Musselburgh Camera Club

Club Meeting 20.09.12

We had the benefit of Mark Davey from Calumet last night to introduce us into the skills of using ‘Flash Photography’. One of his main points was to, in the main, disregard the ‘speed’ and to select the appropriate ‘aperture’ and focusing depending on the depth of field that we  want.

The easy way is by utilizing TTL (through the lens metering) so that the camera can determine the amount of light required based on the setting you have put in. This should give a balance overall lighting effect, especially for ‘fill in flash’. which can make a selection of an image stand out even in daylight.

However to get it ‘really right’ you need to work on manual and use a separate light meter to take a reading of the area that really matters and set the camera accordingly.

He also showed us some real professional equipment which if you can come up with £6-8 grand and have a strong arm you can have a powerful mobile studio lighting – beyond most of us, but worth knowing about.

Pop into Calumet (address on their web site) this Saturday and save 20% on their own brand equipment.

Next week we have a talk by Rod Wheelans on the PAGB awards – certainly worth coming along to.

When David Howie gets the pre booked tickets for the Charlie Waite talk he will swop them with those who put their names down for the £10 fee.

I have now received 31 entries for the Digital Image Comp. – if anyone else wants to enter, please e mail me two Jpeg images by this Sunday AM at the latest, as I will be sending the final CD to the judge on Monday.

Remember to go along to record some of the ‘Battle of Prestonpans’ this Saturday & Sunday – full details on their web site.

Hope to see you all next week – the tea and biscuits are free, so stay behind after the main meeting and have a chat – just ‘barge in and join a conversation – this is what I do!


Someone looking for darkroom equipment

I don’t know anything about sender of this email but I do know that some  members have been trying to find a home for redundant equipment.

Contact Neil direct via email address


Hi Liz

I found your contact details through the Scottish Photographic Federation website, and I hope you don’t mind me contacting you.  I was wondering if any of your club members had any old darkroom equipment they were looking to pass on to a keen enthusiast wanting to start developing 120 B + W film.
I would be very grateful if you could ask around at your club, and feel free to pass on my email address to anyone wishing to contact me.

Kind regards
Niall Henderson

Battle of Prestonpans Re-enactment 2012


The Battle of Prestonpans will be re-enacted, in full costume, in and around Prestonpans town over the weekend of 22nd /23rd September.  A fun and inspiring event with many photo opportunities. Full details from:

It would be great to have a variety of different images for club shows and competitions.

If any one has any other suggestions/ ideas then post them here on the website.

Glasgow Buildings Photography Competition – great prizes !

Glasgow Landmarks Photographic Competition

 This year Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is teaming up with The Mackintosh Heritage Group to offer you the chance to have your photograph displayed in Glasgow International Airport for a year. You will also have the chance to have your photograph displayed as part of The Creative Mackintosh Festival exhibition in Glasgow Art Club, we are also giving away many of exciting prizes donated by the organisations listed below. All we ask is that you take your best picture of one of Glasgow’s Landmark Buildings. A full list of the buildings can be seen here.

To enter, email your low resolution (1024 x768 max) jpeg photograph to along with your full name, age (optional), contact telephone number, name of Landmark Building & a chosen caption (optional). When sending the email please write ‘Landmarks Photographic Competition’ in the subject box. One entry per person. If you are selected as a finalist, a high resolution image will be requested; details will be given of file size requirements for printing.

The photograph does not have to have been taken during Sept/Oct 2012, please feel free to use existing photos, but they must be all the photographer’s own work. The photographer retains full copyright of their image, however the photographer would be expected to allow The Mackintosh Heritage Group to make use of the image for publicity purposes. However if the images were to be used for any commercial purposes (on cards etc) the group would renegotiate for its use.

Closing Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2012

Look at what you could win…

Two return flights from Glasgow to Barcelona with! 

 Your photography displayed in Glasgow International Airport!

 Your photography as part of The Creative Mackintosh Festival exhibition in Glasgow Art Club!

 Afternoon Tea for four at Willow Tea Rooms!

 Lunch for Two Adults & Two Children at The Art Lovers Café in House for an Art Lover!

 Signed copy of Judith Bower’s Book: Stan Laurel & Other Stars of the Panopticon – The Story of the Britannia Music Hall!

 A pair of tickets to see Scottish Folk Band, Runrig at Barrowland Ballroom!

 A Room with Breakfast at citizenM Hotel!

 A VIP package for Glasgow’s International Airport including priority access through security, fast track parking & access to the Glasgow Airport exclusive SkyLounge!

 Boozy Snoozy lunch for four at Blythswood Square Hotel!

 Two pairs of tickets for a film of your choice at Glasgow Film Theatre!

 Afternoon Tea at The Grand Central Hotel!

 Mackintosh Goodie Bag from The Hunterian Art Gallery!

 A year’s membership of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society!

 Roger Billcliffes’s book “Visiting Charles Rennie Mackintosh



First Club Meeting of the Season 6th Sept.

I was pleased to welcome everyone and especially to a good number of  prospective members who have come along tonight.

We have an interesting and challenging syllabus this season taking us through each Thursday evening until the middle of April.

All clubs and organizations whether it is sport, cultural, craft or horticulture etc, do have some area of competition where  members have something to work towards  and have their effort judged.

Whether it is an umpire, ref or judge – although there are rules they all have their own interpretation of their subject and it is very easy to criticize their judgement.

We have five  competitions this year – the purpose of having these is to have something to work towards and to develop one’s skills and have comments made on our efforts, even if you do not agree with them they usually have some elements that if taken on board can add to our photographic development.

There are  always certain people who have that extra talent and will come out on top, so winning is not the purpose of this club’s competitions.

So as they say ‘it is the journey and the experience’ that really matters and brings its own rewards.

Building on one’s skills, enjoying  this splendid  hobby and creating that image which  is above the average is what matters.

We all work together as a team – and if you need any advise there is always someone in the club that will help you – just ask.

We rent this room from 7pm so there is an opportunity to have some training in the half hour prior to the meeting, so if you need help or want someone to look at some of you pictures. then let me know and I will arranged for one of our more experienced members to spend some time with you.

Our meeting on the 22nd Nov. will be held at Beeslack CC at Penicuik, where Charlie Waite the Landscape photographer will give a lecture. This is a ticketed event ( £10) and we have asked for 20 tickets, which we have  to pay for in advance. Therefore I have put up a notice on the notice board, so if you would like to go please put your name down or send me an e mail and David will collect the money from you over next couple of weeks.

Del is still not yet mobile and we again send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery as we need him back at the club – so we ask Anita to send our best wishes to him and hope he is back soon.

Last night we had an introduction to Photoshop Elements, a demonstration of mounting prints and advice on printing and the types of photo paper to use. Again if anyone wishes for more help or information’ please let me know and I will arrange for someone to help you.

Hope to see you all next week.


Port Edgar Yacht Club Regatta this weekend

Port Edgar Yacht Club Regatta is happening on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September – this weekend. Port Edgar is a busy yacht club based in the marina just to the west of South Queensferry. Racing is due to start at 11am on Saturday (weather permitting), but may be earlier if there are large numbers of entries. Full information on their website

Opportunity for shots of sailing boats racing with a backdrop of the  Forth Bridges or from the west walkway of the Forth Road Bridge recently reopened to the public ?

MCC member contact:

SPF Audiovisual Day – 21st October

The Scottish Photographic Federation is putting on its annual audiovisual day on Sunday 21st October. If you’d like to learn how to put sound to your images or to improve your existing skills, then the world class speakers they have lined up should make this a worthwhile 45 min trip along the M8 to Bothwell.  Details and booking forms will be available at the first Club meeting on Thursday September 6th.



Stills Gallery Autumn Photography Courses

Stills Gallery in Cockburn Street in Edinburgh has just published its autumn programme of courses in Digital Photography, Black and White Photography, Photoshop, Portraits, Environmental Photography etc. They are short weekend course or evening classes and are repeated between now and Christmas.The premises are centrally located and comfortable and the photo – editing equipment is pretty new. The fees are a bit pricey but compared to a new bit of equipment not so bad – how about learning how to use some of that expensive gear !  

For more information go to or call 0131 622 6200



Club Meeting 29.03.12

On Thursday we had the opportunity to see the 2011 winning entries of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, where MCC came 37th out of 400 large clubs that entered.There was a range of subject matter and in the first section there was quite a number of ‘composite’ images where there has been a great reliance on Photoshop. These are challenging and are basically artistic and if one has the time and inclination then there is some credit in them.

However the second section of images were more ‘straight’ photographic images which the majority of us prefer and in fact the top three winning clubs were nearly all of this type. Much can be learnt from seeing a good selection of work where we can get inspiration and help us to strive to continue to improve our output. But as always enjoy what you do and if you (and your granny) like your work then don’t worry about what the ‘judges say’!

We are still missing images from about ten members for the Library Exhibition, so if you have not yet brought an image in then please sort one out so that we can truly have a display that fully represent the MCC members.

Next Thursday we are again visiting Beeslack so either go straight there or meet up at the Fisherrow leaving there at 6.45pm.

The following week, Thursday 12th April will be the last meeting of this season, although we will be organisation monthly summer outside shoots, details in due course. We will be having our AGM followed by the Trophy presentations and then a social ‘get together’ afterwards. So please make a real effort to come along and hear about what we have been up to and what is in store for members starting in the next session in September.

Charlie and I visited Del yesterday and we were able to ‘waffle’ away which for the period we were there helped to take Del’s mind off of his pain and discomfort which he was most grateful. Del has done so much for the club and is such a talented and great person, so please try to make some time and go along and see him. Visiting times are 3-5pm and 7-8.30pm and he is in ward 18. Anita can be contacted on

For better communication to all members we wish to rely on the ‘Post’ on the web site, where if you sign up to it you will get an automatic e-mail notification from the web site as to a new post. If you have not yet ‘signed up’, and you are not sure how to do it e-mail Rob McCann on (as shown on the front page of the syllabus) and he will put you on.

Regards to all


Winnie Stevenson Talk – Lantern Slide Enthusiast

Sounds interesting…

Hello Musselburgh Camera Club,

Lantern slide enthusiast Winnie Stevenson will entertain us with a blast from the past using original Victorian equipment to present her Phantasmagoria – The Traditional Magic Lantern Show.

Winnie will be giving her presentation

at the Mid Calder Camera Club on   Wednesday March 28th 2012 at 7:30 PM. We meet at The Institute Hall, Market Street, Mid Calder EH53 OAL (opposite Tonino’s Takeaway and The Black Bull).

Admission is £2 and will include tea, coffee, and biscuits.

In case of a possible bad weather cancellation, check the website or contact me.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely yours,

Debra Mills

Communications Secretary

Tel: 01506 204700 or 07905 519592

Club Meeting 08.03.12

A big thank you to George Smith and John Napier who were kind enough to show us a selection of the photographs they enjoy taking. A good selection of landscape, wildlife and flowers, amongst other things, were displayed and John even put together a great AV of Musselburgh in snow.

The club has a copy of the AV software John recommended, Pro Show Gold, so please ask if you are interested in taking a look and having a go at making your own AV.

We plan to have more nights like this next session so if you would like the opportunity to share your shots with other members then please leave a comment below this post or speak to one of the committee members. It would be great to get everyone on board even if it’s just for a 10 minute talk.

There is another chance to receive constructive feedback from some of the more experienced members this Thursday so please bring along one image (mounted or unmounted).

Please also bring along a couple of prints you’d like to be considered for the summer library exhibition and hand them to John Knox or Charlie Briggs. We will then choose the most appropriate ones that hopefully will be varied and fit the space available. They can be A4 and mounted on black card with a title and your club number on the back.

See you all Thursday.


Club Meeting 01.03.12

We had nearly fifty people attending our joint meeting with the Musselburgh Art Club last night which proved to be fascinating experience.
Dell with his tremendous knowledge of both photography and artistic skill discussed the thirty paintings and prints images.
Both seemed to have the same characteristics and elements that make up an image that ‘speaks’ to the viewer.
Positioning, colour combination, originality and avoiding elements in the image that distracts from the main subject were all relevant in creating a quality product.

Thanks to Malcolm Roberts who put in a good article and picture relating to MCC in this week’s East Lothian Courier, page 16.

Library Exhibition - From May to   September we will be holding our annual display which will tour seven libraries in East Lothian.
This year I would like to see that it contains a print image from each member of the club (subject to available space).
Thus showing the general public the full range of work and experience achieved by members, so that they can relate to them and hopefully be interested in coming along to the club next season.
We need up to two prints from every member mounted, if possible on black mounts as the lighter ones do tend to get a bit ‘grubby’ by the time they have done the rounds.We will then choose the most appropriate ones that hopefully will be varied and fit the space available.

You can use any prints that you have – if you want to improve on them based on comments and guidance made so much the better. If you are reprinting, try to keep to A4 size, suitable mounted, as they will take up less room and allow more prints being shown.

Please bring in your prints over the next few weeks and give them to John Knox or Charlie Briggs, but please aim to have them with us by 29th March, remembering that 22nd of March we are away at Beeslack. Please put a title on the back with your club number.
So please give us your full co operation  so that we can really make a good show of our efforts made during the year.

On the 22nd March we are visiting Beeslack Camera Club at Penicuik, so there will not be a meeting at Fisherrow – I have put a list on the notice board, please put your name on it if you are planning to go to Beeslack so that we can organise  transport ( car sharing)
Meet at Fisherrow car park 6.45pm

Next week – we have John Napier and George Smith who will give us a presentation on ‘Pictures that they enjoy taking’.

I shall be away for the next three meetings, so Joe Fowler will be ‘Master of Ceremonies’.

I will be back again for the meeting on the 29th March and am looking forward to seeing ‘a large pile of prints’.



Club Meeting 23.02.12

What an excellent evening we had last night with our inter-club competition against Haddington, who brought along a good number of members to see how Charlie Summers would judge the ten prints and ten projected images per club.

The standard of the entries were very high and the majority of the images were awarded 17 points, ending in only 6 points between the clubs in respect of the print images.
However Musselburgh edged ahead with the projected images and ‘won the evening’.

Owing to the high standard  it is now nice to hear about what a judge likes about the images rather than a multitude of obvious areas which need improving.
Charlie did manage to give pointers where some could be improved but I think that he found the task some what challenging.So our thanks go to him for all the work he put in and hope that he will agree to come again sometime in the future.

Next week we have ‘An evening with the Musselburgh Art Club’  this is not a competition but Del will comment on the art work and how our images reflect art.
Following my e mail of yesterday, please bring along one of your images that can be selected for this exercise. As this is not a competition it does not matter if
you have used it in other comps. or want to use it next year, the more ‘arty’ the image the better.

We are waiting to hear how many are coming from the Art Club, so we might use the room 32 next week, so if you find no lights on in our usual room keep going up the corridor.