Training – Sight & Sound AV Shows

3 03 2015

Here is a PDF of the topic “Sight & Sound AV Shows” as presented by Kas Stone on February 24th, 2015. Click on the following link to download the pdf Sight & Sound AV Show Creation Feb 24-2015 by Kas Stone

Minutes – February 24, 2015

2 03 2015


Minutes – February 24, 2015 – 7:15pm
(36 in attendance, 1 guest)


  • The last two meeting were canceled due to weather issues therefore some of the competition judging was done online. Links to the entries, scores and judges’ comments were provided to club members via email. Feedback was positive and included that it was nice to be able to receive and review comments as well as being able to spend more time looking at the various images. Thank you to John Burnett for all the work that he put into this project.
  • Members also provided feedback that they appreciate the information sharing that Trevor Awalt has been providing.
  • Silent Essay Competition has been postponed to March 24th. The definition was displayed and will also be sent out be email to all members. Scoring is out of 100. If you would like to have your essay tested to ensure that it projects properly, please bring it to our next meeting.
  • There is no competition scheduled for the next meeting.
  • Samples of the personal yearbook pages were displayed. Participants who still need to get their bios and photos into Sara should do so as soon as possible. You can submit three to four images. Bio only needs to be a couple of sentences about you as a photographer.


  • Honour awards from past competitions were handed out.
  • Portrait print competition was held, with two resulting honour awards
  • Monochrome print competition was held, with one honour award

Slide Show:

BMI junk yard field trip of January 24th. Again, thank you to John for assembling the show. Participants discussed sharing the images with BMI. Sara will email the participants to ensure they agree to their images being shared.


Kas Stone – Sight & Sound – How to Create an Effective Digital AV Show: Kas covered all aspects of the artistic component to creating a sight and sound essay or AV show, outlining what makes an effective AV show as well as common mistakes to avoid. Through both visual and audio, Kas took us through the steps of developing upon an idea or story, choosing images, text and other visual aids, choosing the music and any other sound effects right through to assembling the final product with attention to grouping, timing, transitions to keep our audience engaged throughout. Kas shared a number of examples of both wonderful AV shows as well one intentionally designed to show the types of mistakes people can often make when first creating an AV show. Kas kindly provided a handout that highlighted her presentation.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.

Minutes – January 13, 2015

21 01 2015

Minutes – January 13, 2015
January 13, 2015 – 7:15pm
25 people in attendance.

•    Snacks are needed for the next three meetings, sign-up sheet will be passed around
•    Christmas card received from Brenda Fitzgerald
•    If you would like to have a page in the club yearbook and have not yet emailed Sara, please add your name to the sign-up sheet or email her ASAP.
•    Charlene discussed the Water Exhibit – first meeting is Wednesday at the Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg.  The Exhibit runs from March 16 – 22, 2015.
•    Field trip on January 24th will be to the BMI junk yard only as Mr. Zwicker is not available.  Details will follow by email.
•    Next meeting will be the Humour competition – two digital images; the caption is important as combined with the image it should be funny.  We will also have the Photo Travel digital competition – one digital image to be submitted.

Pictorial Print – 9 entries, with four receiving honour awards
Travel Print – 9 entries, with one receiving an honour award

Slide Show:
Mahone Bay field trip of November 29, 2014.  This field trip had our highest attendance yet and the images that were shared beautifully captured the Father Christmas Festival.

Treasure Hunt 2015:

Thank you to Joan McCullough for putting our Treasure Hunt Challenge together!

You can enter your photos as an individual, or team of two. (teams must enter 4 photos per person)
Choose eight of the following ten categories, one submission for each. Your photo should be an image that captures the essence of the title (ie, for Mystic River…take a photo of a river, for The Color Purple….take a photo of something purple, etc).  Photos to be taken between January 14 and March 21, 2015. Judging takes place March 24, 2015.  The person/team with the highest score will be presented with our Treasure Hunt Trophy at the year end celebration.

This treasure hunt is a challenge for members to have fun using their cameras and imaginations to find and interpret the following titles:
1.  Mystic River
2.  Shine
3.  The Fisher King
4.  Ordinary People
5.  Gone With the Wind
6.  On The Waterfront
7.  The Shop Around The Corner
8.  A Face In The Crowd
9.  My Left Foot
10. The Color Purple

John Burnett – Monochrome Photography.  John’s presentation included a history of black and white photography noting that historically, it was the only choice whereas in current day photography is more of an artistic choice.  Black and white images can be used to accentuate contrast, tone, texture, drama as well as to de-emphasize things such as distracting colour, lack of colour and colour noise.  There are challenges to monochrome photography; pre-visualizing your image can be difficult.  John also covered post-processing of images into monochrome or black and white going through some pre-sets in Photoshop as well as specialized add-ons including Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W, Topaz B&W Effects and B&W Styler.  He also discussed printing options – consumer labs, B & W digital, inkjet printers and inkjet printers with multiple black inks and the longevity of black and white prints compared to colour prints.  Examples of filters and pre-sets in Photoshop Elements were demonstrated and a number of tips provided such as the benefits of boosting contrast in post-processing and using burn and dodge to darken or lighten various elements of the image.  He also cautioned that it’s important to pay attention to your sharpening so images pop.  John recommended that if you are shooting in black and white mode, to shoot both RAW and JPG because RAW will retain all the original information.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Minutes – December 9, 2014

21 01 2015

Minutes – December 9, 2014
December 9, 2014 – 7:15pm
32 people in attendance including one new member and one visitor.

•    Bill Jones recently underwent surgery and is doing well, there was a card for members to sign.
•    Seasonal dinner is December 16, 2014 at the Italy Cross Fire Hall from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, details to follow by email.

Ryerson Clarke – Portrait Photography.  Mr. Clarke resides in Mahone Bay and enjoys landscape, wildlife, portrait, street and stock photography.  He completed his formal photography education at the Hallmark Institute of Photography.  He has been doing stock photography for the past ten years.  His presentation included a wonderful showing of a variety of his portrait images over the years as well as great information with respect to portraiture.  His website is:

Several things make a good portrait or photo including face, sign, subject and he suggested keeping it simple and paying attention to little details.  He normally utilizes one or two lights and natural lights and noted that, in the end, if your subject likes the image, it’s successful.  There are a variety of different types of portraits including:  faces, people, faceless, story-telling and noted there is more freedom in portrait photography now compared to earlier days of studio photography.

Personally, he uses only two lenses – a 35mm and a 75mm.  He will generally use a grey screen/background as it’s easier to pick the subject off a grey background in post-processing.

He shared his knowledge about stock photography and most importantly, suggested to have fun with your photography.

The nature and pictorial competitions were judged on line.  The images were shown to members at the meeting and the judges had also provided evaluations of the images that were read out as each image was shown.  There were 16 honour awards in the nature category.

It was announced that the winner of the Nature trophy is Trevor Awalt and the winner of the Floral trophy is Karen Parnell Herrick.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.

Minutes – November 25, 2014

21 01 2015

The Bridgewater Photo Club met on November 25th 2014, with 40 members in attendance.attendance.

It was announced that Charlene Lewis has published a book entitled Are You Looking For Me and will be present for a book signing November 29th Book Store. James Campbell announced that a field trip to Mahone Bay will be held on Saturday, November 27th. The Father Christmas theme will be the focus of attention as  well as a visit to Gilbert van Ryckervorsel’s art gallery.

There were two presentations. Sara Harley, club president, spoke of her involvement with the Blurb Book Publishing Company. She has used this medium to compile and sell books. The full profits from these endeavors go to support such worthwhile charities such as the South Shore Hospital’s Rose Fund and the SHAID Animal Shelter. The latter has received approximately $5000.

Sara had suggestions which are meant to get your photographs off your computers and into print. She gave tips to help members with their own publishing. She mentioned that choosing the size of the book’s format is important. This will help with your choice of photographs, your page layout, your text, etc. She further mentioned that the Blurb company facilitates a moderately easy way to promote your photographic themes.

The books can be used as gifts, as aforementioned fund raising tools or an added feature of the photographer’s hobby.

Debbie Croft, a member of the Bridgewater Photo Club since 1999, gave the second presentation. Her superb photos covered a wide gamut of photographic subjects. By converting her analog slides to digital images as well as using her photos taken with her digital cameras, she presented images that included a blend of portraits, environmental portraits, and human interest.

Debbie has a particular interest in photographing plants, flowers, creative images, and the unique­­­“images that just do their own thing”.

A slide presentation was started on the Nature Competition. The images were judges off site and presented with accompanying comments and marks. Time did not allow us to finish the complete competition. This will be continued at another meeting.

There was time for a slide presentation on the recent field trip to Blue Rocks and Stonehurst. This trip included the annual scavenger hunt.

The BPS invites all photographers to come and join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the MARC in Dayspring.

Minutes – November 12, 2014

21 01 2015

Minutes – November 12, 2014
November 12, 2014 – 7:15pm
35 people in attendance, including one guest.

•    Our guest speaker is not available for the next meeting, therefore Sara will do her presentation on photobooks.
•    The nature and pictorial digital images will be shown and the judge’s feedback will be read out with each image.  If you are uncomfortable with having the feedback read out with respect to your images, email Sara ahead of time.
•    December 9th meeting our guest speaker will presenting on portrait photography and has offered to provide evaluations/feedback on members’ images.  If you would like feedback on your images, submit them before the next meeting, you will still be able to use them in competition.
•    Kas Stone will be presenting in February on how to put together a sight and sound essay and polled for software use and what people were interested in learning:  technique, tips, things to avoid.
•    Members are encouraged to sign up for the seasonal dinner to be held on December 16th.

Charlene Morton, club member.   Charlene did a mini presentation on the 2015 Water Exhibit that will be held at the Peer Gallery in Lunenburg on March 23 and 27-29, 2015.  There is a request for volunteers, participants and a call for submissions.  The purpose of the exhibit to is raise awareness of the connection between healthy water and the future.  This year’s exhibit brought in more people to the gallery than ever.  Story cards to discuss the photo should be limited to two sentences.

Mervyn Kumar-Misir – Creative Images in Photoshop.  Mervyn  walked members through a variety of techniques and tricks in Photoshop to change and modify our images.  Using an array of his own images he provided step by step instructions on how to create a variety of effects using various tools in Photoshop and how to create composite images.  He encouraged everyone to play with their photographs.

Floral Print:  Two honour awards
Floral Digital:  6 honour awards
Nature Print:  Three honour awards

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.

Training – Depth Of Field

29 10 2014

Here is a PDF of the topic “Depth Of Field” as presented by Kas Stone on October 14th, 2014. Click on the following link to download the pdf BPS Kas Stone DOF Handout Oct 2014


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