Wooler Camera Club

What sort of photographer are you – happy snapper, technical wizard, digital artist or interested beginner?

At their latest meeting, Wooler and District Camera Club catered for all these people when members held a hands-on practical evening demonstrating and discussing a variety of cameras, tripods and digital packages that, as one participant said, ‘does the job for me’.

In an informal setting, the members were able to view and handle camera kit and ask the owners for their views on the practical use, the merits and the drawbacks of what they had on offer.

They say that the most useful camera is the one in one’s pocket and during the evening several came out of their owners’ pockets and guidance was sought on how to use them to their best advantage.

It appears that many people underuse the equipment that they have so the advice was before buying something more or adding another programme to the PC it makes sense to really get to know all about what is being replaced. That way replacement might not be necessary.

Nowadays there are many digital programmes on the market with multiple functions, some so complicated that they can take over the average PC, so advice was on hand with regard to the compatibility of camera, programme and computer.

Having found a digital programme that suits, hours of fun can be had adjusting, enhancing and generally getting the best out of an image. One of the presenters advised that those holiday pictures that bring out the response ‘not again Dad!’ can be made more tolerable by setting the slide show to music. ‘How to’ advice was available for that also.

The digital packages were demonstrated by Mike Allport, Ian Thompson, Peter Richardson and Derek Snee while Margaret Urwin advised on compact cameras and club president John Wilson discussed the when, where and how of using lenses.