News, Updates, Syllabus 2014 and other things


Our thoughts are with John Rhodes and his family.  John’s daughter Heather remains in a coma following a tragic climbing accident last weekend.  You’ll know from John’s photographs taken up along the Tararua tops of the family’s love of mountain adventuring.  We wish Heather well.

Jim Graydon’s exhibition is currently hanging in Aratoi.  The exhibition was mounted to support the launch of his excellent book “On the Edge:  Wairarapa’s Coastal Communities”.  The exhibition features some stunning images and is well worthwhile.  Go and see it.

Syllabus for 2014

A couple of months ago we posted the draft syllabus for 2014 and asked for feedback.

The most important bit of feedback we got was that the draft syllabus is not easy to find!  That may account for there having been very little other feedback.

To deal with that:

  • Click on ‘Home’,
  • scroll down to ‘Meetings’, and then
  • click ‘Draft Syllabus 2014’


A couple of questions have been raised about the proposed ‘competition’ topics:

1    ‘Church and Station‘:  each entrant must enter photographs in pairs:  one relating to a church the other to a station.  Either print or projected.  The pair will be considered together.  The question was, do the photos all have to be of churches/stations in the Wairarapa?  Yes.  That was the committee’s intention.

2    ‘Triptych‘:  A triptych consists of three images in the one frame or, in the case of a projected image, on the one slide.  The idea is that the images will have some  relationship to each other.  See this site for examples of triptychs.  We will have a brief workshop early in the year with some ideas about how to put a triptych together.  I’ll try and put together some notes for the website too.

3    Macro:  We’ve had the comment that some people think they can’t do ‘macro’ without a macro lens.  Not so.  The essence of this competition is ‘getting closer’ than you would normally and seeing things in more intimate detail.  Images that would fit the bill can be taken with most lenses.  Most good point and shoot and bridge cameras have a macro mode that allows you to get closer to your subject. If you want to get really close there are tricks like using lenses backwards!  Do an internet search!


We have had only a couple of suggestions for workshops.  One is that we hold some ‘competitions’, or critique sessions specifically targeted at newer members who would like more specific feedback and assistance in improving their photography.  This seems like a good idea.

If we were to do that, they could be held on the third Tuesday of some of the months where the draft currently reads STCHH.  Please leave a reply if you think this is a good idea, or if you do not think it a good idea.

We can hold workshops on post-processing next year, if there is demand.  Not much can be achieve in terms of learning and practice in an hour and a half,  so workshops of that nature are more suited to a whole weekend:  say, two lots of 4 ½ hours.  To help us plan, could you please leave a reply saying if you’d be interested in a weekend course on Lightroom, or a weekend course on Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or a course on some other post-processing program.

2014 Exhibition

Running in parallel with next year’s regular programme we will be collecting images for our open exhibition to be held at Aratoi in August.

The exhibition will feature about 50 prints to showcase the work of club members.  Selections will be made from about April.

The club will arrange printing and mounting.  Please observe our advice about preserving image quality and preparing images for print, to ensure that if your images are selected we are able to do them justice in the printing.

Books and References

There is a huge number of places on the internet with advice about various aspects of digital photography including post-processing, and an almost equally huge number of books on the subject.  Many internet resources are free.  Many of the better ones are not free.  Many of the resources you pay to access turn out to be not worth the money.

Here are a few that are not free, but in my opinion are worth the price:

The Visual Toolbox: 50 Lessons for Stronger Photographs David duChemin  — just simple good advice on using your camera:  how to think about image making and how to look at subjects.

Lightroom 5 Unmasked: A Complete Guidebook to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Piet Van den Eynde — a good guide to using Lightroom.  A lot of books do nothing more that the manual does; simply explaining the tools.  This eBook starts from practical examples. This site belongs to a photography teacher called George Jardine.  He sells DVD videos of lessons on aspects of Lightroom and Photoshop.  His ‘develop’  lessons always start with a practical situation or problem with an image that you would want to fix.  He then walks through  different approaches to the problem, step by step, explaining thoroughly and methodically what he is doing and why.  The results are on the screen.  The DVD sets are not too expensive.




6 thoughts on “News, Updates, Syllabus 2014 and other things

  1. Peter McNeur

    I like the syllabus and just hope to get to more club nights to enjoy them!.
    Like the critique idea.
    Would love a night on printing!

    1. Tim McMahon Post author

      Do you use the full version of Photoshop – like CS6 or earlier? or do you use Photoshop Elements? I’d like to get an idea of what we’d need to prepare for?

  2. Bruce Kirk

    Hi Tim,
    Lioke the idea of the critique sessions for us newbies. Sometimes find myself stumbling around trying to determine just what is wrong with some of my images.


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