Hi Everyone,

Last Thursday Nick Allen did a presentation on lighting.  If you weren’t able to attend, you missed an excellent program.  Nick has a stellar background in film and lighting and put together a very informative program that enhanced every attendee’s knowledge of lighting, its properties and uses. Thank you, Nick, for taking the time to put together such an interesting and well thought out program.  

You should have received an email looking for a volunteer to help Kevin as the Judges chair.  As you know one of the main priorities of our club is competition night and we are always in search of judges to critique our images.  This doesn’t happen automatically, someone has to contact a judge and set up a date for them to review our images.  It doesn’t take much work, but it does take a little bit of time to locate and contact a judge and set up a date for their appearance.  Please contact me or Kevin if you can assist with this very important part of our club activity.  

Speaking of competition, we have a committee that reviews all the images that are submitted in a competition.  The committee members review the image to insure they meet the standards for the specific category.  We occasionally miss something, but we try to insure the image is in the correct category and has only the amount of post processing that is allowed in that specific category.  In Pictorial pretty much anything goes, but for the other categories, such as Journalism and Nature, there are very specific rules.  Please review these rules before you upload an image into the competition.  I have made the mistake myself and need to check the rules again and again.  Please help us out and save our volunteer members time so they don’t have to contact you to ask what you did to an image or ask you to move it to another category.  

Before I go, we do need another volunteer to be a back up projectionist. We want to make sure that if our projectionist wants to take a vacation and go out of town there is someone to take his/her place.  We need to make sure someone is available every month for the competition nights.   If you can help us out here please let me know. The club doesn’t operate automatically, it takes members to make things work.  This is yourclub, please take part to continue to make it a club we can all be proud of belonging to.  

Lastly, I have attached a chart to the end of this message so you can see the participation in each competition category.  As you will see Pictorial always had the largest number of images submitted.  The other categories can be challenging but we don’t learn if we don’t do.  So, challenge yourself to learn to take Journalism, Creative and Nature images.  Then enter them into the competition to get feedback on how to improve your photography.  That is why we are all here.  That is it for now, go out and start shooting.