In our world of "need it now" and instant feedback, I am often asked, "Why not digital?" The answer is in the process. Traditional Black & White photography is a process, from the moment of image conception through to the presentation of the final print.
You can argue the same about digital processes as well, but therein lies the choice. The slow process of wet darkroom based photography and printing has it's own set of challenges and rewards, many of which are not reproducible by other means and some of which are.
Then, there is the print or image itself. A good friend of mine said that the difference between a B&W portrait and a colour portrait, is the eyes. In colour, you see the eyes, in B&W, you see the person.
The absence of colour results in a curious blend of texture, highlights and shadows that end in a story, or is that where the story begins?
Don Mallory, Darkroom Group Coordinator
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The Digital Group is designed to teach the techniques of digital imaging and what makes digital manipulation different from film based photography. Although the group is focused on the digital medium it can also be of interest to those using the traditional film medium.
Through the use of the computer as a tool, all photographers can explore new ways of improving their images and discover unique techniques to manipulate the photographic process.
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New Exposures Group
Leader Don Munro will moderate constructive group critiques of projected and printed images. Everyone in attendance is invited to take part in the discussions.
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Photo Art Group
Photography as an art medium is not a new concept. Alfred Stieglitz epitomized it as early as 1890, and fought to establish our medium as an art form, distinct from painting, sculpting or any other visual art medium.
Much of our work, especially at the camera club level, is the beautiful recording of our surroundings. There are the sunsets, the landscapes, the flowers, insects, butterflies and birds. We keep forgetting that art goes beyond the obvious. Art requires us to give meaning to our work, to express ideas, thoughts, dreams, fantasies if you wish, or make statements about the human condition.
The Photo Art Group addresses these opportunities. It explores the great works of other artists, from whatever medium, studies the history of art, encourages the members to try a new idea and dare to express a feeling or emotion, just as these famous others have done over the centuries. We do not encourage competition in order to foster free will, without hindrance of wanting to win. Just express your ideas any way you wish.
Leader, David Low
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The Studio Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The purpose of the Studio Group is to teach portrait and still life lighting techniques in a workshop format with occasional lectures.
Latow members are fortunate in that, unlike most camera clubs, Latow has it's own 1,100 sq. ft. photography studio complete with a wide variety of studio equipment including tungsten lights, studio flash units, reflectors and backdrops, both muslin and seamless paper.
Members who have been checked out and certified in the safe operation of the equipment may book the studio for their own projects. Please see the Studio Group leader for more details.