Hello and welcome back to a new season at Cramlington camera club, Last night was our
first meeting of the season and after the formality of welcomes and meeting old and new
faces it was time to introduce our guest speaker for the evening.
Our guest was Thomas Heaton from Whitley Bay and a member of Tynemouth Photographic
Society. His presentation " The New Landscape Photographer", took us on his journey from
amateur to pro photographer. Thomas is probably best known for his following on YouTube
where he has 150 thousand plus followers worldwide. He explained that he likes to make
the "Blogs" as authentic as possible so that his viewers see the reality of how difficult or
easy it is to capture the perfect shot.
Throughout the evening his journey to improve as a photographer and to find the best equipment for each task was described in detail, his use of a drone to document his travels along with a small hand held camera. All in the pursuit of showing his Landscapes to the viewer so they may be encouraged to get out and find a location and composition to shoot. His love of the outdoors came through on every level.
Thomas showed a short version of a video, here he describes, how it happened, his
reactions to the environment, his vision and what he actually saw on the day, then the
final image and settings he used. Over the course of the night Thomas took us on a journey
from "Yosemite", "Glencoe", "Arctic Finland", and back to "Cambios Beach". His use of
Social Media and the Internet is wide spread and this has given him access to magazines
and TV coverage. At the end of his presentation Thomas then took questions from the
I thanked Thomas for his time and the club showed their appreciation, over all a good
start to the season.