Club Handbook Information:  Club Season  2021/2022

As PCC is not printing and circulating handbooks to members this season,

the information is reproduced in full below,

and pdf is available from the Club Facebook Page.

Handbook Information:  Club Season  2021/2022

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Phone - 085 1479802


Welcome to PCC!!

Welcome to Palmerstown Camera Club, (PCC), established 2009.

The club is made up of photographers with all levels of experience from absolute beginners to advanced. There is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where members can get together to socialise, learn, discuss and develop their photography.

We welcome new members who share our passion for photography regardless of their level of experience or knowledge.

Our committees are elected by our members at our Annual General Meeting which takes place in May each year. We are I.P.F. affiliated.



The club meets every Wednesday at 8pm. In The Parish centre in Palmerstown village, Dublin 20, from September to end of June. During the summer months, members meet for a series of evening outings to a range of destinations. For the first few weeks this year we will be on Zoom.

We hold monthly competitions and at the end of the season (June) we will hold our Annual Exhibition and end of year competition. See our programme for more details.

If you are interested in photography and willing to share your knowledge you’ll fit right in, so come along any Wednesday evening and find out more or you can e-mail us at



Introduction To Photography classes 2021

6 week course, 7 to 8pm. Wednesdays. This year the course will be delivered via Zoom meetings.

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 31st and November 7th.

Facilitated by Michael Church



Club Schedule Sept-Dec 2021

Club Weekend Away


Every Year the club arrange a weekend away .

It always proves to be a great weekend and a great way to get to know your fellow club members

Over the years we have been to Doolin, Clare, Wexford, Sligo, Kerry , Mayo, Waterford & Antrim.

Partners can come along and enjoy the facilities of the hotel while we go on photographic trips around the area.

Dinner is arranged where we all dine together and maybe have a little few drinks after ( we have been know to go out on a dawn shoot after drinks before bed ) cannot vouch for the photograph though :)



Saltees Trip

Every year we arrange a trip in June to the Saltee Island off Kilmore Quay.

It is always the trip of the year. A must for wildlife photographers , but everyone has to go there once , its an amazing place even if you never took a photograph.

We carpool in Palmerstown and travel to Kilmore Quay. Breakfast is arranged, then we get the boat over to the island where we spend the day, back on the boat in the evening to a lovely fresh fish dinner in Kilmore before we head home exhausted but with cards full of amazing images. Some members may arrange to stay overnight there.



Christmas Party

 Every year we have a Christmas Party, It is generally held the first week in January. There is Dinner, Music, Dance Spot Prizes and a drink or two. It’s a great social event and is always well supported. Partners & Friends are always welcome .




 We find Facebook is a great way to update members on events and share information. We have a private group that you can join and it’s a great way to ask a question or look for advice.




We have an active instagram profile, feel free to tag @palmerstowncameraclub when you share your photos and get featured on our page.



Club Committee

The club committee is elected by the membership of our Club at the AGM. The committee is then responsible for the day to day running and management of our Club for the following Season.



Position Held


Chair:                Brenda Hartley

Secretary:        Aoife Tierney

Treasurer:        Kevin Naughton

Competition Secretaries:   Declan Graham - League

                            Andrew Duff - League

                            Lorraine Kelly - external competitions

Public Relations Officer:     Michael Moore

IPF Rep:            Declan Graham 

Committee Member:    Michael Church

Committee Member:    Gerald Phelan

Committee Member:    Aidan Lawlor

Committee Member:    Nina Butler

Committee Member:    Dee Byrne

Committee Member:    Elaine Butler

Committee Member:    Aidan Lawlor



Grading Committee

 The Grading Committee is responsible for the grading of new members into the appropriate club grade ie. Novice, Intermediate or Advanced. The Committee may ask for a selection of work to be submitted by new members to ascertain their grade. The Committee also decides when or if members should be up-graded at the end of a season. The decision of this committee is final.

Chair:       Aoife Tierney

Members:  Declan Graham, Michael Church, Deirdre Byrne, Nina Butler


Selection Committee

The Selection Committee are responsible for the selection of members images to represent our Club in External Club Competitions i.e. National Shield, PSA Competitions , World Cup Competition.

 Chair—Competition Secretary: Declan/Andrew/Lorraine

Members:    Aoife Tierney, Deirdre Byrne, Nina Butler, Michael Church


Club Equipment

Declan is taking on the administration of all club equipment for 2021/2022. If you want to borrow any piece of equipment you should contact Declan.

Members should NOT pass club equipment from one person to another , all club equipment should be returned to Declan as soon as you have finished with it, where he can then pass it on.

 Any breakages or losses should be reported to Declan or any committee member.


Club Equipment inventory as of June 2021 

Light Box for Displaying Images

Club Locked Press

Laptop (1) Comp Secretary

First Aid Box

Laptop (2) Secretary

Burco Boiler


Large Kettle

Sound System

2 Large Teapots

External Hard drive

Catering equipment, Delph etc..

Spider (screen calibration)

10 Exhibition Stands


hooks to hang on stands

Cash Box

Dust sheets for Exhibition

3 Portrait Studio set up’s….inc triggers stands,      umbrellas and holders

Projector Screen

Projector Table

Display Easel

3 Display Boards

3 Club Image Boxes

2 Club pop-up advertisement screen



30 Day Challenge

 The Challenge is to TAKE a photo EVERY DAY, process it and post it in this group to the theme for that day. Your interpretation of the theme is entirely up to your own artistic creativeness

The challenge runs from time to time throughout the year. Membership is on a participation only basis and is only open to members of PCC.



Health & Safety

 In the interest of Health & Safety all members and visitors attending on club nights should observe the following :

  • All members should sign the sign in sheet each night.
  • All members should note the fire escape nearest to them.
  • Club membership is restricted to individuals of 18 years and over. Proof of age may be required
  • The Assembly point is outside Clarkville florist , Just across the road.
  • The room is sanitised between groups using the hall
  • There is no smoking within the Hall.



Annual Exhibition

Every year the club has an Annual Exhibition at the end of June . All member are invited to submit images to be displayed.

 Each member is guaranteed two images to be framed and displayed during the exhibition which is open to the public over a full weekend. This year it will be held on June Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, & Sunday 23rd.



Fees Structure

 The club Annual Subscription for all members is €110.

 This fee contributes to the Smooth & efficient running and Management of our club and activities held within.  All members receive a club information booklet on full payment of membership fees.



Club Internal Competitions:

 Club League Competition, Photographer of the year (POTY)

The Club run the following Competitions Monthly ( September to June)

 COLOUR : The Colour print league permits printed images in colour or selective colour to be entered to the monthly theme.

MONOCHROME: Monochrome( Black & White) league permits images in black & white , or single overall tone i.e. Sepia, also to the monthly theme.

 PROJECTED IMAGES: Projected images in either Colour or Monochrome may be entered. Our Projected Image competition will always be ‘Open’ thus no Theme applies.

Competition Themes:

At the end of our year in June the Theme’s for the following year are announced.

The themes for the 2021/2022 season are as follows :

THEMES for our monthly hand-ins for 2021-22:

Sept : Open

Oct : Nature

Nov : People

Dec : Weather

Jan : Inanimate Objects: No people, insects or animals

Feb : Panel

Mar : Water

Apr : Architecture/Structures

May : Open - Packy Maguire Memorial

Jun : Exhibition


The League will run over 8 monthly competitions with members allowed to enter 1 image each month in each of the above sections, Colour, Mono and Projected.

Only your top 6 scores in each section over the season count so the competition secretary will drop your lowest 2 scores (or you could miss 2 competitions). The judge will award between 10 and 20 points to each entry with the top 3 places being awarded 17, 18 and 20 points for 1st, 2nd and third place. Scoring is anonymous  except for top 3 places

 League Awards

 Trophies , Medals & Certificates are awarded in each of the Novice, Intermediate & Advanced grades as follows -

Overall Photographer of the Year ( POTY) - Trophy & Gold Medal: The overall POTY will have achieved the highest cumulative score across all three League comps (based on their best 6 scores), Monochrome, Colour & Projected Image

Monochrome Photographer of the Year - Trophy, Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals.

Colour Photographer of the Year - Trophy, Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals.

Projected Photographer of the Year - Trophy, Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals.

Panel Competition. - 2 Trophies , Advanced & Non– advanced.



Club Competition Rules & Guidelines

  1. There are 3 Categories - Monochrome, Colour & Projected images.
  2. Images may only be entered once in any League Competition, Images for this year must not have been entered in previous years.
  3. All Grades may enter one image in each of the three categories.
  4. All Prints & Digital images must bear the you club pin eg N123, Section & Title.
  5. Duplicate Photos: Images taken in the same sequence and of similar/same scene/type are not permitted entry into League competitions more than once in any year. The Competition Secretary’s decision is Final.
  6. Judges will appoint scores for images in league Competitions & their decision is final. We use independent IPF/Internationally approved judges and only the winners names are announced.
  7. All images MUST be submitted on the Wednesday appointed for hand-in prior to Competition Night.
  8. Prints should be submitted mounted on a 20in x 16in Mount board which can be purchased in the club.
  9. Projected Image entries must be named and sized correctly. See below 

Guidelines for Competition Entries


Entries will only be accepted mounted on 20’’x 16’’ boards which are available in the club.

 When mounting your print spray or paste the back of the print not the board as this achieves a much neater cleaner finish.

On the back of your mounted print put your competition grade, your club membership number the category and the print name/title. 

N 122            N = Novice

Colour print 

Title of Image



  1. Image can be full resolution size or can be sized to 1024 pixels on longest side.
  2. Files must be saved in jpeg format.
  3. Files must be named as follows - N 122 Title. Jpg. N for Novice section, I for Intermediate section & A for Advanced sections.

 If you are unsure of anything to do with competition entries just ask any committee member for help or advice.

If you are not able to be present on hand-in night please arrange with a friend or committee member to submit your entry for you. No Late Entries will be accept


  1. The Panel must comprise of 6 images that sit together as a whole.
  2. All Prints should be mounted on 20’’ x 16’’ Boards.
  3. Images from Monthly League competitions or Annual Exhibition may be used.
  4. This Competition only has 2 competition sections being :

           A) Novice/ Intermediate (Non-Advanced) and

           B) Advanced       


N.B. Some of your Images may be retained throughout the year by the competition secretary for consideration to represent the club in outside competitions for example National Shield , PSA , World Cup & Inter-club Competitions

You can hand in images to the Competition Secretary for consideration for external competitions at any time and we are always glad to receive these, you can bring them along any evening on a USB key .



Our Nature competitions are run as per F.I.A.P. nature rules:

"Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species."


PCC 52 - Facebook Group for members

One picture per week is all you can post.

The image must be taken, processed and posted in the week that starts midnight Sunday to midnight the following Sunday.

The photo must be taken in the week of posting, no photo stock to be used.

 The theme choice is entirely yours.

No family images or snapshots!

We encourage you to critique member’s photos in a positive & encouraging way.

 You must be a member of Palmerstown Camera Club.

The naming convention is 1*/52/2016, followed by any image name.

 * (being the relevant week)

If you want other members to give constructive critique on your images please add CC to your title.

Rules are subject to change




PCC - Palmerstown Camera Club

IPF - Irish Photographic Association

PSA - Photographic Association of America.

 POTY - Photographer of the Year

RGB - Red, Green, Blue

CMYK - Cyan, Magenta, Green ,Blue.

DPI - Dots per Inch

PPI - Pixels per Inch

DOF - Depth of Field

HDR - High Dynamic Range

WB - White Balance

CWB - Custom White Balance

SOOC - Straight out of Camera

IS - Image Stabilisation

TTL - Through the Lens

ND Filter - Neutral Density Filter

AV - Audio Visual





Some common photography terms explained


ISO – the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. It is typically measured in numbers, a lower number representing lower sensitivity to available light, while higher numbers mean more sensitivity. More sensitivity comes at the cost though, as the ISO increases, so does the grain/noise in the images. Examples of ISO: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600.




Shutter Speed – the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. Shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, when they are under a second. Slow shutter speeds allow more light into the camera sensor and are used for low-light and night photography, while fast shutter speeds help to freeze motion. Examples of shutter speeds: 1/15 (1/15th of a second), 1/30, 1/60, 1/125.



Aperture – a hole within a lens, through which light travels into the camera body. The larger the hole, the more light passes to the camera sensor. Aperture also controls the depth of field, which is the portion of a scene that appears to be sharp. If the aperture is very small, the depth of field is large, while if the aperture is large, the depth of field is small. In photography, aperture is typically expressed in “f” numbers (also known as “focal ratio”, since the f-number is the ratio of the diameter of the lens aperture to the length of the lens). Examples of f-numbers are: f/1.4, f/2.0, f/2.8, f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8.0.



Composition, in general, can seem like a fuzzy concept to many photographers. Trying to frame an image in a way that “works” is not something that is intuitive, even for people who have been taking pictures for years. And, unlike other aspects of photography — focusing, selecting a sharp aperture, exposing properly — composition has no correct answer. The best you can do is to create something that looks good to you, or looks good to your intended audience. Still, there are some composition tips that can help make this abstract topic a little more concrete. One of the favourites is to give your subjects their own personal, breathing space in your photos, so that they aren’t cut off or bunched up against anything else in the image.

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