NEXT MEETING …    7:30pm Thurs 22nd February 2018:

Shuffell Trophy Round 3 for Prints & PDIs: Subject=Open, in monochrome.  Judge Malcolm MacNaughton

This is the final round of our “Photographer of the Year” trophy and members can enter 2 PDIs and/or 2 Prints.  Images should be in monochrome which is slightly wider than B&W as it allows for sepia etc: anyone wanting help please ask!

Members who haven’t entered the previous rounds might like to try their hand at this round as a prelude to participating next season or of course our “Image of the Year” competition in 3 months time.

DEADLINE for PDI uploads and Print Titles is 15th Feb.

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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.

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

This was the second round of our Trophy series to find our ‘photographer of the year’ and after our first round back in October, we were not caught out by a overwhelming number of entries in both the Print and PDI classes. In the first round we had a total of 19 entrants for prints […]

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

Autumn 2018

13 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct,  8 Nov, 22 Nov,  6 Dec*, 20 Dec**

Winter/Spring 2019

10 Jan, 24 Jan, 31 Jan***, 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 14 Mar, 28 Mar, 11 Apr, 25 Apr,  9 May, 23 May

N.B. * = 1st,  **= 3rd and  ***= 5th Thursday of month.

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.

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.

 

Do please email or ring Helen or Chris if you need any help whatsoever with your Print or PDI entries, especially if you haven’t entered our competitions previously.

Shuffell Round One (NB. Entry Deadline 5th October 2017)

  • First Print and/or PDI       Agriculture
  • Second Print and/or PDI   Open (ie any subject)

 

Shuffell Round Two

  • First & Second Prints and/or PDIs         Open

Shuffell Round Three

  • First & Second Prints and/or PDIs       Open in monochrome

Ladies v Gents (NB. Entry Deadline 11th Jan 2018 – to be confirmed)

  • The Ladies v Gents will have a set subject of ‘The Colour Blue’.   As usual we encourage every member to submit at least one PDI for the team leaders to choose.  Everyone who submits images will have at least one selected in the competition.

 

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