“First Exposure” competition 2018-19.

This is the first of our internal competitions. The actual competition date is October 30th, but the hand in date is October 2nd – ie that’s when we need  the pictures to pass to  the judge.

You can enter up to 3 prints or “DPI” (“Digital projected images”) . They can be on any subject, no theme is needed, just three pictures of anything you like.

We met the judge, Charles Summers, on Tuesday 18th. He stressed that encouraging beginners is a big part of his approach to judging, so please don’t be scared to enter. He’s not a scary chap.

There are three (at least three) good reasons for entering club competitions:-

  1. It’s a club activity and participation is what makes the club a club, rather than a bunch of people in a room.
  2. It’s a learning experience. The idea is to help folk improve their photography. If you show your images to others, you will learn how to take better ones. You can do that on your own, but a lot more slowly.
  3. It’s fun. Or it’s supposed to be. Give it your best shot, but don’t take it too seriously !

So, look out three images you like. Are they in focus? Do they have a definite point of interest? (Remember the “judges wandering eye” problem). Do you feel they are a fair representation of your present standard of photography? Would they benefit from cropping?

If you prefer prints, you have to either print them yourself or send them to a printer. Local ones are Kodak Express in Haddington or Lothian Printers in Dunbar, or you can send images to specialist online print labs like www.Theprintspace.co.uk  (Google “Printing lab” for lots more).

Once you have your print, it needs to be mounted in a card frame. If you will need help with that, either ask at next week’s meeting, or use the contact form on the website and we will try to get you sorted. We have a frame cutting gadget in the darkroom.

If you prefer DPI , as most folk do, email  the images to the competition secretary before October 2nd. You can send them as email attachments to HCC_Compsec@Outlook.com    When sending DPI as email attachments to the competition secretary, provide your member number and add “beginner” if it applies. Give each image file a title. “Blue frog.jpg” is easier to identify than P023441.jpg  and may help the judge see what you were aiming for.

  If you are new to the club, you are officially  a “beginner” for the competitions, even if you have FRPS after your name and 40 years experience. This means you may (if you wish)  put “B” on the back of prints alongside your member number, (which is on your membership card). It won’t get you extra points, but you might get the “Best beginner” prize.

DPI should be in JPG format and no larger than 1600 x 1200 pixels (landscape format) or 1200 x 1600 in portrait format. If you don’t know how to do that, ask next week (grab someone with a badge at tea break).

WHAT NOT TO DO. Don’t tell yourself “I’m not good enough. I’ll maybe have a go next year”.

Have a go NOW. Start learning. You will learn from the assessment Charles makes on the night and we will look at the images the week after as well, so everyone can ask questions and make suggestions.

If anything above is a total mystery to you (Cropping, resizing, pixels, mounting ?) , either get in touch via the website contact page or grab someone at the next meeting. It’s short notice for the first competition, but there is time to get your entry in (easier with DPI as it’s a far faster process) . Give it a shot.

We also want pictures for the inter club event at North Berwick . The hand in date for those is October 23rd. There’s more on that here.