Friday, 28 September 2012

RPS Fellowship Panels 2012

A great slide show may provide practical  ideas for your photography  

Slide show on YouTube

Thursday, 14 June 2012

News Blog

News Blog - 14 June

Tonight we have the third round Print Competition Judge: Tom Davie ARPS DPAGB APAGB.
Annual exhibition

It would be nice to see more members attending the opening evening of the Annual Exhibition, a key event in the life of Malden Camera Club.

It’s only a few weeks until the Annual exhibition, I would be most grateful if all those holding trophies or in procession of Trophies that need engraving would kindly return them to me as soon as possible either to my home or at the Club meeting. ( 020 8287 2176 )
We would be grateful for donations for the raffle on the opening evening of the Annual Exhibition. 

Please help publicise the Annual Exhibition by getting people/shops etc  to display the this poster

 Other news.

Kingston Library Photographic Competition closing date 31 July: Details and entry form
Photographers Gallery - London
The Photographers Gallery has recently re-opened it’s located about in London about 200 metres from Oxford Circus. Entry is free it features an excellent bookshop and Cafe. 

I visited the exhibition of photographs by Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. He travelled the world to chronicle the effect of oil on all our lives, and to reveal the rarely seen mechanics of its production and distribution. This exhibition shows three sections from Burtynsky’s series Oil: Extraction and Refinement, Transportation and Motor Culture and The End of Oil. The works depict landscapes scarred by the extraction of oil, and the cities and suburban sprawl defined by its use. He also eloquently addresses the coming end of oil, as we face its rising cost and dwindling availability. The prints are huge 6 by 4 feet
DEFENCEOF THE PUBLIC REALM 6pm, Monday 25th June 2012
Free event
Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute,
230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

The privatisation of our public spaces along with arbitrary restrictions and controls - backed up with state of the art monitoring systems - is not only a threat to individual liberty, it also reveals a fundamental democratic deficit for society as a whole.

Who controls the ‘public’ realm? In whose name and for what purpose is this space used? Why is the protester, photographer, skateboarder, rough sleeper and graffiti writer demonised and excluded?
Why are local authorities selling off record amounts of parks, playing fields and allotments to the private sector with little or no oversight from communities and local people?

During the Olympic Games, the biggest mobilisation of military and security forces since the Second World War is to be implemented. How will our freedom to move through and engage in these spaces be monitored and restricted during this time?

Featrured speaker
Marc Vallée, documentary photographer whose work covers the London graffiti scene, anti-skateboarding architecture and political dissent.
Full details

Next week

Members' Evening: Back to Black / Film Noir Dress in black and bring your camera and flashgun.  A chance to learn, have some fun and socialise

Further details from Perry

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Amazing video of a very large plate camera

SILVER & LIGHT from Ian Ruhter on Vimeo.
"This project was created with the same spirit that america was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can't do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around america looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our facebook to get yourself photographed by us." 

Friday, 4 May 2012


Pixoto is an online community where photographers compete to have the best images in their category.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Ikea goes green with a cardboard digital camera

BBC reports Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has revealed an eco-friendly digital camera made almost entirely from cardboard.
Having snapped 40 photos, users can dispose of it along with any other recyclable materials.
The device is a part of a campaign around Ikea's PS at Home project, aimed at getting buyers to share images of their furniture on the chain's website.
Called Knappa, the camera will not be sold but rather given away to consumers in selected stores around the world.
It was created by a Swedish designer Jesper Kouthoofd, runs on two AA batteries, and connects to a computer with help of a swing-out USB connector.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Never mind 20 mega pixels how about 3.2 billion-pixels

The US Department of Energy has given the go-ahead to a 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera that could one day survey the entire visible sky every week, and publicly release six million gigabytes of data per year.
The enormous camera is called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera (LSST), and when it's perched atop the Chilean mountain of Cerro Pachón it will gaze into deep space, snapping wide cosmic vistas

Friday, 20 April 2012

MCC News 20 April

Last night saw the second round of the print competition on the set subject of Life on the streets Judge: Tim Morland ARPS.

Winner of the 2012 Brugfina Trophy

Tim Moorland did an excellent job judging the entries commenting on the technical quality, composition and adherence to the set subject. He made particular references to the quality of printing pointing out where improvements could be made.  

I was surprised at the lack of entries in the standard class.  The photographs scoring 10 from both classes were judged and the Brugfina Trophy awarded to the best of these.

Members evening 26 April

In Hughes absence the meeting will be lead by Richard Weston. There will be a series on mini presentations :-

  • Enrico - Lenses used in novel ways.
  • Fred - Black & white
  • John H - Photo Inspirations
  • John R - Elementary Elements
  • Chris - Macro and Fungi
  • Roland - Elements again

My presentation on Black and White will explain the work flow I use produce black and white images using Photoshop and feature  practical demonstrations

Following week 3rd of May

Photojournalism in Afghanistan Alison Baskerville.  Alison has recently been working with a Combat Camera Team in Afghanistan. She shares her images, experiences and thoughts on working as a photographer in challenging situations.

Annual Exhibition

Entry forms are available and have been emailed to members. 

The closing date for entries is 10th of May

These are the Club rules specific to the annual Exhibition taken from the Club website

“Annual Exhibition for prints, slides and digital images

  • Competition date(s): first week of July
  • Closing date: early May
  • Classes: open prints, enprints, open slides and open digital images
  • Categories: landscape, nature, pictorial, portrait (prints only) and record

Rules relating to images:

  1. image may not be submitted both as print and slide and to be entered in single category only (pictorial if in doubt)
  2. nature and record images to be true record, without manipulation and excluding cultivated plant, still life, domestic animal or mounted specimen
  3. duplication from previous Annual Exhibition not allowed
  4. age of image: maximum 5 years prior to closing date for entries

  • Number of images per member: maximum 6 per open class or 2 enprint panels of 3 images on a theme
  • Presentation: as for Internal League Competition
  • Labelling: as for Internal League Competition except (i) slides to show category on front (ii) class not required
  • Judging: entirely in advance by club's selected Exhibition Judge
  • Awards: various trophies (6 for open prints, 5 for open slides and 1 for enprints) plus Highly Commended Certificates at judge's discretion”
Strange But True

German garbage men turn dumpster into a pinhole camera

Photographers Rights: 

the ultimate guide

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

German Garbage Men Turn Dumpsters Into Giant Pinhole Cameras

A group of garbage men in Hamburg have figured out a way to combine their love of photography with their work of hauling trash, turning large dumpsters into giant pinhole cameras to photograph their city. The dumpsters are converted by drilling tiny holes into the fronts and then hanging large sheets of photo paper inside. Although framing a shot with the giant rolling cameras takes only a minute, exposing it can take up to an hour of waiting. They’ve dubbed the experiment the “Trashcam Project”.

Here are their pictures

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

News 17 April

Print competition on the set subject of street photography “Life on the streets”

Tomorrow is the 2nd round of the print competition on the set subject of street photography “Life on the streets” Judge: Tim Morland ARPS.  I am looking forward to seeing how people have interpreted the subject and how far they have gone in capturing street life in all in its wonderful aspects. How many people will focus on the seedier side of street life and how this reflects the recession we are all going through. How many people will focus on street performers and tourists etc?  

It will be interesting to see how the images are judged; will they be judged as examples of photojournalism or more on the ascetic qualities of the image.

Next week 
there will be Members' Evening: Show and Tell with Mini talks and demos on a variety of subjects by club members.

Olympic Photography
A report in the Guardian reports on a worrying trend to try and stop photography of Olympic venues from public areas.

Olympic Photography 

A useful guide to your  rights to take photographs 

BBC Interview - Has high tech killed pro photography?

I highly recommend a look at photographs by Maurice Broomfield. 

Maurice Broomfield left school at 15 to work in a factory and spent his evenings as a student in the Derby College of Art. Inspired by the drama of industry, he endeavoured to convey this atmosphere with photographs and sketches, bringing an insight to those who would never experience such things. In relation to his work, Maurice Broomfield comments: "I enjoy photographing people at work, and the many experiences whilst doing this have enriched my life. To be living on this planet, is to me, the greatest gift possible."

A Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maurice Broomfield has had many exhibitions in Europe. His work was exhibited in Paul Smith's Floral Street Gallery in June 2000. The designer, Sir Paul Smith, comments: "Maurice Broomfield's photography captures the real heart of what was a booming but harsh time for the UK. Finding inspiration and creativity in gritty surroundings of every day work is inspiring in itself."

Web site and Gallery

Monday, 19 March 2012

News for 19 March

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This week
22 March - Sicily with Bob Turner FRPS 

Bring entries for

29 March - Saguaro (PDI) & Irene Foster Trophies (Print)
Club members can submit 2 panels of 3 images on a theme of their choosing

Rules and information for the Saguaro Trophy for projected digital images

Digital Images to Roland Adams -

e-mail entries to Roland  by Sunday 25th March and he  will acknowledge receipt so please resend if you've not heard from him.

Please can you size your images at 1024 x 768 pixels (max width x height) also please number your pictures 1,2,3 in the order that they should be shown in each set. Titles for each image are not necessary just a name for the set.

o   Competition date: late April, in conjunction with Irene Foster Rosebowl for prints
o   Closing date: one week prior to competition
o   Classes: open, i.e. no separate classes
o   Categories: open subject matter, each panel on a single theme
o   Number of images per member: maximum 2 panels of 3 images of digital images digital displayed consecutively
o   Labelling: as for Internal League Competition with spot marked 1-2-3
o   Judging: at the competition by club members. Each member selects his/her choice of best three panels in order, awarding first (5 points), second (3 points) and third (1 point)
o   Awards: trophy to overall winner, i.e. with most points.

Rules for Irene Foster Rosebowl for prints

Prints to Brian Bailey -

Please number your 1,2,3 in the order that they should be shown in each set. Titles for each image are not necessary just a name for the set.

o   Competition date: late April, in conjunction with Saguaro Trophy for projected digital images
o   Closing date: one week prior to competition
o   Classes: open, i.e. no separate classes
o   Categories: open subject matter, each panel on a single theme
o   Number of images per member: maximum 2 panels of 3 images
o   Labelling: on back - title, author and marked L-C-R
o   Judging: at the competition by club members. Each member selects his/her choice of best three panels in order, awarding first (5 points), second (3 points) and third (1 point)
o   Awards: trophy to overall winner, i.e. with most points.

Also see rules and procedures common to all competitions

Video High Dynamic Range photography presentation – 8 March 2012

You will remember last week’s presentation on High Dynamic Range photography. Enrico has kindly produced a video of the presentation which is available for a small charge. 

Annual exhibition

The Malden Camera Club will be held from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 June inclusive with the official opening and awards ceremony on the evening of 28 June. The judge is Clive Tanner FRPS. Closing date for entries is the 10 of May so you need to get entries ready sooner rather than later.  Entry forms will be available shortly

To ensure our Annual Exhibition is a success we need volunteers to help in preparing for and running the exhibition. All offers of help gratefully received so please give me a ring or email.

I am also seeking a photograph to publicise the exhibition so send me your photographs. Images that have a local theme will be given particular consideration. The selected photograph will be included in flyers and posters etc used to advertise the annual Exhibition. Copyright remains with the creator of the photograph

Other News

Surrey Photographic Association biennial exhibition

The Surrey Photographic Association also holds a biennial exhibition every two years.
In recent years this has been held at Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, during the month of April.
2010 was the SPA's 50th year and was designated our Golden Jubilee Exhibition.

The 2012 Biennial will be held at Guildford House Gallery from 28th March to 21st April 2012.

The selectors were Barbie Lindsay MPAGB EFIAP Russell Lindsay MPAGB AFIAP
and John Chamberlin FRPS MFIAP APAGB


For up to the minute news visit the Club News Blog at

Programme and further information for members visit the Club web site

Friday, 16 March 2012

V&A Photography in Britain, 1945 to now

Promotional image for Photography in Britain, 1945 to now
  • What:
    Free talks & tours
  • When:
    Wed 28 March 2012 13:00
  • Where:
    Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Photographers working in Britain since the Second World War have captured the diversity of the island and its people: from the humorous to the contemplative, and from the gritty to the glamorous. The rapidly shifting cultural environment after 1945 provided some of the greatest photographers of recent times with richly rewarding subject matter in the island of photography’s birth.
Martin Barnes, V&A Senior Curator of Photographs, looks at photographs addressing these themes in relation to a display of works from the V&A permanent collection.

Free Event

This event takes place on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 13:0

Monday, 12 March 2012

The first portable digital camera – cassette included

From New Scientist


Weighing in at 4 kilograms and standing a proud 22 centimetres tall, this is the world's first portable digital camera. In 1975, Steve Sasson and his team at Kodak's Elmgrove plant in Rochester, New York, cobbled it together from existing Kodak parts and other state-of-the-art technology.
Their heady mix included a lens from a Super 8 camera, the early home-movie camera recently popularised in a J. J. Abrams movie of the same name; what was then a new charge-coupled device (CCD) for converting light into digital signals; a digital cassette recorder; and 16 nickel-cadmium batteries. The resulting images were black and white and had a resolution of 10,000 pixels - a mere 0.01 megapixels in today's parlance.
Actually viewing them was a lot more work, and required heftier equipment. It took 23 seconds for the CCD to record to the cassette. The cassette then had to be removed and placed in a chunky custom-made device that sent the image to a TV set.
The system was truly ahead of its time. When Sasson showed it off to colleagues at Kodak, he was asked: "Why would you want to look at photos on a TV?" But Sasson revealed he was aware of its potential in a 1977 technical report: "The camera described in this report represents a first attempt demonstrating a photographic system which may, with improvements in technology, substantially impact the way pictures will be taken in the future."


The Royal Photographic Society celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with an exciting online photographic competition which has been awarded the London 2012 'Inspire Mark'. Register now and then submit your images from the 1st April until 30th September and have the opportunity to win cameras from Panasonic and have your images included in a public exhibition as part of the Cultural Olympiad programme


'Celebrate a Summer of Sport' competition is split into two stages:

  • Stage 1: 1 April - 30 June – on the theme ‘Sport for All’

  • Stage 2: 1 July - 30 September – on the theme ‘Spirit of the Games’

Send us an e-mail at and we will send you a reminder when the competition opens for entries on 1st April

Thursday, 8 March 2012

London Wild Bird Watch 2012 at WWT Barnes

A great opportunity to up your wildlife photographic skills

April 20-22

The Wildlife Photography Masterclass hosted by Amateur Photographer at London Wild Bird Watch will help visitors learn the secrets of wildlife photography with some of the nation’s best. Over the three days the following activities will take place

Free portfolio reviewsVisitors can bring up to three pictures for review – these will be shown on a TV inside the Amateur Photographer Lodge
Expert panelPitch your burning questions to our photography experts at the show
Mini talksExperts reveal their best kept secrets – see their images and hear how it’s done
InstructionMacro photography masterclass
How toGet brilliant pictures in the field – advanced lighting techniques
How toCapturing nature – birds in their environments
How toLong lens bird portraits masterclass


Day/Time11 – 12:1512:15 -1:301:30 – 2:452:45 – 4:00
FridayMacro Photography MasterclassLong Lens Portraits MasterclassCapturing Nature MasterclassAdvanced Lighting Masterclass
SaturdayMacro Photography MasterclassLong Lens Portraits MasterclassCapturing Nature MasterclassAdvanced Lighting Masterclass
SundayMacro Photography MasterclassLong Lens Portraits MasterclassCapturing Nature MasterclassAdvanced Lighting Masterclass

Full details

WWT Barnes