How to have a flutter and help TPS

As a volunteer-run local community initiative, TPS is always looking for new ways to raise funds to keep the club running smoothly. All our members pay an annual subscription which goes a long way to paying for hall hire, great speakers/judges and the equipment we need like our projector and screen. And then there is the cost of insurance, our event stands, PhotoEntry, and this website…

We’ve good news though. There’s one additional, super-easy way you can help TPS, and maybe win £25,000 in the process: by buying tickets to play the Tandridge Lottery from our special fundraising page at https://www.tandridgelottery.co.uk/support/tandridge-photographic-society. Entry costs £1 per line, with half of that money, 50p, being donated directly to TPS, and a further 10p going to other local good causes. There’s a random draw every Saturday night where you’ll have a chance to win a prize worth £3 to £25,000.

And TPS supporters often win, as we can see from this Saturday’s draw:

Since we started earlier this year, we’ve raised over £300 from the Tandridge Lottery, all thanks to TPS members who have generously bought tickets from our fundraising page. One anonymous winner even donated their £25 prize back to TPS 🙂

Thanks to everyone for your continued support, helping us keep TPS affordable and running smoothly so we can go from strength to strength. Go on, buy some tickets today. And good luck!

Colour Prints Round 1 – The Results

Phew! Thursday evening saw the first round of our 2018-19 Colour Prints Competition and we had a record* number of entries. Judge Don Morley had the gargantuan task of scoring 85 prints, 44 within Club Class and 41 in Advanced. Thanks for your help Don, and thanks too to Barbara and Dominic for their hard work managing the competition and recording the scores.

OK, let’s cut to the chase! You can now access our Round 1 image scores here and, if you’re a competitive creature, you can see where you stand after only one round in the overall standings table here. As a sports pundit would say, it’s early days, there’s everything to play for, and it’s a game of three rounds (or should that be two halves?) Every member has two more chances to submit two images so competition is wide open! Now is the perfect time to get out snapping some great images for Round 2 on 10th January.

We really enjoyed seeing so many stunning images and we’re grateful for Don’s constructive critiques and suggestions. Most importantly, we hope you enjoyed the evening and picked up a few tip and ideas for your next photographic adventure.

Let’s take a look at some of the judge’s favourite images. Well done to everyone, especially the six members (JaneG, MikeB, RehanaU, GaryC, PeterV and SimonB) who scored perfect 10s. You clever snappers!

CLUB CLASS

ADVANCED CLASS

Bravo to everyone, great work! Our next competition is Natural History on 25th October.  The deadline for your PhotoEntry submissions will be Sunday 21st October.

* In the absence of a comprehensive archive of all previous TPS competitions, I made that up! But, you know, it’s probably a record, it certainly felt like one!

The Logan Border Calculator App

If you’ve ever had to cut a mat (also known as mountboard) to hold a photographic print you’ll know how important it is to get the measurements just right. Any mistakes in your calculations can mean a wasted mat, as my growing collection of badly-cut boards confirms!

I’ve always use a piece of paper and, sometimes, a calculator to figure out exactly where to cut the board, but now there’s an easier, faster way.

Logan, the well-known manufacturer of mountboard cutters and framing tools, has released smartphone apps for Android and Apple devices that will quickly do the hard sums for you.

Here’s how it works, with screenshots from the Android app.

Firstly, input the size of your frame opening or mat. You can use imperial or metric units. A standard large mat used for TPS competitions is typically 500 x 400mm:

Then input the width and height of your image. Let’s say my image is 280 x 160mm:

Now, hit ‘Calculate’ and—tada!—the app shows exactly where you should make your cuts. I’m not sure any of us will be measuring our cuts to 1/1000 of a millimetre but well done if you can!

You can even get additional measurements for a double mat, if you want to get really fancy, you clever thing!

Keep in mind that the app will only give you measurements for a centrally cut aperture. If you’d like to cut this higher or lower in the frame you’ll need to adjust one of the measurements. Perhaps I should hang onto my calculator for a little longer after all!

You can download this free app for your smartphone from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Just search for “Logan Border Calculator App”.

Happy cutting!

London Out & About

On Wednesday 3rd October, five intrepid TPS’ers travelled to London to visit the Sky Garden in the “Walkie Talkie Building”. Set over three storeys on the 37th floor, this is London’s highest public garden and offers spectacular views over the city. What’s more, it’s free to visit, as long as you book online in advance.

You can see a selection of our photos on our TPS Out & About Flickr page, and in the image carousel below.

Many thanks to Dominic for organising a great day out. Our next O&A will be at a weekend at a more local venue. Stay tuned for details.