HPS GENERAL RULES
If you would like a copy of the Society’s General Rules (not competition rules) please ask the hon Secretary, or email your request via the contact page of this website stating your membership number.
GETTING STARTED – PRINTS FOR HPS COMPETITIONS
Why is printing such a challenge?
Getting the colours right depends upon so many factors. Even if you have calibrated your screen, the printed colours will depend upon the paper, inks, the printer, the colour of the surrounding mountboard and the lighting in the room!
Then there is the question of mount size and type of mount. Although the recommended mount size is 40cm by 50cm, any image of 7” by 5” or above is accepted in HPS competitions. The traditional mount is a window mount, but surface mounting with or without a mountboard border is ok.
Finally, doing a large number of prints can be expensive if you do not have your own A3 printer and a mountboard cutter. Surface mounting an 8” by 10” purchased print onto a 30cm by 40cm board is a cost-effective start!
Your major strategy decisions?
Do you want to be self-sufficient and buy an A3 printer and mountboard cutter or do you want to keep it simple and buy your prints locally or over the Internet?
Are you only entering HPS competitions or are you planning to enter external ones such as the annual print competition run by the YPU? (External competitions will need 40cm by 50cm mounts.)
Monday Help Desk
Until the end of December, there will be a Help Desk, and display of mounted prints, on Monday evenings – to help you get started and find the best solutions. See you there?
DISCOUNTED PAPER AND INKS
If you do your own printing – and this year’s annual print competition is not too far off – then this may be of interest to you…….
Many of the speakers who visit the Society on Monday evenings use Fotospeed products exclusively – and no-one can claim that their images are let down by the quality of the prints they produce.
Members of Harrogate Photographic Society are eligible for a 10% reduction in the cost of Fotospeed paper and inks (and other branded Fotospeed products); in addition, the Society also earns a “credit” to the value of 10% of your order which it can then use to purchase additional Fotospeed products.
Periodically I submit a bulk order on behalf of Society members which means that delivery costs are shared (a single charge of £6.58 plus VAT will cover up to 30kg) and you do not need to worry about being at home for delivery.
I maintain a mailing list of those members who have expressed interest in this in the past so that they can be notified when a bulk order is planned – though asking to be on this mailing list is not a commitment to buy now nor, indeed, at any time.
Alternatively, you can place your own order direct with Fotospeed but, in order to qualify for the discounts, you need to quote the name of the Speaker associated with this Society. For details of this, please contact me by email.
[Note: for Spam control purposes, I am not including my email address here but you will find it on one of the many general emails circulated to members. Alternatively, ask someone to point me out on a Monday evening].