The Phorum



The Phorum


June 1st 2017


A rather full programme on Thursday -
Ross gave a very succinct talk on the use (and abuse) of cheap but 
 powerful Chinese ‘speedlite’ style flashguns.
Costing just a tenth of their well known Canon and Nikon counterparts
 these flashguns seem to be able to do pretty much anything except make 
 Built in radio receivers, ability to strobe and to achieve the correct exposures
 via TTL (through the lens metering) and balancing ambient light being just a small part
 of their repertoire.
Ross’s notes on the subject can be found at the links shown at the end of the newsletter.
 I’ve added links to the eBay pages where you can find the Yongnuo flashguns for sale.
 The GN (guide number) gives an idea of the power.
 At 100 ISO, divide the distance to the subject (in meters) into the guide number 
 to get the aperture required for the correct exposure.
 e.g. GN 56 - 10 meters = f5.6;  5 meters = f11.
We saw some excellent interpretations of Street photography,
 Our theme for this month.
 Quirky ideas such as Jill’s street names…(of famous royals?), 
 atmospheric  evening  streets and compositions describing the rubbish left behind
 by Ian, some very brave attempts at people photographs - and all manner of patterns, signs
 and activity.
 Labelling photography as “street”, “documentary” or art, can miss the point that 
 it all sits somewhere on the spectrum that is just “photography" and as such,
 as far as I’m concerned, any attempt to investigate one’s observational skills is “street”.
 And once again our photographers showed their willingness to go where they hadn’t gone before.
 Thanks to Carol and Colin who sent their photographs by email as they were unable to attend.
 (Attached; Some fine examples by Carol and Colin, activity, description, pattern, 
 boldness, pictorialism all present. The pier head and the boat launch particularly striking.)
 We had a brief talk on an exhibition from the Perpignan Visa pour L’image festival about 
 two New York journalists Susan Watts - the photographer, and Linda Yglesias the writer
 who found and followed a woman, Gloria Colon who was a heroin addict and prostitute. 
Their subsequent Pulitzer prize winning article touched their readers who rallied to help 
 Gloria out of her dire situation.
 Susan and Linda followed up on Gloria’s rehabilitation. 
 The exhibition pictures and the story was one of 
 the most touching I’ve ever seen related to “street” photography and journalism.
 You can see the pictures here:
And the article here:
Finally we had a very rapid trawl through some of the images on display at the
 Photo London art photography galleries festival.
 You can see these here - click on the exhibitor gallery to see their offerings:
Our next meeting:
  29th June 2017
 Nursling Village Hall SO16 0XH
 at 7.30 pm
 Link to Ross’s notes:
 The shot Ross took of Stuart:



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 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 taking place in the

Southampton City Art Gallery - January to March 2017

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.

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: