We all like to take photos and we certainly enjoy looking at great photos. Great photos have one thing in common, they tell a story. To tell the story, the photographer has a number of 'tools' available to produce an image which will surprise, startle, shock or delight the viewer. These tools include the subject and how it is composed in the final image, the amount and quality of the light which includes colours, shadows and contrast. The photographer also has the choice over which aspects of the image are in sharp focus and which elements are not. From this it should be clear that in order to tell an effective story the photographer, as well as choosing and arranging a subject, also needs to effectively manipulate the controls of the camera. Over the coming months we will be conducting a number of workshop to help our members take better photographs and to fully get the benefits of these activities, it is important that we all understand the basic technical operation of our cameras. At our disposal is control over exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) and the the point on which we focus including the depth of field. If at this stage, if you shoot mainly on full automatic you are leaving a lot of the creative decisions to your camera and I'm sure often experiencing some disappointment when your final image is not what you had in mind.
So how do you decide when to shoot on Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or even full Manual? To help you gain the understanding you need to make this decision and then to execute it effectively, I've collected a number of tutorial materials which are both technically correct, well presented and easy to understand. These are all accessible via the Members section of this web site under 'on-line resources'. If you are less than certain about these aspects of your picture taking - and we all were at some stage - could I urge you to take a look at the material provided and give yourself a great start in the workshops we will be holding and your photography in general.