Notice for Club Meeting - Tuesday 19 July 2011

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Friday, July 15, 2011 Under: Meetings

1. Meet and Greet

Its time to 'Meet and Greet', and get to know each other! We have had nearly thirty new members join the club since January, and we thought it would be a good idea for the new and old members to get aquainted. Come and share members' photos, and make some new friends.

Instead of the usual 15 minute tea break, we are going to have a bring and share session, where we can mingle and chat. Please bring a plate of snacks, either savory or sweet. Members are welcome to have coffee or tea, or drinks from the bar, as per usual.

2. Photo Sharing

Last month we had a record number of submissions - thank you! Please keep up the momentum, and submit your month's photographic efforts.

These are the categories to submit photos for:
1. Open

2. May Outing (Drakensburg weekend & Umdloti Sunrise Shoot)
3. Set Subject (Selective Focus)

Please submit your photos by email to:, or bring 8x10 prints.
Email submission closes 8pm on Monday,
18 July, 2011.
You can submit photos for either/or the Set Subject, Outing and Open categories. Please only submit 3 photos in total.
Size - Maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels, and not more than 600KB per photo. Please do not exceed this limit!!!!
Format - Jpeg or Tiff
Labelling - the file name of each photo must follow this format: Category - Your Name & Surname - Title of Photo
    e.g. Set Subject -
David Goldblatt - Ephraim Zulu Watering His Garden.
Please make the subject line of the email "July photo submissions for 2nd meeting". This will make it easier for Andre to identify the emails and ensure that your photos will be added.
Please note: If your photo is incorrectly labelled, or named, and there is no subject line for the email, or it is sent after the deadline it will not be shown.

If you miss the deadline for emailing, you can submit photos at the meeting. However, please be considerate and come early. Out of consideration to those who have submitted timeously, we will no longer be accepting submissions after 7PM, once the meeting begins.

3. Set Subjects: Selective Focus

This month's set subject concentrates on one of the techniques used to isolate and draw attention to your subject. It is achieved by focussing on your subject and using a shallow depth of field (DOF) to blur the foreground and background.

Here are three tips on how to achieve this. Use the largest aperture that your lens can use, such as F3.5, F2.8 or even F1.2. Also try to use a lens with a long focal length, such as 85mm or more. If the foreground or background doesn't blur enough, then try to move your subject further away.

Now it is your turn to practice the technique. If you are a beginner and want to see what effect the different apertures and focal lengths will have, put your camera on a tripod, line up a few objects at various distances from your camera and focus on whatever is in the middle. Now, adjust your aperture and focal length, take a couple of test shots and see what happens.

Good luck and be creative!!

Remember to bring a plate of snacks to share, savoury or sweet.
See you at 7PM, Tuesday 19 July!

In : Meetings 

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