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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PHOTOSHOP SELF-DIRECTED TUTORIALS – APRIL

Following on from the March self-directed Photoshop tutorials the following resources have been curated for those members who are working to improve their knowledge and use of Photoshop.

Image and Canvas Sizing

This series of Adobe tutorials are related and address resizing an image, setting resolution, cropping and expanding the canvas.

Photoshop Eraser Tool: A Comprehensive Guide (2022)

This is a very good guide to all aspects of the eraser tool.

An Introduction to Layers in Photoshop

This is a YouTube video that is quite long but good!

Facebook Support – Please post questions on Facebook if you need help with any aspect of the self-directed tutorials. We have members with an amazing range of skills and knowledge who will no doubt help you on your journey.

Feedback about the tutorials and resources is most welcome.

If you have details or knowledge of other tutorials and resources that may assist fellow members, please also share these on Facebook.

by Debbie Sutton, April 28, 2022

TIME TO BRING OUT YOUR VERY BEST IMAGES! The Great Australian Photographic Challenge is ON….

It’s that time of year again, and we are looking for the best images to enter in the APS Challenge Cup. This is the competition that we tied with Wangi Wangi CC for first place in 2021. So we have a standard to uphold!

This is an opportunity for MCC to showcase OUR BEST work and to promote the work of our club.

There will be recognition at the highest level with the awards being posted to APS social media and through an all members email announcement. The awarded images will also be made available for viewing through social media and the catalogue.


There are 10 awards for clubs and 29 awards for individual photographers presented. The judging will be done by three international judges. This is an opportunity to put our club’s work on the global stage.

Deadline for new entries is: 1st May, 2022.

Sections and Entries: This is an OPEN competition. There are no specific sections. Each member can have a maximum of 3 entries.

New image entries: members can enter new images (images that have not been entered in club competitions) by the usual method using the APS Cup button in the members section of the website.

Existing image entries: all images already entered in club competitions will be considered for entry. If there is a particular image that you have used before and want to be considered please enter it using the APS Cup button.

If a member does not want existing images used please email Debbie.sutton50@yahoo.com.au.

by Debbie Sutton, April 21, 2022

Tuesday Group Excursion 26th April

Petro’s group will be visiting Merewether Beach next Tuesday for their monthy excursion.

Meet at the Merewether Baths at 8.00am.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

by Debbie Sutton, April 20, 2022

Hands-on Macro Workshop – 12th April, 2022

This Tuesday night our club meeting is a practical hands-on workshop.

Members are requested to bring:

  • camera
  • camera manual
  • macro lens if they have one (or another that can be used)
  • tripod
  • other macro equipment.

This will be an opportunity to see a variety of equipment and set-ups and to learn from other members and ask questions.

It will also be a great opportunity to pick up tips that will assist you in this challenging genre.

by Debbie Sutton, April 10, 2022

Results for competitions in April – Nature as is the Tradition

There were 10 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in April – Nature as is the Tradition

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Romance and a meal
Brad Le Brocque – 13
Digital Theme

Down the hole
Brad Le Brocque – 12
Open Colour Large Print

The big jump!
Peter Ryan – 12
Open Mono Large Print

Unlucky Butterfly
David Henderson – 12
Digital Theme

Bringing a Stick
Rob Oyston – 12
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

The sting removed
Brad Le Brocque – 11
Open Colour Large Print

Dragonfly for lunch
Peter Ryan – 10
Open Colour Large Print

White throated treecreeper
Brad Le Brocque – 10
Open Mono Large Print

Crossing into the unknown
Peter Ryan – 10
Digital Theme

Grass Seeds for Lunch
Sue Joy – 10
Digital All Rounder – Monochrome

by Neville Foster, April 6, 2022

MCC – April Update

April Competition

April is traditionally Nature month for the MCC. For the April competition images must comply with the Nature definition. Please read the definition before selecting images.

PSA Photographers and Judges Guide to Nature Photography is available for download from the MCC website and has the definition and example images to assist you in unpacking the requirements of the definition.

Workshop (12th April, 2022) – Hands-on Macro

This workshop has changed to being a practical hands-on session.

The presentation by Roy Killen has been moved to 10th May, 2022.

Members are requested to bring their camera, camera manual, macro lens if they have one (or another that can be used), tripod and other macro equipment.

This will be an opportunity to see a variety of equipment and set-ups and to learn from other members and ask questions.

It will also be a great opportunity to pick up tips that will assist you in this challenging genre.

Workshop (19th April 2022) – Judging images

This practical workshop will engage members in ‘judging’ and ‘selecting’ images for the PSA Interclub Competition. Members will engage with the images from Round 3 of this competition and be challenged to make the same selection as the judging panel.

This workshop will develop your critical eye and assist you in assessing and choosing your own images for competitions.

Critique Corner

If you would like feedback and/or suggestions on any of your images, please upload them to Critique Corner. Members will offer ideas and make suggestions which will assist you in a variety of ways.

Critique Corner is particularly useful if you are unsure of entering an image and need help in editing it ready for entry into a competition.

2022 Annual General Meeting

This meeting was held on Tuesday with a major agenda item being the election of officer bearers. A set draft minutes and the 2021 audit report have been posted in the Member’s Documents section of the website.

Election of Committee for 2021/22: Neville Foster presided over the election of the new committee. All positions, as set out in the Constitution were declared vacant. The following members were elected to the committee.

PositionNominee
PresidentBrad Le Brocque
Vice-PresidentGreg Campbell
SecretaryDebbie Sutton
TreasurerGraeme Wright
Competition SecretaryPetro Holowinskyj
Web AdministratorRob Oyston
Membership SecretaryJennifer Muscat
Ordinary MemberBrian Lea
Ordinary MemberWayne Munce
NPF DelegateGreg Campbell
NPF DelegatePetro Holowinskyj
FCC DelegateBrad Le Brocque

by Debbie Sutton, March 31, 2022

PHOTOSHOP SELF-DIRECTED TUTORIALS – MARCH

Following on from the February self-directed Photoshop tutorials the following resources have been curated for those members who are working to improve their knowledge and use of Photoshop.

Facebook Support – Please post questions on Facebook if you need help with any aspect of the self-directed tutorials. We have members with an amazing range of skills and knowledge who will no doubt help you on your journey.

Feedback about the tutorials and resources is most welcome.

If you have details or knowledge of other tutorials and resources that may assist fellow members, please also share these on Facebook.

Versions of Photoshop – You may need to make adjustments depending on the version of Photoshop you have available or the tutorial/resources is using as a reference.

March – Self Directed Tutorials and Resources

Link for – Getting to know Photoshop

There are 3 remaining tutorials in this section:

  1. Learn how to zoom and pan
  2. The Undo a command
  3. Saving your work – this tutorial discusses the various file types and their functionality.

Link for – Making selections

There are three tutorials in this section:

  1. Learn selection basics
  2. Quick selection and lasso tools
  3. Fine tuning selections

Link for – Overview of tools

This resource is not a tutorial but a written resource that lists and categorises the tools in Photoshop. It is useful as an awareness raiser and a reference resource.

by Debbie Sutton, March 30, 2022

Final Reminder for Membership renewal

Good afternoon to all members

To the financial members who have already renewed their membership for the coming year, many thanks for doing so. For those who have not yet renewed, the cut off date for renewing before the April competition is this coming Monday 28th March in order to be eligible for competing thereafter. Our upcoming yearly AGM is on the 29th and only financial members are able to attend. The fees for this year are $45.

Regards

Jennifer – Membership Secretary

by Jennifer Muscat, March 24, 2022

MCC Procedures for the Selection of Images for External Competitions (PSA Interclub, APS Challenge Cup, FFC Cup etc)

Competing in national and international competitions is a key strategy our club uses to extend the photographic skills of our members and to ensure we all continue to grow as photographers. This strategy also provides an opportunity for more experienced members to be involved in the judging process.

However, in our busy lives, ensuring our best quality entries are entered by the deadline is just another thing we have to do!

Neville Foster coordinates the PSA Interclub Competition, lately it has been very difficult for him because of the limited number of images members have entered for consideration. This has resulted in an entry that was not up to our usual standard.

For the remainder of 2022, MCC will trial a different system for selecting the images that represent the club in these external competitions. This new system should make it easier for both members and coordinators.

Selection of Images

  • The MCC competition coordinator/or their nominated member will make the selections for the nominated competition. They will select from images held in the MyPhotoClub database for all competitions that members have submitted images – this could be the monthly competitions, special events etc
  • The selected images will be emailed to the MCC competition coordinator for final checking, size and category etc and will be uploaded to the nominated competition address to represent Maitland Camera Club.

Submitting New Images

  • The entry point/button for these external competitions will remain in the Member’s Section of our website. Members are encouraged to submit any new images they wish to be considered using this facility.
  • These new images must reach the coordinator before the nominated closing date.

The MCC competition coordinator will circulate to all members, the successful images to represent MCC in the respective competition; and adjust their personal records.
This is to be recorded in the club’s MyPhotoClub system also; against the respective image.

Opting Out

If a member does not want their images used in this way they will need to opt out by emailing the Secretary who will maintain a register.

We hope that by doing it this way there is a strong possibility that we will have a stronger entry to represent the club.

Determining Eligibility to Represent MCC

  • The competition coordinator will only consider images of financial members of MCC for entry in external competitions.
  • The membership records maintained by the membership secretary will be consulted to determine eligibility for each competition.
  • The MCC competition coordinators will provide the membership list to the member doing the selection of the images.

by Debbie Sutton, March 24, 2022

Morning Group Excursion

Next Tuesday, 22nd March Petro’s Morning Group will have an excursion to Nobby’s Beach. The meeting point is at the beach at 9.00am.

All MCC members are most welcome to attend.

by Debbie Sutton, March 16, 2022