Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Newsletter | 0 comments

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The committee hopes everybody had a wonderful Christmas, they also wish you the best for 2019.

Trish Dannals has retired as one of the Bendigo Camera Club’s Lake Weeroona Pavilion Committee members and we need a replacement. You can talk to Trish or Val and ask them what is required.

Sunday 13 February 2019

The Lavender Harvest Festival is again on starting at 10:00am with a cost of $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for school aged children.  The address is 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat which is just 10 minutes north of Daylesford.   Their web address is HERE.

Tuesday 15th January 2019

As you are aware the web site is now open for entries which are due next Tuesday, 15th of January.  The Set Subject is Australiana.

There will also be a workshop on Macro/Close-Up and Focus Stacking Photography.  This is related to the next Competition Set Subject which is “Close Up Macro”

Please bring along your Camera, Tripod and Macro Lens and Extension Tubes if you have them.  The club will provide lights.

ALSO club annual membership fees are due.  As you will all be aware that costs always keep rising and so the fee membership has also risen to $50.00 per member.  This is the first fee increase in many years.  One of the reasons for the increase is the fact that there will be more bus trips planned during 2019.

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Tonight’s Activity will be to “Make a photo out of a given item”.

That is, a number of different items will be provided (matches, straws etc.) and you will be asked to create a photographic image out of them.

Saturday 26 January 2019

NB – The Lake Weeroona Australia Day Event is being held on Saturday and NOT on the Public Holiday which is Monday.

This is an important day for the club as this is when we raise funds from the sale of drinks.  Any funds raised therefore helps keep fees low. So volunteers are required commencing at 9:00 am on the 26th to set up display boards for members to display their prints AND to sell drinks.  Members can bring along up to 10 prints each.  Assistance will also be required later in the day (maybe 3:00 to 4:00pm) to pack up and clean up the club rooms.

Saturday 23 February 2019

The club will be organising a Bus Trip to photograph the street of Melbourne.  More details to follow closer to the event.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
A friend of mine (not in the Camera Club) recently received the following warning from Adobe, possibly just after a Windows 10 update.

She noted that the window would not close and that the only way to remove it was to click on the “LEARN MORE” button at the bottom of the window.  Once in the Adobe web site this is what she found.

  Note the Phone number and the ID No quoted by Adobe – 7K1Z5ZISQY

The Adobe web site talked about illegal software AND included a section stating that in future not all features of her illegal copy of Photoshop would work. She has already noticed this.  Adobe then said that she could buy Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for US$10.00 per month or A$14.29 per month. This works out to $171.48 per annum or $1,714.80 over ten years which horrified her.
We then looked at some cheaper but simular options for her.
The one that she liked was AFFINITY PHOTO which cost her A$62.99 (on special) was A$79.99.
Once we loaded it onto her PC we then decided to Google free Affinity Photo Tutorials.
The tutorials proved that Affinity Photo has virtually the same features as Photoshop.

We the uninstalled Photoshop and Lightroom.

You Tube Video – 33 minutes covering most features

Affinity Photo Tutorial for Beginners – 8min 42 seconds

Affinity Photo Skew Perspective Correction

So in the unlikely event that you have an illegal copy of this or any other software be warned.


Want to receive notifications about adhoc photo activities that members are doing? Will Tainsh (the clubs new Secretary) is setting up a Facebook group that you can join. Members of the group will post notifications there about birding trips, or trips to festivals such as the Echuca Steam Rally or local sporting events that other members might like to participate in.

If you would like to receive notifications about these adhoc activities, you need to notify Will as follows:

Find “Deshi Will” on Facebook or go to

Then click on Message and type a message requesting to join the group


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