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Season Start

Hi All,

This piece of news is not one that I would have wished to circulate at the beginning of my chairmanship but I’m afraid it has to be done.

Having balloted members regarding the potential start of the season at Tangmere on September 3rdshould guidelines allow it, these are the results.

Total responses from members 57

Yes vote 20

No vote 37

As the question was primarily directed to regular attendees, I have filtered the responses to those who have attended 10 or more times last season and those results are as follows.

Yes vote 15

No vote 23

Your committee met Monday 6thJuly to discuss these results and determine a way forward. We have taken into account that there are unknowns, we also do not know the guidelines that Tangmere will have to adhere to and bearing in mind our first objective must be the safety and wellbeing of our members, we have decided that it is not viable at present to meet in a group format for the rest of year 2020.

We will therefore continue with our successful Zoom meetings until December 2020, which is one third of our programme, and promote our PDI competitions to the first half of the season and postpone our print competitions to the second half.

Although we have made these difficult decisions, guided by the members views, we will of course continue to review the situation regularly in the coming months in an effort to plan for 2021.

Work is now ongoing to contact all speakers and judges to inform them of the changes and update the programme where necessary ready for electronic circulation.

I know that this will be a disappointment to some and believe me we wrestled very hard before agreeing these decisions, but I sincerely hope you can accept them as the best way forward given these horrible circumstances we find ourselves in.

With a heavy heart I wish you all the very best, stay safe and I look forward to meeting you all again just as soon as we can.

Mike Harris

Subscription reminder

A polite reminder that next Wednesday 15th July is the deadline for paying your interim £10 subscription for next season’s membership of the club. Should you have mislaid the payment details then just get in touch via the membership email address, membership@chichestercameraclub.org.uk

Alternatively you can telephone  me on the phone number shown in this year’s pink programme leaflet or use my personal email if you have details.

Thank you to those people who have renewed so far and I hope that more of you will be joining us for next year’s exciting programme of talks and competitions.

 

Online Digital Imaging Group Meeting – 21 July 2020

In this our final gathering of the season before our summer break we have another tutorial from Richard Corkrey – this time on converting an image to infrared using his image called “Chasing the Light”.

Details of the meeting are below:

Chichester Camera Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 847 2779 3529
Password: 500226

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdl9Xt37Hc

Do you Have Performance Issues with Adobe Camera RAW & Photoshop?

For a number of months, going back to before Christmas 2019, I’ve been having severe performance issues with Photoshop, Bridge & Adobe Camera RAW [ACR] launched from either Adobe Bridge or Photoshop.  The issues started around the time I purchased a second screen and that threw me off the scent for a while!

I’ve found these issues with two different Windows 10 PCs – a 7 year old one and a new high spec purpose built photography desktop.  There may be other reasons why you might suffer from poor performance but I have found 2 specific software applications that have dramatically slowed down ACR & Photoshop CC.

  • Kaspersky Total Security
  • Acronis True Image 2020

If you don’t have either of these 2 software applications installed then you need read no further.  However, if you do you and you suffer from performance issues then read on.

Kaspersky

With my older desktop, Photoshop would slow down to unusable when Kaspersky was carrying out a full scan – this does not appear to be a problem with my new Desktop.  There are 2 things you can do to mitigate the impact of Kaspersky scans slowing down Photoshop & ACR; try them in this order:

  1. Schedule your scans for a quiet time when you know you generally won’t be using your computer.
  2. if the above doesn’t work then in the Kaspersky Program go to Settings/Performance/Pause File Anti-Virus then add a link to the executable files for PS , Bridge & Lightroom.  You should think carefully about enabling this feature as what it does is whenever you use those photography programs, Kaspersky will stop scanning your computer for viruses etc.  You will, however, get a warning message and as soon as you close those programs Kaspersky anti-virus will automatically start working again.

Acronis True Image 2020

Acronis True Image is a file backup and disk cloning software package [you are backing up your precious images aren’t you!].  In the latest version of this software the manufacturer introduced a new feature called Active Protection to defend against ransomware & illicit cryptomining.  If this feature is activated then simple adjustments using ACR, particularly when launched from Photoshop, can take 30 seconds plus rather than being pretty instantaneous.  The easiest thing to do is to of course de-activate Acronis Active Protection and thereby get a usable system again.  However, if you want to benefit from the features of Acronis Active Protection then there is a straight forward fix as follows:

  1. Launch Acronis True Image
  2. Click on the Active Protection tab on the left hand side of the screen
  3. Click on the Manage Processes tab at the top of the screen
  4. Click on the “Add” in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and add the location of the PS, Bridge & Lightroom executable files.  On my desktop [yours may be different] they are located here:
    1. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge 2020\Bridge.exe
    2. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic\lightroom.exe
    3. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020\photoshop.exe
  5. Set the permission for all these to be “Allowed to Start”

I hope this helps anyone who may be having these issues.

7th FPT: RED

RED is the latest Fortnightly Photo Theme. The colour of passion and excitement … and an appealing image ingredient favoured by club competition judges! 

This round has already gotten off to a great start with a variety of subject matter and shades of red.

All members, regardless of skill level, are invited to share their images around the theme on the club’s Flickr page:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/chicamclub/discuss/72157714965347512/ 

If anyone has any questions about participating, please get in touch with Jonathan for support.

The 1851 Exhibition

Hi All,

Huge thanks to David Abbott for a fantastic presentation tonight. I’m sure we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

In the last newsletter I posed this question and requested responses particularly from those who regularly attend at Tangmere. 

‘Should the current guidelines of the day allow us to meet at Tangmere on September 3rd, would you attend YES or NO?’ 

Unfortunately I miss typed the return email address which is, chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk, so some of you may have replied but obviously they didn’t arrive. Can you please double check and respond by Saturday. I’m hoping for as many responses as possible so your committee can begin determine the way forward for next season’s start.

Many thanks

Mike 

Interim Subscriptions for 2020-21 season

Thank you to everyone who has paid the Interim £10 subscription for next season.

For those of you who might have forgotten, been away or lost the personal email that was sent earlier, I would please ask that you make payment in the next two weeks to guarantee your membership for next year. 15th July is the deadline.

As was explained at the AGM the remainder of the subscription will be due at a later date once we are clear as to when we shall be able to offer a full programme of events at the Tangmere Visitor Centre. This will be rebudgeted to take account of the lack of “live” meetings.

If you have lost the details of how to pay etc which was sent out by email please contact membership@chichestercameraclub.org.uk and I shall be happy to send out new details for you.

I hope you have been able to take advantage of the extra Zoom meetings that have been running recently as a way of thanking you for your patience in these difficult times. Please also remember that the deadline for submitting your four digital images for the Summer Showcase at the Novium is 10th July.

Have a safe and socially distanced Summer.

Alabare Photography Competition 2020

Hi All,
 
The club have received this  mail from Stephen Sims <steversims@icloud.com> which may be of interest to members.
 
I am a member of the Salisbury Camera Club and I am holding a photographic competition in aid of the homeless veterans. I would be very, very grateful if you could advertise this competition to your members. 
 
 
We are looking for entrants for the Alabaré Photography competition for 2020, entitled #ThisIsMyHope!
We are looking for inspiring images of hope, which will then be presented to our internationally renowned judges.
The competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike, with entries closing on 3rd August 2020. A selection of the images will feature in a week long exhibition and 2021 calendar. There are cash prizes for the top 3 contestants with a 1st prize of £500.
We would be incredibly grateful if you would be able to share this information with your followers or would like to submit your own images? More information can be found at – https://www.alabare.co.uk/get-involved/alabar%C3%A9-photography-competitionAlabare

Virtual Print group – 14th July

The Print Group is really in its stride now with our virtual meetings and gets together again via Zoom Tuesday 14th July. While we might miss the pleasures of seeing the printed images, we are benefiting  from being able to make real-time adjustments on screen,  such as quick cropping or mono conversions.  You can send along new work for comment of bring back images you’ve worked up further after previously sharing.     You can find the invitation sign in details at the end of this post.

Once again, you are welcome to submit up to three images, and if so, please read the following guidance on how to do so.

  • Please submit images by the end of Monday 13th Jul, by email attachment to me.
  • Resize images to 1600 x 1200 pixels, maximum 2MB. You can find resizing guidance on the Club website at https://chichestercameraclub.org.uk/pdi-image-re-sizing/
  • Please title your images (embedded in the file please, not as an email list) with your name then either the title or other identifier, such as file number ie Lorna Brown Sunny Afternoon or LornaBrown no1 
  • Email them to me (if you don’t have my email address you can find a list of Useful telephone numbers and email addresses on the website under ‘Documents’
  • If MAC users can find how to attach rather than embed images it would be really helpful but isn’t necessary (PCs read some MAC images as embedded not attached, which can be resolved by how the MAC makes the attachment)

Chichester Cameraclub is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Virtual Print Group Meeting
Time: Jul 14, 2020 19:30 London

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 859 9287 7426
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The featured image is Streetly Pier Reflection by Jim Munday