Musselburgh Camera Club

Club Meeting 09.01.14

Last night we had the benefit of seeing the entries that were accepted by Dingwall CC’s 36th National Projected Image Exhibition. The were some magnificent images showing imaginative set ups and you could see that the photographers had put in a lot of thought and effort to achieve the results.

The one thing they all had in common was that they had perfect exposure and depth of field.

This is an area that we all need to be very conscious about, think about the suitable settings that would be required to achieve the best results.

Use the histogram to examine the exposure – if the highlights are outside the scale, detail in this area will totally white (no detail) – therefore adjust settings – always expose for the highlights – if the black is outside it will be totally black – if you cannot adjust without effecting  the highlights either live with it or consider ‘fill in flash’.

In my last note to you I mentioned ‘stops of light’ – these are shown in thirds on your camera, therefore if you ‘click’ (up or down) the appropriate one ‘three times’ then that will move the setting by ‘one stop’. Practice this and you will soon be able to make adjustments not only quickly but even in the dark.

Use the image on the camera to check focusing and depth of field, get all this right and you can then put your concentration in getting some ‘stunning images’.

Next week, we are going to have a new item whereby we will all vote on two images at a time and the one with the highest number of votes will go into the next round and again voted on until we end up with a final winner. It should be interesting and fun, it will only work if everyone brings along three prints for the evening.

The following week (23rd)we have a change in the programme. the new AV group will let us see what they have been up to, so please give them your support.

Also on the evening of the 23rd Jan. please bring in your ‘Set Subject Prints (up to 3 prints) based on ‘Street Photography’ – these will be judged by Ken Sharp (last years’ winner) on the 6th Feb.


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New Year Resolution


Lets all of us make and keep a New Year Resolution:-

‘To improve our photography and develop our skills so that it becomes more rewarding and satisfying’.

Try to get the image in the camera as good as possible and use Photoshop to ‘Enhance’ the image and not to just correct ‘shooting mistakes’.

  • For correct exposure – use the ‘histogram’ not the preview.
  • For sharpness and depth of field then look at the preview and enlarge it to see the detail.
  • If necessary capture more than you want and then ‘crop’ – you can take away but not add after the event!
  • Especially with zoom lenses make sure you are using the correct speed (unless you are using a tripod)– focal length equals at least speed – 50mm 60th –  100mm 125th – 200 250th.
  • Understand what ‘a stop of light’ means (it doubles up current setting)
    • Aperture – 2.8 – 5.6 -11 -22
    • Speed –  30 – 60 – 125 – 250 – 500 – 1000
    • ISO – 100 – 200 – 400 – 800 -1600
    • Try to photograph images that shows that you have thought about it and considered the best angle and subject for the shot. Record shots are fine to remember where you have been but then look for a more imaginative image that will have impact.
    • Think about the light source – shadows and highlights.
    • Set the appropriate ‘white balance’.
    • Try not to rely on the ‘automatic’ functions on the camera – judge the situation and endeavour to use the settings as you see the image that you want.

Anyone who needs help or advice on any of the above, please let me know – advice is always available from 7pm (prior to a meeting).

If you really want to make a difference (especially photographing people) sell all your unwanted Christmas on e bay and buy a Sekonic light meter!

Hope to see you all at our first meeting on Thursday 9th Jan.


Club Meeting 12.12.13

Last night we were able to have a look at the images that were used at the 4 way competition at Edinburgh on 2nd Dec. Hopefully it illustrated how opinion of different judges and their comments varied. It is up to us if we agree or take notice of the comments.

We also reviewed the Portrait comp. In many cases the points raised are valid and I hope that it will give encouragement for members to see if the observations can improve their images.

Some members have done this and have sent me the revised image for the Club’s data base. I hope that last night proved the benefits of doing this.

2014 will soon be on us, so just some reminders:-

First meeting on 9th Jan – we will screen two sets of images from the Dingwall National Image Competition.

Jan 16theveryone to bring along a print and we will have a ‘knockout comp’ where we will put up two images at a time and members will vote for one of them and then re cycle until we end up with a final selection. We can also have an informal critique of the images.

Jan 23rd - The AV group will give us a presentation of their work -please come along and support your colleagues. You also need to bring in up to three prints for the set subject comp – ‘Street Photography’.

Jan 30th – Anita and Kevin will let us have an insight into their interest in photography.

Note the 23rd & 30th have been swopped around from those on the printed syllabus.

Looking forward to our Christmas Dinner next week at the Ravelston Hotel – 7 for 7.30pm

To those members who are not able to come along next week have a great Christmas and a ‘Clicking’ New Year.


Club Meeting 05.12.13

There was a couple of members who are interested in starting a new ‘portrait/model workshop’ – if you would like to join this group please let me know so that arrangements can be made.

Martin is now anxious to collect the balance due on our Christmas dinner, if you have not already done so please ‘pay up’ next week, if you cannot make the meeting please send him an e mail and confirm that you will pay on the 19th or if you put your name on the list and cannot now make it please let me know so that I can cancel the place as I do not want the club to be out of pocket.

We had the advantage last night of meeting again Sandy Cleland who is a Fellow of the Photographic Society – earlier this year Sandy was invited to join the exclusive and prestigious London Salon of Photography -  there are only 43 members worldwide – it is one of the highest honours a photographer can receive – a great achievement.

Sandy gave us a very constructive workshop by giving comments and guidance on how our images could be greatly improved, he stated the most of the portrait images were well captured but by better processing they could be substantially improved. We need to take these comments on board and put these into action and get the most out of our images.

Only by doing this will we develop our skills and get more satisfaction from our hobby. If you do manage to make these improvements I would be grateful if you would e mail me with an updated image so that we can continue to improve the club’s data base which helps us to select images for future competitions.

Next week we will be challenged by Ross Anderson entertaining quiz. I will also screen the images that we submitted for the four way competition on Monday and try to summarise the comments made by the judge – both of these items could be quite amusing.


Club Meeting 28.11.13

Steven who’s runs the Av group is away on the 30th Jan., so their presentation will now take place on the 23rd Jan and Anita & Kevin will show their work on the 30th Jan.

The club has now purchased some modern studio equipment, currently there is a ‘Portrait Group’ which six members belong to, with the equipment the club now have it would be easy to have a further group – please let me know if anyone is interesting in being involved in another group.

Last night we welcomed Richard Bingham who is Secretary of Edinburgh Photographic Society, Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, An excellent member of the International Federation of Photographic Art and has received many gold medals for his images.

Richard judged for us in March at the four way inter-club meeting between Beeslack, Haddington, Midlothian and ourselves who triumphed on the night!

He gave his presentation on ‘Figures in the Landscape, Landscape in the Figure, showing a range of images using professional models in studio and outside locations. He puts a lot of thought into setting up the shoot and makes careful use of lighting in order to get the best effects. Thus creating tasteful and quality images many of which have done well in competitions with a good number of gold medals being awarded.

Next week we have our ‘Human Portrait Print Comp’ judged by Sandy Cleland. I hope that last night and my suggestion of setting up a second ‘Portrait Group’ will inspire more members.

Club Meeting 21.11.13

We had a god number of ‘Human Portrait Comp. Images’ handed in last night. If you could not make the meeting but have an entry, please send me an e mail and we will work out how to deal with it.

I only got two CD’s last night – please bring a digital copy  next week or e mail me with them.

Last night we viewed the entries of the Scottish Photographic Federation 2013 Comp. There was a good range of images, too many squirrels though!

Only Joe had an entry, I hope that we will have some ‘quality’ images to submit for next year.

Next week we have Richard Bingham presentation on ‘ Landscape in a Figure, Figures in a Landscape’. This should be a ‘revealing’ and interesting talk.

Please remember to let me have your digital images for the club’s data base.


Comet ISON

There is a comet in the sky which might provide some opportunities for night photography in the coming few weeks. At the moment, Comet ISON is visible in the morning in the southeast just before sunrise and is heading for a close encounter with the Sun. It might disintegrate and become invisible, but if it survives it will become visible in December after sunset and could become one of the brightest comets for years. The following websites will keep you up to date as the story unfolds:



Club Meeting 14.11.13

George Neilson last week mentioned the Scottish Photographic Society’s Club Digital Championship at Stirling on 17th Nov. (Details on notice board)

See  for full details.

George gave us a lot of constructive comments last week – I would suggest that if you agree with his comments to do some further work on your images and if you then think that it improves it, send me a digital copy and then I can update the Club’s Data Base, thus improving the standard of our work.

George also mentioned the mounted presentations – Charlie Briggs held a print mounting workshop – 12 members put their names down, but only five turned up – this was not good – if you cannot make a commitment then it is only decent to advised the organiser of the event. There seems to be a need of further training so Charlie has agreed to have a further workshop if there is enough interest.

On Monday 2nd Dec. (not Tuesday as per syllabus) there is the ’4 way Interclub Comp’ to be hosted by Edinburgh Photographic Society. They are keen to know how many of our members will attend, so I have put a notice on the board, so please put your name down if you are able to go and support our club.

Kirkcaldy – Monday evening proved to be good for the MCC


Digital Projection – total scores

MCC                           221

Kirkcaldy                     202


MCC                           231

Kirkcaldy                     224

Thus MCC triumphed with a total score of  452  against Kirkcaldy’s of 426

Anita Nutter got 20 for ‘Frozen Tulips’ (Digital) and awarded ‘Best Digital Image’

Steven Beard  got 20 for ‘Splash Dance’ (Print)

We now need to build up a further set on 30 images for the return visit in April 2014 – so let’s start working towards this goal.

Last night everyone  was a ‘Judge’ – members were free to say what they like about the images, hopefully constructively. This proved to be an enjoyable and interesting evening.

Next week please bring in up to three ‘Human Portrait Image’ prints to be judged on 5th Dec. Please also bring a CD with images or e mail them to me.

We also have the Scottish Photographic Federation’s Print & Projected winning images for 2013. If we can build up our Data Base we can have a go at a submission for our images next year.

Joe Fowler is holding a further workshop at Southfields this Saturday – the subject is ‘Sport Photography’ – 10am – Noon.    For more info



Epson R1800

A couple of weeks ago Terry May offered his printer to a good home. I took him up on the offer but unfortunately as I have nowhere to permanently site the printer at present, it is not going to work out for me.  I am therefore offering it on in the hope that another member can make good use of it.

The printer comes with a CIS system with lots of ink, and another complete Projet CIS system should you wish to fit it.  All in all, an excellent thing to have.

If you are interested in the printer please email me at  First come, first served.



Invitation from The Scottish Photographic Federation to all MCC members


Hi All, All members of SPF affiliated clubs are invited to attend this year’s SPF Club Digital Championship, whether or not, you, or your Club have entered this event, so why not come along and enjoy some great photography. More info at When: Sunday 17th November 2013 Doors open 9.30am for 10.00 am Start Where: Stirling Management Centre,

University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

(Maps are included separately with this email)

How much: £5 Admission  

Please Note – Packed lunches cannot be eaten in the venue

Lunches, Snacks, Teas and coffees will be available at the venue, as well as a number of facilities that are available close to the venue.

    Judges:     Dianne Owen FRPS, from Chorley (L&CPU) Peter Gennard MFIAP, EFIAP/p from Smethwick (MCPF) Dave Butler MFIAP, ARPS from (L&CPU)   Hope to see you there, Libby

Maps of how to get to Stirling Management Centre are on line at

Club Meeting 07.11.13

We are visiting to Kirkcaldy on Monday 11th Nov. Martin & Gavin will be at Fisherrow to organise transport, leave at 6pm, remember to leave cars in road if you are getting a lift

Christmas dinner – Thursday 19th Dec – please put name on list if you are able to join us all in a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

Anita is having an exhibition at The Gallery at Fenton Barnes – preview this Friday 7-9pm and open all day Saturday and Sunday Noon to 4pm. If you can ‘pop along’ and give her your support.

Last night we have George Neilson, who judged our Projected Images in season 2010-11.He is Vice President, Judge Secretary and Area Rep for Edinburgh North & South of the Scottish Photographic Society, he is also past President of the Edinburgh Photographic Society.

George has a speciality in ‘Sport Photography’, he has agreed to give us a talk on this for our syllabus 2014/15.

We were fortunate to have him to invest a lot of his time in assessing our prints, he gave a lot of very constructive comments and ideas that if we take on board will assist us to improve our images. Look for distracting items that could be removed, darken areas that are too light, crop to show the best aspect

Remember take a larger image which can be cropped down, because you cannot add to an image if more space around the subject is required, with modern cameras you do not need to ‘fill the frame’ as was required with the ‘ancient’ slides.

Think about using ‘fill in flash’ if there are dark areas even if the sun is shining. Lighting was the main element with landscapes, study the ‘sun’ time tables and get up early to get the best light.

Take note of the comments and have another look at your images and see if you can improve it.

Next week we have another members meeting, this time we will set up tables and members will discuss the images which every member must bring in – this proved to be interesting and enjoyable last year.

So without fail each member must bring in a print (mounted or otherwise).

Start thinking about and preparing your Human Prints for submission at the meeting on 21st November – Please note that you can have up to three prints for this comp.


Club Meeting 31.10.13

I wish to thank members for letting me have their digital copy of the print submissions – Jennifer now owes me 10 pence!! Can we now treat this as the norm for future print submissions.

It is worth making time to visit  the Viviane Sassen exhibition at the Portrait Gallery – it is quite an experience, especially in the way that they have staged the displays.

Anita is having an exhibition at Fenton Barns – 8/9/10th Nov ., please try to visit. Full details on notice board.

We will be visiting Kirkcaldy Camera Club on Monday 11th Nov., put your name on the  list on the notice board then we can organise car sharing.

There is also a further list in respect of our Christmas Dinner on Thursday 19th Dec. please put your name on the list, there is a copy of details on the notice board.

Last night we had Horst Meyerdieks to enlighten us on the art of Astrophotography, he is a member of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and also a member of the staff of the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

He has had a lifelong interest in amateur astronomy and has been working in the field of astrophotography since 1999, when he replaced his telescope eyepiece with a digital camera. He has a web site which you might like to look at.

We were given an insight into the equipment that he has developed in order to capture images that we would not know were there with the naked eye. It does take a lot of dedication but by using a SLR on a tripod and keeping the shutter open from 30 seconds to a few minutes on a clear night it can produce some interesting results.

So get away from street lighting, wrap up warm and have a go.

Next week we will have our Colour Print entries judged (or taken apart!) by George Neilson. I am sure he will give us his opinion and guidance that if we take on board it will help us to develop our skills further.

Please note we will be expecting your entries for the ‘Human Portrait Competition’ on 21st Nov. This time will wish to receive up to three printed mounted images, so please start to prepare so that we have a high number of entries.




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Club Meeting 24.10.13

I appears that the Photoshop Workshop on Tuesday proved to be helpful to the members who attended, I based it on making a composite from three images and a schedule which showed a step by step procedure which covered using most of the tools that one could practice on in order to improve your own images.

If you would like to have a copy of this exercise, send me an e mail and I will prepare a CD which you can have at the next meeting.

We have started setting out the Syllabus for 2014/15 – do you have any ideas for subjects or speakers? If you have an idea please send me an e mail.

The prints you handed in for the Colour Print Comp. have been passed to the judge and we will not be able to see them again until they are judged on 7th Nov.

The Kirkcaldy CC Comp is on 11th Nov – therefore there will not be time to decide on the ones that we want to take to for the comp.

It is therefore ESSENTIAL that I get digital copies via e mail from all members who put a print in but has not already let me have a copy

Another good reason was that I said that I would get all images in and Jennifer doubted this and bet me 10p – I am a poor loser – so please let me have your image by this coming weekend at the latest.

Many thanks to Lynn and Martin who last night gave us an insight into how they have developed their interest in photography and the way they have used their imagination to create something different, with Lynn’s stacked stones on the beach and the time lapse images of the ‘two faces’ of Martin. Their development of their skills of using Photoshop could be seen with the ‘before & after’ images and how they have taken on board comments from judges and made the improvements.

Next week

We have a ‘star’ speaker – Horst Meyerdierks from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh telling us about ‘Astrophotography’ – Steven Beard suggested this, therefore if you have any work colleges who could give us a talk please let me know.



Well, that didn’t take long! Sorry to any interested members who haven’t managed to see the original post but the printer has already found a new home, and is still within our membership.

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Epson R1800 Printer

Good morning all,

I have an Epson R1800 printer looking for a good home. Completely FREE, it just requires you to collect. It is on the large size and connects by a USB lead, so you’ll need room next to your computer. About 30in,(sorry I can only deal in old money), should cover it.

It uses two black inks, five colours and a gloss optimiser, though this one has a CISS fitted, so no expensive replacement cartridge costs. The present set has about a half set of ink left,(that will be a lot of photos). When that runs out you can either buy more ink or install the new Perma-Jet CISS kit I that,if wanted, I also have ready to go with the printer. Don’t worry about ink quality as these inks are equal to Epson’s own. There is a disc for drivers etc but these can always be downloaded from the net if required.

If you want this printer get in touch, either by showing your interest via this site and speaking with me next club meeting or email Clive and I’m sure he will gladly pass on your message. If it isn’t wanted by a club member I shall give it a fortnight then post it on Freecycle etc.



Club Meeting 17.10.13

Members who were unable to bring in their colour Prints last night, please e mail me and I will make arrangements for you to take them to Joe, Lynn or myself.

I only had a few CD’s last night, it is essential that I have a digital copy of your entries, therefore please e mail me a digital copy asap. Put your club number and title as the file name

Last night we are very fortunate to have Libby Smith, who came all the way from Carluke .

She is  one of the main stays in the Carluke CC and  is a Master of the Photographic Alliance of GB and has an Excellence award in the Federation International Art of Photography.

She is also on the roll of honour at the Scottish Photographic Federation and is one of the SPF Executives, Judges Secretary and is the Hon. Life Vice President.

Fantastic achievements and a major contributor to photography.

Mono photography is a real art and Libby  gave us an illustrated presentation which highlighted the ways you can transpose a ‘bland greyscale image’ into an image that has ‘wow’. This advice and guidance should encourage us to put that extra effort in and create an interesting images. She will come back and judge our Black & White comp. in March, so we had better take note of her advice!

I am sending out separately to you the notes that Libby has prepared which should assist us, I will also organise a further Photoshop Workshop to cover this topic.

Next Tuesday 22nd Oct. we have the colour Photoshop Workshop, 7.30-9pm,

At our next meeting  we will hear about the ‘deep secrets’ of Lynn and Martin’s exploits into photography.



Club Meeting 10.10.13

As I guessed I missed a fascinating meeting on Thursday, Lynn has advised me of this fact and I am sure that all the members present felt the same. I copy below her summary.

“What a fantastic session on 3D photography by Denis Alyshev, Denis brought along his own equipment and explained to everyone what he had and why it was used.  He even brought along his recent ebay purchase which was a vintage silver screen which he pulled up straight from the beautiful wooden box.  He used the modern version to show his images though!  He showed us images from his home town in Russia and around his local area – including beautiful winter scenes.  He showed us images of inside his friend’s houses and his own.

He moved on to photos of Japan – beautiful pictures in Autumn.  Then he showed us pictures of Scotland.  His pictures were fantastic.  We were all given 3D glasses to view the images and you felt that you could just reach out and touch them”.

Next week remember to bring along your two entries for the Colour Print Comp. Do not worry about what the judges say, by making an effort and participating in these local club comp. it gives something to aim for, you get guidance (even if you do not agree) which believe me does help in developing your skills.

If most of the entries were perfect no one would benefit and it would be most discouraging and very little would be gained So please make a real effort and put  your work in.

If you cannot make next weeks meeting and you didn’t bring in your prints last week e mail me and I will find a way to have them included, so no excuses!

Next week we also have Libby Smith, as I have mentioned before she is one of the best photographers in Scotland, advising us on mono photography, she will then judge our Black & White comp. in March. So we had better take note of her advice!

I have had an e mail from the National Galleries of Scotland which advises of an exhibition that would be worth making an effort to see: -

At the Portrait Gallery later this month, critically acclaimed Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen showcases her fashion and fine art photographs (In Bloom, in the only UK showing of her retrospective, In and Out of Fashion. Come see how her work has transformed fashion photography in the last decade”

Hope to see most of you next week.




















October trip

Hi All,

i am keen to get up to glen coe, hermitage, glen etive and the trossachs this autum.

If anybody is interested in coming along and sharing the fuel cost they are welcome.

I can take a day off work if required Thur/Fri or weekends.

let me know if you are interested.