Once again there was a full room as everyone returned for the second of Ken Fisher’s Beginners’ Workshops. It was very encouraging to see most of those from week one plus some first time attendees all waiting eagerly for Ken to build on the previous week’s gentle introduction. Having established that our cameras only see light and that we must all learn to see the light to be able to take better photographs Ken’s agenda this week was to cover exposure – making sure that just the right amount of light came into the camera to replicate what the photographer saw.
Using a mixture of presentation, anecdotes, jokes and practical demonstrations Ken clearly explained that no matter whether you are using a compact camera or the latest digital gadgetry the principles are the same and if you learn the basics of this week’s topics along with the knowledge from last week you will soon be able to get your photographs sharp, correctly exposed, with the desired depth of field that accurately represent the colours you remember when you took the picture. Shutter speed and, more particularly, aperture were given a thorough treatment. Using plenty of examples, both in his talk and on screen, Ken took everyone through the speed and aperture settings of their cameras to show how this affects the image captured. The mysteries of “the f-stop” were dispelled and camera sensitivity – the ISO – was introduced as the last part of the exposure triangle.
Ken also explained why, in some situations, the camera appears to have “got it wrong” with the exposure, how to avoid those situations and what to do if you can’t. All of this was delivered in a highly practical way with opportunities for everyone to try out what he had just explained. Many of the existing club members were on hand to help in these tasks on a one-to-one basis. It all made for an enjoyable and useful evening.