Exciting photographer, Richard Martin will present at the Welland Camera Club. If you are a budding photographer, or an experienced professional, Martin will be a great source of inspiration and information in his presentation November 9, 2016.


A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light.


At a time of rapid technological advancement in equipment, one thing still remains true. The most valuable decisions a photographer can make are those concerned with the image itself—the reasons for making them and ultimately their final appearance. Although equipment is essential to help realize the photographer’s ideas and perception, the development of such skills as visual awareness and design are key to making a good photograph. This presentation will offer an insight into the methods, actions, or processes involved in making them. The following images and text are a few examples of material covered in the Photographer’s Eye presentation.



This monochromatic image demonstrates the expressive power of tones. Enveloped in warm early morning sunlight, the atmospheric conditions mixing together with strong backlighting produced powerful contrasting tones with a limited range of colour. The tonal character of the luminous street provides the central theme in this photograph. The tonal contrast, a result of strong backlighting, serves to strengthen and emphasis the people walking, establishing dominance, the illusion of depth and visually defining the centre of interest.

As a photographer it is particularly important to have an ability to recognize tonal values and contrasts and the role they play in composition—establishing mood and contributing to the structure of the photograph.



Attracted by the vibrant atmosphere and brilliant colours during the early morning hours in Santiago Cuba, this picture conveys a dynamic sense of action. The approach to this composition was to break away from the idea of accurately reproducing detail or the ordinary illusion of reality, and create a more evocative and exciting style of picture—one that reflected the experience. In this image the ‘transformation’ was a result of using movement blur combined with panning the camera, handheld with a shutter speed of 1/15 of a second.


Contrast of colour or tone, is a vital ingredient in motion studies—the coloured bands and whirls separate different elements that would otherwise merge confusingly in the absence of sharpness. Life is motion and making use of panning or zooming to emphasis movement or enhance dramatic pattern effects is a natural choice when a photographer wishes to symbolize action and drama in their pictures. Ultimately the decision to employ any technique should come from the need to express a particular idea through the medium.


Venue, The Wesley United Church, 244 First Avenue North Welland , ON L3C 1Y8

Starts at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Admission is Free

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