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7HCC September Update

From: Dale C. A.
Sent on: Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:18 PM

Hi Everyone.

Just a quick reminder about a few things.  First of all …it's time to pay our dues.  Dues are $35 for an individual, and $45 for a family.  Bob Persson will be accepting checks, or cash at the next meeting.  Please keep in mind that everyone in our meet-up group is able to attend all our meetings for free, but if you wish to participate in the competitions, or the photo exhibits, you need to be a paid-up member of Seven Hills Camera Club.


Our next meeting is Monday, October 1, 2012.  Our Monday meetings are our educational/technical meetings, led by Don Roberts.  We are going to be trying something new this year.  For the first half hour of our meeting we will be having a critique of images submitted by members specifically for critique purposes.  Members may submit up to two images for critique.  They should be sent to me at [address removed] by 5:00 PM the day of the meeting.  We would like the maker of the images to remain anonymous for critique purposes, so no identifying hints in the file names, please.  We will critique the first ten photos to be submitted, or however many we can finish in a half hour.  The purpose of these critiques is for us to learn and grow.  What have we done well?  What could we improve upon?  As doing a formal critique is new to us, I thought it might be a good idea to check out some ideas on the web.

Robert Mapp suggested these sites:

Nature Photography - Critique - How to Write Critique


I found these others helpful too:

Giving a good photo critique | Pixiq

Photographer's Toolbox | How to Critique a Photo by #Photo--Assignment on deviantART


Have patience …it's likely to be a bit awkward at first, but as we practice we will get better.



Our first  club competition of the year is coming up on October 17, 2012.   Members can submit up to three images in the digital category, three images in the print (8x10 to 16x20) category and three images in the snapshot  (4x6 to 5x7) category.  The images may have been taken at any time.  Print images should be matted,  or on foam board.  The digital images should be no longer than 1024 pixels wide, or 768 pixels high.  It can be smaller than that, but not larger than that.  Digital images should be sent to Carol Morocco at [address removed] by no later than midnight on October 14th.

For your printed images, please keep in mind that our sponsors,   L.B. Wheaton and Printmakers offer 7HCC members a discount.



New Meet-up member, Michael Hendrickson, has asked us to pass along this fun photo-op which is to happen this Saturday at 11:00 AM.  Please direct all questions regarding Trash the Dress to Michael.



Worcester Photo Studios is hosting Trash the Dress in Marlborough.

$60 to come and have a killer time. We will have dresses, hair, makeup and models. We just need lots more photographers!!


So what is Trash the Dress? Trash the dress, fearless bridal, and rock the frock - refers to photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is completely out of place. Usually brides decide to have pictures taken on the beach, but possibilities are endless. City streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings are only few examples of trash the dress session locations.


A model often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dres s, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty or in extreme circumstances tearing or destroying the garment.

It may also be done as an additional shoot after the wedding, almost as a declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will not be used again. It is seen as an alternative to storing the dress away, never to be seen again.


And this is exactly what we are going to do... Gather models - both Male and Female- to come Trash some Dresses and other clothing- while us photographers create images of it all! This is going to occur in Marlborough. There will be shooting on the waterfront, a beach and plenty of trails.


Models, email me at mike@worcesterphotostudios to confirm you are coming.


We are currently looking for Stylists - both hair and makeup as well as a clothing stylist.... the more we have the better the event will be!! So please send out your search parties and see what you can gather for this area.


There is a cost to participate in the event. It is $60.00 per photographer. It goes toward dresses we purchase, drinks for the day, paperwork that needs to be printed and the list goes on and on. We all benefit from these kinds of events and we see it as a portfolio building exercise for all involved.


Methods of payment- Paypal ([address removed], reference Trash the Dress), credit card or cash. We need to know what models are able to participate that day. This is only so I'm not stuck with 20 dresses that i bought if people don't show up.


Photographers- here is the DEAL! So that means you have to give each model you photograph a min of 3-5 images for their portfolios. Fully retouched and useable for their promotional uses. They are not allowed to resell the images to anyone - only for promo use. You have one month to get images to the models or studio. That means by Oct 29th, 2012. We will have tracking to make sure everyone knows who has the pictures.


Any questions? [address removed] mike@worcesterphotostudios, [address removed]


Patrick, Chris, Mike



See you all at the next meeting!


Dale C. Anderson



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