Tonight, it was the turn of the SIG leaders to tell of the activity of their
Special Interest Groups. These are a new venture for the club, having
only been started in July 2020 at the instigation of Chris Rogers.
SIGs are open to any member and free to join. Their purposes are: - To
provide a forum for members within which they can pursue their
individual interest, improve their photographic skills and compare
experiences with other members with similar interests. They all augment
the members’ club experience within HPIC.
Groups so far established are: Travel, Nature, ‘Scapes, and Portraits and
their activities to night were presented, respectively by Alan Stopher,
Mark Turner, Chris Rogers and Graham Sykes.
The topics discussed, on a monthly basis, by each group, turn out to be
broadly the same: Definition of the genre, the genre’s scope and
limitations, camera craft, composition, post processing techniques and
what makes a great image. To reinforce the theory, assignments are
undertaken to put into practice the lessons learnt in the SIG group
During the meeting each Leader called upon their group membership to
comment on their experiences. All were universally supportive of the SIG
concept and stated that they enjoyed their monthly informal sessions.
They enjoyed the opportunity to discuss, the technical issues they
encountered whilst executing the assignments, with the more experienced
members be it via Zoom, Whatsapp and/or Facebook.
Members felt they were learning a lot and all were looking forward to
implementing their post Covid plans of getting out and about!
The skill levels within the SIG groups range from novice to experienced as
the images below show.
Are the SIGs here to stay? Well, that depends on members continuing
to show an interest and the quality of their contributions – so it really is
down to the members!
Curious? Like to know more? Then go to the members area of the Club’s
website and follow the links to the SIG groups in which you are interested
and join up!