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Old 22-09-2006, 12:58   #1 (permalink)
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Last night I made my first visit to the Cheltenham Camera Club & have to say it was an excellent night

There were approx 80 people present, with I estimate 10-20 of those being new members. We were all made to feel very welcome & the whole night was proffesionally run. The evenings agenda was :-

- An Evening with Kusey presented by Malcolm Kus. DPAGB ARPS EFIAP/b

Malcom took us though some of his shots, with his unique sense of humour & wit, plus a wolverhampton accent Very entertaining & some great photography. So will I be going back next week.....you bet

For more details of the camera club please visit :- Cheltenham Camera Club - Dedicated to the Photographic Arts Since 1865
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You are becomming a busy man in the evenings sir. It sounds like you had a good time though
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I've found a camera club local to me and had a chat with one of the members last week and he was very enthusiastic about me coming along to see what they do! They meet weekly and I had hoped to go along last night but having been away for a few days and out at my first photography evening class on Wednesday, I really needed a night at home!
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Is that this Weds just gone Angela for your course ? If so, how did it go ?
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It was Dave and it went OK. I think!! It was the first lesson so a lot of time was taken up with all the formal stuff such as Health and Safety, introductions and where the loos are etc!

The tutor is a really nice guy but I was a bit concerned that he was flitting between different subjects and not really saying very much about anything! We had a basic outline on shutter speeds and apertures with promises that he would be going into each in more details at a later date. Thanks to you guys here I have a very basic understanding and just as well because without that I would have been completely at a loss as to what he was talking about and there were a lot of blank faces about. I think he told us about three different things we'd be doing next week but finally seemed to settle on low light photography and those that have them should bring along their tripods. Seems a little cart before horse if you ask me, but hopefully it will all sort itself out over the next few weeks!!

But I enjoyed it and it was great to meet some other like-minded people in the area. What was interesting was that out of the 12 people on the course, 10 of us are female!
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Having joined the Ely Club last year I have learnt a lot and have been made very welcome.
Very interesting in seeing others work and even more what Judges views are! - Often very different to everybody elses! Prepared a print just to their rules and fooled them getting a "wow" response and maximum marks although I wouldn't want it on my wall!

I would recommend everyone to pay a visit to their local club.
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I was tempted to join our (Semi) local club, it being about 7 miles away. But my problem is that i already go out on wednesdays!!!!! (( boohoo........so i will have to do without a camera club

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I think they need to be weekly to be of any use though, as anything longer seems an enternity....especially when your used to Pixalo response time to queries
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yeah who needs a camera club when u got pixalo............ seriously tho it would be fantastic to be amongst people that share the same interest. i always feel like im being"humoured" if i talk photographs with my freinds! lol
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My father in-law calls me an anorak for liking photography
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seriously tho it would be fantastic to be amongst people that share the same interest. i always feel like im being"humoured" if i talk photographs with my freinds! lol
I often felt the exact same way Fiona, and still do sometimes... but some of it has gone since 1 or 2 of them got cameras
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Well in my local everybody keeps telling me to get a proper job
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i would love to have the "proper" job u do!! lol

mind you maybe not im not sure i would be as passionate about it if i HAD to go out and take pictures! lol but then agian i wouldnt mind giving it a go

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Well off to the club tonight for following :-

Aggregate Competition - Heat One: OPEN
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Bring prints and slides for Battle with Cirencester and Stroud Camera Clubs

Never been to a comp at a club, so will be interesting to see the standard of shots
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LOL, I know what you mean about being humoured. I had a friend who was doing a trip and he had his 'nifty digital camera' and, looking down his nose at me, said 'If you have a camera, feel free to bring it along and grab some snapshots' and then, most obligingly said 'I'll be happy to help you if you are not sure what to take a picture of!'

I just had to rise to the bait didn't I? <g> I went along with my huge Lowepro backpack stuffed with L series lenses and insisted on sitting next to him on the coach where I said 'As I am just getting started, could you explain a few things for me?' I then proceeded to ask him about reciprocity, whether he felt the bokeh of his lens was giving good pictures and whether I should buy a book explaining the basics :o)

Fiona, you should have been there, you'd have wet yourself! The poor guy was sweating profusely and mumbling almost unintelligibly a lot of the time but he did eventually get the picture that I was having him on. We then settled down and had a good laugh.... while I explained reciprocity to him <g>

Condescending people are now my favourite, as you might have guessed!

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No need for Him to be like that, I'll happily explain reciprocity to Him too if He wants me too :o)

Having said that, as He is 'The Light of the World' I guess he even understands the Inverse Square Law
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Well I thought I would give an update on last nights club. Soon realised the comp with other clubs was in 2 weeks time, so this night they had an external judge for the 150 entries from the club members, to give an idea which ones to put fwd for battle in a fortnight.

Some great photography & also some good comments from the judge on what works, what could be improved etc. They even had advanced Mono section

The main thing that let a lot of shots down on closer inspection was poor printing. Too many people trying to do this at home & quite a few Mono's had colour hue

Think I'll start building a collection of Mono's up & enter mine next time round. Nobody better say they are too dark or have too many halo's
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Well I thought I would give an update on last nights club. Soon realised the comp with other clubs was in 2 weeks time, so this night they had an external judge for the 150 entries from the club members, to give an idea which ones to put fwd for battle in a fortnight.

Some great photography & also some good comments from the judge on what works, what could be improved etc. They even had advanced Mono section

The main thing that let a lot of shots down on closer inspection was poor printing. Too many people trying to do this at home & quite a few Mono's had colour hue

Think I'll start building a collection of Mono's up & enter mine next time round. Nobody better say they are too dark or have too many halo's
In my previous club, this was an issue again and again until I, as competition secretary, changed the rules to shut people up. I made it clear that monochrome need not necessarily be 'black and white' as for many people getting a crips image without a colour cast was nigh on impossible. Even top quality home printers (which produce every bit as good a quality print as anything Jessops do!) will not give colour-free mono but as long as it is two-tone, it didn't matter at all. After that, people stopped worrying about a cast and got on with enjoying monochrome photography. After all, sepia tone is happily referred to as black and white and anyway, the lighting boxes used in camera clubs all show mono differently. Some have very white lights, some have daylight simulators (which actually show totally different as you go through the evening!) and some are fairly blue. That means a cast is going to be evident no matter how hard you true.

I made all guest judges away of the club's position and told them they could not mark down because of a colour cast. That ended the problems and people started entering more and more mono again.

It is possible to set up a printer with Lyson mono inks but that is not an option for everyone as you need to keep a separate printer specifically for mono work and a lot of members simply couldn't afford either the money or the space for that. My determination was to get the club looking at photos and seeing them as pictures and not getting hung up on incidentals that were not relevant. The point is, a lot of clubs have seen an explosion in their membership numbers precisely because a lot of people now see it as an affordable hobby because they can print at home and not have to pay extortionate amounts for a decent enlargement. This means we have to accept certain things will never be perfect. But at the end of the day, as a judge myself, I look for good photographers who know how to take a good picture. I don't judge people on whether they can afford an advanced Lyson set up.

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I am still looking for a local camera club close to where i am but still havent had any luck. but i figure if i put that on the back burner for a bit i will stumble across one accidently. its usually the way things happen for me
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Might be worth starting a thread asking if anyone knows of a club near you, as I know from our stats that this site gets a lot of hits from South Australia. Nothing ventured, nothing gained
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never thought of that! thanks for the idea i will do it right now
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