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Assignment 6 (2017-18): A set of four images on a theme chosen by the photographer

The topic for Assignment 6 is “A set of four images on a theme chosen by the photographer”. As this is something new, we have prepared this short guidance note to help members prepare their entries.

Our assignments normally allow members to submit up to three images on the assignment topic. Assignment 6 will be different - you should submit one set of four images on the theme which you have chosen.

In compiling your set of four images, think about the following:
- What do your images tell the viewer about your chosen theme?
- Do the four images tell the viewer more about your theme than a single image would?
- Do the images complement each other and do they work together to make a cohesive and coherent set?

Each of the four images should meet the usual requirements for assignment images, that is
- File formats must be jpeg with file name extension .jpg.
- The maximum allowed width of each image is 1600 pixels and the maximum image height is 1200 pixels.
- Image colour space should be sRGB (even for Black and White)
- All the images in your set should be new to the assignments – i.e. none of them should have been submitted to a previous assignment

For Assignment 6 only, the file names should consist of only two parts: first your member number (the three-digit number you got from the Treasurer when you paid your subscription), then a space followed by 1, 2, 3 or 4. The 1-2-3-4 will indicate the order in which you want your images to be viewed by the judge and the order in which they should be projected on the judging evening. You should give your set of images a title and include the title when you email your four images to the Internal Competitions Secretary. The title can be as long or a short as you wish. So if your membership number is 999 and the title of your set of images is “Frozen water” your four images would be named 999 1.jpg, 999 2.jpg, 999 3.jpg and 999 4.jpg. You would include the title of “Frozen water” in your email when you send your four images to the Internal Competitions Secretary.

The judge will select and rank his favourite three sets for the Novice group, the Intermediate group and the Advanced group and will commend other sets of images at his discretion.

For Assignment 6, the scoring system for determining the "Photographer of the Year" will be three points for the set of images in first place in a particular group, two points for the set in second place and one point for the set in third place. Also every member who submits a set of four images will get three points in addition to any points for coming first, second or third.

Please contact Chris Bell, the Internal Competitions Secretary, if you have any questions about the assignment or want clarification on any of the above points.

We are expecting some interesting entries to the assignment. Until now you might have thought about your photography in terms of single standalone images and not given much thought to how multiple images can work together. Don’t let this hold you back. Think of a theme then give it a go and send in an entry. And as you delve into this, you might be surprised to realise just how many times you actually have taken pictures on a theme. For example, you might have photographed changes in weather at the same location or maybe the growth and development of a child or a puppy. You might also be surprised just how photographically rewarding the process is and just how much easier it is to convey some meaning to your photography than working with single unrelated images.

Scottish 6-days orienteering event

The 21st Scottish 6-day orienteering event was being held in Royal Deeside between the 30th July and 5th August 2017.

A Flickr site has photographs of the event which were taken by members of Deeside Camera Club. The Club can provide full size high resolution copies of images, please email: There will be no charge but a small donation to Braemar Mountain Rescue would be appreciated.

Grampian Eye 2017

Grampian Eye 2017 was hosted by Deeside Camera Club on the 22nd April 2017 at the Deeside Community Centre, Aboyne. More information here.

Creating a triptych for Assignment 7 (2016-17)

Assignment 7 for 2016-17 is “Triptych Photography”. The Club’s usual rules for assignments apply but for the avoidance of doubt:
1 Each triptych should be made from three of your images.
2 All the images used to create your triptychs should be new to the assignment – you should not use images, or parts of images, which have already been submitted to an another assignment.
3 You can submit up to three triptychs.
4 Each triptych can be on a subject and in a style of your choice.
5 The maximum width of the triptych is 1400 pixels. The maximum height of the triptych is 1050 pixels.
6 The triptych must be saved as a JPEG in sRGB colour space.

There is a lot of guidance on triptych photography on the web along with videos showing how to create a triptych using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. There are also many examples of triptychs on the web which you can browse for inspiration.

There are a number of ways of creating a triptych but, to get you started, we have produced a short video showing one simple method. The video is available here on YouTube or click on the image below.

Note: The video was made using Photoshop Elements 13 on a PC running Windows 10. Users of other versions of Elements or the full version of Photoshop should be able to follow the guidance in the video without too much difficulty.

It is entirely up to you whether you follow the method described. The video shows a triptych made from three images of the same size which are placed side by side. Your triptychs could be very different. As long as each triptych is made up from three images it is up to you how the triptych is created, how the images are sized, where they are placed and how they are presented.

Lightroom for Landscape Photographers

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On Landscape, the online landscape photography magazine, produced an excellent series of videos on using Lightroom with landscape images. The videos are now on You Tube and are linked below. The videos feature the landscape photographer Joe Cornish and the editor of the magazine, Tim Parkin.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

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