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End of year – 2017

2017 has been a wonderful year. Earlier this month we had our annual Christmas Dinner locally in Croydon which was a really good evening and made even better by the announcement of our Top Shot and competition points winners for this year.


Top Shot

Print – Kevin O’Sheehan with Untouchable 

Digital – Stacey Stalkos with Let’s go to Uluru


Compeition points winners

Print – Amanda Hitchens

Digital – Kevin O’Sheehan

New Member – Joseph Grima


Congratulations to our winners, very well deserved! Thank you to all our members for entering the competitions this year and taking part in activities, you all make this club such a fun and friendly place to take and share photos. Very much hope to see you all in the new year after our break for more of the same.


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Photographers Rights in Australia

Here is an article looking at Photographers Rights in Australia by Andrew Nemeth:



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The end of the year was heralded by our AGM, which had a good turn out and lots of lively debate about the direction of the club for next year. Thank you to everyone who came along, it’s an important night each year for the club and all members have the opportunity to voice their opinion as to what we do. We also got a record number of responses to the survey this year which really helps give the executive committee a deeper understanding of what the members want to see happening next year. One thing that really came out was the desire for us to integrate more feedback nights into our program.

2017 has been a really good year and feedback was very positive about the activities that we offered our members this year. So a big thanks to the executive committee who put in a lot of work to make it all happen. In particular our president Ashley who really does work tirelessly to ensure everything goes to plan. We’ve also been lucky to have Rob on the committee for a number of years as webmaster and competition secretary. He’s given us a world of enthusiasm, great ideas and great sense of humour. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Rob is stepping down this year and will be missed, a lot. Monica is also stepping down as secretary this year for a well deserved break. She might get one this time, although we can’t quite get rid of her as she still holds the role of past president!

The rather fantastic news is that all the exec committee posts were filled and the club will be continuing on and looking forward to another great year next year. We are pleased to welcome Amanda and Jason to the team. So, with Ashley continuing on as president, Ben as treasurer, Thomas as vice-president, Amanda as secretary, Jason as competition secretary and Clair as webmaster we know we have a wonderful team of people to guide us through the year.

There is only one thing left to do this year and that is our xmas dinner and presentation night – see you all there!

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Annual interclub against the Sharks

Last month we had our annual interclub competition against Cronulla Sharks Camera Club.  This year we were the away team, travelling over to Cronulla for the evening. Thank you to everyone who came along to lend your support on the evening.

It proved to be a very close match, we won the digitals by 4 points. However, the Sharks won the prints by 6 points, making them the overall winners by only 2 points.

Special mention and congratulations go to Amanda, Michael and Aldo who each scored a top mark for one of their digital entries.

IWPS      107      Sharks      113

IWPS      238     Sharks      234


IWPS      345      Sharks      347


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Exhibition opening

This exhibition opens in North Sydney on Tuesday 6th December. It is curated by Lynn Smith who will be one of our presenters next year.

Photo exhibition

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Exhibition opening

Everyone is invited to the opening of Allan Coker’s exhibition ‘Impressions of Balmain and Beyond’ which is at the Balmain Watchhouse. The opening night is this Friday, 10th November at 6-8pm.

Impressions of Balmain exhibition invite

Allan presented to the club earlier this year and we are looking forward to seeing his work being exhibited.

For more information visit the Balmain Watchhouse website:

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Current Exhibitions in Sydney Nov 2017

Need a way to while away a rainy weekend? Here is a selection of photographic exhibitions on at the moment in Sydney:

Art Gallery NSW:
Robert Mapplethorpe – $18 – on until 4th March 2018
Pat Brassington – free on lower level 2 – on until 11th Feb 2018

Black Eye Gallery, Paddington
Ambient Landscapes – free – on until 12th Nov 2017
Afrika the wild – free – 14th Nov until 3rd Dec 2017

State Library NSW:
Nikon–Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism – free – on until 26th Nov 2017

National Maritime Museum:
Maritime Moustaches – included with entry price – starts 18th Nov 2017
Waves and Water, Australian Beach Photography – included with entry price – starts 22nd Dec 2017

Gaffa gallery
Through a Glass Darkly – free – starts 23rd Nov 2017 until 4th Dec 2017
Grimsby Platform 2 – free – starts 7th Dec 2017 until 18th Dec 2017

Australian Centre for Photography
Barbara McGrady always will be – free – until 9th Dec 2017

Sydney Customs House
Something else is alive – free – until 22nd Feb 2018

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IWPS Weekend Away 2017


Dawn over Windang Island

This month we went on our annual adventure away from the big smoke. Our destination this year was Wingdang on Lake Illawarra. The weather was a bit patchy but we were lucky that it was nice enough for one sunset and two sunrises. Not to mention a BBQ, visit to the local bowlo and lots of fun taking photos, sharing tips and discovering hidden karaoke talents. Wingdang Island is a beautiful spot and it was wonderful to have such a great group of people to share it with.  

Some more pics of the weekend can be viewed on our facebook page:

We went to Windang!

Posted by Inner West Photographic Society on Monday, 30 October 2017


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FCC Interclub 2017

IWPS entered the FCC Interclub this year which was held on 15th October at the Pittwater Camera Club.

Despite the stiff competition we came 13th in the Digital Colour category and 9th in the Digital Monochrome category.

More specifically:
In Monochrome Digital we scored 98 (winner scored 109).
In Colour Digital we scored 90 (the winner scored 108).

In Mono Drew achieved our top score of the day (13/15), Amanda a 12, Aldo an 11 and Drew, Monica, Jason and Val each scored 10. Kevin scored 9 & 5, Brian an 8.

In Colour Joseph, Ben, Kevin (X2) and Michael all scored 10s. Michael also scored a 9, Ben, Aldo and Ashley an 8 and Stacey a 7.

Congratulations to everyone who entered and those who did so well!

To see the full results follow the link below:

Interclub 2017 Competition Results

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May competition – unusual shapes

Our May competition seems to have stumped most of us with only 12 people entering our theme of unusual shapes. However, we had a good turnout to see the entries and to hear from the judge, Tony Egan.

There were only 4 print entries this month, with Amanda Hitchens being the only entrant.  Obviously she won an uncontested members choice, her images being her usual high standard.
There were 39 digital entries, however scoring well proved difficult in this category. 
There were only two Merits on the night – one for Amanda and one for Ben Knight.

Members Choice Winners:


Print – Amanda Hitchens – Half Yearly Amanda Hitchens Half Yearly May 2017 sm
Digital – Brian Merrill – The Key Image 01_BrianMerrill_the-Key-Image-2


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April open competition

Our April 2017 competition was an open competition and saw lots of entries in both the digital and print categories with 22 Members entering a total of 92 images.

Eric Lippey was our judge for the evening. He gave a lot of constructive advice on how to improve images to perform better in competitions.

A total of 13 Merits were awarded, the lucky photographers were: Kevin x3, Joseph x3, Amanda x2, Jason, Aldo, Andreas, Pat & Michael.

Members Choice Winners:

Print – Andreas Gschwind, Blurry Crowd 01 Andreas Gschwind - Blurry Crowd-5271_sm
Digital – Michael Liang, Aurora Michael Liang Aurora

Finally, a worthy mention goes out to new member Joseph Grima who scored 3 Merits, 3 Credits and 1 Acceptance in his first competition. Keep up the good work Joseph!

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Hands on May

One of our fellow IWPS members – Brian Merrill – will be giving us a presentation of about 20-30 minutes duration on the subject of “Working with Designers”. I won’t steal Brian’s thunder by going into too much detail but it is basically about producing an image to fit a specific brief.

After the presentation we will split into groups to have a go at various hands-on activities around creating an image for a given purpose.

So, what to bring on the night:

· Camera (obviously!).

· Your favourite len(ses) for indoor work. (Including a macro lens if you have one).

· A flash – if you have one – might be useful.

· A tripod and remote shutter if you want to practice focus stacking.

· Some objects with which to practice focus stacking.

· If you have a laptop with Photoshop on it, bring that too if you want to try out photo stacking and deep etching.

On the off chance you have any portable studio lights lying around in the spare room, they would probably be useful too.

Brian has some Nikkor lenses which he is willing to let people with Nikons try out. If you have any lenses for Canon et al you are willing to share, please bring them along.

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FCC Topshot 2017

The FCC Topshot exhibition will be held at Central Coast League Club on the 28th May 2017. The exhibition starts from 10am. As this year is our AGM, we will have a 45 mins AGM from 11am.

The official opening of the Topshot will start tentatively at 11.45am.

On the day of the exhibition, we have a guest speaker from Adobe, Mark Galer – he is an ambassador of Adobe and Sony. He will be presenting to us a 3 hour talk on his editing workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop. His presentation breaks in 3 sessions with each session last for 1 hour.

The details of the program will be sent out closer to the event date.

FCC Topshot info

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Competition results so far…

We are already in April and two competitions have been and gone already! Apologies for the delay in announcing the results.
Open competition
February 2017 was our first open competition of the year. We received a good number of entries judged by Phil Ramsden. It was an entertaining evening with some excellent entries and we all left knowing never to present an image with a white sky to Phil ever again.
It was a very good start to the year for a number of our members who were awaded merits, all in all, 20 of them were handed out! The lucky ones were: Amanda x4, Stacey x3, Monica x2, Kevin O'Sheehan x2, Sharon x2, Drew, Lou, Kersten, Jason, Pat, Aldo, Ashley.
Members Choice Winners for Feb:

Print – Pat Murray, Butterfly 3

 Image to come

Digital – Kevin O'Sheehan, Tibetan Lama

Tibetan Lama  (c) KoSheehan
Themed competition: Blue
March 2017 competition had a theme of Blue. Again we had a strong number of entries judged by Linda Jocelyn.
There were 15 merits awarded so everyone was keeping up the good work! The merits went to: Amanda x3, Lou x2, Tracye, Thomas, Andreas, Ben, Michael, Rob, Stacey, Jason, Brian, Geoff.
Members Choice Winners for March:

Print – Amanda Hitchens, Water Drops

 Image to come

Digital – Michael Liang, The Blue World

The Blue World (c) Michael Liang
It is worth noting that after only two competitions that all our new members who have entered competitions have grabbed themselves a Merit (in some cases a couple of them).
Please note that competitions are open to members only (though non-members are welcome to come along on the night to see how it all works). Remember if you are entering images to also fill out and hand in an entry form.
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Blue Mountains Outing – Feb 18th 2017

We are having a club outing to the Blue Mountain on Sat 18th Feb 2017.  All members are welcome to attend.

Meet        Wentworth Falls Picnic Area
Date        Sat, 18th Feb 2017
Time        3.30pm
Note        Sunset is at 7.47pm
Leader    Thomas Buckwalter

Proposed Route
Easy walk from Wentworth Falls Picnic Area to the falls on the Wentworth Falls Look Out Track.  From here, the Weeping Rock Loop is an easy and photogenic loop (above WW Falls) which takes in Weeping Rock and some other small cascades.

Another loop above the falls is to Rocket Point which looks in to the valley and back on to the cliffs from the south side of the falls.

There will be several people driving from Sydney, we can also collect you from the train station if you get the train to the mountains.  Please speak up at the meting on Wednesday if you need a lift or would like to car share.

Speak to you all on Wednesday

Rob Goodall



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First Comp of 2017

Just a reminder that the first competition of 2017 is on this Wednesday 15th Feb 2017 with an OPEN theme, so you can submit any type of image you want, the sky is the limit.

We look forward to seeing you all there and hearing from the first judge for the year.

Polite reminder – your images will not be entered in the competition unless you have paid your fees for 2017 – please see Ben Knight for details on paying your fees.


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First Outing for 2017

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year – I hope your festive season was a wonderful one.  Our First Outing of the Year is as follows:

Date: Thursday 26th January
Time: 6am 
Place: Parramatta Park
Subject: Balloons in the Park
Please check the attached info sheet for all the details.

All are welcome to attend (new or existing members).  If you have any questions or can't find the group on the morning please give Rob a call on 0405 751 043

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.



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IWPS Annual 2016

Once again Ben Knight has put together the IWPS Annual for 2016.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed, we think the final product provides a great examples of the diversity and talent of our members. 

We hope you like it.

IWPS Annual 2016

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The Winners Are….

Well as another year comes to end we (the committee) would just like to thank all our members for contributing to make our club one of the most enjoyable and fun photographic clubs to be a part of, we hope you all had as much fun as we did.

As most of us know winning the competitions is not the goal, learning from the comments and feedback provided by the judges is – however that being said, congratulations to the winners…

The winners for 2016 are as follows:

  Top Shot – Digital
Winner “Happiness”
By Amanda Hitchens
Runner Up “Happy Chappy”
By Kevin O’Sheehan
Runner Up “Red Monk”
By Kevin O’Sheehan
  Top Shot – Prints
Winner “Look In To My Eyes”
Amanda Hitchens
Runner Up “Gloom”
Stacey Skalkos
Runner Up “Legs 11”
Amanda Hitchens
Category Winners
Category Runner Ups
Other Award Winners
Digital Winner
Ben Knight
Digital Runner Up
Rob Goodall
Best New Member
Amanda Hitchens
Print Winner
Thomas Bulkwalter
Print Runner Up
Amanda Hitchens
Best Overall Average
Farid Silwanis


Remember to keep your eyes posted to the club website and facebooks sites for details on the 2017 photographic year.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

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Xmas Party & Presentation Night 2016

IWPS Xmas Party and Presentation Night 2016


Wednesday, 7th Dec 2016


Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Indian and Srilankan Restaurant

15 The Strand, Croydon, Sydney, NSW


Ashley will be emailing all members to invite them and their partners along to IWPS night of nights.  If you have not recieved an email by 7th Nov please contact either Rob on 0405 751 043 or email Ashley directly for details.

We must have RSVP's with any dietary requirements you might have so we can firm up the booking.


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Top Shot on Wed 2nd Nov

This is just a quick reminder to let you all know about the clubs next meeting on Wednesday 2nd Nov is the Clubs Top Shot Meeting

Top Shot is a night where we exhibit all the prints and digital images that received a Merit or Members Choice award during the year, our judge will review these images one last time and will then pick his top three for each category (print & digital).

From these three images an overall winner for our Top Shot of the Year competition will be selected, the winner will be announced at our Christmas Dinner and Presentation Night on Dec 7th.

It is a great night to see the clubs best images all together on night and we would encourage all members to come along and have a look.

Hope to see you all there on Wednesday.




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The Final Open

In the last Open themed competition for the year we had Tony Egan as our judge.

It was interesting to hear from a judge who has spent a lot of time both heavily involved and also took some time away from the camera club community.  Tony provided some very good feedback about the photos presented on the night, he also put forward some exceptional advise and tips on photography in general.  

The scoring was tight, merit winners on the night were as follows: 

Rob x2;  Andreas, Tim, Michael & Amanda

Members Choice Images for the night are listed below.


Prints – Andreas Gschwind, Perfect Day

Image To Be Added

Digital – Ben Knight, Summer Evening

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Red, Red and More Red

I personally love the themed competitions as it makes me go out and shoot specifically for the chosen theme and in September we had the theme of 'Red'  and in my opinion it brings out something very creative in many of our members.

Sunny Wong judged the red images and along with scoring he gave out some wise words and plenty of tips for our membership.  These tips not only related to shooting red images but to shooting to a topic or theme.  

Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Stacey x 4, Amanda x 3, Andreas x 2, Tim, Rob, Thomas and Kevin O'Sheehan all with 1 each.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Amanda Hitchens, Legs Eleven

Image To Be Added

Digital – Tim Kilinc, Droplets

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The August Open

The Open themes always seem to bring out a large variety of exceptional photos and once again our members did not fail to impress.

Our judge Gary Riley awarded 23 Merits on the night and provided some valuable feedback and insights for our members.

Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Amanda x 5, Kevin O'Sheehan x 5, Rob x 4, Stacey x 3, Andreas x 2,  Ben, Tim and Jason with 1 each.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Amanda Hitchens, Turning

Image To Be Added

Digital – Kevin O'Sheehan, Happy Chappy

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July Textures

I am playing catch up so sorry for the late postings.

In July our competition theme was Textures and our judge Ron Atkinson provided interesting feedback and advise for all members.

Our judge awarded 10 Merits.  Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Thomas x 4, Amanda x 2, Rob, Jason, Michelle and Ben.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Ashley Cooper, Model and Stone

Image To Be Added

Digital – Michelle Wang, Water

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Spring has Sprung

Hello Everyone,

Yes – spring has spring, the grass has riz, and for me at least it's time to fire up the lawn mower.  However it's not all hard work, there is exciting stuff coming up this month for our hardy troop of shutterbugs.

Wed 7th: A presentation on Fine Art Photography by Christoph Mueller (http://photo.christophrm.com/) 
Wed 21st: A competition with the theme of The Colour Red, where all photos must feature that colour (at least tangentially) 
Sat 24th: We have two outings for the price of one with a "Spring" theme.
 a) For those after a good day out there is the car-pooled excursion to take in the Mt Wilson Spring Blossom Festival & Photo Competition
b) For those who prefer their action closer to home there is an afternoon outing to the Royal Botanic Gardens

And for those who haven't yet signed up I'd also like to remind you of our annual Weekend Away coming up next month. Ben is still taking deposits from those who want to secure their place. I have attached the flyer with all the information as a reminder.

May the light be kind to us all,
Ashley Cooper
IWPS President

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Classic Car Shoot – Club Outing

IWPS Outing – Great Classic Card Photo Shoot coming up from 10:00am on Sunday 17th July.

On Sunday the 17th July 2016 IWPS is linking up with the Classic and Historic Automobile Club of Australia (Sydney) Inc  for a photo shoot in Parramatta Park. The club covers cars built between the 1930’s and the 1980’s.  It looks like there could be up to 20 vehicles present and could include mainstream cars like the Austin A30 and FJ Holden to more exotic cars like the Ford Mustang, Fiat Spider and Mazda RX7. 
This is a interclub club meeting and therefore a trade in opportunities. We will get up the cars to pour over, reposition and open and close as we want and their owners will get some images of their pride and joy. In essence all photographs will remain owned by the photographer but by participating you give full non-commercial use of the images to the car owner, this includes use by the CHACA Club for self-promotion. The photographer remains free to use the images as they wish (e.g. club competitions, Flickr sites , etc.).
The day will run as follows:
10:00: Meet inside the Parramatta Park Entrance adjacent to the Parramatta RSL Club
12:30: BBQ Lunch at "Mal’s place": 3 Una Place, Toongabbie 2146
If you are keen to attend please RSVP: Ben on bknight1010 [at] gmail [dot] com or 0447 670 972 by Thursday 14th July (including if you will be attending lunch). 
Ben has also advised that he can provide a ride for up to 7 IWPS members as long as you can get to Concord West train station.  Ashley can also provide lifts from Ashfield.



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Sydney Camera Market

Hi All

We thought it worth giving you all a heads up about Sydney Camera Market coming up on Sunday July 24th at the Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo.

It's a photographers flea market with great bargains on second hand photographic equipment of all types. 

You can read more about it here – Sydney Camera Market


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Portfolio – The End Is Near

This is just a general reminder that our next Portfolio Meeting is on next Wednesday 13th @ 7:30pm.

There is only one more meeting after this before presentations in October so hopefully everyone is making good progress towards their goal.

In the interests of exposing potential participants for next year we would also like to invite any recent new members who were not with us when the Portfolio Programme kicked off in March, or indeed longer term members who are just curious, to come along and see how it operates.

You will find that it is a very collaborative exercise with everyone offering feedback and suggestions on how each other's work is progressing – mentored all the while by our facilitator and professional photographer Greg Piper (http://www.gregpiper.com.au/).  The whole exercise is about personal development as a photographer.

So whether as participant or observer, we hope to see many of you there next Wednesday.

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St Albans Outing – Sat 25th

Hi Everyone,

As it turned out the weather last Saturday wasn't as bad as expected, but still it promises to be dry this weekend so we're all good.

The plan is to meet at Wisemans Ferry about 10:30am on Saturday 25th. It would be about a 90 min drive from the Inner West, or maybe a bit more depending on Saturday morning traffic. I have attached a PDF map with an arrow marking the location of Wisemans Creek Central (the local equivalent of The Mall!) where a coffee can be procured by anyone is such need.

Once we are all there we shall proceed as a convey to St Albans via the Webbs Creek Ferry and the all sealed St Albans Road.

Our time exploring St Albans and surrounds will be interleaved with lunch at the old Settlers Arms Hotel. We can make it up as we go along to some extent.

On the way back to Wisemans Ferry via Settlers Road (about 10 kms of unsealed road on this side of the river) there are options to check out the old cemetery and walk a little bit of the convict build Old North Road.

It would be handy to know how many car loads of people to expect so we know when everyone who's coming has arrived at Wisemans Ferry. So do please RSVP ASAP if you are coming. And if you need a lift, or can provide one, please indicate that too.

May the light be with us,

Ashley Cooper


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Des in June

This month saw the return of one of the most popular and entertaining judges Professor Des Crawley.  Des's unique style and commentary is definitely not to be missed.

As always his feedback and insight in to how to develop your photography as well as your photos was enjoyed by all.

Des commented that he was very impressed with our clubs growth and developement over the past three years and has put forward a challenge to each and every member – encouraage yourself to be expressive, develop, grow and put your own unique twist on it.

He also sent through a list of several words and their meanings from the 'The Language of Expressive Composition', he has challenged our members to take images to represent these expressive words and has requested that he come back to judge the results.

Much as Des dislikes giving scores he handed out the following awards; 20 Merits, 19 Credits and 15 Acceptances.  Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Stacey x 4, Thomas x 3, Amanda x 3, Jasonx 2, Kevin O'Sheehan x 2, Brian x 2, Kevin Shaw, Rob, Ben and Marie.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Stacey Skalkos, The Icelandic Horse No.3

Stacey Skalkos_The Icelandic Horse No.3

Digital – Brian Merrill, Have A Drink




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Shadows in May

Apologies for this late posting but here is the update from Mays competition themed 'Shadows'

Our judge Jeff Akers reviewed the dark and light images submitted under the this months theme.  He provided valuable feedback on each image and often sought information from the photographers about their image and welcomed comments from other members during his deliberations.

Jeff awarded 12 Merits.  Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Ben x 5, Thomas x 4, Kevin O'Sheehan, Brian and Valerie.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Thomas Buckwalter, Man in Hat in Autumn Leaves

Image To Be Added

Digital – Kevin O'Sheehan, Burma

01 Kevin O’Sheehan_burma
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Next Club Competition – May 18th

Our next club competition is scheduled for May 18th and has a theme of SHADOWS.

So get out in to the sunshine, or turn on your lights at home, get creative and lets see what we can all produce.

Please remember digital entries and entry forms are to be submitted by Sunday 15th of May.

Any questions please dont hesitate to contact me.

Robert Goodall
IWPS Competition Secretary



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Travel Photography Lecture with Valeria Martin

Hi Everyone
We had Valerie Martin present at our club meeting last week, she was an interesting presenter, sharing her insights into travel photography along with some tips and tricks based on a long career as a professional photographer.
She also presented a great selection of travel photos giving us all itchy feet and trigger fingers.
For more information on tours and courses offered by Valarie please check out her website www.valerie-martin-photography.com
Until the next time.
IWPS Committee
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April’s Open

Due to an illness in the family our scheduled judge Kerry Boytell had to pull out, her very capable husband Eric stepped in to judge our entries.

This months open competition was full of some outstanding images so much so that we had a three way tie for the members choice.  It was tied between Michael Liang, Brian Merrill and Tim Kilinc.

Eric awarded 16 Merits, 21 Credits and 14 Acceptances.  Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Michael x 4, Thomas x 3, Tim x 3, Chris x 2, Kevin, Ben, Stacey & Pat.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Stacey Skalkos, IceCave Flows

Stacey Skalkos_IceCave Flows

Digital (3 Shared Winners)


Tim Kilinc for Ghost at Night



Brian Merrill for Centennial Park



Michael Liang for Perfection




14_Tim Kilinc_Ghosts at night 26_04_Brian Merrill_Centennial Park 40_2.MichaelLiang-Perfection
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Ironfest Outing – Update

This Saturday 16 April is our outing to Ironfest at Lithgow.

Link here for a map showing the rendevous spot (the orange electric box) and the Ironfest program.

The rendevous is at 10:00am. Look for Rob Goodall, his phone number is 0405 751 043 if you cant find him or want to come by later.

You can read all about Ironfest here – http://ironfest.net
Tickets can be purchased online or at the event.
It should be a fun day with loads of photographic opportunities!  
Feel free to bring the kids / family if you want, there is plenty to keep everybody busy for the day.
See you all there…
IWPS Committee
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FCC Top Shot 2016

For the benefit of those new to IWPS, the NSW Federated Camera Club (the FCC) organises a special competition each year for members of all affiliated camera clubs in NSW. Members are invited to submit print or digital entries in a range of categories:

1.    Monochrome Print
2.    Colour Print
3.    Nature Print
4.    Monochrome Digital Image
5.    Colour Digital Image
6.    Nature Digital Image
7.    Creative Digital Image
8.    Australian Landscape Digital Image

Unlike our club competitions there is a modest entry fee, but the up side is that there are substantial prizes – though this year's prizes have not yet been announced pending discussion with sponsors.

Entries are now being accepted, and entries close on Friday 22nd April. It is worth having a crack just to test yourself in a different arena.

Even if you don’t enter we highly recommend getting along to the exhibition of the entries, which this year is being staged at North Sydney Leagues Club on Sunday 29th May. Put that date in your diary!

Below are a copy of entry conditions etc so that you can decide if you want to be involved.  Alternatively go to the FCC website

Letter to Entrants

Entry Form

Terms & Conditions

Entry Form AIPC




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Next Meeting – Hands On Night

Wed 6th April, 7:30pm  Our next meeting will be a hands on affair. We will be taking advantage of having two different areas in the hall to explore two aspects of our passion.

Sunday School Room: ISO, aperture and shutter speed

The exercises in the Sunday School Room will focus on developing an understanding of the technical foundations of capturing images with the camera. Targeting members who want to move on from the ‘Auto’ functions we will be looking at the effect of changes to ISO, different shutter speeds and different apertures.

To maximise time taking images it would be preferable if everyone came knowing how to change the setting on their camera to Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority and how to change the ISO – but we can do this on the night if needed.

What to bring:

·         Camera

·         Tripod (recommended but not essential)

·         Camera manual


Main Hall : Light painting

Following the talk by Peter Solness (http://www.illuminated-landscape.com/fineart-prints/) the main hall and surrounding rooms will be set up to enable members to have a go at Light Painting. There will be different sized objects in different areas and a variety of different lighting tools will be available.


What to bring:

·         Camera

·         Tripod (Essential, but there should be an opportunity to share)

·         Remote (or knowledge of how to use the self-timer)

·         Torches and other lights (no naked flames please)

·         Any particular object you want to photograph

We have plenty of space so I hope to see many of you there.

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Outing to Ironfest – Sat 16th April

Just letting you all know there has been a date change for the IWPS outing to Ironfest in the Blue Mountains.

Sat 16th April, Club Outing to Ironfest at Lithgow in Blue Mountains

An opportunity to check out this great event and all its photographic opportunities. Choose your Clan and shoot away. http://ironfest.net/

More details to come soon. 

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Light Painting with Peter Solness

Awarding winning photographer Peter Solness came to our club on Wednesday night to demonstrate and shows us some great examples of light painting and light writing.

Peter showed examples of the many different types of light painting and explained how many of these shots were achieved.  Some were as simple as a single torch or light source, others more complex series of multiple shots taken over many hours.  

He then demonstrated some very simple techiniques which most photographers can go out and start trying straight away.  It was a very interesting and educational night.

Below are some photos which were taken by club president Ashley and light painted by Peter.


EL Wire









CirclesLight Wand



























Peter runs light painting workshops, for more details please check out his website.



Peter Solness Examples

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The Results Are In…

It was a delight to see such a large group attend our first open competition of the year.  

Our judge was Ilona Abou-Zolof,  she offered valuable feedback and constructive criticism on each of the 65 digital images and 37 prints submitted.  Ilona was impressed by the high standard of images presented and made a good point that no matter what feedback (either positive or negative) you recieve you (the photographer) are often your harshest critic.

Ilona awarded 29 Merits, 45 Credits and 28 Acceptances.  Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Ben x 4, Clair x 3, Thomas x 3, Tim x 3, Michael x 3, Chris x 2, Rob x 2, Aldo x 2, Sharon, Pat, Sally, Farid, Ada, Patricia & Stacey.

Impressively we had four new members scoring a total of 3 Merits, 13 Credits & 4 Acceptances between them, which is excellent for their first competition entries.  Congratulations and welcome to the club.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Pat Murray for Ship Painter 1 Pat Murray
Digital – Michael Liang for All Right Mate ? Michael Liang_All Right Mate
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First Meeting of 2016 – Tonight

We're back and as our club president put it – I hope you are all ready to be roused from your summer stupor and get back into the new photographic year!

Our first meeting in our new home at the Uniting Church Hall this Wednesday, 3rd Feb from 7:30pm – directions here

Tonight is about getting re-acquainted with each other, and exploring our new venue, there will be nibblies available as we conduct a "Show and Tell" session.  Remember to bring along one, two or three images of your own that you are proud of, or on which you'd like feedback, or images from a photographer you find inspiring or memorable.  If there is some topic of photographic interest that you'd like to talk about briefly, that's fine too. 

Following our first meeting on Wednesday 17th we have our first competition for the year. It is an Open theme so you can dazzle us with whatever you have been up to, photographically, over the summer break.  If you are new to the club check out the competitions section of the website for more information.

Then, on Sunday 21st, we have our first outing for the year. This is a visit to Darling Harbour to see dragon boats in operation, as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

We look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday.

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2016 Schedule Now Posted

Ashley has been working hard over the holiday period, contacting judges, selecting outing locations / events to shot and selecting competition themes for 2016. 

This year we have a wonderful mix of the following:

  • 5 Lectures
  • 9 Competitions (5 Open, 4 Themed)
  • 9 Outings (including the weekend away)
  • 3 Hands On Nights

The 2016 Schedule is now live on the IWPS website, it is also available for download in PDF and MS Word formats.

The first meeting of the 2016 calender is a Social / Show & Tell meeting, where old members can catch up and share their stories and photos from the holiday break and new members / visitors can have an introduction to the club, its members and find out a little bit more about what we do…

See you all on Feb 3rd

IWPS Committee

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IWPS 2015 Annual

Our first ever electronic yearbook has hit the stands, or at least, our website.

My thanks to everyone who contributed. I think the final product is a great showcase of the breadth and diversity of talent in our club.

Special mention has to go to committee member Ben Knight for putting this together, well done Ben.

IWPS 2015 Annual


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New Home for IWPS

Due to renovations at Wests Ashfield IWPS are moving location and meeting days…

We will now be meeting at Malvern Hill Uniting Church Hall (corner of Malvern Avenue and Murray Streets, Croydon) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7.30pm.

We invite all members to come and check out our new location in 2016.  

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Bitten by the Sharkies

As many of you know earlier this month we had our annual interclub competition against Cronulla Sharks Camera Club.  This year we travelled down to the Shark Park, the home of the Sharkies.

Unfortunately this year the Sharks had their teeth exceptionally sharp, beating us in all three categories to take out the win.

IWPS      124      Sharks      140 
Digital    (mono)
IWPS      134      Sharks      139 
Digital    (colour)
IWPS      134      Sharks      140 


IWPS      392      Sharks      419 


After five years of these annual contests the score now stands at IWPS 2, Sharks 2 with 1 tie – next year is sure to be a very hot contest…

Congratulations to everyone for sustaining such a high standard.

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IWPS Top Shot 2015 – Results

Another busy and successful year comes to a close with an enjoyable dinner and presentation of the IWPS Awards.

This years top awards were all won by new members to our club, the list of winners are noted below:

Prints Andreas Gschwind for Too Early to Swim
Digital Images Thomas Buckwalter for Pretty in Pink

The Top Shot Winners share the honour of having their images feature on our Home Page for the next 12 months.

Next it was the turn for the points winners to be acknowledge in each of the categories:

Prints Robert Goodall
Digital Images Kevin O'Sheehan

The final award if for any member in their first year at the club and is award to the person with the highest points tally for the year:

First Year Entrant Thomas Buckwalter

And that wraps it up for clubs meetings in 2015. Best wishes to all our members for the the festive season, we hope to see you all back in the New Year ready to be inspired.

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IWPS Committee 2016

Following the AGM we are pleased to announce the IWPS committe for 2016


  Ashley Cooper

  Vice President

  Thomas Buckwalter


  Clair Reynolds


  Ben Knight

  Competition Secretary

  Robert Goodall


  Robert Goodall

  Past President

  Monica Bailey

As a committee we all look forward to being involved in the club again in 2016.


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Top Shot 2015 – The Best of the Best

This Thursday night (Nov 5th) is where IWPS presents all of the images which recieved either a Merit or Members Choice Award during the 2015 year.

The judge, Phil Ramsden will come along to review and select the Top Shot winners from all our best images of this year.

It is always a great occasion to see all our members' best work of the year on display at the same time.  We highly recommended all members attend this wonderful night.

For those who entered print categories during the year, please don't forget to bring your prints which received a Merit or Members Choice during the year, if they do not appear on the night then they are no eligible for our clubs top award – Rob will have already emailed you all on Oct 18th with a list of what images you have that qualified for this award.  If you have not recieved this email or have questions please give him a call on 0405 751 043 as soon as possible.


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IWPS Members Exhibition

For the first time ever IWPS members are putting together an exhibition to show off their work to the wider community.

13 members from the club have put forward their work which is to be displayed at X88 Gallery in Chippendale, Sydney.


The exhibition will run from 25th Nov to 6th Dec – so please tell your friends, co-workers and family to come along to support your camera club.

Exhibition Flyer - Final

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Sept – Abstract Comp

In a first for the club this year we had more print entries than digital entries this month and once again the standard set by all members was high.

Our judge, Linda Jocelyn, worked her way through all of the entries providing feedback and advise on the images submitted.  Abstract is a tough theme to judge, with many of the abstract images being obscure enough to fool several of our member and our experienced judge.

Once again the feedback session at the end of the judging seemed to go well.  These sessions are where we encourage members to ask questions about the images so that they can better understand how the author took or created the image.

Congratulations to the Merit winners, Kevin O'Sheehan x 5, Rob Goodall x 2, Brian Merrill x 2, Tim Kilinc x 2, Ben Knight, Ashley Cooper, Thomas Buckwalter & Aldo Pena

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Rob Goodall for Lillee Art Rob Goodall_Lillee in Art
Digital – Tim Kilinc for Helix


Next Meetings
Sept-20       Outing: Barangaaroo Reserve – Explore the newly opened reserve at Barangaroo   
Oct-01         Portfolio Presentations to the Club – All members should attend to see and hear how our portfolio group got on this year.   
Oct-15         Competition: Outing Locations – Photos from any of the club outing locations, though they need not have been taken on the day of the club outing.
Oct-23-25    Club Weekend Away – Bathurst    

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August Open

The judge, Ken Caldwell was very excited by the quality of images submitted on Thursday night and the scores given reflected how he felt.

Congratulations to all, there were a total of 18 Merits, 12 Credits and 9 Acceptances given out on the night.
Thomas, Kevin and Clair all got three Merits; Rob, Aldo, Ashley each recieved two Merits; Tim, Ben and Stacey recieved one Merit each.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Digital – Kevin O'Sheehan for In The Buddhas Cave KoSheehan - In the Buddha's Cave
Prints – Aldo Pena for All Good

APenn - Newbridge Rd

Next Meetings
Sept-03    Outing: Newtown by Night (note this replaces our normal Thursday night meeting)
Sept-17    Competition: Abstracts
Sept-20    Outing: Barangaroo Reserve (explore the newly opened park)

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IWPS Weekend Away – Update

Hi All,

This is a general reminder about our weekend away at Abercrombie House in Bathurst from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October. There are still places available but we have to pay the deposit soon, so if you would like to join us for this fantastic opportunity please RSVP to any of the committee members and pay your deposit as soon as possible.

It should be a wonderful opportunity; the two weekends we've had previously were a memorable mix of socialising (this year there is a pool table on site!) and experimenting with new photo techniques, so I can recommend the experience.

Please see the PDF link in case you have forgotten the details.

IWPS President

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Modes of Transport

For those of you who could not attend this months competition you missed out one of the most entertaining and insightful judges we have had all year.

Des Crawley departed from our usual way of judging the print images; instead he wandered around the room making comments and providing feedback on the images in groups based on a selection of criteria, it was very different appraoch and very enjoyable.

Congratulations to all, there were a total of 11 Merits, 18 Credits and 7 Acceptances given out on the night.  

The Merit winners were Thomas x 2, Rob x 2, Ben x 2, Andreas, Brian, Aldo, Clair and Kevin. 

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Digital – Kevin Shaw for Framed
Prints – Thomas Buckwalter for Syon Glasshouse

Next Meetings
Aug-06    Hands On Night – TBA (more info to follow shortly)
Aug-09    Outing: Bicentennial Park / Wetlands
Aug-20    Competition: Open
Aug-25    Portfolio

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Optical Centre

When mounting a print it is important to visually isolate the print, placing the print in the centre of a mount creates an optical illusion that the print is not equally spaced at the top and bottom.  To overcome this illusion many photographers / framers adopt the technique which invovles placing the print at the Optical Centre.

Below is a link to help you locate this optical centre, the website allows you to enter your photo and matt sizes.


For your inner math geek, there formula is explained.


Obviously mounting of images can also be based on your personal preferences but we suggest you give it a go and see if you think it improves the display of your photos.

Thanks to Ben Knight for sending us this link.

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Open Comp in June

We broke another club record on Thursday night with 19 seperate entrants submitting 102 photos (49 prints and 53 digital images).   

Our judge, David Miller, providing some valuable feedback on all the images.  David seemed to favour images which told a story, explaining that the story often held the viewers' attention longer than something that lacked a story.  He provided some handy tips on reviewing your image and deciding whether or not elements within the image were better left out: by cropping, cloning or reshooting the image – he noted elements that don't contribute to the story should be eliminated from the photo.

Congratulations to all, there were a total of 17 Merits, 25 Credits and 16 Acceptances given out on the night.  

The Merit winners were Michael x 3, Thomas x 3, Kevin O'Sheehan x2, Rob, Ben, Robin, Andreas, Pat, Kevin Shaw, Aldo, Vince and Brian. 

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Digital – Clair Reynolds for The Last Stand
Prints – Thomas Buckwalter for On The Line

Next Meetings
Jul-02    Line of Sight with Greg Piper
Jul-14    Portfolio – Meeting #4 
Jul-16    Competition – Theme: Modes of Transport ('Shanks Pony' to the Airbus)

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Photo Mats

Several members have asked us where to buy photo mats which they can use for their competition entries.  Below are two shops where our members source their photographic mats.

Sydney Art and Framing Supplies
Unit 5/49 Derby St, Silverwater, NSW 2128

Packs of pre-cut boards for $24 – $36 for 4 to 6 depending on size 
Opening Monday – Friday:9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m  Saturday:10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m

A&H Frameshop
85-89 Chapel St, Roselands, NSW 2196
Phone: (02) 9750 6055

There are multiple options, borders, styles and colour to choose from.  Packs of pre-cut boards for $24 – $72 for 6 to 24 depending on size, delivery is $10 if ordered on-line, however you can also collect the mats if you prefer.  Either way the packs of mats is a very cost effective if several members pool together and order the a pack or two of the 24 mats.

Photo Mats
Packs of Mats

Custom Mats
The custom mat option allow you to create almost any size or layout for your image – if you like square images in rectangular mats or you have panoramic images.

These are just two suggested places which our members use, there are plenty more including your local photography shop or photo lab.

If you have any you would like to see mentioned here please let us know and we will add them to this article.


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Windows in May

Thursday's open competition saw both the highest number of entrants and highest number of photos this year, with 18 members entering a total of 91 images.  This was made more impressive by the number of first year entrants who submitted entries.

This months judge Peita Ward, was very impressed by our members varied take on this months theme of windows.  Peita provided some excellent tips and feedback to the group on their images and even included some feedback on why not to present several similar images in the same comeptition.  All in all she was an excellent judge and we hope we can see Peita again soon.

On the night there was a total of 14 Merits, 13 Credits and 15 Acceptances across both the digital and print catagories.

Congratulations to all, especially the merit winners who were Ashley Cooper x4, Ben Knight x3, Robert Goodall x2, Brian Merrill, Kevin O'Sheehan, Jason Painter, Don Tsering & Stephen Riley 


This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Ben Knight

London Windows

Ben Knight_London Windows

Digital – Brian Merrill

View from Chicago Skyscraper

Brian Merrill_View from Chicago Skyscraper

Next Meetings
Jun 02 – Portfolio – Meeting #3
Jun 04 – A Different Perspective
Jun 14 – Outing: Bondi Beach Sunrise
Jun 18 – Competition: Open

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Digital Magazine & Competition

Last week Ben Knight altered us to Australian Photography + Digital Magazines eNewsletter, he identfied that this provided some very useful hints and tips for us photographers as well as updates relating to the latest photographic exhibits around Sydney.

Ben also noted that this magazine is currently running a competition called 'The Chalenge' with this months theme matching our clubs theme this month "Windows".

It costs $7 per entry and the prize for the best photo is a Canon EOS M3 and 18-55mm lens kit from DigiDIRECT valued at $1000. As well, one runner up and one People's Choice winner will take home DigiDIRECT vouchers to the value of $250.

Have a look if your interested and remember to keep shooting.


Australian Photography + Digital Magazine



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Documentary Photography

This month's lecture was given by Luciano Vranich and was on Documentary Photography.

Luciano opened the night with a detailed history of documentary photography, noting how photography though the ages has changed and how when photos were first created, people trusted the photos as the truth.  He pointed out several known examples of how these photos were often manipulated or staged, giving reference to fake or altered photographs as far back as 1857.

He moved forward to note how the advancements in technology has threatened the integrity of photography.  Now we are never sure if what we see is what actually took place.

Luciano was keen to point out that in order for you to document something you should:

  • Pick an issue that is important to you
  • List out some interesting subject to start or select from
  • Use photography as a tool to express or transmit the end result
  • You still have to make the image interesting to the viewer
  • Keeping notes on what your doing is important
  • Make sure the topic is practical
  • Think how can you make it interesting to others.

Remember the photographer is, primarily, a subject selector.  Luciano felt there is no problem or moral issue if you set up shots or use editting tools to tell the story which you are documenting – not everybody agreed but this made for some interesting discussions.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon at this month's competition (theme: windows).

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FCC Top Shot 2015

The Federation of Camera Clubs NSW (FCC) has announced the details of this years FCC Topshot 2015 competition.

The competition is open to any member of the FCC, as a member of IWPS Camera Club you are automatically a member of the FCC.   There will be some amazing prizes on offer as the competition sponsors are Udesign Photo Tours and Canon cameras – so it is definitely worth entering.

We have several members enter last year with some even being asked to exhibit during the final presentation.  If any members have questions please speak with any mmbers of the committee at any regular club night.

Opening for Entries:        Monday 4 April 2015
Closing date:                   Friday 15th May 2015 
Exhibition date:               29 June 2014
Exhibition venue:            Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club
Print sections:                 Colour, Monochrome, Nature
Digital Image sections:    Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature, Creative/Altered Reality, Australian Landscape

Conditions of Entry [PDF 47kb]

Entry Form [Word 73kb]

For Complete Details please check out the FCC website – http://www.photographynsw.org.au/

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Portfolio Meeting #2


Those who braved the bad weather to attend tonights portfolio meeting shared their proof of concept shots and ideas with the group.

A brief summary of some of the items discussed on the night is below:

  • Clair showed us her infra-red photography and then explained some of the techniques she used to get her concept shots.  The group then discussed her street tree concept and how she could develop the idea further.
  • Ben presented his sliced food photographs arranged in a wonderful tessellated pattern.  The group admired his arrangement and then helped with some advice in relation to some technical problems he noted he was experiencing.  
  • Rob shared his multiple ideas, not having fixed on one before the meeting the group helped him narrow his options and fix on a single idea. 
  • Aldo noted his intension to photograph buildings along a 23km stretch of the Parramatta Road – that's right 23km.  He present several test shots and showed them in differing tones for the group to review and comment on.

All-in-all a fun and educational night was had by all.  Thanks to those who braved the poor weather to attend.

Members who could not make it can bring along their images to any normal club night if they want some help / feedback from the portfolio group members.


The next portfolio group meeting is on  June 2nd at which time members should be bringing along some of their images for review and discussion.  If you haven't already please get out and start taking some images for your portfolio.

Members are still very welcome to become involved with the group and can talk to any of the participants if they want to know more information.

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Aprils Open

Thursday's open competition must have taken the award for most entries with 17 seperate entrants submitting 86 photos (27 prints and 59 digital photos).  It was wonderful to see so many members taking part and submitting their work. 

Our judge Scott Walker (a former IWPS club member himself) critiqued each and every one, giving valuable feedback and tips to all.

Scott's self confessed preference for print images did not prevent him from awarding a total of 3 Merits and 30 Credits across both the digital and print catagories.

Congratulations to all, especially the 3 Merit winners who were Dhon, Aldo and Ben.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Clair Reynolds for Reflection
Digital – Kevin O'Sheehan for The Recluse

Next Meetings
Apr-21    Portfolio – Meeting #2
Apr-25    Outing: Anzac Day in the CBD
May-07   Documentary Photography

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Digital Workflow

A good crowd was on hand for last night's meeting – perhaps a result of knowing that any alternative that involved driving out of Sydney for the Easter break would be far less enjoyable in the heavy holiday traffic. In any case it was a good choice because our visiting presenter Michael Smyth proved to be very interesting. The topic was "Digital Workflow" – which presented the necessary steps in getting from an idea for an image to a final print, covering the various factors that come into play at different stages. 

As well as providing some valuable insights, Michael was kept busy with quite a few questions from the audience which helped direct the ensuing discussion. In summary it was a very interesting presentation that provided a number of helpful tips. 

Fortunately, anyone who couldn't be there on the night can catch up on the presentation via this link to Michaels' website: http://phototutor.com.au/assets/applets/THE_DIGITAL_WORKFLOW.pdf.  However, you won't be able to catch up on the free Easter eggs that were available to those lucky members, including our latest new member Roland, who saw the presentation live!

@shley Cooper
IWPS President

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All Things Kitchen

This month's competition theme 'The Kitchen' proved a challenge for many members, those who entered put forward some spectacular images.

Our judge Eric Lippey commented on the high quality of the entries across both the digital and print categories; He particularly liked photos which conveyed emotion and feeling, something he stressed was very important for all photographs to portray.  

We had a total of 28 digital images and 16 prints submitted with Eric awarding 10 Merits, 10 Credits and 12 Acceptances.

Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Rob x 3, Ben x 3, Peter x 2 and one of our newest members Adam x 2.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Ben for Figs
Digital – Adam Fraser for Coffee


Next Months Meeting – April 2nd, Digital Workflow with Michael Smyth


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Portfolio Meeting #1

The first meeting of the 2015 portfolio group was on Tuesday 10th March to discuss the aims of the group and to start sharing ideas.

The group is a collection of members who want to produce a series of images with a connecting theme.  The theme can be anything from a story, an emotion, using a technique or any other visual clue that takes the viewer through a series of images.

A number of members who had previously completed portfolios shared their examples. 

At the meeting we discussed how often the hardest thing when doing a portfolio can be to select a theme, it was therefor suggested that the portfolio subject be:

•    Personal, so the passion drives the cognitive processes and desire to get to the end product

•    Achievable, so as not to be inhibited by constraints that are part of your life, your skill set and your equipment

•    Repeatable, so the photographer can go back repeatedly to modify, change and develop the ideas and skills

•    Challenging, as we are here to learn and extend our photography

The next portfolio group meeting is on the 21st April at which time members should be developing the base ideas of their subject and have taken some initial photos. 

Please note members who did not attend Tuesday’s meeting are still very welcome to become involved with the group and can talk to any of the participants if they want to know more information.


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Portfolio 2015

Hi All,

Tuesday 10th March is the first session of the Portfolio group.

A portfolio is a longer term project where the output is a series of images that have a common element to them. This element can be a style, a subject or the pictures can be used to tell a story or evoke an emotion. Portfolios are a great way to extend ourselves as photographers and artists as they will ask you to think more about what you are doing, how you can do it and why.

If this sounds like a challenge, it is. But the challenge can be as big or small as you want it to be.

The first session is an exploration of what we call a portfolio, a look at some of the portfolios from previous years and the exploration of ideas for this year. Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea for a portfolio for this is usually the hardest thing to come up with. If you don’t have an idea then it is recommended that you bring a few of your favourite recent photos to the meeting (digital or print). 

Hope to see you Tuesday

Ben Knight

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Macro & Micro

Our February meeting drew a good mix of old and new members to hear our guest speaker, Nic Peters, speak about Macro and Micro Photography.

Nic shared his interesting perspective and techiniques on taking all kinds of macro photographs, he allowed members to get up close and personal with his new Nikon equipment and showed a few examples of his own work up on the big screen.

Hopefully many of our members were inspired to go out and get close to the miniature world which surrounds us.


Reminder – Tuesday, 10th March is the clubs first portfolio meeting, members should come along and discover what a portfolio is about and how it can improve your photography.


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Open for the Year

It was a delight to see such a large group attend our first open competition of the year.  

Our judge was the very experienced Russell Field, he offered valuable feedback and constructive criticism on each of the 30 digital images and 32 prints submitted.  Russell was impressed by the high standard of images presented and encouraged all members to enter their images into several state and national competitions, including the FCC's Top Shot (please note the club will call for entries and explain details of the FCC's Top Shot later in the year).

Russell awarded 9 Merits, 13 Credits and 12 Acceptances. Congratulations to all, especially the Merit winners who were Ashley x 2, Ben, Monica, Jenna, Kevin, Clair, Aldo and Sharon.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Prints – Clair for Steps
Digital – Michael for On Board
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Competition Reminder

Hi All,

We would just like to remind everyone that our first competition night for 2015 – with an OPEN theme – is coming up on Thursday 19th.  

Print entries can be handed in on the night however digital submissions must be sent through to the competition secretary before the Sunday night of the competition night, in this case no later than Sunday 15th.


  • The maximum allowable pixel dimensions are now 1920 wide x 1080 high. As before you cannot switch these to 1080 wide by 1920 high – for images with a portrait orientation you just have to reduce the width to get the desired crop.
  • The maximum JPG file size has been increased to 1MB.


  • There is no longer a distinction between Small Prints and Large Prints – there is just a single Prints category to cover all prints up to the existing maximum of 16"x20". (40.64cm x 50.8cm) The maximum number of Print entries per competition is SIX.

New competition entry forms, name templates for the back of the prints and the all important rules are available from the Resourses section of the IWPS Website.

Those who prefer to print a blank form and fill out their entries by hand can use the PDF version. Those who are able to type their entry details into the MS-Word version and print that – so the Competition Secretary doesn't have to decipher sometimes illegible handwriting – will get a silent nod of thanks.

Even if you decide not to submit any entries for the cometition, we recommend you still attend the competition night to hear the judging and see your fellow members images.  Lots can be learnt from listening to the judges comments on the photos and seeing how others produce their shots.

We look forward to seeing the results of whatever you have been up to over the summer.

May the light be kind to you!

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Hands On !

We had 11 visitors and as many members attend the clubs first night of 2015, so we are obviously off to a great start.

On the night we used our own cameras to learn some hands on tips and techniques relating to the use of Depth of Field, controlling the flash via Flash Sync and the effects of White Balance.

Thanks to Ashley for organising the exercises and for all members and visitors for contributing to a fun night.

We'd like to welcome 11 new members to the club: Andreas, Stuart, Thomas, Brian, Farid, Michelle, Steven, Adam, Norberto, Garry and Cary. We hope to see you all at any of the clubs next meetings.


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Successful Start to 2015

Despite the rain we had a good turn out for the first outing of the year.  Eight of us braved the rain to photograph the 10km wheelchair race which took place around the rocks area in Sydneys CBD; of the eight we had three new members who were keen to learn and mix with the group.

Photographing speeding athletes zipping by in their wheelchairs proved to be very interesting and challenging.  Several members seemed pleased with their results and are hoping to submit some of their images for judging / feedback later in the year.  It proved a very popular event amongst photographers of all ages and abilities, so much so that at certain points on the track it looked like the press gallery at the Olympics.

Once we were done photographing the race we headed off to breakfast to get to know the new members.

Thanks to all who attended, hopefully we can see even more of you at the next club meeting on Feb 5th – remember this is a hands on night so bring your camera along…


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IWPS Schedule 2015 – now online

Guys and Girls of IWPS

The schedule for 2015 is now on-line, please either click on the link below or go to the schedule tab on our club website. 


Please note we are starting the club calender a little early this year, our first outing on Jan 26th (Australia Day) is to the Rocks area.  The meeting place and time will be posted approx 1 week before the event so please checking the website and facebook site for further details.

We invite anybody who is thinking of joining the club or just wants to know what we are about to come along, meet some of the group and join us for a photographic outing.  If you have any questions please feel free to drop us an email on clubsecretary [at] innerwestphoto [dot] org

See you all soon.

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Photographic Goals for 2015

Happy New Year To All.

Many of us use January as a time to set ourselves some personal goals or tasks for the year; 
So why not set yourself some new photographic goals for 2015.

Whether they be;

  • To learn to better use your existing or new camera equipment
  • To improve your skills in a particular area of photography
  • To meet new people who share a common interest
  • To take part in a photographic exhibition
  • Or just get out and about more with your camera

Please remember Inner West Photo is here to help – we have members of all ages and abilities so if your keen to improve and learn and grow then please come along to any of our meetings our outings. 

We will be posting this years club schedule very soon, so please keep your eyes on our website.  For now here is a sneak peak – first up we have a Club Outing to the Rocks on Australia Day (Jan 26th), everybody is welcome to attend (existing members and people wanting to meet us and see what the club is all about).

Thats all for now, see you all soon.

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Festive Photo Finale

And so it came to pass that after a busy and successful year it was time to gather one more time for an evening of dining and socialising – and of course to find out who the winners were for our various awards.

Once the comestibles were consumed it was time for Monica to deliver the news we had all been waiting for. The announcement of the Top Shot winners came first and they were revealed to be as follows:

Small Prints Rob Goodall for Coogee Surprise
Large Prints Jim Wilson for Resting Maccaw
Digital Images Rob Goodall for Classic Toy Car

The Top Shot Winners share the honour of having their images feature on our Home Page for the next 12 months.

Next it was the turn for the points winners to be acknowledge in each of the categories:

Small Prints Ashley Cooper
Large Prints Ben Knight
Digital Images Jim Wilson

There was one new award made for the first time and this was to the first year club member with the highest points tally. Our inaugural winner was:

First Year Entrant Adit Tuladhar

With the awards all done by Monica it was time for one final presentation – this time to Monica. This consisted of two books of photographs as a token of appreciation for her tireless work as President of the Club for the last three years. Many thanks Monica, for a job well done!

And that wraps it up for 2014. Best wishes to all our members and fellow travels for the the festive season and we hope to see you all back in the New Year ready to be inspired.

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Sharks Bitten

Well those who couldn't make it to our Interclub competition against Cronulla Sharks club this evening missed a good night out. Made all the better by the fact they WE WON! So we get the bragging rights for the next 12 months.

The Print sections were closely fought with Sharks having a narrow win by one point in the Large Prints while we prevailed in Small Prints by a slightly more comfortable margin of five points. So it was all up to the Digital Images to really decide the night. And here we built a commanding lead of 23 points, making the final winning margin of 27 points in our favour.

After fours years of these annual contests the score now stands at IWPS 2, Sharks 1 with1 tie.

It was particularly pleasing to see that 15 members contributed images to the competition, making it a real team effort. Congratulations to everyone for sustaining such a high standard.

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Another Good Meeting

Another Good Meeting, otherwise known as our AGM, was held last Thursday evening. After hearing the President's and Treasurer's reports for 2014, those present discussed the results from the recent online members' survey. Overall the feedback on the club's year was quite positive. There were also a number of interesting suggestions made for future activities, outings and themes.

Once the discussion was completed it was time for our Returning Officer, Denis, to take the chair and declare all committee positions vacant and available for re-election. After three years of excellent leadership Monica was no longer available to serve as President. Jim was also unavailable to serve as Vice President next year, or to step up to the top job.

In keeping with time-honoured tradition, there was only one nominee for each executive position so there was minimal need for electioneering to fill positions. Thus our Execeutive Committee for next year was quickly established and stands as follows:

President: Ashley Cooper
Vice President: Peter Geng
Secretary: Clair Reynolds
Treasurer: Ben Knight
Competition Secretary: Rob Goodall
Webmaster: Rob Goodall
Past President: Monica Bailey

There followed a vote of thanks to Monica for her outstanding leadership and contribution as President for the last three years. And finally, congratulations to all new and returning members of the Executive Committee.

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A Fair Day in Glebe

For the third year in a row the IWPS were an official presence at the Glebe Street Fair. So pleased have the organisers been with our past efforts that this year they not only offered us the usual free spot in the fair, but supplied a complimentary tent for our stall as well. Our stand was well stocked with sale items including a range of prints (some mounted, some framed), cards, postcards and key chains all created by our members. Jim, Aldo and Clair all helped in staffing the stall, processing sales and talking up the benefits of belonging to a photo club, especially ours!

Monica, Ben and Ashley ably assisted in this task, all dropping in from time to time when not roaming around taking photos for the event organisers, who were very pleased with our efforts. By the end of the day we had contrbuted hundreds of images for use in media releases and advertising for next year's street fair.

Meanwhile, back in the stall, we sold four prints (all by Monica) and a range of cards and postcards created by our members. More importantly, we collected over 30 email addresses from vistors (and potential new members) who expressed an interest in coming along to see our club in action next year.

IWPS Stall at Glebe Street Fair

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Top Shot That!

It's that time of year again – when we get to see all the best phots of the year on display so that the Top Shot can be selected in each category. This year it amounted to more than 90 images which had been awarded a Merit duing the year, so there were plenty of very pleasing images to look over. The judge with the unenviable task of announcing the three finalists in each category – Large Prints, Small Prints and Digital – was Jeff Akers. Prior to announcing the short lists, Jeff selected a number of the images to illustrate various pleasing aspects of the composition or presentation.

There were no Members Choice awards this time, but those present were still able to get in on the action by helping to select which images should be used to represent our club in our Inter Club challenge against Cronulla later this month.

Once all the judging and selecting has been done, the three finalists in each category were revealed as displayed below. The winners will be announced at our Christmas Dinner on 4th December.

Small Prints:

Coogee Surprise Airfield Galapagos Turtle
Rob Coogee Sunrise Ben Air Field Ben GalapagosTurtle

Large Prints:

  Resting Macaw Pentecost River Lookout
Pat Surreal World Jim Resting Macaw Jim Pentecost River Lookout



Dalit Farmer Woodman Classic Toy Car
Kevin O'S Dalit Farmer Ben Woodman Rob Classic Toy Car
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Weekend in Kiama

Ten of our intrepid club members enjoyed a weekend of photography, camaraderie and early mornings in picturesque Kiama. Sadly the weather didn't do us any favours in providing beautiful sunrises or colourful sunsets but it did turn on a pretty spectacular lightning storm on the Friday evening. We made the most of the coastal and nearby rainforest scenery and even made some of our own photographic opportunities with Rob providing a "light show" on the beach on Saturday evening.

Photography was a bit of a theme for Kiama as it turned out, with the local Shellharbour Camera Club staging an exhibition and a separate group from Dee Why Camera Club also spending the weekend in town.

Below are a few samples from our various activities over the weekend.

Waiting for the sunset... Sparks on the beach Pre dawn light
Bombo quarry Lyre Bird Lightning Fork


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Open – now closed

Our last club competition night of the year saw the final selection of Merits made – so entries for next month's annual Top Shot judging are now effectively decided.

There was a good crowd in attendance to see our guest judge – Jim Crew – cast his eye over the images and offer much practical and helpful advice along with his adjudications. The standard was high, with almost as many Merits awarded as Credits and Acceptances combined. Altogether there were 17 Merits awarded – easily the most for any competition this year. Leading the way was Ben with a record 7 Merits, followed by Jim (x5) and Nitish (x2). Jenna, Pat and Kevin O picked up one each.

Our final Members Choice winners for 2014 were:

Small Prints – Clair for Two Peas in a Pod Two Peas in a Pod
Large Prints – Jim for Resting Macaw Resting Macaw
Digital – Jenna for Victoria Falls Victoria Falls


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Phantastic Portpholio Fotos!

Our 2014 Portfolio Programme reached its finale with the Portfolio Presentation Night at our October meeting. After six months of hard work we had four members ready to present their completed portfolios to their assembled peers.

First up was Monica who had deliberately tackled the topic of Street Photography because it was not a genre that she had previously felt comfortable doing. Monica presented the results of her work in the form of a printed coffee table book containing about 30 monochrome images. The variety and quality of the end result suggested that Monica has done a good job of developing her skills in the art of street photography. New York Teens
Next was Clair who presented eight images mounted in doubled sided perspex blocks. Claire's theme was clouds, and featured an array of interesting cloud patterns, many of them backlight by the sun. The mono tones resulted in a kind of abstract moody feel that was quite captivating. Lone cloud
Ben was next, with his large framed photos of paper folds. He explained that after trying for some time to work out the best way to present the photos he had been working on it was only in the last 10 days that he hit on the idea of presenting them as reflected images. The result was a collection of very pleasing geometric images. Paper Folds 1
Finally Aldo stepped up to present the result of his labours. In his case this was a series of what looked like urban landscapes that were actually built on his dining room table from many thousands of staples – stacked and laid out to look like skyscrapers, bridges, warehouses, etc. The end result was very well done. Staple Final

Congratulations to all for the creativity and hard work displayed in producing such a splendid array of portfolio work.

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The Numbers Have It

Our guest judge for this month, Peita Ward, drew double duty. Before embarking on the judging of this month's entries, Peita evaluated the print entries carried over from last month's Open theme competition. It was interesting that she felt a couple of them could have been entered in this month's themed competition. Of the 19 carry over print entries there were awards of 3 x Merits, 4 x Credits and 2 x Acceptances. The Merits were shared by Ashley, Pat and Don.

With the catch-up judging completed it was on to this month's theme – Strength in Numbers. This evidently proved to be quite a challenge for many members, with the strength not being evident in the number of entries! Even then Peita was not entirely convinced that all of the entries truly fitted the theme of "Strength in Numbers". Nevertheless it was interesting to see the range of interpretations and ideas that had been inspired by the topic. Across all categories the final result was 8 x Merits, 5 x Credits and 5 x Acceptances. The Merits were shared around between Jim (x2), Kevin S, Peter, Ben, Pat, Aldo and Ashley.

This month's Members Choice winners were as follows:

Small Prints – Ashley for Mush! Mush
Large Prints – Aldo for Roro 30 IWPS Raro Street 08-ed
Digital – Ben for Paper Unbrellas Paper Umbrellas


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A Flickr In The Night

Now that our club has setup a photo gallery using Flickr® to enable our members to showcase their work, it seemed only fit and proper to learn more about how to use it. Stepping up to the occasion for our September meeting was one of our own members who is already an avid user of Flickr – none other than Rob Goodall. Rob did a very good job of demonstrating the many features of Flickr, including albums and tagging. As keen photographers, Flickr also offers a means to check out the work of other photographers from all over the world to pick up new ideas and draw inspiration. This in turn lead into an interesting discussion about how to protect the copyright of your photographic work when you make it available online.

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Open for Competition – Kind of…

Well our August Open theme competition didn't quite go as planned when a mix up resulted in our scheduled judge, Susan Buchanan, getting the date wrong. However all was not lost. We were still able to get our Members Choice votes tallied (see below) and the digital entries were passed on to Susan to do her adjudications over the following weekend. Susan provided written comments for all entries, and in some cases included sample edits to illustrate possible improvements. Out of the 46 digital entries there were 8 Merits, 10 Credits and 8 Acceptances. Congratulations to the Merits winners who were Rob x2, Ben x2, Monica, Ashley, Don and Jim.

The print entries will be held over until next month and judged separately to the "Strength in Number" images entered on that night.

This month's Members' Choice winners were:

Small Prints – Ashley for Opera House Moon Opera House Moon
Large Prints – Don for Monkey at Temple Monkey at Temple
Digital – Michael for Connections Connections


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Lights, Camera, Action!

There was a late cancellation from the presenter on Thursday but a quick e-mail meant that a practical session on light painting was organised. Eleven members and one visitor, now member, Joshua attended.

Light painting is a technique where hand held lights are used to make patterns during a multi-second exposure, with cellophane used to make different colours.

The first part of the night was completed in pairs getting the basics of the technique and camera settings right. We then moved onto more complex set-ups as groups started collaborating on designs. For the last half of the night all the cameras were set up at one end of the room as ‘scenes’ were developed at the other using multiple light sources. Around four ‘scenes’ were created with participants rotating between taking the photos and being creative. All told a highly enjoyable and social night that highlighted the depth of talent in the club.

Below are a couple of samples from the night's exercises.

IWPS light drawing 01  IWPS light drawing 02

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Streets Ahead

Our competition theme for July was Street Stories, which, as well as attracting the customary number of prints, drew a near record number of digital entries. The judge for the occasion was FCC Treasurer Russell Field, who was concise and helpful with his evaluation of, and suggestions for, the images on offer. Russell also explained that an emotional attachment to some of your own images is not diminished by the opinions of judges, who necessarily do not share that same attachment.

Russell was strict in applying his definition of the theme to the entries, commenting that although some were very good images in their own right, they did not really represent Street Stories. At the end of the night eight Merits were awarded: Ashley (x3), Jim (x3), Adit and Pat.

This month's Members' Choice winners were as follows:

Small Prints – Ashley for Tired Dancer 07CooperA-TiredDancer
Large Prints – Rob for Dark Lane 07RGoodall-DarkLane
Digital – Ashley for Latin Dancers 07CooperA-LatinDancers


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Portrait of a Photographic Career

Our July meeting drew a good crowd of existing members, two new recruits (Kevin and Nitish) and two guests (Jennie and Enoch) to hear our guest speaker, Dayna Patterson. It turns out that Dayna is new to the club lecture circuit herself, as she gave a bright and engaging account of her gradual progression into the job of wedding and family portrait photography.

Dayna talked both of the practical side of her job, such as what type of lenses and flashes she uses, as well as the training and influences that have shaped her career. She spoke honestly about lessons learned the hard way and more positive experiences. One such interesting exercise had been to photograph the same person for 40 days in a row to experiment with different techniques, situations and lighting.

During the evening Dayna mentioned a number of photographers whose work she admired or who had influenced her style. These included Jonas Peterson, Marcus Bell, Susan Stripling and Tim Coulson. It was a very interesting and informative evening.

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Shutters Open

The winter season has not deterred our members as we had the largest turnout of the year in our June Open competition night. This mean that our visitor for the evening, Grace, along with all the members in attendance, had plenty of eye catching images to inspect. Of course it also meant that our experienced judge for this occasion, Eric Lippey, had plenty of work to do. However he was up to the task as he offered valuable feedback on the 36 digital images and 37 prints on display.

Awards for the night across all the categories included 13 Merits, 11 Credits and 13 Acceptances. Our Merit winners where Rob (x2), Michael (x2), Pat (x2), Jim (x2), Ashley Jenna, Ben, Adit and Rhiannon. Congratulations to our two new members competing for the first time – Adit (who scored a Merit) and Don (who scored  Credit).

As usual the Members Choice selection was not straight forward, but in a rare display of agreement all three selected by the members were also awarded a Merit in the judging. The winners were:

Small Prints – Rob for Fisherman Walk
Large Prints – Jim for Pentecost River Lookout
Digital – Michael for Colourful Seashore Colourful Seashore


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Pack Up Your Old Kit Bag

For all photographers who like to travel with camera in hand, Dennis Jones was the man with all the tips as he talked to us about travel and photography. Importantly Dennis's talk was not just about how to photograph this or that famous landmark. Instead the focus was on practical advice to help the whole travel-with-camera experience go more smoothly, and so allow you to be more prepared to make the most of the photogaphic opportunities when they arise.

Topics covered included:

  • how to plan
  • the potential pitfalls of booking airline tickets to multiple destinations
  • how to understand the minefield of baggage allowances (and some suggestions to legally get around them)
  • how to ensure that your luggage is secure
  • the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of travel insurance
  • the advantages and disadvantages of exit row seating
  • what to do and not to do when in a foreign country
  • what camera gear to take depending on what you are planning to shoot
  • how to back up and ensure that your images are safe even if all of your equipment is stolen

Dennis finished off the night with a small sample of some of his stunning images of Africa and India.

It was an evening very well spent.

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Portfolio Progress

The 2014 portfolio is in full swing with an impressive 14 members participating this year. So far we have had a couple of sessions and a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

The first session helped us ease our way into it with Monica bringing along a selection of magazines and books for inspiration and to help those who didn’t already know what they were doing to decide on a theme. The result is an exciting and varied selection of projects underway.

The second session was with our mentor Len Metcalf. Those who had made a start on their portfolio brought along prints for discussion amongst the group, and everyone benefited from Len’s expert advice and enthusiasm for our projects.

Len also runs other groups and classes so the day trip to the Blue Mountains was an opportunity for us to meet up and get to know each other. We started with an early morning bush walk along Glenbrook Gorge which provided plenty of photo opportunities, and if anyone was short of inspiration Len set a series of photo challenges. After a picnic lunch in the park we finished with a visit to Lennox Bridge for more photo taking before the drive back to Sydney. It was a lovely day and perfectly organised by Len.

The portfolio flickr group is up and running – if you have joined the portfolio group but haven’t received an email about flickr then we've got your email address wrong so let us know and we can update it so you don't miss out.

For those not taking part in the portfolio the completed projects will be presented to the club on October 2nd so please keep this evening free and come along to see the fruits of our labour!

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IWPS and Facebook

We now have an active Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/InnerWestPhoto) so all members with a Facebook account are asked to please visit and ‘like’ the page. This will get you news of upcoming club meetings, photo exhibitions and competitions and other photo related articles straight into your newsfeed. This won't replace the information on our website, it's an added source of information for Facebook users, and help as a reminder of uncoming events.

Please feel free to share links to the page that you think might interest other members, to comment on posts, and to post photos taken at club outings or workshops.

Also, if you have Facebook albums showcasing your own photos, then let us know and we can like and share.

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Perfect Lines

Our competition for May had the theme "Lines of Perfection", and our members certainly showed there are many ways in which to depict lines of all types – though fortunately no-one took the homophonic route and tried submitting a photo of a "lion"!

Our judge for the evening was Linda Jocelyn who did a very thorough job of providing feedback on all 46 images presented for judging. Linda commented afterwards that the standard was very high, which was reflected in the number of awards she felt compelled to make. Our guests for the evening, David and Nitish, certainly picked a good evening to come along and see a lot of impressive images.

The final tally was 10 Merits, 16 Credit and 11 Acceptances across the categories. The Merit winners on this occasion were Ben (x3), Peter G (x2), Jim (x2), Robert, Denis and Ashley. A special congratulations to new member Peter G for scoring two Merits in his first competition. Well done to everyone for setting the bar so high.

This month's Members' Choice awards were as follows:

Small Prints – Ashley for Armory  Armory
Large Prints – Denis for Ceiling of Lines  
Digital – Michael for Racing Racing
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Studio Flash

Our last meeting was a hands-on exercise staged in a photo studio in Marrickville. We were doubly blessed to have on hand the very knowledgeable Malcolm Fackender who kicked off proceedings with a brief presentation on Flash Photography and showed us some of the simple and inexpensive gear that can be used in lieu of expensive studio lighting.

We then split into groups to work through a series of exercises that involved using off camera flash in a number of different positions. This provided everyone with the experience of not only experimenting with off camera flash but also the chance to play "model" for our colleagues! Some of the props in the studio were also bought into play and further experimentation was undertaken.

Overall it was a very interesting and educational evening, so our three new members – Don, Con and Alex – picked a good evening to start their journey with our Club.

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Open time again

We managed to squeeze our second Open competition in just before everything closed for Good Friday. Undeterred by any desire to get away early for the holidays we were joined by four guests for the evening – Dan, Adit, Stuart and Ian.

Our judge was the very experienced Patricia Beal, who offered valuable feedback in the process of judging the 34 digital images and 30 prints submitted. Patricia was particularly impressed by the creativity displayed in the digital images.

Those awarded Merits on this occasion were Rob (x3), Pat (x2), Michael, Marie and Ashley. Congratulations also to our Members' Choice winners for the evening, who were:

Small Prints – Rob for Coogee Surprise Coogee Surprise
Large Prints – Pat for 1936 Mercedes 500K  
Digital – Michael for Light It Up Light It Up



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An Eventful Evening

This month we played host to David Gross, who came to talk to us about his work in the field of Event Photography. David's work encompasses a wide range of events, including corporate, political and marketing as well as weddings, gatherings and concerts. During the evening David both displayed examples of his work to illustrate his techniques and showed some of the equipment he uses across a range of jobs. Of particular interest was the way he sets up and uses multiple flashes that he fires via wireless remote.

For those want to learn more about how to make the best use of their flash gear David recommended the educational and popular site called Strobist. Between David's infectious enthusiasm and the skills everyone can learn from perusing the Strobist website, there is no end to what members might accomplish on our studio night coming up next month!

Tonight we also welcomed one new member to our club, Peter, as well as three visitors for the evening – Ken, Con and Alex.

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Space all over the Places

Our second competition night of the year explored the theme "Places and Spaces". As one might expect, a wide and creative range of images were presented by our members. On hand to offer critiques of the entries was our guest judge Barbara Bryan, with our visitor Peter also casting an impartial eye over them.

Barbara was very impressed by the high quality of the images and noted that we are an imaginative bunch. In line with this sentiment Barbara was generous with her judgements, awarding 17 Acceptances, 24 Credits and 11 Merits across the 59 entries submitted. Merits were received by Jim (x3), Ben (x2), Pat, Kevin, Michael, Peter, Jenna and Rob. Congratulations also to our new member Rhiannon, who was award her first acceptance from her two entries.

Selecting the Member's Choice was exceedingly difficult given the quality on display, but in the end the selections were as follows:

Small Prints – Ben for Airfield Airfield
Large Prints – Jim for Deception Island Wreck SONY DSC
Digital – Jim for Gloucester Sunrise 2 Gloucester Sunrise 2


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On Assignment

This month we welcomed Ben Hosking to our gathering to talk to us about his experience as a photographer of automobiles and music gigs. Ben spoke about how he became interested in photography and who his idols, who influenced his move into the field of Automatic Photography, were. When he showed examples of some of his work we were left wondering how it was possible to take such photos, until he revealed that he used three different exposures of the same image and layered them together in Photoshop to get the final result. Ben also explained that he is moving away from using flashes to illuminate his subjects and employing light painting techniques instead. It was interesting to see the different images he could get using these techniques, again with at least four images layered together to get his completed photo.

Any members who were looking for pointers to make a career as a music photographer would have been disappointed by Ben's advice on that score – he said there was absolutely no money in it and that you have to do it for love only.  The first step is to get yourself a magazine publisher who can get you into the gigs. Once in you basically get only the first three songs to take photos, and only one of those songs from inside the mosh pit if there are lots of photographers there. So you basically have to ramp up your ISO, shoot wide open and get your images quickly.

We were pleased to welcome Rhiannon, Bruce and David as our guests for the evening.

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Open(ing) Competition

Our first competition for 2014 has been and gone and it was clear that some of our members had been very busy – and creative – during the summer hiatus. In addition to a crowd of the usual suspects, we were joined by one visitor (Rhiannon) and two new members (Tury and Jason). Welcome aboard!

The competition was an Open theme, so there was no shortage of different subjects and styles amongst the 15 Small Prints, 22 Large Prints and 32 Digital images assembled for the evening. Kerry Boytell was on hand to judge our work and did a commendable job of offering advice and feedback. Those who scored Merits for their efforts were Jim (x3), Kevin (x2), Ben (x2), Pat, Ashley and Michael.

Our Members' Choice selection was also a feature of the evening. The images selected for each category are as shown below.

Small Prints – Pat for Two Girls  
Large Prints – Jim for Lloyds Bank #2 Lloyds Bank #2
Digital – Kevin for Buddhist Novice Buddhist Novice
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But first a meeting…

Our new year is underway with meeting one now ticked off. It was good to see a collection of “the usual suspects’ as well as a number of visitors – Tury, Tim, Violeta, Thomas, David and Tamara.

The topic if this evening’s meeting was “Improving your inkjet printing”, a topic that a number of members have wanted to learn more about for some time. Rather than getting a representative of one of the major manufacturers along to spruik their wares we made use of a number of short instructional videos sourced from online training company www.lynda.com. One interesting tip was about how to test the tonal range of your printer using just monochrome images before adding colour to the mix. Another lesson covered the importance of not trying to push your colour range beyond the gamut range of you printer.

Between lessons there was ample time for questions and discussions amongst those present. It will be interesting to see if members are able to put lessons learnt to good use in preparing for our first open competition in two weeks’ time.

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