|Group leader||Graham Speed|
|Meetings||Online during Covid-19 restrictions|
Our members have a mix of experience and cameras (SLR, compact system, bridge and compact). Several have computers with image manipulating software. We engage in practical digital photography and are striving to extend the boundaries of our individual photographic comfort zones and to improve our creative picture-making skills by sharing our individual knowledge and expertise, thus learning from each other, whilst at the same time having fun. We engage in an informal programme based on the consensus wishes of the members who participate in the running of the group.
Covid-19 restrictions have forced us to abandon meetings with their social component, but we continue to operate online. Sadly this means that only those members with access to the internet and with email can participate for the moment. A monthly theme is selected from a compiled list and each member produces up to six images to that theme in the month. The images produced are presented on a website so that they are accessible to all members, who vote by email and make constructive comment on their favourite image for each other member. The selected images (one for each member) are added to galleries on this main u3a website.
The group is fundamentally non-competitive but has in the past responded to requests to mount exhibitions for a u3a regional forum, a regional day at Denbies, u3a monthly meetings and the AGM. A digital slide-show of the group’s images was used at the u3a’s 25th anniversary event. Photographs and articles by members have appeared in the local u3a Newsletter.