Hertford and District Camera Club

syllabus / programme

Programme of Meetings 2020-2021 season

Meetings are held at 8:00pm on Friday evenings at St John's Hall, Churchfields, Hertford SG13 8AF (near All Saints Church: approach from London Road) unless otherwise stated.

Due to Covid-19 the first part of this season will take place online. Visitor info here later.Non-members wishing to join a meetingan online meeting please click its VISITOR button.

September 2020

18

The Malcolm Unwin PDI Trophy

Knockout competition for last year’s best projected images. Plus the results from last season's battle v Køge Fotoclub in Denmark. d

25

assignment #1

We know what you did during lockdown!

Show your photos taken during the Summer break, and tell us how and why you took them. d 

October 2020

2

Club competition No 1: open projected images¹

Judge: Ron Tear ARPS MPAGB PSA3* BPE4*

9

2019-20 AGM / Chairman's Evening

followed by “What’s in your camera bag?”, an illustrated discussion about our favourite gizmos, widgets, lenses, cards… and bags.

16

lecture

My Restless Lens

Dr Keith Snell EFIAP EPSA LRPS

An active photographer based in Cumbria, Keith will introduce us to a broad range of photography including wildlife, figurative, abstract, impressionist and landscape. d

23

practical evening

New Images from Old, Before and After

An opportunity to discuss images and techniques for Assignment #2, with some demonstrations and a chance to learn new skills.

30

lecture

Wildlife Photography Around the UK

Alison Jenkins ARPS DPAGB BPE1*

Alison takes us to some fantastic yet not-expensive-to-get-to UK locations to capture stunning wildlife shots, explaining her shooting techniques and camera settings, and showing us the equipment she uses. d

November 2020

6

Brains Trust

Please submit your questions in advance for answers by selected experts from the club.

13

lecture

Northern Winter – Survival in the Snow

Sarah Kelman ARPS DPAGB

The northern taiga is the largest land biome on the planet, but also one of the harshest for the animals that live there. When the winter snows arrive, many species migrate south. This is the story of those animals that remain to overwinter in these harsh conditions. d

20

Club competition No 2: open projected images¹

Judge: Ben Pike

27

lecture

The Essential Guide to Landscape Photography

PAGB recorded lecture

December 2020

4

assignment #2

New Images from Old, Before and After

Show and discuss your creative images, especially work inspired by the 23 October Practical Evening. d 

11

lecture

The Dragon in Monochrome

Margaret Salisbury FRPS MFIAP FIPF FSITTP

How and why Margaret chooses monochrome for landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes; for creative work, pictorial, natural history and travel; and in particular for people and their way of life. Known as "the Welsh Dragon" because of her dragon signature on the back of her prints she has for many years been the go-to person for advice on obtaining photographic distinctions and qualifications. d

18

Christmas Social Evening

25

no meeting

January 2021

1

no meeting

8

Mini Set-Subject Competition: ‘Angles and Curves’

Judge: Naomi Saul ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP d p

15

Club competition No 3: open prints¹

Judge: David Steel. DPAGB

22

lecture

The Best Camera is the One You Have With You

Dr Thomas Peck

How to get great photos from your smartphone's camera, and process the images afterwards. First a look at the types of photography that the phone is ideal for, and at using it to ‘sketch’ before getting out the ‘proper camera’. The second half will show how to process the images and bring out the best from them. Bring mobile images to process on the night.d

29

lecture

British Wildlife Photography

Andy Sands

A leading wildlife photographer, Andy will give us an insight into his work, with hints and tips for tackling UK subjects. d

February 2021

5

Club competition No 4: open prints¹

Judge: Lloyd Moore CPAGB BPE3* (CACC)

12

practical evening

Night Photography in Hertford

An opportunity to work on images for Assignment #3. Bring cameras, tripods and wet weather clothing.

19

lecture

Making the Connection

Colin Southgate FRPS

Colin explores the connection between art and photography, as the rush of creativity unleashed by digital imaging blurs the lines between the two disciplines.

26

lecture

The Elsden Archive

Cllr Peter Ruffles MBE

Arthur Elsden and his son were photographers in Hertford between 1859 and 1926, and some 250 of their glass slides were given to the Club, early in its life, for safe keeping. Peter knows them well, and will be talking about his favourites.

March 2021

5

lecture

The Nik Collection

Phil Janes LRPS

Nik Collection is a group of plug-in software packages for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and DxO PhotoLab which allow a range of effects to easily be applied to images, in particular to replicate black and white darkroom effects. D

12

Club competition No 5: open projected images¹

Judge: Daphne Hanson DPAGB APAGB

19

assignment #3

Nighttime Photography

Bring your dusk and nighttime images to discuss, especially from the 12 February Practical Evening. d p

26

Club competition No 6: open prints¹

Judge: Colin Westgate FRPS MPAGB APAGB MFIAP

April 2021

2

Good Friday, no meeting

9

Set Subject Competition: ‘On the Street’

Judge: Colin Strong LRPS CPAGB D P

16

lecture

Reality is For People with No Imagination

Gary Nicholls

Gary will inspire us to try new ideas and ignore convention in creating personal projects, using the camera as a tool to create Fine Art images from imagination to realisation. D

23

lecture

Astro Photography

Nik Symanek

A well-known astrophotographer, Nik will explain the process of capturing images using CCD cameras. D

30

Small Print Competition: picture area 300 sq cm max

Judge: Roger Poyser CPAGB

May 2021

7

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

followed by a photographic presentation.

14

lecture

Landscape in Transition

Mike Seaborne

Our changing environment as affected by economic and social forces. Over the past 45 years Mike has photographed in the north of England, London, the Upper Lea Valley and across Europe, and for more than 30 years was Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London. D

21

CLUB DINNER

with presentation of end of season trophies

key
meetings
regular comps
other comps
not Friday
outings etc

¹ Competition entries are due the week before each competition.

² The dates of weekend outings may change if weather conditions dictate.

d Projected Digital Images evening.

p Print evening.

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