Welcome to Lensmasters, a specialty Toastmaster club and just about the most fun you can have while conquering your fear of public speaking.
Unlike other Toastmaster clubs, we have fine tuned our training to include BOTH visual and verbal skills. This is crucially important in today's short attention span business environment. We use a high definition projector and screen at every meeting. If you need to give great PowerPoint or formal talks without putting the audience to sleep, this is the club for you.
WE MEET THE 1st AND 3rd WEDNESDAY EVENINGS OF THE MONTH, 7:00 – 8:30 PM IN COSTA MESA, A FEW BLOCKS OFF THE 405 FREEWAY.
Our club is open to all interested guests- drop by some night and check us out. We'd love to meet you!
Our club uses the backdrop of taking photographs to make learning fun and to develop a sensitivity to great imagery and artistry. Even if you only own the camera on your smartphone, you'll fit right in!
The theme for this meeting was Composition.
Congratulations to Marc and Kevin for having their photos chosen as first and second place winners for the evening.
The theme for this meeting was The Principles of a Photograph.
Congratulations to Luz for taking first place with In the Distance.
Marc delivered a powerful lesson on composition, the art of placing the elements in your image to 1) tell a story, 2) make it as pleasing as possible and 3) make the placement consistent with natural human eye motion. He noted there are no real “rules of composition,” only “tips” or “guidelines.” “You can apply several of these ideas to a single image and ultimately, the choice comes down to aesthetics,” stated Marc.
The following composition tips were illustrated with example photographs; select an interesting viewpoint, avoid distractions in your background, provide room for your subject to “move,” don’t cut body parts, employ the rule of thirds/golden spiral, use leading lines, fill the frame, frame the subject, draw attention to the main subject with high contrast or brightness, line up elements along diagonals, center the subject and use symmetry/balance, show patterns/repetition and interrupt them for emphasis, add interest with foreground elements, add elements to indicate scale.
Capturing an image that demonstrates one or more of these composition choices will be the subject of our next Table Topics session. You can find a copy of Marc’s slides on the Photo Lessons and More tab of this website or click the image in this article.
Gary gave a presentation on the Principles of a Photograph (Balance, Emphasis, Proportion, Movement, Rhythm, Variety, and Unity). Capturing an image that demonstrates one or more of these principles is our new assignment and will be the subject of our next Table Topics image sharing session. You can find a copy of Gary’s slides on the Photo Lessons and More tab of this website.
Kevin, our Toastmaster for the evening produced a thoughtful, fold-open agenda which included images representing the six elements. This really came in handy during Table Topics as we all had a handy reminder during our 1-2 minute photo comment impromptu speech.
Congratulations to Luz for taking first place with Survivals, her image of a cactus garden.
- John Hawkins delivered a presentation on the advantage of using a polarizing filter.
- The website has been updated with a new look: www.lensmasters.org.
- Going forward, the table topics focus (pun intended) will move from subject topics to skill topics such as; pay attention to the background, look for light, stories of the subjects.
- Diana Dee (right) won first place for her table topics photo and Diane Beall (left) won second place:
A new year for the club began July 1 and we recently welcomed a new group of club officers… how exciting! After a series of “moment of truth” discussions designed to help identify ways we can improve the club and bring more value to our members, incoming President Dan Cossack summarized the opportunity: “We can increase the benefits delivered with a few changes. We will schedule guest speakers as often as every other month, add new opportunities for member training in photography and business communications, incorporate skill building themes into table topics, improve our website and extend our membership building campaigns.” Continue reading