Interclub Projected Digital Image Competition 2017

In 2017, the Gympie Camera Club is hosting this competition among Queensland Clubs that nominate to take part. BCG has nominated to participate and a selection of members’ images will be chosen as the BCG entry.

Judging by three accredited judges will take place on Sunday 10 September at the Gympie Regional Gallery (Workroom at the rear of building), 39 Nash St, Gympie, with doors opening at 8:30am and judging commencing at 9:00am. In each Category top images will be awarded First, Merit and 2 HC. From the seven Firsts a “Champion” image will be chosen. The scores for each image will be tallied to find the winning Club. Members are invited to attend to see how their images and BCG fare.

There are seven categories with three images in each, each image in a category to be by a different photographer. For a Club of BCG’s size, there is a maximum of two images per member. The BCG entries were chosen mostly from those images that received Honours or Merits in our monthly DPI competitions. 

Open (AB & B Grades only)  























Good luck to all participants!

Ray Shorter,


Print Project Challenge 2017

The Print Project Challenge will run through 2017. Participants are to register and advise their nominated subject by 17th March and to have the project completed by 25th September. It is outside (additional to) the normal monthly and annual competitions and will not contribute to aggregate points or gradings. However, it will be judged with a winner and place-getters determined.

Participants are individual members each working on their own Project, or teams of two people working on one Project. The subject topic is “open” with participants deciding their own subject or theme. Participants are encouraged to choose a subject that is somewhat outside their normal photography areas.

Participants will be required to write an Artist Statement. It will include:
• Why you chose this particular theme or challenge and how it fits your overall vision
• What the challenges or difficulties are and how you might overcome them
• What the Project means to you ... a personal statement of the meaning of the art to you.

See the following link for tips on writing an artist’s statement.

The final entry will comprise 6 – 8 prints which can be colour, black and white or black and white with colour and be either a single image or a composite. All single images are to have been taken after 1st January 2017. If prints are made up of composites, the main feature of the photograph needs to have been taken after 1st January 2017.

Judging will take place during October with the winner and place-getters to be named in November. Depending on cost and availability of a suitable gallery, we are planning for the winners to be announced at an exhibition in November, where all or some of the prints (depending on space) will be displayed. In the judging, 75% will be awarded for the prints, with 25% awarded for the challenge.

Prints. Points will be awarded on 3 topics. These being

1) Quality of the images 25 points
2) Appropriateness of choice of images for Theme. 25 points
3) Creativity 25 points

Challenge. Points will be awarded on 2 topics. These being

1) Artist statement 15points
2) Expert assessment 10 points

Participant and topic nominated – by 17th March (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Artist Statement – by 27th March (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Entry submission – by 25th September
Judging – 15th October
Exhibition and awards – November (date and venue to be arranged)


2016 Annual Dinner & Awards


Brisbane Camera Group would like to invite all members and their partners to our Annual Dinner and Awards night. A night to celebrate the end to the BCG year, honour the winners of the Annual Competition and talk to your friends while enjoying the delicious dinner.

Hosted in the wonderful Arana Leagues Club from 6:30 pm, this is a not-to-be-missed evening with your fellow BCG Members.

The evening's activities include:

  • A scrumptious dinner buffet
  • Annual Print and DPI Awards
  • Annual AV Awards
  • Announcing the winner of the hunt and shoot
  • Lucky door prize

The cost includes buffet dinner, dessert, coffee and lots of fun. A cash bar will be available for drinks.

BCG is subsidising this event.
It's a fun-filled evening and numbers are limited so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Click here to order your ticket now! 

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Back Button Focus

Article by Mark Rayner, Trekabout Photography

 There is one feature of your camera that you may have just brushed over in the past or ignored altogether that holds the key to improving your 'in-focus' hit rate enormously.

Back button focus.

This one tiny button will change the way you shoot forever.

Traditionally, you hold down your shutter button half way and then, when the moment is right, depress the shutter button the rest of the way to take your shot. But what if you want to focus, hold focus and re-compose, and then take the shot. No problem. Just make sure you are on 'One Shot' or 'Single Shot' focus, hold the shutter half way, re-compose and shoot. Fine, except now the exposure is not right because the area that the camera metered from is different to where you original focused (mainly a problem with spot metering for portraits or wildlife). So you redo the shot and hold down the AE-L button on a Nikon or the * button on a Canon to lock the exposure or use exposure compensation..... hmm, it's starting to get complicated.

Let's simplify everything. How about one button to focus and another to lock exposure and activate the shutter. Now you could press a button to focus and if you needed to recompose, by simply half depressing the shutter button, and then recomposing and shooting, your exposure would be correct based on the reading taken from your subject before you recomposed. Easy.

But it gets even better. How about never having to change your focus mode from One Shot or Single Shot to AI-Servo or Continuous A/F or whatever. Just use one setting that works for everything.


Here is how you do it.

In your camera's menu find the section where you can allocate different functions to different buttons.

Set you Back Focus Button to 'enabled' or 'on'.
Set your shutter button to activate exposure lock. Make sure your shutter button does NOT activate focus. It would take another couple of pages to go through the menu settings for each camera so you'll just have to work through it.

In the end you should have a back button that activates focus and a shutter button that activates and locks metering and takes the shot. Pretty simple really (but it can take a bit of digging around in menus to get there. Consult your manual if you run into trouble). Just a quick note here to advise that some of the entry level Canon cameras don't have an AF button on the back. All is not lost as you allocate the * button to carry out this function.

Having set your buttons up change your focus mode to Continuous or AI-Servo and leave it there. Forever.

So here is what happens now.

Back button focuses when you are depressing it. If you take your thumb off the button focus stops, effectively locking focus.

Shutter button activates metering and locks it when half depressed and then activates the shutter when fully depressed.

Now let's look at two common scenarios. In one situation we have a moving subject and another where we have a stationary subject.

Focussing on moving subjects

As long as you hold your new focusing back button pressed your camera will continue to focus, changing constantly as the distance to your subject changes. So, provided you have your focus point lined up on your moving subject, as you track along with your subject you will continually maintain correct and accurate focus. Remember your camera is now set to Continuous Focus or AI-Servo, exactly the same as you would have used in the past for a moving subject.

Now though, you don't have to shoot off a heap of unwanted shots by keeping your shutter button depressed to maintain focus. Just keep you thumb pressed on your Back Button and fire off the shutter whenever you want. Perfect. If you want quick burst then fire of a quick burst. Want one shot, then simply press the shutter once. The focus remains independent and you subject will remain sharp and in focus as long as you keep your back focus button pressed.

So for this shot of the Impala in the Okavago delta, I just kept my thumb pressed on the back focus button, tracking along as the Impala ran along and fired off a few shots, all of which were in focus. Easy.

Nikon D800 Nikkor 400 f/2.8 VR with 1.4x teleconverter. 1/1000s f/4 ISO 125. 560mm focal length.


Focussing on non-moving subjects

Standard shot first, no recomposing necessary: Leave your camera on Continuous A/F or AI Servo. Line up your focus point, press your back focus button and, when you are ready to take the shot, press the shutter button. Too easy.

Now, the recompose method: Again, leave your camera on Continuous A/F or AI Servo. Line up your focus point, press your back focus button and, when focus is achieved, take your thumb off the back focus button. Your focus now won't change. Unless you press the back focus button again your focus is effectively locked. Now, half press the shutter button and hold it half-depressed. Recompose and press the shutter button the rest of the way. The result is a correctly focused, correctly exposed shot.

For this shot of a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater near Alice Springs, I focused on the bird’s eye, released my thumb from the back focus button, half pressed the shutter to activate the metering (spot metering in this case), recomposed (half holding down the shutter button) and took the shot.

Nikon D800 Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR with 2x teleconverter. 1/640s @ f/5.6 ISO 450. 400mm focal length.


Like anything, you will need to practice this technique but, once mastered, you will never go back.

Enjoy your tack sharp photography.





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



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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