QUICK REFERENCE for CAPA COMPETITIONS: 2017/2018
|Fall Nature||October 30, 2017|
|Fine Art||October 30, 2017|
|Fall Print||October 30, 2017|
|Photo Journalism||November 30, 2017|
| Black & White
***(CAPA theme not our print challenge)
|January 30, 2018|
|Creative Altered Reality||February 28, 2018|
|Audio Visual Presentation||March 31, 2018|
|Spring Open||March 31, 2018|
|Spring Close-up||April 30, 2018|
****(Crescent Beach is hosting the Fine Art and Altered Reality from all clubs in Canada and these two competitions will be judged off site/not on a meeting night—-BUT we will still be judging our own altered reality and fine art on a club night)
Pacific Digital-Coquitlam—–date TBA
Lions Gate Celebration of Nature: November 12th
North Shore Challenge——-usually March
Fraser Valley Invitational—-???? Usually May but ????
Black and White Print Challenge: CBPC: April 14th 2018
***Please note—there may be changes to above —this is for a quick reference, so that you can be thinking ahead to what you want to take photographs of this summer:
Crescent Beach Photo Club is getting together again to take photographs—hope to see you there:
A Cloverdale Train Ride with the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society:
MEET/PLACE: Highway 10 and 176A Street, Cloverdale (behind the Clydesdale Inn)
WHEN/TIME: Saturday June 24th—-everyone meet at Cloverdale Station at 9:40 for a 10:00am ride——
There will be a small cost to this adventure of $10.00 per senior ($15.00 if you are not a senior)
The train ride will be return, leave your car at Cloverdale Station—– -the ride is approximately 1 hour and the society is offering complimentary speeder rides and barn tours on our return:
After our barn tour/speeder rides we will get together for coffee/lunch in Cloverdale TBA–
Bring your camera and be prepared to take photographs en route—-***PS—the society would love to see some of our photographs and may use some of them as promotion/advertising etc.:
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Hi All,Our summer theme is: Summer ActivitiesFamily Reunions, Fairs, Fireworks, Parades and RodeosThis theme offers something for everyone! While you’re out capturing the best our summer has to offer, why not consider thinking about a particular point of view, such as ‘bird’s eye’ or ‘worm’s eye’. These shooting experiences are also likely perfect for upcoming CAPA competitions: Fine Art and/or Photo Journalism. I’ve included the definitions for each.CAPA Fine ArtThe goal of fine art photography is in creating a fine art image is to use subjectsand techniques as vehicles in the process of conveying a strong message, idea,vision and/or emotion.The artist may need to make the viewer think about what they are looking at andconsider a different viewpoint than their own perhaps.CAPA Photo JournalismPhotojournalism relies on an image that tells a story or documents people affectedby an event or a situation.The image should clearly make one point or convey a message.Good composition would greatly enhance the conveying of the story.Please don’t worry about the details of how to name, size and submit your images at this point; I’ll be in touch later on in the summer with those details, just go out and have fun!Here are a few images to whet your appetite for this theme.Have a great summer!Scott StoneCBPC Theme Chair
Many thanks to Mark Efford from Lens and Shutter for his presentation on lighting for Portraits. It was great to see the lighting in action rather than on a Youtube video. Also thanks to our model Elizabeth (Lizzy) for being very patient with all the changes in light setups.
I thought I would provide some links to equipment and software that was used in the presentation. Also a reminder that, as Mark mentioned, you can do almost the same thing with a couple of Speedlights (flashes) and reflectors. You just don’t get quite the power out of them and can’t shoot as fast.
The Promaster 2 and 3 light kits are available from Lens and Shutter https://lensandshutter.com/
The reflectors and umbrellas are also available through them. Flash triggers like the Pocket Wizards he used are widely available and specific triggers for the Promaster lights are available from Lens and Shutter.
Software that we used to tether the Nikon D800 to the computer was Adobe Lightroom. It supports a long list of Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Check to see if your camera is supported.
If you have another brand of camera your manufacturer may supply software that allows you to tether to a computer as does my Olympus.
There are also some third party software packages that can help with tethering, some free and some at a reasonable price.
Do a Google search for Camera Tethering.
The only other things you need to tether are the USB cable that came with your camera and an Active USB cable if you are going to be more that a few feet from your laptop. There is a limit of 15 feet total for standard USB and it gets pretty iffy at that length. The Active cable uses power from the USB connection to power a small amplifier in the cable to boost the signal. The one we used at the workshop was a Certified Data Active USB Cable from London Drugs. https://www.londondrugs.com/certified-data-usb-3.0-extension-cable—5-meter—gusb3-a5m/L8340432.html
Once again our thanks to Mark from Lens and Shutter and our model Lizzy.
For this webpage, we have included below some recent articles on the topic of tutorials and editing software.
Forget Retro Filters, This New Software Instantly Colorizes Old Photos – It is worthwhile checking out this website to test the application which is free. You upload your black and white images and see the transition. – CHECK WEBSITE HERE
104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About – Hello, photographers. For the last two months, I’ve been doing market research for my project Photolemur and looking for different tools in the area of photo enhancement and photo editing. I spent a lot of time searching, and came up with a large organized list of 104 photo editing tools and apps that you should know about.
I believe all these services might be useful for some photographers, so I’ll share them here with you. And just to make it easier to find something specific, the list is numbered. Enjoy! – READ MORE
Post Processing With Intent By Rafael Rojas – It is very tempting to think that post-processing in photography is something disconnected from the rest of the photographic process, and particularly so from the capture of images in the field. The truth, however, is that post-processing should not be considered a separate step in photography, but rather as the continuation, or should we say culmination, of a whole photographic process which started the moment we had an idea in our mind that we wanted to capture in a photograph. – READ MORE
9 HDR Photography Myths – HDR (high dynamic range) is a subject that gets a lot of attention, both positive and negative, within the photography community. Because the topic can be so polarizing it seems like there are many myths or misunderstandings surrounding HDR photography. In this article we’ll take a look at nine common myths and why they are not true. – READ MORE
ON 1 PHOTO RAW
What To Expect From The Upcoming ON1 Photo Raw Editor – A feature I will like is local adjustments (exposure, clarity, sharpening, shadows, etc.) with an intelligent brush that finds automatically the edges, like in Camera Raw.” Great news! This is one we are working on right now and are pretty exited about. The new Local Adjustments tab will let you use the Brush, including the Perfect Brush, and the gradient masking bug to selectively apply local adjustments that can be edited inside of Develop and Effects with Photo RAW. – READ MORE
Lightroom Quick Tip – Make Photos Pop with Blue Primary Saturation – We’ve all been there. You get home from a shoot, offload your photos, grab a cup of coffee and start editing. You go through your normal workflow — a little exposure increase here, a little saturation bump there, +10 contrast and clarity, a little bit of sharpening and maybe even a slight vignette. Your photo looks great, but you feel like it’s lacking something and just seems a little “flat”. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one slider in Lightroom to make your photo pop? Blue Primary Saturation can do just the trick! Check out the effect that it has on the photo below, and then I’ll show you where to find it in Lightroom. – READ MORE
Use The Detial Tab In Lightroom Light A Pro – One of the last, and arguably most important stages of post production is sharpening and noise reduction. In Lightroom, Adobe has placed both of these tools in a tab called Detail in the Develop Module. It is found towards the bottom of the tools tab on the right side of the screen, perhaps to signify it should be one of the last stages of post-production.
Whilst not an overly complicated tool, it is important that care is taken when using the detail adjustments. Too much sharpening leads to ugly looking images whilst too much noise reduction can give us smeary, blurred looking shots. Today we’re going to look at the tools of the Detail tab and how to use them. – READ MORE
Step By Step How TO Make A Moody Desaturated Image In Lightroom – Often times we occupy our processing time with thoughts of what can be added to our images in order to make them more impactful; more sharpness, contrast, or color. But, this may not always the best route to take. The old expression “Less is more” can be applied to many aspects of photography, and it is especially true when it comes to dealing with colors. – READ MORE
PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS (12 – 14)
Auto Shine Tutorial with Glow 2 – Topaz Glow 2 is a great way to create unique images with illumination and energetic sparks of light. You can create vibrant, beautiful images with easy to use pre-made effects or you can create your own. By using internal adjustments, ready-made effects, and settings, it’s simple to use Glow 2 to enhance images in a variety of ways! – READ MORE
Paint Your Pets with Impression 2 – Topaz Impression 2 is a fun way to create beautiful images that are artistic, soft, & romantic or loud, bold, & extreme. It turns photographs into works of art with various combinations of brush strokes, surface effects, and more. By using internal adjustments, presets, and settings, it’s simple to use Impression 2 to enhance your images.
Today we’ll cover how it can be used to enhance photographs of pets and animals. This tutorial will showcase effects that will compliment subject matter that has soft features such as fur and feathers but will also show how masking can enhance details such as eyes, teeth, and other sharp parts of your subject. – READ MORE
Welcome back to our camera club meetings.
I have included below some recent articles in a wide range of photography topics which may be of interest to you.
How To Be Different And Make Your Photography More Unique – When starting on the path of learning photography, it is common for some to already have an idea about what their work is supposed to look like. They admire and look at the work of photographers and want to be able to do similar work themselves. While this is an important part of the learning process, the best photographers all eventually go off in their own direction, and creatively it’s very important to think in this way. You want your work to ultimately be different. Here are some steps to help you figure out how to go against the grain and make your photography more unique. – READ MORE
Aperture: Get Creative – The primary purpose of the aperture setting is to regulate the amount of light that passes through the lens. Along with the shutter speed, it determines the quantity of light that reaches the camera’s sensor (or film) and forms a third of the ‘exposure triangle’. But, of more interest to most photographers is the creative potential of the aperture and shutter speed settings. I wrote about shutter speed a few weeks ago and today I’m going to explore some ways of making the most out of aperture. – READ MORE
Why Semi-Automatic Mode Is The Best For Choice For Wildlife – There is a mindset that a lot of photographers seem to have around anything but manual mode is cheating. Not only does this frustrate me as a statement, but it’s just bad advice, that hinders the photographic progress of others. I would argue that there’s no cheating in photography, and that using your camera in fully manual modes actually makes it harder to achieve the photo you’re looking for – so let’s take a look at why semi-automatic modes are a good choice for wildlife photography. – READ MORE
More Ways To Create Better Images Without Buying More Gear – Jay Maisel has to be one of the most interesting photographers alive today. He is 85 years old and he still makes a point of carrying his camera with him every day, everywhere he goes. I recently watched a few videos where Scott Kelby spent a few days with Jay, just wandering through the streets of New York and later, walking through Paris. – READ MORE
Now To Achieve Background Blur or Bokeh – If I show you two different portraits, one with a blurred background and one with a sharp background, you will automatically prefer the one with the creamy bokeh. Why? Because that’s just how it is. No, the bokeh effect is very flattering because it isolates the main subject by separating it from the background.
If you did not know, bokeh means blur in Japanese, and it is purely aesthetic.
Most portrait photographers blur their backgrounds, and I certainly do it because when I take a picture of someone, I want the viewer to focus on the person’s face and not what’s going on behind them. – READ MORE
5 Ways To Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp – There are so many rewarding aspects in life, and one of them is growing in something you love, something that you’re good at. Not only do we feel a sense of accomplishment, but we feel larger on the inside. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic hobbyist with a knack for photography, improving your talent is a special thrill. On the flipside, there are few things more frustrating than that feeling of being stuck under a glass ceiling where you feel jaded, your work starts to feel dull, your passion begins to wane, and your creative juices dry up. We all plateau from time to time, and it’s important to get out of the rut quickly. So, how do you sharpen your photography talent? Here are five ways to get back on track. – READ MORE
7 Musts Of Great Composition In Photography – Speaking of musts, every discussion about photography and composition must begin here. Before you ever hoist your camera or touch your shutter, you should say to yourself, “This is a picture of a ____.” When you fill in the blank, be as specific as possible. The more specific you are, the better the picture you can take. This is one of the truisms of photography. To have a great picture, you must have a clear, unmistakable subject. – READ MORE
5 Ways To De-Clutter Your Composition – You’ve probably heard a number of “rules” of photography composition such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and adding foreground interest. But there is one other simple guideline that you can apply to all of your compositions that will help raise the quality of your photos to a new level: de-clutter!
Simple compositions with only a few elements tend to have more impact than photos that include too much. – READ MORE
The Importance Of A Focal Point In Photo Composition – A focal point is the part of an image that draws the eye of a viewer to the most important part of the image or the area that you want to highlight. How you do this will make or break the final image. If you don’t know how to create this point then you will not achieve much in your photography. – READ MORE
5 Tips To Nail Focus In Your Landscape Photos – Focus is a topic that comes up often in my landscape workshops. How should I focus my camera? What do the different focus areas do and when should I use them? Where in the scene should I focus?
Here are 5 focusing tips to help you nail focus and get tack sharp landscape photos. – READ MORE
Tips For Doing More Spectacular Sunset Photography – The first thing I was told to do when I wanted to learn how to photograph landscapes and cityscapes, was to always shoot during the sunset. I have always asked myself why, but the answer is actually pretty easy. You get amazing colors in the sky, dramatic clouds, and soft light. – READ MORE
5 Tips For Better Wildlife Photos – Wildlife photography is a pursuit that can be challenging, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding to any photographer. The arrival of digital cameras has inspired a whole new generation of photographers to take an interest in wildlife photography. – READ MORE
Why Off-Camera Flash Isn’t As Scary As You Think – The word alone has the potential to cause dread, even among experienced photographers, bringing to mind images of overexposed faces and red eyes. Because of this, many photographers avoid flash altogether, keeping a safe distance at all times. I think that’s too bad.
It’s a missed opportunity. Sure, flash may not always be applicable to your situation – but it’s very helpful to have another tool in your bag of tricks if and when it is needed. – READ MORE
Soft Box Lighting Techniques To Sculpt And Shape Your Model – Lighting setups tend to fall into two categories—simple and complicated—especially when it comes to multiple light setups. However, lighting plays a significant role in the overall outcome of your image, despite the complexity of your setup. In this helpful tutorial, professional photographer Wayne Johns shows how you can use softbox lighting controls to sculpt and shape your model: – READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO
The 2016 – 2017 CAPA Competition Guide has been updated and approved by the CAPA Board of Directors earlier this week.
I have also included a two sheet document which lists the CAPA Competitions between now and May 2017. Check out the listing here.
The guide has been updated to include:
- standards and processes incorporated by other international photographic societies;
- Document has been re-written to provide more concise and consistent information;
- opening up the eligibility criteria for competition;
- Hyperlink examples of past competitions;
- More defined “Open Editing” and “Restricted Editing” criteria. The Open editing will provide more flexibility in being creative;
- Several competitions have been excluded for this competition cycle but they may appear again in our next competition cycle;
- New competition – “Capture Single Images Using Smartphone or iPad;”
- Preliminary work is being undertaken to add a macro competition in Spring 2017. When the competition details have been confirmed then this competition will be added to the Spring 2017 listing of Competitions.
- Possibilities of having a Travel and/or a Monochrome competition in the Spring 2017 provided a camera club volunteers to host one of these competitions;
- For the CAPA Individual Competitions, we have secured 1st place prices for the winners; and
- The Club certificates, Merit Award Certificates and Honour Awards have been replaced with ribbons similar to what are used in other international competitions. The traditional CAPA medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will remain the same.
As you will note from this guide, the Crescent Beach Photography Club will be hosting four CAPA Competitions:
- 30 October 2016 CAPA Fine Art (Club) Competition;
- 30 October 2016 CAPA Fine Art (Individual) Competition;
- 28 February 2017 CAPA Creative Altered Reality (Club) Competition;
- 28 February 2017 CAPA Creative Altered Reality (Individual) Competition.
To host these competitions, we will need volunteers.
Many exciting events are forthcoming for CAPA and they include:
- Three day CAPA Conference in Ottawa – check out the details here;
- new CAPA website going online in mid or late November 2016;
- new CAPA e-publish magazine which will be sent to each camera club for distribution to all their club members;
- CAPA & BC Lions Event on October 1, 2016 – check out the details here; and
- many other forthcoming events in the planning stage.
If you have any questions or concerns about the competition guide or anything relating to CAPA, please see me at our next camera club member or you can email me.
Sheldon Boles – CAPA Rep for Crescent Beach Photography Club