Saturday, 1 October 2016

Meet and Greet Review

On Friday 30th September, Hoylake Photographic Society held it's second annual "Meet and Greet" with the aim of showing family, friends and visitors what the club does, the fun that being a member can be, how being a member can improve your photography and hopefully to gain some new members from the evening.
Rob Devenish and Judith Dundass
Members and visitors fill the hall
While Rob Devenish and Judith Dundass prepared the presentation for the evening, members, friends and visitors signed in, bought raffle tickets and filled the hall. On display at the rear of the hall were a selection of images which had been entered into our monthly competition with visitors challenged to guess which one had come 1st in our monthly competition.
Club President Barry Quatermass
Once settled, club President Barry Quatermass welcomed our visitors and explained the workings of the club, its history, our aims, our club competitions, our days out, the Wednesday Night group, and the general enjoyment that a group of friendly people with a shared interest in photography can have in a photographic society. Barry gave a digital presentation of the range of our club members images and an Audio / Visual to view.

Judith Dundass then gave a digital presentation of images from our club long weekends to Blencathra and Malham Tarn and the day trips out this year. Anthony Clarke then explained how being a member of three years standing had seen him grow from a boy to a man in photographic terms with a digital presentation of his own photography showing his progression as a member of the club.

With the first half of the evening over we took a short break with Lynette Ryan providing much more than the tea and biscuits. It was a buffet fit for royalty which went down very well.

The second half the the evening saw the hall split into work stations with demonstrations of Lightroom and Photoshop, Pictures to EXE, scanning images and a photography help desk.
Brian Magor and Anthony Clarke 
A presentation of images
A Barry Quatermass 1 on 1 Lightroom workshop
At the front of the hall was a display of club members prints of the Wirral Peninsula from a 1953 exhibition which demonstrated the club's history history and the skills of past members of the club. The display demonstrated very well how important photojournalism is. Photography is a snapshot in time and what may seem like an ordinary image when it's taken grows in importance over time.
A display of club members prints from 1953
Brian Magor gave a workshop on the standard software used in producing Audio / Visual presentations "Pictures to EXE". An Audio / Visual is either video, images or a mixture put together and set to music or commentary or both and the club has there Audio / Visual competition for members on the final meeting before Christmas. Anthony Clarke was stationed alongside giving advice on scanning images.
Anthony Clarke's scanning workshop
The Barry Quatermass Lightroom workshop is popular
Members and visitors fixated with Brian Magor's "Pictures to EXE"
Experienced club members are always on hand to offer advice and Ian Chantler offered his experience to a visitor to the club.
Ian Chantler (right) offering his advice to a club visitor
Rob Devenish and George Evans staffed a help desk for anyone needing advice on cameras, lenses, software and techniques.

The Meet and Greet was so successful that it easily over ran the 10pm finish and a group of new faces must have gone home with a better understanding of who we are, what we do, how friendly club photography can be and with some photographic knowledge from a short trip to Hoylake Photographic Society. Hopefully some of them will be inspired to return and play an active part in the club for many years to come.

Our next meeting is on 7th October and is our Presidents Night with an expert guest speaker chosen by our President, Barry Quatermass.

If you feel inspired by this article and intrigued by what you'll experience next Friday on the Presidents Night then we meet at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. The doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start and a 10pm finish. You don't have to be a member to attend as visitors are welcome paying only £2 on the door. You'll be most welcome.

For our September to May 2017 program of events and talks visit our Hoylake Photographic Society website or our Facebook page for the latest club news. The blog images were provided by George Evans.