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AGM Reminder

The AGM will be held at 7:30 this coming Thursday 21st May. All the papers were circulated to members individually and the recent Newsletter of 5th May provided a link to Dropbox where all the papers are stored.

The quorum for the AGM is a minimum of 36 members and the access codes to log onto the Zoom meeting are listed under the ‘Programme’ part of the website. Please make every effort to log on.

I hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday

Papers for AGM

Everyone should have received an email giving details about the AGM. This will be held via a Zoom conference call at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st May 2020. There are 9 papers for the meeting and these were all attached to the email sent to you yesterday.

Some members may find it easier to access this material via Dropbox and all the attachments can be found by clicking the link below –

Please make every effort to attend the Zoom meeting so that we meet quorum requirements and can take decisions on all the matters under consideration.

Login details to access the meeting will be sent out nearer the time.

Club Flickr Activity

The Club has had a successful of re-start to using its CCC Flickr Group page, with a number of members linking in and submitting images over the last two weeks. The first Fortnightly Photo Theme ended with some good wrap-up thoughts from the guest commentator, Jan Davis.
The 2nd Fortnightly Photo Theme round, “Bloomin’ Marvelous”, is now open for members to submit floral-related images, ranging from garden scenes to still-life of flowers, blossoms and so forth. Ideally, the images are from this year.
A new thread has been posted, called Creative Challenge. This round is “Photography Imitates Art”. The idea is for photographers to interpret one or more known pieces of artwork into a photogrpah of their own. The original and the member’s creation should be shown side-by-side for viewers to appreciate.  Creations can be serious re-interpretations to parody.  
Both threads will run in parallel for the next two weeks. 
No image on these threads is being judged — it’s for all friendly enjoyment!
Everyone has the choice to participatie in either one or both of them, and to share more than one image. 
For anyone who has not yet joined us on the Club’s Flickr site, you are very welcome to participate regardless of skill level. We see this as a very useful image exhibiting platform for Club members, especially during this lockdown period.Our site’s admin. team are available to help with any IT questions.

AGM 21st May 2020

The AGM will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday 21st May. The original idea was to hold the meeting via correspondence but with all of us getting technologically competent with Zoom it will be held as a virtual meeting with full participation and discussion and the proceedings recorded. Papers will be circulated to members by the beginning of May at the latest.

There is provision within the Constitution for members to make their own proposals for inclusion in the AGM Agenda. All such proposals must be submitted to the Secretary in writing, not later than 21 days before the AGM date, duly signed by both proposer and seconder.

You will be aware that at the EGM held on 21st November 2019 it was agreed that the quorum for an AGM would be 25% of the registered membership (currently 37) so please make every effort to log in and attend. Further details to follow.

Revised Summer ProgrAmme

Many thanks to Mike Harris and Jeff Owen for putting together and delivering our first on -line full Club meeting yesterday. There were 46 Members who overcame the mysteries of Zoom to participate and discuss potential progamme subjects while we are all in lockdown and all were asked to consider and let us know if you have any other suggestions of what we might do. Mike reported on the detail of all this in the last Newsletter.

Mike has now been able to finalise speakers and dates for our revised summer programme and this will be as follows:

April 16th        Janey Devine,        ‘Celebrating British Life Today’.
April 23rd        Live Club/Inter PDI Competition – judge Daan Olivier

30th April John Bradshaw – title to be determined
May 14th        Glyn Edmunds        ‘From Analogue to Instagram with Huawai’.
May 21st        AGM
May 28th        Pete Bamforth        ‘O to be in Scotland now that Covids Here’.    

All will be delivered on-line through Zoom. This platform is being used extensively by many organisations as a cheap and effective way of conducting meetings on-line though there are some security and privacy issues that are raised from time to time. It is very important therefore that if you choose to participate in Zoom meetings that you ensure your computer system anti-virus systems are effective and up to date and specifically please read the new Security Notice found at the top of the Home Page on the Club website

In addition to main Club meetings on Thursdays we are also offering sub group meetings: a very successful PAGB group meeting was held on 6th April, Richard Ryder has written a separate post on the next Digital group meeting included in this Newsletter and further events are planned for the Print group and possibly others. Do participate to make the very best of this dreadful lockdown situation.

More Club SUccesses

Despite the Coronavirus, judging of the SCPF Leagues took place due to Jean Brooks efforts and are now published  and I am pleased to say that  Chichester CC did rather well:

We won the Print League: 1st place Chichester with 49 points; 2nd Southampton with 48 points; 3rd Basingstoke with 46 points.

The Club came 2nd in the PDI League: 1st New Forest with 60 points; 2nd Chichester with 55 points; 3rd Winchester with 44  points.

Well done to all those members who supplied images and to the Selection Committee for choosing the most appropriate images to maximise our chances of success.

Offer from Photography News

Hello! Are you a camera club member? If so, this message – and exclusive offer – is just for you

I do hope you and your camera club colleagues are faring well in these challenging times. We know most clubs have stopped meeting face to face and aim to start up again for the new season in September. This leaves us with a dilemma as we have been sending multiple copies to chairpersons homes for distribution during camera club gatherings.

During this period of lockdown and uncertainty, we would like to offer UK camera club members a free monthly copy of Photography News sent direct to them. Please can you inform all your camera club colleagues about this offer and if individuals wish to take us up on it, all they have to do is email hello@bright-publishing.com with ‘PN free offer’ and their club’s name in the subject line. They will be then added to the mailing list.

To receive the next issue, members must email us by 14 April to ensure they are put on the mailing list in time. They will then receive every subsequent issue on a monthly basis by post, until we return to some semblance of normality.

Just to confirm, members’ details will only be used for this free PN offer during this difficult period and will not be used for any form of marketing or passed on to any third party. Please note, this offer is for UK camera club members with UK addresses only. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line.

Your sincerely,

Will Cheung, Editor

Free On-Line Photography Course

John Marsh has received details of a free on-line photography course available now for Chichester members. The details are:

For those members who are still at an early stage of their skills development, or even for intermediate photographers who perhaps want to brush up on their knowledge, there is an excellent offer on-line from a photography tutorials business named Fstoppers.

Fstoppers offer a range of tutorial programmes which users can purchase, but for the next two weeks they are offering their foundation course, “Photography 101” completely free. This normally costs $99, so it’s a pretty good deal.

The course modules cover the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Cameras
  • Exposure Triangle
  • Exposing Your Camera in Manual
  • Cameras and Lenses
  • Metering Modes
  • Camera Modes and Exposure Compensation
  • Tripods
  • White Balance
  • Raw vs Jpeg
  • Focus
  • Focal Length
  • Cameras and Filters
  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Flash
  • Shooting in the Field
  • Introduction to Photoshop with Pratik Naik
  • Post Processing Practice with Lee

As you can see, it’s pretty comprehensive and should fill quite a few hours of your enforced isolation.

You can see further details of the course and find the download links here: https://fstoppers.com/photography-101-how-to-use-your-digital-camera-and-edit-photos-in-photoshop

Note: The downloads add up to just over 10Gb, which will take some time, so try running these overnight.

Crouch Shield Results

We have just received communication about the results of the Crouch Shield. The live judging of images had to be cancelled but they have managed to get them all judged remotely. I am pleased to say that Chichester came in first place with 145 points, 2 points in front of 2nd placed Henfield. 3 of the images scored a maximum of 20 points: Alyssia Newman by ANdy Dulson; It’s a Dog’s Life by Lorna Brown and Port in a Storm by Jim Munday.

Well done to all. Another ‘trophy’ for our collection