It is time to upload your digital images for the 2018 POTY and DIOTY competitions, including the digital footprints of your print entries.
Closing date for uploading to the website is 24 November at 5.pm.
Full instructions have been prepared and are attached on the link below:
The PIOTY & DOTY Competitions with their various categories are now open for Members to upload their entries.
How-to Instructions :
Log in to the Website > Members > Enter a Club Competition > Click on the Competition you want to enter > (your personal Gallery will open with ALL the images you have loaded during 2018, plus the score you were awarded for each) > Click on Thumbnails to have a look at your images > Click on SELECT (the image you’d like to use) for the Competition you’ve clicked on ( ie. POTY- Nature, Mono, Colour ot DIOTY-Nature, Mono ,Colour )> WAIT (!) for image to upload > repeat the above steps until you have loaded different images into the various Categories in both Print and Digital (should you want to participate in both.)
Three (3) images are allowed for each Category (Nature, Mono & Colour) in both Print and Digital (a total of 18 DIFFERENT Images !) You may enter an image ONLY ONCE !!
You can remove any uploaded image from the Competition-site and enter a different image again at any time before the close of Competition which is 24th November @ 6PM.
You will notice that the November 2018 Competition’s different categories are still marked as NO RESULT – you’ll have to wait until after the 20th November to ascertain if some of those images might be good enough to enter into POTY & DIOTY.
Note : You are allowed to enter the Print Competition with Digital Competition Images (and vice versa) , PROVIDING you do not duplicate images in the various Categories
One last thing : You will NOT be able to upload an image for use in the POTY & DIOTY Competitions from your PC – it is NOT allowed. That pathway has been blocked – you may only use the images showing in your Gallery.
I will have a PowerPoint-presentation ready for Club-night on the 6th to illustrate the ease and uncomplicated way to upload images.
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.
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.
On March Club night Kevin Ho gave a presentation on creating stitched panoramas. His prepared notes can be read by clicking on Creating Stitched Panoramas
This is an update of my last post which had the incorrect day for 11th March, see corrected entry below.
His session with be followed up by a practical field trip on Sunday 11th March at 8.am. Members to meet at the entrance to the Westport Bowling Club. Please follow the instructions in Kevin’s notes for setting up your camera and for the equipment you should bring to the outing. Help will provided by Kevin and other experienced photographers to get those wow factor images. The session will be followed by coffee at the Bowling Club.
By the way Kevin would appreciate your comments about his Tuesday session. Please click on Leave a Reply below this entry.