Musselburgh Camera Club

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.

Workshops

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!

Clive

 


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

SCOTTISH PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION

AUDIO VISUAL DAY 2012

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

ST. BRIDES CHURCH HALL, FALLSIDE ROAD, BOTHWELL, G71 8BA

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 billbarrav@sky.com

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.

Cheers

Mike


Festival portrait/candid shots

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.

Cheers

Mike


This post has come from one of the

This post has come from one of the groups I belong to on Facebook, you may want to check with the Waverley Station for confirmation of times and vantage points enroute

A wee reminder that the A1 Steam Locomotive ‘Tornado’ (in its shiny new blue livery) is due to arrive in Waverley Station at 1540 on Tuesday 11th June, it’s coming from Newcastle so to the East of the station. Possible photo ops…maybe Regent Rd, Abbeyhill/mount, for an Arthurs Seat backdrop? Jacobs Ladder for a birds eye view or of course in the station itself (which will undoubtedly be packed with ‘spotters’)

 

hope it’s of use to some of you


Tuesday Post processing groups- going forward

Dear all

I’ve been heartened at the general turnout for the group- I estimate that we’ve had between a third and  half of all individual club members come along at different times over the 4 sessions.  

One of the main issues for me is that I’m not a photoshop expert, nor a teacher- on this basis I look at what I want to do and try to find a means of covering that at the groups.  That will only work for so long and to make it relevant going forward it would help to have feedback from you on what you would like from a post processing workshop.  That would be topics, tasks, level of expertise, how the workshops are approached- anything really that will maintain interest and help us all improve our post processing skills.

If you could provide your comments through the website in response to this post then that will let everyone see what is being asked for and feed from others thoughts.

Next workshop is planned for 3rd Thursday in September- 19th September I make it and I’d like some time over the summer to prepare for this.

Jim Tod

 

 


Photoshop

It seems Adobe are going to hold photographers to ransom. The next version of CS will only be available on Cloud. This will mean subscription and no facility to buy outright. No matter what excuse Adobe give it is obvious what this means. If you have an already released version of Photoshop then that’s the version you stay with unless you sign on for Cloud membership when it starts. For now Elements and Lightroom are not affected but for how long will that be the case?


FOR SALE

Nikon D90 Body Boxed with caps battery charger manual and all the bits. thought i would offer it to a club member first at a reduced price before EBAY. Condition is Mint with glass protectors on both screens.
£290 I also have a 18-70 lens but im happy to hold onto that but if you are interested let me know. Im upgrading hence the sale.
Mike


Club Meeting 18.04.13

Last night brought our current weekly session to an end with our AGM taking place and the presentation of trophies to the members who achieved the highest marks in the club competitions.

We had a number of new officers and committee members voted onto the committee, so I am looking forward to working with them and developing new ideas etc to make further improvements to the club.

Congratulation to all the trophy winners, details will soon be on the web site, together with a group ‘mug shot’.

The syllabus has been set up for next session, with the first meeting starting on Thursday 5th of September, details are on the web site. We hope that you will find it of interest and for it to be an aid to develop your interest and skills in this fascinating hobby of photography.

Meantime we will continue with our workshops, with the next Photoshop Workshop on Tuesday 21st May. Please make an effort to attend this as impute is required to see how this workshop can be developed further, Jim Todd has some training videos that we would like to ‘lend’ to you. So please do not miss out on this opportunity. If you cannot make this date, please let me have your ideas as to the way forward, members impute is vital.

Other dates for your diary:-

            Joe Fowler is running further workshops on the last Saturday of each month at Southfields Stationers – the first on 27th April 10-Noon. If you are interest or want more details contact him on:- fingalfowler@aol.com.

            The Museum of Flight at East Fortune are holding another ‘Wartime Experience’

            on Sunday 12th May – a great photo opportunity. See their web site:-

            http://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/museum_of_flight.aspx

For those who are not on the library rota, please visit one of the libraries, details on the web site under ‘Coming Up’

The Set Subject competition subjects were voted on last night with:-

            Colour Print              Street photography.

            Digital Projection     Night photography

So with festival coming up there will be plenty of material to work at. Please also start to think about the other club competitions, details on the web. With a camera and a little imagination start to fill the ‘cards’ and with the help of the workshops start to craft some satisfying images, but best of all – enjoy what you are doing.

I will try to keep in touch as ideas and opportunities arise.

Clive


Club Meeting 11.04.13

I hope that some members picked up a few ideas and motivation to develop their skill in respect of macro photography. An interesting aspect which takes patience and an aim to get full and sharp detail of the subject, it just takes a bit of initative and experiment.

Next week will be the last meeting of this session, so if you have not yet done so, please bring in a couple of prints for consideration for  the library exhibition.

On next Tuesday 16th April will be a further Photoshop Workshop, well worth coming along to, no need to book, just turn up, with a laptop if you have one.

Our last meeting on Thursday 18th April will be in two parts, the first being the statutory AGM. We strive to make all members to be fully part of the club so please make an effort to attend. Also members will be asked to come up with two subjects for the ‘Set Subject’ competition, so please give this some though and make your suggestions at the meeting which will then be voted on.

The second part of the meeting will be the presentation to the club’s winning members of trophies and medals, followed by ‘some nibbles’.

So I look forward to seeing full support and turnout of members.

 

Clive

 


Club Meeting 04.04.13

We welcomed Kirkcaldy Camera Club last night for our annual inter-club competition. Neil Scott – who gave us such an interesting & enlightening talk in January on his topic ‘A silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear’, was the judge. Owing to the distance involved Neil agreed to judge the images ‘on the hoof’, so ‘first impressions’ was what was going to count.

There were ten prints and ten projected images from each club and although Neil said that they were all of high standard, he was going to judge them against each other and therefore the marks would be awarded on the basis of quality of the better images. This would result in some images getting a lower mark if they had been marked on their own merits.

The end result was that Musselburgh received five marks more for the projected images but fell behind in the prints, thus Kirkcaldy CC took first place with a total of 334 points to MCC’s of 322.

Liz and her team had provided a ‘winning’ layout of refreshments, so we were able to give a high quality of hospitality to the victors.

Next week I propose do a session on macro photography – a brief Power Point and then a workshop. Please bring along your camera and a tripod.

Also if you have any camera equipment you want to sell, bring it along and perhaps members may be interested – I suggest that you put a label on it with your name and club number, so items do not get mixed up. It will be up to you to do the ‘negotiation’ and ‘sales pitch’.

Joe has arranged the visit to the Deer Park this Sunday – if you want to go along please send an e mail to him – fingalfowler@aol.com – regarding arrangements.

The next Photoshop Workshop will be held on Tuesday 16th April, so please come along as we all need to raise our skills  so that we can produce more ‘winning images’.

Clive


Photo Opportunities re Street Photography

Simon Wilkinson has drawn up a list of events that could be interesting and some are a real challenge – take care with the rallies.

SOME UPCOMING EVENTS

STREET/NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY:

Beltane Fire Festival at Calton  Hill 21.00hrs Tuesday 30th April 2013

http://beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com/

STREET PHOTGRAPHY/DEMO:

99% AGAINST AUSTERITY – Protest against Government Austerity cuts, meeting at St Andrews Sq, Edin on 4th May 2013 at 12.00hrs for demo and March. 2500 invited, Police estimate approx. 300 attendees. Can be found on Facebook if you have an account

MISC:

British Scooter Assoc meet at Kelso, Scottish Borders25-27th May 2013 Large National meet with eclectic mix of characters and machines, might be worth a look if you’re in the area.

SPORTING/MISC/PEOPLE:

Edinburgh Marathon Festival, 26th May 2013 a world class event attracting 20,00 people and finishing at Musselburgh 2nd largest competitor  sport event outside the London Marathon, apparently!

http://www.edinburgh-marathon.com/

SPORTING EVENT:

Jim Clark Rally, Duns ,Scottish Borders 31st May-2nd June part of British Rally Championships several classes and locations around Berwickshire, worthwhile if you’re a petrol head!!

http://www.jimclarkrally.com/

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY/DEMO:

Scottish Defence League rally/march an unsavoury bunch with strong political feelings that attract counter demonstrators, who are just as opinionated  and can be just as unsavoury. Big Police commitment that can sometimes be a non-event. Venue and time T.B.C. scheduled for 1st June 2013 due to council stalling on granting permission, (Democracy in Action!) Again web access through Facebook. Link to BBC coverage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-18218128

ART/PEOPLE:

3 Harbours Festival at various venues in Prestonpans. Cockenzie & Port Seton from 1st-5th June 2013

http://www.3harbours.co.uk/events-day-by-day/

MISC/PEOPLE:

Royal Highland Show 20th-26th June 2013 at Ingleston lots of people and lots of cows, tractors to if that’s your thing!

http://royalhighlandshow.org/

SPORTING EVENT:

British Open Golf Championships at Muirfield, lots of people, lots of traffic, lots of men in strange outfits and costs lots of money. 14th-21st July 2013.

http://www.theopen.com/

 


Club Meeting 18.04.13

Last night brought our current weekly session to an end with our AGM taking place and the presentation of trophies to the members who achieved the highest marks in the club competitions.

We had a number of new officers and committee members voted onto the committee, so I am looking forward to working with them and developing new ideas etc to make further improvements to the club.

Congratulation to all the trophy winners, details will soon be on the web site, together with a group ‘mug shot’.

The syllabus has been set up for next session, with the first meeting starting on Thursday 5th of September, details are on the web site. We hope that you will find it of interest and for it to be an aid to develop your interest and skills in this fascinating hobby of photography.

Meantime we will continue with our workshops, with the next Photoshop Workshop on Tuesday 21st May. Please make an effort to attend this as impute is required to see how this workshop can be developed further, Jim Todd has some training videos that we would like to ‘lend’ to you. So please do not miss out on this opportunity. If you cannot make this date, please let me have your ideas as to the way forward, members impute is vital.

Other dates for your diary:-

            Joe Fowler is running further workshops on the last Saturday of each month at Southfields Stationers – the first on 27th April 10-Noon. If you are interest or want more details contact him on:- fingalfowler@aol.com.

            The Museum of Flight at East Fortune are holding another ‘Wartime Experience’

            on Sunday 12th May – a great photo opportunity. See their web site:-

            http://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/museum_of_flight.aspx

For those who are not on the library rota, please visit one of the libraries, details on the web site under ‘Coming Up’

The Set Subject competition subjects were voted on last night with:-

            Colour Print              Street photography.

            Digital Projection     Night photography

So with festival coming up there will be plenty of material to work at. Please also start to think about the other club competitions, details on the web. With a camera and a little imagination start to fill the ‘cards’ and with the help of the workshops start to craft some satisfying images, but best of all – enjoy what you are doing.

I will try to keep in touch as ideas and opportunities arise.

Clive


Club Meeting 11.04.13

I hope that some members picked up a few ideas and motivation to develop their skill in respect of macro photography. An interesting aspect which takes patience and an aim to get full and sharp detail of the subject, it just takes a bit of initative and experiment.

Next week will be the last meeting of this session, so if you have not yet done so, please bring in a couple of prints for consideration for  the library exhibition.

On next Tuesday 16th April will be a further Photoshop Workshop, well worth coming along to, no need to book, just turn up, with a laptop if you have one.

Our last meeting on Thursday 18th April will be in two parts, the first being the statutory AGM. We strive to make all members to be fully part of the club so please make an effort to attend. Also members will be asked to come up with two subjects for the ‘Set Subject’ competition, so please give this some though and make your suggestions at the meeting which will then be voted on.

The second part of the meeting will be the presentation to the club’s winning members of trophies and medals, followed by ‘some nibbles’.

So I look forward to seeing full support and turnout of members.

 

Clive

 


Club Meeting 04.04.13

We welcomed Kirkcaldy Camera Club last night for our annual inter-club competition. Neil Scott – who gave us such an interesting & enlightening talk in January on his topic ‘A silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear’, was the judge. Owing to the distance involved Neil agreed to judge the images ‘on the hoof’, so ‘first impressions’ was what was going to count.

There were ten prints and ten projected images from each club and although Neil said that they were all of high standard, he was going to judge them against each other and therefore the marks would be awarded on the basis of quality of the better images. This would result in some images getting a lower mark if they had been marked on their own merits.

The end result was that Musselburgh received five marks more for the projected images but fell behind in the prints, thus Kirkcaldy CC took first place with a total of 334 points to MCC’s of 322.

Liz and her team had provided a ‘winning’ layout of refreshments, so we were able to give a high quality of hospitality to the victors.

Next week I propose do a session on macro photography – a brief Power Point and then a workshop. Please bring along your camera and a tripod.

Also if you have any camera equipment you want to sell, bring it along and perhaps members may be interested – I suggest that you put a label on it with your name and club number, so items do not get mixed up. It will be up to you to do the ‘negotiation’ and ‘sales pitch’.

Joe has arranged the visit to the Deer Park this Sunday – if you want to go along please send an e mail to him – fingalfowler@aol.com – regarding arrangements.

The next Photoshop Workshop will be held on Tuesday 16th April, so please come along as we all need to raise our skills  so that we can produce more ‘winning images’.

Clive


Club Meeting 21.03.13

The last internal club competition was held last night. The set subject this year was ‘Abstract/quirky ‘ Our last year’s winner, Jennifer Davidson, took a lot of time in studying the 28 entries and gave her judicious views and opinion on each entry, all of which showed a high standard of initiative and imagination.

Following a difficult task Jenifer picked out the three winners, awarding first prize to Ken Sharp, with his inspiring image of a seat, second place to Anita Nutter, with an alternative view of the ‘Bass Rock’ and Rob Wilson in third place with  an intriguing pattern.

Next week Members look forward to hearing how the ‘Works of Art’ were thought up and creatted .

On Thursday the 4th April, we have the inter club competition with Kirkcaldy Camera Club, They will have at least a three hour round trip to visit us, so please make an effort to come along and support us and show them what a fantastic and vibrant club we have.

The ‘volunteer’ list is on the notice board for the six library exhibitions starting in May, so please choose a ‘spot’ and in addition will everyone look out a printed image that can be used in the exhibition, so that it shows a good cross section of the club’s work.

Clive


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