Next two Monday evenings

Subject: Next two Monday evenings

Afternoon all

I thought I’d do a double billing today, anything to save the price of a stamp.

Monday 13th March – ‘Members – my favourite accessory’.
This is an evening which we hope will turn out to be a good natter about a broad range of photographic equipment, along with many ideas and suggestions for improvement. It is not intended to be a ‘sit down and listen’ session, but an open session for members, and any visitors, to take part in the evening’s discussions about what works for them and, perhaps, what doesn’t.

The essential items required to take a photograph are a camera and a lens. Anything else which helps with this task is an accessory – so what’s your favourite? What could you not manage without?
Perhaps it’s a 2-X convertor;
a particular filter (such as a CPL, starburst, UV, R72, ND, graduated, etc);
a piece of software (for post-processing; or something like the Photographer’s Ephemeris, etc);
a monopod;
a lens adaptor (to fit an old lens on a new camera, or to fit a Canon lens on a Nikon; etc);
an intervalometer; an IR remote;
a flash repeater; a diffuser or softbox; a Rogue Flashbender;
a wifi transmitter; a GPS logger; a note book.

My favourite accessory seems to be the spare bedroom, where I keep most if it. It may be a challenge, but I’m bringing my spare bedroom.

All photography is about learning the rules, then you can break them – so if you’ve bought an accessory that turned out to be the worst thing you’ve ever bought, tell us about that one as well. Or, if there is an accessory which you are currently thinking of buying, let us know and perhaps some of us already have one, or more, and we’ll be able to share our experiences with it, good or bad.

Monday 20th March – ‘A year on the East Coast’ – Andy Kent.
Just over a year ago, Andy left Barnsley and moved to the East Coast to be near some different areas to walk in and take photographs of. As an honorary member, he asked if he could pay us a visit to share some of the scenes he’s been capturing, reminding us of the high standard of images which he regularly submitted for our competitions and AV shows. For the members who have joined since Andy left, I hope you come along for the evening and learn about some new places and subjects from Andy’s talk.

As we do for all such talks/lectures, please feel free to bring a friend, partner or family member to Andy’s talk. Seeing images of the east coast at this time of year is much better than going out in the wind and rain – and the more people we have here on the night, the quicker we’ll get rid of that awful coffee, then we can buy some good stuff.

Now, what’s the best way of carrying a spare bedroom?

see you Monday