March 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Thanks to everyone who submitted shows for Photofusion!
The theme for this month was “Pictures Taken with your Cell Phone.” There were 16 submissions.
Some things to note from the critiques:
 Number how many = 16
 Subjects placed in the center of your photograph reflects importance
 Eyes should be placed on the top 3 rd of picture
 ProCam 5 to shoot in RAW
 Setting your subjects into a “triangle” adds to a strong composition
 Natural light is always nicer than artificial light
 Sinister Diagonal: Upper left to lower right (plunging/negative)
A slideshow of “Deer of Southern Alberta” was presented by John & Gayle Krampl.
The theme for May is “Bokeh”. For fun, a short video was presented: Bokeh? Not Bokeh – How to pronounce “Bokeh.” Here is the link:
Lorelei Hoffarth presented a video by Chris Knight, called “Composition: Beyond the Rule of Thirds.”
 Rules are guides, and do not need to be followed directly
 Not every rule works with every scenario
 Intersections on a grid are called “eyes”
 Placement of your subject in your photograph can project an emotional response.
 Consider what you are including in your photograph; if it does not help, do not include it.
 Good composition won’t necessarily help with a boring image
 Consider what is important, and how to communicate that.
 Arrange people and props. Move yourself/ your camera. Consider the focal length.
Consider these 4 things: Frame, Tone, Lines, Depth
Frame: Camera format. Landscape or portrait crop.
Tone/Color: Brightness, darkness, contrast. Eyes are drawn to bright areas. Where do you want your eye to look.
Lines: Eye movement, relationship, fluidity. There are 2 types of lines: Literally (roads, building), and Implied (gestures)
 Horizontal: Project a sense of peace and calm
 Vertical:
 Diagonal:
 Curved: Feminine
Depth: Distance, flatness, shadows, highlights

Lorelei also gave a presentation on Composition Center Composition
 Center composition places the important object in the middle of the image
 Works best when using symmetry
 Can be boring visually if not careful.
 Film maker Wes Anderson used this technique in many of his films. Check out a short video on how he mastered this (Titled: Wes Anderson Centred)
 It is easy to do, but hard to do well. Practise!

One Point Perspective
 This creates depth, and helps to draw the eye inward/to the centre using converging lines. Worksbest when using a wide angle lens.
 Stanley Kubrick used this in his movies. To see a video of how he used this, check out Stanley Kubrick’s One-Point Perspetive :

 This is where the subject is on a diagonal line (not leading lines)
 There are two different kinds of diagonals: Baroque (leads from bottom left to top right) & Sinister (leads from upper left to bottom right)
 Works well to organize busy scenes

Rule of Thirds
 The image is divided into 9 equal parts by two vertical lines & two horizontal lines
 The points of intersections are called “eyes”
 Important subjects should be placed along one of these lines, or at the intersections/eyes
 Creates tension, energy and interest

Frame within a Frame
 All photos are within the frame of the photo or the screen
 Usually if you put your subject within another frame it adds more focus on your subject and it adds depth to the image.
 Creatively think of objects to use as frames, like trees, windows, etc.
 If possible use a frame that is darker than the area behind your subjects because your eyes are drawn to the lightest part of the image. It also provides depth to the image without taking away from the subject

 Triangles are the most stable shape
 Can be within a scene or a secondary composition

S Curve
Z Curve
 Usually used in landscape photography
 Vertical subject on one side, some kind of foreground which creates the L. Then something in
the background that fills the image
 Use the rules for landscape photography too. In portrait photography the subject is usually the person, in landscape it is a tree or rock, house, etc.

A presentation was done by Ralph Arnold on world known photographer Reuters Photographer Yannis Behrakis who passed away in March 2019. Club members had a chance to view the photos that made Yannis one of the most decorated and respected photographers. To read more about Yannis and see some of his images, check out:

Thank you Sigrid for keeping notes every meeting!  I will try and get caught up on the website so your hard work doesn’t go to waste!