A few hardy souls venture out on a cold winters night.

Dave Griffiths led a small expedition out to the remote corners of consett on a Snowy Meeting night, for a spot of light painting.Glenn Grimes - Consett Night AssignmentDespite the recent snowfall, 14 members tagged along and were entertained by Dave as he played with his new toy – a whisk filled with wire wool! I can't tell you what he exactly did but sparks certainly flew!Mark Corpe - Consett Night Assignment

To see more photos from the night CLICK HERE

Members Night

What a great night last night (Mon 25thNov2014) .. ..

Always a pleasure to see what other members do with their images and photographic work!….A variety of images, which was both entertaining and interesting!………

The man who shot WW1

This great program was shown on BBC 2 Northern Ireland this week. It’s the story of a normal soldier who took his camera to war and even used it at the Battle of Somme. Even more incredible when you realise if he was caught he risked a court marshall and the firing squad._78981237_7444596-high-

You can watch it on BBC iplayer for the next 7 days – don’t miss it.

One of our own members has a great Exhibition

Yet another great Exhibition to visit in the area, this time by one of our own members – Francesca Dent.Untitled-1Francesca says that she produced ‘In Memoriam’, a mixed media exhibition combining photography and poetry.

In Memoriam focuses on the belongings of a handful of men who fought for King and Country during World War One. I took artefacts from the Durham Light Infantry Museum as well as photographs and medals belonging to my Great Grandfather, a Stoker 1st Class in the Royal Navy and combined them with famous war poems to make people think about those that gave their lives for us.

Artefacts are reproduced with the permission of the Trustees of the former Durham Light Infantry and the DLI Museum.

In Memoriam can be seen in the Tyneside Coffee Rooms until March 2015

To visit Francesca’s webite CLICK HERE

Deleting your own photos from your Gallery

Hello all
I discovered a few days ago that you can indeed delete your own photos from your Gallery.

Once you have logged into the CPS site, from the black banner at the top of the page “Photo Album” – just select the “edit photos” from the drop-down selections.

imageYou will then see all your pics you have uploaded with the option to delete your photo. This is marked in red text. No need to save anything – just go back to your gallery and it should be deleted.

Your photos are safe. No-one else can delete from your gallery.

Finally uploaded some gallery images

So I finally managed to upload a few snaps to my gallery (9 in total and not all birds!) after following the tutorial. No problems except I’ve managed to upload one image twice (Autumn water).  Jim, could you delete the extra image when you get the chance, thanks.

Uploading images to the Club Gallery

Hi Everyone,
You hopefully will know that Jim has spent a lot of time and effort re-building the club website and gallery pages to produce the best possible website for Consett Photo Society and all is finally complete.

Please have a look at the site and register in order to make full use of it.
Any member who hasn’t already Registered on the club site should do so by following the link on the Club’s Blog page – http://consettps.co.uk/?page_id=1771

Once registered Jim will create your account and email you a password to you. You are then able to comment on other members photos and join in with the Blog comments.

The Gallery pages were originally created to showcase member’s best and most recent work. It is important to keep these fresh and members are encouraged to change the contents on a regular basis. Remember that the Club also have a Flckr site which is better suited to upload photos where you are requesting advice and feedback. Flckr is also better suited for uploading and storing vast quantities of images.

We have decided that the personal Galleries should have a maximum of 20 images (it would look much better if everyone has the max. 20 images) which will test your abilities to edit your best work, but it will also keep the website at a reasonable size which will speed up the time it takes pages to load. The images MUST also be resized before uploading at a very modest size which is fine for web browsing.

The sizes are :- Portrait images 450px high saved at quality 5. Landscape images 600px wide saved at quality 5. Jim has produced a set of Photoshop actions and full written instructions on the club website. (see the tutorial under the General Series)

The images must also be renamed in the following way – your_name_number.jpg
e.g George_Ledger_01.jpg

This will ensure that the photos are displayed in the correct order and also it will make things easier for Jim to sort out if you save them to someone else’s Gallery!

Any member registered on the site who doesn’t have a current Gallery – must contact Jim and request a gallery – he will create the page and then you able to start uploading photos into your own gallery.

Any member that had a previous Gallery – will notice that all except 1 photo has been removed from your Gallery. This is to retain the Gallery thumbnail until you upload your new images. Once you have uploaded your 20 images – Jim will remove the original 1 photo.

Please note that if you upload wrongly sized images they will be deleted and you will be asked to resubmit them.

Directions for uploading images:-
1.  Login to the website. You will notice that there is a black coloured title bar showing Consett Photographic Society and Photo Albums.
2.  Click on Photo Albums and then Click on Upload Photos from the drop down menu.
3.  You can then upload multiple images (max 20 at a time) (Box A) or individual images (Box B) .
4.  Simply Click the Browse button to select the folder where your resized and renamed images are     saved.
5.  Select the photos you want to upload and Click OK.
6.  *IMPORTANT * Select the Album that you want to upload your images to – you should select your name from the drop down menu.
7.  Click Upload multiple photos button (pre-tick the After upload go to Edit Photo Page.)
8.  Once all the photos have been uploaded, the Edit photo will open. This is your only chance to correct any wrongly named photos or add descriptions to them – as this dialogue box will only allow you to Edit images that you have just uploaded – not previously uploaded ones.
9.  Click on Consett Photographic Society name at the top of the page, and then Click View site from the drop down menu and Check out your Gallery.
10.  Email Jim to let him know what a good job you have done

Website Development So Far

This is a long one, but bare with me and read on.  It’s IMPORTANT

As you may be aware, our new website is still in its infancy and under continual development.  Feedback so far has generally been good and many features have been changed or improved as a result. However, and there’s usually a “however”, the load time of the site is still a problem.

The speed a web page loads depends on 1)  The bandwidth and memory allocated by the  host company.  Professional sites are hosted on a single server with unlimited bandwidth and memory. Others like ours, share a server with other sites, sharing band width and memory.  2)  The bandwidth, or download speed provided by your Service Provider. If you’re getting a download speed of 8MB, pages will open faster than if you were only getting 4MB.  And 3)  The speed of your computer or laptop.  Knackered slow computer = slow surfing.

I’ve addressed the first of these contributing factors: the other two I can’t do much about. The main problem that remains with the site  is the Galleries. Well, not so much the galleries as the images in them, and It’s all down to image size.

This new gallery software has everything we didn’t have previously, like comments, star rating, uploading, social do-das like Flickr and lots more; but, after much research and testing, it’s apparent that image optimization is a critical factor in its efficiency. That is to say, the existing images and those recently being uploaded are far too large, much larger the what’s actually required. So, what I’m about to propose  is pretty drastic, but it’s the only way I can see as a means to an end in ensuring the wellbeing and future growth and development of the site. This is it.

  •  I delete all the existing albums and create new empty albums
  •  If Registered Users want to take advantage of the Upload feature, it is CRITICAL that images are resized correctly. To this end, I will produce instructions on resizing and uploading, together with a Web Conversion action for those who are Photoshop savvy.
  •  Those who are not sure about resizing can still submit their images to me and I’ll resize and upload them.
  •  Images for the Assignment Gallery and Competition Results will still have to come through me.

There you have it. I’ve told it as it is from my side, lets hear it from your side.  JS

Trying new Blog features

In furtherance to improving the club Blog we are endeavouring to include a Post Notification feature whereby Registered Users will automatically receive notification by email of the most recently published post, with the option to unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive notifications.

However, configuring what should be a relatively simple feature is proving something of a headache; hence this TEST post.  I would appreciate your help by confirming to me at storey1949@gmail.com if you received notification of this post.

Hopefully I will receive twelve emails in the affirmative.  Fingers crossed.