PhotoClub Creative Resource Section

MARCH - AUGUST 2019 SEASON

This page is where you will find all information needed for attending and completing Photoclub Creative assignments.

© Steve Williams

© Steve Williams

PhotoClub Creative is a 6 month long creative photography course.

The next season of Photoclub Creative starts in March 2019 and will run until August 2019. Please click here to read more.

INTRODUCTION

PhotoClub Creative is about being creative and learning with like-minded people in a social environment. You can also connect and share ideas with these and other Photoclub members online via a private Facebook group. If you're looking for something to inspire you, improve your skills and push your photography to the next level, then this could be for you!

The course runs for 6 months which means you get 5 creative assignments to take part in and feedback on your images over that time to help you improve.

FACEBOOK GROUP

Everyone on the Photoclub courses can join the private Facebook Group to ask questions and share work-in-progress etc. You can request to join here if you have signed up for the Photoclub course.

DROPBOX

We use Dropbox to share files between us for PhotoClub Creative. If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, please sign up for a free account.

https://www.dropbox.com/

I would also strongly recommend you install Dropbox on to your computer, it’s much easier to use it that way.

I will send all attendees of PhotoClub an invitation to join a Shared Folder on Dropbox. Once you accept that request a folder will be added to your Dropbox account. Anything you put inside that folder will appear with me. This is how I will receive your image submissions each month so I can include them on the online slideshow.

Your folder will be called:
Your Name (PcC March 2019)

ASSIGNMENTS

You will need a password to access these assignments which you get when enrolled on the course.

1. Words & Ideas

2. Long Exposure

3. The Beach

4. Portraits

5. ?????

MEETING LOCATIONS & DATES - MARCH 2019 SEASON:

The London group meets at The Mudlark pub.

The Mudlark
Montague Close, London, Greater London, SE1 9DA

The Eridge group meets at The Nevill Crest & Gun pub.

The Nevill Crest & Gun
Eridge Road, Eridge Green, East Sussex, TN3 9JR

LONDON: THE MUDLARK

  1. Wednesday 27th March 2019 (7.00pm)

  2. Wednesday 24th April 2019 (7.00pm)

  3. Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (7.00pm)

  4. Wednesday 26th June 2019 (7.00pm)

  5. Wednesday 24th July 2019 (7.00pm)

  6. Wednesday 28th August 2019 (7.00pm)

ERIDGE: THE NEVIL CREST & GUN

  1. Thursday 28th March 2019 (7.30pm)

  2. Thursday 25th April 2019 (7.30pm)

  3. Thursday 23rd May 2019 (7.30pm)

  4. Thursday 27th June 2019 (7.30pm)

  5. Thursday 25th July 2019 (7.30pm)

  6. Thursday 29th August 2019 (7.30pm)

DEADLINES

Deadlines for submitting your photographs.

  • Sunday 21st April 2019 (9.00pm)

  • Sunday 19th May 2019 (9.00pm)

  • Sunday 23rd June 2019 (9.00pm)

  • Sunday 21st July 2019 (9.00pm)

  • Sunday 25th August 2019 (9.00pm)

Naming Your Files

When submitting your images, please make sure they are full size JPGs and are named correctly. The naming is really important, even making sure you are using underscores instead of hyphens, as it will ensure that your photos are kept in the right order when we come to do the slideshow.

Correct naming convention:

FirstnameLastname_01_Assignment.jpg

Please don't use spaces, but use underscores instead.

Example for the 5 photos in sequence:

AndrewNewson_01_BeautyintheBanal.jpg
AndrewNewson_02_BeautyintheBanal.jpg
AndrewNewson_03_BeautyintheBanal.jpg
AndrewNewson_04_BeautyintheBanal.jpg
AndrewNewson_05_BeautyintheBanal.jpg

Please place your files in the Dropbox folder that I will share with you very soon. I will create individual folders for each assignment within, so place your images in the correct assignment folder.

Notes About Your Photos

Sometimes it is a really good idea to include some notes about your photos. It really helps me to understanding what you were trying to achieve with your images so I can give more considered feedback. These can be general notes about all 5 of your photos or notes on the individual images. Please leave your notes with your photos in Dropbox, just as a text file.

Galleries

1. Words & Ideas

2. Long Exposure

3. The Beach

4. ????

5. ????

Create a Photobook

Why not create a beautiful photobook of all of your project images when you have completed PhotoClub.

The cost and creation of the book will be down to the individual, but I will help guide and offer you advice.

It does make sense to prepare your images in the correct format as you go. So every month when exporting or saving your images, please make sure that you save them as full size high resolution JPGs. This is how I need to receive them for my purposes but also will be ready to drop straight in to your photobook.

I would suggest the layout of your book would run like this, a page of text with the assignment title and explanation. Then each of your 5 photos on the following 5 pages. Then next assignment title and text page and then followed by your 5 photos, etc etc.

Because I have used Blurb lots over the years and I think it's a great way to create a photobook, that's the route that I will be suggesting.

http://www.blurb.co.uk/pricing#/

To give you an idea of costs...

18cm x 18cm square book with hard (image wrap) cover with 32 pages is £19.79 plus postage (as of 03.25.2019).

For those that want to go big, you can opt for a 30cm x 30cm square book with hard (image wrap) cover with 32 pages for £38.59 plus postage (as of 03.25.2019).

If you sign up to Blurb's newsletter you will find out that they do lots of offers, the current one is 35% off, they do this quite often, so you may be able to get your book for a fair bit less than the prices above.

The reason I have given you options for square books is that I believe they work well when the image format may vary from portrait orientation to landscape orientation.

There are lots of ways that you can layout your book, including using Lightroom, using their own BookWright software and using web based software. I will do a tutorial on this nearer the time.

I will suggest that anyone wanting to do this that we do it to a deadline so that we all get our books at roughly the same time and I will arrange a meet up, perhaps a Saturday morning at a coffee shop and we can all check out each other's books.

Ability

This course is really for most levels of photographer, the beauty is that I give you feedback based on you as an individual so nobody gets left behind. You could be a quite well established photographer but want to push yourself out of your comfort zones and try some different things to get you excited and inspired. Equally you could be relatively new to photography and want to get on and improve your skills whilst having a lot of fun. As you are open-minded to learning and trying new things with your photography then I'm positive this course will improve your photography.

Assignments & Feedback

Some people ask me what the assignments might be for this course. I'm always writing new ones but I can give you a few examples of previous assignments, please take a look at the galleries in the list, these are photographs taken by current and previous Photoclub members.

Every month you will be given a new creative photography assignment. I have written many assignments over the years of running Photoclub and these have proved very popular. They are always written in such a way to push you creatively but also to hopefully teach you something technical along the way. There will be 5 assignments in total.

At the end of every month you will submit 5 of your best images. Deciding on those 5 can be difficult and again maybe the Facebook group will be a good resource to help you with that. Submitting your images is easy, we get you set up with Dropbox and it's a simple as copying and pasting your images in to a folder.

You can also supply some copy with your images too and this will actually help me have some context and hopefully provide better feedback. Please just write some text in any word processing app (I use TextEdit on Mac) and save the text file in with your photos in Dropbox. The text can be about your images in general as a set or about each individual image.

When I receive your images I will produce a video screencast of myself talking over your images and offering advice on how to improve. This critique/feedback is something that has proved very successful and useful to members. The video will appear back in your Dropbox folder just a few days after you submit.

After you receive your feedback you will also receive the next assignment and we get started all over again. There will be 5 assignments in total, you will be given the last assignment on the 5th month and on the 6th month to receive you final feedback.

Prints & Slideshow

Each member will also receive 6x4 inch prints of their 5 submitted photos. One member of the group will receive a 12x8 enlargement of one of their images, we call this the 'commended print'. It's far from being a competition, I just select one image that has caught my eye and give that print to the photographer.

We also do a slideshow of everyone's images whilst in the pub and this will also be published here on my website.

Other perks!

10% Discount on 1-2-1 photography tuition whilst a member of Photoclub Creative.

Objectives of the course:

The course encourages you to be more creative, to push the boundaries and move outside your comfort zones. To find a genre or sub-genre of photography that perhaps you didn't even know existed and to progress and enjoy your photography.

The video screencast feedback will help you improve both technically and creatively.

What will you need?

A camera: a Digital SLR (DSLR), CSC, Bridge or Advanced Compact camera
A pen and pad to make some notes.
A mobile phone, tablet or laptop (actually not essential, but useful)

FAQs:

Q – Do I need to attend all meetings and complete all the assignments?
A – No you don't, but the more you can attend the more it will benefit both you and the group.

Q – I only have a compact camera, but love photography, can I join?
A – Yes, there are no restrictions based on the type of camera you own.

Q – I only shoot film, can I join?
A – Yes. However, to review your photos you will need to provide high resolution digital scans.

Q – How many people will be in the group?
A – Up to 10 individuals in the group.

I’m confident that I can help you improve your photography, but don’t take my word for it, read what my clients have said about my courses on the testimonials page.

Terms & Conditions
Any courses booked cannot be refunded or exchanged.
Any courses booked are non transferable.
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