NEXT MEETING …    7:30pm Thurs 25th October 2018:

“A Land of Mountains & Flood” – Malcolm MacNaughton

Malcolm, our guest speaker, will talk about his style of photography showing a range of monochrome prints and equipment he uses, discussing his influences and explaining how they have developed.

NB: Tues 23rd Oct – Sherborne Bradford Abbas host a 4 way competition where we enter 5 Prints and PDIs on “Shadows”: please contact us by email for car share/venue details.  Always worthwhile to see other club’s work.

Deadline for Shuffell Round 2 is 15th November.

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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 any good quality photo editor such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or Faststone (free!) 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.
  3. Save your image in a 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.

 

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.

We have a new page on our web site for our members to suggest or recommend photo venues others may find interesting for either individual visits or as a group trip.  This page can be found from our Quick Links panel at the top right of the page or simply clicking on this www.shaftesburycameraclub.org.uk/photovenues  link.

If any member would like help contacting other particular members,  please ask Chris at info@shaftesburycameraclub.org.uk or perhaps try our Facebook Page.  Members can also contact Chris with their own suggestions.

 

 

The subject for our light-hearted annual Ladies v Gents competition on 10th Jan 2019 is “Fluid”.   We intend this to be interpreted flexibly, or should we say “fluidly” :-))

Obviously seascapes with movement qualify or a still life of a glass of whisky and an ice cube but we would like to see much more imaginative or creative interpretations.  Perhaps both the ladies and the gents teams might like to each have a brain-storming session or two!  For inspiration, you may like to explore some dictionary definitions and synonyms e.g. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/fluid

Our LvG competition is meant to be a fun evening with lots of banter and in recent years, we have had the Ladies seated on one side and the Gents on the other.  We hope we can encourage everyone to participate by submitting up to 6 PDIs.  We guarantee any member submitting images to the team captains will have at least one selected so don’t worry about being too rigorous over the interpretation of “fluid”!

Just a reminder to all members that you need to log-in in order to view the scores from our internal competitions.  The log-in details are given at the top of our occasional newsletters but you can always just ring or email Chris or Helen.

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