Documentation is one of the most important keys for a successful study club life.
Not only to archive meeting minutes and attendances, but every club member should also make sure that pictures of his preparations and readily inserted inlays at the club meetings are taken.
And what advantage of living in modern times...
Digital Photography offers us a way to take a shot that can be reviewed right away and in case of insufficient quality redone right away without delay and costs.
And it doesn't have to be the latest digital full sensor Nikon D3 with 100mm Macro lens worth the equivalent of a decent Italian sportscar. No, nearly every amateur medium quality camera with an ordinary flash will serve its purpose and quite often produce pictures with qualities way above some of the expensive dental journal published for our entertainment.
In nearly every study club we find at least one member who is enthusiastic about photography anyway and very willing to provide his assistance in taking pictures at a meeting. At the very beginning it is a bit of a stoney way, but after a short while, the club will produce good pictures that show the improving abilities of the operators and their constant progress. These pictures are very helpful for the meeting critiques, too.
And what fun it is to the first preparations after a few years and detect what mentor-guided training can achieve :-)
For example, read the following short article written by Ed Kleffner in November 2009 about how he handles his camera to get good shots. He is showing quite some tricks, so feel encouraged to take pictures of the restoration of your meetings.
Click here for photo documentation Article by Ed Kleffner
So if you have found a camera system with satisfactory success, please feel free to write a short article about the settings and the results. This might help other fellow photographers with similiar cameras.