Diary 2018-19 season

Belwade exhibition 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 11:00
Our photo exhibition will run from 25 August to 9 September at the World Horse Welfare’s Visitor Centre near Aboyne. It will be open Wednesday to Sunday each week from 10am to 4pm.
Welcome
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 – 19:30
This will be our first meeting of 2018-19. We will welcome new members and review our plans for the year. There will also be an opportunity to talk to some of the members whose exhibition prints are on display.
Practical – back to basics
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 19:30
A short talk followed by practical work with your camera covering mainly the basics of focus and how it can be affected by camera settings. This should be of interest to members at all levels of experience and ability. Please bring your camera and, if you have one, a tripod – but don’t worry if you don’t have one.
Critique – prints
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – 19:30
****DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE MEETING THIS EVENING HAS BEEN CALLED OFF****
We will postpone the critique session to a later date,
Working in small groups, we will examine some the prints which were displayed at the exhibition. This is an opportunity to learn how to look at photographs and provide constructive criticism and feedback.
Practical – low light
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 19:30
We will have a practical session taking photographs in low light. Please bring your camera and, if you have one, a tripod – but don’t worry if you don’t have one.
Last submission date for Assignment 1 – Open 1
Post-processing demonstration
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – 19:30
How you process your digital files after you download them from your camera can make a big difference to the appearance of your final image. Several members will show us how they process their RAW files using different post-processing software packages. They will also explain the final steps in preparing an image to submit to a Club assignment.
Event photography – mountain biking
Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 10:00
An opportunity to photograph the Drumtochty Enduro mountain biking race. If you are interested in attending, contact Harry Scott for further details.
Assignment 1
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – 19:30
Judging of Assignment 1 – Open 1
Judge: Bob Humphreys
Prints critique and feedback from the exhibition
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – 19:30
Working in small groups, we will examine some of the prints which were displayed at the exhibition. This is an opportunity to learn how to look at photographs and provide constructive criticism and feedback.
We will also examine some of the feedback from visitors to the exhibition and find out what the public thought of our prints.
Black and white demonstration
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 19:30
A demonstration on how to produce black and white digital images. (This is ahead of Assignment 3 – Black and White.)
Critique – digital images
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 19:30
Working in small groups, we will examine some digital images provided by members. This will be another opportunity to learn how to look at photographs and provide constructive criticism and feedback. Send your images to Peter Grant – see the email which was sent to members on 1 November.
Last submission date for Assignment 2 – Coastal
Two practicals – Basic camera settings/modes AND hidden camera functions
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – 19:30
This evening we will be running two simultaneous sessions – one for less experienced members and one for those with more experience. You will need to choose which of the two to attend.
The session aimed at less-experienced members will be an introduction to camera settings and modes. We will cover the basic concept of what your camera is actually doing, by looking at shutter speed, aperture and iso settings – showing you how each of them can impact on you photo in a different way. We will then explore some of the different operational modes in which the camera can be placed (for example Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority). If you are still getting to grips with selecting the appropriate camera settings for a particular situation, then this session is for you.
The other session is for those with more experience. We have several members lined up to explain some of the functions on the modern camera which you might have used infrequently or never at all. Have you ever wondered what bracketing is all about? And what is that focussing button on the back of the camera? An interval meter – what’s that? And how can you make multiple exposures in-camera?
For either session, please bring your camera and, if you have one, a tripod – but don’t worry if you don’t have one. And, if you can find it, you might find it helpful to bring your camera manual.
Assignment 2
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – 19:30
Judging of Assignment 2 – Coastal
Judge: Andy Hayes
Practical – indoor portraits
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 19:30
We will look at how you can make simple indoor portraits using light from sources such as flash, a candle, an iPad or phone. Please bring your camera and, if you have them, an off-camera flash and a tripod – but don’t worry if you don’t have them
Talk
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 19:30
Three members will talk about their photography and tell us what they like to photograph and why.
Quiz and dinner
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – 19:00
This will be our final meeting before Christmas and we will have our annual dinner and a quiz.
Venue: The Boat Inn, Aboyne
Time: 7.00 for 7.30pm
Last submission date for Assignment 3
Monday, December 31, 2018 – 23:59
Last submission date for Assignment 3 – Black and White
Discussion
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – 19:30
At our first meeting after the Christmas/New Year break we will discuss some of the ways in which you can display and share your images. Social media and prints are two options. But how about making a photobook?
Assignment 3
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 19:30
Judging of Assignment 3 – Black and White
Judge – James Dyas Davidson
Talk
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – 19:30
CHANGE TO THE PROGRAMME
In place of the practical, we will have a talk on the history of photography
(We will be photographing moving objects. Bring your camera, tripod, macro lens and flash unit – but do not worry if you don’t have some or all of the last three items.)
Practical
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – 19:30
Post processing images – hands on practice in how to improve your images on the computer.
Critique evening – digital images
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 19:30
Members will be invited to submit an image which they feel might be improved by post processing. Each image will then be sent to two other members who will be asked to process the image in advance of the meeting. On the evening we will discuss and critique the different versions of each of the images.
Last submission date for Assignment 4 – Open 2
No meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 19:30
No Meeting
Assignment 4
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 19:30
Judging of Assignment 4 – Open 2
Judge: John Rutherford
Talk
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – 19:30
Three members will talk about their photography.
Deeside Donside Competition
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 19:30
We will welcome Donside Camera Club to Belwade for the annual Deeside/Donside Competition.
Judge – David Hay
Last submission date for Assignment 5 – Dusk to dawn
Talk
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 19:30
Invited speaker Moira Norrie will give a talk on Safari photography.
Moira went on her first photographic safari to Kenya in 2010 and became hooked on wildlife photography. Since then she has become a regular visitor to the Maasai Mara in Kenya as well as the polar regions. Like many, she started by taking what she would now consider “record shots” but gradually realised that she wanted to create something different – something that would capture her vision of wildlife and her emotional responses when she spends time with these beautiful creatures.
You can see some of her photographs on her website and 100 of her best images are on Instagram
Assignment 5
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 19:30
Judging of Assignment 5 – Dusk to dawn
Judge: Jan Holm
Image exchanges
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 19:30
Feedback from our image exchanges with Clacks Camera Club and Peterhead Camera Club.
No meeting
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 19:30
No meeting
No meeting
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 19:30
No meeting
Talk and demonstration
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 19:30
Club member Harry Scott will explain how to photograph wildlife from a hide.
Last submission date for Assignment 6 – Portrait
Talk and demonstration
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – 19:30
We will have a talk and demonstration on drone photography
Grampian Eye 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 09:30
Grampian Eye is an annual photography competition among camera clubs in the North East of Scotland. Grampian Eye 2019 will be hosted by Visions Photography Club at the International School in Aberdeen
For further information, see the Grampian Eye 2019 website
Admissions is by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained from Bob Thorp.
Assignment 6
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 19:30
Judging of Assignment 6 – Portrait
Judge: Marie Paterson
Talk and practical
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 19:30
Landscape photography part 1: Discussion and practical demonstration of some of the techniques you can use when photographing the landscape. They will include use of filters (for example, for long exposures), handling scenes which contain both very bright and very dark areas, and deliberately moving the camera while taking the image.
Practical
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 19:30
Landscape photography part 2: Outside around Belwade – putting it all into practice by taking photographs in and of the landscape
Practical
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – 20:16
Landscape photography part 3: Post processing your files from the previous week to produce some stunning images.
AGM and awards
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – 19:30
The Club’s annual general meeting with awards to winners of the assignment groups and the announcement of the Photograph of the Year.