FOCUS Sharing Visual Art JUNE 2018
The Oï¬ƒcial Digital Newsletter for
Edenvale Photographic Club Proud Member of the Photographic Society of South Africa
Chairman & Website: David Wolstencroft - 083 229 8066 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover Story Natasha Bird Winning Images 23 May 2018
Vice Chairperson: Scoring & Promotions & Judges Heidi Broschk - 079 886 8515 email@example.com
Secretary: Antonette Bezuidenhout - Cell - 072 4426 317 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pg 10 Winning Images 13 June2018
Pg. 16 Club Outing info
Ted Kinsman -083 461 2350 email@example.com
Pg. 17 Member Focus Antonette Bezuidenhout
Salons,Judges & Outings John Coumbias -011 452 2514 079 173 2825
Pg. 18 How to size images for Club submission
Certiď€ cates & Awards Des Alexander - 083 226 1452 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pg 19 Rentals
Newsletter & Media: Hanli Smit - 083 253 1034 email@example.com
Pg 20 Exhibition News
Pg 21 NIKON vs CANON
Giulio Cecchi -011 452 2250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pg 23 Cheat Sheets
Special Subject Calendar 2018 28th February.......................................Monochrome 25th April.............................Out and About Alphabet 27th June.........................................................Doors 22nd August...................................................Mirrors 24th October.....................................................Ugly SPECIAL SUBJECT IS OPEN TO INTERPRETATION -2-
What makes an image yours? This is a question that has raised much controversy. Simplistically, according to the law, the person that presses the shutter button owns the picture. Sure, this covers close to 100% of all pictures taken, but from a club's point of view, we may need to look at this from a different perspective. I have been approached by some members on this subject. Say you attend a workshop. The main intention of the workshop is to instruct and educate. The photographer walks away with more understanding and more skill and yes this is a good thing. The photographer also walks away with the images from the workshop. These images are frequently used for club evenings. Now this is where it becomes grey. The model/workshop subject, the lighting, the setup, the camera settings, the arrangement/pose is usually all setup by the workshop instructor. All the photographer needs to do is press the button. Does this make one a skilled photographer? How are these judged? The image is actually the work of the instructor, but there is no way a judge would know that. Some clubs do not allow the use of workshop images (where workshops are arranged by that club) to be used in club evenings. Salons are open season, however. One solution would be for the instructor to teach and show the attendees how it is done. They can explain the lighting, how camera settings would affect the image and how to pose/setup the shot. The instructor can then take some sample shot and show the attendees the results. After this "training" session, each attendee would then have some time, say 20 minutes, so arrange the lighting, pose the model/subject, select their composition and take the shots. Surely this would then qualify more as the author's own work. But how would you know? This can be argued as not being practical, especially where there are large number of photographers and time is limited. This point can be thrown back and forth and I doubt a deď€ nitive answer can be found. I leave it up to the photographer. If the photographer is comfortable enough that the work is largely their own, then use the images. For me, the minimum input from the photographer would be pose, composition and post-processing. Please, do not get me wrong. I am not discouraging workshops and organised shoots. I am just asking you to think bigger than the shoot. Learn, apply, be creative and make the results something you are comfortable calling your own work.
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EDENVALE MEETING PLACE
WHEN DO WE MEET 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month18h30 for 19h00
Edenvale Community Centre Cor.van Riebeeck & 2nd Street
OUR COVER STORY By Natasha Bird........................BRIGHT CITY LIGHTS Shot from the rooftop of 120 End Street recently, this view of Jozi, a city that never sleeps, held me mesmerized. Despite it being a very chilly Sunday evening 26 oors up, one gets a great vantage point of the city and experiences the charm and magic of the 24/7 hustle rsthand. There's a parallel with nature in all urban scapes…if you stretch your imagination, the stars have just fallen a little closer to earth…focus on the beauty and you will never be disappointed no matter where you nd yourself.
As a hobbyist photographer I am often torn between losing myself in a scene or capturing the image for record… and maybe, just maybe if I am lucky it might have that special something that makes for a good club image too.
WINNING IMAGES / 23 rd May 2018
NATURE The Lone Ranger Jacques van der Merwe
PICTORIAL Ethan Johanda Oberholzer
NATURE Ox pecker Triptic Michael Broschk
PICTORIAL Lemon and Water Kenneth
NATURE Dusty Elephant Natasha Bird
PICTORIAL Karon Beach Clare Appleyard
NATURE Sacred Ibis
PICTORIAL Everlasting Beauty
NATURE Mud Wrestling John Coumbias
5 / 6 STAR & 6 Star HONOURS
PICTORIAL Views From Pumula Guest Farm
WINNING IMAGES / 13 June 2018 NATURE Buzzing around Jacques van der Merwe
PICTORIAL Looking dog Tony Feirreira
NATURE Elephant Crossing Bianca Holburn
PICTORIAL Fits like a red glove Kenneth
PICTORIAL Bright City Lights Natasha Bird
NATURE Predator Valerie Sampson
NATURE Yellow -billed duck landing Johan Harmse
PICTORIAL Warrior Princess Esli van Niekerk
5 / 6 STAR & 6 Star HONOURS
NATURE Baby Elephant Paddling Ted Kinsman
PICTORIAL Berrie Beautiful Hanli Smit
Photo Your Local Lab
Rob Ponte (EPC Honorary Life Member)
Large Format Printing Print on Canvas Passport, ID, Visa, Drivers Photo Scan & Restore Old Photos Key West Centre, Shop 8 Van Buuren Rd, Bedfordview Tel: 011 455-1243 Email: email@example.com Website: www.photodigitalprolab.co.za Facebook: facebook.com/photodigitalprolab
MOOD BOARD / LOOK BOOK / INSPIRATION / IDEAS Does it matter what we call it? We are planning a portraiture club outing for the 4th Aug 2018
CLUB OUTING 4th 10TH AUG OF2018 JUNE
GET INTO THE MOOD !!!
WHERE Modderfontein Nature Reserve WHEN 4th August at 6h30 HOW We will organise the models , lights and props Only R400 per member, this opportunity is exclusive to Edenvale Club Members LET US SEE YOUR PHOTO ON A FUTURE FOCUS COVER
FOCUS on Antonette Bezuidenhout
MEMBER Focus - Antonette Bezuidenhout
When I joined the photography club I was introduced to a different side of taking photos. With photography becoming digital I became a Nikon-Lady. I have been to places where I would not have gone if not for the club members. I have met some great people, who take awesome photos and share knowledge. At the moment I am still a 'Liquorice All Sorts' photographer. Trying everything….. But I love taking photos of owers. My dining room table is my studio. Using on camera ash, off camera ash, torches etc. trying to get the perfect photo. The camera on a tripod, using 105mm macro lens. Camera speed at 60, ISO 100 and F16. Depending on the effect I want I will play around with these settings. I also 'LOVE' the photos shown at each club meeting and I 'HATE' all the photographers for being able to take all those wonderful photos……
Words and Images by Antonette
Club Competition Submission
Specications for Submission of High Denition "E: Photography”
Image Size 9,65M (was 46,2M) Dimensions
v 1920 px x 1318 px v
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Maximum Pixel Size=1920 x 1080 Maximum Data File Size=2000 Kilobytes (2mb) (jpg) Two Catorgries 1) Nature "na” 2) Pictorial "pi”Naming Conventions are as follows:Star Rating_Category_Image Name_Person's Name
Bicubic( smooth gradients)
Width: 1573 Height:
Resolution: 300 Resample:
Name Example: 2_na_hornbill_john doe (all lowercase) Entries must be handed in by no later than 19h00 on the night
1.Select Canvas (Frame) Size under the heading "Image" in Photoshop if you wish to add a border to the image and make your adjustments. If you do not wish to add a border, go to Step 2. 2.Select Image Size under the heading "Image" in Photoshop. Tick the following boxes: Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample Image. 3.The maximum size of the image must not exceed 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high. 4.When resizing a horizontal image (Landscape) enter 1920 pixels in the Width Box and the vertical size will be adjusted automatically if you have ticked the "Resample Image" box. If the vertical size is 1080 pixels or less, the resizing is correct . If the vertical adjusts to a value more than 1080 pixels (say 1096 pixels) then adjust the vertical size to 1080 pixels and the horizontal size will automatically reduce to below 1920 pixels if you have ticked the "Resample Image" box. Image Size Image Size 9,65M (was 46,2M) Dimensions v 1920 px x 1318 px v
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Resample: Bicubic( smooth gradients)
Width: 1920 Height:
5. When resizing a vertical image (Portrait) enter 1080 pixels in the Height Box. The value in the Width Box will change automatically to match the original image if you have ticked the "Resample Image" box Image Size
Image Size 9,65M (was 46,2M)
Dimensions v 1920 px x 1318 px
Resample: Bicubic( smooth gradients)
. 6.The maximum image data le size is 2000 (2MB) Kilobytes in the JPEG format. Note that if a border is added to the image, this must be added before resizing and reducing the le size to a maximum of 2000 Kilobytes to ensure that the image remains within the specied 2000Kb (2MB).
7.It is recommended that the image be displayed in the sRGB Colour Prole. This can be selected in the camera or changed in Photoshop under Edit/Convert to Prole
MANDELA 100 Opening Evening: 5 July 2018 18:30 for 19:00
A photographic exhibition Mandela100 The Exhibition celebrates Nelson Mandela's 100thbirthday through showcasing rarely seen historical images, invaluable archival documents and letters written to Mandela by children of all ages. It is a collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and FotoZA Gallery. Opening Evening: 5 July 2018, 18:30 for 19:00 Venue: FotoZA Gallery, Shop 402, Level 4, Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, JHB Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 15:30, Sat & Sun: 10:00 - 16:00, Public Holidays: 10:00 - 16:00.
The images and documents are provided by: - Baileys African History Archives - Cloete Breytenbach - International Institue for Social History - Mayibuye Archives - National Archives of South Africa - National Archives of the Netherlands - Nelson Mandela Foundation - University of Dundee
Foto ZA Gallery
ADDRESS: Fashion Photography is all about clothes and beauty, so pull together your resources and talents. SHOP 402, LEVEL 4from a plastic placemat to head bands and I make most of my props and outď€ ts myself using anything ROSEBANK, 50 BATH AVENUE, old broken jewellery pieces JOHANNESBURG
Heidi found this article on the internet and prepared it for the FOCUS
Which is a better brand, Nikon or Canon? Raghukiran Gajula, studied at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Answered Feb 15, 2017 Originally Answered: Which is better DSLR Nikon or Canon? It's the paper or plastic, Coke or Pepsi for photographers-Canon, or Nikon? While one photographer will swear by his Canon, another will insist her Nikon is the better option. So which camera is best? That's a matter of opinion-but that doesn't mean the individual camera brands don't have characteristics that may make them more suited to one type of photography or one type of photographer over the other. When comparing Canon vs. Nikon side-by-side, there are a lot of similarities, like solid image quality and a wide range of accessories, but there's a lot of differences too-some subtle, others, not so much.
While the two are focusing on different areas of sensor technology, Canon and Nikon DSLRs both have excellent image quality. That doesn't mean you'll get the exact same imag e when shot with two different cameras, though. Colors between the two options can be noticeably different, for example. Which one produces better color is a matter of personal preference-they are simply different, there's no right or wrong answer. Canon Vs. Nikon: Speed Canon and Nikon come in pretty even as far as the speed of their autofocus, but there's a subtle difference in their burst speed rates. peed is hard to come by in DSLRs-where it's not uncommon to nd a mirror-less camera with a 10 fps burst mode, DSLRs have more gear to move to take a picture and it's tougher to reach those high speeds.
Canon Vs. Nikon: Sensors Both Canon and Nikon offer cameras powered by similarly sized sensors, but there's a lot more that goes into image quality than just the size of the sensor. Just when one manufacturer seems to leap forward in sensor technology, the other catches up. Most of Nikon's latest DSLRs use a new sensor design that allows them to eliminate the optical low pass lter without an abundance of moiré, or distortion in ne lines and patterns. The lter is one more thing for the light to pass through before hitting the sensor, so eliminating it allows the camera to pick up more details and perform a bit better in low light. All of Nikon's 2015 APS-C sensor cameras don't use an optical low pass lter and a handful of their full frame professional models have eliminated it as well. Canon's latest DSLRs, on the other hand, seem more focused on the megapixels. Most of Canon's DSLRs still use an optical low pass lter, though there are options like the Canon EOS 5DS R that do without. Their latest big announcements come in the form of full frame DSLRs with a whopping 50 megapixels. While judging a camera on megapixels alone is like judging a book by its cover, the EOS 5DS does capture a 8688 x 57 92 resolution, where the Nikon D810 with 36 megapixels captures at most 7360 x 4912. The higher resolution allows for larger prints and more cropping without affecting the image quality.
Canon tends to have faster high-end DSLRs. T he Canon EOS 7D Mark II ($1,799) hits an excellent 10 fps burst rate, making it one of the top DSLRs for sports shooters. Nikon's fastest APS-C camera, on the other hand, is capable of 6 fps, the D7200 ($1,199). Getting even further into the advanced options, Canon's full frame 1D X hits 14 fps, where the similar Nikon D4S gets 11 fps. When it comes to the entry-level, more budget friendly models, however, Nikon offers more speed. It's usually just by a frame or two though, as when comparing the Nikon D7200's 6-7 fps to the Canon T6S's 5 fps.
That's not the case with every model, but, more often than not, Nikons have a better battery rating. Canon Vs. Nikon: Video Quality Canon, traditionally, has offered better video quality sooner. They were the rst to develop a hybrid autofocus system allowing the camera to refocus while recording. Canon is known for their better autofocus tracking while recording, and they also have a selection of lenses designed specically for video. Answering which brand has the better video quality two years ago would have been much simpler. Where a few models ago Nikon didn't offer autofocus while recordi ng video, their latest DSLRs offer continuous autofocus. Comparing models individually across the brands, Nikon even has some cameras with a 60 fps frame rate for smoother motion where the equivalent Canon has 30 fps. Canon traditionally offers the better video, but Nikon's latest developments put them much closer. Canon Vs. Nikon: Options When it comes to the more advanced DSLRs, there's pretty much a Canon to match every Nikon. That's not always the case though. Nikon hasn't yet come up with an answer to Canon's speedy 10 fps EOS 7D Mark II, and Nikon has a camera designed specically for astrophotography, the D810A, where Canon's similar option has a smaller APS-C sensor.
Canon Vs. Nikon: Operation Performance between the two brands is pretty similar, but there are some noticeable differences when it comes to operating each camera. The terminology on a Canon is different from that on a Nikon, for starters. The "S" on the Nikon's mode dial and the "Tv" on the Canon both indicate shutter priority mode, for example. Nikon also uses simpler terminology for autofocus modes-it's a bit simpler to remember what Continuous Autofocus is versus Al Servo Autofocus (they're both the same thing). There's also often a signicant difference in battery life, with Nikons generally able to take more shots on a single charge. For example, the Nikon D7200 has double the battery life of the similarly priced Canon T6S.
When it comes to entry-level options, however, Canon's selection doesn't quite match up with Nikon's models. There are older Canon DSLRs available for around $500, but the current models (as listed on Canon's website) start at $899 for the body only for the EOS 60D. Nikon's D3300 offers full DSLR capability to beginners for a $650 list priceand that includes a kit lens. Canon offers a model priced fairly evenly with the ent husiast Nikon D7200, the T6S, but there are some pretty signicant differences. The D7200 has no optical low pass lter, 51 autofocus points, 60 fps HD video, 6-7 fps burst shooting and an 1,100 shot battery life. The T6S, by comparison, has an optical low pass lter, 19 focus points, 30 fps HD video, 5 fps burst shots and half the battery life. Where the specs are close in the high-end
Canon Vs. Nikon: So which one is best? Buying a DSLR is a bit different than buying a compact camera, because once you start accumulating lenses, it becomes much more expensive to change brands. Since the two brands operate a little differently (and with different terminology), switching would also mean relearning a few minor things. So, then, which manufacturer is best? Which camera brand should you choose? The answer? There isn't a winner-both Canon and Nikon offer excellent cameras with solid image quality. If one brand offered a better camera every time, the other would've gone out of business a long time ago.
But if you ask me what I am using,then it is Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm Lens.
for shutter or aperture control - the same as in manual mode - and the other dial handles exposure compensation. Both are consistent systems, but can be confusing to someone who shoots the other brand.
All the best with your photography….!!
Canon or Nikon? Neither one is a bad choice, which means it's not an easy choice.
Innovation: At various times in the history of digital cameras, Canon has had better sensors, and Nikon has had better sensors. Nikon currently has better sensors, being sourced by Sony. The biggest difference between them is the dynamic range at low ISOs, where Nikon has a signicant advantage. This means you need to bracket less for HDR images. For pictures with typical lighting, the difference is not huge, but Nikon les are more malleable. High ISO performance is pretty close between them. Winner: Nikon
But, that's not to say one brand isn't more suited to one person or the other. Beginners would likely be happy with a DSLR from either system-but Nikon offers a more affordable option that's still full of features and Nikon's terminology is a bit easier to understand when starting from scratch. Sports photographers can capture the action with a DSLR from either manufacturer-but Canon tends to offer more speed in their high end models. Quality videos can be shot on both-but Canon typically has a smoother autofocus and offers lenses specically for cinema. When choosing between camera brands, it's best to compare each camera individuallywhere Nikon may have a better entry-level DSLR, Canon may have a better DSLR for sports. When making the choice between Canon vs. Nikon, here are a few things to consider: What is the most important thing in a camera to you? Speed? Resolution? Video quality? What does the manufacturer offer at your current experience level and for your current budget? What does the manufacturer offer that you might be looking to upgrade to in the future? While you probably won't be looking at the same options in ve years, if they offer something in that range currently, they're likely to continue to making updates to that line. What lenses would you ideally like to add to your kit? Does that manufacturer offer those lenses?
Nikon used to have a superior ash system, Canon has improved theirs and they're pretty equivalent now. Winner: Both Canon has a slightly better variety of lenses, but Canon and Nikon are so far ahead of the next best in the comparison (Micro 4/3) that it's not funny. For most use cases, both Canon and Nikon have consumer grade options up through professional grade options. Canon has a couple more unique specialist lenses than Nikon does, and Winner: Canon, barely, and for most people not much difference Canon has the best repair and support, particularly at media heavy events. CPS members (Membership is dened by owning some moderate level of Canon gear, and has annual dues) can get on-site service at large events, probably more than every other brand combined. Winner: Canon Interface is a matter of personal preference. Major functions are readily accessible on all of their camera bodies. Canon and Nikon have somewhat different methods of controlling the camera, so switching between them canbe a bit confusing if you've used only one brand. One example of an interface difference: On Canon cameras with control dials, the rear dial always defaults to exposure compensation in different priority modes, whereas on Nikon cameras, the dials stay the same
Canon's biggest weakness for a long time has been excessive market segmentation. Nikon is more likely to put features from the camera next up in the heierarchy than Canon is. They're a little bit more likely to put out a camera with a nifty feature. Winner: Nikon, by a nose Performance: Canon's higher end models are generally more performant. They generally have superior AF systems, but the margin is shrinking. Also, some Canon models suffer from exces sive market segmentation, such as the Canon 6D, which has an inferior AF system to the current Rebel. Nikon has nothing in the same segment as the 7D II for example. The D7200 competes more closely with the D70. Winner: Canon, but not across the board. Canon and Nikon both have mirrorless offerings, but they're not particularly competitive. If you want mirrorless, look at Sony/Panasonic/Olympus based on needs. Winner: The competition
THE NEVER ENDING DEBATE
models, Nikon often offers more in their entry and enthusiast options (though again, that's not always the case).
This was published before, but for the beneď€ t of our new and younger members here are some simple guidelines or cheat sheets. PRINT IT OUT, FOLD IT IN HALF, GLUE BACK TO BACK AND CUT OUT It is handy to keep it in your camera bag f-stop ~ Aperture
Aperture ~ f-stop
Aperture ~ f-stop
An Aperture is the hole or the opening through which the light travels
Large Aperture small number
Small Aperture larger number
More light strikes the sensor
Less light strikes the sensor
Shallow depth of field Background out of focus foreground in focus
Deep depth of field sharp from the front to the back of image
Shutter Speed ~ Exposure Time
Shutter Speed ~ Exposure Time
this is the length of time the camera shutter is open
this is the length of time the camera shutter is open or
how long the sensor is exposed to the light allowed into the camera
how long the sensor is exposed to the light allowed into the camera
Be mindful of the slower shutter speed you will need to use a tripod to ensure sharpness
Freeze 1/4000 sec
motion 1/30 sec
blur 1 sec
ISO ROUGH GUIDE ISO 100 LOW
100~200...SUNNY OUTDOORS 400~800...OVERCAST,EVENING 1600~UP... NIGHT, DARK REMEMBER
ISO 400 MED
ISO 1600 HIGH
WHY PUSH UP THE ISO TO ACHIEVE FASTER SHUTTER SPEED TO AVOID CAMERA SHAKE IN LOW LIGHT BUT IT WILL INCREASE THE GRAIN/NOISE
INCREASED ISO ALSO INCREASE THE GRAIN/NOISE
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