Show me a secret: Dudley rifle club

May 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Unit 29 Photography Location Techniques

Show me a secret: Dudley Rifle Club

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Introduction

When I told people I was doing a photo shoot at Dudley Rifle Club the response was either "Where is that?", or "I didn't know that Dudley had a rifle club". The title of the project is "Show Me A Secret" so it seems the mysterious rifle club might just hit the target if you pardon the pun.

Firearms are a sensitive subject not to mention dangerous so quite a bit of research was needed. I soon discovered that anyone uttering the word, "GUN" would have to contribute to the blasphemy pot. I'm hoping to avoid making such a donation. Public feeling is a strange thing and falls into pro, anti and don't care. From a young age we are spoon fed images and film showing violence, murder and other firearm related scenes. I need to position myself as a neutral observer and make the most of the opportunity.

The Shoot

How do I approach this shoot? I want to try to convey the following:

  • Rifle shooting is a sport
  • It takes a lot of skill
  • Normal people do it
  • A heartfelt love for a favourite rifle
  • The level of safety precautions
  • Competition and sportsmanship
  • Club spirit

My visit took place indoors and in the evening. Photos on the clubs website seem to indicate a crude level of lighting so my favourite speedlights were used. I really wanted to be able to control the lighting and apply my own style to the images.

Shot List

  1. External overview of the building
  2. Closeups of interesting external features such as signs
  3. There is a display of trophies and awards that would be nice to include
  4. Some action shots (need to ask about using flash)
  5. Some posed portraits (research the the web to see OPI)
  6. Internal features such as ammunition, equipment, targets

>Link to the gallery<

Dudley rifle club website
National Rifle Association (NRA)


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