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18/03/2014 at 19:39

Anyone share my point of view?

I becoming increasing disillusioned with the completion side of my camera club, particularly with the digital manipulation with 'photoshop' and other similar software.

I prefer not to enter any of my work on the basis that the judges even seem to insist that certain aspects of the entries being so manipulated.

Not sure if I'm inclined to be a member anymore.  

18/03/2014 at 20:51

 Pics from NT Park today.

18/03/2014 at 20:56


19/03/2014 at 08:47

just having a quick catch up great pictures everybody. David i do agree with you about manipulating photographs thankfully our tutor is teaching us how to take good shots and look at them with a critical eye, we have another class tonight and another field trip on Saturday.

i havnt posted pictures because they are all in the large format and i havnt had time to resize for interweb

19/03/2014 at 09:06

Looks like a good day out lily, lovely pics, so that is where the pheasant went

David that's a shame, as you seemed to be really enjoying your club. Do any of the other members feel the same?

Hi Ann

19/03/2014 at 09:52

Lovely shots, Lily...thank you for sharing them.

Ann - I come from the old school of photography and have no problems with subject choice, composure or any of those things, I joined my club basically to improve my understanding of camera technology.

KEF - Members seem equally divided between for & agin, but it's a sad fact that the agins are at a disadvantage.

I would just add that in the old days when we had to buy our film, costs dictated we had to be more careful when taking our shots.  

19/03/2014 at 10:07

Sorry, Ann...I should have added that (from what you say) your new camera club seems to be impressive in its teaching technique.

19/03/2014 at 10:24

Just spotted in my post about 'photo manipulation' (19.39 yesterday) has the word 'completion' on the second line, I did intend to write 'competition'......think I must have typoed and the spellchecker changed it.  

19/03/2014 at 10:52

hi David it isnt a camera club i go to, it is evening classes run by Cumbria adult education and well worth the cost in my opinion.

its a class of twelve, various ages and abilities and our tutor is a practising photographer with a MA in photography.


19/03/2014 at 11:00

hi Kef hope you are still enjoying your camera and the garden of course i just dont have enough hours in the day at the moment

hello to everybody else who posts as well

19/03/2014 at 11:35

Thanks, Ann, maybe it should be something I should be considering myself...although there is loads of technical expertise & help at my club.

21/03/2014 at 12:05

 Autumn 2013.

21/03/2014 at 15:59

 Taken today, one handed & no specs on

21/03/2014 at 22:17

Love pic David and KEF those daffs are beautiful 

22/03/2014 at 07:25

David, lovely Autumn shades.

22/03/2014 at 07:43

It's Spring here David

22/03/2014 at 17:56

Help! Any techies out there? All of a sudden my pc (desktop) doesn't want to know my camera anymore i.e. Windows 7 card reader will no longer read my SD memory card (my usual method) .....or will not download via a USB lead straight from my camera.

Different cards from different cameras tried.

So no piccies for a while, I'm afraid!

22/03/2014 at 17:59

Ah, beautiful, KEF

22/03/2014 at 18:09

David, I cant help as I  we both always use a mac for photos and videos. I find iphoto brilliant. We dont do a lot of manipulation, other than cropping, red eye removal. etc, . I think it spoils things when something has been obviously photoshopped . It becomes art instead of photography.

On our last liveaboard trip to papua new guinea, there was a photo comp on the boat on each trip. We had done three back to back. My OH won the first one on the Great Barrier Reef, won the one around new Britain (Kavieng) and then when presented for the final one , there was a great clapping of hands for his, and the winner was.... an american. There was a stony silence. I was waiting to someone to pipe up that a mistake had been made, but no the free bottle of wine went to an american dentist.  Some privately told OH he had been robbed, but I suspect it had more to do with the size of the tips expected from the  group of californian dentists.

22/03/2014 at 18:38

Hi David, have you tried rebooting your PC? That could sort the problem out. Or it could be your hard drive is getting close to maximum capacity. To see how full it is click on the windows explorer icon (bottom left of screen) then right click on the 'C' drive and choose properties. You should then see a pie chart indicating how much space you have left. I make a lot of DVDs and although I have a terabyte hard drive when it gets down to about 200gb I get a similar problem and have to delete unwanted files or transfer to another external hard drive. I usually then also run the disc clean-up program and get rid of a lot of temp. Internet files that slow the PC down. Hope this helps. Been away from my PC for a couple of months since my knee op but must get back to it now - especially as spring is coming. The greenhouse is looking good already. John H