The next club print competition is on 28 August and entries should be given to Rhod, competition secretary, on or before 14 August
We ask that you keep to the Inter-club and national standard of print mount size: outer dimensions of 50x40cm. You can print your photo any size and put it anywhere on this board; either stick it on to a plain board ‘surface mounted’ or have a ‘window’. Buy the board for pence at a Craft store or ask someone like Cardiff Framing in Llanishen to cut a window frame for a couple of pounds
The skill of competent printing is another thing altogether. It has been so ever since the first ever print. We have two choices: to print ourselves or to use professional printers. The professionals are much cheaper and will give advice, including colour correcting for you. On the other hand if you are planning great things for yourself, learn the skills over years and see the great range you can achieve from different papers and other tweaks of your choosing. Professionals are at Express Imaging and Davies Colour in Cardiff and Caerphilly Colour Print – get a discount by mentioning you are a member of this club. Or go on the internet, but they will not help you as much.
In a general way I want to discuss prints with you. Y’see, there is a perception that our membership is not keen on spending money on prints. Is it something to do with cost and us all using computers and not needing prints at home except for our family and holiday shots?
The committee thought this was understandable but did not want to give up on prints entirely; and in response to the dwindling entries changed the format for our monthly print competitions by reducing our annual quota to two sessions a year, and inviting people to use simple mounts.
As far as the club goes this is all interrelated. Do we want a monoculture club with only a nod toward prints? I think not. As el presidente I am duty bound also to observe that there is a chain reaction: no printing leads to no monthly competitions with prints, leading to no inter-club and national competitions such as the Memorial Trophy, and maybe no Club Exhibition… and soon we are leaving Nationals to a few keen but isolated souls… you get the (horrid) theme. In short, troops, if we become apathetic we will have a pathetic club. It is something only the wider membership can do. Tally ho!
Of course, this is not so hard to sort out. I hope that every one of us will be putting in a couple of prints in our annual exhibition. Putting images up for criticism guidance in monthly competitions will help us to refine them, either for a slight change and reprint before the exhibition, or better still just to see the stars in our collections. The comp sec will be keeping an eye out for the pictures that stand out, and invite you to put them forward in interclub and other competitions.