Education and Development

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.

Main Objective:

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, 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.

These evenings are worth attending and will take your photography to new levels!


20th June

The guest speaker will be JOHN ARMSTRONG, an award-win-ning international photographer who is based in Cape Town.His theme will be “Bridging the gap between the enthusiast andthe professional photographer “.He is involved in a wide range of photographic genres with a focus on portraiture and weddings. Having worked previously inthe film industry, John brings his in-depth technical knowledgeto his work.He has been privileged to be able to travel the world with hisphotography, having photographed well-known icons in bothbusiness and entertainment. John accredits his high work ethicand strong relationship building to his success.John is a Fujifim X photographer and Hein Hough from Fuji willbring along some Fuji gear for display.




HOUGAARD MALAN will give a talk on the use of filters in digital photography today.

He will cover the following points

  1. The history of filter systems for photography (there has been a lot of progress in the last 10 years)
  2. The relevance of filters in the digital age and why they are still an essential piece of equipment
  3. Brands on the SA market, pros and cons of each
  4. The available products – Neutral Density, Neutral Grads, Colour Grads, Polarizers
  5. Use of the products – the purpose and ideal situation for each filter
  6. Problems and limitations
  7. The ultra-wide dilemma – going wider than 16mm
  8. New products – Reverse Grads, Horizon Grads, Light-pollution filters, IRND filters.