Uploading Portraits – Warnings

As you know, members attending on Tuesday are asked to upload a selection of their best images to the Photo Entry system, see details here

Please be aware of the following…

I have set the target dimensions to be 6000 x 6000px. You can, and probably will, upload smaller or larger images.

If they are smaller than 6000 x 6000 you will see an amber warning message “TOO SMALL”. Please ignore this message, it just means it is smaller than 6000 x 6000 but that is OK.

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Points of View – Let’s do it!

Points of View 2018

Bromham and Biddenham, Sunday 4 November at 10.30

So, let’s do it!

Let’s meet at Bromham Mill café at 10:30, because the clocks will have gone back, and finish in Biddenham around 13:00.  For those who wish to partake I have reserved a table for lunch at The Three Tuns in Biddenham.

Same rules as before, see here. Six images on six themes taken on the route on the day. Themes as before, see here.  But note the change of times which are now to be 10.30am to 1pm

Judging PDIs on 4th December with a trophy for the winner. No fee to enter.

New club members particularly welcome as this is a competition where the novice can take on the more experienced photographers.  It’s all about capturing the moment.

Any questions please get in touch by email or at the club meeting on 30th October.

Jim Boud

treasurer@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk

Studio Bits and Bobs

As the evenings draw in and the weather gets colder you might want to try your hand at some home studio/indoor photography.

A past club president has kindly offered the following items to any member wanting them, to raise a few shillings towards club funds

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POV Last Call

Points of View in Bromham and Biddenham

Sunday 14th October – 11 am to 2pm

6 Themes for 6 Images

This is the last call for the Points of View Competition.  Previous info can be seen [link]

The themes for this year’s competition are:

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Photo Entry Help

Photo Entry (PE) is our new method for members to submit competition entries directly online.
 
It is a BIG time saver, both for Linda and for yourselves. The feed back has been very positive. Most members have been using it with no problem.
 
However one or two have had a problem so I would like to make you aware of some points to bear in mind.
 

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Starting Competitions

Tuesday night, at the first club night of the season, Linda included an excellent live demonstration of the new method to submit images to the club competitions.

More details can be found here

If you are new to the club and would like to know a little more about how the competitions are run, how to prepare an image, what a judge might be looking for in an image or have any other questions I will be at the club next week (October 9th) at 6.45pm.

We had one new member who is interested in this; if you would like to join us please let me know (email to ian@colink.co.uk)

Thanks

Ian

 

2400 Steps

I have now sent out an information tome to everyone who has put their name down for this event, to be held on Tuesday August 21st at 6.30pm.

If you haven’t received this please let me know ASAP.

If you still wish to add yourself to this elite group (we are only accepting clever and handsome people from now on) please email me with the message “Please, please, pretty please, add my name to your event, I wouldn’t want to miss this summer highlight for anything.” and I’ll happily send you the full spec.

Ian

ian@colink.co.uk

 

2400 Steps – LAST CALL

Several misguided members have already signed up for the 2400 Step evening. If you haven’t done so yet please do so now so I can arrange a suitable padded location for us all.

Easy to do, just take 24 photos, and only 24, no more, no less, each one only after walking 100 steps in any direction of your choice. You can do this alone or holding the hand of a friend.

More info click here

Don’t worry, your shoes won’t look like those above, it can all take place in or near Bedford town centre.

Start at 6.30pm on Tuesday August 21st from the designated meeting place

At the end (probably about 7.30 or 8pm) take your camera to the designated watering-hole so we can take a copy of your 24 images.

These will be printed and we will meet again 2 weeks later (Tuesday September 4th, 7.30pm) with your prints, for a drink and to compare results.

The cost for taking part in the first half (August 21st) will be £3.50 to cover the printing cost

If you can only make one of the two evenings you are still welcome, please let me know which evening you wish to come.

For those that have already signed-up (and had back an acknowledgement from me) full details will be sent to you soon. Anyone else who doesn’t want to miss out please send me your name ASAP so I can reserve you a space.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Ian

email: dev@colink.co.uk

 

2400 Steps

A summer event with a difference, held over two evenings. It is both light-hearted and challenging.

The first half is on Tuesday August 21st.  We meet in Bedford town centre at 6.30pm

The task is easy. Walk 100 steps in any direction your choose, take one photo from that point, walk another 100 steps, take one photo, repeat until you have walked 2400 steps and taken 24 photos.

This should take 60 to 90 minutes. 2400 steps is less than the distance from Bedford Town Bridge to the Suspension Bridge and back again.

N.B. Photos are taken in JPG, only ONE photo is permitted at each stop, no post processing.

At the end we copy your 24 photos to a laptop. We will have these printed for you (24 prints at 6″ x 4″) ready for the second evening.

The second half is on Tuesday, September 4th. This is the review evening. It will be a social evening, possibly at a local pub. You get back your 24 prints. Over a drink (or two) we compare prints, ridicule discuss the shots taken, justify your choices, problems overcome and lessons learned. Leave your ego at the door, it could be embarrassing.

Cost to take part: expected £3.50 to cover the printing

Objective

The walk is an extension of one used on photographic degree courses. It forces the photographer out of their comfort zone. You will find yourself in a position, or facing a subject, that you would not normally consider viable. You will have to think carefully about the shot. You only get the one chance at each stop. Choose your composition and exposure with care.

After a while you may start forsaking the norm and begin experimenting, looking for weird patterns, reflections, shapes and obscure lines.  At least that was my excuse, you think of your own.

You will, almost certainly, take some dud shots and more unusual and interesting compositions.

You will learn by thinking through your composition, solving your problems and how other members tackled theirs.

You can walk this on your own or as a pair. Pairs are good; you’ll discuss potential shots, try to take different shots to each other and encourage your other half not to cheat!

This is NOT a competition. There is no prize or glory for the best shot. You are expected to return with some shots that didn’t work and some unusual pictures, perhaps the more weird the better. If your pictures are good club competition shots you may well have missed the whole point.

Are You Up For It?

If you wish to take part let us know. Send an email to ian@colink.co.uk with the message “I may seriously regret this decision but please include me in on the 2400 Steps event

We will send you more details on how this all works, locations, hints and tips and, to prove we are not quite as evil as you may think, tell you where you can, ever-so slightly, bend the rules.

Ian

Off Camera Flash Studio Workshop Feb 8th

As you will know from the club programme, in February (Tuesday 20th) Cliff is organising a practical studio shoot. This will be a great opportunity to bring your cameras and take portraits, from face to full height shoots. The plan is to build three separate sets in the school hall, each with its own lighting.  There will be one or more models at each set.  You can move between sets, connect your camera to the lights and conduct your own shoot. 

Prior to this evening I am offering to run a preliminary studio workshop for any member interested in gaining some experience of a studio shoot before this event.

This preliminary workshop will be on Thursday 8th February at Cople Village Hall, 7pm to 9.40pm.

The evening is open to any member who wishes to learn or refresh the basics of flash photography using both flashguns (AKA speedlights) and studio lights. 

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