Opening meeting of the 2018-19 session. Welcome to all members and prospective members.
Membership application forms will be available for anyone who did not download one from here.. Please read the part about your contact details carefully . We will be creating a completely new list of member contact data, in line with the GDP regulations which came into force in May, so previous members may be given a new membership number.
There will be a general introduction to the plans for this season . Tonight is a general get-to know-people evening. Talk to people.
Competitions are an integral part of camera club activity. Some have themes, some have particular requirements. The rules are here
You can see competitions as either a teaching tool or a duel-to-the-death between the slickest gunfighters in town. Choose one. Either way they are supposed to be enjoyable and the more members taking part, the merrier, so get in there.
Images are scored out of 20 points by a judge- often a strange , lonely figure, cast out by polite society, who persistently volunteers to be maligned behind his back by people to whom he gave low scores. He doesn’t do it for the money, of which there is very little or none. Like turtle migration, precisely why judges do it is a mystery- but camera clubs would be hard hit if they didn’t.
Anyway, we have to be kind to them, by giving them the sort of images they like. They respond with high scores and all is peace and harmony. Occasionally.
When Hunter Kennedy judged our annual competition last session, he made a memorable point. You were there when you took the photo. The judge wasn’t. You have to make him feel like he was. You remember the background to the image. You know what was going on. The judge won’t, unless you show him.
Tonight will be all about competitions, explaining the rules, giving advice, explaining about image sizes and formats for competitions generally and specifically looking at ideas for the upcoming inter-club event with North Berwick and the club’s first internal competition “First Exposure”, for which the hand in date is 2nd October – ie Only 2 weeks away!
Veteran judge Neil Scott will give us a talk about his experience of monochrome photography.
As Neil will be judging the monochrome competition again this session, now would be a really good time to sit up and pay attention. What’s the difference between a monochrome image and a desaturated colour one? Plenty. Come and find out.
Hand in night for “First Exposure” Competition.
It’s well said that the best camera is the one you have with you, but this is a camera club, so most of us have some interest in the devices themselves- and just like pogo sticks and pianos, it turns out the secret to success is practice.
Several members will describe the camera they use most often , the good points and not-so-good. The plan is to have a cellphone, a compact, a couple of crop sensor types, mirrorless and bridge, and APS-C, full frame and medium format camera. Bring your own (if you have one – it’s not mandatory!)- and see how it compares.
Once you have a photograph , what do you do with it?
Post it online? Lose it on a hard drive? These days, getting the image is only the first stage of the fun. Post processing is the second. Some folk say they never process their pictures- but the fact is that if you take JPEGs, your image will be heavily processed before it leaves the camera, by the algorithms the camera manufacturer hard wired into it. And for many images, that will give good results.
Tonight we will look at some ways to use post processing software to achieve different results. If you don’t ever want to edit an image, that’s fine- but it never hurts to know a bit about it.
This is a big subject and we will barely stick a toe in the water in one night. If there is sufficient interest, more can be done along these lines.
Guest speaker – Talk by Montgomery Optometrists: The application of photography in optometry. Very few of us enjoy good eyesight into our 60s. Many of us had specs in school!
Not only is eyesight critical for photography, eyes can be photographed from the outside in – giving diagnostic information about the health of the eye. We will find out how it works from a local optometrist.
We will review all the images submitted and will select the final entries.
The first club competition of the session.
Judge; Charles Summers, (Midlothian Camera Club).
We take a look back at last week’s judging. What can we do better next time?
The next competition is the “Theme” competition. We will discuss exactly what that is all about and have a look at past examples.