Tonight several of our own Club Members will guide us through some basic post-processing techniques to help you improve your images as well as helping you to prepare for Club competitions. Examples will include re-sizing; creating borders and preparing for print.
This is our first competition of the new season and a great way to show off your talents. The topics are 'Still Life' Prints & 'Open' DPI's. Our Judge for the evening is John Haines.
* New Members: See some helpful notes and tips on preparing for a competition as well as the rules, by clicking on the Competition tab on the main page of our website.
Verity is an award-winning professional photographer and educator based in Birmingham. She shoots in all formats and loves to share her varied work with the world.
Warren is an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society (ARPS), he has gained AFIP certification and also has a photographic honours distinction from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB). This evening he will talk about his love of the still image.
Ian lives on the edge of the Peak District where he is now a full time photographer. In his talk he will show a selection of images of the landscape, flora and fauna of the area and also discuss composition, changing light and other considerations required to get his images.
David has been an active member of Smethwick Photographic Society for many years. He is an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and holds the distinction DPAGB awarded by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
David's presentation will do 'exactly what it says on the tin'!
This light-hearted 3-way Inter-Club Competition will pitch Droitwich against Stratford Photo Group and the Vale of Evesham Camera Club. The hosts this year are Stratford and the venue is:- Bishopton Community Centre, Drayton Avenue, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9PB
Renowned for his entertaining and enthusiastic speaking, David will provide a night of story telling about his photographic travels, from crushing lows to air punching elation. Don't miss this one.
Bob is a very experienced photographer who is passionate about nature. He conducts workshops all over the UK and abroad. In this talk he will try to dispel some of the myths about 'macro' photography and show us how to get 'up close and personal' with wildlife.
Heather is a qualified member of the British Professional Photographers Association. She has a firm belief that a successful photograph creates an emotional response and she makes significant effort to ensure that this is especially the case with her wedding photography.
The current holders of the trophy are Kings Norton Photographic Society and they will be hosting the event this year. They meet at Grange Hill Tennis Club, which is located at the junction of Grange Hill Rd and Rednal Rd, Birmingham, B38 8RE.
Come along and support your Camera Club.
Tony is a fine art photographer who has written numerous books on a whole range of photographic subjects. He also has a number of permanent exhibitions including at the Royal Photographic Society. In this particular presentation Tony will celebrate the joys of the English coast.
In this special competition DPI's of the 'British Landscape' from both Standard and Advanced sections will be judged together for the Graham Trevor Trophy in memory of a well respected past Chairman of the Club. There will also be the usual Print competition with an 'Open' topic. All scores from both the DPI and Print competitions will count towards the cumulative table in the usual way.
Our Judge for the evening will be Martin Fry
Club Member and Programme Secretary Tony runs his own small business specialising in wedding & portrait photography, but he also enjoys photographing live bands in his spare time. In this workshop Tony will take us through some of the techniques he uses to achieve his own style of creative images
Tom is a professional wildlife photographer based in the UK who has been awarded in various international competitions including European Wildlife Photographer Of The Year and the Sony World Photography Awards. His main passion is Africa and in this presentation he will describe he various wildlife ventures and how he moved from working in a gym to eventually selling his images.
This is the culmination of our Club competitions when DPI's and Prints entered during the season from both the Advanced and Standard sections battle it out for the trophies. This is always an entertaining evening where the best of members images are on display.
Judge: Graham Walton
This annual contest against The Vale of Evesham Camera Club is always a keenly fought event as well as being great fun. Droitwich Camera Club are the current holders of the trophy and are going for a hat trick of successes this year. The event is being held at: Friends Meeting House, 28 Cowl Street, Evesham, WR11 4PL
This is the annual battle for the coveted Wychavon Tropy - don't miss it!
Judge: Brian Swinyard
Mark lives in Redditch and is a Member of Redditch Photographic Society as well as DCC. He has had many exhibition successes and awards, gaining distinctions from the RPS, PAGB, FIAP & BPE.
Mark will be showing us how he goes about taking a photograph.
Chris believes that we all see the world slightly differently. It is never his intention to mimic another photographer's shot, but to bring his own vision to bear to produce an individual and personal point of view. His particular way of working is to identify something within a scene that interests him, and to represent that element strongly in relation to its surroundings. When on location it is important to allow time for the creative process to take place, and let the subject speak to him. The interaction between him and the scene allows him to produce a personal response, and to record an image in such a way that it is visually appealing, simple, and reveals something of the feelings and emotions that he experienced when he fired the shutter.
Ben Hall has gained worldwide recognition as one of Britain's foremost professional wildlife photographers. His images are often surprising, always striking and ever striving to awaken people to the diversity of the natural world. He is described by 'Living Edge' magazine as a "passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionist's eye for detail".
Nigel is an enthusiastic and very active wildlife and macro photographer. The workshop will introduce techniques which are used and practice some of these during the evening. These will include focus stacking, lighting, composition in macro images, and soft focus techniques.
Martin is Cheltenham born and joined Cheltenham Camera Club as a teenager. A retired Head Teacher, he has always been inspired by 'capturing the light' in his native county and the spectacular Cornish landscape. He is renowned for his audio-visual presentations which he thinks is such a creative medium, giving the image maker the freedom to express ideas, share experiences or communicate a message. Tonight he will give a practical demonstration of how to produce an AV and Members are encouraged to bring along their own laptops.
15 February 2018 (Thursday)
Interclub Competition against Stourport CC and Beacon CC: to be held at Beacon CC.
Monthly Competition 5: 'Low Light' Prints and 'Open' DPIs
Judge: John Hartshorne
Your DPIs should have been taken in low ambient light such as after sunset or at night, which requires special consideration such as the use of extended exposure times, a tripod or high ISO to obtain a correct exposure. Entries can also include photographs taken indoors.
Terry has run this type of workshop at other clubs in the West Midlands. He will first talk will be about the different flash models and modifiers and then do a live demonstration with a mannequin and use a projector to make it appear in real time on the screen so that everyone can see instant results. The aim is to help everybody to be able to get stunning images using a single flash.
The Graham Trevor British Isles Landscape Competition
Judge: Tony Winfield
Enter your Prints and DPIs taken anywhere in the British Isles (which includes Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Shetland, Orkney, the Channel Islands and thousands of smaller islands) to try to win the trophy in memory of our late Member, Graham Trevor.