Hermanus Photographic Society

Hermanus Photographic Society

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Welcome to HPS

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Welcome

Welcome to the Hermanus Photographic Society (HPS). If you want to enhance your photography skills, meet new challenges, or meet people with similar interests, please come and join us.

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month (not January) usually at the Dutch Reformed Church in Church Street, Hermanus at 19:00. Currently, due to Covid 19, we are hosting Zoom meetings.  Please check our meeting roster for the event details. As a prospective new member you are welcome to attend one of our meetings before making a final decision to join the club.

Our club aims to develop an interest in photography and to master the technical and artistic challenges presented. We do this by holding club competitions, organising outings, and developing interest groups. If you do not wish to enter images for judging, a lot of technical information can be learnt from the judging section of the evening. This information will assist and inspire you to try different techniques and develop your photographic skills.

Our monthly meetings strive to cater for everybody… from the beginner to the advanced photographer. Everyone is welcome.

HPS is affiliated to the Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA).

If you have any queries please contact us at info@hermanusphoto.co.za

Club news

What's happening

46 Images selected for FynArts

The Hermanus Photographic Society will exhibit a selection of images by its members at the 2022 FynArts. Read more "46 Images selected for FynArts"

Chiaroscuro and/or Photographing Light

Our set subject for June is using the chiaroscuro technique. Chiaroscuro, is an Italian term that refers to the intense contrast of light (chiar) and dark (oscuro). Think old masters, drama, mood. Play with light Read more "Chiaroscuro and/or Photographing Light"

Club Notices


Club meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month

The next Club meeting is on 4 May 2022 at 18:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Church Street, Hermanus

We are starting an hour earlier tonight due to load shedding. The meeting will therefor start at 18h00 and not the usual 19h00.

April 2022 submissions

  • Open evaluation – Submissions via Photo Vault to be submitted by Wednesday 27 April 2022.
  • Set subject: H is for?


Images that have received gold or merits at our club meeting on 4 May 2022.

Set subject

Chiaroscuro and/or Photographing Light

Our set subject for June is using the chiaroscuro technique. Chiaroscuro, is an Italian term that refers to the intense contrast of light (chiar) and dark (oscuro). Think old masters, drama, mood. Play with light Read More "Chiaroscuro and/or Photographing Light"

Set subject: Moving waters

The viewing platform © Phil Sturgess was the winning image in the competition to depict moving waters. Read More "Set subject: Moving waters"

Set subject for October is Bokeh

5 Minute Photo Scope Bokeh (pronounced boh-kay or incorrectly bok-uh) comes from... Read More "Set subject for October is Bokeh"

Triptych – a story in three

Our set subject competition in September is Triptych - a story in three. This particular challenge to the members requires three associated photos that together tell a story. Here is a 5 min photo scope. Read More "Triptych – a story in three"

Club Committee

David Wilson – President, exhibitions and media

Phil Sturgess – Treasurer hermanusphoto@gmail.com

Daniel Reddie – Audio-visual, equipment, technology

Kobus Botes – Photovault, equipment setup, points sheets

Carina de Klerk – Secretary and Website hermanusphoto@gmail.com

The Editor of the monthly newsletter Snapshot is Charles Naude.

Featured

Chiaroscuro and/or Photographing Light

Chiaroscuro and/or Photographing Light

Our set subject for June is using the chiaroscuro technique.  Chiaroscuro, is an Italian term that refers to the intense contrast of light (chiar) and dark (oscuro).
Our set subject for June is using the chiaroscuro technique. Chiaroscuro, is an Italian term that refers to the intense contrast of light (chiar) and dark (oscuro).

Chiaroscuro (from Italian chiaro, “light,” and scuro, “dark”), in art, is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures.

The technique was first brought to its full potential by Leonardi da Vinci in the late 15th century in such paintings as his Adoration of the Magi (1481). Thereafter, chiaroscuro became a primary technique for many painters, and by the late 17th century the term was routinely used to describe any painting, drawing or print that depended for its effect on a gradation of light and darkness.

Create an arresting image

In photography, the chiaroscuro lighting technique can be defined simply as high contrast lighting. You use the extremes of dark and light to create an arresting image. It can be used in colour or black and white photography.

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In Portrait photography, chiaroscuro lighting is often associated with professional studio lights. But you can also achieve it with the help of natural light or simple artificial light sources.
Window Light the most accessible source of natural light for chiaroscuro portraits. With the right exposure, you’ll be able to darken any distractions in the background. This will help you put the spotlight on your model. Make sure you’re taking photos in a room where the window is the only source of light. This will help you create high contrasts.
You can also use small sources of light in the dark. For example, you can take photos of your model holding a candle, lighter, or a torch at night.     

But Chiaroscuro is NOT confined to portraiture and lends itself to a rendering of any scene with extreme contrasts between light and dark 

The photo top left was shot in Vietnam and underexposing the image draws attention to the lanterns but the directional light source—in this case a window above—lights up the couple and allows for a beautiful visual effect of light seeping into darkness. This in turn amps up the romantic atmosphere of the place and turns the picture into a cinematographic moment.

The same applies to the image below, taken during a boat trip near Oxford (England). Notice how the setting sun light is directional and leads the eye from outside the frame directly to the subject, which is placed in the sweet spot where light meets shadow.

February 2022 gold and merit awards Contemporary Photo Journalism Nature Open Portrait Scenic Set subject: The Decisive Moment or “un moment décisif”

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Application for Membership

If you are interested in joining the club, please contact one of our committee members, send us an email or complete the membership application form.

Annual membership fees are renewable in January. New members joining after January will pay a pro-rata fee.
Prospective members can attend two meetings before formally joining. Membership is subject to approval by the HPS Committee.

Membership fees for 2022 are

CoupleR380
SingleR280
Social member onlyR180
ScholarR180