This evening (20the Sept) we were delighted to welcome back Neil Atkinson. Neil needs little or no introduction to Cramlington CC having appeared as a guest speaker in the past and many members have participated in his locally held tutorials.
Neil's return was this time however not as a speaker but as a tutor. Neil was given the brief of explaining to those of us who are not as self assured as others on how we might improve our portrait photography. This he would do by explaining such things as camera settings & preferred lenses, composition and also importantly, model etiquette, ie how a photographer should conduct his or herself when addressing and posing a model. All this would be done using a very basic setup of two studio lamps, without flash facility.
Neil started be explaining the best camera settings and his preference to using a 70-200mm lens thus enabling him to remain at a distance from his model so as not to intimidate by encroaching on their 'personal space'. He continued by explaining how best to frame the model by ensuring the correct amount of space existed, in the right places, around the head & shoulders to provide a pleasing image.
Referring now to etiquette, Neil told how when interacting with a model first one had to realise that they were interacting with a person, who had to be respected. He explained how no physical contact should be attempted without the full permission of the subject and should involve only minimal contact, be brief and used only when absolutely necessary.
The members were then let 'let loose' under Neil's watchful eye to practice what they had learned on the 4 models who had so kindly devoted their time for us this evening.
The evening proved a great success and ran on until well after nine. All who attended, whether experienced in portraiture or not, remarked on how well they had enjoyed the evening.
I and the members would like to thank Neil for an interesting, entertaining and informative evening. Special thanks must go to Lydia, for once again agreeing to be a model, and for her patience.
It should also be noted that Neil's fee for the evening was donated, in full, to the Paediatric Intensive Care Dept at the RVI.
Bob Finlay (President)