Wednesday 7 November - Still Life Studio
03rd November 2012
This week members will use the studio facilities at Catchlight to create still life pictures - trying to make the ordinary look extraordinary. Whether it be forks or spoons - watch this space!

** NIPA Round 1 Results **
26th October 2012
The Results of the NIPA inter-Club Competition were presented at Christian Brothers Camera Club, Antrim Road on Thursday 25 October.

Catchlight Camera Club managed to achieve 3 NIPA Starred images - Martin Courtney AIPF with 2, and Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB with 1.
Martin Courtney's image entitled 'Knit one, purl one' was top mono print:

Martin Courtney's PDI, entitled 'Gran and Child'

Ross McKelvey with a mono print entitled 'Underground Glamour'

Catchlight finished Round 1 in 2nd place overall, just 1.5 points behind Christian Brothers, with a total of 105 points.

The entries for Round 2 have already been selected, and the Round will take place at Antrim Camera Club on Wednesday 28th November.

Ross McKelvey
Wednesday 24th October - NIPA Round 2 Selection
22nd October 2012
This Wednesday we are holding NIPA inter-club Round 2 selection. Members are entitled to bring 3 images in each category - Colour Prints; Mono Prints; and PDI. Prints should be mounted to 40cm x 30cm mount, and PDI's should be 1400pixels by 1050 pixels.

Results for Round 1 will be published on Thursday night at Christian Brothers Camera Club, when the images for Round 1 will be presented, with feedback from the 3 Judges.
Studio Night with Melissa Elliott
12th October 2012
This week members took advantage of the facilities offered by Catchlight Studio, to hold a studio night with Melissa Elliott as the model. Her makeup was done by Roisin Ireland from The Makeup Boudoir in the Conway Mill.

Martin Courtney AIPF:

Paul Jepps:

Terry McCreesh:

Caroline Hughes:

Wednesday 10 October - Studio Night
08th October 2012
This Wednesday is a studio night, when members will have the opportunity to use the full facilities of Catchlight Studios, including its infinity curve, grey wall, paper backgrounds and lighting accessories.
The model is Melissa Elliott and she will have professional make up beforehand.
Bring your cameras!

* Top Mono Print in UK & Ireland Competition *
28th September 2012
The Annual 'Celtic Challenge' Competition was held at Swansea, Wales at the weekend, where Photographic Regions representing N.Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Isle of Man compete against each other with a panel of 10 prints in each category.

A Print entitled 'Stephen' by Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB was awarded Top Mono Print in the competition:

2 other prints from Ross McKelvey were awarded the maximum score of 20/20 :

Overall, the competition was won by the Scottish Region, with Republic of Ireland in second place.
** Tallaght International Salon of Photographic Art 2012 **
28th September 2012
Ross McKelvey has been awarded a PSA Silver Medal in the Tallaght International Salon of Photographic Art for an image entitled 'Subway Muscle,' and a Ribbon for 'Johnny Fee.' The Tallaght International is Ireland's most prestigious Photographic Salon, receiving patronage from the IPF, FIAP and PSA.

Subway Muscle:

Johnny Fee :

Wednesday 3 October
27th September 2012
Next Wednesday, Catchlight Camera Club will be asking those members with Distinctions to display their Panels of Prints and discuss the individual photographs, the panel content and layout etc.

There should be an eclectic mix of panels from our members:

Brendan Gallagher LRPS Panel
Martin Courtney AIPF Panel
Ross McKelvey LRPS Panel and ARPS Panel
John Lawell LIPF Panel
Melissa Gordon LIPF Panel
John Agnew LIPF Panel

Anyone wishing to work towards a Distinction Panel should make sure to attend - and any questions or queries can be answered by the members presenting their panels. If you are wondering about all the various types of Distinctions available please see this helpful guide - everything from FIAP to RPS to BPE, IPF etc:
Wednesday 26th September - NIPA Round 1
23rd September 2012
On Wednesday 26th September, members are invited to bring up to a maximum of 3 colour prints, 3 mono prints and 3 PDI's for NIPA Round 1 Selection. Mount size for prints is 40cm x 30cm and PDI's should be 1400 pixels long if landscape orientation, and 1050 pixels tall if in portrait orientation. Any square images need to be 1050 pixels square, and PDI's can be either colour or mono.
The subject matter is OPEN!

At the start of the evening, Martin Courtney AIPF will give a demonstration on window mounting a print for competition. 40x30cm mounts will be available on the night for anyone who needs them.

Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB
Catchlight Camera Club affiliated to NIPA
22nd September 2012
Catchlight Camera Club has been registered as an affiliated Club to the Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) and is now able to participate in the NIPA inter-club competition which forms the backbone of the camera club season.
By trying to produce quality pictures, your aim should be to have your images selected to represent the Club ahead of anyone else. If someone else's work is selected instead of yours, then you need to put more work in, and understand why their work has been successful ahead of you. Sometimes the margins can be slim; sometimes they can be obvious; but everyone in the Club is encouraged to be open with their knowledge and techniques to improve the overall standards of photography within the Club.

By virtue of the fact that only 4 colour prints, 4 mono prints and 4 PDI's can go forward to represent the Club, many people end up disappointed - but it is important that you take part in the process and contribute to 'raising the bar.'

Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB
**New Belfast Camera Club**
21st September 2012
Catchlight Camera Club was formed in September 2012 by a small group of photography enthusiasts, and is based in Catchlight Studios, Conway Mill, Conway Street, Belfast. Membership is permanently restricted to 24 people - with many of the members having been members of much larger Clubs, but now wishing to work in a smaller environment.

The Club is seeking to affiliate with the Northern Ireland Photographic Association, and hopes to take an active role supporting NIPA and the various competitions and events it organises throughout the Year.

A Committee of 5 members is responsible for the management of the Club