Every Picture Should Tell a Story

14 September 2017

SIG: Digital Imaging Thames Valley

Every picture should tell a story

This was the underlying message that came across at the DI Group’s Thames Valley Centre on 10 September when attendees were treated to a comprehensive and entertaining day presented in two parts by accomplished photographer Terry Hewlett ARPS, who gave us an insight into flash photography, in particular for the genre known as ‘film noir’ (strong emphasis on the interpretation of shadows).

In the morning, Terry gave us a briefing into flash lighting, from the basic use of speed lights both on and off camera, using a single light source moving on to looking at how to control and balance multiple lights of varying types emphasising the most important aspects of lighting a subject. This inevitably included some technical stuff, with talk of eTTL, iTTL, radio triggers, channels, etc, which fired off a very active Q&A exchange with his audience throughout.

In the afternoon, Terry discussed lighting with practical demonstration, building from a simple head and shoulders shot to a more complicated themed setting of a ‘gumshoe’ in his dimly-lit office, complete with ancient typewriter, a whisky bottle (which we were assured only contained cider vinegar) and even a decommissioned Smith and Wesson! We saw how subtle changes in lighting and playing with the shadows changed the emphasis within the final image to convey the intention behind the story.

The role of the model was ably filled by Janet Barton’s son James. But, given the roles he took, ‘Dick’ might have been a more appropriate forename!

Our thanks to Terry Hewlett for a thoroughly engaging and informative day at Wokingham.

Blog author Alan Cross LRPS

Photos © Marilyn Taylor ARPS and Terry Hewlett ARPS