Meetings are held on the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of each month (excepting late December and early January allowing for the Christmas/New Year break). Meetings are from 7:30pm (Print Registration 7:15 - 7:30pm) until 10:00pm at The Latvian Hall, 4 Clark St. Wayville SA 5034 unless otherwise specified.
At this time (January 2021) it is anticipated that all meetings with be face to face at the Latvian Hall and competitions will be Print and Digital.
The programme for the coming year is outlined below. Some dates and activities may change because of COVID-19 restrictions or additional information added as it becomes available during the year, so check regularly to keep up to date. Definitions for the Set Subject competitions are outlined too, so scroll down and make yourself familiar with the specifics for each Set Subject.
12 Welcome / Presentation Welcome back and "Grill the Judges", a Q&A session on entering competitions and how to do well!
16 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Urbanscapes: Meet at the red lighthouse, Port Adelaide at 5:00pm and seek out urbanscapes.
26 Photo Shoot: Australia Day in Rundle Mall and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
9 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Beach shoot at Grange Beach (6:15pm for a 6:30pm start)
20 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Water bird shoot. Magazine Rd. North side of the Salisbury Highway. Dry Creek. Time: TBA
23 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Bridges
9 Presentation: Post processing of bird photographs: Presenter Peter Barrien
23 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Fences
27 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Botanic Gardens. Meet at Main Gate on Plane Tree Drive. Time: TBA
13 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Cityscape/Urbanscape
24 Photo Shoot /Workshop: Studio shoot at Latvian Centre (Hi key/ Lo key)
27 Presentation: "Wildlife and Zoo Photography" : Presenter Adrian Mann
8 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Field Trip Astro shoot at Mannum (Peter Burke)
11 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Sports photography
15 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Field trip Adelaide Zoo
8 SPECIAL CLUB COMPETITION: John Addison Memorial Trophy and the Lou Marafioti Trophy
12 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Architectural photo shoot. Time & Place: TBA
22 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: High Key/Low Key
29 Presentation: Hilary Hann Wildlife
13 Workshop: Portraiture: Presenter: Martin Newland
17 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Illuminating Adelaide (This may have been cancelled)
27 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Nature
SALA exhibition at Capri Theatre for entire month
10 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Adelaide Camera Club vs Fordingbridge (UK) - (Zoom meeting)
21 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Street Photography. Time & Place: TBA
24 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Emotions
31 SPECIAL CLUB COMPETITION: Eric Robertson Trophy
14 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Street Photography
18 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: TBA
28 INTERCLUB COMPETITION: Adelaide Camera Club vs Para Camera Club - (Zoom meeting)
9 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Seascapes with Peter Barrien. Location: The Sticks, Port Willunga. "Everyone should photograph these at least once in their lifetime."
12 SPECIAL CLUB COMPETITION: Iris Millikan Trophy & Vince Calo Trophy
26 AGM and Closing date for entering the Club Annual Exhibition.
23 CLUB COMPETITION: Set subject: Crowded Spaces
20 Photo Shoot /Field Trip: Available light with models & cosplay (maybe). Location: TBA. Time 6:30pm
14 Annual exhibition at Hamra Centre *
*Annual Exhibition: Special topic: Architecture
An image that portrays emotions of a human or animal subject. Emotions include anger, sadness, happiness or sorrow to name a few. The emotion must be clearly evident in the subject, either in facial expression or body posture
An image where a fence or barrier is the dominant part of the image. This includes the subject seen in wider context or close up to highlight a feature or features of interest.. A fence is a freestanding wooden or metal structure that encloses a yard, pasture, or other area. It prevents movement across a boundary. Typically outdoors, it is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, wire, rails or netting. A hedgerows and dry stone walls are not regarded as fences. A fence differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length.
Cityscape/Urbanscape photography comprises the visible physical aspects of a city or urban area. It should not comprise all or part of a single building. The image can include people, cars, or other moving objects but these should not be the dominant feature of the photograph.
Street photography is one of the least understood genres in photography. Typically, street photography documents people in their everyday environment and usually features chance encounters or a random involvement with a human subject. It should always tell a story. Despite its name, the genre does not need to feature streets, it can be a capture from any location eg underpass, stairway, subway or walkway. The rules of composition still apply but the image must tell a story. People do not necessarily need to be present but evidence of a human presence such as shadows or the items left or altered by the subject are desirable. Although controversial, this form of photography is usually candid to differentiate it from ‘street portraiture’ but non-posed photographs where casual eye contact is captured is acceptable.
An image where a bridge is the dominant part of the image. This includes the subject seen in wider context or close up to highlight a feature or features of interest.. A bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water, valley or road, without closing the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross.
Landscape photography attempts to capture the natural scenery of a terrain. Common subjects for landscape photography include mountains, valleys, fields, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, coastlines and deserts etc. The image must not include evidence of human habitation where this evidence is the dominant point of interest.
Ask yourself, if I remove buildings, people or animals from the image then does this detract from my image? If the answer is yes then the image is out of category.
Landscape photography also includes seascapes featuring the sea or coastline as the dominant point of interest .
May include buildings, people and animals but they must not be the main subject.
Sports Photography is an exciting and challenging type of photography. Capturing the action at its peak is your ultimate goal. In sports anything in the scene will be moving. Decide how you would like to capture that movement. Straight shots, no manipulation. Cropping for size only.
Fast shutter speed; to freeze the action. (so it looks still) or a Slow shutter speed; to let the movement blur giving the feeling of speed or excitement. Panning; moving your camera along in time with the moving subject so they come out nicely in focus/sharp but the background blurs. This gives a feeling of movement and speed. Sports photography isn’t just about capturing star athletes at the top of their game — some of the greatest shots focus on the reaction after a win, fans and athletes coming together, or the crowning of a champion on the Olympic podium. Others highlight an athlete’s physique.
Portrait photography is about capturing the essence of a person's identity and attitude. They are not candid photos taken at will but are carefully planned and structured images designed to convey the core characteristics of the subject. Portrait photography involves four types of approaches:
- Environmental - where the subject is positioned in surroundings that speak to the person's identity or profession;
- Constructionist – where emotion and atmosphere are built up through background, lighting and the person’s body language;
- Candid - the image is planned but the subject does not know that the image has been taken; and
- Creative, where the portrait has been taken in the traditional way but post processing techniques have been applied for creative effect.
All approaches should include the persons face, preferably one subject but no more than two.
The portrait may show all or part of the person from a tightly cropped face to full length. It 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. The subject should not be engaged in any activity to the total exclusion of the viewer.
The following examples would not be acceptable as portraits:
- An image 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.
The definition of a Nature photograph is as per the Fédération Internationale de l'Art definition (FIAP):
- Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, 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 must 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 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
- Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
- Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
- Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
Here is a simplified version of the accepted APS and PSA and FIAP nature definition.
1. Animals or birds maybe Zoo or game farm creatures.
That is, birds or animals where they are dependent on man for food.
2. So long as you cannot see enclosures, they are accepted. (A kookaburra sitting on a railing, even though it is wild, and perched there, is not accepted)
3. Farm animals or domesticated animals are NOT acceptable.
4. Wild plants and fungi are accepted. Any cultivated plants are not.
5. Landscapes are accepted, so long as you cannot see any man-made structures, or footprints in sand, or tree branches which show a cut surface (hand of man)
Landscapes must be taken with only one exposure. Blended exposures are not accepted. However in photoshop darks may be lightened, and highlights darkened.
But you cannot take one exposure for the sunrise or sunset, another for the land and blend them together, although this is what you may have seen.
There is no rule that says you cannot use a long exposure to blur water, as of course you need to use a long exposure at sunrise and sunset, due to low light levels.
- Removal of dust and scratches is allowed.
- Cloning is NOT allowed.
- Changing any content in the image is NOT allowed.
- Allowed: curves, levels, cropping, selective sharpening, brightening certain colours, dodging and burning.
- All changes must appear natural. This does not extend to vignettes.
- HDR and focus stacking (for fungi or flowers) is allowed.
- Stitched images are NOT allowed.
- Infra-Red is NOT allowed.
- Colour images maybe converted to mono.
High key/ Low Key
High and low-key photography is a creative device used to suggest mood in a scene. High-key lighting in a studio situation reduces the lighting ratio in the scene creating an image which is brighter with little or no shadow; there is less contrast between the darker tones and the brighter areas. Alternatively, low-key lighting features a lot of darker tones with minimal whites and midtones. These creative techniques are not restricted to portraiture in a studio environment. The techniques can be applied to landscapes, architecture or outdoor scenes where a creative suggestion of mood is required by the author.
This category includes photography of a building intended for human occupation with the view to highlight the aesthetic, design and construction features. The building or structure can be of any type, old or modern, exterior or interior. The approach may include a specific detail of the structure that displays architectural angles and lines in a dynamic and aesthetic way.
Given the inexorable increase of population all over the planet, this should be an easy subject, but it doesn't have to be people!