Low Light Photography – Edward Parker

We welcomed Edward back as our guest speaker about low light photography. Having led a varied and interesting professional life as a (self-taught) photographer, it is always a treat to be told how you can achieve good images in difficult situations. Edwards favourite phrase is ‘This is the best weather for photography’ and he means it… any day, any weather… and he went on to prove that you can find potential shots if you work with what you are given.

It was explained to us that we don’t need to lose quality when photographing in low light if we use a tripod, think about our settings and choose a subject that is enhanced by the situation. Be creative with your framing, go in close or bounce some artificial light around, slow your shutter speed and get some movement showing.

Edward’s talk was backed up by images from the darkest depths of the rain-forest, through to the oldest tree in Dorset, following the route of a pilgrimage through India plus many other projects and with his photographs being published in many articles and books, their quality went without saying, but Edwards gentle humour and tales of when things don’t go to plan, show that you have to practice and persevere to improve, but it is well worth the effort when it all comes together.

Rachel Cooper

I have been a club member for several years now and find I learn something whichever club event I attend. I enjoy the Studio Group evenings, but equally am happy photographing whatever the surroundings provide at home and out and about.

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