Our regular meetings and competitions (usually held in the Latvian Hall), will now be held online until the restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus have been lifted and it is safe to meet face to face again.
You can join a meeting and witness the judging from the comfort of your own home. The process to do this has been trialled by our Committee and is quite simple and requires no preparation on your part.
What do you need? You will need a desktop computer. If your computer, laptop or tablet contains a camera, microphone and speakers or headphones then all the better.
How do I join the meeting? Just before the meeting start time (it will open at 7:15pm for a 7:30 start), you will be sent an email inviting you to join the Zoom meeting (Zoom is the name of the conferencing program). Just click on the link next to "Join Zoom Meeting" in the email. Then just follow the prompts to join the meeting and you get there with minimal delays.
You may be prompted to download Zoom (which will take a minute or two), but most people’s experience is that this happens automatically in the background.
If you wish to use a different device, which does not have access to your ACC email, download Zoom on this device from the internet. Click on "Join a Meeting", and insert your meeting ID - this is the last 9 digits on the address provided in your invitation to join.
Mark Stevens has produced a quick guide for joining a Zoom meeting, and using the controls you have available on your screen (these are minimal - volume, image size, managing attendee thumbnails, using the chat facilities). If you have some doubts, please see the attachment.
How will Competition/meetings and judging work? Just like our regular competition nights, but on-line! After you have joined the meeting on Tuesday 24th March between 7:15 and 7:30pm, there will be a short club meeting during which the judge will be introduced.
The images will then appear automatically on your screen one at a time, and the judge will make comments and assign a score, which will be recorded.
We have found the image quality to be very good. Don't forget, all images will be judged digitally on this night (even though you have entered them in print and digital sections in Photocomp). Please do not print any images!
Printable instructions for using Zoom
You will eventually get your highly commended and merit certificates next time we meet face to face.
We hope you will enjoy this new experience. We do not know how long these challenging times will last, so this could become the norm for a while in the Adelaide Camera Club.