WEST RAND PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB

The West Rand Photographic Club is a friendly club open to all who share a passion for photography. We have monthly meetings where members’ pictures are judged and we have regular outings to interesting locations as well as training workshops suited to everyone from beginners to pros.

The Florida Camera Club was formed in 1964 and over the years numerous members passed through its doors. The club organised the annual Florida Camera Club Salon of Photography with prints hung in a gallery and the accepted slides exhibited for three evening shows in the Roodepoort City Hall. Due to the high cost of equipment, film, slide and print photography in the ‘90’s, active membership declined and a need arose to attract young blood.
Profoto Camera Club was started in 2002 as an added service to clients in the Profoto Camera and Photo centre in the Weltevreden Park area. The digital era had arrived and in a short space of time the new club attracted over 80 members. Due to venue problems, Profoto had two options, namely to disband the club or amalgamate with one of the existing clubs in the area. Negotiations were started between the two club chairmen and members of both clubs and it was unanimously decided to combine the two clubs for the promotion and enjoyment of photography in the West Rand area. As both clubs desired a clean start, a new name was proposed and a new constitution adopted. The West Rand Photographic Club is therefore a young vibrant club, combining the knowledge and expertise of the Florida Camera Club and the enthusiasm and keenness of the Profoto Camera Club.

• To promote the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of photography
• To improve the standard of photography among members
• To promote personal contact and co-operation amongst photographers and other interested parties

a. Membership types:

The following Membership Types exist.

  • Ordinary Membership
  • Seniors Membership (>= 60 years of age)

b. Application of membership:

A membership application form will be provided (available at club meetings or on the club’s web site under “Join WRPC”) which should be completed and returned to the Club Secretary.

c. Membership Fees:

Membership fees are payable yearly (a club year is from 1st August to 31st July) and are made up of the following:

  • ◦ A once-off joining fee,
  • ◦ A yearly membership fee.

Membership fees are payable within the first three months of a club year and become due on the first day of August. If any member fails to pay his or her membership fees within said three months (as described above), membership of such member may be automatically terminated. If membership has been terminated, the joining fee will need to be paid again when re-joining the club.

Monthly meeting are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 18h30 for 19h00 (with the exception of December when there is no meeting). From time to time, additional meetings may be held on an agreed upon date. Details concerning the date and time of meetings are provided on the club’s web site, in the Club magazine, and at the monthly meetings. The venue for meetings is:
The Florida Lake Canoe Club
The meetings may commence with a lecture on a photographic-related subject. Following the lecture, members’ images are viewed and judged for advancement purposes. A set subject competition is also held at each monthly meeting. An annual awards and competition evening is held in July.
In addition there is a social meeting held on the second Tuesday of each month where a workshop or lecture normally takes place. No images are judged at these informal meetings where you are free to discuss any topic as long as it is related to photography. Times and venues are notified via the various contact mediums.

The club will endeavor to host a monthly workshop and/or outing. Workshops will be in the form of a lecture and where possible, a practical, hands-on session to apply what has been learned.
Workshops will be on:
• Photography-related technique topics (e.g. White Balance, depth of field, etc)
• Image editing-related topics (Learn how to use your image editing software to sharpen, resize, tweak colour and saturation, etc.)
• Shoots (e.g. Still life, studio, etc.)
Outings will be arranged from time to time.

The club uses the ‘star rating system’ for grading and advancement purposes. Apart from a few minor modifications, this system is in accordance with the system recommended by the PSSA.
Ratings
There are seven ratings.
For advancement purposes, members are placed in one of the following ratings:
• 1* – Junior
• 2* – Junior
• 3* – Junior
• 4* – Senor
• 5* – Senior
• Master
• Master Silver
• Master Gold
New members
• A new member, who has not belonged to a photographic club before, starts in the One Star category.
• A new member who was a member of another photographic club will be placed in the same rating that he/she was in the previous club.
• Every new member will start in their rating with zero points and/or credits, but all former salon acceptances are fully credited.

a. Sections:
At the monthly meetings, members may submit images via EMMA in the Digital Open Section and the Digital Set Subject.
b. Number of entries:
Each member may enter a maximum of four (4) images per meeting (this will be a total of four across all sections as listed above including set subjects). Images, which have been submitted for advancement judging at a monthly meeting, may not be submitted again at another monthly meeting, but are eligible for entry to salons, the annual awards evening and inter-club competitions.
c. Set Subject:
Set subjects are provided for at each monthly meeting. These are based on specific themes or topics, which are announced in advance at the monthly club meetings and posted on the club’s website. The object of the set subject is to stimulate members’ creativity and to encourage the photography of subjects one might not ordinarily attempt. Please note the entries must be relevant to the set subject. The image may be disqualified for failure to depict the theme or topic. These photographs are judged and the points are credited towards the members’ advancement.

All images must conform to the guidelines detailed below. All images not conforming to these guidelines will be discarded.
a. Digital
A digital image for the purpose of this document is defined as a raster, two-dimensional, rectangular array of static data elements called pixels, intended for display on a computer monitor or projected with a digital data projector. These rules must be read in conjunction with PSSA guidelines for e-Photography) available on the web-site under the “Club Info” section).
b. Ethics
All elements use in the creation of an image must be sourced from the author’s own work.
All processing work and/or editing on the image must be done by the author him/herself.
c. Digital Image resolution, File Format and File Size.
• Images intended to be submitted for club, salon or competition must be resized to fit the maximum display resolution of an XGA digital data projector, with a true resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Images can be up to a maximum of 1920 pixels wide (the horizontal axis) and up to a maximum of 1080 pixels high (the vertical axis). Any image size less than these maximum dimensions is acceptable.
• The JPEG file format using the sRGB colour space is required for entries. The JPEG file format retains colour information in an RGB image but compresses file size by selectively discarding unnecessary data. A higher level of compression results in lower image quality, and a lower level of compression results in better image quality. In most cases, the maximum quality option should produce an image indistinguishable from the original.
• The JPEG images may not exceed 2MB in size. An appropriate JPEG compression value must be selected in the photo editing software when saving the image to ensure that the image size does not exceed 2MB.
• For images intended for individual judging (i.e. not audiovisual productions) no text or wording will be permissible on the image.
• Frames or borders are acceptable as long as they remain within the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. A one-pixel border is normally sufficient. Larger borders generally detract from the image.
d. File naming and preparation for judging
The file must include the title of the image (e.g. Lion at sunset.jpg)
e. Post capture processing and ethics
For the sake of practicality, the following post-capture processing procedures performed on a digital image with the aid of a computer and digital image editing software, within limits, will not be considered a digital manipulation:
• Adjustment/correction of colour balance
• Removal of dust and scratch marks on scanned images or sports from dust particles on the sensors of digital images
• Adjustment of exposure and contract, including dodging and burning similar to those techniques that were commonly used in traditional printmaking
• Adjustment of colour saturation
• Sharpening
• Cropping and re-sizing
It is realized that some of the above (e.g. changing the colour balance) can be used in such a way as to create an unnatural or manipulated look, hence the cautionary reference to “within limits”. However, the permissible range of use of the above will be almost impossible to quantify and it is thus left to the discretion of the photographer. No additional alterations should be done to images intended for entering in the following categories:
• All nature including wildlife, zoological and botanical/geological
• Photo journalism
• Photo Travel
Image manipulation is permissible in the open pictorial category.
f. Pre-submission of entries
In order to ensure that monthly meetings are run in a timely and efficient manner, all entries for a club meeting must be made via the EMMA online submission system. Entries can be made during the week preceding the next club meeting through to the cut-off for entries, usually at 20h00 on the Sunday. If entries are received after the cut-off, they may be disqualified. A computerised system will be used to process the entries.
A notification will be e-mailed to you to indicate that the entries were received and what was received.
Entries must be submitted using the EMMA online system, go to the EMMA Connect website at:
http://www.emmaphotozone.com/ and select the Windows or Mac version of the software. Install the program on your computer. With an active Internet connection you can now upload a variety of images into the database. You can then enter an event and then enter a selection of your uploaded images into the event. Your login details will be provided to you as part of your membership registration process. If it is your first time using the EMMA system, go to:
http://emmaphotozone.com/support.html

Each image entered is judged separately. Three judges look at the following aspects to determine their individual points out of 5, with all three added to give a score out of 15:

Criteria Description
Focus 1 point if accepted as viewed
Exposure 1 point if acceptable as viewed (colour natural, not washed out or too dark)
Action/Impact 1 point if Focus/Exposure/Composition is 100% with immediate impact. Action/movement if present and handled well, also deserves the 4th point.
No Flaw 1 point if no flaw can be found and the photo “blows you away!” This is Certificate of Merit (COM) quality.

Star Grading Scale (score out of 15):

Star Rating COM Gold Silver Bronze No Award
1* 13 8 7 6 >=4
2* 13 9 8 7 >=5
3* 13 10 9 8 >=6
4* 13 11 10 9 >=7
5* and above 13 12 11 10 >=8

Each image is then accorded one of the following awards:

Award Points
No award 0
Bronze 1
Silver 2
Gold 3
Certificate of Merit (COM) 5
1* Winner 10
2* Winner 10
3* Winner 10
4* Winner 10
5* Winner 10
Master Winner 10
Master Silver Winner 10
Master Gold 10
Photo of the Month 10
Set Subject Winner 10
National Salon Acceptance 1
National Salon COM 2
National Salon Medal 3
International Salon Acceptance 2
International Salon COM 3
International Salon Medal 4

All images are critiqued by the judges together on an equal basis, regardless of star rating. The idea behind this is that it gives every member an idea of the standard of their photos, but at the same time allowing the member to grow from a junior photographer to a senior photographer by progressing through the star ratings. This is accomplished by using a sliding scale scoring system as above.

It is the practice of this Club that no awards will be made for any contest or competition or category where only one member has entered. It is not possible to compete with yourself, so at least two members must enter for a winner to be declared.

When sufficient points have been accumulated, promotion is gained to the next category.

New members commence by entering their pictures in the One Star category. To gain promotion, members are required to attain the points mentioned below:

Points Required

Gold’s/COMs required

Salon Points required

1* – 2*

24

6

2* – 3*

48

12

3* – 4*

96

24

6

4* – 5*

120

30

26

5* – Master

200

50

96

Master- Silver

500

120

206

Salon points are cumulative i.e. they are accumulated in any star rating and from any time in your photography career, even at another club. Members’ scores are recorded and maintained by the club’s score keeper and are available on the club’s web site under the “Members Section”

Each year, a number of salons are arranged and held by photographic clubs, both locally and internationally. These take the form of a competition, in which photographs are judged on an equal basis by a panel of judges. Photographs which are accepted by the judges could then be put on exhibition at a salon. Special awards usually take the form of medals and certificates of merit. Participation in these salons is encouraged. Salons are advertised on the club’s web site and on the PSSA web site. Acceptances and awards achieved in salons are awarded points, which count towards promotion (see Advancement Judging).

Members must notify the club score keeper and provide proof of their results, for inclusion in the club’s scoring system.

This is held annually, in July, and provides members with the opportunity of competing for various awards. Awards are also presented for overall achievements during the preceding club year.

The Competition

Photographs may be entered into the categories detailed below. The competition is conducted on an equal basis. Only fully paid-up members who have entered pictures for advancement judging at least twice during the previous year may enter. Pictures that have won prizes at previous Annual Awards Evenings may not be entered again.

A total of four images may be entered, combined across all categories and mediums. A maximum of two digital may be entered into each category. No image may be entered in more than one category. Photographs may only be entered in the applicable category, as defined below.

Portraiture A portrait is an image of a person, animal or bird in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the subject. A portrait often shows a subject looking directly at the photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.
Scapes Landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of fauna and flora, abstract elements such as lighting and weather conditions, and human elements, for instance human activity or build environment. Seascape is similar to a landscape, but instead of an area of land, it features the area of the sea. Cityscape is the urban equivalent of a landscape (the physical aspects of a city or urban area).
Creative/ Experimental An image upon which additional work has been done. This could be effects created in camera and/or with image editing software.
Nature/ Wildlife A natural history (or nature) image includes botany, zoology, geology, physics, chemistry, meteorology, palaeontology, anthropology, archaeology, etc, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material, and to certify to its honest presentation. Human elements if present should be un-obstructive and enhance the nature story. Photographs depicting cultivated plants, still life studies, domestic animals, mounted specimens, museum habitats or groups, derivations or any form of photographic manipulation are not acceptable – with the exception of detailed micro or macro photographs. A wildlife image as opposed to a nature image is one that depicts “one or more organisms living free and unrestricted in a natural habitat or adopted habitat and not made under controlled conditions”.
Photojournalism Photojournalism creates images in order to tell a story. It may include contemporary life illustrative spot news, human interest and sport.
Open Pictorial Any image that does not fit accurately into the categories explained above only.
Awards The following awards will be presented in July:
Category Description
Photographer of the Year Awarded to the person who scores the most points from club judging, salon acceptances, and winning set subject and photo of the month.
Set Subject Photographer of the Year Awarded to the person who scores the most points for Set Subjects, held at each monthly meeting.
Salon Photographer of the Year Awarded to the member who scores the highest number of points in South African National and South African International Salons, forming part of the PSSA Impala Trophy competition and where the member’s points are credited to the West Rand Photographic Club.
Category Winners Awarded to the members who score the most points in competition throughout the year in the 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, Honours and Masters Categories.

Committee Info

Chairman:


Roland Cundill

Cell: 083 643 5478

Email: rcundill@gmail.com

Secretary


John Truter

Email: john.truter724@gmail.com

 

Treasurer


Lesly Kearns- Eastwick

Email: eastwick@yebo.co.za

 

 

Address:

Florida Lake Canoe Club,
Eisteddford Street,
off Albertina Sisulu Road,
Florida

Upcoming Meetings:

Social Evening –
None until further notice

Formal Meeting –
None until further notice

Set Subjects:

March: Reflections

April: Motion

May: Self Portrait

June: 50’s Vintage

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