Programme to 31 March 2020

Our programme of events for the first quarter of 2020 is available here on our website.

Keep checking back to keep up to date with what is coming up: topics for later dates will be added once some final arrangments have been confirmed, and changes to the programme are sometimes necessary.

Next week (14th January) will be a studio session to take photographs of Savoy Affair Jazz. Our images will be provided to them for use on their website and publicity materials. See https://savoyaffair.co.uk/gallery for some existing images taken a few months ago.

Members should bring their cameras and lenses plus spare batteries and cards. We will set up the club’s studio backdrop, lights and flash triggers. (Using the triggers means there should be no need for your own external or hotshoe flash units.)

The friendly ethos of the club means our more experienced members will be pleased to help others who are less practiced in a studio setting.

Ransomeware potential

Canon has issued an advisory note regarding a potential security flaw in the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) it uses for transferring pictures from many of its camera models to a PC, laptop, tablet etc.

See Canon’s post here for a brief description of the issue and steps to take to minimise the risk. These risk management actions can be applied to other makes as well.

The PTP is not only used by Canon so other makes can also be at risk.

Firmware updates for several Canon models have already been issued and can be downloaded from their website. Canon has said it will be issuing firmware updates for all affected cameras. The full list includes models in the 1D, 5D, 6D, 7d, 70D, 80D, mirrorless and powershot models.

Photographers should remain vigilant and check for security updates from the manufacturers of their equipment, not just Canon. 

Featured

Members only section

If you are a fully paid up member of our club you can have access to most password protected areas of the site.  The password can be obtained from the Secretary at club meetings.

Content includes

  • pdi competition entries
  • competition results
  • information from recent meetings
  • photography exhibitions and shows
  • various other photography tips, tricks and resources.
  • past years’ programmes

Competitions

Competition results

A list of the most highly placed images in the club’s internal competitions is regularly updated to include all our competitions so far this year.  It can be found in the members area of the website.

Competition rule change

The rules were amended to reflect a decision to increase the maximum image sizes for our internal PDI competitions.  Images may be no more than 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high.  The change has already been implemented.

A workflow for submitting PDIs

At the request of some members, we have added a step by step guide to help our members submit entries to our internal club PDI competitions.  It is just one approach; there are plenty of others!

We will take on board any comments that our members have and update the guide as necessary.

To view/download the guide, first go to our website and from the main menu select “Competitions”.

You will find a new section headed “How to ensure PDIs comply with club rules” which contains a link to the guide.