Club Newsletter 13

Last Week

On Thursday we were due to have a guest speaker Matt Doggett and we were disappointed that he had to cancel on the morning due to ill health.  We moved the planned session from 23 January “You’re the Judge”.  Our very own judge, John Randall gave an interesting brief on the challenges of judging and then each member who wanted to critique an image had the opportunity to do so.  It was interesting, and there was a robust exchange of views on some images and on competition images in general.

Next Week

No focus group on Monday, instead members are encouraged to support the club in the Mix and Match competition at Oakley commencing at 7.30pm.  There is limited parking and car sharing is advisable.  This is a great fun evening.

On Thursday we have our annual Christmas buffet and panel competition.  The subject for the panel is “Food and Drink”.  Bags of scope for interesting panels.  The requirement is for a panel of 4-6 images.  Images can be individually presented or mounted on a board maximum size A1.  As there is a general election on the same day, we will be in the Lounge Bar of the Enham Club (the room sometimes called the back room).

Coming Soon

Christmas!  Swiftly followed by New Year. The first session after the break is on 9 January where we will have Will and Chris’s Post Christmas Lecture.

SCPF League Update

We are competing in the PDI league and Print League within the SCPF.  We are in League

5 (of 5) in the Print competition.  So far success has eluded us and we have come last in both rounds held so far.  We are in League 6 (of 7) of the PDI competition, we are doing better here and are lying in 2nd place after one round.

Technique Tip

Photographing birds is not something that appeals to everyone, but I like it! I have come across a series by Tim Boyer. First one is Photographing Birds in Flight, which I found useful, if interested it can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5118DRKbp4

Distinctions

Part 3: RPS

The image below shows a summary of judges’ comments at RPS distinction submissions.

Club Newsletter 12

Last Week

On Monday a small group assembled to do some fire painting.  Some excellent images have been posted on Facebook.  On Thursday we had the second of the bi-monthly competitions.  The judge was not afraid of awarding scores of 6 and 61/2.  Quite unusual, but it gives the judge a wider range of scores allowing him/her to differentiate between images.  The important thing is to take note of the judge’s critique and learn from that.  When I first started in the club I assumed that judges were infallible and all judges would score an image the same.  I was soon put right when one of Phil Evans’s wonderful images scored 61/2 and 9 (or was it 91/2 in the league).  At that point I realised judges did not all have the same tastes, and when it comes to photography as an art, it can be very subjective.  Some images scoring 10 on the night are reproduced at the end of the newsletter.

Next Week

No focus group on Monday.

On Thursday we have Matt Doggett presenting on “Marine Life of Dorset and Hampshire”.  As he was British Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2012, we can be sure that the standard will be very high, and if you check out the images on his website http://www.mattdoggett.com, you will get a taste for what is in store for us.  I am looking forward to this very much.  You are welcome to bring a guest.

Coming Soon

On Monday 9 December we have an away Mix and Match at Oakley.  These are great fun and the more supporters (hecklers) we have the better.  Parking is limited so please car share if you can.  12 December we have our annual Christmas social event and themed competition, which this year is “Food and Drink”.  The requirement is for a panel of 4-6 images.  As there is a general election on the same day, we will be in the Lounge Bar of the Enham Club (the room sometimes called the back room).  We were a little light on entries last year, so please make an effort to produce a panel. 

Technique Tip

This clip is a little more ethereal than being simply a “how to do” some technique.  I was fortunate enough to hear David Duchemin speak recently and he was brilliant.  In this clip he is talking about vision and it is well worth viewing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFe4YdMS3oc.

Distinctions

Part 2: RPS (ARPS)

The second level of RPS distinction is the ARPS, the A being Associate.  This involves a slightly different approach to the LRPS.  The candidate must produce a panel of 15 images, with a statement of intent in one of the following categories: Applied, Conceptual & Contemporary, Fine Art, Natural History, Travel, Documentary. 

Associate Criteria

  • A Statement of Intent that defines the purpose of the work, identifying its aims and objectives.
  • A cohesive body of work that depicts and communicates the aims and objectives set out in the Statement of Intent.
  • A body of work that communicates an individual’s vision and understanding.
  • A high level of technical ability using techniques and photographic practices appropriate to the subject.
  • An appropriate and high level of understanding of craft and artistic presentation.

There are specific criteria for each category.  More detailed information can be found at:  https://rps.org/qualifications/arps/

2nd BiMonthly Competition.

Images from the second bi-monthly competition scoring 10:

PDI

An Autumn Stroll by Steve Randall

Chipmonk by Richard Mason

Pembrokeshire sunset by Melanie Fisher

Prints:

Tulips by Linda Gates

Club Newsletter 11

Last Week

On Thursday we had a Timed Exposure session. We were treated to a variety of outstanding presentations. This was the best attended event of the programme so far this season with 33 members present. These are always challenging to programme as we often have only some details as to who will be bringing something to present. On this occasion we had more offerings than time. Thanks to all who prepared something, even if they did not get a chance to present it. Frustrating, but for those who did prepare a presentation and did not have the opportunity to show it, I will try to ensure that they have an opportunity later in the season to show them all. Details will follow.

Next Week

On Monday the Focus Group will meet up for fire painting. Details have been circulated by Will. Any club member is welcome to attend. These are good fun and result in some interesting images; and it looks like the weather will be OK. See photo at the end of the newsletter.

On Thursday we have the second bi-monthly and details have been circulated by Linda and John. I would encourage everyone to enter, it is a great opportunity to learn how to improve. The judge is Adrian Herring. I feel that I must remind everyone that as this is a formal competition, members must not speak unless the judge asks a specific question and you are the right person to answer it. No cries of indignation or witty comments – please save those for the mix and match evenings, where they are not only welcomed but encouraged.

Coming Soon

Thursday 5 December we have a guest speaker, Matt Doggett a former British Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He will present on Marine Wonders of Dorset and Hampshire. This promises to be a fascinating presentation and one not to be missed. You are welcome to bring a guest.  12 December we have our annual Christmas social event and themed competition, which this year is “Food and Drink”. The requirement is for a panel of 4-6 images. As there is a general election on the same day, we will be in the Lounge Bar of the Enham Club (the room sometimes called the back room).

Technique Tip

This clip explains some of the techniques you can use in light painting and is by Eric Paré, one of the real experts in this field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVcenNkNUo4

Wire Wool Spinning Photo from Last Year

Distinctions

Part 1: RPS

Over the next few editions I will be including some information about the various distinctions that photographers can achieve. This week, I will provide some details about the Royal Photographic Society distinction; the LRPS. Next year we will programme some opportunities for members to find out more and to be helped to reach the required standard.

The Royal Photographic Society is probably the best known Photographic Society in the country if not the world, the patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

The RPS was founded in 1853 as The Photographic Society of London, with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography, and received royal patronage from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The RPS is a charity and currently has over 11,000 members across the world. Membership is open to all, for an annual fee (currently £120 per year for a standard UK based member). Licentiate of the RPS (LRPS) is the first level of 3 distinctions. It requires a panel of 10 prints reflecting your ability as a photographer. The panel must demonstrate a variety in approach and techniques but not necessarily subject matter. It is demanding but achievable for most experienced club level photographers. More information, including

Club Newsletter 10

Last Week

The Mix and Match at Salisbury was great fun and very well supported by the club, almost outnumbering our hosts. Sadly, that did not result in a win, but it was a fun evening. On Thursday we had Phill Fisher lead us in a practical on Light Painting. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and resulting in some excellent images.

Next Week

On Thursday we have a Timed Exposure. I have had a handful of offers, but we still have room for more. If you are able to contribute to the evening by showing some images, an AV or just sharing some thoughts, please let me know. These evenings are very informative and interesting

Coming Soon

On 28 November we have our second bi-monthly competition. Enter a couple of images (print and/or PDI) and get some constructive critique from a knowledgeable judge.

12 December is our final meeting of 2019 and features a Panel Competition on “Food and Drink”, and a buffet. Each member is welcome to bring a guest without charge. More details will follow (We are unable to use the hall as it is an election station)

Technique Tip

Adobe has just updated Photoshop and there are new features (or upgrades to existing features). Last week I highlighted a YouTube video by Photoshop Cafe on the update. Colin has just released another one, showing how to deal with some of the issues that have arisen as a result. For example why some of the plugins no longer work and how to fix them. So if you are facing any issues with the Photoshop 2020, check out his video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urUAeuwDpzI

Non-APC Opportunities

(Inclusion in this part of the newsletter does not imply endorsement by the committee or any member of it; the items are for your own consideration).

Winchester Photographic Society has an autumn lecture by David duChemin on Tuesday 26 November at the Discovery Centre in Winchester. See John Randall’s email from Friday 8 November for details…

Club Newsletter 09

Last Week

The final Committee meeting for 2019 was held on Monday. On Thursday the Club hosted Basingstoke, Newbury and Hungerford clubs in a four way battle. It was quite close, but we ended up fourth. It was a good evening and we benefited from some constructive critiques from Nick Scott. The raffle raised over £50, so thanks to those who contributed items or bought tickets.

Next Week

On Monday we have the mix and match at Salisbury. A separate email has been distributed showing where the venue is. There is limited parking there, so it is best to car share. The more supporters the club has at this fun event the better, so please try to attend if you can. Thursday we have a return visit by Phill Fisher. This is a practical session, so please bring your camera, tripod and cable release. We will be doing Light painting in the hall. This will be a great opportunity to try out this genre to see if you like it. I have tried it out, really enjoy it, but have a long way to go to get anywhere near Phill’s standard. You can see his work at: https://www.instagram.com › phill_fisher and https://www.flickr.com/photos/131334074@N04

Coming Soon

On 21 November we have Timed Exposure. It is a good opportunity to share some images/AV or thoughts on any photographic subject you wish. Also a great opportunity to see and hear other members’ images and views. It would be helpful (though not essential) to get an idea of who is planning to contribute to the evening, so could you please drop me an email, or just let me know between now and the night.12 December is our final meeting of 2019 and features a Panel Competition on “Food and Drink”, and a buffet. Each member is welcome to bring a guest without charge. More details will follow (We are unable to use the hall as it is an election station).

Technique Tip

Adobe has just updated Photoshop and there are new features (or upgrades to existing features). I sometimes watch videos by Photoshop Cafe. The presenter produces a new video each week, and I have found them useful and informative. He covers his six favourite updated features in this video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRvORonxhTA

Non-APC Opportunities

(Inclusion in this part of the newsletter does not imply endorsement by the committee or any member of it; the items are for your own consideration).

The annual Christmas Light Switch on 2019 is confirmed for 5-7.30pm on Friday 15th November in Andover High Street. The most popular event of the year…

Club Newsletter 08

Last Week

The annual Fireworks photography event was held, and enjoyed by those fortunate enough to participate. The club met on Thursday as usual at the Enham Club, where we enjoyed a superb presentation by Robert Harvey on the Art of Audio Visuals. As always his images were very impressive and the AV presentations he shared with us were of a very high standard. Not only that, he is very good in sharing his insights and we picked up some good ideas for our own work.

Next Week

On Monday 4 November is the next Committee Meeting at Enham, in the club backroom; details have been sent to committee members separately. On Thursday 7 November we host the 4-way Battle: Hungerford-Newbury-Basingstoke-Andover in the Landale Wilson Hall. This is a great opportunity to see other clubs’ work and see how we get on. The judge is Nick Scott. I regret that the heating has not yet been fixed, but the Enham Trust are trying to resolve this as soon as possible. We will hold a raffle and a few prizes would be very welcome to add to the two books held back from the last one

Coming Soon

Monday 11 November will see the next Focus Group meeting and details will be issued by Will Delves in due course.

Thursday 14 November we have a practical on Lightpainting with Phil Fisher. He gave a thoroughly enjoyable presentation to the club last year and this time we should have an opportunity to try Lightpainting in practice. It should be good fun, and even if you do not intend to pursue it in future, it is a good opportunity to give it a go

Non-APC Opportunities

The National Trust property at Stourhead will have Christmas Illuminations from 29 November to 30 December. Details can be found at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/features/christmas-at-stourhead-2019

Wildlife: the skies will start to fill with birds, geese will start to arrive from the frozen north and shortly the starling will start their murmurations, which will be at their best from mid-December to mid-January

Club Newsletter 07

Last Week

The club met on Thursday as usual at the Enham Club, but used the back room as the main hall was freezing cold due to broken heating system. Fortunately Bill came to the rescue and offered us use of the backroom. The session was a practical one featuring a range of exotic animals from the Reptile Ranch. Jess and Cara were brilliant and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for those taking part. The animals were different to those brought along on previous Reptile Ranch visits and we introduced a new style of background, with natural images being projected providing a realistic setting for the animals. Many thanks to Gavin, who had the idea and then followed it through to a successful conclusion.

Next Week

Monday 28 October is the annual fireworks photography opportunity. A separate instruction has been issued by Will Delves. These have always been fun and well supported. Thursday 31 October is the date for Robert Harvey’s presentation on “The Art of Audio Visual”. Robert is a brilliant photographer, he gave us the lecture last season called ‘Stumbling about in the Dark‘. This is Robert’s take on creating Audio Visual films. Guaranteed to be a good evening. (https://www.naturalworldphotography.net/) + Bring a guest. This is a good opportunity to get some ideas for the AV competition later in the season.

Coming Soon

On Monday 4 November is the next Committee Meeting at Enham, in the club backroom;details to follow. On Thursday 7 November we host the 4-way Battle: Hungerford-Newbury-Basingstoke-Andover at the Enham Club. This is a great opportunity to see other clubs’ work and see how we get on. The judge is Nick Scott.

Club Newsletter 06

Last Week

The Focus Group met on Monday, when we saw and discussed various interpretations of images sent out by Will Delves. On Thursday the Club had a wonderful presentation by Sue Morris “Wings and Whiskers” featuring some fantastic images of air displays and wildlife. We were honoured to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley attend the evening and present the Sandy Wilson award.

Next Week

On Thursday we have a return visit by the Reptile Ranch. This is a practical session, so please bring your camera. We will have the opportunity to photograph a range of reptiles, and perhaps other beasties. This will be their third visit, and the members who attended previous sessions really enjoyed them and were able to capture some interesting images. Eric may be there as a model. Flashguns are not allowed, but if you have something like an LED ring light, you may find it useful.

Coming Soon

On 31 October we have Robert Harvey presenting “The Art of Audio Visual”. This aspect of photography has been growing in popularity and is a great way to show your photographs. We have an AV competition later in the season so this is timely. You are welcome to bring a guest. On 7 November we host a 4 way battle, this is a great opportunity to see images from other clubs and see how we match up.

Technique Tip

The third of my favourite YouTube tutors is Serge Ramelli, in this clip he demonstrates how to edit in Lightroom. There are lots of good tips in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGVZpce7hYg

Polo Shirts

The orders for Polo shirts have been made and polo shirts may be available as soon as
Thursday.

Club Newsletter 05

Last Week

There was a Committee Meeting on Monday. On Thursday the Club held its Monochrome competition.  This was well supported with 35 PDI images and 8 prints. There were some great images, and the judge commented on the high standard.  The results are attached.

Next Week

On Monday the Focus Group will meet in the club backroom.  Any member can come along.  Will will run the session which is Your Interpretation.  He has sent out 3 images for you to have a go at processing.  These have been very interesting in the past with some of the artistic members producing some very impressive interpretations.

On Thursday we have a special occasion.  The mayor of Test Valley will attend.  Sue Morris is our guest speaker and she will present “Whiskers and Wings II”.  Sue is an accomplished, Andover based, photographer who is always good to listen to.  Her images can be seen at:  (http://www.suemorriswildlifeimages.co.uk) (http://www.suemorrisphotography.co.uk).   You are welcome to bring a guest. During the evening the Mayor will present the Sandy Wilson Trophy.

Coming Soon

The Reptile Ranch visit again on 24 October.  This is a great opportunity to photograph some exotic animals so bring a camera.  Flash cannot be used, so we will have two stands set up with continuous lighting.  The week after we will have Robert Harvey presenting “The Art of Audio Visual”.  This aspect of photography has been growing in popularity and is a great way to show your photographs. We have an AV competition later in the season, so this is timely.

Flash Tip – Balancing Flash and Ambient Light

Look as if it were shot at night.  There are lots of good tips in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1MFgB6D2aQ

Anyone Interested in AV Competitions

SCPF have asked if clubs are interested in a league for AV presentations. We need to respond soon and so I would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in entering such a competition in addition to the club’s own internal AV competition.  Please let me know by Thursday.

For more information

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John Randall
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ANDOVER
Hampshire
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