The camera group visited the National Portrait Gallery at
photographic studio. Here we were confronted with all manner of
wonders beyond our photographic dreams and Roger, an expert, who
was on hand to show smart-alecs such as me how to use the
Aladdin`s cave to best effect.
We arrived on Wednesday, after dodging the rain and hungry
looking traffic wardens we slipped in through the back-door.
Roger appeared and whisked us off for a brief tour of the
photographic portraits. It was during this tour that I became
convinced that I too would produce pictures as good as these
once I had used the Studio (we all must dream).
After the brief tour we proceeded to the Studio for the main
event. Roger steered us back to earth as we stared open mouthed
at the wonders before us. We were shown the different backdrops
(including a transparent screen, used for back-projection, but
more about that later) the lights, variable power flashlights,
the effects of these and most valuable of all guidance on how to
Sandwiches were then eaten before we set forth to create. We
then took turns to be either the subject or the photographer for
a series of black & white portraits using our newly found skills
and ideas. Wednesday there ended, could I contain myself till
Saturday arrived: this time we headed straight to the Studio for
the wonders of back-projection and printing some of our
portraits. We had already worked out how we wanted our colour
shots to look, so Jackie arrived with many props and looked
Meanwhile groups of two were joining Brian in the darkroom
printing some of the results of Wednesday`s portrait session.
See Arthur or Michael for some great portraits.
I am now desparate to see to see the results of our efforts.
Thanks millions to Brian and Roger. MORE PLEASE