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Newsletter NL159 – 7st April 2023

Editor - Derek Godridge and the team:

PCC News this week from Karen Burton:

I can honestly say Helen has been my favourite guest speaker this year. I felt so inspired by her creativity and thinking "out of the box" ideas. She is everything I want to be in a photographer. Her enthusiasm and energy and fun approach are key elements I think and I wish I could bottle some of her creativity!

I admire Helen's theatrical and dramatic approach to her compositions and I loved her honesty, and how she shared her mistakes when things went wrong. I think it is valuable to understand this as new photographers, that mistakes will be made as it is all part of the learning curve. We all make mistakes and it is really good to see even top photographers like Helen can look back at their work and admit they overdid the Photoshop or it was not a good composition. I find that so encouraging to keep on trying new things.

I would love to create some shoots like her so if anyone is willing to join me? Maybe in the Summer holidays, I can organise some shoots! I think we need to get our heads together and raid the charity shops for costumes! I am so excited to create some magic in my images. PhotoshopElements is what I use to edit my photos. It was a one-off price of £74 it doesn't do everything Photoshop does, but it is enough for me. Along with Jane and Liz on our level 2 photography course, I am learning to create layers and masks. It is becoming less daunting but still not something I can do automatically yet - it takes time and practice.

I am just loving my photographic journey and want to say to the new members it does take time but is so worth being patient and eventually I hope my images improve. Thank you all for your support as every bit of help and advice is appreciated. I value our great club and feel very proud to be part of it. Happy snapping all!

Image Credit:

Karen Burton “Helen Davis sharing her creativity”

PCC Meetings

  • Thursday 13th April at 7.30pm • Image of the Year results with Judge Bob Eschle

  • Thursday 20th April at 7.30pm • PCC AGM – have your proposals ready !

PCC Social Events

  • Sunday 16th April ~ 12 Midday o Geevor Mine Tour – let Karen know if you are coming

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

  • Annual Competition Hand-In – 8th April

  • Annual Competition Show – 13th May @3pm doors open 2pm The Keay Theatre, St Austell – Entry £4 on the door

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • 2023 WCPF Member’s Exhibition and Competition o Display of Prints and Digital show at Bovey Tracy Golf Centre from 7th to 15th May 2023 o There are 3 classes in both the Print and Digital sections and the subjects are the same Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature

Other Events – See enclosed Poster

  • Bristol Photographic Society are proud to present a Memorial Event in memory of past President of the Society, Bob Faris FRPS MPAGB AFIAP. The Society invites you to join them on Sunday 21 May 2023 for an exciting day focused on presentations by renowned photographers Joe Cornish and Michael O'Sullivan. This event is free but must be booked in advance - go to faris-memorial-event/ for full details and booking information.

All the best from Derek, Karen and the team!



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