Musselburgh Camera Club


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.

all the best,


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.



Club Meeting 03.10.13

Print comp – two colour print images to be handed in at meeting on 17th October

Put your club number & title of image on the back of the mount.

Please put the images on a CD or e mail it to me ( image size to 1400mm longest side and put club number and title as file name                             ( i.e     01 My image.jpg.

There are two good reasons for this:-

  1. To build  the Club’s Data Base
  2. We require material for the forth coming Interclub Competitions
  • Kirkcaldy – Monday 11th Nov. 10 prints & 10 digital
  • 4 way hosted by Edinburgh 2nd Dec. 15 digital

Members can also let me have additional digital images which can go on the data base and can be considered for these external competitions – file names as above format.


  • Print Mounting – Tues.8th October -
  • Photoshop -Tues.22nd Oct – if you are interested please put your name on the list on the notice board or send me an e mail.

Last night we had the pleasure of Dr Neil Scott  to judge our first Club Competition where 27 members entered two projected images each. There was a good range of images, but one of the main points that Neil tried to advise us was that if we want to develop our skill to get to the level of ‘competition images’ they should reflect the input of the photographer.

Consider the best angle and get that different or even unique shot. Picture post card images are fine, but these have already been captured by millions of ‘point and click’ photographers. Have a good look at the scene in front of you and see if there is an element that can be homed in on that the average person would not even notice. Post processing must also be carefully considered to get the best out of the shot, experiment by using the tools that are available which can assist in maximizing the ‘real’ impact and give it that ‘wow’ factor.

Next week

We have a fascinating talk by Denis Alyshev who will introduce many of us to 3D Photography

I unfortunately have to go south again (family problems) so will miss this meeting, so Lynn will be in charge again.

I hope to be back for the meeting on 17th Oct. with Libby Smith, a skilled photographers who is one of the leading figures at the Carluke Camera Club and is now their Honorary Vice President (Hunter Kennedy who showed us his amazing work two weeks ago is also a leading member of Carluke). So this is a standard of presentation that no member should miss.


Club Meeting 26.09.13

Many thanks to Anita who gave us her very experienced comments on the images brought in by members at our ‘Critique’ evening. There was a wide range of subjects and by opening it up to comments from ‘the floor’  I think it made a constructive and ‘entertaining evening.

If there is enough interest Joe Fowler will be holding a workshop at Southfields on Saturday 5th Oct. – for details and booking contact him on

Calumet are having another ‘Open Day’ on Weds 9th Oct – offering a ‘free’ (they are looking for a small donation for local charity) sensor cleaning service, plus other promotions.             

Charlie Briggs has now arranged the ‘Image Mounting Workshop’ on Tuesday 8th Oct.     7.30-9pm. Put your name on the list on the notice board or remove it if you cannot make that evening. He will e mail you with details etc.

I have planned to run a Photoshop Workshop on Tues. 22nd Oct. 7.30 – 9pm – just come along and bring a laptop if you have one.

I would like to remind members that we will be receiving Colour Print Images at the meeting on 17th October. Two mounted prints per member – you can bring then along on the 10th October if you cannot make the 17th. Please hand them to our Comp. Sec. George Todd. Will everyone make a real effort to put their work in so that we have a good entry for George Neilson to judge on 7th Nov.

Next week we have our first Club Competition where 27 members entered two projected images each which will be judged by Dr Neil Scott who some of you might remember that he gave us a fascinating talk entitled ‘A silk Purse from a Sows Ear’. He also was the judge at last season’s Interclub Competition against Kirkcaldy


Club Meeting 19.09.13

What a treat we had last night, the images presented by Hunter Kennedy were outstanding and his vivid description of how he captured the image and then how he worked on it by his mastery of Photoshop was a real bonus.

Some would say that photography has moved a long way from ‘just out of the camera’ but I think last night proved that by using one’s initiative and the facility of Photoshop a ‘real work of art’ can be created which anyone would be proud to hand on their wall.

It’s no wonder that his qualifications include:-

‘Excellent Federation International Art Photography ‘

‘Member of the Photographic Alliance of GB’

Hunter gave us some guidance on ‘composites’ – ‘ getting background material and using techniques of de-saturating the background and increasing the vibrance it can take away the harshness and give a more ‘pastel colour’ look about it. Reducing  the ‘Opacity’ to let the under image to start to show through – using a large feather  brush to mask the selection, thus taking away the ‘cut & paste’ look and much more.

The absent members really missed out despite my strong recommendation last week.

I mentioned last night that Photoshop has now woken up and are offering the latest Photoshop CC plus Lightroom for £8.78 per month available if you have CS3 plus – this offer is only available until 31.12.13.

If this is of any interest to you have a look at:-

Charlie has now arranged the ‘Print Mounting’ workshop on Tuesday 8th Oct – 7.30-9pm – FR room 4.

If you have not already done so please put your name on the list on the notice board and then Charlie will e mail you will full details.

On this Saturday & Sunday will be the Re-enactment of the Battle of Prestonpans – next to Cockenzie Power Station – main ‘battle’ will be carried out at 3pm on each day.

See web site

I have been setting up a master file for the Digital Projection Comp. to send onto Neil Scott – for those who did not give me their two image last night you can send them as an attachment in an email  to me ( clivemcc@talktalk) over the weekend – so no excuses!!

Next week Critique evening – everyone to bring in a print (mounted or not).






MCC Facebook Page

Due to overwhelming demand (well, one person asked for it) I have created a MCC Facebook page.  You can access this by clicking on the link at the bottom of the home page or by searching for Musselburgh Club on Facebook.  So if you are a Facebook user, please “like” the page, post some photos and add any information about photo opportunities that you think may be of interest to other members.  The page isn’t much to look at at the moment but if we all make good use of it it has the potential to be another useful resource and  another way of promoting the club to non-members.




Digital image competition

Hi All,

As if you needed reminding, submissions for the Digital Image competition are due in on Thursday.  If you are unable to burn images to a disc or copy them to a usb stick then you can email them to and I will send them on to our competition secretary, George Todd.  Images should be sized at 1400 by 1050.

Canon Speedlights 600EXRT

The above named speedlights are the latest and greatest in the Canon speedlight range and a little advice to the other Canon users that might save you some cash.

Only purchase if you have a 2012 or later camera.

I bought one of these to add a second light for portrait work and tried using it grouped with my older speedlight, a Canon 430EXII fired by Pixl King radio transmitters. I also have a very old optical slave speedlight which i add into my mix

Canon cameras allow you to control groups of speedlights from the LCD screen when attached via compatible radio transmitters, and I’d been using mine with 2 speedlights for quite a while but with the new 600′s only one speedlight was showing on screen. I could fire off two, but the settings were being mirrored on each flash instead of how i had used my older ones previously, setting the power to each independently.

I had my new flash checked and it was returned with a note saying it worked perfectly. I blamed my old flash, so stupidly went out and bought another 600, but still the same issue.

I had my 5DMKii checked, it too was in good nic and wasn’t the cause.

A check on good old Youtube brought the answer. These new flashes are only fully compatible with newer cameras in radio mode and don’t function properly with 2nd party radio transmitters, only the Canon built STE3 and only on newer bodies.

My dilema was get shot of the new flashes at a loss or upgrade my camera, which i did but it was an expensive lesson.

The flashes have their own inbuilt radio transmission/recievers and with one attached to the cameras hot shoe you can fully operate the 2nd but to get the full benefit you want to add the ST-E3 radio trigger unit which sits in the hot shoe and lets you set each flash output

You can pair ettl with manual etc but you can’t control the zoom remotely, that needs set on each unit manually.

Another negative the trigger doesn’t have any infrared AF assist, which I find quite bizarre. You can have that by making a switch and having one of the flash in the hot shoe but it kind of defeats the point in paying for the trigger, the only way to keep two flashes off camera in low light is to use a torch for helping with AF, set your focus in manual or get a hot shoe cable attachment and connect to the flashes that way.

An expensive lesson, but the flashes are great and grouping is now easy peasy.

Invitations to post on the website

Hi All,

All members who have paid this year’s subscription and are not currently listed as an author have been sent an invitation to join as an author.  Once you have accepted the invitation, if you have any problems posting please  drop me an email at

John Scott



Club Meeting 12.09.13

I was sorry that I missed Joe’s talk on Thursday, Lynn has advised me that Joe gave a great presentation which was well received by all members.  He spoke about light and composition and how that impacted on your image. To get the best image possible, it is crucial to consider the light, time of day and view point.  He also explained about what judges look for to give a high mark out of 20.  He spoke about varying colour of mounts and how this can make an image more eyecatching and also using letter box presentation.

So there should now be no excuse for not putting your images into the competitions!!

On that point please do not forget to get two digital images onto a CD with the file name only showing your club number followed by the image title and bring it along to the next meeting (Thursday 19.09.12), for the ‘Digital Image Club Competition’.

Next week we have our first major talk by Hunter Kennedy, who is a highly qualified photographer

Hunter Kennedy has been a member of Carluke CC for over 30 years and has held several offices including President. He has taken his photography seriously since 2000 and by 2009 had achieved both EFIAP and MPAGB.

He is a regular supporter of International Salons and is in demand in the UK as a lecturer and judge. Hunter’s main photographic interests are landscape and people, which he prefers not posed or rehearsed, a pure candid shot.

I recommend that all members make an effort to come along and hear him talk and see his amazing prints.




D90 camera

Hi all,

does anybody in the club use a nikon D90 camera.  I need 3 minutes with one to see if it fits in my u/w housing. Dry land experience. If you have and dont mind bringing it into the club it would be a great help.



Club Meeting 05.09.13

Last night at our first meeting of the season it was very pleasing that we had a large number of members renewing their membership and we also had a good number of new potential members, one joined up on the night.

I mentioned a number of items and as a reminder and for those members who could not attend I have set out some details below:-

The syllabus

  • Away club comps – shown in red on syllabus-we will put a list on notice board so that shared transport can be organised -
  • Amendment – Ken Sharp was the set subject winner last year and will be judging(06.02.14)
  • Club Comp submission dates also shown in red on syllabus

Club Comps

“We have club competitions so that there is something to aim for and get an end result which a judge can comment on. Often we do not agree with the comments that some judges make but it is their opinion based on their prejudices, experiences  and the images they have judged over many years.

A second aim for a club is to encourage members to continue to improve so that their images can be selected for submission to Inter- Club Competitions, where we go head to head with others club members.

We need to achieve a good supply of possible images for these competitions. This year we would be grateful if with each print put into the competitions that we are also supplied with a digital copy that can then be put on the Club’s Data Base. Once we have these they can more easily be assessed and advice given to you on possible suggestions in order to improve on the image, based on the judge’s comments and our opinion.

Set up digital files for each subject and slot in ‘possible images’ so that you have a selection to pick from.”

First Comp – digital – entries required on 19th Sept. – will all members look out two images and  have a go – just put them on a CD – please rename the file with your club number and title – if possible resize to 1400 pixels on the longest side.


We have again plans for workshops to be held outside the general meetings and you are always welcome to come along from 7pm on a club meeting where there is always someone who you can discuss any problems etc

We plan to continue with the Photoshop Workshop and Charlie will run an ‘Image Mounting’ workshop – please put your name on the list on the notice board. These workshops need to be ‘self funding’ to pay for room hire and materials (in the region of £2-£3).

Visit to Beeslack CC on Sat 26th Oct – lecture by  Laurie Campbell – details on the  notice board – if interested please put your name on the list – tickets are £10 and they do sell out so we have to get an order in soon.

Tomorrow (Sat 7th Sept.) is Fisherrow Open Day -10-2pm – we will be displaying the ‘Library Image Exhibition’ – so please ‘pop in’ and give your support to the centre.

Next week Joe Fowler will be giving some very useful tips on photography and the best way to start building a portfolio. An opportunity not to be missed!



SPF Audio Visual Presentation Day – Sunday 21st October

The Scottish Photographic Federation is putting on its annual day of presentations about putting sound to your images to make an audiovisual sequence. Several club members do this already but some world class speakers mean it might  well be worth the 45 min trip along the M8 to Bothwell for a Sunday outing. The details are attached



All Camera Clubs affiliated to the  Scottish Photographic Federation with members who have an interest in Audio Visual please note that the 2012 SPF Audio Visual DAY will take place at


on SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER    10.00 am Start.

Please note that this is a change of date from that previously announced. This is due to circumstances outwith our control, and could not be avoided if the AV Day was to go ahead this year. We apologise for any inconvenience this change of date may cause to attendees, but hope you will still be able to attend.

The first session of the day will be devoted entirely for the showing of attendees own sequences.

This is your opportunity to show your latest digital sequence to an appreciative audience, with constructive comments from our guest speakers. If time allows, the audience will be invited to give their comments.

You can send your sequence with your Pre–Booking Slip or bring it on the day. It must be produced in Pic to Exe. or Proshow Gold as an executable file, and be able to run on any computer without additional software requirements, and return to the desktop after showing.  Sequence maximum run time   10.00 mins.

You may send/bring it on CD, Memory stick, or Memory card. Please don’t forget to put your name on it.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that any material recorded on Soundtrack or visually shown is suitably covered against copyright infringements. To show your sequence in public you must have

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Licence, (MCPS) and a Phonographic Performance Licence (PPL). Please remember to complete the licence requirements on the booking slip.

By participating in this AV Day, authors of Audio Visual sequences indemnify the organisers against all and any other action, which may be taken against them by owners of copyrights. The organisers will accept no responsibility in the case of dispute or litigation.


You will find a booking slip and full details of this year’s presenters

Colin Balls Hon FRPS, APAGB and Tony Bramham

on the additional AV Flyer, attached to this email.


If you have any queries regarding the SPF AV Day, please do not hesitate to contact the

SPF Audio Visual Secretary, Bill Barr on

SPF AV Day Speakers 

SPF AV Day Programme 

AV Additional Info & Booking Slip


First Meeting Thursday 5th Sept 2013

Our first meeting of the new season will be on Thursday 5th September and I look forward to us all coming together again and hopefully we will also be able to welcome a good number of new members following our library roving exhibition.

Hundreds of thousands photos are taken every minute thoughout the world thanks to the phone camera and these are then sent everywhere, the overall image quality has improved recently but what about the presentation and thought process that has gone into the picture.

It all comes down to what you want from an image and what you want to do with it and did you enjoy the challenge of taking it.

Therefore if you want more than just taking ‘snaps’ and to make a real hobby out of it, then a camera club is a place where everyone can work together to aim at a higher quality and to have images that can stand out of the ‘crowd’.

MCC is a 100% members club – there is a ten strong committee that will try to organise a programme and assist in it running smoothly, but it is the membership that will make it work and to all work together in achieving continued improved results.

Our syllabus this year has been put together with speakers on specific subjects, but there are mainly meetings which involve our members. Individuals talking about their ‘take’ and enthusiasm, plus involving all members to bring in their images which can be discussed.

We have club competitions so that there is something to aim for and get an end result which a judge can comment on. Often we do not agree with the comments that some judges make but it is there opinion based on their prejudices, experiences  and the images they have judged over many years.

A second aim for a club is to encourage members to continue to improve so that their images can be selected for submission to Inter- Club Competitions, where we go head to head with others club members.

To achieve a good supply of possible images for these competitions, this year we would be grateful if with each print put into the competitions that we are also supplied with a digital copy that can then be put on the Club’s Data Base. Once we have these they can more easily be assessed and advice given to you on possible suggestions in order to improve on the image, based on the judge’s comments and our opinion.

We have again plans for workshops to be held outside the general meetings and you are always welcome to come along from 7pm on a club meeting where there is always someone who you can discuss any problems etc.

See you all on the 5th Sept.

Website Refresh

Hi All,

The website is going through a bit of a refresh at the moment so if you notice strange things happening, don’t worry too much.   I’d welcome ongoing comments on how the website might be developed to make it more interactive so if you have any ideas please let me know.  I have added a MCC Twitter feed so if you are a Twitter user, please follow the club .

John Scott

Festival portraits club trip?

Hi All,

never been up to the festival to get portraits etc but i am keen to give it a try. Anybody wanting to go up as a club group please give me a shout. Interested to learn which equipment and technique is best.