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.

Reminder for the social BBQ on Tuesday 9th January, 2018

Hi all – and I hope you had a great Xmas and New Year.

We are kicking off our 2018 programme with a social BBQ at Brickmakers Park in Oakleigh. This commences at 6.30 pm – BYO everything. Seats might be needed as there is limited seating, but plenty of space at the BBQs.

So this is a reminder to come along, put in your entries for the February competition, and make sure you are a paid up member!

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

For details on what is happening this year, do check out the website for workshops, Special Interest Groups, training, competition, outings etc. We have a great year ahead and I hope to see you at the BBQ

Xmas greetings and a taste of 2018

I am writing to wish you and yours a great Xmas and excellent New Year and to let you know of some of our 2018 activities.

The WCC website has been updated with 2018 dates and competition information. Our first meeting for 2018 will be the Social BBQ on Tuesday 9th January at Brickmakers Park in Oakleigh- 6.30 start. PLEASE NOTE: February competition entries are due at this gathering and you must be financial. MEMBERSHIP fees are due and need to be paid for competition entry.

While the 2018 programme may be subject to change we have some great speakers and activities scheduled The first competition night is 6th February. Set subjects are now listed on the schedule (definitions), as are the names of a number of the judges where available. NOTE: we now have 3 months with an additional Creative completion section and end of year aggregate trophy.

The first 2018 workshop is Aerial photography- hands on with Drones with Jeff Bethell from EE hobbies on Tuesday 20th February. Some of the 2018 topics are Still life, Creative Inspiration, Portrait photography, with more to come!

Special Interest groups- Creative, Flash/Portrait, Honours and now AV will be offered in 2018. A comprehensive training and mentoring schedule including contact details to register your interest has just been finalized and is now available.

Have a great festive season and see you all on 9th January!

Vicki Moritz
President

Membership renewals for 2018

During 2017 we have increased the range of events and activities that Members can participate in and we are planning on a similar level of options for 2018 with speakers who are experts in their field, a range of outings, tutorials, and special interest groups to suit a wide range of Members’ needs.

The recent AGM confirmed that the membership fees for 2018 will remain unchanged and it is now time to renew your membership for next year.

The membership fees are:

  • General Membership: $70 per year
  • Concession (over 60 years old or on a pension): $60 per year
  • Full time student under 25 years old: $20 per year

Read more “Membership renewals for 2018”

End of Year Function – Tuesday 5th December 2017

Our end of year function is the chance to get together and celebrate the year’s achievements, mix socially with other members and find out the winners of our annual awards and “Print of the Year” Competition.

The event is fully catered with a two course meal (BYO drinks)

Limited seating so we encourage you to reserve your place now



When: Tuesday 5th December, 2017
Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start
Where: Main Hall, Mt Waverley Community Centre
Cost: $36 per person, (same price for members and partners)

Please book and pay by 24th November 2017

AGM minutes and notification of new committee

Little did I know when I joined the Waverley Camera Club in early 2009 – as a very B grade photographer – that in 2017 I would end up as President, the outcome of this years AGM. Paul will be a very hard act to follow, so I’m looking forward to the continuing support of members and a very strong committee to keep the club a great place for us to share our love of photography.

The new committee is as follows:

  • President: Vicki Moritz
  • Vice President: Lenore Pedrina
  • Treasurer: Alan Bennett
  • Secretary: Bob Thomas
  • Committee members: Rosie Hughes, Ross Eddington, Stephen Edmonds, Jan Knight, Dave Sumner, Fred Seeber, Geoff Shaw, Jill Shaw

We welcome new members Bob, Jill and Geoff and thank Paul, Donna and Marie Shaw for their invaluable assistance on the 2016/2017 committee

Richard Pilcher gave us a very informative overview of his African photography tour which is now available on line.

I look forward ​to the coming year – planning now commences for workshops, competitions, outings etc. All ideas welcome.

Membership Fee – Due Now

The WCC Membership is due now and you must be paid up by the 30th December 2016 to be eligible to enter the first monthly competition of 2017. We haven’t raised our membership fees in many years and this year is no exception with general membership only $70 for the year. That is just about 20 cents a day for what is a very full year of competitions, workshops, talks, outings, specialist groups, trips away and much much more, where else would you get value for money like this. Details and how to pay your membership are in the flyer below, please don’t forget to put your member number in the transaction or your renewal might be delayed.

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