On Thursday 19th July we had an indoor practical session with the new lights and backdrop.


The first group were photographing still life/flowers.


The second group were trying their hand at portraits.  Needless to say this group was the most fun and soon everyone had gravitated over to that side of the room.


The models (aka club members) were many and varied:

We had Adorable Anna…..

Talented Tony. . . .


Tony by Anna

Crazy Kevin – (he’s not really, but it was better than Kinky which was the only K adjective I could think of!)


Kevin by Tony

Mysterious Michele.. . . .


Michele by Tony

and no doubt the star of the show…….

Cool Clive. . . .

We had a lot of fun – and after a lot of practice even managed some levitation!!

Suspended Stella. . . . 


“Ground Control to Major Tom” Stella by Steve


Food Photography

On Thursday 30th March, we had a real treat – well lots of treats really.  Diane from Jotolio Photography came along to teach us about food photography.  We were all invited to bring along some food to photograph and we excelled ourselves. There was everything from a wonderful cake with glazed fruit on top, to chocolates, eggs with fluffy chickens,  tropical fruit, etc.

Diane started with a presentation showing us just what is possible when photographing food.  The photos she showed us were stunning and very inspiring.

You can see some of them here:

Diane  reminded us that this type of photography is totally under our control. The food is not going to move and the lighting isn’t going to change. We can take our time and be as creative as possible.

Scott concentrating on a shot.

She invited us to think about Why, What and How.

Why are we photographing the food: is it the colour, the form, the story or to make a statement?

What should we put in the photograph and what should be left out? In particular careful consideration needs to be given to the background.

How should we take the photograph? We were encouraged to be creative and to have fun, to play with bouncing light, using card and foil.

Rob: Everyone looking very busy.

Black backgrounds work really well with bright food, but be careful the food doesn’t leave a smudgy mark!



Colour is important with food and photographs should not be oversaturated. The food needs to look appetising. Coloured plates can add to the photograph, but if the same colour is used it must be exact or it will clash.

Rob: All red.

The general rules of photography work just as well for these food photos:

Where is the eye drawn to and is it to what you hoped would be the main focus of the picture?

My eye was drawn to this tempting photo by Anna!

Decide how to present the food – would it look better cleaned up, cut up or broken up?

Annette: Rob preparing the oranges.

Use a small depth of field to separate the elements of the picture.

Decide how much of the image to show, use reflections and shadows.

Consider if you want to present a story or create a drama and use background props to show this.

Martin: Anyone for supper?

Try different camera angles, crop your photos.

Look for or create patterns.

Mike: an arrangement of tropical fruit


Anna: a pattern of strawberries

Consider composite images e.g. add smoke

Veli: a composite image using different focus points.


Consider using a simplified colour palate e.g. use green and pink, purple and green etc

Consider the lighting – use back lighting or a perspex sheet and light transparent objects from underneath.

Rob: slices of orange on a perspex sheet and lit from underneath.



After the talk we had a great time working our way around the hall photographing the lovely food that had been brought in.

The eggs and little fluffy chicks proved a popular subject.


Needless to say some of the arrangements changed somewhat over the course of the evening

Tony: this cake was just too tempting…..

and there was definitely less food went home than was bought in. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Visions’ Visit to Midmar Stones and Kirk

The Stones of Blood

Rob Romani

Rob Romani

‘It was wonderful to go to the Church and see its magnificent stone circle lit up as I was approaching. Such superb use of lighting reflecting on the 4,000 year old stones’.
Elspeth McKay Minister of Mid Mar and Echt Parish Churches.


Audrey Hampton

Audrey Hampton

On a mild winter’s night we made the trip out to an ancient place of worship, The Stones and Kirk of Midmar,  where there was also a graveyard to get creative with. Continue reading

Friendly critiques

This collection of points on critiquing  photos is courtesy of various experts on Google.  Because of copyright issues, I have had to replace the photos used in my original club presentation with those from our own members.  The ones used to illustrate poor technique I take full responsibility for!

What is a critique?

  •  A critique is not a criticism – it is a detailed analysis and assessment of something.
  • A critique is not an opinion.


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Visions goes to Spectra

Please click on the photos to see them larger and the  galleries to scroll through the photos with the photographer’s names.

On Thursday 9th February Visions Camera Club went en masse to Spectra, Aberdeen’s annual Festival of Light. At least twenty members visited the festival some going back more than once to try for that ‘special’ photo.  Over 175 photos were uploaded to Facebook …….

But first sustenance needed to be ingested….

Derek Gray

Derek Gray

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Quarterly competition: Humour

On Thursday 6th January, Visions held its first meeting of the year.  Over 30 photos had been submitted for the quarterly competition on the subject of Humour. As we found this subject somewhat difficult, we were allowed to choose a photo we had taken at any time. We were asked to submit any photo that made us smile.

Here are some of the entries.

Please click on any photo to view the galleries at full size.

Laughter is infectious as shown by these photos:

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Merry Christmas!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Visions Photography Club.