Informal club competitions

The Bolton Camera Club meets weekly throughout most of the year and gives a very warm welcome to visitors and new members. We have been sharing a passion for photography since 1884 and are more than happy to share with you, whether your interest is in film or digital, audio visual or more technical aspects of photography. 

The first of our two rounds of Audio Visual competitions took place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 with guest judge Harry Emmett CPAGB. Harry from Accrington Camera Club is a good friend to this club and is a very proficient AV producer. He explained that an AV is a sensible use of both time and a camera as it gives us a chance to use a greater percentage of shots taken, and enables us to explore a location.

He said that there is an AV section in Photoshop Elements and for a modest amount of money “Pix to Exe” software can be purchased, adding that “ProShow Gold” costs more but gives better and more transitions form one image to another, and the ability to pan and zoom.

Harry said it is best to keep AVs simple, and to regularly calibrate your monitor to make sure the colours are right. It is also ideal to merge one image into the next image, but not to put the programme on a random transition. The author should be in control of this and try to create a third image as during the transition. While it is better to keep the whole format in either landscape of portrait format, Harry appreciates it is not always possible. If the format has to be changes it is better if it can be changes for a few consecutive images rather than just for one or two.

Finally Harry reminded us that a Copyright Licence can be purchased through the L&CPU and PAGB for less than £10 a year, allowing public displays of an AV sequence with any music chosen.

There were just four sequences for Harry to judge and first up was “Italy.” Harry said the music was “very good and appropriate.” This AV started with “a house that was side on and the lighting was not adventurous” Harry explained that the first image needs to be a strong one to grab the audience’s attention, and the speed of change of images needs to be at the same pace as the tempo of the music. Harry felt that “the tempo was good but the images did not join in to it, and there was no “The End” image, the sequence just finished.”

The second AV was “Creativity is not a Pretty Sight” which Harry said used swinging doors for the transition between images. This caused the images not to flow into each other. Harry suggested that there is a need to keep all the images the same size. He felt this sequence was “explored well but did not reach a conclusion.”

Third to be judged was “Motor Racing can be Dangerous” and Harry said the opening implied we were going to  see behind the scenes, but that did not happen. There were too many images of the car in flames, and it would have been better to concentrate on images of the marshals in action. He felt the author should have explored the content better.

Last to be viewed was “Spring Arrives” which Harry described as  “simple but it worked well” there were very strong images of the meadow with good use of the zoom, which kept the interest and engaged the audience. It produced a third image from the image before and after, and the change of viewpoints and locations worked well. The music worked well and the tempo was in keeping with the transitions.

The eventual winner was “Spring Arrives” by Ray Jefferson.

“Italy” was by Mike Hesp

“Creativity is not a Pretty Sight” was by Tracy Calderbank

“Motor Racing can be Dangerous” was by Ray Jefferson

A photograph taken by one of our members

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