DPS Memorial Summer School Week 4: action packed Still Life

From Angy Ellis

42 members couldn’t keep still if they wanted too… there was far too much still life around the hall to photograph to be even static for a second…

Our final DPS MSS finished with 18 set ups that included plastic lizards, fresh chickens, milk, nails and a variety of other unusual arrangements mixed in with traditional flowers and fruit.

Alan Clarke’s water droplet station was very popular. He showed us how it can be done without all the expensive equipment so hopefully it has inspired some members to give it a go at home.

Joanne had two very pretty set ups including realistic geckos in a tropical jungle setting that really did look so very real. A few members weren’t sure at first, keeping their distance as they locked eye to eye with them for the first time.

Dave Murrell gave us a challenging egg task: photograph the egg in 5 different ways but ‘Don’t touch the egg” which made for some very interesting variations.

Around the room were many other tables: a fresh apple pierced with nails along with a vintage claw hammer, a fruity orange bird, a plucked chicken, sadly deceased on its nest of feathers and a set up by David Hickman who had brought along a very cute light box and various miniature items to use, and more

All in all it was a great night of practical photography. We shot some pictures together; laughed and chatted together – it was a perfect Thursday night.

Thank you everyone for your support because I could not have done it without you – you know who you are.

See you all next year when the DPS Memorial Summer School returns.

Angy

Pictured: Gecko in the Jungle. More pictures from the night to follow in Members Galleries soon

                                                            Gecko in the Jungle

Summer School Club Night News: 24th August

DPS Memorial Summer School: Still Life

It was yet another great night for the finale of the 2017 Durham PS Memorial Summer School season. The still life set ups (it seemed like dozens) were many and varied. Many thanks to Alan Clarke, Angy Ellis, Darren Pratt, Dave Murrell, David Hickman Joanne Coates for for creating them and Ian Peele for general support (and being first and last out the door)

There will be a report on the evening from Angy soon

Congratulations and thanks from the appreciative members go to Angy for devising and master-minding the whole successful Summer School season

DPS Annual Exhibition: Treasures of the North

Our hugely popular exhibition in Durham Cathedral of 90 framed prints is on in the magnificent North Aisle. Members can steward the exhibition and enjoy meeting the public but hurry! Last day is 31st August. Cathedral opening and service times are here

Northern Counties Countdown

8 days to closing date for entries into the 38th Northern Counties International Salon. Please support our local International! More information and entry form is here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 8th September, County Hall 6.30 pm. Details to follow

Members’ Image Appraisal Night

Led by Jed Wee September 21st. To take part, send two images to Ian Peele by 12th September latest but preferably much sooner. So far only 6 early birds are in! Don’t miss out. More information is here

Ian is away for part of September (see Competition Countdown below) but will acknowledge safe receipt of any images on his return

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk 7th October

A Durham walk will be led by our own Tony Mearman. To find out more and sign up, go here

Assignments

Coming soon – Assignment Streets of Brass gallery on the Assignments page here

Next Assignment will be in September, details to follow

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is 14th September for the 3rd Progress PDI competitions.

Note: Competitions Secretary Ian Peele is away 1st to 9th and 13th to 24th September but will acknowledge receipt of any images received on his return in both cases

Photography this Weekend

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is on until 28th August, the Newcastle Mela is Sunday this weekend and BH Monday. Coming soon … Tour of Britain, Wolsingham Show and more. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 7th September

John Webster ARPS MPAGB, Northallerton CC: The Way I see it

Note: there is no meeting next week 31st August

Pictured: Short Back and Sides by Bob Johnson, 3rd Progress PDI B winner 2016

                                                            1st, 3rd Progress PDI B. Short Back and Sides. Bob Johnson

New World Designs at Durham Photographic Society

From Durham PS President Peter Walton

Angy Ellis pulled off a scoop for Thursday night’s summer school at Durham Photographic Society!

Angy, a friend of Ian and Steve of New World Designs, who have created one of the most sophisticated Bullet Time Rigs on the planet, convinced them to come to our club and tell us about what they do. Sounds simple, that’s the normal format for visitors to our club, but this, was different!

Following a few hours to set up, members and guests were confronted with a ‘battery’ of SLR cameras on a rig that took up half of our hall as they walked through the door

Founded in 1998 and based in the Sunderland Software Centre, New World Designs is a creative agency focused on immersive media.

The night was fronted by Ian, with Steve working the tools in the background. Here is a local company, educated at a local University, who purchase their camera stock and software locally, who have a world- wide customer base and audience, now that is success!

Ian said ‘We were an early pioneer of commercial bullet time photography in the UK (Also known as TimeSlice or Time Slice), where “Matrix style” scenes separate time and movement to deliver truly unique visuals. Since then, we’ve developed the expertise, equipment and bespoke systems to become a global leader in the industry.

Today we have created one of the most sophisticated Bullet Time rigs on the planet, with precise trigger control, allowing us to control each camera independently, a software suite that allows the full automated process of the camera control, downloads, auto alignment, social media integration, and data capture to name a few. We have created custom wiring systems which allows for very fast and stable setups for both Experiential and Production setups.’

DPS are grateful that they found time in their busy world- wide work schedule to demonstrate their skills and chat about their development.

Peter Walton

Photos Angy Ellis: Ian (left) and Steve, & Ian and Peter Walton

   

DPS Memorial Summer School week 3: Bullet Time Boys – New World Designs

From Angy Ellis

There are not many out there … only a few in the whole wide world … but these local Bullet Time Boys came to our DPS Memorial Summer School last night and what a thrill it was. Never before have we seen anything like it. We weren’t sure how the night would work, or what they actually did, or how many members would turn up but last night was a full house. 54 members & guests attended filling the space in the hall around the curve of the Bullet Time Rig.

Ian the front man and Steve behind the computer started off the night explaining the story of how the concept came about. Working at London fashion week Ian was asked if it were possible to shoot a model as if she were on a turntable in 1998. He was the first photographer to try/use a virtual panoramic

It wasn’t perfect, it needed adjustments and more thought, so over the years it improved, until in 2003 he built his first Bullet Rig. This led to an amazing advertisement for Santander Bank capturing Rafael Nadal, the world class tennis player, in action mid-air – the first advertisement ever to use this Bullet Time rig concept.

Since then the likes of Land Rover, rock bands and blockbuster movies to name but a few have hired the lads and their the Bullet Time Rig to get the unique results. We watched the amazing footage of their advertising campaigns and saw how it had evolved into experiential marketing, where members of the public were involved in the advertising themselves, as recently used by Nike.

I think the capability of this set up was crystal clear when we were shown the images of 3 coloured water filled balloons shot and burst with an air rifle, the most outstanding footage complete with the bullet penetrating through,

The rig set up for us had 24 Canon SLR cameras bought in bulk (for serial number sequence so that calibration is more accurate) and locally sourced. They frequently use set ups of over 100 cameras. The members asked excellent questions throughout and we learned that the days of laborious & time consuming tasks such as adjusting each camera setting, taking the images from each memory card and stitching them together, were gone. Now it is a one touch adjustment on the computer using software that they have had developed themselves and exists nowhere else in the world.

The second half of the night, involving numerous members of the audience being photographed, was hilarious. I don’t think I can put into words what was happening in that final scene so get ready for the release of the footage. Before that jumping with brooms, leaping on Neil Maughan, throwing flowers and umbrellas in the air, using the Star Wars force – to name only a few.

What can I say but a huge thank you to the amazing New World Designs guys, Ian and Steve, for generously giving up their time and letting us into their very exciting world. And members – you did us proud with your enthusiastic involvement.

We made some amazing memories last night, let’s reflect & relive the fun that we all had by sharing with our family and friends and of course other photographers to encourage new membership – letting them know that the Durham Photographic Society have raised the bar for club nights.

Angy Ellis

See “Durham Photographic Society Fun Night” featured on the New World Designs website here

Learn more about New World Designs here

More pictures from the set-up and the night by Angy are in Members Galleries here

Photo: Angy Ellis

                                                        

DPS Memorial Summer School Week 2 was a huge success as we ‘Painted with Light’

From Angy Ellis

The extremely talented duo Sandra Hewitson & Chris Knaggs shared their vast knowledge on light painting as they delivered an excellent tutorial night for our members.

First we had to have the cameras ready for action: we were instructed on how to turn off the ‘Long Exposure Noise Reduction’, advised to choose a wide lens and turn off the lens vibration reduction. We were in Manual setting & Bulb mode as the exposures would be over 30 seconds, ISO was set between 200-400 however this was adjusted to suit throughout the night.

Once we had the cameras ready we were instructed to focus on Sandra or Chris before the lights were turned off. They would then create a light picture before our very eyes. We had no idea beforehand what it would be and this added to the anticipation and excitement of it all.

All focused, Sandra would then shout “lights out” it was so dark and very strange as we all stood very still, Sandra then instructed us to “start shooting”. We had to keep the shutter open for however long it took them to create a masterpiece, some were as short as 40 seconds others well over a minute. When she said “stop” the shutters were closed and we waited – then Wow! You could hear the satisfied gasps, fantastic responses, giggles and sounds of enjoyment as the light picture was revealed on the backs of cameras. Honestly it was so much fun.

Sandra and Chris had many light painting gadgets to use but they stressed that nothing needed to be expensive. They brought along LED umbrellas (without the umbrella), many coloured torches, carved plastic shapes for the ends and one was a feather. Key rings with lights, battery operated lengths of illuminating wire that made a great mist, laser pens and a huge amount of imagination. However the key to using all these accessories was to have a good ‘mind’s eye’, the ability to visualise the image as it is drawn so that there was no doubt as to what it was. It reminded me of ‘joining the dots’ as a kid but you had to make your own dots in your head first before starting to light paint – it’s not easy but fun to try.

Sandra shared with us that she used the house with all the lights off to practice, an idea we can all try now that we have the basic knowledge of how to paint with light. Chris said winter is best for this activity outside because it gets dark earlier. Apparently our many local castles can be enhanced with some quality light painting so I feel a DPS night out later in the year may be on the cards.

As the night progressed members were encouraged to get involved, Elizabeth Proud started with her painting of an orb, Liz Mearman stood still while she was given a skirt and bikini top as did David Hickman. Julie Ferry was given a light landscape of a house, tree and flowers enthusiastically painted by Neil Maughan and Dave Murrell and our DPS fairy was given her wings by Sandra as Chris surrounded her in green mist.

We finished with a quick ‘how to’ for ‘wire wool spinning’ by Chris – amazingly all that is needed is a kitchen whisk attached to a dog lead and some very fine grade wire wool. It’s advisable to wear long sleeves and a hoody but that’s all you need and you are good to go.

Well, what a night, thank you to all the members and friends who attended. As for Sandra and Chris, we thank them so much for their good humour, time and effort.

Next week it’s the bullet rig boys – please support this amazing visit from Ian & Steven as it will never happen again. Please let’s show our appreciation by attending, no camera needed but you can get involved on the night.

Angy

Photos: Angy Ellis

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Summer School Club Night News: 10th August

DPS Memorial Summer School Light Painting Night:

It was very good to welcome back Sandra Hewitson and Chris Knaggs – superb landscape, night sky, Urbex, adventure, motor sport multi talented photographers – on this occasion bringing their considerable light painting expertise and infectious enthusiasm for a hands on evening of enjoyment for the members and guests.

Report from Angy to follow soon …

DPS Annual Exhibition: Treasures of the North

The exhibition of 90 framed prints is on for the month of August in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral. Members can steward the exhibition and enjoy meeting the public. Just turn up, identity lanyards are on site. Opening and service times are here

Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Last chance to see at Arts Centre Washington! Final day is August 11th. See earlier NewsBlog from John Cogan here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 8th September, County Hall 6.30 pm. Details to follow

Assignment Durham Streets of BRASS

Follow up review meeting was Tuesday 8th August. Please also send your 8 digital images to David Forster asap. Meantime, the Assignment Frontline Sedgefield gallery is on the Assignments page here

Next Assignment will be in September, location will be announced soon

2017 DPS Memorial Summer School

The schedule of practical photography nights during August:

3rd August: Portrait night with Peter Walton and Joanne Coates – indoor & outdoor set ups, models Sam, Victoria, Deb and Natasha, plus green screen on site

10th August: Light Painting with Sandra Hewitson and Chris Knaggs

17th August: Bullet Time Photography with New World Designs. Amazing! Check them out: http://www.newworlddesigns.co.uk/

24th August: Still Life Photography – set-ups around the room

Start time 7.30 pm at St Oswald’s

Photography this Weekend

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing until 28th August. Sedgefield Show is on Saturday 12th and Classic Cars are at Raby Castle on Sunday 13th. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 17th August

It’s the big one – Bullet Time Photography comes to Durham PS Memorial Summer School!

Pictured: Blessing the Banners by Joanne Coates, Ted Mansell Award winner for best picture in the Durham PS Annual Exhibition

                                                        Blessing the Banners. Joanne Coates

Summer School Club Night News: 3rd August

DPS Memorial Summer School Portrait Night:

There was a huge turnout of members and friends for the first night of the DPS Memorial Summer School season. There were three set ups inside – Peter Walton’s strobe lighting, Darren and Joanne’s continuous lighting complete with ring light, temperature and brightness controls, and Angy’s green screen. Ouside, Dave Murrell led fill-in flash and natural light sessions. Never has St Cuthbert’s Hall and surroundings seen so many active cameras at any one time. The models (and make up artists), Sam, Victoria, Natasha and Deb, were superb in every way – the appreciative photographers can email some of their best pictures directly to them

The event was devised and masterminded by Angy Ellis who reminded us Summer School was in memory of members who have passed, most recently including our beloved Robin Wallace. Obituaries of four of them by David Trout LRPS are here

Next up in Summer School is Painting with Light – using a whole range of techniques with Sandra Hewitson and Chris

DPS Annual Exhibition: Treasures of the North

The exhibition of 90 framed prints is on for the month of August in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral

Members can steward the exhibition and enjoy meeting the public. Just turn up, identity lanyards will be on site. Be very respectful during worship. Opening and service times are here

Durham Cathedral is of course a World Heritage Site and, co-incidentally, The Treasures of St Cuthbert exhibition opened 29th July which has attracted yet more visitors link

Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Last chance to see! Final day is August 12th. It’s by Durham PS photographers at the superb Arts Centre Washington – see earlier NewsBlog from John Cogan here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 8th September, County Hall 6.30 pm. Details to follow

Assignment Durham Streets of BRASS

Follow up review meeting will be Tuesday 8th August, 7.30 pm at the Dunelm Club. Please also send your 8 digital images to David Forster asap. Meantime, the Assignment Frontline Sedgefield gallery is on the Assignments page here

BikeWise 2017

 Last call for your images, either by Drop Box or on a Disk to John Attle by next Thursday

2017 DPS Memorial Summer School

The schedule of practical photography nights during August:

3rd August: Portrait night with Peter Walton and Joanne Coates – indoor & outdoor set ups, models Sam, Victoria, Deb and Natasha, plus green screen on site

10th August: Light Painting with Sandra Hewitson and Friends

17th August: Bullet Time Photography with New World Designs. Amazing! Check them out: http://www.newworlddesigns.co.uk/

24th August: Still Life Photography – set-ups around the room

Start time 7.30 pm at St Oswald’s

Photography this Weekend

Another big weekend for events popular with photographers – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now on until 28th August, closer to home is Stockton International Riverside Festival (with Carnival parade on Saturday), Whitby Traction Engine Rally. Or how about a trip to the top of Grey’s Monument? Mike Boult’s Summer of Love Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 10th August

It’s the second 2017 DPS Memorial Summer School hands on practical photography evening and it’s all about painting with light

Pictured: Edinburgh Fringe picture by Ian Stafford

                                                         The Fringe, Edinburgh 013 Ian Stafford

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From Angy Ellis

I have just confirmed our final model. I have 4 very different looks for you on Thursday night 3rd August at the DPS Memorial Summer School portrait Night:

The beautiful Deb Sams – a 1940’s singer with beautiful red lips complete with microphone

Alternative model Victoria Dickinson – I have asked for a Geisha Skull effect, don’t be scared she’s a pussy cat underneath

Samantha Bell, the most photographed Steam Punk / Goth in the world – because she looks the best

The very pretty Natasha Christopher – who will be oozing sexiness in limited but tasteful attire

Bring your camera, bring a friend, think about the models and bring a prop or two as it all makes for great results, bring some ££ for a collection to share between the girls. Make up and costumes cost money

Angy

PS Don’t miss DPS Digital night, County Hall 6.30 pm tonight! It’s a DPS Memorial Summer School tie in special

Pictured: Victoria by Angy Ellis

                                                                            Victoria. Angy Ellis

Re-live the DPS Memorial Summer School Experience!

Our summer break in August was considerably enlivened by our first ever DPS MSS, devised and organised by Angy Ellis – all very different, all hands on, all fun, all a chance to learn and to socialise

For your delectation, your dedicated web site team have created a new Category containing all the NewsBlogs on the subject in Categories which you can find in the panel to the right

We’ve taken the opportunity to tidy up the Categories section and you still have the other “Search” options: Search DPS, Recent Blog Posts and Blog Archives by Month. These apply to just the NewsBlogs, not the whole site

Should DPS MSS be back in August 2017? Feel free to express your opinions to any DPS committee member

Pictured: Light Ribbon by Neil Maughan – created using a pixelstick as featured in the Light Painting night

                                                          Light Ribbon. Neil Maughan ARPS EFIAPs MPAGB

DPS Memorial Summer School Night News: 25th August

Sandra’s Light Painting Night:

The final night of the innovative 2016 DPS MSS attracted an enthusiastic crowd of members and guests (and possibly the largest number of cameras, remote releases and tripods ever seen at a photography club!)

Sandra Hewitson, Chris Knaggs and Neil Maughan opened up the whole world of painting with light, showing numerous LED devices and demonstrating a range of techniques. It was a hands on night of photography with numerous opportunities to practise using the LEDs and photographing the set ups. Sandra, Chris and Neil did a great job and it was an illuminating, enjoyable, fun night

LED devices included adapted LED brollies from ebay (with brolly bit removed), battery powered string lights, Electric Luminescence Wire, flashing LED torches in four colours with a range of Perspex attachments, many low cost and imaginatively customised, to the more sophisticated and higher cost Pixelsticks

North East Light Painters link

Light Painting World Alliance link

Bitbanger Labs (pixelsticks) link

More info and links on DPS Facebook Group for members (contact Sandra or Angy to sign up)

Annual Exhibition Durham Cathedral

Last chance to see the Durham PS annual exhibition in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral – it’s on until Bank Holiday Monday 29th August

Take down is the following day – volunteers needed! More details to follow

Town Hall Exhibition

The Durham PS “What makes the North East great” exhibition continues until 30th September

On Track Exhibition, Shildon RM

The deadline to send railway images for selection to David Trout is 12th September

Earlier NewsBlog with details is here

Edinburgh Fringe – Members Galleries 2016

As well as individual members’ galleries we are creating a group one of images of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Email to Tony Griffiths as soon as possible

Members Galleries 2016 is here

About us Gallery

Now showing is a superb collection of members’ landscapes Part 2 gleaned from recent competition archives link

DPS Digital night

Next Digi night is Wednesday 7th September and is on the Nik Collection software link

Competitions Countdown

Next closing date is for 3rd Progress PDI competitions (A and B sections) 15th September. Details are on the Competitions page and in your printed programme

This Weekend

Edinburgh Fringe is still on. Also Blyth Tall Ships Regatta, Newcastle Mela and more. Links and more forthcoming events are on the Hot Dates page here.

Next Week Thursday 1st September

As DPS Memorial Summer School concludes, our programme resumes with the star billing of Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP FIPF HonPAGB HonSPF and Anne Greiner MPAGB with ’More Holiday Snaps’

Pictured: one of Sandra Hewitson’s light painting images and a couple from the night

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