Competition May

Set Subject: Emotion

Images Due: Monday 8 May

Competition Night: Monday 22 May

Emotion is a state of consciousness in which feelings of love, joy, happiness, surprise, calmness, inquisitiveness, sorrow, fear, disgust, hate and the like are experienced. A photograph can depict emotion(s) in the subject(s) and/or it can evoke emotion(s) in the viewer of the photo. Capturing emotion(s) in photographs is about capturing moments in time that hopefully tell a story or encourage the viewer to imagine a story.

Photos with emotion convey a mood or an atmosphere and pull the viewer into the scene; they tell or encourage a story and tug at the heartstrings. Photos with emotion may transport the viewer to another time or place, or evoke certain feelings that make them engage with the photo.

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Andy Cross - Photoshop Workshop

Monday 29 May, 7.30pm - Albion Peace Centre - Members $5 entry Non-Members $10 (pay at the door)

Commercial photographer Andy Cross has been using Photoshop since before Adobe bought it. Andy has taught digital imaging at SQIT, Toowoomba, and has given numerous workshops on photoshop, including 10 day workshops at the McGregor summer and winter schools in Toowoomba.

He will start by giving a basic understanding of how a monitor works using additive colour synthesis. How colour separation theory works which is the engine that drives photoshop and how these both work with one another. Then cover the basics of how channels can be used to make very intricate selections with a greater deal of accuracy in less time that using tool box tools. Then having made a selection explain the true method of burning in and dodging using blending modes.

Attendees will have the opportunity, if they wish, to follow along on their laptops using the same images that Andy will be using in his presentation. You can download the images from here for the workshop.


June Outing

Sunday 4 June 2016

Location: Old Petrie Town, 901 Dayboro Road, Whiteside

Meeting time and place: 8am – The main road into the park.  Ellen will be there in her BCG shirt.

Outing theme:  Queensland Steam Fair

This event is held once a year, on Sunday the 4th of June 2017. The event will be Queensland’s premiere and largest steam and vintage machinery rally.
The event will feature steam machinery housed at Petrie plus 8 other machines from across Queensland.

Come and join us at Old Petrie Town.

Outing registration: Please let Ellen know if you will be attending on the email below.

Beginners and new members: there is no formal photographic instruction on this outing however experienced photographers will be on hand to provide tips and suggestions to get the best out of your camera and the outing. You are very welcome to attend.  It'll be a great opportunity to meet other BCG members.

Camera gear needed:

  • Camera and lenses
  • Full battery and empty storage card
  • Tripod
  • Hat, sunscreen and water

There are plenty of other areas of interest for photography around Old Petrie Town and a few café’s to catch up afterwards.

Got a question about this outing? You’re welcome to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact Ellen Josephs on 0427 845 584. After the event we'd love to see a small selection of your 'best images' from the outing. Please post them in the Outings section of our Special Interest Groups Community on Google+. Here is the link to our Google+ Community "Brisbane Camera Group - SIG". You need to be a member to access this G+ Community.

Old Petrie Town 


Premier Series - Kath Salier

Wednesday 7 June

Come along to an interesting and informative photographic presentation with international award winning landscape photographer, Kath Salier, from Sydney. Kath will discuss her photography journey to where she is now at with her craft and her approaches to capturing great landscape images: including camera gear, prior research, getting inspiration, camera technique, trying new things, continuing education with camera techniques and post production, getting creative and competitions. Everyone is welcome to attend this Premier Series presentation.

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Close-up/Macro Wildlife Workshop

When: Sunday 11 June 2017 9.00am – 12 noon

Where: Geckoes Wildlife, Marshall Lane, Closeburn (off Mt Samson Rd, between Samford and Dayboro)

Details: Geckoes Wildlife offers a photographic workshop venue in a natural bush setting and a range of wildlife subject matter. See

Geckoes Wildlife has been in operation for over 15 years. They regularly supply animals for Steve Parish and a number of other wildlife photographers and camera clubs. Commercial photographers also conduct workshops here.

You will have access to a range of wildlife species. Geckoes Wildlife animal handlers will rotate a range of species, sampled from the following list, through the photography location so you have multiple opportunities to capture great images. There will be 2 staff in attendance and a minimum of 3 photo stations operating throughout, with animals rotating every 10-15 minutes or as demand dictates.

The wildlife species include the following: spiny stick insect or some other invertebrate, 2-3 species of frogs, 2-3 species of geckoes such as a leaf tail or knob tail gecko, a legless lizard, 2-3 species of dragons such as Boyds rainforest dragon, frillneck, a skink such as a shingleback or cunninghams skink, a goanna, a crocodile, various pythons such as green, jungle, woma etc. a tree snake, two birds, usually a tawny frogmouth and another owl, 2-3 mammals, usually a glider, possum and bettong. Some of these are virtually impossible to photograph in the wild.

Camera Gear to bring: Camera Body and lenses (macro if you have one but not essential), off-camera flash unit(s) if you have it, camera batteries, memory cards, tripod.

Cost: $65 per person. This is extremely good value (commercial operators usually charge around $250 for a three-hour workshop at this venue). There will be a maximum of 10 participants so everyone gets lots of opportunities for great images.


Focus June - Steven Fudge

Monday 12


My philosophy in life and in my Photography work is to coin a well-known Phrase KISS (Keep it simple stupid).

My Traditional Black and white Long Exposure and Non LE works, adopts this formula, of a stripped back Aesthetic that i find calming and enjoyable in this fast paced image overloaded world.

I will explain why/how I adopted this technique, the equipment and methods I use to achieve images that appeal to myself and hopefully to others.

I will display printed /framed images to highlight my style of work and run through a PPT describing this area of Photography.


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Contemporary Photography June

Monday 19

Starting at 7pm sharp – AV Special Interest Group (SIG).

The AV SIG is stepping into gear with all participants being challenged to start a MINI10 AV to present at this meeting. This is an easy start into AVs as Murray pointed out there's a story in everything, it's just the way it's told that matters.

At this meeting, we'll look at these AVs and discuss ways to refine the edits. Murray will also demonstrate how to assemble an AV using Fotomagico (for Mac but the principles are the same for Windows.) All are welcome.

Starting at 7:45pm sharp – Combined meeting of the new Street Photography SIG and the Critique SIG.

Lisa Kurtz will also be attending to critique one to two of our photos that we submit from the outing on 28 May and give us feedback and pointers. It is very important to gauge how many people would like to attend to decide on how many images people can submit for critique, bearing in mind that the meeting is only two or so hours.

In preparation for the SIG meeting, Tony Watts and Elayne Mitchelson will host an outing for the SIG Street Photography on Sunday 28 May with Lisa Kurtz attending to give advice and assistance. The meeting place is the forecourt in front of GOMA at 2.30pm. The intention is to do the West End to Art Gallery Walk. Please email Elayne Mitchelson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to express your interest in attending this event.


More details on Special Interest Groups can be found in the Google+ Community "Brisbane Camera Group - SIG". You need to be a member to access this G+ Community. Click here for a guide on how to access our community on Google+.



Free Access to on-line training is regarded as an outstanding resource for video-based on-line learning, particularly for photography software from Adobe such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements etc. There are also a large number of videos on photography topics more generally including camera equipment, capturing images and post processing. Access is normally by paying a monthly subscription, starting at $US25.

However, Queensland residents have free access to all training videos through the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The Library’s state-wide subscription allows all Queenslanders unlimited access to the online courses from any compatible desktop or portable device, whether on a library computer, at their home or business or on the go.

All you need to do is become a member of the State Library of Queensland. The following web site has details about joining the SLQ and then accessing all the training videos:

Thanks to one of the participants at BCG’s Introduction to Lightroom Workshop for making us aware of this great opportunity.

Ray Shorter
President, BCG



Competition Set Subjects



Minimalism is a style employed by many 20th century artists, using a minimum number of components such as colour, shape, line and texture. When trying to achieve minimalism, one rule is to keep it simple.

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Graffiti for the purpose of this challenge could be freehand paint, marker pen or stencil or combination of any of the elements. You will need to add another element / angle to make it your own art.

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Sport photography is about capturing the moment, often with the subject in sharp focus against a somewhat blurred background.

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A photograph can depict emotion(s) in the subject(s) and/or it can evoke emotion(s) in the viewer of the photo. Capturing emotion(s) in photographs is about capturing moments in time that hopefully tell a story or encourage the viewer to imagine a story.

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A photograph of yourself taken by yourself.

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Forced Perspective

Forced perspective is an optical illusion created by placing objects far from each other to make one appear larger or smaller than it really is. For example one person (in the distance) appears to be standing on another person’s outstretched hand (in the foreground).

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Structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized.

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Small world / Macro

For this competition, any close-up photograph of a subject is acceptable, with the lower magnification limit (e.g. 1:4, 1:8 etc.) left to the discretion of the photographer.

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Reflections are "the throwing back of light by a body or surface", with the surface being reflective because it is liquid, or a mirror, or because it is highly polished.

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Meeting Times

Regular BCG Meetings are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month

Meetings start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm


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