Karina lead a discussion downstairs on the topic: My Best Kit /My Worst kit. Some 10 members presented the camera or accessories that they found to be the most useful and/or those that they didn’t like or have never even used.
The most useful included an old Sony digital camera that stored photos on diskettes, a flash, a flash reflector, several different small monopods, a zoom lens, a lens cap clip, a rubber lens cap protector, and a camera hand strap. The worst included screw on lens filters, a macro focusing rail, a camera back pack, and a remote flash trigger. Finally, one member couldn’t decide if he liked his camera or not.
The main event of the evening was our external speaker, Sean Hayes, who lives in Brussels and works as a photographer and advertising art director. He has over 35 years’ experience working in advertising for multinational ad agencies and their clients in 5 European countries. He has won numerous industry awards for creativity and marketing effectiveness for many clients across multiple categories of products and services. Sean has established his position as a working creative, including photography, where he has been greatly inspired by the historic painters. Sean presented photos from his portfolio, which included portraits, still life, mobile photography, music and event photography.
In addition, Sean discussed with us the hot topic of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in photography. The open discussion elicited many interesting, relevant and thoughtful responses from the members present, ranging from the basic technical understanding of the processes to the higher aesthetic and cultural appreciation of visual art.