10 Camera Settings You Need To Learn to Master your Digital Camera (& 10 you can manage without)

The vast array of buttons, menus and other features available on even the most affordable DSLR can sometimes seem pretty daunting, especially if you’re just starting out.  Understanding which features are worth exploring, and which are best left alone, is fundamental to getting the most from your camera.  See the ten from Digital Camera World <here>, and please note that even though the descriptions are for a Nikon DSLR, they’re appropriate for any digital camera…!

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 31st August 2015

10 Common Mistakes Amateur Photographers Make (and how to avoid them)

The joy of digital photography is that it’s a lot cheaper to learn from your mistakes. With no film costs to worry about, you can instantly gauge the success of your technique and settings, and easily delete howlers.  The important thing is to learn from your mistakes, though, not just repeat them; and, of course, you can only work on common mistakes if you know they are mistakes in the first place.  See the ten from Digital Camera World <here>.

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 31st August 2015

Summer events

I thought that next Tuesday evening, September 1st, it would be nice to meet up and have a pint and a chat, so my plan is to meet up at the pub in Priory Park (the Beefeater Grill.) If it’s fine we can sit outside, if not, then inside. This could also be useful for anyone wanting to ask questions about what’s going on with the club during the next season or make suggestions as to what you’d like to happen. After all, it’s your club, so it would be good to have your thoughts on how the club is going. So, I suggest meeting from about 7.30 onwards.
Please let me know if you intend coming, Hope to see you there,

Focus Stacking

A narrow depth of field (DoF) is the bane of many a macro photographer. The closer you get to the subject the less DoF. This makes it difficult or impossible to photograph an object in sharp focus right from the front to the back. To get around this limitation focus stacking typically involves taking several images of a subject, each identical except that the focus ring is minutely and progressively moved between each shot, giving a different, narrow band in focus on each image. Software, e.g. Photoshop, blends these images together, building up the image using only the in-focus parts of each image. Result, one image with a much greater DoF.


The Best Camera Settings for Astrophotography…!

You’ll need to find a really dark location for successful starscapes, which means that you won’t want to be changing too many settings in the pitch black, so setting up your camera in advance can be a life-saver.  See how <here> from this great posting by Digital Camera World…!

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 25th August 2015

Club Notices

Camera for sale
The following is a message from Colin Day.

I have for sale my Olympus OM-D EM5 16.1 MP digital camera – Black (body only) 
This is boxed with all the accessories and 3 4gb SD cards. Price £265.00
I also have the HLD6 grip which has the additional battery compartment for £90.00
Contact me direct on 07789127565 or colin_day@yahoo.com
Best of the Summer Competition
There is only 4 more weeks to the best of the summer competition, and not all those 4 weeks are photographic opportunities, so it may be worth looking through your images now. There are a few rules and they are:
You are invited to submit 3 PDI’s only
Your PDI must be in the normal club format of 1400 x 1050 (address where to send them will be given later)
All entries MUST have been taken on the scheduled Tuesday that I had arranged for the shoot. Any PDI not taken on the Tuesday or the Thursday trips to Birmingham and Coventry, will not be allowed. (The Thursday trips were substituted for the normal Tuesday one, and the Birmingham trip was substituted for the London trip by consent of all that attended)
All PDI’s must not be manipulated in such a way as to alter it in any significant way. (So no adding ladies with red umbrella’s, or joining two photo’s together)
End of summer Dinner
Although the End of Summer Dinner is not for another few weeks, please could you let me have an idea if you are likely to attend this. I have not yet selected a restaurant for this, as this will depend on the expected numbers. At this point you will not be committed either way, but please let me know if you think that you will be coming.

Multiple Exposures In-Camera: How To Get Long-Exposure Effects in Bright Light

Digital Camera World often sings the praises of camera filters and the creative advantages they offer photographers, but depending on the make and model of your camera, you don’t always need a filter.  <Here> they show you a really simple technique for making multiple exposures in-camera – a great alternative for making long-exposure effects in bright sunlight.

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 24 August 2015