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Newsletter Week 32

PCC News of the Week:

1. External Links If you are interested in viewing online photos then I have a few (SAFE) links which might be of interest.

  1. Magnum is an amazing collective of famous and not-so-famous photographers and this Magnum link on “Artsy” includes photos and articles which highlights some of the more famous ones If you want to investigate iconic Magnum photographers in more depth try this link

  2. Now this link looks a bit long, but it’s worth it as it is a retrospective since the 1960s, of superb British documentary photographers such as David Hurn and Martin Parr, as interpreted by the Museum Goch in Germany:

  3. Finally, for now, the new free Sky Arts on Channel 11 has some great photography shows such as “Rankin 2020” and “Master of Photography”, now coming up shortly is a new series by British photographer Gered Mankowitz FRPS called “Music through the lens” and it starts on Friday Nov 6th at 10pm. It is a six part series and includes 60 interviews with many of the world’s leading music photographers.

2. Next Meeting

As you know our planned first 2020/2021 PCC meeting will be the 29th October so look out for more info!

3. FinallyI couldn’t send this out without an image so here’s an oldie from 2015 when we had “J” Class Yachts battling it out in Falmouth Bay

“J” Class Yachts battling it out in Falmouth Bay

Cheers – Derek

Hi Members – Paul here with some more ............

A to Z of Photography - A few B's

Blue Hour

Blue hour is the short period of time before sunrise or after sunset when the sun is just below the horizon. Indirect sunlight is evenly diffused and takes on a blue shade. The duration of the blue hour varies depending on the location, but generally lasts less than an hour.

Blue Hour


Bokeh is an optical phenomenon that makes bright out-of-focus elements aesthetically pleasing. Using a fast lens at its wider aperture turns a busy background into a blurred, homogenous canvas where light appears as soft shapes. The form of these points of lights is determined by the number of blades in the diaphragm – the higher the number, the more circular these elements will appear.



Bracketing is the action of capturing the same shot using different exposure values to make sure the whole scene is exposed properly. Bracketing can be done manually or using the auto exposure bracketing (AEB) function. In most cameras, AEB allows photographers to select the exposure compensation for the additional shots, which are taken automatically as you press the shutter release. For most compositions, 1/3 exposure compensation is a common setting.



Bulb is a camera setting that holds the shutter open for as long as the shutter release button is pressed. In some cases, the shutter release needs to be pressed once to open the shutter and once to close it, rather than remaining pushed down. This mode allows photographers to capture longer exposures than the ones offered by the camera (usually up to 30”).

In a Nikon this can bet set in Shutter or Manual mode by adjusting the speed above 30 seconds and entering “bulb” mode.


Burst rate

Burst rate is the number of consecutive shots a camera can take in continuous shooting mode. When using this mode, images are stored in a high-speed buffer memory before being transferred to the memory card. Once the buffer is full, the camera will reduce the FPS to give it enough time to free space. Burst rate can be affected by image formats, as it depends on the file size, as well as by the speed of the memory card used.

Burst rate

Cheers for now – Paul



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