Club Meeting 15 March 2018 (Human Portrait Print Competition)

Doesn’t time fly? This week was the last core club competition of the season, the human portrait print competition. The competition was judged by Dr. Richard Bingham of Edinburgh Photographic Society. Richard was fairly strict in his interpretation of what constitutes a portrait. A good portrait shot shows the character of the subject and engages the viewer with the subject. Is a shot of a protester a portrait or photojournalism, and is a shot where the costume dominates the image a portrait or a fashion shot? Richard also gave us advice on lighting portrait subjects. Some images had flat, symmetrical, “passport photo” lighting which hid the contours of the face. Asymmetric lighting with a main flash and a dimmer, fill-in flash is better for lighting a face. The positioning of a subject in the frame is also important. Don’t slavishly obey the “rule of thirds”, because sometimes the subject is better in the centre of the frame, and if the subject is looking in a particular direction, give them space to look into. The eyes are the most important part of a portrait, and Richard suggested brightening the eyes in some of the shots (but don’t overdo it).

The top scorers in the human portrait print competition were (in reverse order):

  • 4th place (48 points)
    • Jennifer Davidson
    • Jim Tod
  • 3rd place (49 points)
    • George Todd
  • 2nd place (50 points)
    • Gemma McVicker
  • 1st place (53 points)
    • Joe Fowler

Well done to Joe on winning the competition, and an especial well done to Gemma, our youngest member, for submitting the top image and achieving second place in her first year at the club!

The top images were:

  • Serious Dad (Gemma McVicker) – 20 points
  • Milla (Joe Fowler) – 19 points
  • Apinya  (George Todd) – 19 points
  • The Reenactor (Jennifer Davidson) – 18 points
  • Pins and Needles (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • Thomas (Jim Tod)  – 18 points
  • A Day In The Mountains (Steven Beard) – 18 points