Blackwood Photography Club News

April 2017 Edition of Camera Clips is now out

Ashley Banner

I am pleased to announce the April edition of Camera Clips has been released.  The emphasis has been on three things.  The excursion to the Birdwood motor museum, the workshop on image preparation and lastly I have told the story of my Bird watching trip in East Africa.  Frances and I had a great time.  Thanks once again to the various authors.  I am sure you will enjoy this edition.


Rock and Roll Rendezvous

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When: Sunday April 9

Where: The Rock And Roll Rendezvous, The National Motor Museum, Shannon St, Birdwood SA 5234

Cost: There will be an entry cost of $25 per adult…..

FYI – Ashley has provided some photography tips.    Click here to take you to the Camera Clips article.

And Click here to see the pictures from the day.


Competition: Straight from the camera – 16-Mar-2017

This month’s set subject was “Straight from the Camera” and the top print and digital images from the competition have been available on the website for some days. What is significant about the set subject entries, most of those posted on the website, is that they have been subject to absolutely no modification after the shutter button was pushed.

For some time now there have been members in the club who have expressed concern that many images in our competitions have been edited post exposure. Also of concern was that some judges spend a lot of effort describing the various software techniques available for post exposure work that would have improved the images. So with this push to see more images that have not been enhanced post exposure this month’s set subject was included in the programme.

The rules were simple. No alteration to images was allowed post exposure. All images to be printed had to be shot in a printable format, not RAW. Images to be presented monochrome had to be shot that way. All photos had to be displayed full frame, no cropping: nor any changes to exposure, contrast, dodging, burning etc. Sounds like a return to 1970s slide competitions and a very good exercise in getting it right the first time. The only deviation from these rules was that those presenting projected images were allowed to reduce pixel numbers to levels that could be accommodated by the projector.

Judge for yourself – as did our judge for the evening – SAPF Judge Coordinator Keith Seidel.

There are still many photographers who can get it right without the software. Software is not a cheat or a magic wand; it’s just another tool.

Mark Pedlar

A few web page changes!

For the regular visitors to our pages, we’ve made some small changes to page navigation:

  • the landing page is now a Welcome page – not a biggie, but it makes for a consistent interface
  • the top images for the last competition are now displayed on the right of the page – click and enjoy!
    You may also view the images by going to the BPCSA Galleries link and selecting Top Images – Print and Digital
  • Posts are now accessed through the Posts link in the top menu and the last five post titles and links are in the side menu below the Top images
  • You’ll also see a Reading and Reference section (more of those are in Camera Clips) with a few articles and El Presidente’s musings

Ok – got that? Comments are always welcome!

Chris 🙂

February 2017 Camera Clips

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The year has started and we have another edition of Camera Clips.  I have been away and I apologize that this is a lean edition of our magazine.  None the less I am grateful to the authors who have written articles, and we have some great tips from Bruce Nankivell, Helen Whitford, Tariq Mohammad Abdul.  I also draw your attention to Mark Pedlar who has written 2 excellent articles that have been released on the club web page.

Once again, I hope you enjoy this edition.

James – Editor