Thursday, June 8, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 12 June 2017 - 11.00am

Hi Members,

We'll start off on Monday with the Low Key photographs of members. If you haven't already done so, please send us up to 3 photographs of your low key shots.

Then, we have guest speaker Danielle Lancaster, Director of Bluedog Photography. Her topic will revolve around PORTRAITS.

Danielle is a multi award winning freelance photo journalist. Her work has appeared in many print publications such as RACQ - The Road Ahead, Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and many more.

Danielle also runs many photographic workshops and photographic tours both in Australia and key destinations round the world.

 We are very happy to have Danielle come and talk to our club.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Next Meeting, Monday 22 May 2017 - 11.00am

Hi Members,

We'll have a look at your Show and Tell submissions. So send us up to 3 (Yes, three) creative photos that could include conceptual, surreal or prop assisted photographs. Let your imagination run wild.

The main topic on Monday will be LOW KEY photography. Low-key photography is a terrific challenge for both novice and the experienced. A low-key image is one that contains predominantly dark tones and colours. Like high-key images, they convey atmosphere and mood. But where a high-key image feels airy and light, a low-key is usually dramatic and full of mystery.

Two old Friends
The Artist's Studio


Friday, May 5, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 5 May 2017 - 11.00am

Hi members,

Telling a story in a photograph, was the challenge for Monday's Show and Tell segment. If you haven't already done so, please send us a couple of shots for us all to admire. Send them to

The Main topic on Monday will be CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. We'll discuss conceptual photography, alternate reality and photography using props. We will include in the discussion how creative photography can be done with or without using post processing programs.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Today's Meeting

Hi Members,

With the change of our address and email addresses, it was inevitable that some Show and Tell pictures got missed, so here they are:

Jan Silcock's two pictures of Depth of Field
Jan S - Pic 1- 1/640 - f:2.8 
Jan S - Pic 2
Here are Janine Meyer's photos
Janine M - Pic 1 - 1/50 - f:2.8
Janine M - Pic 2 - 1/50 - f:2.8
Diane presented the main topic which is very important for serious photographers, HOW TO TELL A STORY with photography. She says it is not enough to have a technically perfect photographs perfectly composed. Following her mantra, Diane says "A good photo should evoke emotion, tell a story and engage the viewer." After having studied a number of professional photographers, Diane showed a few examples. To tell a story, start off showing an establishment shot.

Show an establishment shot
Set the scene
A mid-shot shows the subject matter
Don't just show a portrait. Show the subject in action
Show second subject in action
Showing details
Showing details
Use different perspectives
Add a closing shot to the story
The challenge for next meeting now: Send us one or two photographs telling us a story. The next meeting is on 8 May. Good luck with the challenge.
After a long ride, a glass of wine goes down well

Monday, April 17, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 24 April - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Welcome to a new term. We meet again next Monday. Remember the challenge for the Show and Tell. Send us two photos showing two different DOFs (Depth of Field) from our discussion at the last meeting.

The main topic on Monday, presented by Diane, will be HOW TO TELL A STORY WITH PHOTOGRAPHS. By now you would know that Diane's mantra is: “A good photo should evoke emotion, tell a story and engage the viewer.”

On Monday she will discuss how to tell a story with one photo or with two or more photos. It is not enough to have perfect composition, light, focus and all the other technical skills. We must strive to engage the viewer by getting them hooked on the visual story.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Term Break

Hi Members,

We are presently on a term break and we'll meet again in Term 3 on Monday 24 April at 11.00am at the Logan North Library.You'll find Merv's notes on BACK TO BASICS now in the Lesson Notes on the right.

In the meantime, keep your shutters clicking. Remember the challenge for the Show and Tell segment for the first meeting: Send me two photos, with different Depth of Field settings.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 13 March - 11.00am

Hi members,

How did you like the talk on Abstract Photography at the last meeting. So, consequently the challenge for the Show and Tell will be Abstract Photography. Please send me a couple of your best shots. Let your imagination go wild for this one.

Send your images to before Saturday night.

The main topic on Monday, will be presented by guest speaker John North, who is going to tell us  about the Australian Photographic Society and how can share our images. John will also mention another useful organisation, the Australian Portfolio Photographic Society. 

These photographic societies hold international competitions which allow you to show off your photos to a world-wide group of members. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Next Meeting Monday 27 February - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Sorry for the delay. On Monday we start with the Show and Tell Segment on Natural Light. If you remember, the challenge was to send us two photos using different natural light sources.

If you haven't done so, please send a couple of photos to be included. Send to


The lack of figurative references allows the viewer to explore the image in greater depth, lending their own meaning to the work, which creates a deeper connection with the audience. (Megan Kennedy)

Photography basics are light, shade, texture, tone and line. Abstract photography emphasises these. 

Something different.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Next Meeting - Monday 13 February - 11.00am

Hi Members,

Following John Rogers' talk on travel photography, at the last meeting, the challenge for the Show and Tell. Send us two photos of the most exotic places you've ever been to. Send two photos to

The main topic. presented by Diane will be THE USE OF NATURAL LIGHT in photography.

Photography is a visual communication. A good photograph should tell a story, evoke emotion and engage the viewer. The purpose of a photograph is to communicate visually.

Communicating Visually
Light is one element to which we must pay particular attention so as to communicate visually effectively. Light and composition are the most important elements of photography. After all the meaning of the word “Photograph” comes from the Greek; photo = light and graph = to draw. So photograph = to draw with light.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017


By John Rogers

Before the trip
1 - Search the internet for possible photo opps...
I use Trekearth, 500PX, Flickr and also CIA World Facebook. Don't rely on Lonely Planet type books as they are usually out of date by the time they are published.
Google Earth is great for finding locations and discovering likely viewpoints.
Also google "Where to photograph in xyz? destination.
Read forums for other people's first-hand experiences, especially on how to access difficult areas for photography and what time of year is best to go.

Once I know the names of potential photo locations, I’ll do more research. Which time of day has the best light? How difficult is it to reach certain vantage points? What time does an attraction open, and when will tourist traffic be low? What will the weather be like?

2 - List of camera gear to take... Check off list.
3 - Make a page with all your Travel Dates on it. Time can get lost when travelling over borders and time zones.
4 - make up a check off list with all non photography items to take. Shirts, toothbrush etc.
5 - Have some proof of your gear so when returning it can be proven that it was not purchased overseas.

I use small tupperware containers to keep my memory cards in till I get home.
Always take a backup camera.. spare batteries too.
Tripod. You’ll have greater creative control over your camera’s manual settings when using a tripod. This doesn’t mean you have to lug a tripod around with you absolutely everywhere. I don’t.
But for tack sharp landscapes, low-light photography, self-portraits, flowing water shots, and sunsets/sunrises, a travel tripod makes a huge difference. Take Black Card for landscapes which can be used when the problem limited dynamic range occurs. Or take graduated filters.
Take Zip Lock plastic cooking bags. They are good for covering in rain or when going from hot to cold.
If you purchase any equipment overseas, don't forget TRS (Tourist Refund Scheme).
Purchase 60 days prior to leaving OZ. $300 or more of goods from a ingle store. To calculate your refund = divide by 11%
Don't Obsess Over Equipment
Want to know what photography gear I use? Well, here you go. But if you went out right now and bought all that stuff, not only would it be super expensive, I guarantee it won’t improve your photography skills.
Why? Because the gear you use is not what makes a great photographer. Just like the type of brush a painter uses doesn’t make them a great painter. It’s knowledge, experience, and creativity that makes a great photographer.
Camera companies are much better at marketing than paintbrush companies. That’s why you think you need that $3000 camera. Trust me. You don’t.
Professionals use expensive gear because it allows them to produce a greater range of images. For example, extremely low light star photography. Or fast-action wildlife photography. Or because they want to sell large fine-art prints.
Instead of buying new equipment, spend time learning how to use your current camera’s settings. It’s a far better investment, and cheaper too!
I make a point to make the cameras look crappy and old. Duct tape and patches holding them together and hiding logos. Thieves find it hard to sell old pieces of junk. It also throws custom officers off in many countries as they can get suspicious of lots of good camera gear.
My camera bag is not the usual typical camera bag, so it doesn't yell 'CAMERAS'. Less conspicuous and cheaper too.
Take Bike Rack Wire and Lock for attaching your bag or equipment to furniture.
I use a Blue Belt Money belt. CLICK HERE
Take pics of your luggage before going. Copy down serial numbers, .include your name and camera serial number on Image Data, so if stolen you can track it down on online using  STOLEN CAMERA FINDER.COM.
I take a Long Sheathed Lock and Key for doors and lockers.
I use Travel Insurance Direct and get a Yearly Policy for approx. $400 which covers the world.
Always take your equipment as Carry-On luggage. If it's overweight put some lenses in your coat pockets. They don't weigh people as yet. Also baggage handlers just love camera equipment.
I look at postcard racks and talk to locals. Figure out how Many sunsets you will see at this destination. Also place thought into locations that are ok to shoot in bad weather.. a grey day may be great for monochrome shots.
The best subjects to shoot when it rains
Waterfalls! Not only because there's plenty of water, but the overcast conditions provide soft, even light for a low-contrast image.
Woodlands come alive with colour under overcast conditions, as direct sunshine tends to be too high-contrast/distracting.
The early bird gets the worm. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase. Well it’s also very true for travel photography. Light is the most important ingredient for great photography — and soft, warm, morning light creates amazing images.
Waking up early also means you’ll have to deal with fewer tourists and other photographers. Want an epic postcard shot of a famous landmark like the ruins of Chichen Itza or the Taj Mahal? Just get there early right when it opens and you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself!
Once I know the names of potential photo locations, I’ll do more research. Which time of day has the best light? How difficult is it to reach certain vantage points? What time does an attraction open, and when will tourist traffic be low? What will the weather be like?

Photographing local people in a foreign country is tough for many photographers. What if they don’t understand you? What if they say no? Will they get offended? It took me a couple years to get comfortable shooting portraits of locals, and even now I still get a bit nervous.
But I’ve learned the key is to talk to people first. Say hello. Ask for directions. Buy a souvenir. Compliment them on something. Chat for a few minutes BEFORE asking for a photo. It’s far less invasive this way.
Always ask permission for close-ups too. Spend 15 minutes learning how to say “can I make a photograph” or “can I take your portrait” in the local language before you arrive. People really appreciate the effort, and it’s a great way to make a new friend.
Attempting to take quick snapshots as you rush from one location to another will leave you with the same boring photos everyone else has. Make sure you plan “photography time” into your travel schedule. Good travel photography requires a solid time commitment on your part.
If you’re traveling with friends who aren’t into photography, it can be difficult to find the time necessary to create amazing images. You need to break off on your own for a few hours to make photography your priority. I often prefer to travel alone or with other dedicated photographers for this reason.
Good luck trying to explain to a non-photographer that you’d like to wait around for an extra 30 minutes until the clouds look better. It doesn’t go over well. For organized tours, try waking up early to wander alone for a few hours, getting photos before the tour starts.
Even better, splurge on a rental car for a travel photography road trip. This allows you to control when and where you stop for photos. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a bus while passing an epic photo opportunity, powerless to stop and capture it!
Good photography takes time. Are you willing to spend a few hours waiting for the perfect shot? Because that’s what professionals do. The more patience you have, the better your travel photography will turn out in the long run.

Ok. You’ve visited all the popular photography sites, and captured your own version of a destination’s postcard photos. Now what? It’s time to go exploring, and get off the beaten tourist path. It’s time to get lost on purpose.
If you want to get images no one else has, you need to wander more. The best way to do this is on foot — without knowing exactly where you’re going. Grab a business card from your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick a direction and start walking.
Bring your camera, and head out into the unknown. Check with locals to make sure you’re not heading somewhere dangerous, but make a point get lost. Wander down alleys, to the top of a mountain, and around the next bend.
In many places, locals tend to avoid tourist spots. So if you want to capture the true nature of a destination and its people, you’ll need to get away from the crowd and go exploring on your own.
Fit in with the scene. Understated is always best. Again, sensitivity for the mores and norms of where you are goes a long way to being accepted. A female photographer may want to wear a scarf to cover her head in some cultures. It's one of the most visible ways to show respect for local sensibilities. I also avoid looking like the stereotypical photographer (black cargo pants or vests with lots of pockets).

Your subjects are giving of themselves. Don’t abuse their gift of sharing their lives. Don’t treat them like models. Send back some prints, cherish the moment, and treat them well. Don’t promise if you don’t intend to deliver. In this age where many people are digitally connected, it has become easier than ever to email a jpeg to an address for your subjects to share.

Staying on the center of town, or having a room with wonderful views can create a lot of great photo opportunities

Consider what to do with your images. If you have some good shots you could make a photobook, enter a Travel Competition, upload them to an image stock site, approach magazines, travel guides or tourism websites.

Use the images to arrange a discount or free stay on your next trip. Simply contact the hotel manager and ask do they need any promotional photos.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome back to another Camera Club Year


Hi Members,

Are we all ready for another year of the Logan U3A Camera Club?

The challenge for the first meeting. Send me a couple of photos you took over the Christmas Festive Season period for the Show and Tell segment.

The main topic will be presented by member John Rogers who, as you know travels to far and very interesting places around the world. Those who have attended the Travel Group meetings and have enjoyed John's talks are familiar with his incredible pictures. John often gets asked how he prepares for his trips. what equipment he takes with him and how he achieves these stunning images. So, you could call his presentation, BEFORE, DURUNG AND AFTER A PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIP.

I am looking forward to another camera club year. We have a couple of new members joining the club, so please make them very welcome.