Zoom Workshop to Wrexham Camera Club

On Monday 13th April, we ran a workshop on composite photography with a difference. Wrexham Camera Club came up with an innovative solution to the COVID-19 lockdown, and asked us if we could try running a workshop using Zoom. We had a brief dry run with WCC Chairman, Les Flowers, a few days beforehand to check that the Zoom software was suitable for the workshop. Earlier on Monday, we spent some time on Zoom in different rooms in our house practising how best to share our screens in sequence and how to work together to deliver a seamless presentation.

Rob ran the first half of the meeting, demonstrating composition, lighting direction and the use of textures. He then worked live on making a composite using a background previously supplied by a member of the club. In the second half, Sharon did a live deconstruction of one of her award-winning images, going through each stage from the original studio image (taken in our home studio) to the final image. She then worked on another of her images, showing more advanced use of textures. Finally, she post-processed a second image that had been sent to us earlier from another club member.

Overall, the workshop went very smoothly: there were 17 attendees, all joining the meeting from their own homes and the software performed flawlessly. It was fun and interactive, and a great antidote to these difficult times.