The passion for photography has driven two area women to begin the Sedalia Photo Club that will offer tips, critiques and possible trips each month.
Judy Talbott and Kathryn Marshall both wanted to have a local photo club for years, but it was only recently that the plan came together. Talbott and Marshall are both members of the Cole Camp Camera Club, but wished to have group closer to Sedalia. With the help of club member Sherol Bose, the club had its first meeting Thursday night and plans to host monthly meetings the third Thursday of each month at Wesley United Methodist Church.
“(At) different times we talked about starting a camera club here,” Talbott said. “(Recently) Kathryn and I were talking and she volunteered to help. Sherol said something about helping; that’s the first two that’s offered any help.”
Talbott wrote up guidelines for the club and and they decided on a theme of flowers for July. The club will focus on amateur and beginning photography.
Talbott’s interest in photography spans 40 years and takes in time spent working at Inter-State Studio in Sedalia. Marshall was interested in photography in high school but didn’t really become involved with it until she retired.
“I went into it in December 2010,” she said.
Bose wasn’t interested in photography until she became the head photo specialist at Walgreens four years ago. Developing prints for others piqued her interest and she began shooting.
“The back-end of it has brought me to saying ‘these are good, why can’t I go out and do this?’” she said. “I started reading and Kathryn has given me some lists of reading material. So I’ve learned everything from other people … I want to learn more.”
Bose emphasized that you don’t “take a photograph” you “make a photograph.”
“These girls make photographs,” she said of Talbott and Marshall. “One of my fall-downs is composition. Kathryn has a beautiful list made up of things to (show composition).”
“Sherol and I have talked about both of us just needing to know basic composition,” Marshall added. “Like lines, texture, leading lines, rules of thirds; the things that we know, but to do them.”
Each month the club will have a photo contest with three divisions: Basic Photo, that is shot straight, Computer Enhanced and an Open Category, that features an eight-by-10-inch print. The contest will offer first through fifth place.
“We’re going to have a photo assignment,” Talbott added. “We will have 11 assignments, one for each month. We do them in a four-by-six (inch), color or black-and-white.”
Once the theme is chosen, members have the month to go out and create their photos.
“They pick from their photos, they only bring one color and one black-and-white,” Talbott said. “We will put them up and what we’re going to do is vote on them.”
Members will critique the photos on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit, and overall impact.
“I think everybody likes to know where their picture rates, like when you enter the fair,” she added. “It may not be good enough for first or second, but it sure would be nice for an honorable mention.”
Talbott also hopes to offer still life groupings for members, portrait sessions and photo equipment ideas.
“I think you can learn so much by your photo subjects, just by photographing them,” Bose added. “I’m looking forward to learning, I’m looking forward to sharing. Judy and I have went out for four hours and went down two gravel roads (photographing). I’ve learned so much just by doing that.”
“It’s amazing, because I went out one time with Judy, and your camera angle is just totally different,” Marshall said of their shooting styles. “(It’s) the very same flower, but you’re seeing it from a completely different perspective.”
“Not everybody has that vision,” Talbott added. “It’s like decorating a room … and somebody’s looking at you like ‘I can’t see it, I can’t picture it.’”
Talbott added that not all people can see composition and perspective. She suggested that beginning photographers should hold up a four-by-six-inch mat with the center cut out, and use it to frame up a scene before photographing the subject.
“That’s just kind of a tip to pass,” she said.
The trio added that the club is for enjoyment and relaxation and not to be considered stressful.
“A lot of people just want to take pictures for fun,” Talbott noted. “They don’t want to be professional, they don’t want to put it on a computer.”
The women are hoping once the club gets started, to possibly have a group show in 2016 at the Liberty Center Association for the Arts.
The Sedalia Photo Club will meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1322 W. Broadway Blvd. For questions call Bose from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Walgreens Photo Lab at 826-7692.
Reach Faith Bemiss at 826-1000 ext. 1481 or @flbemiss.