In light of the current COVID-19 situation and subsequent halt to all face-to-face DPS meetings (until end of April), we have set up an online meeting alternative using Zoom.
Please bookmark this page (not the Zoom link) so that if we make any changes, you will have access to the latest links.
The link to connect to the meeting is at the bottom of this post.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a free video conferencing tool that allows you to connect with others from the comfort of your home. It is similar to other apps that you may have heard of like Skype or Facetime.
It is free to use and you do not have to sign up to be able to use Zoom and participate in our meetings.
You can connect from a computer or mobile phone, and you do not need to have a camera or microphone at this point – you can participate by simply listening to the meeting.
This short video will give you an idea of how Zoom works, and also serves as a test to check that your speakers on your computer, or the sound on your cellphone is working. – you should be able to hear the lady speaking on the video. Link: https://youtu.be/-s76QHshQnY
What will the online meeting be like?
The meeting will follow a similar format to our normal face-to-face meetings, with results of the Projected Image of the Month (enter here: https://dps.org.nz/piotm), speaker, images from the Z-A challenge (participate here: https://dps.org.nz/z-a-photo-challenge/) and sharing of any other slideshows and information.
We will aim to get started at 7.30pm like we normally do, so please ensure you have tested your setup and checked you can access the TEST MEETING prior to Monday’s meeing.
What if I miss the meeting or can’t connect?
The meeting will also be recorded and a link to the video will be shared after the meeting has ended.
I need help getting set up or connected
If you need help with getting yourself set up, please email David firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
It is a good idea to have a go connecting to the test meeting before the actual meeting on Monday. Link to access the test meeting are below.
During the meeting, if you are having trouble you can email David.
How do I join the meeting?
To connect to the meeting on Monday 23rd, click the link below and follow the onscreen prompts.
You will need a PIN which is a 6 digit code – this will be emailed to you by Gary.
Link to join TEST MEETING: https://zoom.us/j/577919819
Link to MONDAY MEETING: https://zoom.us/j/673661631
The council of the Dunedin Photographic Society met tonight (17/3/20) and has decided that all face to face activities of the Dunedin Photographic Society are to be cancelled at least until the end of April 2020.
This decision applies to all activities run under the name of DPS including; meetings, practical sessions, Photoshop classes, and face to face focus group meetings.
This is a significant step and reflects the society’s concern for the well-being of members and our community as we address the challenge of COVID-19.
The council will revisit this decision and update members before the end of April.
The council is committed to continuing to offer a programme to members through an online platform. We will be working hard so that members will be able to access next Monday’s meeting via ZOOM. Information about this will be available to members via email and on this blog.
We appreciate this format may not suit everyone but we will work to assist members to access online meetings. Meetings will be recorded and made available for members to access at times outside the normal meeting times.
We hope members appreciate the gravity of the situation that has led to these decisions being made and make every effort to join and contribute to our online alternative.
We hope all members stay safe and well.
President, Dunedin Photographic Society
Thanks to the Programme Committee, the 2020 programme is now available on the website. They have outlined an action packed year of meetings, outings, focus group events and practical workshops.
As is always the case, there are a few things that still need to be confirmed and some things may change along the way; so please make sure you keep checking the website for the most up-to-date information.
You can find the programme here: https://dps.org.nz/programme/ It is displayed as a Google calendar and is also available for download as a printable PDF.
If you use Google calendar yourself, the best thing to do is add the DPS calendar to your personal calendar – instructions below:
Welcome to 2020!
This year has started well for the society and there is plenty ahead to entertain, educate and challenge us all this year.
For those who have attended meetings this year, you will be aware that we have a 4-week meeting cycle for the first 4 Mondays of each month,
Week 1 Practical session
Week 2 Meeting with speaker & Projected Image of the month, & sharing
Week 3 Focus Groups – Portrait/Studio, Street Photography/ Recording Dunedin’s history,
Nature / Macro, Astro / Time Lapse, Honours / Project
Week 4 Pre-meeting Camera Basics (7pm) Speaker & Print of the Month & Letters.
Putting a programme together is not only time consuming but also involves a great deal of coordination. I would like to thank all council members for supporting the development of the programme but particularly the programme committee; Ross, Anastasia, Brian, Ita and Glenn.
In developing the programme we had three aims:
- Increase participation
- Develop collective responsibility
- Learn from each other
After 4 meetings I feel we are well on the way to achieving these goals. As I have said many times now the success of the programme will depend on the contribution of all.
Thank you in advance for agreeing to host meetings, thank speakers, post blogs, lead groups, lead field trips, enter images, hang images and appraise images.
Our first meeting of the year drew 60 attendees and 20 print entries. This is a great result and we want to build on this.
We have again introduced the Letters each month. This is an easy way to have a go and the link to the letter can be pretty tenuous! I understand there are members who have submitted images for the first time in this. Watch out for Anastasia’s reminders.
On Monday this week, we held the first focus groups. There was a buzz of activity in each group and each left with a plan for the future. We look forward to seeing the results of these groups. Thanks to Brian also for organising the Photoshop Basics course which will run concurrently to the focus groups.
Looking ahead we have at least 3-weekend workshop options coming up, 2 Projected Image salons and a Print salon. We have the Dunedin Festival of Photography and running the PSNZ National Exhibition. It will be a busy year and there will be a need for volunteers for all these events.
So – take photos, come to meetings, enter images and put up your hand to make the supper!
President, Dunedin Photographic Society