Wednesday, 1 February 2017

VAPS Newsbrief Feb 2017

VAPS Newsbrief
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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
February 2017. Vol. 44, No 1.


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VAPS Convention 27-28 May 2017
Special Notice
Secretaries and Club Members
Is your club covered by VAPS Insurance?
Check now.
Fees are now overdue.
If your club has not paid the 2017 fees then your club is not covered by VAPS insurance.
All forms are on the VAPS website as fully interactive PDF forms.
VAPS Downloadable Documents
VAPS Affiliation Forms here.

Just fill them in, save them and then either print or email back to VAPS.
Pay by cheque or by direct deposit as per the form.
 Please check that you are insured.
Year Bar and Service Award forms should also be downloaded from the website and filled in and sent back to VAPS
Forms were not mailed out this year due to the high cost of postage.
( If you have paid your fees please disregard this notice )

Check with the VAPS Secretary if you have questions.
Message from the President

Greetings everyone,
I hope that we all had a safe holiday break and have started the new year in a positive way. It's always a good time to relax and catch up with friends and family. Some of us might even have had time to sort through those folders of images we took in 2016 and now have them all catalogued and safely archived!
This year we need to mark up on our calendars a few important events.
Firstly, keep in mind the upcoming 2017 VAPS convention and photographic interclub on the 27th and 28th May at the Monash University, Peninsula Campus.
Check the programme for all the good speakers and presentations. As its so close this year for the majority of club members, we should make every effort to attend.
Also, those of us who are considering doing one of the Judges seminars with the APJA this year, keep in mind that levels One Two and Three are being offered.
Check out too, the various Club and other organisational  Photographic competitions that are being offered this year. There is a comprehensive list on the VAPS website.
Later in the year, the Australian Photographic Society will hold its annual convention (APSCON) in the beautiful seaside location of Forster in Northern NSW. More details of this and the programme highlights can be found on the APS website for those that are interested in attending.
We are never short of events and things to do as photographers, and we will get so much more out of our passion the more we participate and involve ourselves in those events.
Enjoy your photography, all the best.

Ian Rolfe
President VAPS

Message from the Newsbrief Editor
2017 is here with heat and storms around Victoria. What fun. The Convention 2017 is on its way. Keep an eye on the Newsbriefs and the VAPS Website for updates and information.

Over the holidays I have had an opportunity to explore new image processing software that is emerging. I guess most of us use Lightroom and Photoshop and have worked out the way they work best for our interests, needs, skills and motivation. Luminar, Affinity Photo, Aurora HDR, and ON1 Raw have been further developed recently. It has been interesting to see if any of them suit my way of doing things or are there new ways of doing things. It is stunning to see what the software engineers are doing these days. We forget about them a bit and think that all the developments are in hardware. I have been jolted into new ways of thinking and am learning a lot. The more you learn, the more you realise there is still more to learn. Roll on 2017 with new horizons and even a few good sunsets.

I note that APSCON 2017 is at Foster (NSW) 18-22 Oct 2017.

Reflecting on how you get your copy of the VAPS Newsbrief. Building up to the VAPS Convention in May it's important that as many people get access to the information contained in the Newsbrief. There are several ways you can get access.
(a) By it being forwarded to you, as a member of an affiliated club/society, from your club/society secretary (or contact person)
(b) By your direct subscription. You can subscribe on the VAPS website or via links in the Newsbrief.
(c) By accessing it from the News Section on the VAPS website.
If you are the secretary of a club/society, are you forwarding it to your members?

Food Photography. I came across a short video on lighting food photography. I learnt a lot even when not thinking of wonderful food. It's sharing time. Video here.

Do you have difficulty reading on the screen? One of the advantages of delivering the Newsbrief in a web-browser is that you can use the browser's controls to zoom in and make the type larger. Don't forget that you can do that. Just make sure you use the instruction in the email to read it in a browser. Look for the zoom command in the browser's menu bar.
Barry Povey (Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club)
Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
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Meritorious Awards and SSVAPS applications
Special Notice and New Procedures. Attention, Presidents and Secretaries
This is a reminder to submit Meritorious and SSVAPS applications. Application forms are now on the website. Please note that they are not mailed out to Secretaries anymore.
Orders for Year Bars are also now being received. Keep them coming in please.
Year Bars are important to members. Starting at 10 years membership and available in 5-year increments, they are recognition of your member's service and support for your club. They are $12.50 each but some clubs recycle them. Do you have accurate records of eligible members? If not you can see who has received what on the VAPS website.  If you spot any errors there, please let the Badges and Awards officer know.
Service Awards There are two levels of service awards that are available to club members.
Meritorious and State Service awards. Again these are important levels of recognition for your members' efforts. Criteria apply to these awards and all information can be found on the VAPS website under Documents,
VAPS Annual Convention  27-28 May 2017.

Fantastic Speaker
Line up
 Tom Putt: outstanding Landscape photographer, Tom will take us on a surprising photographic journey.
 Darran and Pearce Leal: Photographic Travel adventures to places far afield, rare opportunity to have this dynamic Father and Son team together.
 Craig Wetjen: A Photographic Journey in what a personal project can do for you?, the making of his awarded book, "Men and their Sheds".
 Roosters Overland: by motorbike to Iran, a photographic adventure to be told.
 Ballarat Biennale Creative Director: A new approach to the Biennale.
"Lunch included both days"
Friday Social Dinner Frankston RSL
Saturday Formal Awards Night Frankston Arts Centre
++ Plus more to come

The VAPS 2017 Convention and Interclub Exhibition will be a fantastic weekend, plan your visit now!

Registration forms are available on the VAPS website

Accommodation availability, see this newsbrief.
Updates in VAPS Newsbrief and on the website
Registration form and advance programme are now on the VAPS website
Under the Interclub tab.
Please distribute information to your club members.
The exhibition opens Friday 26th May at 12 pm, in W Building of the University Campus, refer to map.
Registrations open from 3 pm in that building Friday.
Registrations will then be open in the Auditorium Foyer F Building, from 8 am on Saturday morning.
Subject to change
VAPS Programme
Link to VAPS Programme
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VAPS Presenters

Tom Putt - Convention Presenter

Tom Putt is a passionate and wildly enthusiastic landscape photographer, having spent the last 20 years exploring all parts of Australia to photograph. Tom says, I first fell in love with photography at age 13. I photographed wildlife, following my love for ornithology, before leaving university to pursue a career in sports photography.

In 1998, I was fortunate enough to take the eye of Australia's leading sports photography agency, Sport the Library. From 1998 to 2001, I covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But my passion has always been in landscape photography. My first shoot was walking the Overland Track in 1997. Since then, I have travelled extensively across Australia pursuing landscape photography.

Now Tom engages in another exciting medium, Drone and Aerial photography, his keynote address on Saturday morning, 27th May will astound and excite you as Tom takes us to the skies for some unforgettable aerial landscape photography.

Don't miss this special and fantastic opening to your 2017 convention programme, we know Tom will delight and enthral us all with his stories and photography.

You can find more about Tom and his photography workshops at

Darren and Pearce Leal - Convention Presenters


1. Saturday Workshop
Meet father and son team Darran and Pearce Leal for a unique workshop that will take you beyond point and shoot travel photos and offer you thought to provoke challenges to improve or adjust your photo interests. They will cover techniques, locations and offer you quality question time. Stunning example images will include locations in Antarctica, South America, Africa, Arctic and other locations around the world. Darran has over 300 articles published and is a current regular contributor to Australian Photography Magazine. Pearce has already been published in several magazines and self-published two books. The father and son team will also cover film, polaroid and of course a diverse range of digital subjects, linked to shooting and using your images.

"Travel photography is not about the simple act of visiting a location and taking photos. Rather it is about immersing yourself in the locations culture, landscapes and nature. Then to be creative, you need to open your mind and steer away from point and shoot images, challenging yourself to explore old and new concepts."       Darran & Pearce

Join Darran and Pearce as they take you around the world in 90 minutes!
2. Sunday Keynote Address
Our Keynote Speakers are two of the most travelled photographers in the world. They meet a diverse range of cultures, explore amazing places and shoot with hundreds of photographers from all over the world each year. You can expect some funny stories, points to test your photographic interests and be amazed at the limitless options available to you today as a creative artist. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the same problems and opportunities apply. This motivating speech will touch on a very important question – Where is Photography Leading you?

Tell your friends these will be two special presentations not to be missed.
Darren Leal                                       Pearce Leal
Read more of our excellent presenters in next month's Newsbrief
VAPS Interclub


Are you getting your prints, Digital and
Audio Visual entries ready.

Don't leave the upload to the last minute

Remember No Wooden Boxes when delivering prints

All related documents are on the
VAPS website under the Interclub Tab.

Read the Interclub and Audio Visual rules
Before uploading your work.

Complete the Record of Entry form and the AV
Entry form and include with your Prints and AV files
VAPS. Free Parking on the Weekend
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VAPS Visiting Frankston
VAPS Accomodation
Welcome to Frankston
VAPS delegates please find listed below accommodation offerings around our beautiful city and just beyond
1.       Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway Frankston
9781 3444
Mention VAPS Rate.
Rates are based on Deluxe Rooms featuring Queen bed only or Queen and Single bed
Overnight = $153 per room  (rate includes breakfast)
3 night stay = $135 per night (minimum 3 night) rate includes breakfast
*rates are based on single or double occupancy – additional cost for 3rd person
*Executive and Luxury rooms available – rates can be quoted directly if required

2. Quest on the Bay ( Central City Area )
435 Nepean Highway Frankston
8765 2500
Mention VAPS rate
Studio apartment - $170 per night
Executive studio apartment - $189 per night
One bedroom apartment - $208 per night

3. Frankston Motel ( Near Monash University )
233 Frankston – Flinders Road
5971 1233

4. BIG4 Mornington Peninsular Holiday Park
( Near Monash University )
2 Robinsons Road
Frankston 5971 2333

5. Carrum Downs Holiday Park
1165 Frankston – Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs
Great Photography Adventures


Ivanhoe Photographic Society

Ivanhoe Photographic Society has been invited to exhibit in the first exhibition for 2017 in the Banyule Council's Art and Culture Program. The overall title of the exhibition is 'Atmosphere and Environments' and our specific theme is ' Exploration of Water'. There are over 60 of our photographs, which include everything from landscapes and seascapes to more contemporary interpretations of water. Landscape Art from the Banyule Art Collection by both leading and emerging artists will also be displayed in the gallery. We invite you to come and visit this unique exhibition.

Venue: Hatch Contemporary Art Space, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe 3079
Grand Opening: Wednesday 8 February
68 pm (refreshments will be served)
Exhibition Dates: 9 February – 11 March 2017

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am –5 pm

Contact if more information required: Sara Knight  Secretary  Ivanhoe Photographic Society ( )





15 Feb 2017 to 15 May 2017
Ann Britton Photography Gallery
55 Herbert Street
Boulia 4829
Victorian contact 04 19 592 859.
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Melbourne Camera Club
Southern Suburbs Photographic Society
Colac Camera Club
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
19 August - 17 September 2017

More information.
Places to Photograph in Victoria
Alex has some great places for your club to put on a list.
Excellent places.
Excellent pictures for you.
Excellent commentary. (Editor)
See the list and comments here.
Lightroom - Did you know?

Sharpening in Lightroom - Did you know?

Use the Detail Module.
Set the Amount-slider to the amount required.
Hold the Option/Alt key down as you move the Masking slider.
Your image will turn to a dynamic black/white image.
Black = No sharpening in that region
White = Sharpening in that region.
It's a great way to protect skies from being sharpened and introducing artefacts.
Release the Option/Alt key and the image appears as normal.
VAPS Interclub 2017


Due to vehicle and storage and weight restrictions next year
we will not be able to accept club wooden boxes
for club prints.


Clubs are requested to use A2 folios that are available from
Office Works ($60), Riot Art Supplies and Seniors Art Supplies.
More information here:

Fremantle International Portrait Prize

9th Australian Digital Photographic Awards - Closes 26 Feb - Information
Adelaide AV Fest International 2017 - Closes 31 March - Information
APS AV Autumn National 2017 - Closes 24 March - Information

Australian Photographic Judges Association

APJA training 2017 

Australian Photographic Judges Association is conducting training in 2017 for Levels 2, and 3 and 4.
If you are a judge then this training is for you. If you are interested in becoming a judge then this training is for you.
If you are just interested in learning more and improving your photography skills then this training is for you.

All are held at  St. Peters Anglican Church Hall
Cnr. Ames Ave & Neerim Rd Murrumbeena.  (Melway 68 K5)
BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon teas provided.
Cost:    APJA members                                       $25
            Persons on the current Judges List         $35
            Others                                                   $50

Details of training courses will be announced when finalised.


VAPS, Organisational member of Australian Photographic Society
Victorian Associations of Photographic Societies Inc
Proudly acknowledges as a returning and valued sponsor

Imagebank Australia

At this year's interclub competition, Imagebank Australia awarded vouchers to the value of $100 toward any size Acrylic print to 20 photographers selected from the AIPC Victorian print finalists.

The deadline that these vouchers must be used by is 1 September 2016.

The AIPC selection committee selected prints nominated to go on to the AIPC judging. Selected prints were  identified on the exhibition boards.

On behalf of the VAPS community, we would like to thank the management and staff of Imagebank Australia for their kind and generous sponsorship and we look forward to a long association.

We ask all our members to support Imagebank Australia by visiting their website at and utilising their expert services for your next important print work.
Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc Welcomes Epson Australia Pty Ltd
A new and valued sponsor for our members' benefit.
Special Offer from Epson for VAPS Club Members
Register at the following link to receive a $20 online shop voucher as well as many offers from the Epson range of products.
We encourage our club members to support Epson in your next printer purchase. Visit their website at to get all of the information on the new Epson SureColor SC‐P600.
Thank you Epson for your support to the Camera Clubs of Victoria
Any members of an accredited Camera Club or Society interested in evaluating images or judging are invited to apply to join the Australian Photographic Judges Association.
You do not need to be an active judge to be a member.
The prime objective of the Association is to help develop the evaluation and judging skills of members.
Further information contact:
Rob Sloane:   or
Paul Robinson:


or go to the VAPS Website at

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VAPS Committee Listing and Support
Ian Rolfe

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Alfred Zommers

Vice President /Interclub
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0429 826960

Tony Harding

Jeanette Colson

Badges & Awards
Policy and Documentation

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History & Archives
Alan Wilson

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of Photographic Societies Inc.

General Enquiries:
P.O. Box 2010, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205
Tony Holding:
VAPS Objectives
  • To advance the art of photography.
  • To further the interests of affiliated bodies.
  • To draw up regulations governing exhibitions and inter-club competitions.
  • To arrange the exchange of guest lecturers and demonstrations on any subject relating to photography.
  • To arrange the exchange of prints between clubs.
  • To arrange periodical conventions for members of affiliated bodies and guests.
  • To arrange the publication of an official journal or news sheet .
A Brief History:
Camera clubs have existed in Melbourne since the 1890's and an umbrella organisation called the Victorian Photographic Affiliation was formed in 1908. This guided amateur photography in Victoria for forty years. The Victorian Association of Photographic Societies was formed on 27 September 1952 and comprised of 12 clubs. This has grown to more than 70 clubs in Jan 2016. VAPS is a non-profit association that is entirely self-funded. The Association is run by an elected Committee of Management which is responsible for the operations of the Association, and for ensuring the Association fulfils the objectives.
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