ACE recognises the importance of keeping up to date with emerging technology and as a club, how we can help all members of our community to learn photography and digital processing in a socially pleasant environment.
Recently the City of Albany provided our club with three Nikon D3400 digital cameras as part of our joint Youth in Focus program.
This has been a great learning experience for us and we've certainly come to realise the fact that we need to understand the differing needs and aspirations of all age groups.
Young people tend to jump straight in to photography with amazing enthusiasm and very little concern for the rules and the why-nots.
One of the issues was the sheer volume of photos taken and we certainly didn't want to hold back their enthusiasm and creative energy.
At the end of each workshop we had 1000 to 2000 images which was impossible to deal with on one computer.
The obvious answer was more computer power and so we set about making a case for the funding of three new laptops suitable for image processing.
We were absolutely over the moon when we received the call from Lotterywest informing us that our application for funding had been approved and we had the go-ahead to purchase.
The club now has six computers available for using in workshops and we thought, why stop there?
We're currently testing out the possibilities of using our gear to run live video workshops with members outside Albany and so far this looks like being easy to implement.
It's an information rich world and the ability to take advantage of it will certainly help young and old alike so we're very pleased to do our bit in making our resources available to anyone in our community.