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Club Report – Friday 24th Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:Our judge for the Portrait competition on Friday was Darren Woolway ARPS, professional photographer based in Plumstead, specialising in automotive photography. Darren has his own approach to judging which he feels should not only pick out the winners but help all those who enter to improve their chances by giving hints on how to improve not just their photography but their final presentation of an image. There was a high entry in the competition, giving Darren a busy evening but he offered an informative and detailed comment on each and every image, choosing the following in both print and digital, before deciding on an overall winner: Prints: 1st Philip Hinton with The Discreet Charm of Love Lost in Time, 2nd Ian Macey with Concentration, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Siobhan With Dark Hair. PDI: 1st Lesley Parker with Lost Soul, 2nd Anthony Wright with Coco, 3rd Anthony Baines with Into The Desert. Congratulations to Lesley Parker the overall Winner of The Tony C…

Club Report – Monday 20th Oct

Monday 20th October was our Battle with Folkestone Camera Club (, for both PDI and Print, hosted by Folkestone. The judge for the evening was Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB, and with the PDIs shown first we went into the break with a 9 point lead. After the break the prints were judged and the lead was extended by a further 7 points, giving Ashford an overall winning margin of 16 points.Ashford Photographic Society: 507
Folkestone Camera Club: 491Below are our scores and the winning image from each section.PDIAugur buzzard floats above Lake NakuruGeorge Pearson19 (3rd)Blue on greyGarry Shorter17Check mateGraeme Andrews19Checking out the opposition at the start of the raceStuart Thompson20 (1st)Common blues matingNeville Marsh18Crime sceneHelen Bramley15Galapagos sea lionsStephen Cheek15If you dareBob Dyer17Kingfisher with fish for mate No.1Richard Nutter18Porth NanvenMartin Till14Serval jumpBob Devine18The Alice Cooper bandGraham Salt17The Chapter HouseMark Cald…

Club Report – Friday 17th Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:On Friday evening at APS we were told all about ‘Seeing’ by Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*. Richard is currently a member of Invicta Camera Club and has been gaining knowledge of photography since buying his first camera in 1988. In 2011 Richard was appointed to the Visual Art Associateship and Fellowship Assessment Panel of the Royal Photographic Society and re-appointed to the Licentiate Assessment Panel and his photography reflects experience gained along the way. ‘Seeing’ means more than just looking, it means finding that little extra something that makes an image special to both the photographer and the viewer. Richard placed great emphasis on simplicity, and although it was obvious that monochrome was his first love he was happy to use colour where it brought a picture to life. We were treated to a stunning display of images from his travels, not all from abroad (he did have a very strong panel from Auschwitz), many from this country, particularly …

Club Report – Friday 10th Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB from Dartford & District Camera Club judged our first print competition on Friday. Roger, a PAGB judge, a Premier KCPA judge and also a KCPA Kent Judge Advisor, and his vast experience was evident as he commented meticulously on all images. His emphasis was on sharpness and originality, stressing that when judging so many entries his decision had to be made within a few seconds. His chosen winners were: Division 1: 1st Philip Hinton with The Discreet Charm, 2nd Nicholas Hill with The Sacrifice, 3rd Stuart Thompson with The Old Pier Swanage. Division 2: 1st Anthony Wright with Haystacks, 2nd Mike Routley with Light Through Yonder Window, 3rd Anthony Wright with Spanish DawnDivision 3: 1st Martin Tilling with Full Throttle, 2nd Les Gordon with The Cube London, 3rd Linda Thackeray with Beauty and The Beast. The Cube London by Les GordonThere was a large entry of high quality in all divisions and once again it is good to see some …

Camera Skills Workshops

I will be running two Camera Skills workshops, the first being on Thursday 23rd October and the second on Thursday 27th November. Both will be held at the Oak Room, Smeeth, starting at 19.45.

The topics I will be covering are:

Overview of Exposure
Understanding the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO Controlling Exposure
Exposure compensationSensor Dynamic Range & HistogramsMetering ModesRAW vs JPEGUsing FiltersWhite Balance Camera Shooting Modes; which one to use when
Aperture priorityShutter priorityManualBulb
Lens overviewThe three factors controlling Depth of FieldFocal length and perspectiveFocusing
Focusing TechniquesChoosing and using a tripod
All members are welcome.

Martin Till

Photoshop Basics Workshop – Recommended Resources

Following on from last night’s well attended Photoshop Basics workshop here are the resources that Ian recommended:Glyn Dewis Ramelli
The Grid, Photoshop User TV, Photography Tips & Tricks

Club Report – Friday 3rd Oct

Marjorie Burge writes:Another great evening on Friday 3rd October when Ian Stone DPAGB and Marie Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP BPE4* brought their ‘Worldwide Photography’ to the club. From small beginnings with a Kodak, and winning a trip to Australia their life of photography has indeed taken them worldwide, and we were lucky that they took time out to show us their amazing images of wildlife, landscapes and the people they met during their travels. Ian and Marie also took us through the steps they had taken along the way to achieve their skills, showing the wildlife panel Ian put together to gain his DPAGB and explaining some of the mysteries of distinctions. Distinctions well deserved as shown by their images of wild horses taken as they travelled through remote and wild areas in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Kokboru, Kyrgyz Game by Marie Laure Stone DPAGB BPE4 EFIAPMerlin Plucking A Dunnock by Ian Stone DPAGBNext Friday, 10th October, is our 1st Print Competition with Roger Force FRPS DPA…

What’s on in October

Club Activities3rdWorldwide Photography (D)Ian Stone DPAGB and Marie Laure Stone DPAGB EFIAP BPE4*9thBasic Photoshop (resizing, labelling & entering) (W)Sue Chapman ARPS10th1st Print Competition (P)Roger Force FRPS DPAGB APAGB1st Small Print CompetitionEntries for the Portrait Competition (P)17thSeeing (P)Richard Walton FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE3*Entries for the 2nd Projected Images Competition (D)20th“Battle with Folkestone” (DP) - Away23rdBasic Camera Skills (W)Martin Till LRPS24thPortrait Competition (P)Darren Woolway ARPS31st2nd Projected Image Competition (D)Zoe Garnham-Archer(D) = Digital Projected Images
(P) = Prints
(DP) = Digital Projected Images and Prints
(W) = Workshops held at the Oak Room, Smeeth on Thursdays at 19.30
Other Activities2nd - 5th – Tenterden Folk Festival
Four days of folk, music and dance in Tenterden town centre from the 2nd - 5th October.  Barn dances, concerts, Morris dancers, workshops, folk clubs, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, craft, music and street stall…