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Doors, Windows and Gates
Graeme Clark, judge of the 3rd Competition last week, has provided us with his written comments on the images and prints - follow the links below to see them
Spring 2018
The Northern Region of the RPS are organising a number of events this spring, open to both members and non-members. Further details can be found on this flyer - and details of individual events are included on the Calendar page
March 17 2018
The Northern Audia visual Group are holding a meeting at Shotley Bridge where Mary Naughton, a local presenter and teacher, will talk about the use of Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. For further detail click here
Offer The company Sabreswitch are offering products direct to Camera Clubs at low prices:

" Previously we operated exclusively via retailers and distributors throughout the UK and worldwide but this arrangement has now ended - we are now ‘going it alone’,  scary for us!!  Being the OEM, we can offer a competitive  pricing structure – no middle man.  It is a gamble on our part and we hope UK photographers will support our venture. 

For those who are not familiar with the range, Triggersmart products allow photographers to capture images that were previously difficult or near impossible to obtain by any other means. We use  sound, IR and light.  When we launched in 2012, we were unique in our approach, and even today there is very little on the market that  is a serious contender.  The range is aimed at amateur and professional photographers who want to add an extra dimension to their skills.  Makes a great Xmas present also!
We offer full support by phone or email to anyone who has technical or commercial questions.  In addition we may able to do a talk and demo at your Club depending on location. The subject will be Triggersmart and high speed capture techniques.
Due the popularity in taking up the offer by Club members around the country previously, our offer will now extends  to 7th January 2018.
Below is a sample of our prices   All prices includes shipping.
Club price list (GBP)
TSMCT triggersmart kit     90.00  RRP 240
TriggerScout                     50.00  RRP 99
Triggerbeam PRO             55.00  RRP 99
Triggerbeam HS                65.00  RRP 105
Camera trigger cables         5.00  RRP   10
Club discounts may be applicable for multiple purchases.
Payment can be by bank transfer, PayPal or credit card. It is all clearly explained on our order form which we can be sent if you  are interested in purchasing the products.  We will not attach an order form unless you request it.
The full range can be seen on   also visit     The images are amazing!"
Aurora Photography Following his talk on his Greenland trip at the club in November, Richard Burdon has passed on these tips for " How To Shoot Auroras"
•    Fit a wide-angle lens
•    Remove any filters include skylight filter
•    Switch to manual focus
•    Set camera on a tripod and focus on a lit point at least 50-100m away using live view.
     Tape lens in position. (Use a full turn of tape, not just a small piece as it will fall off in the cold)
•    Set camera to manual exposure mode
•    Set ISO at 1600
•    Set lens at widest aperture (ideally f2.8 or f4)
•    Set shutter speed at 15 seconds
25th February 2018

The NCPF Judges Subcommittee is looking to adding to its current list of Judges at Club level and to this end will hold a recruitment seminar at CLARA VALE COMMUNITY CENTRE on Sunday the 25th February 2018 between 10am and 4pm.

 This event is primarily to encourage photographers with an interest in judging at club level to get an overview of the skills required and to take part in practical judging exercises in front of the assembled participants.  The day will conclude with the opportunity to be assessed and if appropriate have your name added to the NCPF list of club judges. 

The day is free of charge and includes lunch together with refreshments in the morning and afternoon.  If you are interested in taking part please complete this form 

Photography News

The latest (July) edition of Photography News can be found here

SPS Facebook group

We (Paula!) have set up an SPS Group on Facebook. This is a  ‘Secret’ Group. A secret Facebook group is the most secure of the three types. The only people who can see the group are the members of the group. The plan is to use the group to share ideas, information and post images for comment. If you would like to join the group, which is for current SPS members only, please contact Paula Davies or any SPS member who you know is already a member of the group and ask them to add you to the group.

For those who are unsure about the copyright or ownership of images you publish on Facebook, see below for an extract from the Facebook T&Cs - which does confirm that you retain Copyright of your own images.

Sharing Your Content and Information

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  3. When you use an application, the application may ask for your permission to access your content and information as well as content and information that others have shared with you.  We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information.  (To learn more about Platform, including how you can control what information other people may share with applications, read our Data Policy and Platform Page.)
  4. When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
  5. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use your feedback or suggestions without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

NYSDPA Facebook page

NYSDPA has a new Facebook page, with 'Albums' for each of the member clubs (including Stokesley), compiled by John Devlin. This is what he says about the new venture..

"I've invited all the Gallery Photogroup to 'like' the page and can I ask that you do the same. I've also invited my 'friends' to do the same
which many have already done so. The big, big immediate bonus so far, is that people are also 'liking' the individual clubs photo albums.
A few of those are non-photography type people and that can't be a bad thing. If any of us just gains one new member then it's all been
worth while.

You will see I have made 'albums' for each club - just waiting on a few images coming in for one or two, to complete that. The images therein comprise
of the entries for the Inter-Club competition. All of that will of course grow over the months/years.
I have also listed within your album, each clubs venue details, start times, web site etc. I haven't included any contact details but if you want me to then I can.

So one immediate thing that has come to mind (although basically the page is only a start) some people have got back saying they couldn't find the page. I think it's because they typed in NYSD as opposed to the full North Yorkshire South D... etc Something to think about and comments are welcome on that.

I'm happy to hear of any suggestions on how to make it better but would rather not go into long drawn out debates.

If nothing else, its a page for the NYSD. The upshot is it could drive people to your site and ultimately your club."

21 April 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death this morning (21/04/17) of Vince Rooker DPAGB, EFIAP, APAGB.
Vince was a true gentleman who gave tireless & dedicated service to both his club Morpeth CC and the NCPF. He will be greatly missed.

Memory Cards

Why you should not delete images on your memory card using your camera - and other memory card tips!

Follow this link to Jeff Cable's blog for a very interesting article from a former Director of Marketing at Lexar dealing with the ins and outs of the memory card business.


Rob Louw has sent me an interesting link to a video on how the Lightroom Catalogue works. It can be found on the Members Only page by clicking the Tutorials link.
Success for Rob Louw Congratulations to SPS member, Rob Louw, whose image Two Zebras Bite the Dust has been selected for the 2015 RPS Members’ Biennial Exhibition, which will tour the UK during 2015! Only 100 images have been selected for the exhibition from 3284 images submitted worldwide, so it is indeed a great achievement.
  Rob Louw RPS image
Histograms Club member, Rob Louw, has sent me a very interesting link to an article about histograms.
North East Fungus Study Group Two of our club members, David Smith and Paul Forster, have galleries on the North East Fungus Study Group.  Click here to take a look.  If you hover over each gallery thumbnail you will see which is which.
The Dark Skies of the North Pennines - A Photographer's Delight Graham Relf FRAS is a member of Tynemouth Photographic Society.

"Over the past few years I have been amazed by what I can photograph in a clear night sky with my Canon camera and very little additional equipment (away from light polluted areas). So much so that I have written a book about it. I am keen to encourage others to have a go and to experience similar amazement. Today's digital cameras enable amateurs to do things which required professional equipment only a few years ago.
The book contains more than 50 of my own images, mostly in colour, with a gentle introduction to the astronomy behind each one. The last part of the book goes into techniques for photographers but it aims to be less technical than most books on astrophotography. I have self-published the book through York Publishing Services (YPS) in order to keep the selling price as low as possible."

More details of Graham's book can be found at this link.

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