DigiPals is a photography group encouraging each other with Digital Photography

Photo’s from some of our past photo shoots

We have an Outdoor shoot each month at various locations

and meet on the 3rd Monday of each month

(excluding school holidays)

in the ComputerPals clubroom at our new premises –

15 Hubbard Street, Islington.

 Everyone welcome!

In the current covid-19 circumstances see what you can find around home – be inventive and artistic in subjects you choose to ‘shoot’. Don’t forget to share the good ones by email with us.

ASCCA Digital Photography Competition 2020

Categories for 2020 are shown below. Each entrant is permitted to present one photograph, taken after 1st July 2019, for entry in each category – a maximum of seven entries. Entries will close on 1 September 2020. Winners will be announced at the 2020 Conference or by email to entrants and on the web in November 2020. To encourage new or previously unsuccessful entrants, there will be at least one prize in each category for an entrant who has not won a prize in a previous ASCCA photo competition.
All entries will be submitted by the individual photographer but clubs will gain the following points for photographs entered by a club member. This awarding of points will also be used to decide the Champion Photographer 2020:
40 points for first place 30 points for second place
20 points for third place 10 points for highly commended
1 point for each club member entering the competition
Categories are:
1. Photo-Journalism – This category is for “on the spot” photos which tell a story – such as might be seen in the news media. The judge will weigh the story-telling value as well as the quality of the photos in this category. Cropping and techniques that enhance the presentation of the image, without changing the photo journalism content, are permitted. Major manipulations which alter the “truth” of the documentary record would be against the spirit of this category.
2. Travel-Photo – This category will look for a photograph that captures the real essence and culture of a place and portrays the interest and joy of travel as an experience. It may be taken anywhere in the world, including Australia.
3. People/Portrait – The photographs in this category will be of one or more people and may be a formal or informal portrait or a photo of a person or people in a natural or contrived setting.
4. Landscape/Seascape – These photographs will be of predominantly natural scenery – either land, coastal or water. Although they may include animals, people, boats or buildings these must be incidental to the overall view.
5. Landscape-Structural/Manmade – This category allows photographs that are predominately of manmade objects, including cityscapes and building(s) and parts thereof, although they may include natural features, people or animals.
6. Animals – This category will include one or more Animals, Birds, Fish and other living creatures either wild or domestic.
7. Open – Allows our members to enter subjects not necessarily covered in the other six categories.

Conditions of Entry:

1. All entrants must be financial members of a Seniors Computer Club which is a financial member of ASCCA and must NOT be a professional photographer. ASCCA Directors or Staff members are not eligible.

2. All photographs submitted must be taken by the entrant on a digital camera, tablet, or phone since 1st July, 2019.

3. Entrants can submit only one digital image in each category. Composite photographs e.g. panorama count as one.

4. Each photograph is to be given a unique title. Titles should include Club Name, Entrant Name, and Photo title.
5. Photographs must be submitted in jpeg format with a maximum size of 4 Mb.
6. Each entrant must also submit a single head and shoulders photo of the entrant.

7. Entries must be submitted electronically either by email or the web. Details of exact submission methods will be provided closer to the closing date.

8. The club and entrant name will of course not be submitted to the judges so that bias can be reduced.
9. For any queries, please email: photocomp@pcug.org.au

Our meeting on Monday 17th July was graced with a beautiful day to go wandering – which we did – down to the Clyde Street railway crossing and back photographing all manner of things along the way.
When we returned to the club-room we proceeded to upload our efforts to computer and did a quick review of them and discussed other issues regarding cameras and photos that were raised.
A pleasant way to spend a few hours among good company.
On 2nd September a small group of us went on an organised activity ‘Gardens & Craft on Lake Macquarie’ which was an interesting afternoon with lots of photos – mostly flowers.
On 18th September again a small but intrepid group went into Newcastle for a photo shoot of ‘Newcastle – New and Old’. We didn’t walk very far – basically got off the bus at Auckland St walked down to Hunter and along to the new University building. We got permission to tour the building, rode the elevator to the 8th floor and walked down – photographing inside and outside of the building from all the vantage points of the compass – looking up & down Hunter Street, over the harbour, and over the Civic Park, Cathedral, and Obelisk on the horizon in one direction and Nobbys towards the East.
By the way – they serve great coffee in the café on the ground floor.
Barry Keen

Digital Photography Course description

Digital Photography Courses

1.    Know your Digital Camera

Do you want to uncover the mystery of the many functions of your digital camera?  Then you should consider enrolling in this class. All you need to bring is your camera and instruction manual, and cable to transfer photos from camera to computer. Please make sure your batteries are fully charged.

The intention of this 3 hour Class is to explain and demonstrate the many useful features built into your camera. It is a practical hands-on session designed to expand your knowledge and improve the way you take digital photos.

Some of the topics discussed include:

·         Setting the Date/Time

·         Image Resolution and Quality

·         Managing the Memory Card. (Format/Delete)

·         Icons explained

·         Correct use of the Shutter Button

·         Control of the Flash

·         Main Menu, Shooting and Preview Menus

·         Exposure/Scene Modes

2.   Taking Better Photos/Images

Learn the fundamental principles of taking better photos. This 3 hour Class draws attention to a number of basic considerations you need to get that perfect shot. You should bring your camera, instruction manual and USB cable to connect your Camera to the Computer.

A number of factors that determine the outcome of a photo will be explained and outdoor exercises follow to demonstrate the affect of varying conditions. A constructive critique of these images is then shared in the classroom.

Examples of subjects to be considered include:

·         Understanding the variation of available light

·         Backgrounds

·         Portrait photography

·         The effects of different exposure/aperture settings

·         Images for marketing (Real Estate/Cars/eBay etc.)


3.  Managing and Editing your Photos using Windows Photos 10 App

Now that you have a greater understanding of your camera and learnt how to take better photos, it is time to gain some knowledge of Managing and Editing your masterpieces.

This course is designed specifically for those who want a simple yet effective way to manage and edit their photos.

The program comes free with Windows 10. It is easy to use and ideally suited to those who don’t want too technical a solution for straightforward everyday editing. It also provides a range of interesting effects that can be applied to your photos to give an attention-grabbing artistic look.


Some of the easy point/click (with optional variable) features include:

·         Straightening an image

·         Cropping (to remove unwanted background OR to a desired Aspect Ratio for printing).

·         Exposure correction. (Brightness/Contrast, Colour, Fill lighting etc.)

·         Sharpening (all digital photos require some sharpening before printing).

·         Red Eye Correction.

·         Black & White or /Sepia effects. Windows 10 Photo App can also be used to:

·         Download photos from a camera to Computer

·         Attach Photos to an email

·         Find and view your images.

·         Organise, manage and back-up Photos

·         Upload images to the Web


4.   Digital Photography

Want to further expand your knowledge of a digital image/photo? There is a series of courses that have been prepared to explain in more depth, the technical make-up of an image. You will gain a greater understanding of not only terminology but how to use different tools and techniques to get an improved result. You will need a working knowledge of using a computer with a Windows operating system.

These courses focus more on using manual adjustments rather than just automated processes to improve an image. Manual alterations give greater control and offer a more precise level of fine-tuning to achieve a better result (i.e. you control the outcome). Irfanview (a free program) is used for basic editing exercises, more advanced techniques will be introduced using Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop Elements is a professional photo editing program and costs. Don’t be deterred by the cost, experience this class and the others following and decide for yourself.

There are a number of practical exercises that involve:

·         Downloading photos from your camera to the computer

·         Making adjustments/enhancements to these images

·         Transferring image files back to your Memory Stick/Flash Drive

Terminology or jargon used with digital photography is explained, some are:

·         Pixel/Megapixel (what is a pixel?)

·         Aspect Ratio of a photo (Postcard Print / Standard TV Video / HD Widescreen TV)

·         Resolution & Dots Per Inch

·         Quality/Compression

·         Colour/Saturation

·         Orientation

5.    Advanced Digital Photo Editing

Now let’s get serious and learn more advanced techniques to give your images a professional look. Most photos suffer from at least one of the following problems:

·         Composition

·         Exposure

·         Colour

·         Cosmetics (like red-eye, intrusive objects etc.)

·         Poor Sharpening

These courses use Photoshop Elements and shows how to use the tools available in good photographic editing software to overcome these problems and make you a ‘more aware’ photographer.

Even professional photographers at times take inferior shots, especially if time and opportunity is restricted. Their solution? Don’t throw these away; fix them with a good photo editing program!

In fact there are very few commercial photos that have not been adjusted using editing software such as Photoshop, or similar professional photo editing programs.

6.   Restoring Old Photos

Quite often old photographs become damaged or fade with the passing of time.

This 3 hour Special Interest Class is designed to introduce you to a number of tools and techniques to professionally restore and repair old photos. Some knowledge of advanced editing software (e.g. Photoshop Elements) would be an advantage.  The restoring process, demonstrated in class, concentrates on “black & white” or in digital terms “Greyscale” images, however the same processes are suitable for colour images.

You will learn how to:

·         Create a Digital Image from a Photograph – Scan or use a digital camera to capture an image of the Photograph

·         Enhance images – most old photographs benefit from some form of enhancement. These improvements can be made using auto processes or one or all of the many manual adjustments available.

·         Replace or remove damaged parts or sections of a photograph using the “Cloning” tool. Cloning is a method of copying one part of an image to another part, or part of a completely separate image file to a different image. Different clone tools allow you to ‘paint’ the copied image with many different styles of brushes. This feature allows you to “paint out” damaged areas and replace them with similar undamaged sections.

·         Use different File Types and special Techniques for fine and intricate restorations.


There are a number of Special Interest Classes (available on request) that are designed to enhance your skills in specific areas of photo manipulation/enhancement.

These 3 hour courses are:

1.    Collages & Calendars

A collage is an easy and attractive way to paste together photos with a common subject. These can then be printed off for photo albums or for wall display.

Gift Calendars and greeting Cards can be produced easily using “project templates” and with similar skills to Collages


2.   Selection Tools

Selection Tools allow parts of photos to be changed or improved. Do you want to add, or remove, someone or something from a photo? Maybeyou would like to bring out or tone down part of a photo? Selection tools allow this to be done. These tools are basic to good photographic programs such as Photoshop or Paintshop Pro.

3.   Layers

Layers are a basic tool in the photo/image adjustment process; that is, in improving or just being creative with photos. Selections that have been improved often become a new layer in building an improved photo/image. Photoshop, Paintshop Pro and similar programs rely on Layer processes.

4.   Montages

Montages are something like collages. Whereas a Collage pastes several images together, a Montage builds up a single, composite image from several different images using Selection and Layers techniques.

5.    Scrapbooking

This 3 hour course shows how to produce scrapbook items that can be used for scrapbooking, and how  to produce a digital scrapbook. Techniques used are similar to those used in Montage work.
  • Please note that the courses listed are for your information only and you will need to check the availability of vacancies in any course by looking at the rosters in the clubroom or by emailing contact@computerpals.org.au or if you have no email, phone 4961 6576 during office hours.
  • Your name can only be added if a vacancy is available.
  • You are not enrolled until we receive payment so send it in as soon as you enrol or you may miss out.

Click here to have a look at some photos from our Shoots  

We have an Outdoor shoot each month at various locations

and meet on the 3rd Monday of each month

(excluding school holidays)

 usually in the ComputerPals clubroom at 15 Hubbard St, Islington


SLR Camera simulator              www.camerasim.com
Cambridgeincolour.com             www.cambridgeincolour.com/

David Peterson Photography      www.davidpetersonphoto.com/

Photography Bay                       www.photographybay.com/

Short courses                           www.shortcourses.com/

Digital Camera Warehouse        www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/

Geeks on Tour                           http://geeksontour.com

Practical Photography Photoanswers.co                        www.photoanswers.co.uk/

Digital Photography School        www.digital-photography-school.com/

Canon                                        www.canon.com.au

Nikon                                        www.nikon.com.au/

Wikipedia                                 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography


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I find Wikipedia very good on all technical matters and of course Professor Google is hard to beat.

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