LECTURES

I have FOUR prepared lectures, which I have developed and delivered to many of camera clubs in the Midlands area. A short summary of each is shown below. Please contact me if you require further details.

 

COMPOSITION FOR THE VIEWER

Composition is the key to creating interesting and exciting images, which reflects your own particular style. The choices you make regarding frame, focus, timing and viewpoint set you apart from other photographers.  This presentation takes a detailed look at the approaches to composition taken by a number of famous photographers and examines the rules of composition: the ones you can safely ignore and the ones that nearly always work!

 

PORTRAITS WITH PERSONALITY

Showing the ‘personality’ of the sitter is now endemic in the photography media. This presentation looks at how you might go about showing a sitter’s personality in a portrait and how effective other artists and photographers have been over the years in achieving this. The presentation draws from the author’s own work, the art world and a selection of the photographic ‘masters’ both historical and contemporary.

 

SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY – DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Social documentary is an area of photography which can make a real difference to people's lives. The presentation looks at the historic perspective of social documentary and some of the key practitioners in the twentieth century.  The presentation finishes with a look at some social documentary projects and provides some ideas for your own project.

PUTTING COLOUR TO WORK IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Colour is how we see the world. Colour catches the eye, time is inferred by the image colour (day, year, decade), the mood of a picture can be communicated by the colour scheme and the ability to emphasise relationships between subject matter is key. Most important of all, colour can evoke an emotional response in the viewer. This presentation will track the history of colour photography, examine why colour contrasts enhance compositions, discuss colour harmonies and colour grading to produce beautiful images.