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.

The 2021 Tour of Britain – 11th September 2021

The Hawick to Edinburgh stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain cycle race takes place on 11th September 2021. The route takes the cyclists through the Scottish borders and offers the opportunity to photograph cyclists against a scenic backdrop. Full information can be found on the Tour of Britain web site (link below).

https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven/

Risk Assessment for Face-to-Face Club Meetings

If you are planning to come to our opening night at 7:30pm in rooms G3 and G2 of the Fisherrow Centre this Thursday (2nd September) you may be interested in the reopening statement and risk assessment which the Fisherrow Centre have published (click on the link below):

https://fisherrowcentre.org/re-opening-1

The Fisherrow Trust ask anyone visiting the centre to:

  • Use hand sanitizer when entering the building;
  • Check in to NHS test and trace using the QR codes posted at the centre;
  • Wear masks in the corridors and public areas, unless exempt.

The Fisherrow Trust will ensure all areas are cleaned and the rooms have extra ventilation (please do not close the windows). Social distancing within the centre is no longer mandatory. Mask wearing within club rooms is at the discretion of each club, and clubs can add their own procedures based on their own risk assessment.

  • Although social distancing is no longer mandatory at Fisherrow, please respect other members’ space and spread out within the room. Please wear a mask unless seated or drinking tea or coffee.
  • Please do not come to a face-to-face club meeting if you are feeling unwell or have been asked to self-isolate. The club recommends using the Scottish government’s home Covid testing service:
  • We will provide additional hand sanitizer and wipes within the club rooms near shared items (like the sign in sheet).
  • Shared equipment (such as the laptop keyboard, wireless microphone, laser pointer and mouse) will be wiped before and after use.
  • Shared mugs will no longer be available. If you would like tea or coffee please bring your own mug and take it away at the end of the night. (This is also dictated by the centre’s new storage policy.)
  • We will be restarting our programme gradually and offering hybrid sessions so members can choose between attending in person or by Zoom. We have booked two rooms for opening night so we can space ourselves out while welcoming new members. All competitions will be judged digitally until after Christmas.
  • We will aim to have more outdoor meetings, such as club photoshoots.

I look forward to welcoming you back to Musselburgh Camera Club, whichever way you choose to join us.

Less than a week to opening night

The Musselburgh Camera Club opening night will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, 2nd September 2021 in rooms G2 and G3 of the Fisherrow Centre. This year we will be experimenting with a hybrid arrangement that will let members join our meetings either in person at Fisherrow or by Zoom using a computer. If you have been missing the face to face chat, come along to the Fisherrow Centre. If you prefer to connect by Zoom, that option will also be available.

Click this link if you would like to join with us by Zoom on opening night:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88980005418?pwd=RjNFYzlkUUNSL2UvM3RNeG1ScVR5Zz09

There will be an introduction to our new 2021/22 programme during the evening and an opportunity to look at and pick up prints that have been stored in our cupboards since 2020.

Please note that the tea and coffee arrangements at Fisherrow are different this year. If you would like tea or coffee, please bring along your own mug.

I look forward to seeing you all back at the club either in person or on the computer screen.
All the best,

Steven

Battle of Prestonpans, 18-19 September 2021

The Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment takes place this year at Greenhills park in Prestonpans during the weekend of Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th September 2021. More information and tickets can be found at the following link:

http://www.scottishbattlefields.org/events-1/2021/9/18/battle-of-prestonpans-1745-re-enactment-weekend

There are also some online events taking place to commemorate the battle. See the following links for more information:

https://lothianloop.com/2020/09/08/prestonpans-275-online-festival-announced-to-mark-anniversary-of-battle-of-prestonpans/

https://prestonpans275.org/creative-project/

ROSL Photography Competition

The club has been contacted with information about the Royal Overseas League photography competition, which is free to enter and open to everyone over the age of 18. The competition is open until 6th September 2021 and is accepting digital images on the theme of “International Friendship”. Not many of us have travelled overseas recently, but perhaps you have some images which fit the subject?

Visit this link for more information: https://www.rosl.org.uk/photography

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.