This week at Keswick Photography Society we were treated to a wonderful talk by Margaret Elliott entitled “Photography My Way.”
Margaret is from Dumfries Camera club and has been a photographer for over a decade with DPAGB, EFIAP qualifications.
Her stunning set of images included Panel of Flower details, which demonstrated her skill with the camera. It showed the amazing colours of a variety of flowers including Orchids. Using a very shallow depth of field to capture the details gave a beautifully artistic and visually stunning panel.
A second panel included B&W portraits.
Margaret spoke about how you can crop an image to improve composition, tips on processing to improve the image and how important it is to look at the detail.
She spoke about how her photography has progressed over the years from darkroom development, digital, composite pics, textures, to the creation of digital art. She demonstrated the importance of different types of paper and how they can give a different feel to the final image, reminding us to always check the edges of images to make sure you have not cropped too tight.
Showing the same image in both B&W and colour, she asked us to choose which image we preferred but we found that it was rarely a unanimous answer. It’s very subjective.
In the second half of the evening Margaret showed some wildlife images and again discussed how her photography style had progressed over the years. She gave us some information on how wildlife subjects were captured – eg. using peanuts to attract birds and other small animals.
Margaret reminded us that it is important to enjoy your photography and take your images, your way, for you. Even if a picture has been done before. she said “But I don’t care They are mine!”