Presidents report 2019

I believe the club had a strong year in 2019 with membership standing at 115. We have a good number of new members. Thanks to Dave Sumner for stepping into the membership co-ordinator role and also running the mentoring sessions.

We made a few changes in response to the survey we ran last year and introduced a 3 level competition structure. We are still monitoring the use of the new “Enthusiast” level. The additional training that has been requested had a good uptake- the workshop run by Mark Galer was very well received and there are 2 more intermediate/advanced workshops coming, one with Heather Prince on Intermediate photoshop. In November Bill Bachman will be teaching us to critique our own images in a hands on workshop. Also in response to the survey the menu system on the website has been improved, comments welcome!

The monthly competition nights have been well attended and there has been a good vibe in the room during the break, nice to see. And not too many complaints about the judges, which is also good! A special mention to Rosie for coordinating the prints and Stephen for coordinating the digital entries and keeping the score sheets! Also thanks to Geoff and Jill who have been instrumental in making sure the door is open and chairs are out when the members arrive!

While on competitions, we did very well at Interclubs this year, which is a credit to all our members and the group who get together to chose the images. Well done Marlene for taking this on!
Our monthly workshops have been a mix of hands on and training. We started 2019 with a visit to Epson. In conjunction with Danielle from Starleaton we were treated to a print workshop- we now have a few more members printing, which is great. Other visitors have included Kayell with a lighting demonstration, Ian van der Wolde to teach us how to do better mono images (and didn’t we do well at the recent mono Interclub!) We have learned how cameras works and what can go wrong, learned about Lake Tyrell as a travel destination and had Ewen Bell demonstrate food photography. Tonight is a hands on Macro session with Karl Ludik and next month is another Gear night and swap meet.

Monthly outings have been ably coordinated by Helen Warnod, with help from others (thanks to Ross for stepping in when needed). Outings this year have been to the Blue Lotus water garden, the “Iconic women exhibition and Fed in French” day out, a visit to Alfred Nicholas gardens in Autumn, St Kilda in June, Bastille day in the city in July and Dogs Rocks and Buckley falls more recently. There have also been some adhoc outings with those who have enrolled in the WhatsApp group heading off at short notice. Thanks to Anthony for setting this up and adding the new members as requested.

Our yearly outing was coastal this year – we went to Warrnambool, which didn’t exactly turn on the good weather! Some highlights for me were our involvement with the RSL where we met a lot of veterans with great stories to tell and provided portraits for them. We did a number of coastal shoots, including a side trip to Port Fairy. Next year will be inland- Eildon. Do come along!

Our special interest groups have also been very busy! The Creative group has had some excellent speakers such as Ricardo da Cunha, Karen Alsop and Adrian Donohue, as well as hands on development of creative work. Many thanks to Paul for this value added SIG! The honours group meets intermittently but we have a significant number of members who are using external competitions to improve their photography and who have gained APS honours. In 2018/2019 Rosie, Felix and Geoff, achieved their AAPS. – Dave, Trace, Anthony, Marlene and Russell moved onto the next level with FAPS. I managed EFIAP/p and GMPSA. Well done team!

In closing it has been an unexpected privilege to serve as the President of the WCC. It would not have been possible without a strong committee. I’ve mentioned most of the committee, but would be remiss not to acknowledge the valuable work done by Tim as Secretary and Ken as Treasurer. Both have done a lot in their respective roles to make the club look as though it runs without effort! Many thanks to them and the committee for supporting me, and to the members for listening to me on competition nights for the last two years.

Vicki Moritz
WCC President
19th August 2019

August 2019 Workshop – Macro with Karl Ludik

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 August 2019. We aim to keep this as short as possible as the main feature of the evening is Macro Photography with Karl Ludik

Tuesday 16th July 2019 – 7:30pm
Main Hall, Mount Waverley Community Centre

Hands-on workshop – bring your camera, tripod and macro lens (if you have one).
Karl will also be bringing spare cameras and lenses.

Social BBQ on Tuesday 8th January 2019

Our first activity of 2019 will be a social BBQ at Brickmakers Park in Oakleigh on Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 6:30pm. Seats might be needed as there is limited seating, but plenty of space at the BBQs.

This is also the due date for our February competition, so bring along your print entries and make sure you are a paid up member!

Our venue:
Brickmakers Park
23-29 Stamford Road, Oakleigh 3166

A Taste of Activities for 2019

The committee has been busy planning activities for next year and we have been guided in this by the responses from the survey in terms of set subjects and workshops. A number of these are now confirmed and our first few competition nights will be as follows:

Month Judge Set subject
February Rob Sloane My home environment
March Jen Fawkes Perspective (monochrome month)
April Tom Putt Land/Seascapes
May Christopher Ian Portrait (also creative section)

So that you can prepare, other possible set subjects are travel, animals, movement, minimalism, food and low key/hi key. Once judges are organised these will be confirmed. The “creative months” will be May/July/September/November, so there is plenty of time to get creative before they are due in!

Workshops currently being organised are printing, black and white photography, low key/high key lighting (Kayell), travel photography, camera function and maintenance, macro photography, astro-photography and more.

We are also well on the way to securing Mark Galer who will be doing a half day workshop on LightRoom where we are hoping to cover some of the more advanced features. The first weekend in March is the likely date for this event and there will be a small charge which will be subsidised somewhat by the club. An advanced photoshop workshop is also being planned so watch this space.

Vicki Moritz
President, WCC

Membership fees for 2019

Please be advised that the Membership fees for 2019 are now due and payable before the new year gets underway. Entries for the first competition night will not be eligible for consideration until the member has paid their fees for the 2019 year. Those new members who joined the Club after 1 October 2018 have already paid for the 2019 year.

The preferred method of payment is through TryBooking at: https://www.trybooking.com/ZNYA

Please note that this system will charge an extra 30 cents on top of your membership fee, which the Committee feels is reasonable for Members and it makes the considerable task of gathering and recording payments much easier for our Treasurer. If you would prefer to make other arrangements for payment please contact Ken Barnett, our Treasurer at treasurer@waverleycameraclub.org.

Thanking you all in anticipation,
Tim Keane
Secretary

August 2018 Workshop – Tom Putt, AGM, and Swap and Sell

We are pleased to announce that for our workshop on Tuesday 21 August 2018 we will be in the newly renovated main hall at the Mount Waverley Community Centre.

At 7:30pm we will be holding our Annual General Meeting, members please ensure that you sign in on the night. We aim to keep this as short as possible.

Our main feature of the evening will be a presentation (starting at 8pm) from award-winning fine art landscape photographer Tom Putt.

Our final item of the night is the Swap and Sell. Many items have already been listed via email, but feel free to bring along any other items you no longer need but think other members might.

Notes on sharpening in Lightroom

Sharpening images is a basic skill, but often done badly. Too little sharpening and your image will look soft or fuzzy, too much and sharpening artefacts such as halos around detail and edges are prominent. So here are a few notes to assist in understanding what the various sliders in Lightroom’s sharpen tool do.

In the Develop module, the sharpening tool has 4 sliders, Amount, Radius, Detail, Masking. Feel free to play with these and investigate the effects on the image. The “square-cross-hair” icon at the top left of the preview area can be clicked to then click on a relevant area of your image to centre the preview on that area. Or, you can move your cursor over the preview image and note that the cursor becomes a hand. Click and drag to reposition the preview of the image. Choose an area of the image where there is some detail that you are interested in being sharpened. It may be, for example, eyes, or, in this example, some feathers with lots of detail. You can see in this image (right) that there the feathers are a little fuzzy. This preview has the default settings of 25 sharpening, 1.0 radius, 25 detail and 0 masking. Some sharpening is normally expected because of the complex procedures needed to translate the pixels in raw images – in the sensor the different colour pixels are different positions and need to be combined – to a rectangular grid of pixels, each with RGB values (for a brief overview try Demosaicing – Wikipedia if you are interested in the technical details).
Read more “Notes on sharpening in Lightroom”

Meetings relocated to Ashwood Hall until end of June 2018

August 2018 update: The renovations are complete and will will be back in the Community Centre for the August workshop.

June 2018 update: It is now expected that the renovations will continue until late August 2018.

The City of Monash is refurbishing the Mount Waverley Community Centre where we hold our monthly competition nights, workshops and creative special interest group meetings. Up until the end of June 2018 these meetings (except one creative group meeting) will be relocated to Ashwood Hall. Meetings in Wadham House will continue to be held in Wadham House.

Our calendar will be kept up to date with the location of every meeting.

Ashwood Hall is a short distance away at 21A Electra Ave, Ashwood VIC 3147:

Please ensure you park in the carpark, not in the street.

If you want to know more about the refurbishment then please refer to Refurbishment of Mount Waverley Community Centre and Mount Waverley Youth Centre.