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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.
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.
Thank you to all the Members who have submitted images for the individual
Set Subject (Australian Nature) in the Northern Zone 2018 Competition which closes
on the 1st MARCH.
What a BUMPER CROP ! 67 x Individual Images were received (I had only 32 by Tuesday-evening)
We will keep our word and NOT CHARGE the $1/image entry fee to our Entrants.
Good luck to our Members…it will be good to bring the Set Subject Trophy Home.
Have a nice and relaxing week-end.
Northern NSW Zone of Photographic Societies Convention 18th — 20th May 2018 — Laurieton United Services Club (LUSC)
The Hastings Photography Group is the host for this year’s Convention.
I recommend this year’s unique convention which has been very well planned by our own HPG Northern Zone sub-committee. There will be a variety of eminent speakers and presenters and an opportunity for members to handle the latest cameras and lenses, to learn portraiture skills in a fully equipped studio with models and to attend other workshops to learn photography skills under the guidance of professional photographers. Competition entries from all clubs will be displayed at the Convention.
Photography Competition winners will be presented with trophies and awards at the formal dinner and for the first time I would like to see winners actually receive their awards in person., especially if they are HPG members, and don’t forget to book a dinner place for your partner to help make it a fun night.
Please get in early and register for the Conference by Registering on the new Northern Zone Website specially introduced by the HPG. I would love to see you there and showing what a great club we have.To find out more and to register for the Conference please click on the following link:
Please note you can use your HPG website user name and password on the site.
We have been asked by Douglas Vale Vineyard to participate in their Festivities by exhibiting some of our Club’s
Photographs. John & Susie Smith, Paul Barron, John Upton, Frank Kolver, Linda Appleby, Colin Bennett and Chris Randall
exhibited some of their already framed/mounted/on canvas Photos.
No sale was made, although John Smith has someone very interested in his Goliath Heron Image. Here’s holding thumbs, John !
We were entertained by Australia Sing, some Ukulele Players and Krista – the Zumba Instructor and her Group.
The ‘Tasting Room’, just next to us was well frequented and as a result we had a lot of feet passing by and out of decency, I suppose,
a lot of people had a look at the images before they could, guilt-free, go through to the Tasting Room. We might have picked up at least 6-8
people interested in visiting the Club and maybe becoming members. That alone would make the whole day worth our while.