About musselburghcameraclub

We are a relatively small but thriving East Lothian camera club of around 50 members. For more club information and how to join please read our home page.

Prints of Musselburgh Needed for Fisherrow Centre

The Fisherrow Centre are looking for some nice prints of Musselburgh (such as the harbour or river Esk) to be displayed on a wall in a small upstairs room they have recently upgraded. They have funding for the upgrade, so they could pay for new prints if necessary.

If you have any nice shots of Musselburgh you would be happy to see displayed on a wall at the Fisherrow Centre, please let me know (StevenMBeard@aol.com) and I’ll pass on your details. It sounds like an opportunity to advertise your work and advertise the club.

All the best,

Steven

Set Subjects for Next Season

A reminder that the subjects chosen at the club AGM for next season’s set subject competition are:

  • A: Reflections
  • B: Travel in Scotland
  • C: Street Photography

The subject chosen for the digital knockout competition is:

  • Three Colours

Anne Yeomans, who suggested the “Three Colours” subject, says the idea is to select three images each with a single, dominant colour. For example, you could choose a red pillar box image, a white snowman image and a blue sky image for a red/white/blue theme. Whether you choose to make your images monochrome, colour pop them or leave the non-dominant colours as they are is up to you. Your fellow members will be the judges in this competition.

Best of luck!

Making Audio Visual Presentations

There is an audio visual evening with Beeslack scheduled for 4th February 2021. Last week I was asked about software for creating audio visual presentations from photographs. Microsoft Powerpoint can be used to make a presentation, but it can be tedious to use. I gave an introduction to audio visual presentations back in 2018, which you can find by clicking this link.

https://musselburghcameraclub.org.uk/2018/11/26/22-november-2018-introduction-to-audio-visual-presentations/

At the time, the recommended software to use was Photodex ProShow Gold, which was available for Windows only.  There was a Mac alternative called “Photo Theatre Pro” (which may or may not still be available in the Mac store). Sadly, Photodex Proshow is no longer available and has been replaced by “Photopia”.  The good news is the new software now works with both Windows and Mac. It has a subscription-based licence, so you could subscribe only when you need to make a show. Click the link below for more information.

Transition from ProShow to Photopia

However, if you have Windows 10, the free Microsoft Photos program also contains some of the basic elements that Proshow Gold used to have. You can combine images into a slideshow or video, add a title slide, add captions and add background music. I think this is now a better option than Powerpoint for Windows users. You can start the program by selecting the images you want to show, clicking with the right mouse button and selecting the “Create a new video” option shown in the menu.

When the program starts you will see a screen like this (which looks remarkably similar to the Proshow screen). You can drag photos from the library window on the left onto the timeline at the bottom and view your show using the preview window on the right.

I hope this helps. Have fun, whichever tool you use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RHS Photographic Competition 2021

Sandra Crowhurst has pointed out that the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2021 photography competition is now open for entries. Click below for details.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/promotions/rhs-photo-competition/

Entry is free, so if you have already collected photographs for our “flowers and horticulture” competition you could send them to this competition as well.  You could also browse their galleries for ideas how to improve your images before submitting them. Best of luck!

 

Set Subject Competition A – This Thursday

Happy New Year to all Musselburgh Camera Club members!

A reminder that our first set subject competition of the year, on the theme of “Nature and Wildlife” takes place at 7:30pm this Thursday, 7th January 2021 by Zoom. The competition will be judged by Joe Fowler.

I hope you all had a good Christmas break, and I look forward to seeing you.

 

What Happened to Your Geese Photos

Elaine Gilroy  has send us a link to her community choir’s virtual performance of Something Told The Wild Geese. Most of the photographs used came from Musselburgh Camera Club. Thank you to all members who responded to the original request. Click on the link below and enjoy the performance:

P.S. Don’t forget we are meeting half an hour earlier than usual this Thursday evening.

NOTE: This week’s MCC meeting will start half an hour earlier

Please note that the Musselburgh Camera Club meeting this Thursday, 3rd December 2020 will start half an hour earlier at 7pm. The connection details are exactly the same.

We are starting earlier this week because we have some international guests who will be an hour ahead of us. Please come and join Hans van der Boom and Denise Gielen, who will be showing us their photographs from The Netherlands and elsewhere. You can find more about Hans and Denise on their web sites (you might have to ask your web browser to translate from Dutch to English on some pages):

See you this Thursday.

P.S. Don’t forget to send your “nature and wildlife” images to George.