Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the 4th Wednesday of the month January - October.
November and December meetings are on the third Wednesday of their respective months
We meet at the Hillsborough Municipal building click here for directions.
Next Monthly Meeting
Wednesday March 22, 2017 7:00-9:30 PM
Thank you to everyone who submitted images for the marathon critique session at our February meeting. An extra big thank you to Jim Roselli for the detailed and very constructive critiques on all those images!
In March we will have a presentation by Don Polzo titled Working with Digital Capture as a Craft: How Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Fit In. These are two tools that are essential to everyone looking to improve their craft. This presentation will help you to better understand workflow and which tools within each program are best suited for various tasks.
There will be no submissions in March. To encourage more member participation in the critiques and an increased focus on PPA's 12 elements as the basis of critiquing, we will be having a "critique tutorial" led by Jim Roselli. Jim will go over two of the elements, composition and technical excellence using a number of stock images to drive home the point. After Jim's explanation, four members will be selected to critique several more stock images. When the four "volunteers" have completed their critiques, all members will be encouraged to add their insights.
Starting in April, the critique assignments will be delivered in terms of both subject matter and two critique elements. Each month a different group of four members will be asked to be our "lead critics". We have found that doing this kind of critiquing helps everyone to develop a more critical eye to their own work which leads to significant improvements in the craft.
We encourage you to create new images for each meeting. Most of our topics are follow ups to what was presented at the last meeting. We hope that you will try to apply what was presented in creating new images each month.
When preparing your images for submission, please keep the following in mind. The maximum size for each image submitted is ten megabytes. In most applications that will export your jpegs, simply set that as your maximum image size. If you feel you must specify dimensions, be sure that your longest edge is at least 2,000 pixels. Remember, the more details there are in your submissions, the more Jim can dive deep into your image to help you improve your craft.
Please don't wait until the last minute to submit your images for critique. With our change of venue, some logistical changes are necessary. Due to our having limited internet access in the municipal building, images submitted for critique after 4PM on the meeting day may not make it into the gallery.
Use this Jotform Link to upload your images. Uploads are limited to one per member each month. They must be in JPEG format and no larger than 10 megabytes. When preparing your uploads please try to get them as close to maximum size as possible. This allows for a more detailed review and more input on how to grow your craft.
Congratulations to Gary Wiesner for getting two of his images selected for the RAW 2017 exhibition at Stockton State University. The exhibit runs from January 23 - May 1.
Sharing Our Photography
We have an ongoing initiative to help our local charities by donating framed prints that can be sold, raffled, etc. If you are from an organization that would like to use our images please click here to see the gallery of images that are available. Any member who would like to donate images, please contact Danielle. When an organization is interested in an image, they will tell us and then we'll arrange for delivery. The photographer will keep the image until it is donated.
Our exhibit at the Somerset County Administration Building is over. Thank you for all who participated in exhibits this year. If you haven't picked up your image from the show please contact Danielle to arrange a time and place.
Several times a year two members present a portfolio of their work as the main program at a club meeting. All members are encouraged to present a portfolio of their work to the club. This is a great way to get good, honest, constructive feedback from your colleagues. Presenting a portfolio presents a number of challenges that help us to grow as photographers and artists. Click here for a document describing the process. Please contact Nan if you are interested in being a presenter. So far we have had four very different portfolio presentations:
Notes and Links of Interest
Here's the link to the presentation on the club's website from the February 2017 meeting.
For our January 2017 meeting Jim Roselli prepared a tutorial on presenting four images as one. Click here for the explanations of the technique using either Photoshop or Lightroom, click here for the templates that he discusses.
At the January 2014 meeting, Ron Wyatt mentioned Back Button Focusing. Here's a link that gives a really good explanation. Thanks Anthony.
All club members are invited to join the club's Flickr group. You can find detailed documentation here or via the link below. Anyone having trouble joining is encouraged to contact Nan, Herb or John for assistance.
As a club our vision is to learn in a fun and collaborative environment. We encourage all members to contribute images for critique. All members are also encouraged to provide constructive inputs of the images submitted for critique during these sessions.
Uploading Images For Critique
Please use a Jotform link to upload images for the meeting. Try to have all images loaded as early as possible prior to the meeting. Click on a Jotform link to load images. Please remember to click the submit button on Jotform after you load your images. There will be a second page that comes up letting you know that your image has been successfully uploaded into the system. The maximum size, per image, for uploading is 10 mb. Please try to submit images as close to that size as possible. This allows for a more detailed examination of your work and better input on how you might improve your craft. Each member is limited to one image per month.
- Jim Lasalla has a new photo critique website. Click here to see it.
The following are links to Different Areas, Forms or Documents on the website.
- Click to go to OurPhotoClub Forums
- Click for instructions on how to use Forums
- Click here to go to the club's Flickr Group (you must be a member in Flicker and logged in)
- Click for documentation on the club's Flickr Group
- Click to upload images for monthly critiques
- Click to go to members interests
- Click to see information on using Member Interests section of the club website
- Click to see images from the First Annual Photography Club Exhibit on attached Video
Our membership is at capacity. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the membership information listed below and we will add you to our waiting list.
Hillsborough Digital Photographic Society is an organization whose goal is the education of its members in the art and science of photography in a supportive environment. Our goal is to provide a forum where photographers of all skill levels meet to share their experience, knowledge, and passion for photography.
Camaraderie among individuals with similar interests is a powerful catalyst toward better photography. Through monthly meetings, field trips, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, image critiques, and exhibits at local venues, members will enhance their photographic skills. In order to accomplish these goals, Our Photo Club will focus on education and learning in a non-competitive environment.
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Interested persons are welcome to attend any meeting to get a feel for our club. If you are interested in joining, the procedure is simple.
- On the upper right hand corner of the Home page click on login. This will direct you to a Member's Login Page.
- On the bottom of the page click on New User. This will walk you through the sign up process which includes the membership application.
Before you will be able to use the Members' Only portions of the website, dues must be paid and then the membership will be activated. There is a Show Me button which directs you to a help video which will walk you through this process. Once approved, you will receive an email with a password which you will be able to change once you login as a member.