Category Archives: Multimedia Group

Photobook Workshop 22nd January 9:30am

We have a real treat to help you get started on the Photobook competition, John Bradshaw, Pete Bamforth and Janey Devine will be sharing their knowledge and experience with Photobooks.

Pete will be talking talking about concepts, tools and layouts, John will be using Bookwright and Janey will cover book formats including scrap books. All will be using examples from their own books as examples and will cover many important factors when creating a book including:

  • Concept
  • Presentation
  • Images
  • Text
  • Consistency of Layout
  • Font selection
  • Sequencing of images
  • Creativity/originality

Pete, John and Janey will also be judging the competition and so this talk will give you an insight in what they will be looking for.

Zoom Meeting details:

Meeting ID: 834 9647 4989
Passcode: joinme

Multimedia Group Zoom Meeting Fri 8th Jan 9:30am

Hi, hope you all had a great Xmas and are looking forward to a New Year.

I thought we would kick off with a closer look at Shotcut you can get this from here ( This works on all platforms W10, Mac and Linux and is a good basic video editor, which can also do slide shows.

I thought I would run over how to do AV/slide shows again using Shotcut and Richard Ryder has agreed to demonstrate some other features of Shotcut.

I have gone for the Friday morning slot, I know that this does not suit everyone, but other times also seem to cause issues to people

Topic: Multimedia Group Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 8, 2021 09:30 London

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Hope to see you there


Examples of 1 Minute AVs

If you are thinking of entering the One Minute AV competition, then you might seek inspiration in these links provided by Jim Waddington.

Attached are the links to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd placed images, from a total of 17 sequences,  which were in the East Midlands AV Group (EMAVG) yearly competition:

Below is a link to the RPS AV Group list of one-minute sequences which was a challenge put out during lock-down. There is also a list of sequences longer than one minute.

Multimedia Group Meeting 17th December 2020

This week we discussed creating a calendar using Snapfish and Photobox. Lynne and Jan gave demonstrations. For those unable to attend they are available to view here:

Create calendar with Snapfish – Lynne Owen

Create calendar with Photbox – Jan Davis

Our next meeting will be in the regular club meeting slot of 19:30 17th December 2020, which I hope will be more convenient for many people. We will be looking at aspects of video processing, in particular how to synchronise sound using the camera sound track, how to edit footage with multiple takes and how to combine shots from multiple cameras.

This will be our last meeting this year. In the next year we have a variety of topics lined up:

  • How to Install, Setup and Use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to record presentations/demonstrations for yourself and/or showing at group meetings.
  • Advice on creating a good Photo Book from John Bradshaw and others.
  • Discussion on creating a one-minute AV

The Zoom meeting code this time will be the same as the usual club weekly meeting.

Zoom Meeting details

Time: Dec 17, 2020 19:30 London
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1 Minute AV and Book Competitions

We thought a fun way to get people to participate in Audio Visual (AVs) and/or photo books would be to hold a couple of fun competitions. These will be open to all club members and the winners will receive a bottle of wine.

1 Minute AV

The idea of this is to create a one minute AV. This can be one any subject and can use still a mixture of one or more of the following: photos, video, sound and music track.

AVs can be created in many programs these days, including PhotoShop, Lightroom, Pictures2Exe and free software. I have included some links at the bottom of this post.

When judging, we will be looking for visual impact, creativity and artistic skill.


In normal times we would have the books printed but that does not seem sensible at the moment so instead we would like the books to be submitted as PDFs. If you want to have the book printed anyway you might choose to use a commercial book service and most of these have a PDF option. However, you could use Lightroom, MS Word or Open Office to create your book, or anything that can produce a PDF.

Books should have a maximum of 20 pages.

We will be looking for books that are well produced, with images placed sensitively and with impact. Any subject or theme may be chosen and you may include text as appropriate.

Links for Creating AVs

For Photoshop, this video: gives a reasonable explanation and this one: goes into a bit more detail on animation.

I found this video on Lightroom: if you want to try that.

Multimedia Group Meeting Friday 11th December 9:30am

Last Friday we covered how to make a simple AV, in this week’s Zoom meeting Jan David and Lynne Owen will be showing us how they make calendars.

If you would like to join this meeting please use the following link and access codes:

Topic: Multimedia Group Zoom Meeting
Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:30 London

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Multimedia Group Meeting Friday 4th December 9:30am

We had a very successful Zoom meeting on 27th when ZeZe ran over many of the features within the book module within Adobe Lightroom, with 22 members attending.

This week we will be looking at AVs. Jeff Owen will give an introduction to Pictures2Exe, showing how to put together a basic slideshow and also showing a couple of more advanced examples that use recorded sound and video.

John Bradshaw will then show some clips of a AV that he has been working on for some while, which demonstrates many advanced techniques.

For following meetings Lynne Owen and Jan Davis will show how they use Snapfish and Photobox to create Calendars. We will also have sessions on how to record tutorials/demonstrations using Open Broadcaster Studio (OBS) and dip our toes into Video Editing with DaVinci Resolve.

ZeZe has also introduced us to Cinemagraphs ( and we will be looking at how to produce these using DaVinci Resolve.

Also as a group we will be looking at having a Photobook competition, which will be run on similar lines to the one Bognor CC have been running for several years, a one minute AV competition and perhaps even a Cinemagraph competition. These competitions will be open to all club members.

All in all, plenty to keep us active during the long winter months.

Time: Dec 4, 2020 09:30 London

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Multimedia Group

It strikes me that this lock down is an ideal opportunity to do a Zoom meeting on Multimedia. I’m short of evenings so it would have to be during the day, preferably a weekday morning.

If you are interested in producing a book, an AV or slideshow then please contact me at and I will try to arrange a Zoom meeting.

Books and AVs are a great way of presenting your work. Modern cameras also produce excellent video, which often goes to waste, but with some simple editing can be turned into something more permanent.

A lot of photographers like to make year books or to use books to publish their project work or work on a particular theme. Well made AVs can also be useful to present both pictorial and documentary work.



I am looking to see if there is any interest in producing Photo Books or Audio Visual (AV) presentations. If so I can organise some sessions to get you started.

Photo Books are a great way of presenting your work, either as gifts (including Calendars) or just to record a project have been working on or trip you have made. There is a huge range of options from top quality photo paper with quality binding through to cheaper paperback A4 and A5. Most of the books are published through vendor specific software available on the vendor website.

AV is a highly developed part of photography. Another great way to present your work in a concise and portable form, including publishing to the Internet and YouTube. It is also excellent for story telling and documentary work.

At the most basic level a collection of images together with a suitable soundtrack and a few titles make a great way to present your images as a Photo Harmony AV.

If interested please contact me: Jeff Owen

Vote of Thanks and Christmas Special

Hi all,

This is a request for both the above.

We are short of volunteers to give the vote of thanks to our judges and speakers on the following dates. Dec 6th, Jan 10th & 24th, Feb 7th & 21st, Mar 7th, 21st & 28th, Apr 11th, 18th & 25th, May 9th & 23rd. This is important for the club so please be kind enough to let either Mike Hancock, Mike Harris or  Glyn Edmunds know by email if you are willing to give a VOT. Obviously we need someone for this coming meeting on the 6th. 

Now for the fun and games. On Dec 13th we have our Christmas special, Ho Ho Ho, which is a fun evening where we can enjoy ourselves by dressing in our favourite Christmas attire, enjoy some Christmas fare and drink while competing as teams in a Christmas quiz so I do hope as many of you as possible can attend. We need prizes donated for the raffle which can be brought to our next meeting on the 6th or on the night of the Christmas special on the 13th. For those who plan to attend could you also bring some finger food and drinks on the night for us all to enjoy.