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Zoom Club Night Thursday 9th April 7:30pm

Hi all, Mike Harris here your Chair for next year.

Firstly a great big hello to all of you and I sincerely hope you are all well and coping with the constraints of this horrible lock down. I’ve cleaned my car more than once, decorated what I was ordered to worked in the garden and made serious inroads into my wine cellar.

Anyway that’s enough about me. I wanted to contact you to update you on what the committee have been working on to try and put together some sort of programme for the rest of this season.

We have purchased a software application called Zoom. This application has allowed us to hold online meetings and so far we have had a one full management meeting and a couple of smaller meetings to try and finalise the way forward. Zoom has also been used successfully by the PAGB group and hopefully will be used by the other groups within the club.

We also have an existing Flikr account and one of our members has set up a discussion on Flikr with the theme of portraits. Here you can upload a photo/s that meet the theme subject and others can see it and comment should they so wish. I hope you will have a look at both of these applications as it will enable us to run different types of interaction for all to enjoy. Instructions on how to access and use both Zoom and Flikr are attached to this newsletter.

Finally, We will be running a Zoom meeting this Thursday at the usual time of 19.30pm and I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us. The purpose is to give you all an opportunity to see Zoom in action and to have a general discussion on any other areas you would like us to explore.

This is very difficult time for all of us and the more activity we can generate will not only help the time to pass but will enable us to continue our joint interest in photography.

Wishing you all the very best and stay safe.

Regards

Mike Harris

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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.

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.