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Once again, a very large entry with 28 prints (14 entrants) and 46 PDIs (23 entrants) giving a total of 74 images from 25 members and only just less than our first round last month.  We had pre-warned our guest judge, Amanda Miller, about the large entry but she was quite confident it was manageable. […]

Val and Jayne have set up a new Shaftesbury Camera Club Group for us on Facebook .  We’re hoping to keep this as an open group and that it will add an extra dimension to the life of our club.  If you have a Facebook account, you can visit it by clickingFB-f-Logo__blue_29If you’re not on Facebook, don’t worry as we will still be posting all our news and information on our website and our occasional Newsletters.  If and when anything special happens on Facebook, we’ll make sure it is also added to the website!

To aid long term planning, these are the planned meeting dates for our regular programme evenings at the Royal British Legion Hall…

Autumn 2019

12 Sept, 26 Sept, 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct *, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec, 19 Dec (venue tbc).

Winter/Spring 2020

9 Jan, 23 Jan, 30 Jan *, 13 Feb, 27 Feb, 12 Mar, 26 Mar, 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 30 Apr *, 14 May.

* 5th Thursday of the month

 

You can find it under the News/Newsletter… tab above or via this link.  Please note you will need to log in using the usual name/password.

You also need to log-in to view Competition Results.

We only issue occasional newsletters during the season.  Our printed or downloadable Programme leaflet has all deadlines for competition entries and if you have any queries, please just ask/email/phone Chris.

When: 13:00 this Sunday 28th October 2018 – meet in the car park Where: Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4LA What: a) A walk around the gardens in the afternoon: forecast is cold but sunny b) Stop for dinner late afternoon, hot food in the restaurant c) For those wishing it, a discussion on how […]
The Bradford Abbas Shield is a local derby hosted by Sherborne Bradford Abbas with entries from South Petherton, Wincanton, Yeovil and Shaftesbury.  The judge is always a closely guarded secret even from SBA themselves.  SBA to date has always chosen the subject but they announced in future the subject would be chosen by the winners.  […]

One of our members is moving house and the following items have to find new homes.  If you are interested, please contact us via info @ shaftesburycameraclub.org.uk .  They will also be at our club meeting on 8th November.  All monies will go to club funds.

Fixed height projector stand,  37” / 94cms.

Masking easel –  (cropping sizer) up to 14″x 17″ / 35 x 43cms picture.

Camera Bags  x2,  V G condition:-
Large, 8 adjustable compartments + three pockets.  Robust, padded construction.
Small (8d x 6w x 7h):    Single compartment with  holding bands + front Pocket.

Mount boards:  var colours/thickness and backing boards (80x60cms) and var. off-cuts.

Ready-cut Mounts x 8, var, sizes, shop-new.

Guillotine, heavy duty, up to 18”/45cms cut.

Flat work board (24″x 26″/66 x 61cms),

Also a cutting board and cutting mat

Photography Books, miscellaneous.

Leica Slide Projector (Pradovit P 300, Braun lens,  as new.

Maybe portfolio cases to follow . . . ?

MANY BITS AND PIECES   Please ask ! eg. Cokin filters; set-square, mount-spray  . . .

 

Once again, the first round of our annual competition to find our “Photographer of the Year” elicited a large entry but fortunately not quite too many to cope with in a single night although it did  leave our guest judge Jim Pascoe with a formidable task and against the clock. The subject for the first […]

New members may find it a little daunting to try to enter our friendly competitions but the “rules” are fairly simple and we are always happy to help by email or phone.  Competitions are meant to be fun and help everyone get more out of their photography so we don’t want technical requirements to put anyone off!

You can find the full competition rules via the menu tabs above or just follow this link.   For normal competitions, you should aim to submit two images as mounted prints and/or two as electronic jpg files (known as PDIs – projected digital images).

Prints should be mounted on a card backing no more than 16 x 20 inches but most people use quite a lot smaller, especially for A4 sized prints to keep costs down.  For simplicity, you can simply mount your print onto a suitable card backing but many members use cut mounts.  The mounting technique is not part of the judging but a nicely mounted print helps to set off your image.

PDIs are simply jpg files but they do need to be sized and named correctly so they can be processed by our competition software.  Once you have prepared your PDIs, all you need to do is to access our Upload page on our website and follow the on-screen instructions.  If you encounter any problems, please email us at info@shaftesburycameraclub.org.uk or ring Chris at the number on the front of our printed Programme leaflet.  In brief, the steps to preparing your PDIs is as follows…

  1. Keep a copy of your original jpg file on your computer as the following changes cannot be undone: never ever work on your original files!!!
  2. Resize your jpg using a quality photo editor so it is no more than 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high.  Letterbox (i.e. wide and thin) images should be the full 1400 wide while portrait-oriented images should be the full 1050 pixels high.
    [Tip1: Faststone is an excellent editor & free for personal use: other low-cost non-subscription candidates include Adobe Photoshop Elements or Affinity Photo;
    Tip2: After any resizing, image definition is lost and some images benefit from a small amount of unsharp-mask (usm) sharpening: try 0.8pixels with 40% to 70% for PS Elements (0.4 to 0.7 for Affinity Photo) or 13 for Faststone]
  3. Save your image using a high quality level so the file size is no more than 2 Megabytes  (2MB, 2000kB): file sizes less than 500 kBytes are unlikely to look good when projected onto a 6 foot screen.
  4. Rename your files so they look like 01_Gold Hill at Night_Your Name.jpg,    02_Lost in thought_Your Name.jpg
  5. Complete the web form at www.shaftesburycameraclub.org.uk/upload and remember to select your images and click the green button.
  6. If everything goes well, you will quickly get an automated reply: for new members, Chris will also send a personal email as soon as possible.

 Chris

ps1  PDI sizes are measured in pixels – the size in inches means nothing for projectors and you don’t need to worry about dots per inch!

ps2 Mac users might like to look at ZnViewMP, another free editor that works on virtually any computer operating system.

 

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