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Taking photos, and how to get the best out of a phone’s camera

2 April @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by B.C.S.A. member Jan Forrest OAM

The digital age has transformed photography and taking pictures now is as simple as pulling a phone out of your pocket. The medium may have changed, however the principles of taking a good photo have not.

Bring your camera and phone to experiment, as we look at the use of light, composition and phone/camera settings you may not have used. Jan will finish off with hints on micro, macro and astro photography.

Jan is a founding member of BCSA, holding positions of Secretary, Chairman, Newsletter Editor and Public Talks Convener. She currently holds the last two positions.

Jan received her first camera at an early age and then, at age 14, she convinced her father to build a room under their house at Blackwood so she could create a darkroom.

She qualified as a professional photographer at the Adelaide College of Arts and Education in 1975, when film was king. During the course she visited factories, power plants. professional photo studios as well as time in the out of doors photographing trees, animals and insects. Eventually, Jan was appointed the Natural Science photographer at the South Australian Museum where she enjoyed photographing insects and also minerals, for publication in various scientific journals.

When the Museum obtained the old Police Department Scanning Electron Microscope she was appointed the Museum microscopist after only one week training in Sydney “because it had a camera on it!”.

Although she owns several cameras, lately due to its convenience the phone has taken over as a preferred photographic instrument. So bring your phone (and your camera) and be ready to explore the possibiities these instruments provide for creativity, macro and micro work.


The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm. We would like to start on time.  Please arrive ten minutes earlier to find a place.

Bring a plate to share and do not forget your cup.


In the case of an advertised speaker not being available, we will seek a replacement speaker of similar interest.

The views of presenters are their personal views. The B.C.S.A. does not necessarily endorse any views expressed.


2 April
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Jan Forrest
(08) 8297 8230


Plympton Community Centre
34 Long Street
Plympton, South Australia 5038 Australia
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