At our Club Night on Wednesday we were joined by well-known local commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Andrew Barton, his colleague Sue Jones and Imy Wild, who kindly volunteered to model for us.
Andrew is a member of both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Master Photographers’ Association with over 30 years’ experience, while Sue is a similarly experienced photographer in her own right and a Life Member of the Isle of Man Photographic Society. We are grateful that she gave up a meeting at the IOMPS to join us for the evening.
They arrived with numerous bags of equipment and set up two backgrounds, and initially Andrew explained some of the theories of light and demonstrated the use of a single flash gun before adding wirelessly connected guns and building up the effect by adding rim light to highlight Immy’s hair.
He moved on to discuss and demonstrate the larger flash units and showed us some different ways of lighting both Imy and the background, while offering advice about the equipment he uses and talking about the various tools for shaping the light.
We had the opportunity to use our own cameras to capture some images and ask lots of questions, and Imy, who has done some modelling and photography herself, was patient and lovely throughout.
The members present ranged from flash novices to those with lots of experience, and all agreed that they had learned something during the evening. We hope to welcome Andrew back to Colby again in future.
Our next regular meeting is on Wednesday 27th of November, when Eddie Fryer will be judging the Open competition, and the deadline for entries is this Sunday (17th) at 6pm.
Before then we are hosting the annual 3-Way inter-club competition on Friday 22nd November. Guests are welcome and admission is £3 on the door (7.45pm start).