Some photo hints

There are innumerable books and magazines about photography, and we couldn't possibly compete with all of these. However we think it might be helpful to include a few guidelines on these pages - even though they are only the tip of the iceberg. They are based on some notes put together for some of his friends by our member Terry Lee.

The Club does not operate as a formal course of study, but if you think that is what would help you, Kent Adult Education service runs a number of photography courses. Some of our members take courses to complement what they get from the Club.

As well as the hints in this section of the website, there are some interesting and useful external links on our page for “Links: photo help and hints”.

A resource found for us by Matt D — and others — on Marylyn Brooks' summer 2012 young people's arts program in Athens, Maine looks great as a portal to a range of photo sites. It's called The Best Photography Resources for Kids and Teens but frankly it looks selfish in the extreme if 'kids and teens' keep it to themselves. It is interesting and useful for photographers of all ages!

On the personal website of Peter Norvig, Research Director at Google, he has included information that he found useful in photographing his daughter's dance performances. The photo guidance on Peter Norvig's website has wider photographic relevance, not just dance/stage photography.

Another portal to a range of photo sites is the PhotoStartSheet.

Photo hints on our site

But if you just want a few hints, you may find the following pointers helpful.

Thinking about photos to enter our competitions?

Most modern cameras have an automatic exposure function, and sticking with this can produce perfectly satisfactory pictures when the subject and conditions are not out of the ordinary. But when things are not so average, or even if you just want to understand more about your photography, take a look at the exposure page. And see the simulator lower down this page.

For ideas on how to create a better arrangement of the elements in your picture, you may find some help on our page about basic composition hints.

For some general tips, look at the sundry tips page.

We are not trying to compete with the wealth of publications about the new approach to photography, but we will include some tips on digital photography.

Because a number of photographers have experienced problems about some of the legalities around their hobby, we also have a page for Photographers' Rights. We are not giving legal advice, merely highlighting some websites that may be of interest on this subject.

But whether you find what you are looking for on these pages or not, do come along to try out our Camera Club. Whilst the best way to improve your photography is to take pictures and learn from them, seeing a variety of photographs from a range of different people can really give ideas for your own work.

Use the CameraSim SLR simulator below if you want to check the effect of different camera controls. Click on the word CameraSim at the foot of the picture to go to their website where you can find some more help.