For information on the club and how to join the please go to the About the Club page .
On Saturday 13th October 2018 we are holding a Creative Experimental Workshop at the EDCC between 9 am and 12 noon.
The major objective of this fun workshop is to help members generate ideas to get their creative juices flowing and then demonstrate ways in which these ideas can be applied using different Photoshop techniques using multiple or combined images
Kathy will discuss ways of generating ideas using a Disney technique drawing on input from the attendees.
Kevin will then present a PowerPoint presentation, about how to create the attached composite images, from 4 single images.
Members , as usual, will need their laptop with PS CS6 or CC installed. If they don’t have a laptop, they can share another member’s computer.
Colin and Kathy will help members during the Workshop.
We hope this will be a fun morning and members without a lap-top can still participate, learn and enjoy the usual tea/coffee break.
Kevin will present a Workshop on ‘Selective Colour’, on Saturday 15 September, between 9 am and 12 noon. This will be a good guide to editing images for our next monthly Set Subject, Selective Colour. and this workshop will be a good way to learn PS techniques apart from Selective colour, e.g. Layers, Camera RAW filters, History Brush, Selection Tools etc. If you have a laptop with Photoshop CS6 or CC, please bring it along or just come along to see how it is done.
Please arrive early (8.50am) to help setup. The cost is $5.00 pp & includes Morning tea.
The September Print Night will be held on Tuesday 4th September at 7 pm at our meeting rooms at the Emerald Downs Community Centre – Lighthouse Plaza – Port Macquarie. Location Map
This will be a print competition with a difference – because prints will be judged by HPG members. Each member will score entries on a score sheet for each category, but not score their own entries. Prior to the judging process members will be briefed on the judging criteria and procedures. Completed score sheets will be handed to the competition stewards to identify winners in each category and overall top print of the night. If there is a tie for the top image, it will be decided by a show of hands or secret vote. Scoring is based on three criteria i.e. Technical, Composition and Impact. The rules for this competition are as follows:
- Mounts shall be no larger than 400 x 300 mm (16”x 12”)
- Prints may be any size or shape within the mount
- A label with the name or the author, category and title shall be affixed to back of the mount on the top left side—available from website. Log into ‘Members’ — ‘Club Rules and Documents’ — ‘Print Labels’
- Title shall not exceed 30 characters (letters/numbers) and spaces, no punctuation marks permitted
- Members must also upload their jpg image to the website — not exceeding: 1920 pixels wide, 1200 pixels high, maximum 2 Mb file size.
- For more detailed information, please refer to ‘Competition Rules Final 300818’ on this website, click on the About the Club tab above.
- Print entries may be handed on 4th September Print Night provided your images have been uploaded to the HPG website beforehand
- .Visitors and new member always welcome.
The AGM was held on Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 7.pm
The following committee was elected:
- Harry Bryant: President/Web Admin
- Colin Bennett: Vice President/Training
- Ian Wilbore: Secretary/Treasurer/Membership
- Lindie Kolver: Competition Steward/Web Admin
- Barry Ihle: Competition Steward/Web Admin
- Kevin Ho: Training Coordinator
- John Shaw: Newsletter/Events/Web Admin.
The meeting was followed by discussion on various issues including the future of the print competitions with some worthwhile suggestions from members. We also discussed 2018/19 club night activities including demonstrations, workshops and field trips for the next year.
The next Workshop will be held on Saturday 11 August 2018 between 9 am and 12 Noon at the meeting Rooms at which Colin will show members how to merge images in Photoshop. Workshop fee $5.00 including morning tea/coffee and goodies.
The HPG monthly digital night will held on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 7 pm at the Emerald Downs Community Centre behind Lighthouse Plaza, Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie. Visitors are welcome to attend find out what we do in our club and to see the results of the judging of this month’s digital photography competitions.
This is also a reminder that membership fees are due. Members must be paid up members to vote at the forthcoming AGM which will be held on Tuesday 7th of August. For information on how to pay your dues see this month’s InFocus Newsletter available on this website by clicking on About this Club and then Newsletters at the top of this web page.
This month we will get feedback from those members who attended masterclasses Northern Zone Convention which were run by professional photographers. We will share our experiences and ideas and discuss new techniques for future HPG workshops. John Shaw for example will discuss the Polarized Ice Photography masterclass he attended, and I watched a particularly well run portrait workshop using soft lights and I look forward to getting feedback from other HPG members who attended these and other masterclasses.
This will be followed by a session on candlelight portraiture. This will be a hands-on workshop and members should bring their camera, tripod, their fastest lens and a remote control device, if they have one. Please bring a friend or relative to be a ‘model’ for the session and to join in the fun. The August set subject is indoor portraits with the sole use of a candle/s, direct candlelight, reflected, back-light or a combination of all or some of these techniques, so this will be a great opportunity to learn some new techniques.
If you are not an HPG member and you would to know what we do, please come along, you will be welcome. You might wish to contact us, please click on ‘Reply’ see below.
Today’s Photoshop workshop was run by Kevin Ho on the subject of Making Local Adjustments using Layers and Masks. Kevin showed members how to improve their images by making adjustments to levels, saturation and sharpness etc.. This was a great introduction to the subject and members followed Kevin’s instruction to improve the own images. Members can access Kevin’s notes by clicking the Members menu item at the top of this page and clicking on Tutorials Lesson Notes and Information.
Would members please respond to this post by leaving a reply (see below in blue) listing the specific photo editing tools, menus or or post processes they would like to learn. Please be very specific so we know what skills you would like to learn and can arrange further workshops..
HPG hosted a very successful Northern Zone Convention in Laurieton at the LUSC this year.
We’ve had lots of compliments, praise about the Venue and especially the treats supplied for
morning-and-afternoon teas and of course, the Saturday-evening Dinner-combined-Awards-evening.
The Speakers were all very good – way above the standard of previous Northern Zones I attended.
We had dr Jim Frazier :-Aussie Icon and Inventor of the Infinity Lens that Directors like David Spielberg
and James Cameron were wild about. Ben Fewtrell, with his humour and enthusiasm provided a relaxing next hour
with lots of jokes and laughs and invaluable tips. Mark Galer (worldwide ambassador for Sony and Australian &
New Zealand Ambassador for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom ) is a mine of information and a technical whizz-kid.
Malcolm Fackender (Eyes on Asia/Africa/Burma/Myanmar/Cuba) is an entertaining speaker with a wealth of Travel
experience and he held the audience captive.
The Masterclasses went very well – with some hick-ups of course – not easy to herd 100 people to seven different
different shooting locations at the same time and not lose one or two. The Masterclass Leaders were David Oliver
and Malcolm Fackender in the Movement Ballet and Dance Studios, Mark Galer outside LUSC, Tim Bauer in a separate
fully equipped Studio, Doug Coleman and Susan McNeill in the Scout Hall (thanks Peter Forsyth!) and Diane and Colin
Schofield in the LUSC. We had Ice-Crystal Macro Masterclasses, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dancers,
Powerful Portraits, Studio Work and Fine Arts and Vintage Glamour Shoots. Lots of fun, lots of great images obtained
by Delegates and most went home shortly after 12 on Sunday, thankful that we didn’t arrange an ‘after-conference-shoot’
as per previous Conferences for which delegates mostly had to pay extra.
Dropbox – Link for Convention Images
Judging can become very complicated. Every person (judge) has a genre they are partial to and because of that,
should you (as a judge or photographer) not have certain definite criteria an image should adhere to, you are in danger
of not being particularly impartial. Therefore I use visual communication in helping me be impartial towards any image.
The image has to answer TWO questions whilst I am assessing it:
1) What is this image about ? (try and answer this question honestly before you submit it to any competition)
2) What is the Intent ( here I look at the composition, the rule of thirds, the DOF, the sharpness of the image,
the technical ability portrayed. Intent = Which RULES were applied in making and
presenting the image?
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Prints and the quality submitted to the Competition.
Thank you for asking me to Judge your May Print Competition.
Are you still thinking about attending the NZ Conference?
We are fortunate to have Laurieton United Services Club as our Conference Venue. They have provided five separate rooms for our exclusive use: private registration foyer — conference room — exhibition hall — masterclass studio, — dining.
There are seven masterclass shoots being conducted simultaneously on Saturday afternoon .
On Friday Evening from 6:00pm you’ll be able to stroll through the Print Exhibition at your leisure, assess each submission, and afterwards have a drink at the LUSC Bar and/or a meal with friends and acquaintances before retiring to your hotel, or going home.
On Saturday Morning the Registration booth opens at 9:00am sharp, and if you have not already enrolled for the Saturday afternoon Practical Masterclass Sessions, NOW is the time to do it. FOURTEEN Masterclasses are scheduled: SEVEN during the 1st session, and SEVEN during the 2nd session.
Each NZ delegate will be able to participate in at least two Masterclasses.
There will be Keynote Speakers throughout the Morning (as per the agenda) and you’ll be able to wander around the Exhibition Hall at any time to look and handle Cameras and Lenses brought by the Exhibitors. Also, talk to professionals about your photographic printing and equipment interests.
After Saturday Lunch at 1:30pm sharp, you should make your way to the foyer and join your Masterclass Leader. You will be lead to the venue/room by your Leader, where you’ll be busy for an hour — actively participating in the Masterclass.
After the first Masterclass, you should return to LUSC for ‘Tea and a Treat’, then make your way back to the foyer to join your Masterclass Leader for the next one-hour session.
If at any stage you feel bored or don’t want to participate in the ‘Shoot’ anymore, you are free to return to Exhibition Hall in LUSC and browse. The Hall will be manned all the time.
After the second Masterclass you are free to return to LUSC; have a drink; socialise with friends and acquaintances; browse the Exhibition Hall, attend a Slide show by David Oliver on his Bhutan Photographic Trips or by Tim Bauer on the famous faces he’s had in his lens in his illustrious 40-yr Career.
The pre-dinner drinks will start at 6:30 pm at LUSC and the Awards Night and Dinner at 7pm. Dr Roy Killen will give his Keynote address( Photography in your back-yard and beyond) and we will have a fun and laughter-evening.
On Sunday Morning we will have two Keynote addresses by two well-known and famous people (as per agenda). The Conference will finish up at 12:00pm on Sunday and Delegates will be able to make their way home.
Do not forget to pack the following for the Convention
Your camera with charged batteries, suitable lenses, external flash (and fresh batteries) if you have one and a tripod.
Hat, sunscreen, sunnies, enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new.
Bring this along to the Convention Venue on Saturday morning UNLESS you can nip to your accommodation during Lunch to fetch it before the Masterclasses start at 1:30 pm.