DCM Sep 18
David Marlow

I find the preparation of images for printing for Club competitions a time consuming and sometimes challenging exercise; to say nothing of the expense.

It is certainly difficult to get the right print in the right frame with a corresponding PDI of exactly the same, framed image.

However, for me, being able to prepare my favourite images for display and maybe frame it for others to enjoy in my home and elsewhere is a joy. So I do it; I hope this article inspires you to do the same.

Having been a Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club member since 2012, I have always entered the internal print competitions in preference to projected digital image (PDI) competitions. I have always been interested in print. As a teenager I had my own darkroom, with enlarger. At college I ran a club printing press, so I think printing is in my blood somewhere. I do have a website if you are interested in seeing any of my work.

S2 Print Trophy
LBPC Beginners Section (S2) Print Trophy

I won the Section Two (for beginners and improvers) Print Trophy in 2014-15 and looked after this (see image) spectacular ‘cup’ for twelve months. The Club gets few entries in Section Two currently and is considering dropping the Section Two print class from competitions, which is more than a shame.

I think that beginners need the opportunity to compete away from the very experienced senior members against whom they have an unequal chance ofsuccess.

Use it or lose it’ comes to mind! I hope this guide encourages a few of you to have a go.

The Club will support you all the way. It has a number of items available to help members in their print and PDI preparation in addition to advice from the committee and other members, some of whom have a lifetime of experience in photography and its wider application and well.

All you need to do is ask…

… and have a go: Beginners Check List For Print Competitions

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