WDCC Next Meeting - Location Shoot Inside Warrington Town Hall
Monday 20th August 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
In this newsletter :-
1. Important Information regarding our next club night
2. The Bebington Battle (re-match)
3. Clarity for "glass" - see what I did there?
4. Member Survey
5. Share Your Knowledge
6. Update from Committee Meeting
7. Update from last club meeting
8. Next Meeting
9. Meeting After Next
1. Important Information
Please note that our next club event is not the 13th August as per our usual fortnightly schedule, but will be on Monday 20th August (details below in section 8). Also please note the earlier than usual start and finish times (7pm-8:30pm). If you plan on attending please ensure that you let Dave Edwardson know via email (email@example.com) or Facebook as we have to provide anticipated numbers to the Town Hall.
2. The Bebington Battle (re-match)
On Monday 8th October we will be welcoming members from Bebington Photographic Society for a re-match of our friendly inter-club competition (we won the first leg). The independent judge is booked, all we need now are our entries! If you have mounted prints, on any subject, that you think would stand up well against the competition and you would like to put them forward (and I know that we have had lots of great quality printed images for our last two competitions), please make Ian Sprott aware at one of our intervening meetings as he will be responsible for collating our entry.
3. Clarity for Glass
This is the brief from the club website that has been provided to the judge. "Our third club competition of the year and the theme is "glass". Your photograph can be on any subject you wish, colour or black and white, but something made out of glass must be a key compositional element or the focal point of your image."
We have been asked whether reflections are permitted. There is nothing to say that they are not, but bear in mind it is how the judge perceives whether you met the brief that matters. To my mind, if the subject of your image is a building reflected in glass, then it is likely to be interpreted as the building being the subject of your image, rather than the glass. Of course it will be down to each image on its' merits. Personally I wouldn't chance it, but it is up to you. Just don't be disappointed if the judge feels that you failed to meet the brief.
4. Member Survey
Due to the big influx of new members since the move to Winwick we have decided to run the member survey again to get a steer from the membership on why they joined the club and what they hope to get out of it. The survey is for all members, not just new members. Please follow this link to complete the survey and give us your thoughts. All submissions are anonymous.
We have an upcoming event in January where we plan to have a number of tables, headed by volunteers willing to share their expertise with a small group, on a variety of of topics (for example, macro, still life, landscape, portrait, astrophotograpy, pet photography, smartphone, etc) whereby anyone wanting to learn something about a topic that they are interested in can join the group and pick up some helpful hints and tips. It is likely that we will have a few opportunities to move between groups during the evening so that people can sample a variety of subjects.
If you are willing to lead a table on the subject of your choice (it doesn't have to be from the list above), please let us know, and the topic you are willing to share knowledge about.
6. Update from the Committee Meeting
The committee met last night for one of the 6 bi-monthly meetings per year. Not an awful lot to tell you other than we now have a skeleton programme set out with dates pencilled in for various events taking us to the 2020 AGM. As the programme becomes more firm over future meetings, we will start to populate the calendar on the website.
Use the member survey to tell us what you would like to see on the programme. For example, we have ideas for guest speakers, but none confirmed. If you know of a good speaker that you would like the club to invite, or if you have a topic you would really like a talk on that we haven't done recently please let us know.
Also, send us your ideas for competition themes for next year, you never know, your favourite subject might just get picked.
7. Updatefrom last meeting: Table Top Workshop - Glass
Sadly I was double booked with a family event so was unable to attend, but the feedback I have heard has been very positive, and I was sorry to have missed it. I've seen some good images from the session appearing on the club's Facebook group. Hopefully it has given you some ideas for the forthcoming competition (which indeed was the whole idea behind the event).
Again, use the member survey as an opportunity to tell us what sort of workshop nights you would like us to put on for you.
8. Next Meeting: Location Shoot - Inside Warrington Town Hall
Monday 20th August 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The club has been granted special access behind the scenes, but unfortunately not on our usual club meeting night due to a council meeting taking place that night. Therefore the visit is a week later than our usual scheduled meeting date.
This will be a great photo opportunity for the inside of the Town Hall and the chance to see some areas not usually open to the public.
The tour of the Town Hall concludes at 8:30pm but of course there is nothing to stop members then conducting a walkabout session in the town centre, or if you prepare, heading straight to the nearest "refreshment centre" for a post-event debrief.
Full details around the meeting point will be sent out nearer the time, and also put on the Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled.
9. Meeting After Next: Show Your Images
Monday 10th September 2018 - 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Please note, our usual two weekly meeting would fall on Monday 27th August which is a Bank Holiday, and therefore there will be no meeting.
The next meeting after 20th August will therefore be Monday 10th September
Members are invited to submit up to 4 photographs each to show to the group. Shots from previous club sessions (location shoots, workshops, model nights etc) are encouraged (intended to show members that did not attend what they missed out on) but not a requirement! You can submit anything you are proud of, or indeed anything you know requires some work, but can't quite put your finger on what it needs, and are looking for advice.
We also encourage "before and after" shots (can be before and after for all 4, or just 1 or 2 of them if you wish - or indeed none of them if you don't want to show what voodoo you used to create your masterpiece) with the photographer giving a summary of what went into the post processing - intended to inspire others into taking a "good" photograph and making it "great" with a bit of post production.
Be prepared to talk about your submissions, why you took the shot, how you set it up, kit used, settings used, post processing etc.
Also, if you would like some constructive criticism, let us know when we put the image up and see if we can generate some conversation around the image.
To streamline the event on the night, please send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org a week prior to the event. If you wish the images shown in a particular order, please number them. If you are unable to send them in advance, I can accept them on the night, but they may not be shown depending on how many were submitted by email in advance.
WDCC Facebook Group
The club now has a Facebook group for members to use to chat, share articles and even sell unwanted items of kit. If you haven't already had a look, you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewdcc. It is a publicly viewable group for WDCC members (old and new), but only members can post. If you haven't received an invite yet, please speak to Helen or Lawry. There has been a good uptake and currently 3/4 of the club membership have joined the group.
WDCC Instagram Account
The club now has its own Instagram account, @thewdcc. If you share your images on Instagram, use the hashtag #thewdcc and tag @thewdcc and a selection of images will be featured on the club's stream.
Share your news!
Have you recently read an interesting article about photography that you would like to share with club members? Have you won a photography award or competition or had one of your images published somewhere? Then let us know, so we can share this with the rest of the club via the website and newsletter. You can send your items of interest to us at this email address: email@example.com
Share your skills and experience!
We are always on the lookout for interesting speakers for the club and we know there is a vast amount of experience and knowledge within the club itself. If you would like to give a talk or workshop on a particular skill or aspect of photography, or can give a short demonstration of a piece of software that you think would interest club members, then please contact Bernard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to a member of the committee at a meeting.
For more information about the club, including the programme for the coming months, competitions etc., visit our website: http://www.thewdcc.org.uk