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YOUNG ARTSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONRight:Searching forclues at achurch inKirkbyLonsdale a component of school curricula. We tryto be sensitive to all religions and lookforward to the day when a NADFASSociety sponsors a Trail in a non-Christian place of worship.PUBLICITY OPPORTUNITIESA Trail provides a fantastic opportunityto generate some publicity. At St Johnthe Baptist, Devizes, the Mayor andlocal dignitaries attended the servicemarking the handing over of the Trail to the Church. The children presentedflowers to Lady Johnston, of NorthWiltshire DFAS, in thanks for the Trail.Afterwards, a really interesting articleaccompanied by a photo was publishedin the local press. Publicity of this kindgives a Society the opportunity to talkabout what it does and to encouragemembership.Elsewhere, Bath Evening Societyrecently featured in the local press as aresult of two Trails it devised, and onboth occasions it was able to generatesome great publicity. The DFAS used thepublicity to remind the public that theseTrails are free and that either wouldmake a good half-term activity forchildren accompanied by adults.PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIESThe Trails offer great opportunities toestablish partnerships with other like-minded organisations. In Bristol, forexample, the Trail at St John's on theWall was created at the request of theChurches Conservation Trust. And inDorset, at St Mary's Puddletown, theTrail was supported by the Chairman ofDorset Historic Churches Trust as wellas the PCC (Parochial Church Council).The National Churches Trust is anotherenthusiastic advocate of the ChurchTrails programme.WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR SOCIETYTO PRODUCE A CHURCH TRAIL INA CHURCH NEAR YOU?NADFAS Church Trails are organisedunder the umbrella of the Volunteeringarm of NADFAS. Church Recorders,Young Arts and Heritage Volunteers allwork together to make Church Trails.Anybody can take part and mostSociety teams consist of two or threeordinary members of Societies.The national Church Trail Team will betalking at a number of Area meetingswww.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW SUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 201013about NADFAS Church Trails: what theyare and how to set one up. Members ofthe team are happy to run Area trainingdays as happened when interestedmembers from the West Surrey, EastSurrey and Hampshire Areas recentlycame together for a training day atWindlesham Parish Church. The NADFAS Volunteering Departmentis committed to helping the small teamsthat Societies set up to produce ChurchTrails and each Society team is allocatedan adviser. If you are interested increating a Trail, your Society Chairman is the first person to approach.When you have discussed it with yourSociety Chairman, please get in touchwith Chloë Bevan, Volunteering Managerat NADFAS House(volunteering@nadfas.org.uk), and shewill advise you on what to do next. Church Trails are enormous fun. They increase our knowledge ofchurches and, most importantly, theyare a source of new friendships. Whynot have a go? Sarah Harris is the Church TrailsTeam Leader

14NADFAS REVIEWSUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukCHURCH RECORDERSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONOne of the most satisfyingactivities as a volunteer workingwith NADFAS is helping toproduce the detailed inventory of achurch, known as a Church Record. Inthe early days these were modest affairsillustrated with three-dozen contactblack and white prints - often stuck inwith Sellotape. Happily, over the years,our capabilities have improved, andmost modern Records are now works ofart in their own right, richly illustratedwith hundreds of colour photographs.Our photos also add a level of detailimpossible to convey in words. Theirvalue is appreciated when an item isdamaged or stolen: for instance, ourRecords have provided essential data toassist restorers repairing vandalisedstained glass windows; they havehelped insurance and police authoritiesto value and identify stolen silver. About five years ago it becameapparent that film photography was adominant cost in Record-making, andthat digital photography offered thechance to reduce costs without loss ofquality. The issue was now how to storeelectronic images, bearing in mind therapid evolution of computer systems.Traditionally, negatives of ourphotographic film images have beenstored in archival conditions at one ofthe national heritage centres (eg theNational Monuments Record [NMR] atSwindon), so NADFAS approachedthem for guidance. Happily, their experts werecomfortable with the new technology,but imposed strict technicalrequirements to underpin:Quality of captured imagesQuality of electronic image filesQuality of printed imagesProvided we conform to theirspecifications, NMR and similar archives have agreed to transfer theelectronic files onto new storage mediaas they emerge.The most recent digital photographytraining event was a one-day 'hands-on'workshop held at Holy Trinity church in Guildford. In future, NADFAS plans to arrange similar events throughout theUK. Such days enable Recorders to testtheir skills in the context of a church,aided by expert photographers. I shalldevote the rest of this article todescribing some of the lessons welearned at the Guildford class.QUALITY OF CAPTURED IMAGEMost modern digital cameras haveadequate resolution (minimum 4megapixels), and those costing around£150 give decent results. At the hands-on day most photographers had singlelens reflex (SLR) cameras, with manymore features than my simple 'point andshoot' model, enabling them to dosophisticated things with differentlenses. But SLRs are not essential. Mysimple camera has 8 megapixels, agood optical zoom (5.8-34.8mm) andmacro function. Many principles of taking good filmphotographs apply equally to digitalimages, for example: Have the subject of the photograph fillas much of the frame as possible, sothat even after cropping the imagecontains sufficient detail. This can be achallenge with long, thin items (tallwindows, long dedication plates): hereyou may need to take more than oneshot to obtain a 'panoramic' view. While digital technology can correctAbove:Attempting theperfect shotRight: Handytechniques forChurchRecordersinclude usingtripods to avoidcamera 'shake',erecting whitesheets to helpdiffuse light, andfashioning simplelight boxes fromwhite card foreven illuminationof objects -asdemonstrated bythe photo of thechalice on theopposite pageDigital photography hasproved invaluable for ChurchRecorders, says RogerAllen, who offers advice ongetting the best out of themedium in a church settingPicture perfect