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Collected the cup for my Project Cup success at the Camera Club annual dinner on Tuesday and took over as chair of the club for next year.  We have a break now until the club restarts in September but have next year’s programme with the competition topics to work on over the summer.  One or two quite challenging topics this next year including a ‘plain and simple’ competition where we all have to use a disposable camera, so there is no editing of images in any shape or form.  Other topics include, ‘Its all in the eyes’, ‘Let there be light’ and ‘A touch of blue’, so hopefully what I’ve learnt on this course might give me some ideas on how to tackle these projects.

Last Sunday I attended my first Distinction Advisory Day which was run at the RPS offices in Bath, my intention being to submit some of my work for licentiate assessment.   I took some of my flower photos, taken for some of the earlier TAOP assignments and also used in the camera club competition that I won, along with one or two other images.  The main criticism was that I needed more variety.  Although the judge likes some of the flower photos he said there were too many of them and I needed to show that I was competent with other subjects. One or two photos were criticised for being too ‘soft’ when he would have likes them to be sharper and one or two others he suggested that I crop.  All in all he said that I had 5 or 6 good photographs as a starting point but I clearly have more work to do before I am ready to go for a distinction.  One of the most interesting and useful aspects of the day was watching the judges move the batches of photos around until they were happy that the panel ‘flowed’ in terms of size, shape, colour, topic.  It was also useful to see some of the work other hopefuls had brought with them.  My plan now is to get my TAOP work ready for assessment then attend another advisory day before going applying for the licentiate.

Just changed the header for my blog to one of my own photos, quite pleased with that.  I hadn’t thought of presenting this as a ‘pillar box’ type of format but I quite like it!

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About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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