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BSoUP Meeting - April 2007

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Wednesday, 18th April 2007

Wednesday 18th April 2007 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7.


Maria Munn

Technical - Getting More From Your Compact by Maria Munn

Compact digital cameras have created a major revolution in domestic image
making over the last few years, and nowhere more significantly than
underwater. Until very recently, general underwater photography was the
domain of the specialist and a full setup was a major investment. Now, entry
level compacts are completely affordable and more and more divers are
equipped with them on trips. Maria has become somewhat of a specialist in
underwater compact digital photography. She will describe how to achieve
creative shots by using different add-on lenses and lighting.

Maria is a self-taught photographer with a remarkable story. Defying doctors
who said she wouldn't walk again, in 1997 she single-handedly embarked on an
ongoing worldwide travel adventure visiting over 30 countries. Most
recently, last year she led four successful compact camera photography trips
to the Red Sea with Emperor Divers. Maria's work has been featured in many
magazines not least of which on the cover of the Royal Photographic Society's magazine.

Focus on Competition - Abstracts

Focus on is a BSoUP member's only competition. Each photographer may submit a maximum of two 35mm slides or two digital images. See Rules and Entry Form

Main Event - Advertising Underwater by Zac Macaulay

Zac has been shooting for over twenty years for advertising, design and editorial clients both in and out of the water. Some of the advertising images on his stunning website will no doubt be familiar to many of you. He shoots on high-end digital systems with carefully controlled colour workflow management. Zac is the proud winner of Image 2003-04 Festival of Underwater Film and Photography and also the Canon British Underwater Image Festival 2006.

Zac will talk about advertising underwater illustrating the relationship between shooting in the underwater medium and selling companies products or ideas. He will use initial scratch layouts or diagrams, some provided by the client and describe how they were turned into a working ad., either in the sea or in a pool or tank. He will also describe the creativity, effort and teamwork needed to achieve the desired results.

Zac Macaulay (left), receiving DIVE's BUIF trophy from Helmut Debelius in 2006

Focus on - April 2007 - Abstracts

1. Shannon Conway (40 pts)
2. Eleonora Manca (40 pts)
3. Pedro Vieyra (37 pts)
4. Pedro Vieyra (30 pts)
5. Martha Tressler (18 pts)
6. Tony Baskeyfield (16 pts)

The first two images each month qualify for the final in October, at which the overall winner will receive the BSoUP 'Focus On' Trophy.


Congratulations to Shannon Conway who won this month's Focus on competition, and to Eleanora Manca who was runner-up.

Both of them received 40 points, so the winner had to be decided based on the number of 1st place votes cast by the audience.


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