Welcome

The club conducts meetings regularly in North Adelaide with competitions, practicals, workshops and social weekends planned. Visitors to the club are always welcome. Please feel free to drop in one night .

Meetings are held at the rear of 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide (behind the North Adelaide Library and alongside the North Adelaide Post Office) on the second, fourth and fifth Tuesday of each month (excluding Jan & Dec) and typically start at 7:30pm. Please refer to the current programme for details.

If you are interested in joining the club, then please come along to any of the meetings at the clubrooms and take a look. Introduce yourself to any of the committee members (they will be wearing committee badges) and they will be pleased to answer any questions that you have.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MAY?

Sunday, 1st May 2016 – Club Outing  to Mount Lofty Gardens

  Due to the rapidly changing autumn conditions at Mt Lofty Gardens, we have decided to move the May 15 outing to this Sunday May 1st, to ensure there is still colour left in the gardens. I hope you can join us.
We will meet at the lower entrance car park at or before 10am (the gates open at this time). Look for Chris Woods who will be leading the morning. The lower entrance address is Lampert Rd., Picadilly (take the Crafers exit off the freeway and then the road to Piccadilly - NOT to Mt. Lofty). The Gardens are only a half hour drive from the city. Further information can be found at Visitor information - Botanic Gardens of South Australia - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens is a beautiful and extensive landscape of cooler climate European trees, surrounded by Eucalypt forest, just below My Lofty. There are some beautiful treescapes, gullies and pathways, close-up detail of foliage, and even native birds to photograph. Sunshine will really help, but good images are possible under any conditions there.

Afterwards we'll meet for coffee or lunch around 12:30pm at Essence Cafe in Stirling (shop 7 at the back of the shops car park on the left hand side of Mt Barker Rd).

Tuesday, 10th May 2016 – Club Outing  – Night Photography at Port Adelaide
 Our Club Meeting on 10th May will be a “Night Photography” outing at Port Adelaide.   Chris Woods will be leading this outing.

This meeting was not listed on our website.

 Meeting Time and Place.
We will be meeting in Port Adelaide at the Lighthouse at the end of Commercial road for a 6:30pm start.   Members who can’t make the start time can join later by calling Chris on 0408 684 140 to get an update on the group’s location throughout the evening.

Depending on the weather conditions there are a number of locations we may visit.  We may even try for some star shots at Garden Island.

Equipment

Tripods will be a must for this type of work.  It’s also advisable to bring a torch.
If you are not familiar with night photography, please visit some of the many available websites to get tips on camera settings and lenses best used for night photography.

As this is an outing can you please advise the Club Secretary if you will be able to attend this meeting.

17th to 29th May – SAPF Annual Exhibition

 This Exhibition showcases some of the best photography in South Australia.  Selected images from the entries will be displayed at extended exhibitions at Noarlunga and Nuriootpa after the main exhibition in the Hamra Centre Gallery, Hilton. 

Tuesday, 24th May 2016 – Club Competition at 7:30pm – The Set subject is “Nature”

The venue for the club competitions are the Club Rooms at 176 Tynte St. North Adelaide.

Definition for the set subject is:

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality, while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature of the story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene are permitted, including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-capture or derivations, are not allowed.

Tuesday, 31st May 2016 – Club Competition at 7:30pm – “ Vince Calo Trophy (B Grade)”

The venue for the club competitions are the Club Rooms at 176 Tynte St. North Adelaide.
The Vince Calo Trophy is for "B" Grade members and is awarded to the best photographic portrait of human being(s) as judged by the "A" grade members present on that competition night.

Special Rules: Vince Calo Perpetual Trophy

The competition for the VINCE CALO PERPETUAL TROPHY shall be held annually for the most outstanding portrait of a human being(s).

  1. It shall be open to 'B' grade members only.
  2. Entries shall not count toward aggregate points or awards.
  3. Entries are limited to three (3) per member in each category, ie three (3) digital image, three (3) colour prints and/or three (3) monochrome prints. Total of nine (9) images per member.
  4. Entries are judged by 'A' grade members.

Definition for Portrait is:

Portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. The focus of the photograph is usually the person's face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.

A portrait of a human person or persons is defined as follows:

A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face

  • may include more than one person, but preferably not more than two
  • may show all or part of the person ie may range from tightly cropped face to full length figure
  • may include settings and objects pertinent to the nature of the subject, eg home, work, leisure etc., but such settings or objects must be subordinate to the subject
  • subject should not be engaged in any activity to the total exclusion of the viewer
  • following examples would not be acceptable as portraits;
    • A figure study, where the portrayal of the figure is the dominant theme of the photograph
    • A photograph where the subject is actively engaged in any activity to the total exclusion of the viewer eg a football player taking a mark
    • A landscape where a figure is included but the landscape is dominant.

Entrants are urged to use common sense in assessing whether or not an image conforms to this definition. If in doubt, consult with the committee.

CAMERA  BASICS  101

This course will guide you through the digital photography basics you need to know to start taking better pictures now and will be suitable for the brand-new beginner and the somewhat knowledgeable. No previous training or experience is required.

Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, histograms, lens choice, etc- these are just some of the vital tools you need to understand to master your camera and to elevate your photography to the next level.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The only requirement is a digital SLR camera, a mirrorless compact digital camera, or any other digital camera that allows you to control the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. What is taught and discussed will apply to all DSLR and mirrorless compact cameras. A tripod would be a good investment as we progress through the course.

There will be a strong emphasis on practical work with participants encouraged to provide sample images (good and bad) for critique as a means of identifying problems and issues and improving your picture taking.

The course is free and will be held on days and times suitable to the participants which can be negotiated on the first session.

This course has started and the next workshop will be held at 9:00am on Saturday, 30th April 2016. Those wishing to join in are welcome and should contact Daniel Pangrazio for details.
We have use of a venue at: 72 Days Road, Croydon Park

All enquiries to Daniel Pangrazio, at: dpangraz@bigpond.net.au or 0416 233 767.