What's On and Calendar

Due to the ongoing pandemic all meetings for the foreseeable future will be by video (ZOOM). This will be reviewed as the coronavirus restrictions are eased and hopefully we can get back to face to face meetings at the bowling club sometime this season.

The calendar below lists the up and coming club events, other events will also be listed here and on the noticeboard when applicable.  

Club Calendar (Right tab changes view, Second right tab expands to show comments, Right hand ‘+’ expands item only)

Jun
2
Thu
2022
Falkirk Schools – Term Time Public Holiday
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day
Jun
4
Sat
2022
Club Outing
Jun 4 all-day
Jun
27
Mon
2022
Falkirk Schools – Summer Holiday
Jun 27 – Aug 12 all-day
Aug
15
Mon
2022
Falkirk Schools – Staff Development Day
Aug 15 – Aug 16 all-day
Sep
1
Thu
2022
Welcome Evening – 1st Meeting of the 2022-2023 Season
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

We look forward to welcoming both old, new members and visitors to Falkirk Camera Club.
Our first meeting of the 2022-2023 season is on Thursday, 1st September 2022 in Falkirk Bowling Club, Cochrane Street, Falkirk, FK1 1QB.

Typically the programme consists of having a guest speaker,  running a competition evening or members nights.

A Message from the President
Thank you for showing your interest in our club, why not come long to one of our meetings, meet some of the members, and find out what we do.
You can attend a couple of meetings before you commit to full membership. 
What will you find? Well we are a friendly club with a wide age range of members where you can further your interest in still photography, appreciate the art form and enjoy the company of like-minded people. It does not matter what type of camera you have, generally the best one is the one that you happen to have with you at the time! We have members with all different makes and types of camera who are only too willing to share their knowledge and experience.
We currently have well over 46 full members with a wide range of ability. There are competitions to enter if you wish – they are not compulsory, but they are a good way of getting feedback on your images. 
If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us using our website contact form, and  we will be happy to make sure you get the information you are seeking.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings – do come and say hello.

Bob Black – President 2022

Sep
8
Thu
2022
Speaker – Hunter Kennedy
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

Sep
12
Mon
2022
Falkirk Schools – September Weekend
Sep 12 all-day
Sep
15
Thu
2022
Member’s Night
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15 for 19.30hrs

Sep
22
Thu
2022
Hand-In for PDI Knock Out Competition
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

Stanley BlochMemorial Trophy. PDI Knock-out.

Members submit up to fourimages at the start of the season and through a ‘knock-out’ process over theseason a winner is determined. PDI Knock-Out rules apply.

Competition Submission Guidelines

Digital images(PDI’s)

All digital images forprojection must be saved as JPEG’s sized to within a maximum of 1600 pixels inwidth by a maximum of 1200 pixels in height and in sRGB mode. A portrait imagewill have a maximum height of 1200px and a width less than 1200px, a landscapeimage will have a maximum width of 1600 and a height 1200px or less and asquare image will be a maximum of 1200px x 1200px. Details on how to resizeimages can be found at Tips, Image resizing II (I).

All images should be submitteduse Photoentry (see the Photoentry post-it on the website noticeboard) 

Club Website.

Placed images will generallybe shown on the club website Competition/Images page unless the author requestotherwise.

A full list of all the clubrules can be found at competitions/rules.

Submitting animage.

If you would like to submit animage to one of the competition don’t wait to get the perfect image go withwhat you like. All judges are different and like different types of image,however in my experience all judges like to see the “Basics” done properly.I’ve outline below most of the these based on my experience of competitions,

Basics.

Check outthe Tips page if you’re unsure of any of the terms below or ifyou want to know more about a particular topic.

Focus. Try to ensure that all the bits of your imagethat should be in focus are in focus and that you have appropriate Depth ofField e.g. Subject in focus and background out of focus or the image in focusfrom foreground to background.

Exposure. Try to ensure you have the correct exposurewithout light areas burnt out (pure white areas with no detail) or the darkareas blocked up (pure black areas with no detail).

Horizons/Verticals. Make sure horizons are level and generally not inthe centre of the image. If possible try to make the vertical lines straightand vertical also.

Clutter/Distractions.Try to avoid clutter and distractions leaving aclear focal point or points. It also helps to have a lead in to your image.

Composition. Think about the composition, don’t just pointand shot. The rules of composition help but remember they are only guidelines.

Printing. When printing don’t make your image too dark,if your printing black and white make sure you have a range of tones (blackthrough to white) and avoid presenting a grey image and also avoid colour castswhen printing B & W.

 Simple Checklist. Outlined below is asimple checklist I use before I take an image based on the phrase FIX IT.

F,  for Focus and Framing your image. Frame upthe image you want to take then focus.  If you use back button focusingits easy to forget to focus.

I,   for ISO to makesure you have an appropriate ISO setting.

X,  for eXposure. I usemanual exposure most of the time so the aperture and shutter speed needs to beset. If you’re on auto then you may only have to set one of these values.

I,  is for ImageStabilisation. Do you want it off or on? Hand held will normally be on but ifusing a tripod then IS should be off.

T, is for Tripod. If using atripod then make sure that settled into the ground, don’t just put it up andtake you image, settle it into the ground first especially if it’s soft orthick grass. Make sure all the bits that need to be tight are tight.

Lastly for most amateurs,photography is meant to be fun so enjoy taking images and if you don’t get itfirst time you can always try again, it’s all part of learning. The perfectimage doesn’t exist so don’t wait until you get perfection or you’ll neversubmit and image.  

Hand-in For #1 Monthly Competition
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

Hand-in For #1 Monthly Competition & PDI Knock Out Competition


Competition Submission Guidelines

Prints.

All prints must be submitted in mounts that are 40cm x 50cm with a completed competition sticker (available from the competition secretary) on the back. TheCompetition Secretary may have to reduce the number of submissions to oversubscribed competitions and this is done by removing the lower-rated images. Please ensure that the reverse side of the mount clean, smooth and is not sticky. This is to ensure that your print does not damage any other entries when boxed for transit.  Prints should be deposited into the collection boxes on or by the specified hand-in date.

Summary.

Maximum mount size 40cmx50cm

Competedcompetition label on the back of the mount

Printranking preference clearly marked on the label

Clean and clear-mount reverse.

Handin prints on the date specified.

Digital images (PDI’s)

All digital images for projection must be saved as JPEG’s sized to within a maximum of 1600 pixels in width by a maximum of 1200 pixels in height and in sRGB mode. A portrait image will have a maximum height of 1200px and a width less than1200px, a landscape image will have a maximum width of 1600 and a height 1200pxor less and a square image will be a maximum of 1200px x 1200px. Details on how to resize images can be found at Tips, Image resizing II (I).

All images should be submitted using Photoentry (see the Photoentry post-it on the website noticeboard) 

Club Website.

Placed images will generally be shown on the club website Competition/Images page unless the author request otherwise.

A full list of all the club rules can be found at competitions/rules.

Submitting an image.

If you would like to submit an image to one of the competitions don’t wait to get the perfect image go with what you like. All judges are different and like different types of images, however, in my experience, all judges like to see the“Basics” done properly. I’ve outlined below most of the these based on my experience of competitions,

Basics.

Check out the Tips page if you’re unsure of any of the terms below or if you want to know more about a particular topic.

Focus. Try to ensure that all the bits of your image that should be in focus are in focus and that you have appropriate Depth of Field e.g. Subject in focus and background out of focus or the image in focus from foreground to background.

Exposure. Try to ensure you have the correct exposure without light areas burnt out (pure white areas with no detail) or the dark areas blocked up (pure black areas with no detail).

Horizons/Verticals. Make sure horizons are level and generally not in the centre of the image. If possible try to make the vertical lines straight and vertical also.

Clutter/Distractions.Try to avoid clutter and distractions leaving a clear focal point or points. It also helps to have a lead into your image.

Composition. Think about the composition, don’t just point and shot. The rules of composition help but remember they are only guidelines.

Printing. When printing, don’t make your image too dark, if you are printing black and white make sure you have a range of tones(black through to white) and avoid presenting a grey image and also avoid colour casts when printing B & W.

 Simple Checklist. Outlined below is a simple checklist I use before I take an image based on the phrase FIXIT

F,  for Focus and Framing your image. Frameup the image you want to take then focus.  If you use “back button focusing” its easy to forget to focus.

I,  for ISO to make sure you have an appropriate ISO setting.

X, for eXposure. I use manual exposure most of the time so the aperture and shutter speed need to be set. If you’re on auto then you may only have to set one of these values.

I, is for Image Stabilisation. Do you want it off or on? Handheld will normally be on but if using a tripod then IS should be off.

T,is for Tripod. If using a tripod then make sure that settled into the ground, don’t just put it up and take your image, settle it into the ground first especially if it’s soft or thick grass. Make sure all the bits that need to be tight are tight.

Lastly, for most amateurs, photography is meant to be fun so enjoy taking images and if you don’t get it the first time you can always try again, it’s all part of learning. The perfect image doesn’t exist so don’t wait until you get perfection or you’ll never submit an image.  

Speaker – Martin Sproul
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

Sep
29
Thu
2022
Placeholder for 5-Way External Competition
Sep 29 all-day

Airdrie & Coatbridge due to host

Competition Date to be advised

Inter-club Competition SPF Central North Area Competition, generally known as “The 5-Way” competition”.
Annual Print and PDI Comp hosted on a rotational basis between Falkirk, Stirling, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, Airdrie and Coatbridge.

Hand-in for 5 Way Competition
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Competition Date to be advised

Five Way Inter-Club Competition due to be hosted by Airdrie and Coatbridge Photographic  Club

Inter-club Competition SPF Central North Area Competition, generally known as “The 5-Way” competition”.  
Annual Print and PDI Comp hosted on a rotational basis between Falkirk, Stirling, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, Airdrie and Coatbridge

Speaker – Colin Hulley – Print with Confidence using Permajet Paper
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

Speaker / Tutor: Colin Hulley (PermaJet’s Official Camera Club Speaker)
Colin is a member of the PermaJet sales team, holding key responsibility for the Education market and Camera Club lectures. He has worked in the photographic industry since 1982 and has been involved in sales for the past 28 years, giving him extensive knowledge of the photographic and inkjet world.

Permajet – Print With Confidence

The presentation is entitled: ‘Print with Confidence’ and consists of the following:

  • The basics of colour management and why we need it
  • Why and how to calibrate your monitor

Coffee/Tea break

  • What to consider when choosing your paper(s)
  • Paper profiles, why and how to create them

 Overall the evening lasts about 2 hours and I bring along a selection of papers to sell at a discount.

Oct
6
Thu
2022
Speaker – Tom Clark
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19.15hrs for 19.30hrs

Oct
10
Mon
2022
Falkirk Schools – October Holiday
Oct 10 – Oct 21 all-day
Oct
13
Thu
2022
Monthly Competition #1
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

There is no obligation for members to enter any of the competitions. Indeed many beginners and members new to the club opt out of competitions for the first year, preferring to learn as a spectator about what is required.
This approach can help people new to club photography better understand some of the technical language and nuances which inevitably surface despite our best endeavours not to be too technical!
Club competitions are normally judged by an independent person appointed by the club.

Oct
20
Thu
2022
Hand-in #2 Competition – Themed
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Theme 1      Go Minimal (Colour or Mono)

Minimalism is a relatively modern concept that has its roots in various Art Movements of the 20th-century and can be summarised as – ‘the art of less is more’. This is not that far removed from last year’s abstract theme, in as much that it is just an alternative way of capturing and presenting a familiar scene or subject.

Essentially, this theme is an exercise in composition. We should be looking to simplify, remove distractions and create order from the chaos of the larger view yet still produce a unique and engaging image.

Some things to consider/look for:

  • geometric lines
  • simple shapes, form, and detail (not the whole picture)
  • textures
  • colour contrast or a limited colour palette
  • high key or low key
  • negative space
  • focus on detail within the scene or subject

Minimal images can be found pretty much anywhere and in any genre; street, still life, architecture, portraiture, landscape et al

Quote – “The ability to bring order from chaos has become one of the skills most admired in photography” – Michael Freeman

Theme 2     Falkirk District (Colour or Mono)

Although we are getting out and about a bit more,  we hope that the theme of Falkirk District will encourage us all to look closer to home.  Brian Taylor’s marvellous collage of 30 Falkirk Landmarks from our 2018 Genesis To Jubilee exhibition was centred on the town although,  for this themed competition,  the towns, villages and countryside of the district are included.  The challenge is to make your entry reflect Falkirk District so photographs might include a Roman connection,  a reference to ironworks or even Mary, Queen of Scots  ( who visited Callendar House ).  There are connections to various sports,  weel kent faces,  buildings & monuments, railways & shipping,  landmarks and historical influences everywhere.  Speaking of Callendar House,  the current Stories Of The Past exhibition at Callendar House might provide some inspiration.

                         

Competition Submission Guidelines

Prints.

All prints must be submitted in mounts that are 40cm x 50cm with a completed competition sticker (available from the competition secretary) on the back. TheCompetition Secretary may have to reduce the number of submissions to oversubscribed competitions and this is done by removing the lower-rated images. Please ensure that the reverse side of the mount is clean, smooth and isnot sticky. This is to ensure that your print does not damage any other entrieswhen boxed for transit.  Prints should be deposited into the collectionboxes on or by the specified hand-in date.

Summary.

Maximummount size 40cmx50cm

Competedcompetition label on the back of the mount

Printranking preference clearly marked on the label

Cleanand clear mount reverse.

Handin prints on the date specified.

Digital images (PDI’s)

All digital images for projection must be saved as JPEG’s sized to within a maximum of 1600 pixels in width by a maximum of 1200 pixels in height and in sRGB mode.A portrait image will have a maximum height of 1200px and a width less than1200px, a landscape image will have a maximum width of 1600 and a height 1200px or less and a square image will be a maximum of 1200px x 1200px. Details on how to resize images can be found at Tips, Image resizing II (I).

All images should be submitted using Photoentry (see the Photoentry post-it on the website noticeboard) 

Club Website.

Placed images will generally be shown on the club website Competition/Images page unless the author request otherwise.

Afull list of all the club rules can be found at competitions/rules.

Submitting an image.

If you would like to submit an image to one of the competitions don’t wait to get the perfect image go with what you like. All judges are different and like different types of images, however, in my experience, all judges like to see the“Basics” done properly. I’ve outlined below most of the these based on my experience of competitions,

Basics.

Check out the Tips page if you’re unsure of any of the terms below or if you want to know more about a particular topic.

Focus. Try to ensure that all the bits of your image that should be in focus are in focus and that you have appropriate Depth of Field e.g. Subject in focus and background out of focus or the image in focus from foreground to background.

Exposure. Try to ensure you have the correct exposure without light areas burnt out (pure white areas with no detail) or the dark areas blocked up (pure black areas with no detail).

Horizons/Verticals. Make sure horizons are level andgenerally not in the centre of the image. If possible try to make the verticallines straight and vertical also.

Clutter/Distractions.Try to avoid clutter and distractions leaving a clear focal point or points. It also helps to have a lead into yourimage.

Composition. Think about the composition, don’t justpoint and shot. The rules of composition help but remember they are onlyguidelines.

Printing. When printing, don’t make your image too dark, if you are printing black and white make sure you have a range of tones(black through to white) and avoid presenting a grey image and also avoid colour casts when printing B & W.

 Simple Checklist. Outlined below is a simple checklist I use before I take an image based on the phrase FIX IT.

F,  for Focus and Framing your image. Frameup the image you want to take then focus.  If you use back button focusingits easy to forget to focus.

I,  for ISO to make sure you have an appropriate ISO setting.

X, for eXposure. I use manual exposure most of the time so the aperture andshutter speed needs to be set. If you’re on auto then you may only have to setone of these values.

I, is for Image Stabilisation. Do you want it off or on? Hand held will normallybe on but if using a tripod then IS should be off.

T,is for Tripod. If using a tripod then make sure that settled into the ground, don’t just put it up and take your image, settle it into the ground first especially if it’s soft or thick grass. Make sure all the bits that need to betight are tight.

Lastly for most amateurs, photography is meant to be fun so enjoy taking images and if you don’t get it the first time you can always try again, it’s all part of learning. The perfect image doesn’t exist so don’t wait until you get perfection or you’ll never submit an image.  

Members Night
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Placeholder – Hand In for Stirling Battle
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Inter-club Competition. – Stirling To Host

Stanley Bloch Cup: generally known as “The Stirling Battle”

Inter-club Competition Stanley Bloch Cup: generally known as “The Stirling Battle” Annual PDI competition hosted alternately by Falkirk Camera Club and Stirling & District CC.