2020 Photography Group – meeting 2

King’s Highway Togs took to the Santa Margarita Community Hall again for their annual light and shadows photoshoot. This is a fun activity where the togs learn to see the differences in how light affects the pictures our cameras capture. We talked about light exposure in low light settings and experimented with directing light sources on our subject by moving our light sources around and keeping our subjects still, yet also interested in their environment. We learned that happy animals make for better pictures and chickens are very happy to work for grain. 

Front lighting is when the light shines from the front onto your subject
side lighting is when the light shines from only one side
Rim lighting is when the light captures the outer edge of your subject leaving the rest in shadow

Next meeting is at the Santa Margarita Community Hall on March 18th, 2020  from 1800-1900

February Photography Meeting

This meeting we discussed light and shadows. We talked about the different types of light sources and how light makes our photos look more textured or ‘flat’ based on where the direction of light faces our subjects. We experimented with changing the direction of light to see how it affected our pictures and played with shadows to make art from absence of light.

We experimented with different light sources. We added and removed light sources to see what changed. We moved light sources around a subject, and briefly talked about lumens. the way we measure light intensity.
Shadows show us the angle of light against a subject. Shadows can be long or short based on where the light source is facing your subject.
When light comes from behind you can create a silhouette. It blacks out all detail in the shadows. The light that catches along the edge of your subject is called ‘rim lighting’. Rim lighting can create depth to a shadowed figure.

We also talked about how to work with animals. How to keep their attention and interest to produce pictures where the animals look happy, not stressed. Much of it has to do with setting up the shot as much as possible before bringing in the animals and being quick on the shutter release button. We can also train our animals to hold still, look in particular directions, or keep eye contact. The difference between a happy and stressed animals in a picture can change the whole feel of your composition. You can make a good picture better, just by getting some ears forward, some heads high and eyes that gleam for the prospect of treats.

Our meeting could get some things signed off, but there was more than an hour’s worth of stuff to cover. so there’s a few fun projects to do at home.


You can download tonight’s meeting notes and home assignments here:

Next month’s meeting will be held at the Atascadero Grange Hall as we voted to hold all our project meetings at the general meeting every month to help with attendance. Upcoming topics are to talk about composition. Composition is the way things are arranged in your pictures. We’ll talk about perspective, distance, focal points, and if we have time, we can do some fun ‘special effects’ with our pictures.

Photography – Meeting 2 – Keep it Steady, Keep it Level

In today’s meeting we covered the differences between landscape and portrait mode. We also discussed ways to align our pictures to keep the ground level and in focus. Your assignment for this section is to take 6 of your best photos and answer the questions in your assignment packet.

We can go over your pictures at our next meeting, February 28th, at:
Santa Margarita Community Hall
22501 I St, Santa Margarita,
CA 93453

download the meeting and assignment here:

Photography – Meeting 1 : First Photo Shoot

First Photo Shoot : Kai Grist
Subject: Edi, a Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat

Welcome to level 1 photography! In our first meeting we covered the different types of cameras, the different parts of your camera and where the settings are located on your cameras. We discovered our dominant eyes and talked about our first photo assignment. Select a subject to take a picture of and take a picture. take a few steps back and take another picture. repeat taking pictures and taking a few steps back a few more times and compare the differences between each set of pictures. Is your subject easy to see and in focus? Or does your subject lose focus or get ‘lost’ in the background of your photograph? Are there any objects in the way of your subject? In photography we draw with our eyes. Our pictures show others what we can see. How does where you position yourself to your subject change what your camera sees? What things can you do to control the pictures your camera takes? We can discuss these things in the next meeting, February 23rd, 6:00pm at Round Table pizza.

download the meeting notes and assignment here: