Bangor and North Down Camera Club (BNDCC)

Bangor and North Down Camera Club, (BNDCC), Northern Ireland, UK.
"Promoting and developing all aspects of the art of photography through example, discussion and competition."

Bangor and North Down Camera Club

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1. Competitions 2013 / 2014. Please read the rules... Please note that you can only enter competitions if you are a member.

2. Email Addresses: If you are a new member or have recently changed your email address then please send an e-mail to the Webmaster (or Assistant Webmaster) to enable the updating of our club contacts information. If you are not receiving regular updates from the webmaster (or committee members) you should should confirm with the Webmaster (or Assistant Webmaster) that we have your correct e-mail address and contact telephone numbers.
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3. Keep up to date with our information pages. Our Information Officer, John Bennett, takes notes at our Friday and Wednesday evening Meetings. These are sent to the North Down Spectator newspaper, and are recorded here in what we call our Meetings Blog. A casual browse through these notes will familiarise you with the types of activity taking place.

Bangor & North Down President Gerry Coe hands over a cheque for £200 to Diane Weston of the Childrens Hospice in Belfast.

The money was collected after a special tribute night in remembrance of our good friend Jim Moreland who died recently of Cancer. Jim was one of the greatest photographers Northern Ireland has ever produced, both as a professional and as great supporter of the amateur Camera Clubs in Ireland and beyond, including his own club, Christian Brothers CC in Belfast.

He is greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues but his legacy remains in the substantial number of photographs he has produced over many years.

 

Congratulations to Nigel Snell and Bill Henning after both achieving 1st place in Mono Print and Projected Digital Image sections of the NIPA Round 4 Open Interclub competition at Catchlight Camera Club. Friday nights Bangor and North Down Camera Club meeting kicked of with a presentation of their certificates by NIPA President Ray Magill.

 

The NIPA Audio Visual Festival 2014 was a great success. It had more sequences than ever before and on the Saturday evening, the largest audience than ever before. BNDCC achieved more awards than any other camera club, with some credible results. Of the 37 entires overall, BNDCC had 9 and we won 4 awards!

There were 4 main competitions and also other awards.

1. The NIPA ‘Novice’ Competition was open to folk who are new to creating audio visuals / slideshows. Of the 8 entires 4 were from BNDCC.
2. The NIPA ‘Open’ Competition was open to folk who have some experience in creating audio visuals / slideshows (or who have, previously,won the Novice Competition). Of the 11 entires, 4 were from BNDCC.
3. The ‘All Ireland’ Competition was open to folk from NIPA clubs and the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) who have some experience in creating audio visuals / slideshows. Of the 18 entries only 1 was from BNDCC, only 3 from NIPA club members. The rest(14) were all from IPF members.
4. The winner of the NIPA Open (2 above) then competed against the winner of the recent IPF AV Championship.
5. There was a award for the best sequence with a ‘Northern Ireland’ theme. Of the 4 entries, 2 were from BNDCC.
6. There was also an audience vote for the best sequence.
7. There was also a special judges’ award for sequence that they thought deserved merit.

1. In the The NIPA ‘Novice’ Competition, Ray Magill achieved a ‘Commended’ for his sequence called “A walk through Montmartre”. There was one other ‘Commended’ entry, but no 3rd or 2nd. The 1st place was award to an impressive sequence by Mark Lomas. Many of you will know Mark, as he used to be a member of BNDCC )in other words we trained him 😊 ). Mark is now a member of Donaghadee Camera Club.

2. In the NIPA ‘Open’ Competition, Mark Allen achieved 2nd place for his sequence “Scotland”, many of you will have seen this at the camera club. 1st place went to James Hamill (Antrim Camera Club). This was a simply superb sequence and a worthy winner. IMHO it was heads and shoulders above the rest. Indeed; it also won the audience vote (6 above) and also beat the IPF competitor (4 above).

3. In the ‘All Ireland’ Competition, Jack Thompson achieved a ‘Commended’ for his sequence called “Cottage Dream”.

4. Jack Thompson also won the award for the best sequence with a ‘Northern Ireland’ theme.

Of the 37 entires overall, BNDCC had 9 and we won 4 awards!

May I on behalf of BNDCC thank all members who took the time and effort to enter, especially those in the novice section -Deborah Carville and Helen Fettus. I have no doubt that next year we will do even better!

Mark Allen

Gerry Coe

The purpose of our ‘Feedback: BNDCC’ Facebook Group is to help members improve their photography by way of example and feedback. In order to help those who are new to photography, or new to providing feedback, and as a refresher course for those who have been at this a long time, I was thinking we need some general guidelines to what we are looking for in feedback on our photography.

Facebook Feedback Group Page

 

First; some basic rules…
1. Before you post your image for feedback you must provide feedback on at least two other images.
2. Before you offer feedback; read the guidelines, advice, tips, suggestions, etc. below.
3. Then, please take some time and think about what you are going to say. Please treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Giving Feedback:

Giving useful and constructive feedback is an important part of how we learn ourselves, and how we can learn from others. If you are new to photography, or new to the camera club, you might not feel comfortable about providing feedback.

However; it is not hard to do and as you practice doing it and read others feedback, you will quickly learn what is useful and what is not. First, I will list a few comments that are not useful feedback.

Nice shot!
It doesn't do anything for me.
I don't get it.
Lovely!

Quite simply, such comments do not help anyone. On receiving such feedback, members will understandably ask themselves:
What’s so nice about the shot?
What is it that doesn’t do anything?
Is there nothing you like in it?
How could I have composed it better?
What don’t you get?
What don’t you like?
What’s lovely?
What is it that you like?

The bottom line is that everyone wants to know:
1. What you like, think works well, etc.
2. What you don’t like, don’t think works well, etc.

No matter what level of photographic experience you have, you will be able offer useful and constructive feedback by simply addressing these two issues – what you like /don’t like.

As you gain experience you should expand on this and offer some more information on how you think the image could be improved. This should include things that already work well but would be even better if… as well as those things that don’t work so well but could be improved by…

Be informal and you will find that human nature will often prevail. If someone often gives good honest and useful feedback on your images, then you will do the same for them! Which leads me on to receiving feedback.

Receiving Feedback:

Take the feedback as merely information. You may find that some folk like certain aspects of your image, while others may disagree. Take it all on the chin and thank them for taking the time. Carefully consider what you think is worth listening to, but remember that the feedback has been offered in the hope that it will help and that the purpose of our ‘Feedback: BNDCC’ Facebook Group is to help members improve their photography by way of example and feedback.

 

The Competition Rules for the 2013-2014 Season have now been updated and are available under the Competitions option on the main Menu.

For a direct link click here

Click here to download copyright.psd for use with Faststine Image Resizer.

 

Mark Allen will instruct on its use on a Wednesday evening.

 

WHAT IS HDR?

HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed

Follow this link to a 3 part informative tutorial .    http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/

If you are interested in on line competitons here are just two sites that you might want to visit on Mark Allen's blogspot at:

http://markallenphotography.blogspot.com/

 

The BBC have placed on line free Wildlife Photo Masterclass PDFs which are available for download. Currently there are 21 PDFs available.

We suggest that you visit the page and click on the PDFs which you want, and when they are loaded, save them to your hard disk.

They are available at http://www.bbcwildlifemagazine.com/masterclasses.asp

 

Members can now get 15% off photo prints at Harvey Normans located beside Ikea at Holywood Exchange.

All you need to do is to produce your personal Club ID Card.

Click here for more information

Mark Allen has compiled a tutorial showing how to resize images suitable for HD

Download a PDF of the Tutorial Here

RedBubble is a vibrant global community of people with creative interests. It’s something different for each of us:

  • a place to share the illustrations you create at night,
  • a forum to seek feedback on the story you’re writing,
  • a creative antidote to the day job,
  • lunch break entertainment,
  • a gallery to inspire,
  • a marketplace to buy and sell unique works of art and,
  • a place to be inspired by like–minded people.

RedBubble is a forum for self expression, an inclusive art gallery and a supportive and welcoming community. However; be aware that unlike our private members group on Flickr (see below),

Redbubble is open to the world. BNDCC now has its own group on Redbubble, click here to find out more.

For more information, and to see some photos from members of BNDCC group on Redbubble please click here.

How to prepare Projected Digital Images (PDI’s)

I have been asked to show folk how to do this many times. At the time it all looks so simple and straightforward.

Two weeks later folk have forgotten and therefore this short tutorial is offered as an aide me moire.

Download Adobe Acrobat PDF tutorial here. (For future reference it is also included in our downloads section to the main left menu.) It also includes links to Photoshop actions for batch resizing, for Audio Visuals, etc. - Mark Allen, Comp Sec.

What do you do if a over zealous police officer (or private security guard) demands that you hand over your camera or memory card, or insists that you delete images from your camera? Do you have to comply? The simple answer is NO!

Private Security Guards have no specific legal powers, they have the same powers of any citizen, the same as you and me. Police Officers clearly have much more powers, but even the police cannot demand your memory card or insist you delete images from your camera. They must obtain a court order, even if you are a photo journalist who stumbles across and takes photos of a crime scene.

Clearly; common sense must prevail, so be polite and smile, show the police your camera club ID card. Then politely ask the Police Officer(s) if they are aware of the PSNI Media Policy, specifically page 27 para 3 that relates to photographers. As long as you are polite you will probably find that the police officers may be unaware of the the Policy. As soon as they realise their mistake, and as long as you remain calm and polite, they should back off.

It is in your interest to download and keep a copy of the PSNI Media Policy. Carefully read page 27, para. 3. While this specifically applies to journalists, as an amateur photography you are (probably) a potential freelance photo journalist.

All new members are issued with a Bangor and North Down Camera Club ID card. If you do no have one yet, see David Roberts and request one.

(For future reference it is also included in our downloads section to the main menu.)