February 2012 Newsletter Sunday, Feb 19 2012 

Matters Arising From AGM

Shaun advised he still requires many more before/after images to fulfill our commitment for the grant we received from the Creative Communities Funding Scheme.   It is up to each and every member to partake in this exercise, and time is of the essence.

The offer from Wharepuke Art Gallery was deferred to our March meeting due to a full programme this month.

Matters Arising from Committee/Sub-Committee meeting.

The change of format for our monthly meeting was read out (A copy of which is attached to this newsletter) followed by a five minute Question Time.


Vin gave his presentation on the workings and benefits of the PSNZ.    Vin enlightened many of us on the finer points and one of the benefits being a substantial discount given when attending any of the Conventions.   Vin felt the conventions were well worth attending and the workshops associated with these were very beneficial.    He went on to explain how to apply for a Licentiateship (LPSNZ)   the starting point of the Society’s honours ladder.    Any financial member of a Club affiliated to PSNZ can apply for an ‘L’     You do not have to be an individual member of PSNZ.

General Business.

John asked for a letter to be written to the PSNZ to see if we can get some clarification for ‘Judges Standards.’

Ps.    A website has been forwarded to the judges for their perusal (written by a PSNZ member.)   This website covers many aspects of judging, but if this does not cover all that is required, the PSNZ will be contacted directly.

It was bought to our attention that we are not covering all aspects of digital imagery.    Doug has covered this in his ‘President’s Comments.’    I am also pleased to advise Doug will be writing a ‘President’s Comments’ each month, and these will be attached to this monthly newsletter.

Our next meeting will be at Cherry Park House, Landing Road, Kerikeri.   7pm start on the 8th March, 2012.


January 2012 Newsletter Friday, Feb 3 2012 

Welcome back for 2012.

At our first meeting for the year on Thursday 9th February 2012 at Kaikohe, Vin is going to give us an insight into the workings and benefits of the PSNZ.    It appears few of us understand the benefits of belonging as individuals, as compared with membership through our Club.

The following is a list of ‘ratings’ which our images are given when judged each month.    We all look forward to reading the comments from the judges, and then we have some idea as to how we can improve.   The ratings are as follows:-



Above is our Honorary Photographer to the Kaikohe A P & H Assoc. Inc. who is about to go aloft in a Top Energy bucket on his official business.

(Good on you Shaun  –  and thanks to photographer Vin.)

If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining our Club, please invite them along to join us.

November 2011 Newsletter Wednesday, Nov 23 2011 

After a very disruptive start to our meeting (one very drunk intruder who certainly was not there to learn about photography) Steve proceeded with his most interesting talk.   Steve touched on many interesting aspects of photography and with many questions being asked by members it became a very informative night.   The three main filters Steve uses are 1.  Polarizing filter for landscapes etc. and in particular rainbows.   2.   81b filter – used in bush etc. where there is a lot of green and 3.   Graduated filter.  This is used mainly to dull down bright sky.

As Steve does a lot of bird photography he showed us the Better Beamer Flash Extender which he uses.   If anyone is interested in taking this further, go to the ‘birdsasart’ website, where they are available to purchase.

Thanks so much Steve for your time and effort and we were all sorry it started with so many distractions.

Thanks also to Shaun for managing to remove our ‘drunk mate’ without too many hassles.

Our next meeting will be the AGM and the last meeting for 2011.

At this meeting Jill has made a presentation for us to see, which is about “The Camera Club’ in general.   Looking forward to seeing it Jill.    Other members who did the Tiritiri Matangi trip, will also be bringing along some of their images.   Should make an interesting night.

The AGM will be at Kerikeri on the 8th December at the earlier time of 6 pm.   Everybody please to bring a plate of food to share.

September 2011 Newsletter Thursday, Sep 15 2011 

Thanks John for your presentation on Sports and Action Photography.   Very interesting and I feel we are all far more informed now on the technique of ‘panning.’

It was brought to our attention the state of the cups etc. at our Kaikohe venue.   This situation can only get worse because all the kitchen cupboards have now been locked and the detergent, clothes etc. cannot be used.   As from our next meeting the Club will be supplying paper cups, teaspoons etc, therefore also saving the job of washing-up.   The used cups will be put into a plastic bag and Alan will dispose of them at home.

The subject for next months meeting is ‘New Life.’   As this gives a wide range of subjects, we should get an interesting range of images.   This month it is digital only.   Don’t forget your original images as well as your final adjusted image.   Maybe, whoever took the photos could give a brief rundown as to what adjustments etc. have been made to bring it up to the final result.

Thanks John for bringing along your glass-beaded screen.   It appears the images were better on this screen with images being clearer and more true to colour.   A slight alteration to the brightness on the projector also improved the images.   Alan is checking on prices for a beaded screen, and will update us at our next meeting.

We were hoping to add a ‘tip of the month’ in each newsletter, but to date I have not received any.

At the August meeting time was short so we didn’t see the ‘Logos” that have been designed.   Please bring them all along to the next meeting as the end of the year is looming fast and we are going to run out of time.

The Kawakawa Vintage Railway workshop was a great success.   Everybody thoroughly enjoying it and the outcome were some very good images.

Next months meeting will be on the 13th October at Cherry Park House, Kerikeri starting at 7 pm.

August 2011 Newsletter Friday, Aug 19 2011 

Alan gave his presentation on Portrait Photography, which of course was most interesting with next months subject being ‘Portraits’ (Prints only this time)

Some members brought their cameras along so it became a hands-on evening which always makes it more interesting, and better for learning.

Thanks Alan for all the time and effort you put into this, and thanks also to our two models – John A. and Dot.

Thanks Claire B. for bringing along the Camera Club Photography books so everyone could see exactly what we have got.   If anyone has taken a book on loan, please email Claire so she can keep a record of it.

If anyone is interested in ordering photo paper, remember Irene has found a supplier who is prepared to give us discount.  The price difference is quite amazing.    A ‘named’ brand is approx. $2.28 – $2.90 per A4 sheet.   This paper is 59c per A4 sheet.

For those who are interested go to www.asia-digital.co.nz and click ‘Other Products’ then ‘Printing Products’ then ‘Inkjet Media-Cut Sheet.’    Next order whatever you require and then proceed to ‘Check-Out’. Camera Club Members have a redemption code to put in ‘Enter Your Redemption Code.’ Enquire Coral or Denis for this.  At this stage he will give us 10% discount, but if more orders are placed he is prepared to give a bigger discount.   The packets are twenty A4/A3 sheets.

Next months meeting will be on the 8th September at Kaikohe Citizen’s
Hall, Tawanui Road,
Kaikohe at 7 pm.

July 2011 Newsletter Sunday, Jul 24 2011 

As there was very little business to discuss, Denis got straight into his presentation on Diptrychs and Triptychs.   First we watched a video which you can see again at tv.adobe.com called ‘The Complete Picture.’   This video dealt with ‘Pairing Your Images’ showing the sort of images that work well together.   This was most interesting as it made you think outside the square as to why two images relate to each other.

We then looked through the entries for Toy Story.   This was disappointing as only two members have presented images, and remember we need to choose our best ten to have any chance in this Interclub event.   Hopefully by now more images will have been emailed to Denis, as time is running out.

As we had to present these images earlier than expected, the subject for our August meeting has changed from the ‘Yearly Programme.’    The subject therefore  for August will be ‘Open Colour.’

Welcome to our three new members.   Hope you all enjoyed the evening and you will be back again in Kerikeri for our next meeting.

The next meeting will be on the 11th August, at Cherry Park House, Landing Road, Kerikeri starting at 7pm.

May 2011 Newsletter Sunday, May 22 2011 

At our April meeting Doug gave a great presentation on Landscape Photography.   It was obvious by the presentation that Doug had given this a lot of time and thought, with it all being presented and projected on to the screen.   It is all the finer detail that can be learnt from a lesson like this.   Great presentation and much appreciated Doug.

Vin brought along images of a small project he had been working on.   It involved two different types of light bulbs and a hammer  –  fascinating.   Thanks Vin.   All good for thinking about.

Just a reminder, digital images are to be presented as follows:-
The correct size for projection use is 1024 x 768.   If the image is in portrait orientation, the sides are to be filled with black or dark grey to fill the screen.    Also each image is to be named as follows:-   Competition Name – Member No. – Number sequence.    Eg.   Celebration – 22 – 1 (2 or 3)

We have had many request for a list of members names – phone numbers and email addresses, so they can be given out to all members.    If you are happy to have your details given out in this way,  please advise me by return email.    If I do not receive an email from you, your name will NOT be included.   I will then endeavour to have this list emailed out to you all before our next meeting.

Dot was able to advise us the Camera Club started on the 27th February 1984.    Therefore the 30th Anniversary of the Club will be 27/2/2014.

The Toy Story subject was discussed with many ideas coming forward.

  1. Rusty old Matchbox Toy cars positioned among long grass to look as if they have been much loved, but now discarded.   Setting the scene right would make this very realistic.
  2. Ideas from the film Toy Story.   Children heading towards their teens, but still could not part with their ‘comfort’ toys.
  3. Big boys and their toys – Boats, cars etc.
  4. Remote controlled toys.

Our workshop at Cherry Park House on the 11th May was most enjoyable.   Thanks John for sharing all your knowledge.   As with Doug’s presentation, it is all the little bits of knowledge we get from these workshops, that will help us all to eventually become better photographers.

At our June meeting, Jill will give her presentation on HDR photography.   This sounds rather daunting if it is new to you, but I’m sure Jill will enlighten us all.

The subject is ‘Celebration’ for the 9th June meeting at Cherry Park House,Landing Road, Kerikeri, starting at 7pm.

April 2011 Newsletter Monday, Apr 25 2011 

April Meeting:

Present:-  Denis, John P, Steve, Claire B, Coral, John S, Lyniss, Jill, Delwyn, Diane R, Ray, Shaun, Vin, Roger, Diane A, Dot, Alan, Grace, Irene and Doug.

New Potential Member:-   Liana

Welcome to our club Liana.   Hope you enjoyed the evening and will be a full member soon.

Denis read through Incoming Mail, including plenty of workshops/competitions etc. for anybody who is interested.

The grading and points given to our images for Club Nights was discussed and they are as follows:- Accept 1 – Merit 2– Commended 3 – Highly Commended 4 – Honours 5

Last month’s competition for Book Titles was misunderstood by some members.   ‘An image depicting a Book Title’ was asked for, but some took this as ‘making a book cover.’    Because of this, a few were marked down.

Irene gave her presentation on ‘Printing on Canvas etc.’    This was a great success with everybody showing a lot of interest.   Thanks Irene for putting so much work into this prior to the meeting.   I am sure many have gone home with great ideas on new ways to use their images. (Editors Note: The notes for this are in the Download section.)

Denis then went over our ‘Summertime’ images reading out the judges comments.   Both John P and Steve were very informative as to what they would have done to improve the images.    This is such a good way for us all to learn how to look at an image and to know what can be done to improve it.

Referring back to the ‘Self Assignment Project’ we discussed earlier, we have now set a date for these to be presented.    We require four images telling a story, and set out in a similar way as we did the Mountain Trophy.   Remembering the Mountain Trophy this year is a Diptych or Triptych (Digital)   This new assignment is for four prints set out on card no larger than 40cm x 50cm in size.   The judging will be based on originality, and how the story/project/event etc. is revealed.

The project entry date will be 10th November, the same night as the Mountain Trophy entries.    Therefore on that night we will have both digital and prints to bring along, and the results will be announced at the AGM Pot Luck Dinner on the 8th December.

The subject for next month is ‘Weather.’  The subject for our Interclub Competition this year is ‘Toy Story’ but it appears  some are struggling to come up with ideas for this.   We have therefore decided to have a discussion on this at our May meeting.   Any ideas could be ‘thrown in the middle and tossed around’ and hopefully we will all go home with a clearer idea as to how to attack it.

Just a reminder about our nightly $3.00 supper fee.   This is very easily overlooked on the night, but it is needed to keep us on the right side of the ledger.    The best way to remember is to take your name tag as you pay, and then there is no doubt.

We are working on having a workshop in May sometime, but at this stage a date has not been finalized.    An email will be sent out just as soon as a date is decided on.

Our next meeting will be the 12th May at Kaikohe Senior Citizen’s Hall,Tawanui Road, Kaikohe at 7 pm.

March 2011 Newsletter Thursday, Mar 17 2011 

Present:- Doug, Denis, Alan, Diane A, Claire B, Jill, Coral, Roger, Lyniss, Grace, Diane R, Ray, Delwyn and Claire G.

Apologies:- Dot, Shaun and Irene

Our meeting with the Cherry Park House Committee was discussed,  and it was decided to keep the Dark Room at that venue. Denis will inform them of this. Claire B. has agreed to catalogue the photography books we have in the dark room, and she will also keep a record of books signed out and also their return. If anybody has any photography books they would like to donate to the Club, please bring them along next month, and they will be gratefully received.

Denis asked Alan to check with the ASB as to when the Club first opened their account, as we are still trying to establish just how old the Club is.

Doug announced our Club Logo Competition which hopefully everyone will partake in.   It would be good for the Club to have its own logo and for it to be used on any correspondence  etc.

There isn’t any ‘prize’ as such, just the honour of seeing your design chosen.

Doug also announced a ‘Self Assignment Project’ for us all to think about through the year.   We would like four images that all relate to each other.  Eg.  The Four Seasons, A Flower From Bud to an Open Bloom etc. etc.   If we start giving it some thought now, we should get some outstanding entries.

Jill then gave us a great insight into metering and focusing. Thanks so much Jill. You had obviously given this a lot of time and thought, even handing out some very interesting literature for us to take home and study. You have now set the bar very high for us all to follow and this might take a bit of doing. Thanks again.

Next month Irene is going to talk on ‘Printing on Canvas’ which will be most interesting. Irene has also had some great ideas on how to use your photos in different project, so try not to miss this meeting.

As Jill’s discussion made us all think about how we focus our cameras in different situations etc. it was decided to start at 6.30pm  (our next meeting at Cherry House) for anybody who is interested in a ‘hands-on’ half hour.    The normal meeting will start at 7 pm as usual, but if you would like to bring your camera along and have Jill there to advise you on the above, you are welcome to do so.

The subject for next months competition is ‘Landscapes’ and as you know this is a trophy subject. This time they are to be presented as prints, not digital.

Our next meeting will be on April 14th, at Cherry Park House, Landing Road, Kerikeri at 7pm.





February 2011 Newsletter No2 Thursday, Feb 17 2011 

Present:- Jill, John P, Coral, Denis, Claire, Wally, Grace, John S, Irene, Doug, Vin, Roger, Dot, Diane and Alan.

New Potential Members:- Nicola, Diane, Ray and Kevin.

Apologies – Delwyn

Welcome to our four new members. We hope you enjoyed the evening and will be back again next month.

After going through the incoming mail, Denis gave a run-down on the Rules and Regulations of Digital Images when entering them into competitions.  This was most interesting as next months meeting will be in digital form only.

Next John Perkins covered the basic workings of a camera. John made this a most interesting discussion, which new and old photographers participated in, which is what we are looking for. All learning from each other.

Time caught up with us a little, and I missed giving out the Questionnaire we would like you to complete, giving us more ideas on what you would like to learn from Camera Club. Also Doug missed announcing our ‘Logo’ Competition. Hopefully at our March meeting we will be more organized and these two things will be covered.

Irene has made new brochures for advertising our Club. These have now been given to a few members in each area, to see if they can be put on Notice Boards etc. around the area.

At our March meeting we are going to discuss Camera Metering and Focusing. Another part of photography which is most essential to have correct. We are hoping everyone will partake in this discussion, therefore all learning from each other.

Our subject for next month is ‘Book Title’. A photo relating to a book title. This should be most interesting, giving everyone a wide range to choose from. Don’t forget it is DIGITAL ONLY.

Our next meeting will be on March 10th,  at Kaikohe Citizen’s Hall, Tawanui Road, Kaikohe at 7pm.

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