Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP DPAGB BPE5* from Essex was our speaker on 29 October. He had kindly stepped in at fairly short notice but personified the potential that Zoom offers to allow us to book great speakers from anywhere in the country.
He covered moths, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, insects, wild flowers, orchids, fungi, amphibians and even snakes. The images were superb but the greatest value was the information about how to get them. There was plenty of discussion and explanation about the virtues of various pieces of kit demonstrated by the same image taken in different ways.
Practical field techniques were shown covering everything from the capture of moths to the best light conditions and angles to shoot at. Tips and pitfalls were revealed, accompanied by anecdotes and asides as appropriate. Sadly the direct feedback to the speaker from the audience was muted by the Zoom system but you could certainly see people silently laughing!
Roger covered the challenges and solutions to the shallow depth of field inherent in Macro photography including focus-stacking afterwards and what to think about beforehand. It was a master class.
This has to be the nearest you can get to a hands-on workshop using the Zoom system. Our thanks go to Roger for a brilliant presentation giving us a most entertaining and informative evening.