Once the skills needed to take a good photograph were restricted to a few who could master the art of everything that was required.
They included the art of exposing light sensitive film correctly, processing it in smelly chemicals in darkrooms – lit only by a dim red light – before manipulating the resulting images projected by an enlarger onto light-sensitive paper.
The coming of digital cameras and powerful computer programmes has made many of those skills redundant, so it was no surprise to see the high standard of around 100 photographs in the ninth annual exhibition mounted by Brancaster Camera Club in Brancaster Staithe village hall over the weekend.
Subjects such as wildlife, architecture, landscapes, flowers and portraiture were set alongside one or two more quirky offerings, such as the arresting sight of a hand and arm holding a guitar protruding from the narrow opening of a litter bin, or the ethereal view of cricketers almost lost in haze and shadow on the boundary searching for a lost ball. Many of the photographs were of local scenes – bleak midwinter on Thornham Marshes stood out – but members also brought back photographs from all around the world.
Featured were shots from places as far apart as Alaska, Cuba, Zambia, Columbia, South Africa and Poland.
The club, which usually meets fortnightly at the village hall, is 35-strong and has a warm welcome for new members whatever their standard.
“If they are newcomers to photography we have members with enough knowledge to help them improve their skills,” said exhibitor, Robert Heppell.
“And they don’t need expensive cameras to take good pictures.”
More information can be obtained from Jim Till (01485 210012).