Another Great Studio Night

Last Monday saw us hold yet another great Studio Night, I hope you all had fun and got to shoot in a live studio set up. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to allow us to enjoy these evenings so we all owe Beatrice a huge thank you. On the night Paul, Chris and Rob were on hand to provide excellent advice on set, a big thank you to those guys as well. Our brilliant and talented friend Lisa Jayne brought along what seemed to be an entire wardrobe of hats, outfits and sparkly knick-knacks for us to dress our models in. Our models for the night; Roisin, Lianne and Protea Misstery, were awesome. I’ll put some links below so you can all pay them a visit.

So what’s next….well we’d love to see your images from the night so please post them up onto our Facebook page and send them to us to post here in our members galleries. For those of you that were studio virgins we hope that you got plenty of thrills from the evening and it has inspired you to want to do more !

https://www.facebook.com/roisinmm

https://www.facebook.com/Protea.Model

https://www.facebook.com/lianne.buttle

http://www.lisajaynemillinery.com/

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       THIS WEEK
28th September 2015

STUDIO NIGHT

Bea has a very exciting and

interesting evening planned for

you!

Hi all

I’ve put together macros
stands for the studio night

and would love some help
if possible please. I will list
stuff I will need and if you
have it at home and can
bring it for the evening
please put your name down:

1 Make plastic fantastic:
Soft box – Simon
Clear plastic cutlery –
Polarising filters – all

2 Fruit salad:
Soft box no 2 – Simon
Apple
Lime
Lemon
Orange
Pomegranate
Knife – Bea

Dish – Bea
Clear glass (optional) –

3 Alphabet:
Alphabetti spaghetti-
Dish – Bea
Spoon – Bea
Studio light – At the club

4 Bubbles:
White card – Bea
CD cases – Bea
Plastic syringe (no needle) –
M&M –
Studio light – at the club

5 Droplets:
Saline solution – Bea
Various flowers (does anyone have anything in the garden?) –
Colourful backdrops – club/Bea

6 Bokeh:
Black card – Bea
Card cutters – Bea
Christmas lights – Bea
Love hearts sweets (if I buy them I will eat them 😜)-

7 Get busy with the fizzy:
Colourful pencils – Bea
Sprite –
Soft box no 3 –
Clear dish – Bea
Other stuff that could be dipped in sprite –

8 Reflections:
Tulip –

Small LED flashlight-
Black backdrop –
Clear or dark tinted glass-

9 Smoke:
Scent sticks – Bea
Some sort of curtain and
rail arrangement to protect
smoke from draft – Chris T
Studio light – at the club

Obviously there are lots of things I
can get at tesco so if nobody will be
bringing these I will just go there on
my way to the club and purchase them.

Do we have enough lights and
reflectors for all the above?

Any other items that will look good
backlit, as a reflection in
water droplets or dipped in liquid?

Regards
Bea

So…lots of setting up to do when you arrive.
Please help Bea!

….and DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERAS
AND TRIPODS IF YOU HAVE THEM!

         LAST WEEK

Monday September 21st at 7 45pm

We had a very special and inspring evening with

BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP

Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Bob shared loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Some members have been inspired enough to put what they’ve learnt into practice and that’s the best way to learn and develop.

It was a great evening.

Many thanks Bob!

Dear Andy and the rest of the team,

I’m emailing from Hertfordshire Life magazine – this is just a quick message to let you know about our 2016 calendar photography competition so your members can send in their entries!

The competition is looking for images of Hertfordshire, celebrating its people, landscapes, nature, towns and villages – as well as shots which reflect the months and seasons of the year.

Winners will have their image (with their name and a description of the image) featured in the glossy 2016 calendar which is going to thousands of homes and businesses in our December issue. They will also win a 12 month subscription to the magazine (including the December issue).

If your members would like to take part they can email as many digital images as they like (but they must be high-res jpg files with 300dpi and a minimum A4 size) along with details of what/where the image is and when (which month/season) it was taken. Entrants should also include their name, address and contact details.

Emails should be sent to competitions@hertfordshirelife.co.uk with the subject ‘2016 calendar competition’ – and they can include a file transfer link if you prefer not to email the images directly.

The closing date is Monday October 5 and the winners will be chosen by our editor Richard Young. I hope many of your members will be eager to send in some images – and I look forward to viewing them! Best of luck.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Laura Vickers
Editorial Assistant
Hertfordshire Life Magazine
Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3EE

P.S We’re also always looking for images from Herts photographers for our monthly Readers’ Photos pages. I’d be thrilled if you could let your members know that we’d be delighted to receive their images of Hertfordshire, and if they have any questions at all they shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.

      NEXT WEEK

Monday October 5th 

COMPETITION

ROUND 1

OPEN

DPI
Reminder:You will need to size your dpi’s at
Landscape 1400 px
Portrait 1050 px

 PLEASE UPLOAD BY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER AT THE VERY LATEST

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR IMAGE FILE NAMES ARE:

NAME OF IMAGE by YOUR NAME

We open this season’s competitions with a DPI round.
It is an open competition so anything goes.
You will need to be a member to get your
upload facility and 
password.

If you don’t already have these,
and for details/questions
please get in touch with Rob
at
rob@unknowngeeks.com

 we need to let members know that only your best two from three scores  to count in the monthly 
competitions.
 STUDIO CT CLUB 

Chris T (oh, that’s me…)
will be holding studio sessions in our hall
on the
1st Sunday of every month
from
10 30am to 1 30pm

There will be a maximum of 10 places and it will cost you £20 per session. This is to cover the cost of models, equipment, hall hire etc.

If you’re interested in joining, please email me
chris30magic@gmail.com

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.

SPS WEBSITE 

EAF website

PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!

PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!

Studio lighting 
A lot of you pointed out this didn’t work last week.
Sorry about that,
so
here’s a different one!

Studio Lighting

and here’s a bit on the science

Three Rules of Lighting
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…and here is another

Useful video from YOUTUBE

A little tip on

MACRO 

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THIS WEEK          
Monday September 21st at 7 45pm
We are going to have a very special night.

On the agenda the living legend that is
BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP
What can be said about this man.

Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.
It’s going to be excellent! 
We look forward to seeing you!

         LAST WEEK          
Monday September 14th
How To Use Your Camera
A very interesting and entertaining evening evolved on Monday and from the feedback everyone really enjoyed themselves. Lots of information being shared round, given and received, so many thanks to everyone involved for playing your part.
It would appear more of this would be appreciated so we will try to find ways to fit it into the programme. However, we do have a full and exciting season ahead and we will find plenty of avenues to develop and enjoy our photography.

Just look at this week’s event!   

 

        NEXT WEEK          

28th September 2015
STUDIO NIGHT
Bea has a very exciting and
interesting evening planned for
you!
 

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.
 SPS WEBSITE 
EAF website
PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!
PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!
Studio lighting
A useful video from YOUTUBE

Newsletter

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         THIS WEEK

Monday September 14th at 7 45pm

How To Use Your Camera

Bring your cameras and manuals 🙂

Ever wondered
what all those
bells and whistles are
in your camera?
Come along this week to find out!

If you have any specific queries bring them along, too!

We look forward to seeing you!

         NEXT WEEK

Monday September 21st at 7 45pm

We are going to have a very special night.
On the agenda the living legend that is

BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP

What can be said about this man.
Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Loads and loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which he will be sharing with you.

It’s going to be excellent! 

OPENING NIGHT
Monday 7th September

Well, the season kicked off in splendid style with a very jolly and friendly opening evening. Good vibes all round and some lovely new people to befriend along with the lovely old people!

It’s going to be an excellent busy and fun-packed season but it will all be so much more enjoyable with your contribution!

You get out of it what you put in as they say 😉 

Let’s help each other to make Stevenage Photographic Society even better!

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.

SPS WEBSITE 

EAF website

PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!

PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!

If you’re into portraits you might find this bit of software very useful

PORTRAITPRO

The end of the season!

This last Monday saw the final SPS gathering of the season!

The club met for our AGM which ended with the members voting for our committee members for the next season. I for one retained my position as web guru and internet genius! Largely the committee members has remained the same with a couple of exceptions. Our very own Arthur Ash has stepped down as club vice chairperson after long and distinguished service, and we all thank Arthur for his time, effort and commitment that he has shown the club over many years and hope that he continues to enjoy the clubs programmes.

Tony Brooks steps in as our new vice chairperson having relinquished his position of social secretary which has been appointed to Jo Sowden. We wish Jo a very warm welcome to the committee and look forward to all that she can offer. Chris Pike has also taken on the unenviable task of organising the clubs exhibitions which enable you all to show off your photographic skills whilst promoting the club!

The evening ended with prize giving for the various competitions that have been run throughout the season with our winners being immortalised on the various cups and trophies. Very well done to all our winners!

So that’s it for the season, we wish everyone an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and hope you all enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing you all for the new season come September! For those of you who can’t wait that long, then come along to our more informal summer season programme! Chris Thurston will keep you all up to date as usual with his newsletter and we hope to see as many of you as possible during the summer programme which kicks off on Monday June 1st at Fairlands Lakes for a nice photo walk with Des. The summer itinerary is as follows. (this will of course be updated on the website calendar programme.)

 

  • 1st June – 19:30 – Fairlands Lakes photo walk with Des.
  • 8th June – 19:30 – Back to basics with Chris Thurston – (Venue to be confirmed)
  • 15th June – 19:30 – Ware photo walk taking in the church & river.
  • 22nd June – Social evening at The Crown.
  • 29th June – Country walk with Des.
  • 6th July – Summer BBQ – The White Horse – Burnham Green.
  • 13th July – 19:30 – Bowling!
  • 20th July – Q&A Session with CT/PM/TA. (Venue to be confirmed)
  • 27th July – Ruby Murray – (Curry night – details TBA)
  • 3rd August – Bank Holiday (Newly invented – now cancelled – evening TBA)
  • 10th August – Members choice!
  • 17th August – The largest parish church in Herts – St Mary’s, Hitchin.
  • 24th August – Old Town, Stevenage photo walk (period building) (pub crawl?!)
  • 31st August – An actual Bank Holiday
  • 7th September – NEW SEASON! WOOHOO!

 

 

PDI Open Competition Monday February 2nd

Our last PDI competition of the season was held on Monday February 2nd and was judged by the lovely Barbara Lyddiatt.  Barbara was a new judge to our club and it turned out that she had killed two birds with one stone while in Stevenage by visiting an online friend who lives in the town.  Her friend, Sheila, runs the Stevenage Freegle group that some of you may have heard of.  It’s a handy recycling group that find new homes for unwanted items.

I have delayed posting this review of the evening as I have been waiting for the images from the authors that won a twenty.  They are still not forthcoming, so here are the winners anyway.  They all got a twenty.  It would have been nice to see their images as well, but I can’t post what I haven’t got.  Well done to them and indeed to all who entered.

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Chris Thurston

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Adele Gibson

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Andre Riphagen

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Mick Grayson

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Alan Brown

Congratulations to our Winners!

IMG_5342Alan Brown receiving his certificate from judge Paul de Silva

IMG_5343Jo Sowden was another worthy winner.

Cormorants on the Thames by Jo Sowden(1)Cormorants on the Thames by Jo Sowden

Hold on Tight by Alan Brown
Hold Tight by Alan Brown

POWER by Tom Couch

Power by Tom Couch

TomCouch

Tom Couch

There were 90 entries on Monday for the attention of judge, Paul de Silva.

This week – Monday 21st July

Peter Warne was our expert guide this week into the world of Natural History with his lecture on
‘Finding Wildlife in Epping Forest’.
Peter provided a highly entertaining and informative evening for us as he led us through the wilds of Epping Forest with some wonderful photography, videocam and birdcalls!
There is clearly a lot more happening in the forest than we tend to realise!

Peter does have some photography workshops coming up which will be of major interest and as we get any information we’ll let you know, but in the meantime Peter is happy to be contacted at

peter.warne@btinternet.com

Peter also has a Flickr page where you can see more of his work

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14865557@N04/

Peter also suggests for nature workshops you may also be interested in

www.romanrivervalley.co.uk

 

Coming up….

This coming

Judging the Judges

Monthly Print Competition

Jim Hartje was our judge last Monday at the Open Monthly Print competition and he explained in advance that he intended to use the full range of marks.

Photo Walk

Photo Walk

We were so lucky with the weather on Monday night. The sky had been as dark and gloomy as a wet blanket all day. Then at about 7pm, it popped it’s head out to say hello and welcomed us to our Photo Walk around Old Knebworth. Several of our club members knew the lie of the land and Anita led us to the church and the lake in the grounds of Knebworth House.

Photo Walk

lyttonarms

At the committee meeting we decided to invade Old Knebworth this year on our photo walk. Please meet in the car park round the back of the Lytton Arms public house in Park Lane, Old Knebworth SG3 6QB at 7:30pm on Monday June 10th.
There are many points of interest around here within walking distance with a chance of a good sunset if the weather plays ball with us. We’ve made it 7:30 to give us a chance of some “Golden Hour” lighting. Bring your camera and a tripod if you have one.
http://www.lyttonarms.co.uk/

Prize Giving 2013

After the AGM on Monday we presented the trophies and certificates to the worthy winners.

Paul Munns presented the monthly awards

Gary Nicholls got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Ron Pickford got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Elliot Hook 1st place Advanced Prints

 

Anita Hoyle – 3rd place Novice Prints
Brian Hunt – 2nd place – Novice Prints

 

Alan Brown – Winner – Novice Prints

 

Paul Langshaw – Winner – Advanced Projected
Anita Hoyle – 3rd place – Novice Projected

 

Alan Brown – 2nd Place – Novice Projected

The President’s Shield was presented by President, Don King

Alan Brown – Winner – President’s Shield – Novice
Paul Langshaw – Winner – President’s Shield – Advanced

Of course, Arthur Ash presented the Ashes Awards

Clare Hancock – Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Mick Grayson – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy

 

John Poxon – 3rd place- Arthur Ash Trophy

 

Anita Hoyle – 2nd place – Arthur Ash Trophy

Elliot Hook presented the awards for Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013

Paul Langshaw – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Sara Holmes – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
John Poxon – Highly Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Gary Nicholls – 3rd place – Portrait Photographer of the Year

 

Paul Munns – Winner – Portrait Photographer of the Year

Paul Langshaw presented the awards for Photographer of the Year 2013

Ron Pickford -Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Elliot Hook – 3rd place – Photographer of the Year 2013
Gary Nicholls – 2nd place – Photographer of the Year 2013

The Chairman’s Medal was awarded to the member showing the greatest enthusiasm and promise within the club.

Portrait Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year 2013

Our lovely judges, Russell and Barbie Lindsay

Portrait Photographer of the Year  & Photographer of the Year 2013

Will now be held on the same night.  Monday May 13th.  We will have Russell and Barbie Lindsay to assist in the task of choosing the winners.  Let no one be under the illusion that this will be easy.  There will be a lot of work to do on that night and we will need an army of volunteers.  I need you all there at 7:30, please.  We’ll get out tables, print stands, the 35mm projector for lighting and the large print stand.  We have the portraits there so they can be put up straight away.  We will start judging at 8pm on the dot.  We may not be finished until 10:30. 


The portraits will be put up first.  Bring your POTY entries with you and keep them to one side ready for the switch over at the break.  Make sure that your name is on each and every print.  Russell will judge the portraits and award the slips and cup before the break.  As soon as we break, you will need to grab your portraits and take them away.  If you are entering Photographer of the Year, you will need to put up your six prints as you want to see them displayed.  Do this before you get your coffee or tea so that the judge can check them out before we start part two.  You can see that, if you are entering either of these comps, you will need to be there in person if possible.


Tea break will be no more than ten minutes, depending on the number of POTY entries.  Like Russell, Barbie will not get much more than two or three minutes on each entry by my estimate.  It should be enough.  These guys are good and don’t waste words.  They know what they are talking about and their constructive criticism is worth it’s weight in gold.

Some members have been asking about the entry conditions for the photographer of the year competition.  I have attached a copy of the up to date rules for you to print out and keep for future reference.  Your entry will consist of your six best prints.  The judge is looking for technical excellence as well as variety and versatility from the author.  Your entry does NOT have to be arranged as a panel, like the Arthur Ash Trophy Competition, but some entrants prefer to show their work like a panel anyway.  That is their choice, but you will not lose points if you have different coloured mounts or different sized prints within the mounts.  The mounts will have to measure 50cm x 40cm as this is the standard size for all of our club comps and the EAF.
Barbie will also be asked to choose the best single image from the POTY for the Jim Lucas Trophy.  This can be from any of the sets and does not have to be part of the winning set.  Here are the entries from last year to give you an idea of what is required.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me on this address.  stevphosoc@gmail.com

In July we have an exhibition at what used to be the Boxfield Gallery in the Gordon Craig Theatre.  It is now called Pi Bistro.  The exhibition will be on the restaurant walls, so it will get even more attantion than usual.  We will require your best prints for this exhibition directly after the POTY Competition.  We would like to have at least one from everyone in the club if possible.  A maximum of three, please.  You can add portraits as well.  I will have Arthur at the back table by the window to collect them from you.

Good luck on Monday everyone!