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:
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!
The 2020/21 Musselburgh Camera Club season ended on 29th April 2021 with the AGM and the presentation of trophies. It has been a very unusual club season, with all of the meetings taking place by Zoom. A summary of the season can be found on the Chairman’s Comments page. I would like to thank all members who have supported the club during this unusual year. The lack of face to face meetings meant we missed some regulars, such as the “match an image” competition with North Berwick Photographic Society and our annual get together with Musselburgh Art Club. But the Zoom format has given us some new opportunities, such as being able to invite judges and speakers from further afield, and meet up with photographers from overseas clubs, such as
22 October 2020 (International Swedish Members Evening)
03 December 2020 (International Dutch Members Evening)
04 March 2021 (Three Weeks in Burma)
11 March 2021 (Swedish Interclub)
Next season I hope we will be able to have a mixture of face to face and Zoom meetings and gain the advantages of both. Our AGM finished with a virtual presentation of trophies. A full list of winners can be found on the following page.
Trophy Winners – 2020/2021
I look forward to seeing you all at the next season, when I hope we can welcome some new members. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, 2nd September 2021. See you then.
We started the 2020-21 season with a very different kind of opening night. We normally meet up at the Fisherrow Centre for a social gathering, a look back at the previous year’s photographs and a look forward to the coming events on the syllabus. It is an opportunity for potential new members to come and meet our members, try out the club and see if it is the kind of club they would like to join. None of that happened this year. The Fisherrow Centre remains closed to clubs, and due to Covid-19 restrictions we can’t meet face to face as a group. But we have a new Zoom Pro account to try out, we can meet virtually from our own homes and find creative ways to make this season work.
I was pleased to be able to announce two new events on the syllabus. There will be a joint meeting with Mölnlycke Fotoclubb on 22nd October and a presentation of images from two photographers from The Netherlands on 3rd December. Being able to meet via Zoom gives us the opportunity to meet other photographers around the world.
Our first creative event of the season was a simulation of the trophy presentation that would have taken place at the end of the last season. Normally, we would have the trophies neatly arranged in order on a table, with the bronze, silver and gold medals lined up. The winners would be called up one by one to accept their prize. Instead of this face-to-face ceremony, George Todd (our competition secretary) put together a presentation to run us through the competition results. The winner of each trophy was announced by an impressive curtain-open transition, while members responded with cheers and Zoom reaction buttons; and some winners responded with surprise because they had forgotten they had won! Here are the full results. Congratulations to all the winners:
The next creative event will be a socially-distanced photoshoot at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. Some members had already visited, and others were intending to visit this weekend. We will all visit separately but join up at the next club meeting (on 24th September) to discuss our visit and share our pictures. I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
We are starting the 2020-21 season two weeks later than usual. There has been a lot of uncertainty over the summer about whether or not the Fisherrow Centre would reopen, and exactly how many of our meetings we would need to hold by Zoom videoconference. This extra club meeting was arranged by Zoom to inform members about the latest news. Here is a summary:
- The club needs to follow guidance for keeping members safe during the covid-19 pandemic. The situation is changing constantly and members are advised to monitor the web site and watch out for club emails to be informed of last minute changes. You can find some guidance at the following links:
- Existing members can join the club by emailing the treasurer, returning an application form and paying their membership fee by bank transfer or cheque. New members can contact the club secretary (as stated on the home page) and will be referred to the treasurer.
- The Fisherrow Centre is closed until further notice, so all our meetings will be held by Zoom unless otherwise stated. I have created two sets of recurring meetings for members:
- A meeting at 19:30 every Thursday for our regular club meetings.
- A meeting at 19:30 every Tuesday for extra meetings such as training sessions.
- When members join the club they will be given the information needed to join these two meetings. However, we can create as many meetings as we like, and the club is not limited just to these two occasions.
- Haddington camera club have kindly provided a link to this article describing how to use Zoom:
- There has been a change to the club rules for Digital Projected Images. All images must now be no wider than 1600 pixels and no taller than 1200 pixels. The matches the club rules to Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF) rules.
- The deadline for submitting images to the DPI competition is Thursday 17th September. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Print competitions will take place digitally until further notice. Judges will accept images digitally, but they must be sized to the same limits as DPIs.
- Members can add a small border to indicate how they would have mounted their image, but this is entirely optional.
- Because of the image size limit, use a thin border, not the thick border demonstrated in my previous club message.
- We would like to arrange regular photoshoots so that members have an opportunity to meet face to face outdoors. The following venues were suggested:
- The maximum limit of 6 people from 2 households meeting up will make photoshoots more difficult but not impossible. We can follow this procedure:
- The club advertises a venue and a 2 hour time slot.
- Members make their own arrangements and visit the venue during that time slot.
- Up to 6 members from 2 households can arrange to meet up.
- After the visit we meet together by Zoom, show our pictures and compare our experience.
- The recent change in the rules on meeting people in Scotland means that next week’s opening night and trophy presentation cannot take place face to face. Instead, George will present the trophies virtually and will arrange to have them delivered to winners.
The real start of the club season begins next week with our opening night and long overdue presentation of the trophies from last year. I look forward to seeing you again (albeit through a computer screen).
A reminder that there is an extra club meeting scheduled tonight at 7:30pm by Zoom teleconference. Members should have received an email last weekend containing the meeting invitation and a clickable link. If you haven’t received that information please contact me at StevenMBeard@aol.com.
I look forward to seeing you all later tonight.
In one week’s time we will be trying something completely new and having a club meeting by Zoom teleconference! George Todd will present the results of our final set subject competition of the 2019/2020 season. Click the following links for a reminder of what happened in the previous two competitions:
09 January 2020 (Set Subject Competition – Travel)
13 February 2020 (Set Subject Competition – Wildlife)
George Todd, Joe Fowler, Anne Yeomans and Malcolm Roberts are all in a strong position. Join the competition to find out who will be picking up the trophy, and who will be judging next year.
In a few days I will send a meeting invitation directly to all members (it won’t be posted on the web site). If you would like to join and have not heard anything by Wednesday please email StevenMBeard @ aol.com and I will send you the invitation. In the meantime, you can prepare for the meeting by downloading the Zoom client from
You can install a client on a computer or mobile device (but a computer with a large screen will give you the best view of the images). You will need sound to hear George, but a camera is optional. You don’t need to sign up with Zoom to join the club meeting. You can test that your computer can connect to a meeting (and check your sound is working) by clicking on this link:
I look forward to seeing you all again and trying out this new “meeting from home” format. This time everybody will be responsible for making tea!
If anyone has any comments or issues with this policy please let me know.
Steven Beard (StevenMBeard @ aol.com)
At the AGM we referred to the post made a year ago which clarified the club’s insurance coverage under SPF policy. To save members having to delve back through the archives, here is a link to that original message:
If you are arranging a group trip on behalf of the club (i.e. a trip where all club members are invited), please contact the SPF General Secretary or the SPF Treasurer, as described in the original message.
Following on from the AGM when a number of questions were raised with regard to Insurance coverage under the SPF policy. The document below is from the SPF, as can be seen if you are intending on organising a group trip on behalf of the club outwith the club listings on the syllabus then either SPF General Secretary or the SPF Treasurer should be emailed.
Initially it was proposed for the Club Secretary or Chairman to notify the SPF, however in light of the procedure now clarified I see no reason why the onus should not now rest with the members organising the trip/outing.
The SPF can be contacted as follows, which will open a message box:
SPF General Secretary:
To all members attending tomorrow night, our speaker Mark Davey has suggested that we bring our camera/lens, flash and a sheet of white paper.