Contrary to common belief, you do not need complicated or expensive equipment to take good photographs. All that expensive equipment does is allow you to take pictures under a wider variety of circumstances; provided you understand the limitations of what you are using you can take interesting and exciting pictures with the simplest of equipment.

 

The most important thing you need is the ability to see a picture - photographers sometimes call this 'the seeing eye'. Some people can do this intuitively, but for most of us mere mortals it is something that has to be learnt. The good news is, anyone can learn it, and that is where club feedback is invaluable.

 

Taking good pictures is a question of practice and luck .. but as with any learning process, the more practice you get, the luckier you get. A rewarding spin-off from this is that as your picture-taking improves so does your appreciation of the beautiful planet we live on. The fall of the light on everyday scenes and objects you would otherwise not give a second glance will begin to interest you more as you look for new possibilities for a picture.

 

In addition to a camera, you will also need access to an internet-connected computer in order to participate in our Projected Image competitions.

 

Should you be interested, as a member of Photocraft you will also have the opportunity to develop your digital editing skills.  This will require that you have a copy of suitable software; our members typically use Lightroom, Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, although other applications are also used.