 - Street and Travel
These two classic genres are perhaps the most loosely defined in photographic circles. However, they are some key elements which are important in the photographic narrative. Also, this type of work is often observational of life as it is found. This in turn may lead to some ethical considerations when creating and sharing images.

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