CTPS endeavours to inspire creative development and provide opportunities for members to boost their photographic skills through workshops, talks and other engagements throughout the year
CREDIT: Kim Stevens
It is important to acknowledge that improving one’s own level of photography can only be achieved by getting absorbed in photography from all perspectives. Hence the objective of the E&D programme at CTPS, working in conjunction with Outings, is to expose our members to a cross section of recognized photographers working with varying genres, so giving them the opportunity to experiment with their own photography in guided situations with like-minded people.
It is not about “telling” you how to get that “perfect” shot (is there such a thing?), but rather the intent is to motivate you all to read about, and astutely view, top quality photography. A prime aim is to get you to move away from being controlled by “rules and marks”, and to rather encourage you to establish your own style of capturing that magic moment which caught your eye in the first place. No internationally renowned photographers stick to the “rules”, but by fully understanding the basic principles of photography they create their own style to present outstanding images; and most of them stress the need for a creative approach supported by a passionate commitment.
The Education and Development evenings take place once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting at 19h00 in St Stephen’s Church hall, Pinelands. These evenings are worth attending and will take your photography to new levels!
18 November – Russell Smith
PORTRAITS IN THE PANDEMIC
Portraits in the Pandemic started by my need to shoot during lockdown and only having my two boys, a camera and my garage available.
The portraits evolved quickly into something I did every day and loved. A technique I learnt from one on one with a Ukrainian photographer, to integrate the subject with the background to tell a story in a painterly way. This was often based on the costumes and wardrobe I had at my disposal.
It became a lifeline for me in connecting me to photography and also learning a new style and technique. Down time can always be used to our advantage granted we have resources to cushion ourselves during time like this.
It has also become something that other families have wanted me to do for them. Having very low running costs and using natural light and my garage without assistants and gear, I have been able to keep it affordable with the idea of capturing lots of kids and their quirks.
Join me in a little more insight into my journey and what I learnt in this time of Covid.
17th February 2021 – Richard Barnard