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Chorley PS First Night Back Lecture: Monday 6th September 2020

We are pleased to confirm our speaker, Phil Savoie, for our first night back in the club. It;s been a long time since we last got together, so we are looking forward to seeing as many of our members as possible. The club will be open and we are panning on accomodating a blend of "At the club / Zoom" meetings to meet the needs of all our members. Further details on this will follow on the website and in the newsletter, but rest assured we will be following the latest Government guidelines.

An outline of Phil's talk is as follows....

Create images with impact! A photographic journey of self-improvement. Learn how to up your photo game with award-winning cameraman Phil Savoie. This talk covers topics not often discussed from the science of our vision, lens testing & optical physics, eyeline and the psychology of perspective as well as the odd location war story. The thrust of Principles of Photography is to share easy, practical shooting methods resulting in a noticeable improvement straight away. The aim is to educate, increase visual intelligence and inspire while having fun doing it. Pro tips for participants to grow as photographers- to produce higher image quality, advance storytelling and develop artistic acumen. Illustrated with local British images, covering all genres from landscape to sport, wildlife, people and astrophotography

Phil is an enthusiastic photographer who enjoys sharing the passion with others. His love of photography and the natural world began at a young age. And as luck would have it in 1994 he joined the BBC Natural History Unit, a life-changing event. For a curious, photography-obsessed, field biologist it was a dream come true. Revealing our natural world with camera and pen he was able to author films as well as contribute to projects large and small. And experience the rarified thrill of hearing Sir David eloquently describe his pictures on telly. Natural History Unit assignments allowed me to explore the Amazon, the Congo and the jungles of Papua New Guinea as well as the surprising hidden nature on our doorstep. Without question, the best job on the planet and it still gives him goosebumps. As the first self-shooting NHU filmmaker he has been privileged to have his work included on a range of projects including Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, Deep Jungle, Congo, Wild Africa, Life in the Undergrowth and the Natural World series. Honored with BAFTA, EMMY and CINE noms & nods including Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His still photography is published worldwide and has been recognised by the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is a freelance camera slinger now with the same fire in the belly as when he started. From early days picture editing National Geographic staff in New York to the pre-production task of testing the lenses and cameras used for Planet Earth. He has taught film/photography as a University professor, hosted workshops and lead tours for over twenty years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Zoology/Ecology, a Master of Science in Photography and a Master of Fine Arts in Film. Photography and curiosity are everything. And for the past 25 years you'll find him in the lush green Welsh valleys he calls home, camera in hand chasing swallows, bumblebees and the Milky Way.

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