Meeting: Thursday 6 April 2017

Our next meeting will take place in St Thomas Church Hall, York Buildings, off Timbrell Street, Trowbridge BA14 8PT starting 7.30 p.m. for the Tribattle between Lacock Positive, Trowbridge and Corsham.   Entrance to the Hall is by York Buildings; on-street parking is available in York Buildings, Timbrell Street and St Thomas Road.

Member Bob Bray started our Macro evening with a fine slide show of all things small, mostly to be found in Bob's garden - insects, flowers, butterflies and the like - and he finished off with an excellent AV called 'The Ugly Bug Ball'.  Only problem - we kept singing the accompanying songtrack by Burl Ives for the rest of the evening!

© Bob Bray 2017

Pete Shaw followed with an overview of some of the technical challenges to overcome when taking Macro images, particularly getting enough light onto the subject and how to get enough depth of field.  He demonstrated Nikon's latest ring-flash equipment and talked about photo stacking, later demonstrating the procedure with his camera, laptop and stacking software.

Members were then let loose to set up and have a go at table-top Macro with room and additional lighting such as torches and I-Phones.  We managed not to fall over each other's tripods and took images of subjects including plant & seashore material and small figurines with varying degrees of success!  
©  David Sage 2017

© Amanda Gregory 2017

Meeting: Thursday 23 March 2017

We will be taking a look at the Macro world at our next gathering.  Pete Shaw and Bob Bray will guide us through equipment and techniques and Bob will show some of his macro images.  Members are invited to bring their tripod, camera, macro lens or close-up filter and an interesting tabletop item to photograph.

Our last meeting began with a final selection of images for the forthcoming Tribattle with local clubs in Corsham and Trowbridge.  Members voted for the 2 images they each thought best from the four shown in each of the 10 categories.  These will be shown on April 6 at Trowbridge Club's chosen venue.

The second part of the evening included Derek Hawkins' choice of a timelapse video, showing the beauty of and changes in the natural and manmade activity in the Lofoten islands.  This gave rise to requests for a future programme session on timelapse techniques.  In the meanwhile, members were advised to check their cameras, mobiles, GoPro etc for built in timelapse facilities.  LRTimelapse was mentioned as one of the software options for those eager to investigate further.

Pete Shaw followed on with an overview of Lightroom's Library and Import modules.  This gave rise to a whole raft of questions, which were ably demonstrated and answered by Pete and others.