Musselburgh Camera Club

Tomorrows Club Night

To all members attending tomorrow night, our speaker Mark Davey has suggested that we bring our camera/lens, flash and a sheet of white paper.
Cheers
George


Camera for Sale

I have a Panasonic G3k micro 4/3 camera with a 14-42mm kit lens for sale on behalf of my neighbour. The camera was bought approximately two years ago for her husband just before his health failed. It is effectively unused apart from a few indoor test shots.

It comes with several other goodies bought at the same time and also in as new condition: A good quality bag; UV filter; a couple of 8gb SD cards; a Serif productivity software suite and an LED light attachment for indoor videos.

The Panasonic DMC G camera is an SLR alternative with a wide range of interchangeable lenses available. Utilizing a high resolution sensor in the eyepiece in place of the traditional SLR prism/mirror arrangement and a pivoting rear screen. It is very light and compact and extremely well made.

The whole kit cost approximately £500 new and I am looking for £250 for it.

Contact me at ken19ud@blueyonder.co.uk if you are interested.

Ken Sharp


35mm Film Negative Storage Binder and Pages

Although I’ve gone digital, I have a load of 35mm film negatives which I still want to keep.  I bought some Kenro folders and inserts to store these safely, but have some spare.  I’ll pass them on FREE to anyone who wants to keep and file their old negatives (or perhaps you are still using a film camera).

I have one binder (see http://kenro.co.uk/products/kenro-storage-binders/) and 5 packets of storage pages (see http://kenro.co.uk/products/film-storage-pages-35mm-translucent/) – enough for the negatives from at least 125 rolls of 35mm film.

Contact me on sgpwilliams@outlook.com if you would like them.

Thanks

Steve Williams


New Digital Photography weekend course

Leith Academy has just published its Adult Education programme for next term.There is a weekend course on Digital Photography on costing £35 for 2 days. I went to the  last course and found it very helpful for people with all levels of knowledge. Small class size  allows one to one tuition with your own camera. There are only 10 places so you need to book early.

The website is ww.joininedinburgh.org and search for Leith Community High School


Christmas lights

Hi all Monday looks good for shooting Christmas lights.  Anybody up for it add your name here.

Mike


Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2014

The entry deadline is approaching for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2014, the annual photographic competition celebrating nature, wildlife and landscape photography in Scotland. This is the 5th annual competition to seek the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year. It is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world, but images must be taken in Scotland.

****     Entries close at 24:00 hours GMT on Sunday 30th November 2014 ****

 The categories are:

Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2014:

Scottish Wildlife Portrait

Scottish Wildlife Behaviour

Scottish Landscape – Sea & Coast

Scottish Landscape – The Land

Scottish Landscape – Urban Greenspace

Scottish Botanical

Natural Abstract

Environmental

Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2014 (open to under-18s). Up to 5 images on any Scottish nature subject.

Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2014 (for full or part-time students over-18 undertaking a photography element in their course).

Portfolio of 3 images on the theme of “Natural Drama”.

Judges:

Lorne Gill – Photographer, Scottish Natural Heritage

Niall Irvine – Digital Imaging Practitioner and Co-organiser of the Awards

Neil McIntyre – Wildlife & Landscape Photographer

Colin Prior – International Landscape Photographer

Winning images will be featured in a Touring Exhibition in 2015. Winning and shortlisted images will be featured in the Portfolio Yearbook.

Full details of the competition, prizes, rules and how to enter are on our website

www.scottishnaturephotographyawards.com

where you can also subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for updates on the competition and Awards news


 Printing information October 2104 Most

 Printing information October 2104

Most Camera Club members print their images at home. Most of these have been doing this for many years. We have new members and others (me included ) have lots of images on file but just can’t get round to organising their home printer to produce top quality photographic images. We collected the information below at the Club meeting yesterday. If anyone spots any errors or has any extra information to  share please add a comment.

Basic information:

Local printers process images saved in the form of .jpeg or .tiff files on some sort of file storage e.g.CD/DVD/memory stick,  or a memory card from your camera. If you’re wanting to print direct from camera don’t forget to take connecting lead to USB port. Some equipment e.g. smartphones can transfer images by Bluetooth.

For competitions most Club members print their images in A4 or A3 size. See below for size tables. You can also make square, or letterbox  prints but similar scale.

                               International paper sizes Size mm × mm in × in A0 841 × 1189 33.1 × 46.8 A1 594 × 841 23.4 × 33.1 A2 420 × 594 16.5 × 23.4 A3 297 × 420 11.7 × 16.5 A4 210 × 297 8.27 × 11.7 A5 148 × 210 5.83 × 8.27

To help the printer, label your CD/DVD/flash drive with your name, make sure you clearly identify the images you want to print, how many copies of each you want and whether you want matt or gloss paper. You should ask to see samples of prints on different sorts of paper as it can make a huge difference to the final result.

If you’re not happy with the result of the printing e.g. red or green tinge to colour not apparent on the screen, discuss with the printer and ask their advice. If it’s a processing problem they should redo it for free.  Over time you will find a source of prints that you like and trust and which best shows off your work.

Local printers listed in geographical areas :

Edinburgh

www.trumpslab.co.uk

Trumps Photolab, 29 South Clerk Street, EH8 9JD (07827 589 527)  (within Newington Stationers) Near to University. Experts on site. Turnaround depends on workload but usually within I day.

www.amimage.co.uk

A+M Imaging, Unit 3, Stewartfield, Newhaven Road EH6 5RQ (0131 553 3548) Bonnington area with free parking. Same service as Trumps. No personal experience of service but good prices on website and v helpful on phone.

Musselburgh

www.eastern-info.co.uk

Eastern Exhibition and Display, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh EH21 6QA   (0131 653 5700) Next to LIDL, Fisherrow. Mostly do large scale commercial work.

Eskbank

www.southfield-stationers.com

Southfield Stationers, 25 Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalkeith EH22 3NX (0131 654 4300)  Commercial printers. Will do small orders. Good price but can be variable quality depending on other workload.

Very near to IKEA

www.warehouses.costco.co.uk

Upload images online and collect next day at Costco Edinburgh, Costkea Way, Loanhead EH20 9BY (0131 440 7075) Have to join Costco as individual member. Mike Clark club member recommends. Very helpful on phone.

Online only

www.photobox.co.uk

Very good reviews from customers and recommended by Jennifer Davidson. Prints sent rolled by first class post 1 – 5 working days or can do special or courier delivery.

Don’t forget to give us feedback on your experiences !

Liz Sowler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For competitions most Club members print their images in A4 or A3 size.

See below for size tables. You can also make square or letterbox prints.

 

Make sure you can clearly identify the images you want to print and how many copies you want.

Decide whether you want matt or gloss paper.

 

Over time you will find a method/source of prints that you like and best shows off your work.

 

Edinburgh

 

www.trumpslab.co.uk

 

Trumps Photolab, 29 South Clerk Street, EH8 9JD (07827 589 527)

(within Newington Stationers) Near to University. Experts on site.

Turnaround depends on workload but usually within I day.

 

www.amimage.co.uk

 

A+M Imaging, Unit 3, Stewartfield, Newhaven Road EH6 5RQ (0131 553 3548)

Bonnington area with free parking. Same service as Trumps.

No experience of service but good prices on website and v helpful on phone.

 

Musselburgh

 

www.eastern-info.co.uk

 

Eastern Exhibition and Display, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh EH21 6QA   (0131 653 5700)

Next to LIDL, Fisherrow. Mostly do large scale commercial work.

 

 

 

 

 

Eskbank

 

www.southfield-stationers.com

 

Southfield Stationers, 25 Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalkeith EH22 3NX (0131 654 4300)

Commercial printers. Will do small orders. Good price but can be variable quality depending on other workload.

 

Next to IKEA

 

www.warehouses.costco.co.uk

 

Upload images online and collect next day at

Costco Edinburgh, Costkea Way, Loanhead EH20 9BY (0131 440 7075)

Have to join Costco as individual member. Mike Clark club member recommends

 

 

Online only

 

www.photobox.co.uk

 

Very good reviews from customers and recommended by Jennifer Davidson.

Prints sent rolled by first class post 1 – 5 working days or can do special or courier delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Members Gallery Updated

Stuart McMillan has been added to the members gallery.  Why not check out his photos.

If you would like to be added to the members gallery, email musselburghcameraclub@gmailcom


New Photos In Members Gallery

New photos by Joe Fowler, Mike Clark and Bill Wightman have been added to the members gallery.

If you have photos that you would like included please email them to musselburghcameraclub@gmail.com


National Geographic Fellow Photography Course – Special Offer

As advertised by the National Trust for Scotland; the NTS Priority Code for the special offer is 103127.   The Great Courses.co.uk (phone number 0800 298 9796) has a DVD (or download) of a series of twenty four 30 minute videos setting out the Fundamentals of Photography. This course normally costs £54.99 but is on special offer for £24.99 until 19/11/14. £2.99 p&p.

The lecturer is Joel Sartore who is a National Geographic Fellow in Photography. The Great Courses site describes the course in more detail.


Arizona Highways Magazine

If anyone is interested, the web site for the Arizona Highways magazine, which I displayed at the last club meeting, can be found at

http://arizonahighways.com/

Even if you don’t subscribe, they have some photography tips and a collection of photographs on their web site.

Steven.


BUTTERFLY WORLD TRIP

Hi Guy’s hope you all had a good night at butterfly world etc. please post some of your results on the MCC Flickr page accessible from the home page of this site. Its a great was to get positive comments and see what other folk got up to. Only around 3 folk have posted images so that leaves 20 or so who still need to do so. Give it a try. I have popped a few in to get us started.

Mike 


Club ‘Extra Meeting’

Over twenty members had a special evening visit to the Butterfly & Insect Word where we had access to many of the exhibits, thanks to an itinerant black bird there were not so many butterflies, so we may need to have a follow up visit at sometime. However there were many photo opportunities’ and everyone said that they had a worthwhile and enjoyable time.

 
As promised I have set up three workshops:-
Portrait 1 – Thursday 24th April - there is one place left.
Photoshop Thursday 1st May – so far I have only heard from one member – please let me know if you want to come along – if I do not get six or more I will need to cancel.
Portrait 2 – Thursday 8th May - there are two places left.
Please let me know if you are interested in these workshops, the more interest the more I will try to set up.

 
I plan to have a ‘field’ visit to the Aberlady Reserve and Gosford Estate (local EL wildlife!), early June, depending on weather. Please let me know if this is of interest to you.

Clive


Club Meeting 10.04.14

We had a good interactive AGM last night when a number of issues were discussed. The minutes will be out in due course and I detail some of the main areas:-

 
• Steven Bearded was elected as Vice Chairman
• Anita Nutter did not want to stand as a candidate for the committee
• The rest of the current committee was re elected along with Ian Keenan who will now join the committee.
• Club Competitions – it was agreed to change the entry rules for next session – we will be looking for members to submit up to three images (prints or projected) the two prints with the highest marks will be recorded.
• The two set subjects were voted on:-

1. Prints – ‘Emotions’ – to be judged by Stuart McMillan

2. Projected – ‘Wild Life in East Lothian – to be judged by Jim Todd

 
• Under any other business Clive asked:-

1. Had everyone set up files on their computers detailing next year’s comps. based on details in his last week’s communication?

2. Did members want the setting up extra meetings (visits and workshops) during ‘closed session’ – Separate e mails will be sent out about these.

 
The Trophy Presentations followed – congratulations to all who received medals and the trophies. – a full list will be posted on the notice board and the web site along with a photo line up.

 
Finally we were treated to delicious refreshments and many thanks to those who made these.

 
Have a good summer and make a real effort to get some great images and put the best into your ‘potential folders’.
Regards
Clive


Club Meeting 03.04.14

We had a very busy night last night, firstly we were able to see the entries for the ‘Black & White’ Competition which was postponed from an earlier meeting owing to the illness of Libby Smith the judge.
There was a good standard of images from members and they were discussed and the marks given by Libby were announced. Jennifer Davidson was the overall winner gaining 38 marks out of 40.
We then moved onto the ‘Set Subject’ Comp. ‘Night Photography’ – we finally ended up with a good entry of very interesting and varied entries from members and these were discussed and members voted on the final selection.
Stuart McMillan was the winner with his excellent image ‘Gate, Steven Beard came second with ‘Never Mind the Bollards’ and Simon Wilkinson was third with a fascinating image called ‘Emergency lights on North Bridge’. Well done to them and to all who participated.
On Thursday 17th April – we have the visit to the Butterfly Farm -Please note that the time is 6pm to 8pm (not as previously advise in my note of last week) There is good advice from Iain Hall/Mike Clark – put your camera into a plastic bag and seal it up – wait for the condensation to clear from the outside of the bag and then you can use your camera, thus saving condensation getting inside the camera which can cause damage. Put your camera in the car not the boot and try to get it ‘warmed up’. (a hot water bottle might work!)
We would like more members to participate in competitions next season – I suggest that you now set up a separate file on your computer based on the competitions and slot in ‘potentials’ as you go, plus any previous images that you have not previously used in competitions.
Based on the following:-
MCC potential 2014-15
Digital Images – 18.09.14
Coloured Prints – 30.10.14
Human Portrait Prints – 13.11.14
Set Subject Prints – 15.01.15
Black & White prints – 12.02.15
Set Subject Projected -19.03.15
We could run workshops following our ‘closed season’ – on a Thursday night – on any subject so long as there is one person who takes full responsibility. It will run under the MCC and members only for insurance purposes. I must be advised fully and I will book the room. Any expenses incurred must be met by those present – e.g. room hire approx £6 per hour.
Next week we have the annual AGM, followed by the presentation of trophies to the members who have done best in the club competitions. Please make an effort to come along and also join in the social interaction afterwards with some cakes etc.
Clive


Club Meeting 03.04.14

We had a very busy night last night, firstly we were able to see the entries for the ‘Black & White’ Competition which was postponed from an earlier meeting owing to the illness of Libby Smith the judge.
There was a good standard of images from members and they were discussed and the marks given by Libby were announced. Jennifer Davidson was the overall winner gaining 38 marks out of 40.
We then moved onto the ‘Set Subject’ Comp. ‘Night Photography’ – we finally ended up with a good entry of very interesting and varied entries from members and these were discussed and members voted on the final selection.
Stuart McMillan was the winner with his excellent image ‘Gate, Steven Beard came second with ‘Never Mind the Bollards’ and Simon Wilkinson was third with a fascinating image called ‘Emergency lights on North Bridge’. Well done to them and to all who participated.
On Thursday 17th April – we have the visit to the Butterfly Farm -Please note that the time is 6pm to 8pm (not as previously advise in my note of last week) There is good advice from Iain Hall/Mike Clark – put your camera into a plastic bag and seal it up – wait for the condensation to clear from the outside of the bag and then you can use your camera, thus saving condensation getting inside the camera which can cause damage. Put your camera in the car not the boot and try to get it ‘warmed up’. (a hot water bottle might work!)
We would like more members to participate in competitions next season – I suggest that you now set up a separate file on your computer based on the competitions and slot in ‘potentials’ as you go, plus any previous images that you have not previously used in competitions.
Based on the following:-
MCC potential 2014-15
Digital Images – 18.09.14
Coloured Prints – 30.10.14
Human Portrait Prints – 13.11.14
Set Subject Prints – 15.01.15
Black & White prints – 12.02.15
Set Subject Projected -19.03.15
We could run workshops following our ‘closed season’ – on a Thursday night – on any subject so long as there is one person who takes full responsibility. It will run under the MCC and members only for insurance purposes. I must be advised fully and I will book the room. Any expenses incurred must be met by those present – e.g. room hire approx £6 per hour.
Next week we have the annual AGM, followed by the presentation of trophies to the members who have done best in the club competitions. Please make an effort to come along and also join in the social interaction afterwards with some cakes etc.
Clive


STFC Photowalk Competition 2014

Members might be interested in the 2014 STFC Photowalk Competition. On 16th June and 4th July 2014, the UKATC (part of the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill, Edinburgh) will be giving up to 60 photographers “behind the scenes” access to the site. You will be able to photograph things the general public don’t normally see (or normally see when the room is packed full of members of the public…). The photographs taken on the day may be entered into a competition, and there are prizes for the winners. You can find details and a link to the registration page here:

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/2987.aspx

As an employee of STFC, I’m not allowed to enter :(, but everyone else can :). If you read the small print the deal is that you agree to allow STFC to use the winning photos as part of their publicity material. It’s a win:win situation.

Steven.

P.S. If you’re really enthusiastic, or are planning to travel south or have some friends south of the border, there are parallel competitions at Chilbolton, Daresbury and Rutherford labs.


STFC Photowalk Competition 2014

Members might be interested in the 2014 STFC Photowalk Competition. On 16th June and 4th July 2014, the UKATC (part of the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill, Edinburgh) will be giving up to 60 photographers “behind the scenes” access to the site. You will be able to photograph things the general public don’t normally see (or normally see when the room is packed full of members of the public…). The photographs taken on the day may be entered into a competition, and there are prizes for the winners. You can find details and a link to the registration page here:

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/2987.aspx

As an employee of STFC, I’m not allowed to enter :(, but everyone else can :). If you read the small print the deal is that you agree to allow STFC to use the winning photos as part of their publicity material. It’s a win:win situation.

Steven.

P.S. If you’re really enthusiastic, or are planning to travel south or have some friends south of the border, there are parallel competitions at Chilbolton, Daresbury and Rutherford labs.


Club Meeting 27.03.14

Our guest speaker last night was Alistair White who has spent many years specialising in ‘Nature Photography’. He has made many trips with specialist guides to many parts of the world and we were privileged to see many rare species of birds that he ‘captured’ with his camera.
He has also went on safari in Tanzania going to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro where he has taken images of Lions, elephants, fighting giraffes and zebras. He witness the Wildebeest migration and dozens of other wild animals.
He also ‘took us’ to the US where he has photographed many of the canyons and National Parks. We also visited New Zealand and Costa Rica.
Members were very impressed with this illustrated talk and we look forward to perhaps seeing his latest adventures next season.

 
There are a number of photographic exhibitions that are worth visiting:
1. National Museum Scotland – Wildlife Photographer of the year – free – until 1st June.
2. National Portrait Gallery – The Taylor Photographic Portrait Prize – free – until 26th May
3. Queen Margaret University Camera Club – free – 31st March -7th April.
Mike Clark has arranged an evening visit to the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World on Thursday 17th April 7.30pm – in order to have this special opportunity there has to be a minimum of 15 people – currently on the list there are 18 names – any member is welcome to come along, so if you are interest either put your name on the list on the notice board or send me an e mail.

It is next to:- Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ

Next week we will see the results and images from our B & W comp. which had to be postponed owing to the illness of judge Libby Smith.
Also we will see the Digital Images in respect of our set subject comp. ‘Night Photography’. which will be judged on the night by Joe Fowler. So there is still time to e mail me with your entries.
Clive


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