ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

The Focus Camera Club (FCC) aims to motivate, promote and develop an interest in photography, both within its membership and the community.  The FCC has bi-weekly meetings running from September to June, as well as events and out-of-town field trips throughout the whole year that are set up for our members to learn and enjoy this hobby!  Membership also has privileges by having discounts and special offers provided from Ivan’s Camera (St. George Street in Moncton) during the year.

 

The was revamped in 2017 and is found at https://www.focuscameraclub.com/.  Please take the time to look through everything that the website offers via the options along the top menu:

Meetings

Meetings are typically held every second Thursday night at the Rémi Rossignol Building (60 Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Street) in Room D002 (main floor) at the Université de Moncton.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm and last approximately two (2) hours, with a snack break around 8:00PM.  Members are invited to arrive at 6:30 pm for social time prior to the meeting and/or to ask any questions to the Club executive, etc.   Feel free to bring friends if you are making a presentation to the club, or anyone else who is interested in photography. Non-members are allowed to attend two (2) meetings before they are asked to join the club.

 

 

Meeting topics are usually a mixture of learning sessions with members and external guest speakers, viewing club members’ photographs or viewing club contest entry photographs. Note that if the university is closed on our regular club meeting day, for any reason (snow storm, Christmas or spring breaks, etc.), the FCC meeting will not be held. Meetings are presented in English, but if you want to ask questions in French, that is never a problem! Dress code is casual.

 

For more information on our guest speakers please visit

https://www.focuscameraclub.com/guest-speakers

 

 

Throughout the year there are various presentations about composing photographs and camera settings, as well as interactive ways to help members learn by “seeing” or “doing” or “sharing”. These sessions include the following:

 

Basic Composition series

  • The Basic Composition series will describe different ways for a photographer to compose their photograph, and show examples of the different types, to help you learn how to create a good photo when you’re out with your camera.  There are many types of compositions, such as Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Diagonal Lines, S Curves, Symmetry, Patterns, Angle of View, Framing, Geometric Shapes, Odd Numbers, and Minimalism. 

 

The Why Series

  •  The WHY series will cover when to use certain features of your camera, such as “Why shoot in manual mode?”, “Why shoot in RAW format?”, “Why use a flash?”, etc.

 

Print Expo

  • It costs $5 for each member to participate by submitting one photo.  The club will have all of the photos printed 8”x10” and have them matted and then put on display for everyone to get a good look at them. The purpose of the Print Expo is for each member to look at the photos as if you are a contest judge, looking for good composition, “wow” factor, good techniques (in focus, abstract blur, etc), and other guidelines to help make a good photo. 

  • All members are given 3 poker chips totaling 9 points: 1, 3 and 5 points, as well as guidelines that judges usually have in their in mind when selecting winning photos. Each member then carefully looks at each photo and then votes on their top 3 picks… 1st choice being given the 5 point chip, 2nd choice being given the 3 point chip, and 3rd choice being given the 1 point chip.Points for each photo are tallied after everyone has voted to determine the top 3 photos that members liked the best.Judges also vote too.It is then interesting to see if judges and members vote for the same photos.At the end of the night, every participant gets to take home their matted print.

 

Photo Critique

  • Members can submit one photo which will be critiqued at the meeting (if time permits).  The critiques are intended to help everyone learn what makes a photo good or not-so-good.

  • Fix this Photo Three photos are provided for all members to download.  Each member “fixes” the photo any way they wish – crops it differently, changes it to black and white or sepia, enhances certain colors, adds vignettes, etc.  The photos are then re-submitted to be shown at a meeting.  It is then interesting to see how different each photo can be – even if the same photo was used from the start.

 

10 minutes of fame

  • 10 minutes of Fame allows any member to show various photos to the group and talk about them.  The photos can be to showcase your hobby (ex. different breeds of horses or drone photography); to talk about a vacation you had (showing photos taken during your trip); to showcase a theme you enjoy (flowers, trees, bridges, etc), or anything else that is of interest to you.  The photos are provided to the projectionist at the beginning of the evening (prior to the meeting starting) and you talk about the photos as they are displayed.

 

My 5 Minute Video

  • My 5 minute Video allows any member to show various photos to the group in a video format, so that you do not need to talk to the group (in case you are shy).  Your video can have text to help explain the photos, or it can be without text (but should at least have a title slide to explain the topic).  Music is also optional.  The photos can be the same as described above (hobbies, vacations, themes, etc.) A PowerPoint slide show may be shown instead of the video.

 

Photo for View

  • Photo for View is to help members get to know everyone else in the club. Members can submit 3 of their photos which will be projected on screen.

  • Any member submitting photos for “Photos for View” are asked to also provide a photo of themselves (preferably a head shot and preferably at the beginning of the year. Members can submit their “” and “using the Focus Camera Club website under “” menu. Deadlines for all submissions are posted on the website Calendar.

Contests

The FCC online Membership form asks you to –

  • Advanced (typically the people who often use manual settings on their cameras, or are able to produce high quality images).

  • Intermediate (people with a bit more experience than a beginner, but still learning manual settings on their cameras).

  • Beginner (people who are new to photography and using point and shoots, cell phone cameras, or still learning their camera settings on their cameras).

 

There are usually 11 per year (each contest always has a specific theme).

Of the 11 club contests, three provide individual awards at the end of the year:See website for more details

(1) Series submission – different topic each year (Freeman Patterson Award);

(2) Landscape photography (Ken Dunphy award);

(3) Photos that show emotion and tell a story in one photo (Brian Townsend Illuminator award);

 

The themes of the remaining 8 club contests are announced at the year-end meeting in June which allows time for members to get out and shoot photos for these themes. The themes for competitions are found at https://www.focuscameraclub.com/competitions

 

Each member is allowed to per contests. The FCC website has an easy way to upload photos for each category but all submissions must follow a specific naming convention using a membership unique code given to each member on the back of the membership card.It is recommended to check the submission page a day after contest images have been uploaded to check to make sure your code name is listed as a successful upload. Please use the “Contact us” page if having you are having problems submitting photos.

 

All members are assigned a 6-character which must be used in each and every filename of all images you submit for presentation.This membership number is like a “code name”.The code name tries to keep anonymity for contest results, which are posted on the website after each of the first six contests.

 

All who have many years of photographic experience.Each photograph is rated on:

(1) Theme To ensure photos portray the intended theme,

(2) Technical aspects (composition, focus, exposure, etc.)

(3) “wow” factor or impact.

(4) Points will be taken off for flaws

 

It is recommended to always submit 3 photos per contest because … only the best score of your best submission for each contest.Scores are posted 1-2 weeks after each contest which enables you to determine where your photos are ranking among your peers, as well as strengths and weaknesses each photo may have (for example technical aspect might be good, but wow factor could be better).The contests are for friendly competitions and to motivate you to learn more about your camera and various techniques and genres.Contest results are not posted after the 7th or 8th contest to keep you guessing as to who will be the winners and runners-up on awards night in June. It must be noted that the same image cannot be submitted in more than one contest.

 

No matter what you feel your level of photography skills are, all because it helps you to learn new techniques and it gets you out to do some photographic “shooting”. Nobody will negatively criticize your submissions, and it is a great opportunity to ask for comments from the people sitting next to you if you want some feedback about your photograph. Deadlines for club are listed on the club calendar https://www.focuscameraclub.com/calendar .

 

Contest scoring: 

For Advanced members, their best 18 scores out of a maximum 24 photos (3 photos per 8 contests) are used for calculating rankings.

For Intermediate, their best 15 scores out of a maximum 24 photos are used for calculating rankings.

For Beginners, their best 9 scores out of 24 are used for calculating rankings.

 

This method allows you to miss a contest without penalty, or to not have to worry about a few low scores if there is a contest theme you find difficult to get good photos.All members will always have a chance for placing in the Top 6 for the year (if that is your goal). It also allows members who join in late fall to also still have a chance for placement in the Top 6.

Hands-On” sessions and club outings

Throughout the year there are “Hands-On” sessions and club outings.  Hands-On sessions are usually technical in nature, where the leader of the session explains settings on your camera, etc.  There is also usually a fee associated with these sessions.  Examples of past hands-on sessions include Hopewell Rocks night photography with Kevin Snair, Pixel Stick photography, July 1st Fireworks, and workshops or field trips led by experienced photographers.  Club outings may have a fee involved (for bus transportation) but is usually a fun event where everyone is on their own, but still can ask for pointers from experienced photographers in the group.  Examples of club outings include Foam Fest, River Glade Motocross, Scavenger Hunts, etc.   To sign up for any of these sessions or outings, look under Events in the top menu, under Upcoming Events.

 

If you want to learn more about the club – its executive members, the constitution, the program overview, and the discrimination and harassment policy, it is located in the “About Us” section on the top menu.  Meeting documents are also found in this section.

FCC Facebook Group

The is called : https://www.facebook.com/groups/5050134618

 

If you are not already a member of the Focus Camera Club Facebook group, please ask to join.

Members who post their photos taken during any club organized outings or event will have a chance to win a free 8”x10” matted photo (any photo of your choice – doesn’t have to be a photo that was submitted to the FB group).Members are also encouraged to post photos that they would like to share with others.

To encourage you to get out with your camera to experiment and get to know your camera, photo challenges are also announced bi-weekly.

The Facebook group is sometimes used to invite members on outings, etc. (Some events will be listed here, especially if there is no limit to the amount of participants and no fee to the event. https://www.facebook.com/groups/5050134618/events/

 

Important note:  Do not post any photos to the Focus Camera Club Moncton Facebook Group or in Photos for View if you plan to use those exact same photos as club contest entries as all photos should remain anonymous when being judged.

Presenting to club members

The FCC is always looking for photo presentations at club meetings.The photographs can be submitted as a video (so that you don’t need to talk too much to the group) or as individual photos so that you can talk about each photo being presented.These presentations can run anywhere from 5, 10 or 30 minutes.The FCC would also like to have some prepared presentations on-hand in case another presenter is cancelled at the last minute and therefore would have something to fill any time gaps.  The presentations can be a special project you are working on, or any vacation/travel photos you have taken, or anything else that might be of interest to the club. Anyone interested in showing their photos can submit their name and a short note of their topic to be presented to https://www.focuscameraclub.com/contact-us

Calendar of Activities

Members should visit the Club Calendar often as this is where upcoming activities are added and/or updated https://www.focuscameraclub.com/calendar-details

The following icons are used to help find things easier on the calendar:

Regional photographic activities

If they are not part of the club but are going on in the Moncton area are found at https://www.focuscameraclub.com/what.  Some of these activities also allow members (and non-members) to submit photos. Other activities are expositions or events going on in the area. 

Anyone wanting an activity to be added to this list should contact the FCC at https://www.focuscameraclub.com/contact-us.

Miscellaneous

Anyone knowing of, or willing to lead, any that club members would enjoy, please send an email to FocusCameraClub@gmail.com or mention it the field trip coordinator at a meeting. 

 

Club Posters are available for members to post at locations (work, local stores, etc.) where the public may see them and then want to learn more about the club. Posters are available for pickup at any meeting.

 

Please share the FCC website https://www.focuscameraclub.com/ with anyone who likes photography so that they can see what the club is about. The link can be shared via email and/or by posting it on Facebook.

 

Members can feature their own website, blog, Instagram account, etc. on the web page (found under the Members menu). If interested, fill out the form at https://www.focuscameraclub.com/galleries. Members should also submit a profile photo (if one had not already been provided beforehand).

 

There is an informative (and free) Canadian photo magazine (hard copy) called that anyone can receive at home. Subscribe at http://www.photonews.ca/index.php/subscribe/

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