OWING TO THE large increase in newcomers to the Society, the majority of whom have had no past experience, three separate beginners' classes have been successfully inaugurated. This course affords first-rate tuition to the learners and safeguards the expensive dark-room equipment against clumsy handling.
Utilising the two very fine club cameras, many members have been taking advantage of the recent good weather to further their knowledge of photography and frequently to improve on past efforts. It is extremely encouraging to see many of the younger members mastering the more complicated apparatus and often producing more than mediocre results. It is quite surprising, however, that few members use the fine electronic-flash outfit. bought, at considerable cost, by the Society. Perhaps, when its many advantages in the long winter evenings are realised, more members will utilise this delightful piece of apparatus to their advantage.
Any profit which the Society shows is now being saved to purchase a better enlarging lens in the 35 mm. size. It seems an utter waste to have the results of a fine camera lens impaired by the use of an inferior enlarging lens.
The Society is still affiliated to the Ipswich and District Photographic Society, a very prominent section of the East Anglian Group, but many boys from the School will now find it impossible to attend, owing to the altered timetable. Those members able to go will find the weekly lectures extremely informative and interesting.
During the summer term the Society responded well on Open Day and Sports Day, although the weather was not very kind on the latter. The Society's contribution on Open Day was a competition-cum-exhibition of very high standard, held in the Reading Room.
The quality of the Society's work improves steadily every term, and we all sincerely hope that this term will prove to be no exception. Who knows? We may have a future "Baron" in our ranks.
J. P. WILLIAMS (VI)