Special Interest Group Night 17/03/21

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

meetings.


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!

Brian Eastwood - Katmandu Funeral Pyre

Clayton Manhertz - The Trinacle

Barbara Sheldrake - Butterfly Mind

Andrew Greenbank - Long Tailed Tit