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BSoUP Meeting - May 2006

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The May BSoUP Meeting takes place on Wednesday 17 May in Lecture Theatre 201, Skempton Building, Civil Engineering Building, Imperial College at 7.45 for an 8 p.m. start.

Please note the Holland Club is open for drinks before, during and after the presentations (so no need for a trek round leafy Kensington as some of us enjoyed last month!).


The first half of the evening is aimed at beginners, inexperienced photographers, or those who are simply frustrated at the results of their underwater photography (I would guess that covers the vast majority of us). Martin will discuss the most common mistakes which plague both beginners and the not-so-new alike. He will also briefly describe his new book including the main structure and how it differs from those which have gone before.


There is a brand new method of entering the competition online, please see the end of this email for details.


For this part of the evening, we are privileged to be treated to the first outing of a brand new presentation. It is all about 'accessibility'. Martin has been working on this topic for some time with a varied supporting cast on his excellent workshops. 'The more I look at this' he says, 'the more I believe it is key to breaking out of mediocrity and catching up with the rest'. Exciting stuff.

Martin is a veteran of BSoUP and one of its most successful sons. Fuelled with a passion to learn and a thirst for knowledge, during the early-mid 80's he travelled to meetings from Dorset every month, determined to glean as much as possible from the rich pool of knowledge in the society. 'BSoUP was largely responsible for my own achievements' Martin told me 'and when I speak at BSoUP meetings now I endeavour to share with today's members the kind of topics I would have found invaluable when I was so eager for tips and ideas twenty years ago'.

Martin's achievements and accolades in underwater photography are far too great and numerous to list here, but to mention one - in 1996 his book 'The Underwater Photographer' was published and became a bestseller on the subject throughout the world. It has been translated into a number of languages and is currently on the 3rd reprint of the 2nd edition. In my view, the underwater photography world is populated by people who already own and use Martin's book as a bible, and those who are going to.

The new book is a complete re-write of the original. Containing four hundred pages of essential information, including all new pictures, it explores how to use both film and digital SLR cameras as well as digital compacts. In effect, it is two books in one, with the second half looking in-depth at composition, lighting, close-up/macro and wide angle disciplines.

Martin's new book will be available to purchase at the meeting next week (£24.99 - cash, cheques or credit card all ok) and Martin will be very happy to sign yours on the spot.

Martin's website:

Alex Mustard's review of Martin's book


Starting with the 'focus-on' Macro competition this month, we have introduced a new and better way of sending your competition images using the BSoUP website. To upload your files, log-on to and follow the on-screen instructions. If the upload is successful, you
will receive an immediate confirmation email. Please note that images submitted for competitions should be JPG files and have a maximum size of 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high. We can no longer accept high-resolution images and Power Point files.

For the May competition you can also e-mail your images to - however, PLEASE NOTE this facility will NOT be available after May. If you miss the 16 May deadline to send us your files, you can still bring them on the night on a CD or flashcard etc.

This promises to be a hugely enjoyable evening. If you are within striking distance of London I do hope you can make it.

Gill McDonald

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