About our club

Maitland Camera Club wishes to extend an invitation to all persons with a passion for photography. 

The Club enjoys a robust membership catering for all levels of photographers , some with vast experience,  whilst others are just beginning their journey.  

As a collective group, ideas and skills  are shared to the benefit of all members.

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Where – Maitland Camera Club meets at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club, Tarro Street, Kurri Kurri.

When – We meet on  the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the months of February through to December.

 A competition is held on the 1st Tuesday.

Talks, tutorials and workshops are held on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays.

Membership Fees are $45 per Calendar Year and $20 if joining after the 1st July. Please pay via Direct Debit.

All meetings start at 7 pm.

Petro holds a day class every Tuesday morning at the Kurri Kurri Bowling Club between 10:00am and 2.00pm. On the 4th Tuesday of the month an outing is planned.

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Tuesday morning group cancelled 9/8/22

Petro is unwell so the Tuesday morning group will not meet this coming week.

by Debbie Sutton, August 6, 2022

TWO EDITS

Hi Members

Please accept this invitation to be part of the MCC “Two Edits” presentation scheduled for September this year. For those of you unfamiliar with the “Two Edits” concept, it’s simply a fun way of seeing how other members would edit two of your images, and you will also have the opportunity to edit two from other members of the club.  Simple details of the steps required (and dates required) are set out below:

  1. Choose TWO (unedited) images of your own – these should be of different subjects or types to add to our diversity during the presentation.  These would preferably be in RAW format to allow the participants editing your images more flexibility.
  • Send the TWO raw images to me via WeTransfer​ – any file names will do as I’ve sorted out a system at my end. 
  • Edit your own two raw files to produce images to share in the presentation.
  • Send your two edited images to me via WeTransfer​ – any file names will do as I’ve sorted out a system at my end.  Please add your initials to the end of your edited file names. The email address to use is in WeTransfer is:  mrroblord@gmail.com

Please add your email address in the required field and also your name in the “Comments” box.  This will need to be done by Friday 12 August. Nextweek!

4.  Once received, I will collate and randomly distribute TWO images to all participants via WeTransfer.  

5.  Once you receive the notification, download the images and get creative with your editing!  

6.  Once you have completed the editing of the two images, use WeTransfer to send them back to me (mrroblord@gmail.com) for inclusion in the presentation in September.  If you could add your initials to the end of the filenames before sending them back, it will assist me in the collation process.  eg.  if the image was titled   Maitland0001, simply change it to Maitland0001RL  (obviously substitute your initials for RL!).  This will need to be done by 2 September.

I would appreciate this last step being done by the due date to allow me time to put the presentation together for our September meeting.  

At our September MCC meeting, we will firstly display (using projector) the original file, followed by your edit, then the two edits done by members.  There will be time for some discussion from about the edits.

I hope this covers everything.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the process.  I would encourage all members to contribute images and have a go!

Cheers, and happy editing!!!

Rob Lord

robert.lord@det.nsw.edu.au   or

mrroblord@gmail.com  

by Debbie Sutton, August 4, 2022

MCC – August Update

Workshop – 9th August – G2

Next week the TBC on the program has merged to the G2

Graeme Wright will do a session on the use of flash and in particular flash diffusers. The raffle prize for September will be a flash diffuser.

Grahame Smith will unpack the creation of his While You Were Sleeping image. This is a truly magical image and we will all benefit greatly from Grahame’s creativity and skill.

While You Were Sleeping

A special thanks to Graeme and Grahame for their willingness to do this session.

Workshop 16th August

This is the Extreme Macro workshop with Bill Chambers. Given Bill’s extreme skill and knowledge this is sure to push us all to new heights!

by Debbie Sutton, August 3, 2022

It Must be Morpeth Photo Competition

Closing date: 31st October, 2022

As part of the Morpeth Bicentennial celebrations It Must Be Morpeth Incorporated will be holding its first ever Morpeth Photography Competition.

The essence of the competition is to Show us what you love about Morpeth: It could be a place that you visit, it could be your grandma’s sideboard, it could be your favourite shop or favourite breakfast dish at your favourite Morpeth cafe, it could be your favourite family photo taken 60 years ago, it could be the avenue of trees or ducks at the Common – it can be anything about Morpeth. The only criteria is that the photo must be taken in, or it must be a photo of or about Morpeth.

Photos must be added to Instagram #morpethphotocompetition to be in the running to win this competition.

Full details: https://www.itmustbemorpeth.com.au/post/it-must-be-morpeth-incorporated-photography-competition-general-terms-conditions

First prize is $500 and this will be judged by a panel including: Leighsa Cox Professional Photographer and Gerry Bobsien Gallery Director Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

There will also be a $200.00 People’s Choice award for photos with the most likes on Instagram.

by Debbie Sutton, July 20, 2022

Morning Group Excursion – 26/7/22

The Tuesday morning group will explore the Old Newcastle Railway Station next week.

Meet at the station at 9.00am. The address is 2 Watt Street. The nearest light rail stop is Queens Wharf.

The station has a website: https://newcastlestation.com.au/

by Debbie Sutton, July 20, 2022

MCC Meeting – 19th July

Due to work commitments John Wallace is unable to join us tonight. So instead we will be having a workshop evening focussing on taking panoramas and stitching techniques with various software solutions. Please bring your laptop, camera and tripod etc

by Debbie Sutton, July 19, 2022

July Program Update

A number of circumstances have impacted on the availability of presenters and therefore the program this month (again)!

Tuesday 12th July

Will now feature:

  • a session on monitor calibration using the devices the club has available for members to hire. This is an essential process to ensure your monitor is displaying colours correctly and impacts on decisions you make during editing and printing.
  • a Photoshop and/or Lightroom Q&A. Please bring your questions.
  • possibly a demo of a ‘new bit of kit’ for macro photography.

Tuesday 19th July

DSLR or Mirror-less: Looking at the pro’s and cons with John Wallace

by Debbie Sutton, July 8, 2022

Tuesday Group Excursion – 28th June

The Tuesday Group will visit Birubi Beach on Tuesday morning.

Meet at the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club at 9.00am. Google map link below – access is via James and Paterson Street

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birubi+Point+Surf+Life+Saving+Club/@-32.7827994,152.0765286,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b7382aaba168ec9:0x1db476497320f013!8m2!3d-32.7834216!4d152.0757443

The food in the cafe at the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club is delicious if anyone is into a good breakfast and/or coffee.

by Debbie Sutton, June 22, 2022

14th June Workshop – Change of Plans

Due to illness Phil Whiteman is unable to present the workshop on panning tomorrow night.

Instead Brad will present a workshop on astrophotography to prepare members for the workshops at the end of this month and July.

Brad will cover: hardware requirements, cameras settings, Milky Way and star trails, stacking software and editing techniques.

Please bring your camera and manual.

by Debbie Sutton, June 13, 2022

MCC – JUNE UPDATE

14th June – Panning Workshop

This will be a practical hands-on workshop presented by Phil Whiteman. Phil will give members the background to the technique of panning and then we will have time to practice the technique.

What to bring:  camera, memory card, spare battery and a lens that is quick and suitable in low light situations i.e. 24 – 70mm, 50mm etc. A monopod or tripod may also be useful.

If you want to do some preparation this is a good overview:  And this Adobe resource is also excellent:

21st June – Understanding the Judging Process

This presentation by Rob Oyston will take members on a journey through the judging process used in international Salons such as the Maitland International Salon.  Rob will take members through a “behind the scenes” outline of how the judging process is managed by the Chair of a Salon.  It may assist and encourage members to enter international and/or national Salons and assist members in choosing images that are more likely to be successful – whether that is club, interclub, national or international competitions.

Understanding the judging process is a key skill of successful photographers.

This workshop replaces the Lighting Still Life workshop that was to be presented by Nicole Curtis as Nicole is unwell.

28th June – Astrophotography @ The Kitchener Poppit Head Park, 7.00pm

This is an opportunity for the club members to participate in some astrophotography.

For members wanting to have some dinner beforehand Brad has organised the Ling’s Café and Store to provide hamburgers for our group.

Meet at 6.00pm at the Ling’s Café and Store, Rugby Street, Ellalong for a hamburger before the session at Kitchener Poppit Head Park, 37-39 Cessnock St, Kitchener 2325.

We will need an indication of numbers to assist the venue to cater for us. Please respond to the Facebook post or send me an email if you intend to have dinner in Ellalong.

RSVP: 21st June, 2022.

26th July – Astrophotography @ A Church Near Dungog

Graeme has organised for the club to have access to a private property near Dungog which has a cute stone church. This will make an amazing location for some more astrophotography.

Please put the date in your diary – more details will be provided later.

PLEASE NOTE: The astrophotography workshops are subject to conducive weather conditions! If the workshops are cancelled members will be notified by email and Facebook.

by Debbie Sutton, June 10, 2022