January 15 2014 'Widening your horizons'

If you are a photographer who enters photographic competition there will be probably be many times when you have been incensed by the inability of a judge to appreciate the wonderful pictures you have created. But what if you were the judge?
This is exactly what happened at the most recent club meeting of Wellington & District Camera Club when Janet Haines ARPS of Dorchester Camera Club delivered her talk ‘Widening your horizons’. In a spirited manner Janet suggested club members take on the challenges of obtaining photographic qualifications either with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) or the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).
These bodies provide various levels of certification which enable photographers to improve their photography. Janet provided direct evidence of a wide range of images which had been submitted from both herself and others. Having explained the judging criteria, club members were then put into judging groups to test their skills on images which had been before the PAGB. This might sound relatively easy but when the length of time involved to make up your mind is very short then it’s a different matter altogether!
Janet’s backed up her talk with a fascinating selection of her own pictures. In them her very personal style of blending together images to create ethereal, surreal and dark were perfect examples of what is possible if you take your camera off automatic and dare to change.