Friday, 25 February 2011

Panoramic Prints evening report - 22nd February

Tuesday 22nd February's lecture on Panoramic Prints by Gareth Davis was fascinating. Gareth started with a history of panoramas starting from the dawn of photography. Then we got an insight into not only purpose-built panoramic cameras, but home-made purpose built panoramic cameras (with Lego mechanisms!). His work has nothing to do with using software to stitch JPGs together.

We saw panoramas where the horizontal axis was time, not angle of view. We saw an entire parade march past recorded on one strip of film, and emerging as a single photograph. Finally we got an insight into Gareth's current use of panorama techniques to create 3D-like patterns from rotations in 2D, although most of us are still struggling with the explanation of those shots :-)

Gareth's website is here. He did say that it needs an update, and there are none of the more recent 3D spirals yet. To understand what you are looking at e.g. in the Kings Parade shots, you need an explanation.

Members' Evening - March 8th

A note from Steven Harrison:

As you know, we are evaluating changes to the competition scoring system. We want to use this evening to have a look at scoring and also judging, two topics that are frequently discussed on club nights. So we intend to run a peer-judged competition to compare scoring systems and to enable members to put themselves in the Judge's position and discuss the images.

To take part, please 
  • send Steven up to 3 PDI's in normal Projection Format ("Name-Title.jpg", 1024x768, sRGB). If you are happy for your image to be used for the Editing Workshop please also provide the original image.
  • include a few sentences describing the image, what you were trying to do, what editing you have carried out. Your narrative will help to get the debate going, and may also trigger useful feedback in the second half of the evening, which will look at digital editing

Members will be given a scoresheet with the narrative and options to score out of 20 and 1st/2nd/3rd/highly commended etc. We will aim to tally the results rapidly during Tea break.

If time permits, in the second half of the evening we will hold a "How to.." session using Photoshop or Elements to explore some of the themes emerging from the competition. Editing topics that have come up in recent evenings include
  • detail in shadows or highlights,
  • removing blemishes/dust marks,
  • cloning to cover distracting elements or highlights,
  • proper catch lights in eyes, etc etc
The Editing Workshop can be continued ion a later Member's evening if required.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Programme for March

March 1st - Print Competition. Please send the titles of your entries to the Competitions Secretary (Annie Nash, usual email address) by Sunday 27th. Don't forget to declare if a print has been entered before, and if so, how many times.

March 8th - Members' evening. Steven Harrison is organising this one. See the separate posting here.

March 15th - The Barbara Shurety Memorial Trophy. A PDI competition for the best Creative Image. The judge will be Robert Good.

March 22nd -  "From the sea to the sky" - a slide lecture by Dr Peter Brandham.

March 29th - A Battle - further details TBA.

Lots of club members have letters after their names...

...including some of our members. 

This is a slightly edited version of an article by the PAGB that appeared in their June 2009 bulletin. I've added links to the various societies and their distinctions.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is the oldest and most prestigious photographic body in the world.

  • LRPS (Licenceship) is awarded for a good level of basic skill and competence
  • ARPS (Associate) is awarded for a high standard of technical competence and individual creative ability.
  • FRPS (Fellowship) is awarded for exceptional standards of excellence and distinguished ability.

Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) is the organising body for amateur photography in the Republic of Ireland offers its own distinctions which are 

  • LIPF (Licenceship), 

  •  AIPF (Associate) and 

  • FIPF (Fellowship).  

These are equivalent to the similar range of RPS awards and are open to photographers all over the world.


The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is the co-ordinating body for the 15 UK Federations with their affiliated clubs. Southgate Photographic Society is a member of the East Anglian Federation (EAF);  one nearby Federation is the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs (CACC).   Lecturers and Judges listed in the PAGB Handbook have their association  initials shown in our Programme.

The PAGB runs its own Awards for Photographic Merit:

  • CPAGB (Credit) requires very good club photography.
  • DPAGB (Distinction) is judged at the level of Open & International exhibitions.
  • MPAGB (Master Award of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) is awarded for an exceptional standard of photography to which few (amateur or professional) can aspire. 

APAGB (Award of the PAGB) is granted for meritorious service to the PAGB, its constituent Federations and their clubs.

Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP) is primarily European and makes its awards primarily on success in International exhibitions.

  • AFIAP (Artiste) is given for a large number of acceptances and at least one award.
  • EFIAP (Excellence) EFIAP/Bronze, EFIAP/Silver, EFIAP/Gold and EFIAP/Platinum requires even more acceptances and awards..
  • MFIAP (Master) may be the most difficult award to achieve In amateur photography Fewer than 100 MFIAP have ever been awarded and there is only a handful in the UK.

ESFIAP (Excellence of Service) and HonEFIAP are awarded for exceptional service.

Photographic Society of America  (PSA) was founded in 1934 and has members in 60 countries.

British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) are typically organised by a club or by a number of clubs in the same geographic area. They offer a Crown Award  Rating system -  BPE1* 25 points, BPE2* 50 points, BPE3* 100 points, BPE4* 200 points, BPE5* 300 points

Photographers who achieve BPE5* are eligible, upon reaching the accepted aggregate, to apply for ABPE  (Associate) and FBPE  (Fellow).

Professional Associations

The largest associations in the UK are the Master Photographers Association (LMPA, AMPA & FMPA) and the British Institute of Professional Photography (LBIPP, ABIPP &FBIPP).