RCPS Press Report 13th October 2016

In place of the advertised programme on the 3rd October, because the scheduled speaker withdrew, member Stuart Ward volunteered to stand in and deliver a two-part session, the first of which was an Introduction to digital photography, covering types of camera, how they work, sensors, memory and storing pictures including PC backups. Many of our newer members and guests found this very helpful as I suspect did a few others! Following our usual refreshment and social chat break, Stuart introduced the idea of macro photography whereby a photographer gets up close and personal with flora or fauna or both. Stuart illustrated his methodology with pictures that he had taken and explanations of how he had achieved such glorious images. Hopefully Stuart will have informed and motivated more people to have a go at taking pictures with the intention of putting them into our British Natural History competition, the deadline for which is Monday, 5th December, 2016.  Next Monday is the judging of our first competition of the new season. Entitled ‘Humour’, I wonder who will be laughing all the way to the top of the competition league table after photographic judge, Duncan Webb, delivers his verdicts? This season, as well as judging the top three in prints and digital images, plus selecting an overall winner from the two first placed in print and in digital format, the judges are being asked to nominate up to three ‘highly commended’ and up to three ‘commended’ places in each category, print or digital. The RCPS committee decided that over the season it will be fairer than the ad hoc basis we had before where some judges handed commendations out like confetti and others withheld them. Judges can still withhold commendations but will be restricted to just three in each section, ‘highly commended’ and ‘commended’.

Our second competition, Altered Reality, has a closing date of Monday 24th October. The rules for this competition state that ‘The image must obviously display a change in natural colour, form, shape or any combination of these three. Creative images are montages (a blending of composite or multiple images). High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered ‘Altered Reality’. The original image must be made by the entrant. If you are submitting a montage, all images/elements must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer generated graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated, if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.’