Q&A: Chairwoman of the Brentwood and District Photographic Club
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 September 2018
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As the chairwoman of the Brentwood and District Photographic Club, Julie Hutson knows what makes a great photograph.
She tells Enjoy Brentwood More what advice she would give to any aspiring photographers.
Can you tell me a bit about the Brentwood and District Photographic Club?
The club was formed in Brentwood, Essex, in 1946 just after the Second World War but it only lasted a year. However in 1952, Tom Hyde reformed the club again.
The first ever meeting took place on the first floor of Lindrum Studios shop in Ongar Road, with a membership of no more than 10. It moved to a larger premises three times to accommodate growing membership, then due to development of the penultimate venue, moved to the Friends Meeting House in Shenfield, where it has been resident for more than 30 years.
Why did you want to get involved in the group?
I saw the club’s annual exhibition in Brentwood Library and decided to go along and see what the club was like. I wanted to improve both my landscape and wildlife photography and thought that it would be a good place to chat to like-minded individuals and pick up some tips!
Have you always been interested in photography?
I used to like borrowing my father’s camera on family holidays and I enjoyed taking photographs at university. I worked for several years as a medical researcher as well and enjoyed taking photographs of what I saw down the microscope.
What do you enjoy about being part of the club?
I like to see what sort of images other photographers are taking, sharing experiences and technical tips. I also enjoy taking part in competitions and picking up tips from critiques given by the various visiting judges - although we don’t always agree with the judges!
What do you think makes for a good photograph?
Making the most of the light and trying to make your image stand out from the crowd.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Learn from other photographers, read lots of books and view lots of images - but develop your own style.
Don’t be put off by bad weather - you can get some great shots in the rain. But always be sensible and make sure your kit is waterproof or well protected and stay safe.
Why do you think people should join the group?
We are a very friendly club and members are always willing to give advice.
To find out more about the Brentwood and District Photographic Club, visit here