If you are thinking of joining Knox Photographic Society, we hope that most of your questions can be answered be reading our FAQ below.
Curiously enough, there is also a lot of information under
on the top menu.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using our
Where can I find more information about KPS?
Look for Information
in the top menu bar on any page of this website.
There are a number of pages in the drop down menu available when you click on Information.
If you still can’t find what you are looking for, try using the search box in the footer (the dark gray section) of every page on this website.
Still no success? Get in touch with our Secretary via our Contact page
or at the top of every page you will find the Secretary’s phone number .
Where do I find KPS Documents?
Surprisingly enough, on our Documents page.
There are links to our Emergency Contact form, Membership form, Code of Ethics etc.
What is happening at KPS in 2019?
Well, as usual, lots of things!
You can read our 2019 syllabus by following this link
You will need a pdf reader to be able to read it but if you don’t have one installed on your computer, a great way to go is https://www.gonitro.com/au/pdf-reader
if you are a Windows user.
Do I need to know anything about photography to join KPS?
No! Whatever your level of knowledge there is a place for you at KPS. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and helpful club where those with a little more knowledge than others share it around for the benefit of all. We also run classes annually – more information here
What does it cost to join KPS?
We prefer to think of our fees as an investment in yourself, rather than a cost.
Our membership fees, which have remained constant for some years now are:
Adult (single or couple) and any number of non-working children, up to the age of 18.
Concession $40.00 People who receive a Commonwealth Government Pension, such as Age, War Service, Widow’s Pension, and Unemployment Benefits.
Note: A Seniors Card is not a valid concession. Bona-fides must be presented (each year) to validate the concession.
KPS also has a Remote Membership category which is subject to committee approval and is for people who cannot easily attend more than a few meetings a year.
Fees are for a calendar year but the Treasurer may set a pro-rata fee depending on the time of year fees are paid.
If you feel that you cannot abide by our Code of Ethics
then please don’t join our club.
You can find an application form to join KPS here
If you wish to pay KPS for a membership, please go to our online shop
How can I pay you money?
If you need to pay your membership or perhaps you want to pay for one of our photography courses or excursions please use our online payment system here
Should our online system not be working and you still wish to transfer money to us
Our banking details are:
Knox Photographic Society Inc BSB 063108 Account 10093089
Please ensure that you put your name & reason for sending money in the “Description They’ll See” section of your bank’s transfer form and complete the form below to let our Treasurer know you have sent money to us.
Do I need a ‘good’ camera to join KPS?
There are many different types of cameras, some more suited to particular tasks than others. Our members use cameras from point and shoots to high end DSLRs as well as the new mirrorless cameras. A camera club is a great place to get a range of opinions as to what type of camera may suit you and the type of pictures you like to take. The most important tool in photography is that one between your ears, not a camera.
Can you teach me photography?
Every third Wednesday of the month is a practical or educational night where we hope to impart knowledge or tips to improve members photography.
We run regular outings where members can swap hints and tips in a less formal atmosphere. Just because a member has been taking pictures for a long time doesn’t mean they can’t learn something new.
KPS runs classes every year including Photography Basics
(we all have to start somewhere).
We also run classes on using photographic software, notably Adobe Lightroom
. There is much more to photography than just pushing a shutter. Using software to improve your images is akin to editing a document – rarely is your first draft ‘just right’.
Many members are also regularly using Adobe Photoshop or other programs and are happy to help if you have a question.
KPS also sponsors masterclasses and workshops which helps to bring new skills into the club.
KPS has a number of more experienced members who are prepared to act as mentors
for those with a thirst for knowledge.
When and where do you meet?
We meet at the Boronia West Primary School most Wednesday nights. The first Wednesday of the month is a Committee meeting.
Officially, we start at 7.45pm but the doors open about 7.30pm.
The second Wednesday of the month we have a guest speaker, who presents a ‘seminar’ on something photographic.
The talks are usually centered about that speakers’ particular experiences and talents.
Members also hand in their works for the current month’s image evaluation.
The third Wednesday of the month we have a ‘Prac Night’.
The fourth Wednesday is a night for image evaluation. At this meeting, a judge/judging panel, either from another camera club, or from our own Society, presents opinions of the photographic works submitted for the monthly evaluation.
Should there be a fifth Wednesday in the month, we traditionally have a film night with, not surprisingly, films about photography (we supply the Jaffas!
Like to see a map of where we are? Click here.
We have a calendar of club events here.
Do you have a Code of Ethics?
We do, and we expect all our members to adhere to this code.
Please read it before deciding to join KPS.
You can read it here
or you can download a pdf version here.
Do you have Competitions?
We prefer to call them Image Evaluations.
We have monthly evaluations, generally with an outside judge, who gives a brief evaluation of images submitted to our image steward.
Images aren’t scored. An image can only be awarded a Commended or a Highly Commended or receive no award at all. Nothing else.
If you are uncomfortable with this process, more experienced photographers within the club can give you feedback in a less public session.
KPS members are also able to enter interclub competitions, particularly Knox’s annual Monochrome Interclub which is the only one in Victoria. There are opportunities to enter State and National interclub competitions and a number of our members have also been successful in the international arena.
Do you have a Newsletter?
We have a weekly newsletter which is there to keep members up to date with club events as well as relevant news from the world of photography.
The download file size is quite small, usually somewhere between 150 and 250 kb. That’s kilobytes, so it is generally less than one quarter of one megabyte per email. Subscribing to KPS newsletters would usually mean 5 emails per month although we do sometimes send out additional communications for items we feel can’t wait for the weekly newsletter.
You can easily un-subscribe by following the links at the bottom of everything we send out.
We will not knowingly share your email address with anyone.
If you wish to subscribe please click here
You don’t need to be a KPS member to subscribe to our newsletters.
How do I subscribe to your newsletter?
It’s easy. You just fill out a form,
For all you need to know, click here
Does KPS have a Facebook Page?
You can find the public page here.
If you are a KPS member, we also have a KPS Members Only Facebook page here
We are not on any other forms of social media.
How do I Mount Prints for image evaluations?
Easy, just follow the instructions here
These requirements were introduced by VAPS
in early 2018 and are perfect for KPS as well.
Where do I send Image Evaluation Entries?
From January 2019 the ONLY email address to send entries to is:
Should you have a lot of images to send, we recommend WeTransfer
, a free system of sending large or lots of files.
WeTransfer is recommended because:
- It’s easy.
- It’s free.
- It emails the sender when the files are downloaded so that you know they have been received.