Into October

Hello everyone,

I hope you have had a nice week and have taken advantage of what must certainly be the last of the good weather for a while. The nights are most definitely drawing in, so lots of opportunities to work on our photoshop skills.

Anyway I have quite a few extra things to include in the newsletter this week so I had best get on with it. Well what an incredibly busy -photographically speaking- week lies ahead:

Monday evening some members are helping HECC Sport take publicity shots, as a thank-you for their giving us space for one of our shoots over the Summer. If you are interested in helping out please contact Andrew before midday.

Tuesday morning 9:00 is a theatre group visit to Contexture Theatre Company’s ‘s dress-rehersal of “Journey’s End” at the Rhodes. We will be shooting, processing, and printing for the show publicity shots before we leave. We will have a Dye-Sublimation printer on site, but if you have your laptop to process your own shots that will help.

Tuesday evening we’re looking forward to a talk from one of our favourite judges: David Steel will be talking about his trip down Route 66, expect great travel shots of Americana

Jackson Square have commented what a great success the exhibition opposite Starbucks has been with strong positive feedback from the public — even the security guards commented how well it was received. If your picture was a part of the Jackson Square Exhibition, please come to pick up the print on Tuesday evening, or arrange to collect it/them from Andrew. The prints are on a plastic board, and still have Velcro style “Hook” tape along 2 edges: for re-hanging you may want this
20mm x 25m’s Adhesive White Loop Tape Only (Velcro equivalent)

Saturday Evening is the Worldwide Photowalk in Colchester, if you would like to take part in this global event, please make sure you pre- R E G I S T E R. With regards to this event if you are going to this and are able to offer a lift to Stephanie please let me know ASAP, she would be extremely grateful.

I really hope everyone enjoyed the workshop on Tuesday. If you took some shots and would like them forwarded to our models Gabriella Morgan and Alistair Gunn please use the following Dropbox link

Finally a note regarding the Rugby festival I mentioned on Tuesday. This event is in 3 weeks time and I feel that this is a little too shorter notice for us to pull this off and do it justice. I have therefore let the organisers know that we would be unable to help this particular time. Although there will be further opportunities in the future. If this is something you would like to help out with, please let me know.

Kind Regards

Emma x

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Photowalk 2014

We are holding our event in this year’s Scott Kelby Photowalk in Colchester. to take part you need to


which will let you enter the competitions as well.

Colchester is a gem of a place which is largely ignored, one of the trading cities of the Hanseatic league, it has been here since Roman times.  We’re just going to take the briefest outsider’s view but will hopefully trigger enough interest for people to want to come back

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August weekly update

Hi all

There is a change to this week in the programme. We are now going to do a World War 1 themed photo shoot in conjunction with Contexture, a theatre company based in Bishop’s Stortford. There is the chance that your photograph could be used as the poster for Contexture’s play about boys going to war, coming up in the autumn. We have two teenage boys as models and Contexture are bringing authentic uniforms for them. They would like something similar to the sunset portraits we took recently, so I’m thinking we will head to the same location. This was near the cricket fields in Bishop’s Stortford, Address is Cricketfield Lane, Bishops Stortford. We will meet at 7:30pm and will head towards the hill at Dane O’Coys Road. Remember your insect repellant!

Andrew has also asked me to let you know about a fantastic opportunity to photograph some amazing moths:-

Moth night
Scheduled: 16 Aug 2014, 20:30 to 22:00
Location: Millfield Lane, Little Hadham, A120 between Little Hadham & Tesco
A moth trap extravaganza by Kono Forgham.
This event will be cancelled if it’s raining.

See you Tuesday,


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Weekly Update

Hi all

This week we are going to go to the Three Houseshoes in Spellbrook for a bite to eat (or just a drink) and a catch up. This is going to take the place of the meal in a few weeks as we may have something very cool we can do on that week. If anyone knows or has any teenagers that would like to dress up in World War 1 gear and potentially have their picture on a poster around B/Stortford, let Emma know.

The winner of Photo of the Month this month is Karen with her fantastic picture taken at Hopleys.


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Ongoing Summer Programme

Kniphofia Vincent Lepage (print)Hi all,

This Tuesday we are meeting at Hopleys garden centre in Much Hadham at 7:30pm. Don’t worry if you are running late as it will be easy to find us.

We get the full run of the gardens and nursery so there are lots of great photo opportunities and I highly recommend bringing your macro lenses if you have them.

They opened the coffee shop for us last year as well, but I don’t want to make assumptions that they will do the same this year.

On a separate note, if anyone has an iPad 2 and uses CF memory cards in their camera, Andrew has an adapter which can read your pictures onto your tablet for sale – it also does SD and miniSD cards, and USB.

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The Carnival is over (for the year)

My neighbour died recently, and celebrated a good life with a rendition of the (original) Seekers song “The Carnival is Over” in Russian to leave us all at Great Parndon.  Very moving.  The town carnival wasn’t quite so dramatic, but a good cadre of members risked deafness to man our marquee, photograph the procession, and engage interested enquirers.

We certainly had plenty of interest,, gave away over 30 sheets with the summer programme schedule and had about 8 serious new enquiries, who we’re hoping to see soon.

There was all the Razzmatazz one could hope for, and we met some old friends of the club such as Contexture Theatre, and members of other nearby clubs.  Some members were able to make good use of their “Access all Areas” virtual pass to get some great shots of the demonstrations

Thank you for all the help (but we could do with a few more to put up and take down the Marquee next year please — not just the Usual Suspects)


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Weekly Update 2014-03-17

Hi All,

Lots of things to fill you in on this week so without further a do I’d best get on with it…

First up; you’ve all submitted your pictures for the Exhibition and the judging is taking place this weekend. Well the exciting news is that Andrew has secured a space in Jackson square for us toe exhibit the winners. We will need to work fast though and if you image wins a category we will require a high res digital copy (not the re-sized image used for projected competitions) so they can be printed ASAP. It needs to be the original image and not the smaller versions as these images will be printed LARGE.

Following on from the exhibition we have the annual dinner and prize giving evening. Saturday 26th April 2014, 7 for 7.30pm start.  It’s always a nice event. It’s held at Great Hadham golf club where we get a good meal and we have a slide show of all images entered and the judge attends as our guest.  The price is £22.00 per person, partners are of course invited.
If you are interested in the meal please would you select your choice of menu and return with the money no later than 15th April.  Cheques made payable to Bishops Stortford Camera Club.  Please include the name of the person with each choice.   Please hand to Jean.


  • Pear & Stilton Salad
  • Prawn Cocktail

Main Course

  • Beef Bourguignonne / vegetables/ New potatoes
  • Poached Salmon / vegetables/ New potatoes
  • Vegetarian Dish


  • Vanilla Creme Brulee
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
  • Tea/coffee/Mints

This week at club is our very own Kevin Scott who will be giving us a talk with a selection of images on ‘Kilimanjaro and safari‘.  Looking forward to seeing lots of you there.

I have also had this message from Jonathon; “Emma last Sunday I was lucky enough to go the Fens Falconry Centre for what was probably the best photographic experience that I have ever had.  It differs to other Other Falconry / Bird of Prey centres in so much that it is really for photographers, and therefore the opportunities for a great image are amazing. I am trying to negotiate a group booking for BSCC,  it will be at a weekend hopefully prior to holiday season, and will probably run from around 1230 to 1630” Jonathon would like an idea of numbers so if you are interested please let us know

A big thanks to everyone who supported the quiz night on Saturday, I am pleased to report that we made a total of £500 profit for club funds.

Finally I have volunteered my services this Saturday to take photos at the ball in aid of breast cancer support in Stansted. I still need some helpers so if you would like to do some work for charity whilst learning some new skills please give me a shout.

Speak soon

Emma x

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A team effort for CazFest Burn’s Night

Green Screen Lighting Test

Green Screen Lighting Test

January 25th was Burns’ Night, and local charity CazFest held a traditional Ceilidh to raise money at the Raddison Blu on the airport at Stansted. A small team of club members, (Sandy, David, Kevin and Andrew) went along to do some Event Photography, both the formal (or even slightly chaotic) portraits and some off the cuff shots at table, and of the dancing.

The photos were all processed and printed on the night, with half the price going to the charity.

We set up a Green Screen (Westcott no-crease 9×15 — recommended) with studio lights, and photographed with the main camera tethered to a laptop. The laptop screen was positioned where the guests could see the initial photos coming in off the camera. Shooting in medium sized JPG this was fairly fast, and we (David) could then pick up the photo from the shared folder they came in to, and sandwich it between an Outer Hebrides beach as the background, and a discreet CazFest charity logo in the bottom right using FXhome chromakey software. Not quite as easy as the advertising would have one believe, and the masking needs a brush tool, but extremely effective none the less.

The green screen itself is only 9′ wide so this limited how wide a group could be, a restriction that helped a lot with the perennial photographer’s problem: getting people to stand closer together. We also had some Apple Boxes to hand (full, ½ and ¼) to even up the eye line for some couples.

After adding the background

After adding the background

We had fun, and raised £180 for CazFest. We have a private website for those who were there to possibly order more prints, or different formats. If you were there and don’t know where to look please call Andrew (see his contact page).

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Emma again

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all well. Been a busy weekend of photography for me and for those who came along to Studio Club. We had a great day, complete with suits of armour and a desperate housewives styled shoot! We look forward to sharing some images with you soon. Make sure you note your interest if you would like to come along to the next one.

First up a request from Sandy;

The program for next year is coming together now and it would be really helpful if you could let me know what you want to see in there. I am trying to cover all interests but unless you tell me what you would like to see included I won’t know and it will be missed. So it is up to you. Give me your wish lists, especially items we should cover in the workshops, and I will add as much as possible.

Another reminder of that date for your diaries: Saturday 15th March will be the annual BSCC fundraising quiz night. Its always a fun evening and raises much needed funds for the club. Its only £8.50 per ticket and includes a ploughman’s supper. At this stage I need to know how many people you have in your team.

Next up: we have been contacted by St Clare Hospice, who are putting together a 2015 calendar for their 25th anniversary next year. They are looking for 13 striking seasonal images to feature in the calendar on the theme ‘Hidden Treasures’.

What they would like is beautiful images of local landmarks/artwork/landscapes/places of interest within the catchment area served by the Hospice. Their patients come from across Harlow, Sawbridgeworth, Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Dunmow, Newport, Epping, Loughton, Ongar, Buckhurst Hill and all the little villages & hamlets.

They have put this out to all local photography clubs, so it would be great if stortford could be represented. They need pictures to cover all four seasons. Members can submit contributions directly by email (eleanor.scotchbrook (at) please include your own contact details. Due to production deadlines, submissions must be sent by Friday, February 21 so people must be quick!

Finally, I’m pleased to announce this weeks photo of the month; Mark Seton, Dovercourt Lighthouse. To be in with a chance simply upload your images each month to the BSCC Flickr page.

Please bring along monies on Tuesday if you owe me for anything (quiz tickets/fleeces/weekend away) Sam is giving us a talk with slides, entitled ‘Iceland adventure’. See you all there.

Emma xx

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Town Calendar ready to print

A very satisfactory collaboration between the club and the Tourist Office to produce a 2014 calendar for and of the town. We provided nearly 90 images to select from, from members at all levels. The successful members who were included were:

  • Matthew Bickham
  • Nigel Otter
  • Mark Seton
  • Geoff Eldridge
  • David Woods
  • Andrew Macpherson

who will each recieve a copy, otherwise the initial print run is limited, so you may wish to get your orders in quickly.

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