Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chance to Renew your Membership or Join

There is a great opportunity coming up to meet your tutors, renew your memberships or join as well as find out more about all the courses U3A Logan offers this year:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Last Moday's lunch at the Monsoon Restaurant brought the Logan U3A Camera Club's activities of 2011 to a close. We all deserve a break, so.....

Diane and I wish you all a great Christmas and best wishes for 2012. We hope to see you all again at our first meeting on the 23rd January 2012 at 11.00am at the Logan North Library Springwood.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Last Meeting for the year - Tomorrow 11.00 am Logan North Library

Hi Members,

Tomorrow morning we have our last meeting for the year. We'll revamp some of the subjects we've discussed during the year.

And we'll look at some of the flower pictures from last meeting so bring yours along to share.

Then after the meeting we'll go over to the Monsoon Restaurant at the Springwood Hotel for lunch. If you haven't booked yet, don't worry we'll fit you in.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fun at Today's Meeting

Another fun meeting this morning. Diane talked about DOF (Depth of Field) especially in relation to taking photos of flowers. Then it was time for some Hands-On experience by members.

Members are getting experience in taking shots of flowers

Next Meeting 28th November is our last meeting for the year. After the meeting at 1.00pm, we'll all go over to the Springwood Hotel for a End-Of-Term lunch. Please let us know if you are attending so we csn book for you.  See attached e-mail for menus and our contact details. We look forward to see you.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 14th November - 11AM Logan North Library

Hi Members,

Flower Photography

On Monday we have another 'hands-on' session, this time with flowers or plants. We'll specifically concentrate on the Depth of Field function when taking pictures of flowers or plants.

Taking pictures of flowers is an art, so let's learn how to do it.

(And any other equipment you think might be useful)


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Program For Next Year

Hi Members,

We're preparing the U3A Camera Club Program for next year and need your input.

If you have any suggestions of 

  • Topics
  • Names of Guest Speakers
  • Places for Field Trips
  • Or any other Suggestions

Please let us know, we'd appreciate your input.

Email -
Phone 07 3208 3729

Have a great weekend

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Last Meting

On Monday, Roy gave a very informative talk about subjects such as 'RAW' versus 'JPEG', two formats used by modern digital cameras. He also mentioned other subjects such as colour selection and enhancing in our pictures.

Alan showed us a slideshow of his Berinbah Wetland trip and of another trip to seaworld.

Then Bill showed us his new movie of his trip to South Australia for which he used very dramatic music.

Roy is talking about 'RAW' versus 'JPEG'

Avery captive audience
We are currently preparing our plan for next year's meetings. If you have any suggestions of names of possible speakers for these meetings or field-trip suggestions, please let us know, we would appreciate your input.

Friday, October 21, 2011

We're Back!

Hi Members,

We're back again and this time for quite a long time. So let's look at what's happening at our next meeting on Monday 24th of October:

Roy was away with the flu last meeting, so his 'RAW' versus 'JPEG' segment was postponed and will be discussed this meeting.

This segment promises to be very interesting.

Also, we look at incorporating dramatic music to videos and show how important the soundtrack of a movie is.

And if you took some interseting pictures during our absence, bring them along to show us.

See you there

MONDAY 24 OCTOBER - 11.00am 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Next Meeting - Monday, 10 October - 11 AM Logan North Library

Hi Members,

On Monday, we'll discuss the 'RAW' format in photography and learn about an exciting photo-sharing website called '365' where members share their photos on line.

Plus we ask members to show their Moving Water pictures,

Have Fun.

Friday, September 23, 2011

No Meeting on Monday 26 Septembet 2011

Hi Members,

It's School Holidays and we don't have acceess to the Library Room so Monday's meeting is cancelled.

The next Meeting is on Monday - 10th October 2011
Logan North Library - 11.00AM

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 12th September - 11AM

Hi Members,

On Monday morning, we'll be talking about photographing moving water, such as waterfalls, waves etc.

And because we ran out of time last meeting in our blogging segment, we might continue on from where we left off.


MONDAY 12 SPTEMBER 2011 - 11.00AM

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Meeting Updates

From all accounts, Jason from Photo Continental was a great speaker at the last meeting, just a shame Diane and I missed that, we might get him back next semester.

Roy was there and here's his report:

I think we all had a good morning listening to Jason – it’s good to get the experts view every now and then.

He addressed just about every feature of photography so we have no more excuses for poor shots. These were some of his topics:

  • Think before you start – do you have the right equipment, have you set it up for easy use and do you know what to expect from your subject.

  • If you are just taking pictures with little adjustment afterwards and don’t want to enlarge beyond 8X10 then JPEG images are fine otherwise consider using RAW

  • Practice aperture adjustments to get the depth of field you’re after.
  • SD cards range from slow C2 to fast C10, slow cards are OK for still photography but you should consider faster cards for movies and do not use bargain cards.
  • SD cards, hard drives, backup drives, memory sticks and CDs all fail eventually so keep your data in more than one place.

  • Carry a compact camera and don’t be afraid to use it even if you have a top-of-the-line DSLR – once the moment is gone it’s gone.
  • ND (neutral density) and Polarizing filters enable you to cut down on over-exposed shots but are expensive.
  • Using autofocus with telephoto lenses is difficult so practice beforehand.

The next meeting will be on Monday the 12th September at 11.00Am at the Logan North Library, where the main subject will be "Moving Water Photography." See you there.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 22 August, 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Everyone,

We have a special guest speaker at our next meeting on Monday,

Jason from Photo Continental at Mt Gravatt will talk to us about the latest cameras available on the market, so I hope we'll have a 'full house' for this event.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Today's Meeting

Today, we are learning about blogging. Here is the group of members. We are uploading this blog post directly from the meeting.

Members concentrating

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 8 August, 2011 -11.00AM

On Monday, we'll look at the world of Photo Blogs, another interesting use for our photos. We'll look at some interesting blogs and...

.... we'll create a blog from scratch using some of our photos
.... we'll publish the blog on the internet

We'll keep the new blog on the internet for a few weeks so members can modify it, add to it, re-publish it, to give everyone blogging experience.

After a few weeks, we'll remove the blog. By then everyone who is interested will be able to start a blog and maintain it.

And, we'll look at photographing moving water, such as rivers, oceans and waterfalls. 


Monday, August 1, 2011

Another Bill and Diane Movie

It's done! After many hours, our USA trip video is complete, here's a sample

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What a great meeeting

What a great meeting we had on Monday photographing real food, and then able to eat some of it. I think we should do that again at a future date.

First Diane took us through the art of landscape photography explaining composition and techniques for great landscape pictures. And we saw aome fabulous examples.


We got stuck into food in more ways then one.

Hilda brought in one of her cakes for us to let loose with our cameras.

And she also brought some cup cakes for photographs AND to enjoy them with a cup of tea. Thank you very much Hilda.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 25 July, 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Everyone,

Bill and Diane are back after a hectic trip from the east coast to the west coast of the United States.

Here is what's planned for Monday's meeting

1. Landscape Photography
The intricacies of landscape photography

2. Morning Tea Break

3. Food Photography
How to take photos of cakes and other food.
It would be good if you could bring along a smple
of food suitable for us to practice photographing.

Bring your cameras
So see you there

Monday, May 30, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 11 July, 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Members,

The next meeting will be on Monday, 11 July 2011 at Logan Library. 

Bring along USB of your photos taken at our outing to the Berrinba Wetands at Browns Plains.

If you didn't go on the field trip, bring along a USB of photos to share with us.

See you there at 11.00am.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blogging Demo

Bill shows Jean how to update the U3A Camera Club Blog

Bill and Jean at work

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yesterday's Club Meeting

Yesterday's meeting was very well attended. We started off showing sunset and sunrise pictures members took all over the world and let me tell you we saw some wonderful shots. There are some talented photographers amongst us.
A large group attended yesterday's meeting
This was followed by s showing of travel videos and slide shows, again by members of the club and the same can be said, we saw some great videos.

And finally, Noeleen demonstrated a few ways of creating a photo book. Photo books are becoming a very popular way of collecting photographs. The photos are printed and the result is that they will last longer.

Noeleen, explains how to create a photo book

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 23rd May 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Members and Friends,

We're on again on Monday at the Logan North Library 11.00 AM, with the following items:

1. Show and Tell - Sunsets
Bring in your sunset or sunrise shots if you've taken any
since the last meeting

2. Travel Movies or Slide Shows
Bring a travel movie from a trip - About 5 minutes length

3. Coffee Break & Sharing Ideas

4. Photo Book Demo
We'll have a look how a photo book is assembled

And if there is spare time left, we'll look at
Photo Blogging (such as this blog you're looking at)

See you all there

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yesterday's Club Meeting

We had another great meeting yesterday, even though a few members were unable to attend. We started off by looking at portrait shots taken by members.

Diane shows John's fabulous portrait shots

Then we discussed sunset and sunrise photography with an instructional video and some very handy tips.

Sunset in Sydney - Photo by Diane

After the coffee break, Roy introduced us to a free software package called FastStone for PC users. Roy demonstrated various functions this program can do, and it is free to download.

FastStone Program

You can enhance, manipulate, crop and a lot more with this free software.

To finish the meeting, Roy showed us a couple of videos, he has edited on Adobe Premier. Thanks Roy, much appreciated.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 9th May 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Members and Friends,

We're on again on Monday at the Logan North Library with the following items:

1. SHOW AND TELL - Show us your portrait shots (from last meeting)

2. SUNRISE & SUNSETS - including a short video on the subject with tips of how to take them

3. COFFEE BREAK - Share ideas. Suggestions for future meetings, especially during Diane and Bill's
                                     absence 27 June and 11th July.

4. DEMO ON 'FastStone' Photo Editing Software - CLICK HERE FORE MORE INFORMATION.

5. SCREENING OF A COUPLE OF VIDEO CLIPS - Edited on Adobe Premier editing software


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top Ten Tips

Hi Everyone,

During the break here are Kodak's Top Ten Tips to keep us occupied..

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter!

Hi Everyone,

Diane and I wish you all a 

Take lots of pictures and show us some at the next meeting!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

End of Term

Hi Everyone,

Monday 25th is a Public Holiday, so there will be no meeting, so we'll resume Term 2 on Monday 9th June  at our usual time of 11.00AM. Below are the dates  of the next meetings for your calendars.

Mon 9 May
Logan North Library
Mon 23 May
Logan North Library
Mon 13 Jun
Mon 27 Jun
Logan North Library
Mon 11 Jul
Field Trip - Venue TBA
Mon 25 Jul
Logan North Library
Mon 8 Aug
Logan North Library
Mon 22 Aug
Logan North Library

The blog will be updated on the 7th May to give details of our next meeting.

Have a great break, see you all on the 9th May.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 11th April 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Everyone,

At the next meeting on Monday, we plan the folloing:

1. Show and Tell
    If you have any interesting photos or videos, bring them along and show us.

2. Portraits
    We'll discuss portrait photography still and video
We'll look at portrait photography
Bring your cameras and camera manuals and maybe look at the portrait section of your manual.

4. Discussion, over coffee - sharing ideas

5. Histograms
    We'll have a quick look what histograms are and what they're used for
What are Histograms used for?

Next Meeting:

Monday 11th April 2011 - 11.00AM
Logan North Library

Monday, March 28, 2011

Today's Meeting

Good attendance this morning, it was great to see. We started off with 'Show And Tell'. We saw some fabulous macro shots from various members and a marvellous 5 minute slide show presentation produced by the Wilkinsons of their trip to Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Then Diane explained the topic of focusing.
Tutor Diane explains the ins and outs of focusing

and finally we looked behind the scenes of one of the most famous documentary makers of how the professionals do it.

And finally, here's a picture of the dinner last Friday night at the Lychee Village Chinese Restaurant at Daisy Hill. It was very enjoyable and hopefully we'll see more people next time.

U3A members enjoying dinner at the Lychee Village at Daisy Hill

Friday, March 25, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 28th March 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Everyone,

Part I
On Monday, we will be looking and sharing some of the Macro shots we've been taking at, and since the last meeting. So please bring those shots along and share them with us.

Part  II
Then we have a real treat:

We'll be going behind the scenes and looking at excerpts from a video about how one of the best-known  nature film makers, David Attenborough goes about creating his much-loved nature programs, from the type of equipment he uses to his unique techniques. 

So don't forget - 
Monday 28th March 2011 
11.00 AM at the Springwood North Library.

See you there!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Next Meeting Monday 14th March 2011 -11.00AM

Hi Everyone,

Next meeting on Monday morning at the Logan North Library at 11.00 AM. Topic is Macro Photography, bring your cameras as we'll all take some shots.

Some old time tables mention the topic for this meeting as 'Creating Good Videos'. Because of logistics, we have deferred that topic for a future date.

Hope to see you all on Monday Morning.

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Photoshop Magic

Last meeting, Jean gave us an introduction to Photoshop magic. Jean showed us as an introduction what can be done with images using Photoshop or Elements (the smaller and cheaper version) both available for PC or Apple computers.
Amazing what you find in a hollow log
You can take a section of one of your photos and paste it into another photo as Jean has done here. She inserted a group of people (copy) and placed them into a hollow log (paste)
Transport part of an image into another image

She did the same here with this horse and rider
Sorento - A Painting
In the above, Jean turned one of her photographs of Sorento into a piece of art.

If you're interested in learning more about these techniques, you have a chance next semester when Jean will run a Photoshop or Elements class at Logan U3A. For further information contact Jean at the next meeting.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Monday Meeting

Hi Everyone,

We're going to have a very interesting meeting on 

Monday Morning 28 February 2011 
11.00AM Logan North Library:

First we're going to have a look at shots members took at the Daisy Hill Forest Field Trip a couple of weeks ago, so bring your shots on memory sticks, CDs, cameras or prints.

Then Jean will introduce us to Photoshop and demonstrate what you can do with it like the one below:

Strange sightings

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Pleasant Field Trip

Our first field trip for 2011 went well yesterday morning at the Daisy Hill State Forest. The theme was 'close-up' photography with many opportunities on offer on the board walk.
A relaxed Camera Club Group at the Daisy Hill State Forest yesterday morning

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our First Outing

Hi Everyone,

It's time for our first Field Trip in 2011 and what better place to visit than the Daisy Hill State Forest where there are lots of opportunities to capture great pictures. Who knows, you might even be lucky to capture a Wallaby or a Koala.

MONDAY 17th FEBRUARY 2011 AT 11.00 AM

We'll meet at Car Park P3 as shown on the map below

Just follow the Ring Road (it's one way) and slip into the 3rd car park. If by any chance it should be full, (probably unlikely on a Monday) just drive to P4 or P5 and walk across the park, it's not far.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Let's make a Movie

Have you ever wanted to make a movie or a slideshow with your films and stills?

On Monday Morning, we'll do just that!

We'll learn how to edit and assemble a movie, using free software that most people already have on their PCs - MS Movie Maker

We'll learn how to add Special Effects, Titles and Sound Tracks

We hope to see you all on Monday Morning at 11.00 AM at the
Logan North Library - Springwood

Sunday, January 23, 2011

We're back into the Swing

We had quite a few new members at our first meeting on the 17th which was very good to see. However disappointing was the absence of a lot of last year's members. Maybe that was because we had to change from Thursdays to Mondays this year.

Just in case, here is the program until the end of February...

We hope to see you all again on the 31st of January

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Action Starts on Monday

Hi Everyone,

We hope you all had a great break and are ready to get back into the Action.

We start Club Meetings again on Monday 17th January 11.00AM at the Logan North Library at Springwood.

If you took any interesting photographs over Christmas/New Year, bring them along and show us. We'll start the meeting with a Show and Tell Session.

Then we really get into the Action!
Action photography is the topic on Monday

Bring your cameras and tripods if you have one.
We'll be doing some action shots

 We hope to see lots of members.

Until Monday...