Tetbury and District U3A - Photography Notepad

Updated 22nd July 2020

This page has been set up to help share information about the Tetbury and District U3A Photography Group with its members. Click on the link below to go to the main district website (new page).

Tetbury and District U3A Website

This is a single page that will be updated as source of the latest information for group members, especially concerning meetings and trips out. It will not contain any personal details.

In common with the other U3A Groups, communications is a bit of a problem. To plan the meetings we need to know who will be attending so please reply to emails as soon as you receive them, and keep an eye on this page.


DUE TO THE REAL RISK POSED BY CORONAVIRUS AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT ADVICE, ALL INDOOR MEETINGS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL WE ARE GIVEN THE 'ALL CLEAR'. WITHIN GUIDELINES OUTDOOR MEETINGS WILL RECOMMENCE FROM THE END OF JULY. Other distanced activities will continue to help the group keep active and in touch - see below.


2020 ACTIVITIES

NEXT MEETING - TETBURY WANDER AND SHOOT - 29th JULY
Weather permitting we will be meeting at 2pm at the Chippings car park for a couple of hours of wander-and-shoot.
OPEN COMPETITION - July/August
Information has been sent out by Email about a competition (with the Malmesbury U3A Photography Group), summarised below.
Entries to be uploaded to folder on Dropbox; just follow the link in the email to upload your images.
Raid your archives for great images, give them a digital polish and a name, and upload them - there is a nice prize of a piece of custom made fused glass!

Our work is still available to view on the photo sharing website Flickr where two groups have been set up - the private group is limited to our members and allows us to easily post images so that we can ask and and reply to questions specific to them, and there is a discussions area for more general photographic topics. The public group allows us to showcase our work.

The Flickr website is here.

The group Showcase is here.


2020 ACTIVITIES REPORTS

Zoom Meeting - Favourie topics, Wednesday 24th June 2020
Most members had posted images on the closed Flickr group. Steve acted as MC, sharing the images for the group using Zoom and a number of interesing discussions ensued All who attended felt that the quality of the images was really good and that the session was very enjoyable.

Preparation for Zoom meeting, Wednesday 10th June 2020 by Email
After the last Zoom session it was clear that a Composition Quiz would be of limited use so instead Steve sent out details on what neeeded to be done to submit favourite images for the session on the 24th using Flickr.

A Zoom meeting in 2 parts, Wednesday 13 May 2020
Part 1 The group discussed composition, Part 2 the group discussed the editing challenge issued earlier in the month. These sessions were intersting and we all learnt something new about our art.

Editing Challenge,Wednesday 13 May 2020 by Email
A challange was issued to edit 3 images provided by the group leader and loaded onto the Flickr Tetbury U3A Photo Group. Instructions were sent out by email and a couple of people have attempted the challenge.

Image Management and Image Editing Basics - Zoom Session, 29th Apr 2020
Two of the experienced members of the group organised a Zoom Video meeting covering Image Management and Basic Image Editing. As well as video/audio calling, Zoom can share your screen with other participants, so it was possible to demonstrate aspects of the discussion live, and everyone was able to contribute and ask questions. The session was a real success. The presentaion on Image Management and the paper on Image Editing can be downloaded using the links at the bottom of this page.

Additional activity - Camera Quiz
The group leader put together a quiz about using your camera and sent it to everyone in the group as an aid to understanding how the camera controls work and interract. One of the members won with a score of 77% and will be sent a small prize. A link to downlaod the questions and answers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Sharpness, 25th March - CANCELLED

Photo Session at Arnos Vale Cemetary, 26th Feb 2020
Despite the recent dire weather, the day was nice - cold, clear and dry with quite a bit of blue sky. 6 of us managed to make it in 2 cars and we spent 2 hours wandering around the victorian graveyard; this provided many opportunities for creative shots and an ideal location to hone camera skills with each other's help. This was followed by a coffee in the excelent coffee shop on site (strange but true - they hold weddings on site as well) and everyone said that it had been a good trip with a couple of people saying they would be returning.

Meeting at the Railway Carriage, 29th Jan 2020
Another enjoyable meeting, this time covering the 2020 Program, entering competitions and composing images.

Feedback over the last few months and at the review indicated that we are doing what we agreed we would - be enjoyable, build camera skills and go out and take photos. Discussion confirmed that the group wants to get out and shoot (rather than stay in, chat, and look at images). The approximate program for 2020 is below; however this may change as the year progresses. We have lots more things we could do but agreed that holding monthly meetings was about right.

The group then discussed competitions and composition - for more information follow links below.

Useful Information

How To Enter Competitions

About Composition

Organising Trips Out

Managing Images Presentation

Editing Images - Part One

U3A Quiz 1 Answers