Composite photo showing the same person three times in the same photo

Practical Tuesday 28th September

In our first practical Tuesday we will talk about basic layers in Photoshop (these techniques will be similar in all photo-editing software with layers. Layers are the basis for almost all advanced processing of photos.

We will also go through basic tasks such as resizing images and setting the colour-profile for uploading photos to various competitions etc.

Please also bring any and all questions you have on any aspects of photography and as a group we will try to answer them.

Reading Camera Club 2021/22 Season

This season is bigger than ever. In addition to our normal programme we are introducing practical Tuesdays. The last Tuesday of each month will allow members to share their secrets on lighting setups, photoshop tricks, locations, camera techniques etc. You can also ask questions on any topic and the members will pool their knowledge and try to help you with your specific issue.

Our competitions this years will follow the established format of six open and two set subject competitions. As usual we will also have Photograph of the Year and the Brian Hodgson Tropy. There are also more informal competitions like Shoot a Theme and Lucky Dip. And yes our popular let us complain about the judge/review the last competition evenings will continue.

The guest speakers this season will cover a wide gamut of topics. From flower photography to Industrial landscape photography, with pit-stops like How to progress from Amateur to Professional, and Dynamic Composition in Street Photography along the way. 

And there is more, see the full programme is available on the website.

If you want to try before you buy, we will be offering guest memberships which will allow you to access the next two meetings from when you sign up.

The new season starts on September 10th with Carol McNiven Young’s (FRPS EFIAP CPAGB BPE4*) talk on “Creative Studio Portraiture”. On September 17th we will have a talk by Ashley Franklin ARPS, ABPPA, APAGB on how he went from amateur snapper to offering a wide spectrum of professional services.

All meetings will be via zoom. There is a chance we will return to the hall after Christmas but you will still be able to join in via zoom.

I hope you consider joining us again this year as a member.

Nasturtiums - Marianne Chandler

Royal Berkshire Hospital Exhibition

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has, for some years now, invited Photographers and Artists to exhibit their work on the wall panels in the South Wing of the hospital. Exhibitors are allowed to show their work for a period of six weeks and Reading Camera Club members have been given the opportunity to exhibit their photographs (mounted, framed and safely secured onto the panels) from the 4th of June to August 28, 2021.

You can visit the Exhibition free of charge at any time during the day or evening by going to the South Wing of the hospital where you will find the panels outside the entrance to Outpatient 1 and adjacent to the coffee/tea bar (which is open to members of the public). You will be able to purchase any of the mounted images (without the frames) if you wish to do so. Information regarding price and details about how you can make the purchase is clearly displayed on the panel. 25% of the price paid will be donated to the hospital charity fund. Please make some time to visit our hospital and support the Exhibition.

David Watkins - Catching Flies

Summer 2021 PDI Competition 1 – Results

Our first competition of the season had 49 entries from 17 members. The judge, Chris Whitling commented on the high quality of the images overall. In the end it was a very tight competition, but ahead of the pack, the winner by a clear margin was David Watkins, who scored one 20 and two 19s. In second was Stella, Maureen and Ramesh.

The videos of the session is available for members, please log in and it will be available in the News section.

MemberOverall Score
David Watkins58
Stella Fagg53
Maureen Kennedy53
Ramesh Naik53

Full results are available for members.

The following images scored 20 points.

Nigel Holmes – February
Bo Hansen – Musical Passion
Richard Keating – Grasses
David Watkins – Catching Flies

PDI Competition this Friday 18th June

It is time for our first competition of the Summer Programme. It is an open subject, so anything goes.
Images should be uploaded via the photoentry site. See link under members area after signing in.
Members can enter up to 3 images each, which will be assessed and marked by an external judge. Marks are given out of 20 for each image; the member who scores the highest marks over the Summer wins a free membership to the 2021/2022 season.

The deadline for uploading photos will be this Wednesday at 23:59.

Images should be resized to fit 1600×1200, the photoentry site will do this for you, if your image is not too big.

If you are new I would encourage you to enter. The judges are usually very good and will give you valuable feedback on your images.

Speaking of new, it is not too late to join our summer programme, see the meetings section for full details, and click join us, to … erhm … join us.

PDI Summer Competition 1

Our first competition of the Summer Programme is now open for entries. There is no set subject and the competition will be judged by Chris Whiting on the 18th June.

The combined winner of our competitions this summer will receive a special prize, so if you have yet to join us for low price of £7, now is the time.

This Friday, 11th of June, we will meet for a walk around Hosehill Lake ,Theale. Please check the website for updates as this is subject to change.