Forest of Galtres Camera Club

Monday 28th November 2016


Photo Journalism

Past Present & Future














Many great photographers and speakers have attended the club but few have been as inspirational and exciting to hear as Giles Rocholl. From Iceland to Castle Howard, the USA to South Africa, the images that appeared on the large screen as he spoke, were stunning. Members had so much to take in as Giles described the changes from times past to beyond the present day in the area of work in which he began in 1980 as a trainee photojournalist at the age of 16. In the years that followed he worked for the York Evening Press, Yorkshire Evening Post and from 1996 to 1999, he was Picture Editor for the Lancashire Evening Post and latterly the Yorkshire Post. Since 1999, he has worked as a freelance Public Relations photographer for a range of regional, national and international clients.


The team of photographers that once worked for each newspaper have long gone as newspaper circulation has declined and new technologies have propelled the world of photojournalism forward. Today, freelancers want that one exclusive shot of a celebrity or an incident. Their competition is the individual with a phone in the right place at the right time able to capture a stand out moment. In the future, the world of virtual reality, of 360 degree cameras will bring whole new ways of viewing events; the experience will be more sensory rich.


Giles enthusiasm was infectious. He is enjoying photography more than ever. He is clearly someone who has been determined to keep up with the challenges of new technology both in terms of cameras, lenses and software. The preparation on site for a landscape shoot can result in a hundred images. At home the best of these will be layered within Photoshop, manipulated until the desired effect is achieved. It is about producing through photography what the eye can see in terms of depth of field, detail throughout and tonal quality. He happily answered several questions, prepared to explain techniques in detail.


Many thanks must go to Sheila Cornforth who fulfils a demanding role as syllabus and competition secretary. She is always searching for someone new to come and talk to members. Giles Rocholl was the ace up her sleeve. He provided an evening that so many truly enjoyed. A small sample of some of his photography is included.


Next week, Keith Roberts, a recent president of the club, will provide an audio visual presentation.