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
Exposing Your Camera in Manual
Cameras and Lenses
Camera Modes and Exposure Compensation
Raw vs Jpeg
Cameras and Filters
Introduction to Lighting
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.
At the Management Committee meeting yesterday we took the difficult decision to cancel the Spring Exhibition. We hope that this is only a postponement until the autumn. I know the amount of effort that all of you who have entered have already put into your work and, from the plans that I have seen this promised to be one of the best Spring Exhibitions ever which I hope will be on display then! Thank you for all your support!
A Special Meeting of the Club Management Committee was held this evening to discuss the implications of the evolving Corona virus and being mindful of the Government advice issued this afternoon that everyone should avoid social contact in pubs, clubs, theatres etc. In the circumstances and with great regret the Management Committee had no choice but to determine that the Club be closed with immediate effect. This closure will last until the end of the current programme year at least.
We will continue to monitor the rapidly changing virus situation and the Government/medical advice on how best to deal with it. We all hope to be able to resume our Club activities as soon as it is safe to do so, hopefully in the Autumn.
This is a great disappointment to all of us but the health and welfare of all members has to be our primary concern, particularly in a situation where the elderly are most at risk. Further information on the Spring Exhibition, Annual Exhibition and the scheduled AGM will be issued in due course and we will endeavour to resume a normal programme as soon as we are able.
In the meantime stay safe, be mindful of Government and medical advice and enjoy the sunshine (if we ever get any). With best wishes for a healthy summer and beyond.
An Exhibition of work from the Image Circle will be held at the Oxmarket, Chichester from 24th March to 5th April. The Image Circle comprises 5 photographers including Alan Frost from our Club. The gallery is open from 10am to 4.30 every day apart from Monday 30th March. Entry is free
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Richard (Dick) Smith – a lovely man who was a great asset to the Club and who very much appreciated his time with us.
I spoke to his wife, Marilyn, this morning to pass on our condolences. Apparently he had deteriorating kidneys which recently required some dialysis and that put too much of a strain on his heart.
Marilyn has sent me some details about Dick’s funeral to be held at 12 noon on Thursday 2nd April at St Peter’s Church, Selsey (PO20 0NA). She says that all are welcome whether you knew him well or just wanted to pay your respects and please feel free to wear light and cheerful colours as that was his wish.
Afterwards there will be a wake at 5pm at Selsey Golf Club, Golf Links Lane, Selsey (PO20 9DR). Again all are welcome. Ahead of the funeral Marily would welcome any reminiscences or anecdotes that you may have about him or any photos as she hopes to have a display of photos at the event. Perhaps you could channel those through me.
We have received advice from Chichester City Council about the implications of the Corona Virus if bookings have to be cancelled. As part of that guidance the Council emphasised that good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent infection and that if someone is feeling even slightly unwell it is best to stay away.
The Management Committee will continue to monitor Government and Health Service advice about sensible precautions to take and take action as necessary but in the meantime we intend to continue the Club programme as is.
Hopefully you will already have got your forms for this event! If not they are available on the website. One thing we forgot to add is that you can put in up to 6 PDIs in the usual manner and this is free of charge! These are separate from your print images.
It is with great sadness that we learned that past President of the RPS, Walter Benzie, had lost his long battle with cancer.
Glyn Edmunds remembers Walter, noting that a bright light has dimmed.
“He was a very perceptive and popular judge who had visited the club on several occasions. Not that many years ago he was our Guest of Honour at the Saturday Dinner at North Mundham. I recall his comment about trying to improve the RPS, ‘there’s lots of blood on the floor, mostly mine!’
At two of our recent Annual Exhibitions in the Assembly Room, he came along to say a few words, open the exhibition and present the prizes. Being so local he was very happy to stand in for our Exhibition Selector who lived too far away to attend the Opening.
He was an accountant by profession. Just when he was thinking about cutting back his partner, with whom he set up the practice, died suddenly in his fifties.
Walter passed away quietly in a local nursing home.
His cheerful persona and ready smile will be greatly missed from Tangmere.
There are no details yet of the funeral arrangements.”
Walter Benzie was our guest of honour at the Annual Exhibition in 2017 while he was President of the RPS
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.