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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.

Spring Exhibition

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!

Temporary Closure of the Camera Club

To All Camera Club members

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.

Mike

Dick Smith

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.

A sad day – he will be much missed.

Mike

Corona Virus

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.

Spring Exhibition

It’s now a 3 weeks away and I hope all is going well.

I will need your statements (by email) and hanging plans (as a printed hard copy) by 12th march . If any new members need any help please ask either your mentor or one of us.

We will be looking for other help for the weekend in the near future including raffle prizes (worth £5 or more) and homemade cakes (much nearer the time!)

We will be organising Dinner at the Walnut Tree in Runcton for the Saturday evening to which all are invited. There will be more information next week.

Walter Benzie HonFRPS

 
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