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2020 Update No. 19 – Getting Into The Studio

2020 Update no. 19 – Getting into the Studio

Covid-19 – Alert Level 2

We will run our next club night as planned and have track and trace information and sanitiser at the door.
We will not be serving supper however, so you may like to bring along a thermos/keep cup and/or a snack with you.
Some members have expressed an interest in my homemade facemasks which I will be bringing along on the 8th.  They are 100% cotton, 3 layers, reversible and washable – $8ea – cash or direct credit.

Off camera flash & Studio Lighting – 8 September

When: Tuesday 8 Sep
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Hutt Valley Tramping Club
Topic: Intro to off camera flash – Paul Whitham

Paul started photographing in school and learned the secrets of the darkroom. That continued at university, but then life, work and family got in the way and the camera was relegated to simply recording key events.

Fast forward to 2006,  he bought his first decent digital SLR and started to focus on really using it. This mainly involved activities around the sports that his daughter Samantha was engaged in. Artistic Skating was the most challenging as it was shot indoors with fast moving subjects and low light. At this stage the camera was in control as it rarely came out of Auto mode. In early 2009 he foolishly volunteered to shoot a wedding and decided that he needed to learn how to photograph better and after attending night school classes it was recommended that he join a camera club.

Since then he has won several awards in the club and has had images do very well in regional and national salons. He had been successful in having an image appear in the last four editions of New Zealand Camera. His main love is in photographing people and his Licentiate set totally focused in this area. He is currently a PSNZ councillor and editor of CameraTalk.

Wellington Interclub Print comp planning: 17 Sep – Selection night

When: Thursday 17 Sep
Time: 7.30pm
Topic: Final selection of the images our club will be entering in this year’s competition

Please note the change to Thursday night next week.  This will be our final meeting where those who attend will help to choose which images our club will enter into the competition.

I have put the topics we would like more entries on in italics and we still welcome any images for any topic – please send to by Wednesday 16 Sep.

No limit to the amount of images for each topic.  Rename it with the topic (in bold below) and your name ie: Earth-Bob Jones

Topics are:

Earth, Sea and Sky – Earth
Just Illusion – Illusion
Mono Portrait – Portrait
Musical Image –Musical
Once was Home – Home
An Emotion – Emotion
Macro Life – Macro
Levitation – Levitation
Luscious Liquid – Liquid
In the style of Andreas Gursky – Gursky

Off camera flash & Studio Lighting workshop – 20 September

When: Sunday 20 Sep
Time: 10am and 2pm
Location: Hutt Valley Tramping Club
Topic: Practical workshop using off camera flash and Studio Lighting – Paul Whitham

This practical will build on the concepts in from Paul’s talk and we will practise the various techniques that he is outlining.

The numbers will be limited to a maximum of 4 at each session, and we will run 2 sessions. The morning will run from 10:00 – 1:00pm and the afternoon 2.00-5.00pm.

To book in, please send an email to

In Progress – September 22

When: Tuesday 22  Sep
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Hutt Valley Tramping Club
to be organised.  Most likely Sean Aitken from Splendid talking about his photographic essay on Samoa

Geoff Marshall had a calendar clash for this night and I have arranged for him to talk to us on October the 13th and will run the photo edit night next year instead.

Annual Exhibition

Please have your prints ready to deliver to Odlins Gallery between 1 – 4pm on Sunday the 27th of September.  If you are unable to deliver them yourself, please make other arrangements.

Hutt / Karori Battle – Call for images

Karori are hosting us this year and have given us the below topics – Please send in your entries to by Sunday the 4th of October

  • Low angle of view
  • Shades of grey
  • Macro Flowers
  • From above

Portfolio Competition

Entries are due on the club night of 10 November.  If you are planning to enter a set, could you please email to advise which trophy you will be entering.
Please email by Sunday the 13th of September.
All information on the two trophies can be found on the last two pages of this document:

Ladder 3 results

If you were unable to make the zoom meeting, click here to view the judging:

Rare white fantail sparks interest for members

In the last couple of weeks, Toya and other members have travelled to Stratford to shoot a very special leucistic (white) Fantail that lives in Stratford.

Click here to view some of the images taken on the trips: and and

Photography inspiration, courses and tips

Shooting high end fantasy shots on a budget:

The Power of transitions: A theory of Landscape Photography:

How much is recoverable in your photo file?:


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