Welcome to the Pennant Hills Photographic Club

We welcome all photographers to join and participate in its events and by sharing knowledge to improve and enhance photographic skills. Our club aims to mentor, support, and educate its members, and to foster skills and passion for photography in a collegiate and enjoyable atmosphere.

Meeting Address only: Uniting Church Hall – Corner of Boundary Road and Bellamy Street. Parking is on a grassed block of land opposite the church in Bellamy St., and the entrance we use is facing Bellamy St.

For information on the club please view this link.

To join please download and complete the Membership Form (PDF fillable): Download Membership form

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About Us

PHPC is a medium-sized club of around 40-50 members. Our members range in skill from enthusiastic novices to experienced photographers. The club has a few members who are judges.

We have a number of members who run the mentoring program for our newer members to learn the capabilities of their camera(s). We are large enough to support the growth of members but small enough to be a community, where all members can know each other. The club is here to challenge us to get the best from ourselves and our cameras

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7:30 pm Comp 05: Open and Set – Backligh... @ Uniting Church Hall
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Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
An image where all (or most dominant) lighting is behind the main subject.
7:30 pm ZOOM Presentation: Mieke Boynton...
ZOOM Presentation: Mieke Boynton...
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Zoom Presentation by Mieke Boynton on Awesome Abstracts: “The fun and Curiosity of Macros and Aerials”
7:30 pm Comp 06: Open and Set – Creative @ Uniting Church Hall
Comp 06: Open and Set – Creative @ Uniting Church Hall
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Comp 2406 – Open & Set – Creative. An image created by any photographic process (camera, photogram, photomontage etc) that depicts a real scene or subject in a non-realistic way, or depicts a created or[...]
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Presentations uploaded

At our meeting on the 3rd June we had three presentations:

  • Backlighting Presentation
  • Commenting on club members photography entries
  • 50th Anniversary Photobook

These presentations are now ready for you to look at on our website.

To access the presentations, first log in and then click on the Members Resources tab (4th from the top on the right hand side menu). You will see the presentations listed at the top of the page. Click on the presentation to open it up.


by Janne Ramsay, 13 June 2024

Competitions in Comp 5 Open and Set – Backlighting are closing soon!

Competitions in Comp 5 Open and Set – Backlighting will close Saturday, 15th June 2024, 11:55 PM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • Set Subject Small Print
  • Set Subject Colour Large Print
  • Set Subject Mono Large Print
  • Set Subject Digital
  • Open Small Print
  • Open Colour Print
  • Open Mono Large Print
  • Open Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by , 13 June 2024

Epson presentation at Hawkesbury Camera Club tomorrow night.

Dear Fellow Photography Clubs

Hawkesbury Camera Club would like to invite you and your members to a presentation by Luke McCormac from Kayell Australia re: Epson products on Wednesday, 12 June.

Am sure we will educate ourselves in relation to current printing products, ink etc as these things has changed.

Could you please pass this on to your members and let me know if any members are interested in attending?

We start at 7.30pm

Location:  Richmond Club. 6 East Market Street, Richmond.


Marian Paap | Secretary | Competition Manager | HCC

M        0402 116670

W        https://hawkesbury.myphotoclub.com.au

by Chris Kenyon, 11 June 2024

2023 APS Australia Cup

A very big thank you to everyone in the club for your amazing submissions for entry into the 2023 APS Australia Cup. The standard of the images was very high and the decision on the photographs chosen by our selection panel was very difficult. In the end the selection incorporated life in Australia from wildlife, scenes (some iconic), lifestyle and architecture.

Congratulations to the members of our club whose images were chosen.

The standard of the images and the number submitted for the APS Australia Cup has provided us with most of the images we will need for the FCC Interclub competition which opens in August. There are nine categories in that competition and many of the photographs submitted for the Australia Cup apply perfectly to the different categories. We will talk about this more and let you know closer to the date.

For now, here is our entry for the 2023 APS Australia Cup.

2023 APS Australian Cup
Balmain Waterfront / Robin Levin
Chatting in the Rain / Nancy Morley
Farm House / Don Dickins
Gecko Shadows / Ruth Penman
Grabbing Food from Mum’s Throat / Prasad de Silva
Juvenile Superb Fairy Wrens / Ruth Penman
Lamington Views / Sue Crowe
Lamp Post / Don Dickins
Mona Museum / Julie Royle
Propeller / Omid Mazloomi
Shearer / Ruth Penman
Show Ride / Don Dickins
South Bungle Bungles / Menno Kipper
Summer Buster / Robin Levin
Sunrise Through the Mist / Chris Kenyon
The Breakaways / David Mellefont
The Flow / Nancy Morley
Uni Spiral / Chris Kenyon
Waterfall / Norm Wilkinson
Foggy Morning / Kate Fuji



by Janne Ramsay, 8 June 2024

Photography Competitions

How to Win Photography Competitions: Tips from a Pro

Posted: 06/01/2024

After a few minor photo competition successes, I entered the Focus Awards absolutely full of confidence, my ego had taken hold and all I could think about was all the recognition and prizes I was going to win.

You guessed it, it was an absolute fail!

However, failure is one of my key inspirations and every time it happens (fairly often) the cogs in my mind start spinning as I try to figure out how to never let it happen again.

photo competition winner

At the time, I was still a carpenter/builder and as I went about the rest of the day my mind was elsewhere contemplating how I could improve my chances of photo competition success in the future.

Then an idea struck me, a lightbulb moment, what if the winning photo competition galleries, the top 20/50/100 scoring photos that are always published on the relevant competition websites contained a pattern as to which photos might be more likely to be successful in a photo competition.

I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I raced home, turned on the computer, opened an Excel spreadsheet and created a series of columns based on photographic criteria.

Great Light, Black and White, High Saturation, etc, etc

I then scoured the galleries of my favorite photo competitions, one by one I viewed each image and ticked the various boxes on my excel spreadsheet.

I was hoping to see patterns of specific photographic criteria common to the top-scoring photos.

Not only did I find a series of patterns, their significance blew my mind.

There were three very important photographic elements found within almost all of the winning photos, so much so, if your photos didn’t contain at least two of these three elements it was almost impossible to win photo competitions.

3 Important Photographic Elements:

  1. Strong Subject
  2. Simplicity
  3. Great Light

Enter Photo Competitions with the unfair advantage!

Have you ever noticed that the same handful of photographers seem to win all the high profile photo competitions?

It’s true, the same names tend to end up on the winner’s list time and time again.

Photo competitions are no different from any other competition in the fact that if it is your first time entering you are probably not going to be all that great. To be great in any competition generally requires figuring out the subtleties of success.

So what can we do to give ourselves the best chance of winning?

photo from competition

The reason the same photographers tend to always win is that after several years of entering they have figured out what works and what doesn’t.

Keep in mind, like me, those winners once were lousy at photo competitions too.

But, that kind of experience comes at a cost. They have probably, entered their best 4 or more photos into at least 5 photo competitions per year, over a period of 2-3 years. If we do the math at an average of $25usd per photo that kind of experience is likely to cost well over $1000.

What if I told you that you already have GOLD-winning photos in your collection?

Yes 100%, you already have photos in your collection that have the potential to achieve awards at the highest levels and win the biggest international photo competitions!

How do I know this?

Over the years, I have taught Photoshop to thousands of passionate photographers of all levels, from absolute beginners to experienced professionals.

And the one thing they all have in common is GOLD-worthy photos in their collections.

I bet your wondering, how can absolute beginners and experienced professionals both be at the same level?

You are right; they are not. However, without fail, no matter the skill level I could always find photos with GOLD level potential on the hard drives of every single photographer that I have taught.

Granted, the beginners generally had fewer gold-potential photos than the more experienced photographers; however, regardless of skill or experience, I could always find the diamonds among the rough.

Therefore, I am 100% sure that you too have photos of the highest level in your collection; but, which ones are they?

If you are like me, you probably have 20,000 – 200,000 photos on your hard drives.

And if you have entered a competition before you might know that your favorite photo is often the one the scores the lowest. Just because we like it doesn’t mean it will do well in a photo competition.

photo contest image

We should absolutely take photos to please ourselves, however, to be successful in photo competitions we need to put our emotions aside and choose photos that will please the judges.

Image selection is the most important skill in building your reputation as an exceptional photographer.

Not only is selecting the right photos critical to doing well in photo competitions, but it is also the single most important skill in building your reputation as an exceptional photographer.

All photographers of all skill levels have both brilliant and bad photos in their collections. Yes, the more skill and experience the photographer has will generally result in a higher ratio of brilliant over bad images.

That being said, if both the beginners and the best photographers have both brilliant and bad photos to choose from, then there can be no doubt that one of the most important skills in becoming an exceptional photographer is image selection.

In other words, your reputation as a photographer is directly related to the quality of the photos you choose to share.

Having a better understanding of what makes a great photo, along with being more critical and more selective about which photos you share, is likely to elevate your standing as a photographer more than any other skill.

Exceptional photographers only share exceptional photos! (When was the last time your favorite photographer shared a bad photo?)

by Chris Kenyon, 8 June 2024

The Photography Institute

During the Workshop that I presented on Monday night I mentioned that I had stopped entering the club competitions and had decided to use the year to go back to basics in order to get a better understanding of my camera, my lenses and what I was doing with them.

Of course I am still coming along to the club meetings and outings as there is always something to be learnt from listening to the judges, the workshops, the outings and I also enjoy the company of people with the same interest.

I was asked at supper break for information on the course I was doing and I mentioned that I would send the information through our website.

I am studying through the Photography Institute. It is a 12 month on-line course which I can do in my own time (which is perfect as we travel a bit and I have some ongoing family responsibilities at the moment). They provide both a Certificate or Diploma Course. As someone who does photography purely as a hobby the Certificate Course provides everything I need. There are 12 modules and an assignment to do at the end of each module. You get assigned your own tutor who marks your assignments, gives you feedback, and you can contact them if you need to.

For anyone interested, here is the link to their website:https://www.thephotographyinstitute.edu.au/

PS The decision not to enter club competitions for the year was based not only on the course but also because I am away a lot with travel and have ongoing family commitments. So doing the course shouldn’t stop you from entering club competitions.



by Janne Ramsay, 6 June 2024

PictureCorrect article

Photographing Traffic at Night in the City

Posted: 05/28/2024

Moving traffic is like a city’s bloodstream—it’s always moving, pulsating through veiny streets, which can bring your photography to life if you know how to capture it. When it comes to traffic moving in the evening, you have a few technical options to catch a cool scene. It all boils down to shutter speed: a slower speed will blur the traffic more, while a faster speed will blur it less. That much is obvious. But what’s less obvious are the qualitative associations we make about blurring traffic.

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traffic photo at night

How Much Motion is Too Much Motion?

People often assume that more motion blur is better, but that isn’t always the case. Using a super-long exposure against a small amount of traffic won’t make the image look better—it’ll make it look desolate. (Which might be what you’re going for, of course, but if your intention is to show a bustling city, that won’t be the best way.)

how much motion

Whatever shutter speed you choose will largely depend on the time of night and what other settings you’re working with. If you have a set aperture in mind, you’ll need to wait for the time of evening to match your desired ISO speed. Try waiting a while for the sky to change colors, and you’ll find your traffic blur will necessarily change, too. There’s no “right” or “wrong” exposure—just what you’re going for.

Great Places to Find Traffic

Finding the right location for heavy traffic can be tricky. You’ve got to know a city pretty well, or at least have an idea of where the congested thoroughfares will be. In general, though, I find these areas to be wonderful locations for photography in the evening:

  • Intersections
  • Bridges from above or below
  • Highway overpasses
  • Road corners
  • Forks in the road
  • Tight uphill switchbacks
  • Stop signs
  • Bus stops
intersection long exposure

The common theme here is movement—traffic in a straight line can maybe be interesting if you’ve got some variety in the shot (maybe skyscrapers or a city icon nearby), but failing that, you’re going to want to see some movement, leading lines and curves. That’s why bent roads and intersections work so well—you can create light lines out of conflict, movement and chaos.

Shutter Speed Comparisons

In the following three images watch the effect of shutter speed length on traffic moving across a bridge as it gets darker in the evening. All other settings constant (f/13, ISO 400) shooting in aperture priority.

0.6 second shutter speed:half second shutter

Shutter Speed Duration: 0.6 Seconds

3.2 second shutter speed:three second shutter

Shutter Speed Duration: 3.2 Seconds

10 second shutter speed:ten second shutter

Shutter Speed Duration: 10 Seconds

None of these shutter speeds were “right” or “wrong”, it just depends what lighting conditions and lighting effects you like best. Get out there and try it for yourself!

Don’t Forget Pedestrian Traffic

When it comes to intersections, some bigger cities—New York, Tokyo, Toronto—will have four-way crosswalks, where pedestrians stream across in all directions, stopping cars on all four sides of the intersection.

pedestrian traffic

These make especially great hectic shots, with cloudy masses surrounded by headlights and condo lights.

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by Chris Kenyon, 31 May 2024

Backlighting Presentation

Monday 3rd June, 7.30pm

Hello everyone

Hoping you can make my presentation on Backlighting this coming Monday 3rd June at 7.30pm in the church hall. It will incorporate everything from silhouettes, sunrise, sunset, creative, portraiture and more with lots of hints and lots of examples. I will be inviting open discussion during the presentation.

As my knowledge on Lighting in Portrait photography is almost non-existent I have asked our very talented and well known photographer Phil Weir to join me in delivering this presentation.

After the presentation we will have a short break and return to discuss the 50th Anniversary Photobook. We have formed a committee to ensure that we create a book that the club can keep and be very proud of. We would like to share what we have in mind and also ask for your input as this book is about PHPC and its members.

After that I will conclude with an update on our entry into the APS Australia Cup as well as the upcoming FCC Interclub.

Looking forward to seeing you on Monday night, Janne Ramsay

by Janne Ramsay, 30 May 2024

Zoom Presentation Tonight

Don’t forget there is a zoom presentation on tonight hosted by Hornsby Heights Camera Club, “Outback Landscapes by Adam Edwards.

Please see your emails from Hornsby Heights sent yesterday morning for log in details, if you have not received or have problems give me a call 0428419670


by Chris Kenyon, 28 May 2024

ZOOM Presentation next Tuesday Night “Buildings Within Landscapes” by Adam Edwards

Hornsby Heights are hosting the Buildings within Landscape presentation next Tuesday night the 28th of May.

You will receive the zoom link from Elain next Monday in your own email, not on this web page.

If you don’t receive the link please let me know


by Chris Kenyon, 21 May 2024