Saturday, October 25, 2014

UPCOMING WORKSHOP - How to create a slide show with your images

UPCOMING WORKSHOP - How to create a slide show with your images

One of the highlights at our annual Holiday party are the slide shows presented by our members. This is an opportunity to really be creative! The only requirements are that the show cannot exceed 5 minutes. This year the slide shows will be strictly for enjoyment... no competition involved. If you've always wondered how these slide shows are created, our own Rich Ziemba will teach you how it's done. 

He will be using Pro Show Gold Producer and Pro Show Gold slide show programs. His program will  include: creating the slide show, adding music, titles and burning the show to DVD. One caveat: ProShow Gold products are only available for PC's.. sorry Mac folks (unless you have a windows partition on your HD). 

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11th at 7 PM. Workshops are free, but you must be an active New Haven CC member to participate. To sign up, you can contact Joan at beadnik2@gmail, or look for the sign up sheet at a meeting. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo competition deadline THIS Friday

Photo competition deadline THIS Friday

The NHCC handbook has been updated, please download it and read it, it is your responsibility to know the rules. The New Haven Camera Club expects that its membership will adhere to the highest ethical standards when complying with its competition rules. It is especially important that all photographs entered into competitions be the exclusive work of the maker (except for commercially made prints or digital photographs scanned from a slide original allowed by the rules).

Highlights:

  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, etc. are NOT permitted).
  • Images of a similar nature may not be submitted again once that image has won a ribbon.
  • The winning same image (or a very similar rendition taken at the same time) may not be submitted into a different competition or in a different season.
  • Please note that there are NO makeups (in electronic images only, makeups are allowed in prints) 
  • Please note that there no way to email images late if you have problems, so we urge you please do NOT to wait until the last minute to submit your photographs.
  • Setups are ONLY allowed in Class B
We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition)


  • We compete images: digital (open category), digital (assigned subject) and prints once a month (4th Monday of the month). Please see our handbook which contains the rules and instructions for competing your images.
  • There is a one time registration with the Photo Contest Pro system in order to be able to upload your images for competition.
  • Upload your images to the monthly contest before the competition deadline (competitions are the fourth Monday, deadline is the Friday  before the Monday competition).  http://www.photocontestpro.com/UploadPictures3.aspx 
  • Instructions for uploading competition images
  • Please do not wait until late Friday night to discover that you need help.
  • If you have questions please email Denise denisesaldana@hotmail.com (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Denise, Lisa, John, or Paul only. 
  • You can save the pdf with the instructions for uploading images into competition 

Number of entries per contest:

a. Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the print competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 entries.

b. Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the open electronic competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 open electronic entries.

c. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into assigned subject in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 assigned subject entries.

d. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image artistry competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

Cumulative Score is the sum total of all print or electronic photograph scores to date. At the end of the competition year the highest 6 - 12 scores of each maker (depending on the category) are summed to determine the cumulative score. Makers can compete in more than one category and can have cumulative scores in each category. These points will count toward an award for highest cumulative point total for the year presented at the Annual Dinner.

a. To be ranked in prints (class A or B) for cumulative score, the maker must have submitted at least 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have 4 makeups or 4 zeros).

b. To be ranked in class B electronic photographs, the maker must have submitted at least 10 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 6 zeros).

c. To be ranked in class A electronic photographs, the maker must have submitted a total of 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 4 zeros).

d. To be ranked in image artistry, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

e. To be ranked in assigned subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

Each month we have the following image competitions:

(1) Prints (must be turned in by 7:15). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

(2) Electronic (uploaded via website prior to deadline). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

(3) Image Artistry category (emailed prior to deadline)

(4) Assigned subject, see topics (emailed prior to deadline). Assigned Subjects for 2013-2014 season. Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.

PRINTS

1. Must be brought in by 7:15 in order for the print handlers to have time to write the titles on the score sheets and organize the prints.

2. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.

3. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20"

4. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.

5. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.

6. If you miss a meeting you are allowed to enter makeups (in prints only). The lowest 4 (class A) or 6 (class B) scores are dropped so it is your choice to take a zero for the missed print or enter a makeup print.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First Competition Night of the Season scores, winning images and monthly images

The NHCC held the First Competition Night of the 2014-15 Season!

Based on suggestions from NHCC members the board discussed and implemented a variation of the the image competition scoring system. The scoring system (previously 6-10 with very few 6's and 10's given out) was tweaked and expanded to include 0.5's (6., 6, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5 and 10). This change was made to allow the judges to further differentiate between a photograph that is, say an 8.0 versus 9.0. This half point addition will allow better comparative assessment of the monthly photos entered.


                                         First place Open Class A Category
                                        "Reaching Out!" by Barbara Vietzke



                                                      First place Open Class A Category
                                                     "Kayla in BW" by  David Liang


                                                       First place Open Class B Category
                                                       "Stories to tell" by Carol Stockton

                                                   First place Open Class B Category
"Lion Mom and Cubs" by  Alice Liang (a photograph by a first time competition entrant)


First place Image Assigned Subject Category (Trucks)
by Joan Balen


First place Image Artistry Category
"Cape May Dreams" by Lisa Cuchara


Scores for the Sept competition are posted

Image galleries for the Sept competition are posted http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/monthly-photos.html


Friday, October 10, 2014

Reminder, NHCC dues were due in September

FYI - this applies to new members only "join after March 1st and your dues include the following year membership as well." Existing members that pay their dues late do not carry over their membership to the following season. Existing members should pay the season dues before the October competition in order to remain listed in the photo contest pro software to compete. Dues are for one season for all existing members (i.e. if you pay their dues June 2014 because you want to attend a field trip and have not yet paid then those dues are 2013-14 season and do not carry over to the 2014-15 season)


NHCC Dues due

  • APPLICATION FOR NHCC MEMBERSHIPTo join, please download our Membership Form and bring it with you to a meeting or mail it to the Membership Chair.  All members of the NHCC is also required to sign a Liability Waiver in order to participate in club activities, attend programs and workshops, etc...
  • You must be a paid member in order to compete, attend workshops and filed trips. Most programs are open to the public. Your dues must be paid before the October competition in order to remain listed in the photo contest pro software to compete. 
  • Send application and check to: NHCC c/o Frannie Prestash 127 Rocky Top Rd Hamden, CT 06514 
  • New members -- Join after March 1st and your dues include the following year membership as well. 
For those not able to download a pdf the application is copied and pasted below...

Our October 13 program will feature an "Image Critique."

Back by popular demand...

Our October 13 program will feature an "Image Critique." 

This should prove helpful to our members, especially our newer members, as it will review the features which make for a successful camera club photograph. The fact that this Image Critique program is being presented early in the season means that members can use the information gained to improve their work throughout the season. The format will be similar to the image critique night which was held last March. The informal discussion will be led by Paul Peterson and other senior members of the club. Digital images will be projected and any members to wish to comment on them will be allowed to do so. Paul will have a number of digital images available for us to critique. However, members are also encouraged to submit some of their own images if they would like them to be critiqued. If you would like some of your images reviewed, attach them to an email and send them to Paul Peterson. (nhccwin@yahoo.com) Images must be received by Friday, October 10.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Please visit the Image Galleries from our monthly photo contests on our website!


Please visit the Image Galleries from our monthly photo contests on our website!
http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/monthly-photos.html

You can choose:
  • to view all photographs in random or alphabetical order.
  • to view the photographs in random or alphabetical order from a particular monthly contest.
  • to view the photographs from a particular photographer 
  • the size of the thumbnails
  • click on an individual photograph and view it alone (and see more information about the photo)
FYI, the inside competition committee has synced the scores, wahoo! so scores and awards are reflected in the information. 

http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/monthly-photos.html