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25 October

The evening took the form of a self-help session when members divided into groups according to the type/model of camera they owned (Buddy Scheme). They then shared information and techniques which they used with the various cameras and which they found gave good results.

During the second part of the evening members voted for the images which will appear in the club calendar which will be published to celebrate the club’s fortieth anniversary.

18 October

Members Terry Hanna and Lawrence Perkins gave the second of their talks, this time concentrating solely on LightRoom. 

11 October

The evening was devoted to the first Small Group Workshop.  Several members had brought in computers and laptops.  We even had an iMac.  Members sat in groups and discussed issues they had with image editing and the use of Lightroom and Photoshop.  It was very beneficial to actually see and work on images to help explain points.

4 October

Local photographer Philip Kelly was the guest speaker.  Philip gave a very interesting a thought-provoking talk on the topic of Photojournalism. He asked his audience to consider the qualities needed by a photojournalist and what made a good photojournalistic photograph. Philip certainly gave the club members much food for thought in advance of the fifth round of the NIPA competition which is entitled, as you might have guessed, ‘Photojournalism’.

27 September

Entries for Round 1 of the NIPA competition were judged by three senior members of the club. They had the daunting task of wading their way through the large entry of images for the each of the three categories. The results are as follows:-

Mono prints - 1st John McCullough, 2nd and 3rd Brian Blakely , and 4th Frances Price.

Colour prints - 1st John McCullough, equal 2nd Terry Hanna and Alan Chowney and 4th Terry Hanna.

Projected Digital Images - 1st and 2nd Terry Hanna, 3rd John McCullough and 4th Frances Price.

20 September

Members Terry Hanna and Lawrence Perkins gave very informative talks on LightRoom and Photoshop. They shared their knowledge and experience in the use of these essential photographic programs. Members also offered their suggestions as to how particular procedures could be carried out and it proved to be a very informative evening.

13 September

The evening started with Alan Chowney, explaining the exposure triangle and how an understanding of the elements would ensure correctly exposed images.  Club Secretary, Frances Price, then gave a presentation on problems to look out for in photographs that would annoy judges,  such as blown out highlights, over-sharpening and careless cropping.  She also talked about presentation of images and the sizing of PDIs for competitions.  Member, Peter Wilkin, talked about NIPA, the umbrella organisation of which all the clubs in Northern Ireland are part of.  They run a league consisting of 5 rounds of competition. 

6 September

The Club welcomed Darren Brown from Bangor Camera Club.  For those who wanted to know what all the buttons on their cameras do, this was the ideal talk!  Darren explained all the workings of a camera and in the second half of the evening he connected his camera to the laptop so that everyone could see all the settings and what a difference various setting could make to the final captured image.  All present, even the most experienced, learned something new. 

30 August

Ballynahinch Camera Club held its first meeting of the new season last Thursday evening in Edengrove Presbyterian Church Hall .  Club Chairman John Knipe welcomed a good turn-out of both new and old members to the club as it celebrates its fortieth anniversary.  He also took time to remember one of our members, John Skelly, who has sadly passed away during the summer after a short illness.

The programme of events for the 2018/19 season was outlined. It is hoped that the programme has a good mix of hands-on, educational and social activities to appeal to all levels of photographic ability.  All members, from the most experienced to the totally inexperienced, were encouraged to submit images for the various photo clinics and competitions which will be held during the year. Most of the competitions are 'open', but the two themed rounds this year are 'song/book title' and 'Photojournalism' so there is plenty of scope for creativity. Terry Hanna gave a very informative talk on photographic composition. The evening finished with a short slide show depicting the club’s very enjoyable weekend to Donegal in May.

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