The Phorum


 The Phorum

Thursday 27th June 2019
Our evening started with a brief tutorial (a reminder for most of the Phorum) 
on photographing people outside on a sunny day. 
Using reflectors and diffusers rather than fill in flash and being careful about where 
the light is coming from, it’s possible to achieve a very proficient portrait with minimal fuss. 
Use a medium to longish focal length on your lens, set up where possible with a dark
background, use a fairly wide aperture and if hand holding (preferred) 
keep the shutter speed high.
Anything will do as a reflector - a newspaper, the back of someone wearing a white shirt, 
a nearby light painted wall or a folding reflector…very cheap - as little as a tenner, on ebay.
It’s then just a step to making subtle changes and lighting direction to create your own style.
(See sample shot of Mike attached.)
Such a glorious evening, (about 28 degrees and lowering sun) encouraged us to stay outside 
for another hour to see what we could observe and photograph in the neighbourhood.
We’ll view each photographer's best six of these at our next meeting.
(A few attached - what I found within 500 metres of the Hall - - -
Not a very exciting place to try to take pictures but there’s always a potential wherever you are
and the potential for expansion to a more detailed or themed project perhaps.)
We had some time at the end of the evening and saw some very interesting shots by
Phil of a Fairey Barracuda plane which was being raised from the ocean at Lee on Solent.
It crashed on landing during WW2.
Mike had a few folders full of some excellent pictures from his extensive travels; Berlin.
Moscow and Copenhagen this time. 
We’ll continue with our theme: Britishness or Being British until our next meeting in July.
A reminder that there are a couple of must see exhibitions starting now: 
Jeff Wall at he White Cube
Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery -
Always consider taking a short trip to Swallow Street and the Huxley Parlour gallery just off Piccadilly
when you’re in London…their website has a wealth of photographers’ work to look at:
https://huxleyparlour.com and they have more recently branched into exhibiting 
art - painting, printmaking, sculpture etc.
Our next meeting:
Thursday July 25th 2019 at 7.30pm
in the Nursling Village Hall, SO16 0XH





About The Phorum photography group

The Phorum was formed in response to requests for a meeting place which would allow photographers to be acknowledged for their work, to have it peer appraised with lively discussion and to learn from others in the group.

Unlike many Camera Clubs there are no competitions and each month there is a set theme chosen by the group, the results of which are reviewed at each meeting.

We have regular talks and workshops covering technique, the history and range of genres of photography and well known practitioners.

One of the aims of the group is for our work to be seen.

We have regular exhibitions - this year's took place in the Southampton City Art Gallery - January to March 2017 and we have our next planned for sometime during 2019.

We are also keen on the publication of self published photography books and utilising Flickr and our own websites to display our work.

Our meetings take place on the last Thursday of every month.

The group is made up of very enthusiastic and prolific amateur photographers.

Absolute beginners can find their way with help and advice from those of us more knowledgeable  and those with experience and skill can expand, find new creativity and direction away from the sometimes limited range of ideas and genres available in traditional clubs.

For more information: If you would like to join the group or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for a newsletter about our activities please send an email to: