NEXT MEETING …    7:30pm   Thursday 23rd January 2020

Shuffell Trophy Round 3: Two PDIs, subject Open

…for Shuffell Round 3: 16th Jan Upload 2 PDIs (Subject: Open)
… for AV presentations: 23rd Jan – To complete Form via website and then Upload or Hand-in on named memory stick. or contact us

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We run short workshop sessions for about 45 minutes before some of our regular meeting evenings.  These are ideal for members who want simple help or advice on any camera, photographic software or related matters.   It would help if members intending to come along can let Chris know via so we can make sure we have the right answers and/or equipment!  These are in addition to sessions listed as part of our main evening meetings in the printed programme.

We also plan to have a hands-on session on preparing & submitting PDI’s for competition during our Christmas Social evening using both Mac (by Val S) and Windows (by Chris W) platforms.


Forthcoming dates are as follows:  (All sessions start at 6:45pm in the small Committee Room in the RBL Hall.)

13 Nov: Brian
27 Nov: Val
8 Jan: Brian
22 Jan: Val
29 Jan: Chris
12 Feb: Brian
26 Feb: Val or Chris

Please don’t forget we have a number of short articles in our PIXELS Digital Workshop area of this web site covering items such as Depth of Field, photographic techniques, audio-visual, computing, software, etc. etc.  To view one or two of the pages, you may need to log in: you can find the generic username and password at the top of our monthly newsletters.


Please remember workshops are normally arranged on a request basis to address specific topics members would like.

Although so far this season, workshops have hopefully helped those new to photography, we are also eager to address more advanced topics.  One suggestion is “Adobe Lightroom” which is now quite affordable at £85 for Windows or Apple Macs, and is probably the best way into using RAW files.

Another possibility could be to address particular photographic or camera techniques, perhaps over a period of time working as a small interest group.

If you might be interested in these or any other topics, do please contact Chris.

We had a very different type of meeting last Thursday (31st Oct 2013)  —   and one that might just trigger a few members to try something a little brave and entirely new.

The evening was titled “Looking at the Salons” and originally intended to be a members in-house evening where we would attempt to understand what Salons are and what the world of exhibition photography entails.  In preparing for the evening, we quickly realised we would be getting out of our depth and needed help!  Bill subsequently spoke to Penny Piddock from Dorchester CC for advice and she volunteered to come to lead our meeting as she was free that evening.  Penny, an accomplished photographer with particular interests in nature and underwater photography who is also a WCPF lecturer and judge, has some experience of having acceptances to various Salons and proved to be an excellent guide for our evening.

She gave us an overview of the various salons, their advantages and potential pitfalls.  Although some very striking images are fairly “creative”, there are entry classes for “open” and “nature” that are not too far removed from good club photography.  She is now entering quite a variety of different salons and always gets a kick when her entries are accepted.  She brought a wide selection of Salon catalogues, which are really quite substantial photographic records of each Salon.  In addition, she brought audio-visual presentations from this year’s South Devon 2nd International Photographic Salon which is run by the Newton Abbot Photographic Club.

It was a very enjoyable and somewhat different evening, and many thanks to Penny for stepping in at short notice to give us a helping hand.  We are also very grateful for the catalogues she left with us and for the copies of the South Devon audio-visual files which now reside on the club laptop.   Any interested members who feel they might like to try their hand, even if it is only to experiment with some new composition and techniques, might like to get together to compare notes.

Any member who missed the evening or would like a more detailed study of the material Penny left with us – just ask Bill or Chris.  Thanks also to Newton Abbot PC for their willingness to let us have the files.


Catalogue List:-

Vale of Evesham Camera

Port Talbot Camera Club – 2nd Exhibition of International Photography

Swansea Camera Club – Eighth Exhibition of International Photography

Southampton Camera Club – 98th International Exhibition of Photography


UPDATE 2019: The Club standard for internal PDI competitions has been increased to 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high as from September 2019. Sizes for external competitions may vary from these and we will address these on an individual basis.

Note: Updated file naming guidance Dec 2013.  Other updates Feb & Aug 2015.

We try to make entering our internal competitions as easy as possible as we know it can be daunting if you haven’t submitted pictures before (and of course not every member wishes to).  However it can be good fun and help you to develop your own particular style of photography so this is a note about our three main internal competitions, a how-to on preparing and submitting entries, and the judging. Continue reading

We will have a couple of pre-meeting workshops starting at 6:45pm on 28th Feb and 14th March 2013.  Although these are only short sessions, the topics will include a follow-on from Brian’s Audio-Visual challenge so members can get to grips with the software options ready to show their efforts at the Member’s Evening in April.

We can also address other topics so please just email Chris with your questions!

For reference, the software Brian will be demonstrating at our 14th Feb 2013 meeting will be Proshow Gold, Windows Live Moviemaker, and Photoshop Elements.  Brian will be showing us how to also prepare presentations suitable for display on TV, tablet PC, and mobile phone.


Note: A list of Workshop topics is on our Club Notice Board on club nights & also under the Programme/Workshop menu above.

Our annual program includes some practical or interactive evenings which address a particular aspect of photography linked to a competition topic or perhaps a photographic visit. However some members may appreciate a few additional sessions on topics such as camera settings, photographic software, printing and mounting, etc.   One way to arrange these (without incurring the extra expense of hiring the hall for what is likely to be a smaller group of members) is to book a short one-to-one or small group sessions on a  normal club evening.  These start at 6:45pm in the small side room.  If you are interested, please first ask or email Chris outlining what you would like to cover and he will be very happy to sort something out for you.

From time to time, we also add a few notes to “Pixels”, our “virtual workshop” on the web so do take a look and remember suggestions for other topics are always very welcome.

You can always email Chris via or talk to him at the club.


Quick links…

Competition Entries (members only)
for Prints and PDIs

10×20 & A-V Entries (members only)


Photo Venues


Our Noticeboard on the web


Pixels Our Virtual Workshop




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