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Posted 07/12/2018 - 19:08 Link
At our small club meeting last night the visiting presenter was a highly regarded member of a prestigious camera club with umpteen letters after his name. I have never heard such an arrogant, rude prat in all my life; his technique for winning competitions (as far as I could see his sole reason for taking photos) was do everything on auto mode and sort it all out in Photoshop afterwards. If the scene isnít misty enough then put it in later. In semi-auto modes the camera does it anyway so whatís the point, he said. How about filters? Someone asked, to receive a dismissive snort. Same with a tripod - donít need one, just jack up the ISO and sort it out with....well you can guess. It got a bit creepy when we got on to his ďartistic nudesĒ so I just left for the pub, I couldnít stomach any more.
Posted 07/12/2018 - 19:22 Link
We have had quite a few presenters from other clubs at ours in the time that I have been a member, and while the quality varies of both their images and their presentational skills/presence varies, I can't recall one who came across as the one you describe.

I might have been lucky, or you may have been unlucky, but in either case in the same circumstance I would have done likewise. We always get feedback after our speakers, and i'm sure that if we had one like that the 'word' would get around pretty smartly and they would find that invitations would dry up!.

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Posted 07/12/2018 - 21:47 Link
This sounds like torture. I'm not one for keeping quiet when something's in my mind and I think I would have said what I think if this chap had been in front of me. I think he would have left with no doubts that he wouldn't be coming back!


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Posted 08/12/2018 - 20:59 Link
I think I'd have been tempted to walk out after commenting we'd booked a photographer rather than his camera.
Since I'm our club's treasurer, If I walked out he wouldn't have been paid for his visit - seems about right
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Posted 08/12/2018 - 21:29 Link
I dare say though that there are an increasing number of photographers who would share a lot of those mantras though....

(but no, I'm not one of them)
Posted 09/12/2018 - 17:26 Link
Please remember club judges and lecturers give up their time and are only paid expenses.

Posted 09/12/2018 - 19:06 Link
DOIK wrote:
Please remember club judges and lecturers give up their time and are only paid expenses.


We agree a fee with visiting presenters beforehand; ok itís not a great deal as they are realistic about club funds but I take exception to pedants. We donít do competitions except an informal arrangement without judges and I confess I really donít get the whole club competition aspect of photography.

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