Vignettes 5

Vignettes 5

Hi everyone
Well, what a cracking night we had with Damien Demolder and Adrian Vince last Monday. Hugely informative in demonstrating a different way of approaching street photography interspersed with a “light touch” not to mention good humour. Tuesday’s workshop proved equally engaging as we put theory into practice and dispelled our trepidation about photographing people close to. I think we all felt that, by the end of the (not exactly warm!) day, we had the confidence to take our street photography to the next level. If we could distil down some of Damien’s central messages it would be to:
1. Observe how light affects the subject and surroundings and how your positioning is important to capture the moment.
2. Regularly consider reducing stop values (surprisingly as much as 4 stops) to highlight the subject and counteract the camera’s tendency to “average” the light it receives which can “flatten” an image.
3. Observe your surroundings/context/backdrop to influence the type of shot you want to grab and type of person to help project the image’s message.
4. Don’t be afraid to go in close to people (nobody died!) to bring your picture alive.
5. Use a shallow depth of field to highlight the subject.
6. Look at leading lines, angles, squares and elements in the scene which help to paint the structure of the image.
I think the general feeling was that cameras with flick out screens made it easier for us to capture the moment unobtrusively whereas using a viewfinder tended to make the taker more obtrusive which affected people’s natural reaction which, in turn, was to avoid the camera. On that note I was (despite being a Canon man) very impressed with the speed and functionality of the Lumix GX9 mirrorless on loan. That we didn’t get the Lumix “hard sell” on either of the two days made the event that much more enjoyable. However, it would be churlish not to mention that we were given discount vouchers for anyone wishing to buy a Lumix Camera so get in touch if you need more info.

Gloucester Cathedral- Museum of the Moon – Wednesday 16 October – Monday 4 November

This is from the Cathedral’s website:
As part of the Strike A Light season, Museum of the Moon takes up residence at Gloucester Cathedral. In the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, wonder at Luke Jerram’s internally lit replica of the moon as it floats in the Nave. Experience the exquisite detail of the lunar surface and accompanying atmospheric soundscapes. With a full programme of special events, late night openings and quiet times, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

It looks like an interesting photo opportunity. For more information, have a look at the website.

Photoshop alternative
Jamie Stenson has been in touch regarding an alternative to Photoshop. He says:
“Hi Mike and Martyn. Here’s a link to the Affinity Photo deal that I mentioned. It’s a cheaper alternative to Photoshop I.e. a pixel editor, not like Lightroom. Currently available for £23.99.”–off-affinity-photo-software-offer-is-back—34048

The Club Website

Avid visitors to the Club website may have noticed some erratic goings on recently such as a missing home page. This is mainly down to an inexperienced administrator (Mike!) trying to get to grips with WordPress and its ‘widgets’. Progress is slow but is generally going in the right direction. Also, we have had some feedback recently that the website is looking dated and could do with an update. If anyone has any specific suggestions or can point to some exemplar club sites, please let us know.

Next Monday

Next Monday is judging night so do come along to see how your Fauna and Flora Set subject pictures fared not to mention your Open comp ones. Good luck all those who entered.

That’s it.

See you Monday,

Martyn (; Mike (

Vignettes 4

Vignettes 4

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to Shaun for a great presentation last Monday. You can see that he put a lot of time and effort into it. Given that he wasn’t able to share his Cornwall photos in the time available, we are working with him on a spare date in the new year to present this part of the talk. By the way, as we are guinea pigs, all feedback to Shaun will be gratefully received. He won’t mind us copying his email to us this week:

“You never know how these things are going to be taken, whether it came across as holiday snaps, monotonous, boring or actually interesting? Any feedback whatsoever would be helpful in fine tuning the presentation and also taking out what wasn’t so good and putting more in what was good for this and the Cornwall presentations.
I didn’t want to just show very good or amazing shots, I wanted failures as well as standard shots to show to people as I don’t think there is anything worse than seeing hundreds of amazing photos and thinking, “I have no hope!”
So please let me know anything negative or positive that you or anyone says to you about last night please. As they say, we can only learn by our mistakes!”

Adrian Vince and Damien Demolder talk/street workshop

This week’s Club night talk by Adrian Vince and Damien Demolder “Light and life on the streets” will be followed up the next day (Tuesday) in Cheltenham by a street workshop. At the time of writing 12 club members have signed up for Tuesday’s workshop so we still have spaces left.

Adrian is the training and development specialist for Panasonic having worked for the company for 6 years. He has trained staff all across the South West on imaging as well as all other Panasonic products and also attends imaging events across the country to speak to customers face to face regarding Panasonic products. Adrien has supported Damien for most of his talks at various events.

In this heavily illustrated talk Damien will explain his approach to street photography, and how he uses light and exposure to grab the attention of the viewer. The talk is instructive as well as fun, and you will come away with new concepts to think about and a new way of looking at street photography. To get you in the mood, Damien’s website is

Street Photography Workshop Tuesday 29th Oct

This is a practical hands-on day of learning how to improve your street photography through seeing in new ways. Damien demonstrates a range of principles around using light, finding backgrounds and working in public areas, and then helps the group to find their own way at their own pace. It’s a day suitable for all levels of experience, and is certain to change the way you see and shoot – no matter what subjects you are usually interested in.

Cameras and lenses will be provided, so you only need to bring your imagination. However, because of familiarity, I will ask Damien if we can bring our own kit if we want to.

Damien comments “I propose for us to meet in Cafe Nero in Regent’s Street – at the moment. I’d like to start in that area but the Nero is a bit small so will look for somewhere close by that is a bit more suitable – suggestions gratefully received. Ideally somewhere quiet with an area we can use away from the crowd – an upstairs or downstairs – pub or cafe etc.”

We can talk about meeting anyway on Monday night. If you are going on Tuesday but can’t make Monday night, let Mike or me know. It might also be a good idea for those going to let us have their mobile phone number. Anyone who hasn’t yet paid, John Smith will be back on Monday. The workshop on Tuesday meets up at 9.30am for a 10.00 start. Finish is at 4.00 pm.

Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life Theatre Tour, 19:30 Friday 01 Nov 2019
Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Pump Room

I saw Doug Allen a couple of years ago and his shows are always entertaining, having worked with David Attenborough on his various spectacular tv programmes in recent years. He is on tour again and is in Cheltenham on Friday 1st Nov. As the advert says “Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family, with highlights from the most challenging assignments of his 35 years filming wildlife in the remotest places on Earth.”

The last time I checked, there were spare tickets.
That’s it, see you next Monday
Martyn (
Mike (

Vignettes 3

Vignettes 3

Hi everyone,

Bits and pieces
Thanks for the positive responses to “Vignettes”. We realise that not all new members emails are on our database yet which we will sort out. However the bulletin is on the Club Website so hopefully it will reach everyone. Also, both our email addresses have been added to the end of this bulletin to make it easier to communicate.

Well done all those who picked up places at last week’s round 1 judging. Entries for Round 2 have to be in next Monday. See Jamie’s recent email.

Shaun Little’s presentation – Monday 21st October

Just to let you know that Club stalwart, Shaun Little, has very kindly offered to give us a presentation on his photography experiences in Wales and Cornwall. As some of you will know, Shaun will be embarking on a career change in a couple of years’ time following Honda’s decision to pull out of the UK and where better to try out his burgeoning photo presentations than amongst friends at the Club. As Shaun comments:

“I’ve been a member of Cirencester Camera Club since 2007, so now in my 12th year as a member, I think I must currently be the longest serving member of the Camera Club. I watched and studied other people’s photos, learned new techniques and slowly watched my photography improve (hopefully!).

Photography for me has purely been a hobby, however as time has progressed and my career path is coming to a slightly earlier end with being made redundant in 2021 from Honda, I find myself looking to the future and ideas of how I can take my hobby and try to pass on my gained knowledge to others either through Photography itself (classroom sessions or practical on site workshops) or my other passion of Photo manipulation in Photoshop (along with other ideas for something to do as I take early retirement – such as a “handyman” being a fully qualified engineer).

My main Photography passion is Landscapes although for those that know me I do dabble in most genres (apart from wildlife). I am always looking to improve on my photography by pushing myself harder to get what is in my mind which isn’t always reflected in what comes out of my camera!

Although I like to travel the world, I don’t think there is anywhere quite like home, so I thought that I would share with you two areas of the country that I love and which are easily accessible within a few hours drive from Cirencester. Cornwall, which we hope to relocate to in a few years as my daughter now lives in that part of the country and North Wales, particularly the Snowdonia area (although I have no clue how to pronounce most of the place names)!

I believe that repeated visits improves your understanding of that location which in turn improves your photography until you finally get photos of a place that you are truly happy with. Although I am not there yet myself, I am getting there!”

We know that Shaun has spent over 100 hours putting together Monday’s presentation which we are sure will be terrific, if his photoshop tutorials are anything to go by.

Wildlife Photographer of the year 2019

The Wildlife photographer of the year award has just been announced and you can see the fantastic winning images on the Natural History Museum website

The photos go on tour and arrive at Nature In Art, Twigworth, around springtime next year. Once we have the dates, we will let you know.

Go to Photography Apps

Thanks to Mike Cheeseman and Colin Hoskin who have kicked off the photography Apps list by adding the following:

Mike’s Apps
TrueDoF-Pro (Depth of Field calculator).
I find this very useful to remind me just how little DoF I have in situations when I think there would be a lot more. Useful for both landscape and macro work.

TPE (The Photographer’s Ephemeris). Landscape photography app.
Shows details of sun & moon (time, directions, elevations) and uses ground topography for line of sight information.

Colin’s Apps
Slow Shutter – which allows long exposures with mobile phone cameras.

AccuWeather – a great weather app which pretty much tells you how many minutes it’s going to be before the rain comes down on your EXACT location (eg house or office)! In my experience it’s 80%ish accurate.

Stocking – an iPhone camera only photo library (run by Alamy). Essentially – make a pic with your iPhone. Edit the photo as necessary. Upload to Stockimo via the app. Title the image. Add tags for prospective clients to use for search purposes. Answer a few other easy questions about the pic. Then await a rating – anything between 1 to 4 days (on average). Pics are rated 1-4 by their editors/curators. Any pic rated above 2 is accepted and added to the Alamy collection for sale. I’d be happy to discuss this App further with anybody at an upcoming meeting.

Snapseed – as per my previous presentation. A great App to process in phone pictures taken on your mobile.

Any other Apps members want to add, please let us know.
That’s it. See you on Monday.
Martyn (; Mike (

Vignettes 2

CCC Club Vignettes 2

Hi everyone
Just a short Vignettes this time.

Caron Steele
Following Caron’s excellent talk last Monday, do have a look at her website for tips on taking wildlife pictures. You can find it on

I am chasing the name of the charity which Caron donated last week’s fee to.

Another exhibition for you!
Compton Verney art gallery and park is staging a photography exhibition called “Magnum Manifesto – Capturing the world through over 70 years of photography” it runs from the 12th October to the 15th Dec. The webpage says:

“In 1947, following the aftermath of the Second World War, four pioneering photographers founded a now legendary alliance, combining an extraordinary range of individual styles into one powerful collaboration: The Magnum Photos agency. Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, sharing a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, redefines history and transforms lives. The exhibition captures over 70 years of history and presents the greatest events of the era alongside the more commonplace moments of everyday life.”

For more details see

Magnum Manifesto

Photography News
Photography News is a free publication which you can subscribe to via their website However, they also supply Camera Clubs with hard copies, so I have signed us up for about 8 hard copies which I’ll bring along when I get them to share out. It’s a good read with editorials from other clubs, competition details and results and the inevitable review of that must have Camera gadget you haven’t got (but have you missed it?!)

“Bits & Bobs”
After the last couple of weeks, it struck us that we could usefully have an additional field on the website to provide advice on items like recommended Apps, photo travel companies, specialist clothing makers etc. We could also paste in “Vignettes” as well, as they appear.

That being the case, could we start by asking you to give us the name of your favourite Apps. I’m aware that Mike C, Colin, Ben J (the 2nd) and Shaun all use Apps for everything from aperture, exposure settings, weather, Astro, tides, sunsets, compass etc etc. Just let us know and we will start an App data base as a club resource. Could you add just a few words to describe what it does. There’s a lot of Apps out there so recommended ones might save us all a lot of time.

That’s it, Cheers
Martyn & Mike (Joint Programme Secs)