There is always a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club and we have a refreshment
break during the evening when members can view others' work, ask advice or simply
get to know each other.
All levels of photography are catered for and beginners are made very welcome.
There is no obligation to enter work into the competitions - you can sit back and
enjoy seeing the work of others before having a go yourself. You can, however, enter
work as soon as you become a member if you wish.
We also have a closed Facebook page where members offer support and encouragement.
You can upload images there, post questions, or simply observe.
Welcome note cont...
Focus Stacking freeware program
I have just discovered a Freeware program called CombineZM for Focus Stacking. Up
until now I thought you could only do it in the full Photoshop program or Lightroom.
It is very easy to do. Click on the worksheet to get the hyperlink to download the
That link does not work anymore, I did a search for CombineZM and came up with this:
http://combinezm.software.informer.com/ Scroll down to the bottom of the page. I
cannot guarantee that it works.
Individuals may subscribe to the PAGB e-news, and will find an archive of back issues on their website: http://www.pagbnews.co.uk/?page_id=137 Find out what local Camera Clubs are doing and what Photographic Exhibitions you can visit.
Owner of the company is Peter Smith who has the expertise to either convert an old
digital camera of your ownership or he can obtain a suitable S/H camera to convert
as a package deal. (I wish I had not sold my old camera now!)
He can offer discount to our members on a trade 1 level which is normally a good
couple of pounds off retail price. You have to be listed on our Members Albums page
as proof of belonging to Leigh Camera Club
Why type out the entire programme for next season when I have already done it for
you in the Webmaster Calendar.
I have added extra notes, the Judges/Speakers websites, plus uploading dates for
Projected Images. You can even set the calendar to a different colour to your normal
If I change any event in the webmaster calendar, yours is automatically updated!
Its been a while since we last had an early morning outing with the Club, so last
week we decided on a trip to East Beach which coincided with a high tide and sunrise.
The plan was to get some long exposure shots of the sea. The plan was to arrive at
So got up early, de-frosted the car and got to the Beach. On arriving it was still
dark with some faint colour on the horizon. I was surprised to see a couple of other
young photographers already there, we exchanged a few words. Phil arrived and later
so did Linda and Keith. It all looked good from the start...
We made our way to the boom and setup a few shots. I was able to get really low by
splaying the legs on the tripod, this was something that Phil picked up for future
use. I took a mix of pictures using the standard zoom lens (18-55) some with the
Lee “little stopper”. The camera is so good it just automatically meters and focusses
still, even with the dense filter in place. Both Phil and I needed to remember to
switch off image stabilisation when using the tripod.
As the sun came up it just kept getting better, we didn't move about much. I did
have recurring problems with my filter misting up...possibly it was just really cold.
Temperature was about freezing, the sand was completely frozen. Geese and other birds
were very abundant, Phil missed a shot of the geese flying over. The cameras all
worked well in the cold, mine used about 15% of power in the whole shoot which lasted
around 90mins. By the time the sun was up it was all over as the lack of clouds
produced harsh lighting, at least it was a bit warmer.
Keith did a bit of male modelling by wading into the sea in his wellies as a bit
of foreground interest. Quote of the day definitely goes to Linda who shouted “what's
that light on the end of the boom”....its the sun rising everyone replied! Report
by Tony Estcourt.
Our friends at the Fotoclub De Maasstad in Holland have set us a challenge this year
which is open to every member of our club. The challenge is to produce 2 digital
images with Nature as the theme and 2 with Weather as the theme. We have until the
end of November to produce them and details of when to upload them through the website
Our Dutch friends will judge all entries and award a first second and third in each
category. This is a great opportunity for all members to enter and it would be really
good if everyone were to enter making the effort of our Dutch colleagues worthwhile.
We have also set our Dutch friends a challenge to provide us with images related
to Reflections and Architecture. We shall judge their entries in the new year.
International Challenge ~ November 2017
Camera, Lights, Action! 24th March 2016
A great evening was had by all. Chris F provided studio lights and a lovely model
called Hazel. Keith F brought along a light tent for tabletop photography. Richard,
Chris L and Tony provided a help desk. (If I have got any of this wrong please let
me know; I couldn’t attend this evening.)
From what I could gather, everyone enjoyed themselves, saying how good it was to
chat and learn from each other.