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Get Zoom Ready

While we are all locked down the club plans to make best use if its Zoom license to carry out online Club meetings, Groups and other activities.

In order for this to work effectively we need to ensure that all members have access to Zoom and are trained in using it.

Since by its very nature photography requires the use of technology (yes, even film was high tech in its day) and most members already have got to grips with photo editing, uploading and whatever, I’m pretty sure we can get you all up and running with Zoom.

Here is what you need:

PC or laptop (Windows or Mac), with a microphone and (preferably) a camera. Most laptops these days have built in cameras and microphones. If not a cheap webcam will do the job. Have a look at the Zoom documentation here.

Tablet, such as an Android, iPad etc. These invariably have built in cameras and microphones. See here for iOS and here for Android.

Smart Phone, iPhone or Android. The main issue here is the relatively small screen. See here for iOS and here for Android.

You need to install the Zoom software for your device and it makes sense to register with Zoom, which is free.

We plan to contact everyone in the next few days, if you have any issues we can find someone to talk you through the process. So watch out for follow up emails and possibly phone calls.

PAGB Group Monday 6th April 2020

The next PAGB group meeting will be an online meeting using the club’s Zoom account. The meeting will start at 7pm, if you have not used Zoom yet, please allow time to set things up. You can join using a PC, laptop or tablet (even a smart phone).

Ann will be looking at images that have been sent to her via the Dropbox folder she has set up. Please contact her for more details. She will be sharing her screen so we can all see the images and Ann and the usual people will be making comments.

Details of the meeting are here:

Chichester Cameraclub is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

April 6th 2020, 7pm.

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3rd Club/Intermediate PDI Competition Update

We are looking at ways to complete these competitions and get them judged. Some clubs are using Zoom (or similar) to run an online competition meeting so that everyone can see the images and the judge is able to make comments and mark each image in a way that is similar to a normal competition night.

To give us time to sort this out and to allow us to discuss methods acceptable to the judge we will extend the deadline till the end of April. This will also give you more time to get entries together.

I will issue further updates as I have more things resolved.

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.

Crouch Shield Results

We have just received communication about the results of the Crouch Shield. The live judging of images had to be cancelled but they have managed to get them all judged remotely. I am pleased to say that Chichester came in first place with 145 points, 2 points in front of 2nd placed Henfield. 3 of the images scored a maximum of 20 points: Alyssia Newman by ANdy Dulson; It’s a Dog’s Life by Lorna Brown and Port in a Storm by Jim Munday.

Well done to all. Another ‘trophy’ for our collection

View 3rd Advanced PDI Competition

I’m pleased to say that with the kind assistance of Rob de Ruiter we have managed to get the 3rd Advanced PDI competition judged.

Rob worked from home and typed in his comments and marks for all the entries. This was a considerable undertaking and I’d like to thank Rob very much for helping us in this way.

I have posted the scores and results through the normal channels and put together an AV with Rob’s comments and scores for each image. I hope you find this useful.

You can see all the entries and comments here.

Our Flickr Group

Did you know we have our own Flickr  Group?

We have had it since way back, but it is probably one of the most under utilised things we have. Personally, I never got on with Flickr once it got taken over by Yahoo, but now you don’t need a Yahoo account to join any more, so it is time to see if we can breath some life back into it.

It has been suggested that we should be doing as much as we can to keep people active with the club while we are all isolating, well we can follow the lead of our neighboring Bognor CC who have a thriving Flickr group.

The idea will be to set up regular mini competitions. A set subject will be selected and a time period given to upload images. At the end of the period some learned members will select the best image(s). This is just for fun and open to all classes.

If you want to take part then I suggest you join Flickr and apply to join the group, which can be found here:

Flickr Group

Get posting!

 

Our Facebook Page

You may not have heard that the club has a Facebook page, which is a closed public group on Facebook. We try to keep this group only for Chichester Camera Club members.

The group is here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/933979126716158/

The Facebook page is great way for members to communicate with other members and also the club itself. Once you have joined you can follow what is going on and make your own posts or respond to the posts of others. While we are all locked up at home this is a great way to share your photos, ask for comments on images and generally have a bit of fun.

If you have important news, then we will monitor the group and be able to re-post via the usual Newsletter system.

To get this group moving I’m going to start a Photo Domino round. The rules are very simple I will post the first image. If you have an image that matches the image in some way then you can post another. In this way the chain of dominoes increases.

You have to say why you think that you photo matches and people should comment to say whether they think it is a good match or a poor match.

Try to be creative, don’t just post a similar image. Like real dominoes you only have to match one aspect of the image. The clever the match the better.

PDI Competition NEWS

Hoping this finds you all well.

We have contacted the judges for the 3rd Advanced PDI and 3rd Club Intermediate PDI competitions and I am happy to say that they have agreed to mark the competitions from home.

This will start with the 3rd Advanced PDI, which had been closed for a while anyway. I will anonymise the entries and provide a scoresheet to the judge so he can score and record brief comments on each entry. I will publish the results along with the comments when this has been completed.

Since there is no rush, I will extend the deadline for the 3rd Club and Int PDI competitions to give people plenty of time to get entries together and then we will apply the same process.

I hope you will join me in thanking Rob de Ruiter and Daan Oliver for making the time to do this.

We are still looking at ways that we might complete the Club and Int Print competitions. It is unlikely that we can use actual prints due to the problems in handling them, but we are actively looking for solutions. Watch this space.

Many other proposals are being discussed so more updates should be expected.

Keep Well

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!