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2020 to 2021 PDI League Round 1 Results

Print & DPI of the Year Entry Guidance

(By fpcc-web-editor: This topic/category is under review).

We have recently had some enquiries about eligibility criteria for the Print & DPI ‘Of The Year’ competitions.

The images invited for selection comply with the following extract of the competition rules (as at 2013; the latest version).


16. All entries for this competition will either have been placed first second or third in previous league competitions and/or have scored 9.5 or 10 for prints or 19 or 20 for PDIs.  The Competition Secretary will notify members who are eligible and name their entries according to the records.
17. An independent judge will be appointed. He/she will simply identify an outright winner and name a second and third place.
18. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of the Print and PDI of the Year competitions at the end of the season with certificates for 1st , 2nd and 3rd places.


The reason for the enquiry this season was due to the addition of Highly Commended awards, available at Judges discretion.

There is nothing in the rules to say a highly commended image that scores less than 9.5 should be invited to the Print & DPI Of the Year competition.

If you think that needs to change, you need to ensure it is raised at the next available AGM 

Photowalks and Photography Days

Not everyone at FPCC will be aware but a small group of members arrange and go on group photo trips throughout the summer months.

When the club stops we go out locally on Tuesday evenings and additionally we pick three or four days in advance and book a longer distance day trip.

We use these opportunities to take photographs and learn from each other to improve our photography and make ourselves time to go and pursue some images with photography being the main agenda of the day  (plus food, fresh air and good company).

In order to organise ourselves better, we have formed a Google+ group where we “meet” and chat on-line and plan what we are doing.

If you are interested in joining us, please visit  Here

and request to join the group. Hope to see some of you there and out on a trip...

( by fpcc_web_editor: Sadly Google+ is no longer available. The link will need revision)

Don’t panic; all is not lost!

As we go into the new season, I thought I would share a little tale that may provide hope should you ever make (or admit to making) the mistake of formatting your memory card and wiping your images.

As some of you will no doubt already know, when files are deleted, they are not actually removed from the media.  The file remains on the media but is “flagged” as deleted so that the space taken up by the file is able to be used by a future file being saved to that location.

Similarly, when you format your media, the information is all still there, it is just that the table that holds the records of what space is available and where is marked to show that all the space on the media can be re-written to.

This means that there is good news should you make the mistake mentioned above (we all do it at least once).  As long as you do not carry on using the media the images are retrievable.  There is software out there in cyberspace that is designed just for this eventuality.

This meant that when I was approached by a member (who shall remain nameless) who had made this error, I was able to retrieve nearly all the images that they thought were lost forever.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, remove the card before it can be overwritten, and either search out a retrieval program, they are not usually free though, or find a member who has this software, and there will be a high chance that your images can be retrieved.

Are Those Picture Files I See?

Do you often get fed up with looking through your windows picture folders in windows 7, and seeing endless sets of RAW icons, with unfathomable camera created names and having very little clue as to which image is which? Fret no longer.  Microsoft have come to the rescue.  They have developed a Codec Pack that enables Windows Explorer to “see” and show the images contained within these files. It can be downloaded from here.  You have a choice as to whether you download the 64bit or 32bit version, make sure you choose the correct version.  Click on install and hey presto, your images magically appear…

AV Competition Update (Written in 2012)

(By fpcc-web-editor: Following the 2019 AGM this data requires revision).

Some of you may have been following the hot debate over our recent AV competition over the last few days.

There has been much discussion about the rules, whether they need to be reviewed and importantly, whether they have been applied fairly or not.

The club officials have been considering all of the points raised and have decided that in this instance the rules were not applied appropriately.

Within the rules there is one that states;

The Author’s name must not appear in the production.

It is this rule that was breached by at least two of the entries.  One of the entries that breached this rules was placed third by the judge (who, to be fair, may not have been aware of this rule).

It is therefore regrettable that the decision has been taken that the entry that came third has had to be disqualified.

How do we stop this happening in the future?

As a club, we are fairly new to running AV competitions, we have already accepted that we may need to review the rules of the competition.  It is also accepted that if we do have rules, they must be applied, and they must be applied fairly to all entrants.

I would also like to suggest that in future AV competitions, we take a leaf out of the PDI competition rule book and ask for entries a week or two in advance.  This way any questionable entries can be referred back to the entrant before the competition, or simply not accepted.

The club officials regret the upset this incident has caused to all concerned but hope that even taking this into account, everyone enjoyed seeing the AV entries displayed.

PDI Sizing (Written in 2012)

(by fpcc-web-editor: This data is in need of revision following SCPF adoption of 1600×1200. The 1024×768 is no longer relevant.)

UPDATE – Since we have now purchased a new projector, the tips below are still relevant but we now can accept images at 1400 x 1050 pixels.

Bear in mind the rules require two sizes to be submitted; 1400 x 1050 and 1024 x 768.

Hello everyone, its round one of the new season and we are still having a few problems with sizing PDIs.  There are one or two that are oversize and I think I can see why…

When resizing try to think of a rectangular “window”; the idea is to get your PDI to fit inside the window frame so that one of its edges is as big as it can be but still fit within the frame.



Some examples of the errors being made are horizontal (landscape) images that have a horizontal size that is correct, but the vertical is too big.  e.g. 1024 x 785.  Whilst the long edge would fit, the short edge is too long to fit within the frame.

When resizing make sure the edges do not exceed the frame size above.  In the  Photoshop or Elements sizing dialog box, if the image is horizontal, put 1024 into the horizontal measurement box.  if the vertical is less than 768 you will be fine.  If the vertical exceeds 768, set the vertical size to 768.

This will reduce the horizontal edge size, but the image will fit within the frame.

Re-Sizing Images for DPI Competitions

As some of our members are having difficulties with re-sizing their images for the DPI competitions at the club; perhaps this video will help…

Click Here

Resizing in PhotoShop

In additition to the recent video on resizing images for FPCC comptetions in lightroom, I have now added another for similar tasks in Photoshop…

Resizing in Photoshop

How to resize images in Lightroom

I have just uploaded a quick video on how to resize images in Lightroom for FPCC competitions.

Let me know if it works OK, if it does, I’ll begin adding more…

Remote Assistance

Did you know that if you use windows, you can get help from another person over the internet?  The newer versions of windows Vista and windows 7 have a very simple method of allowing you to get help from a trusted friend called remote assistance.  It enables you to invite your friend to view what is on your screen and also if it is helpful, you allow them to take over your cursor and take you through something whilst you watch.

It can be very helpful, and if you have sound enabled you can even speak to them, if not a simultaneous phone call can help.

At any time you can take back control by clicking on the appropriate button.  It’s an excellent way to get help whilst both people are not in the same location.

I recently helped one of our members using this tool and it was a very quick way of solving things.

Bear it in mind if you ever have a question that you need answering, but find it difficult to explain… you can call a friend up, show them the problem and they can show you how to solve it…

Rent Photoshop on a Monthly Basis…

I came across this today, might be interesting if you need to use photoshop but cannot afford the initial outlayed required to buy it.  You can subscribe on a month by month basis, or commit to a years worth of monthly subscriptions which works out cheaper…

CS Subscription Editions

Affordable plans, amazing tools

Subscription editions of Adobe® Creative Suite® software are just like regular Creative Suite products — they are installed on your computer and provide all the same features and functionality. Choose a one-year plan for lower payments or a flexible month-to-month plan you can stop and restart as needed. Either way, you’ll have ongoing access to the latest version of your software at no extra charge as long as your subscription remains active. Read the FAQ ›

via CS Subscription Editions.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

(By fpcc-web-editor: This item was posted in 2011)

At last Tuesday’s meeting there was a bit of discussion about Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.  You may be interested to know it is available now….

See Here


(By fpcc-web-editor: This data is dated and * will be moved).

The club’s AGM will take place on 6 September 2011 at 7.30pm.

This is the first AGM since the decision was made to move AGMs to September.  The documents above will be of use if you are planning to attend.

Images Wanted From Members

If you are reading this you will be aware that I have recently moved the site to another host which has many benefits to us.

So far, in order to get the site up and running I have used only my own images.

I would like to invite members to submit their own work for display on the website to give a representation of what FPCC is about and capable of.

If you are interested in sharing your work, let Peter Downer know.

Volunteers Wanted

Hello all,

Since moving trhe website to wordpress we are now able to use multiple authors in keeping the site up to date with both club news and useful information for other members (and anyone else who stops by).

It is very simple and I will show anyone interested how easy it is to do; so the question is; is there anyone else interested in contributing to the FPCC website/blog?

If you are interested, just let Peter Downer know and we’ll make arrangements…