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16 Sept 2014 - Workshop: Astrophotography hands-on

NEW DATE, Because of the weather, we anticipate the outing 1 day, so new date is 16 of Sept

We propose an outing to introduce astrophotography – i.e. how to take pictures of the night sky – with standard camera equipment.

Program: We will discuss and present the equipment (mount, tripods, camera bodies, lenses), describe how to select settings (exposure time, ISO, aperture, file formats), show the main steps for taking pictures
(framing, focusing, guiding) and processing them (dark frames, stacking software). This is a practical hands-on under the night sky. Shooting the stars will be demonstrated in real time.
Participants are also encouraged to take their own equipment to self-try after demonstration. To make the outing more convivial, we proposesunset pictures over Geneva and Mont Blanc.
To make the outing more convivial, we proposesunset pictures over Geneva and Mont Blanc. meet early evening, at 19:00 for a picnic .

When: 16 September, 19:00-23:00
Picnic at 19:00, sunset pictures at 20:00, astronomy pictures at 21:00.
Please come no later than 20:30 to avoid car lights interference with nightThe course will start 20:30, before full night to show the equipment.
 The outing will be postponed in case ofphotoclub mailing list early afternoon. bad weather,a confirmation email will be sent


Where: Le Tiocan, Thoiry,+01710+Thoiry/">,+01710+Thoiry/@46.2420845,5.9971983,14z

White Balance trick

White Balance White balance is  one of the most critical settings, expecially if you take photo in JPG and you  have not  the chance to re-tune your white balance in the raw processing.

Sometimes however,  a wrong white balance does not end up in a wrong picture.  In the film era, we had not such a fine tuning control of the white balance. We had tungsten film or daylight film. And we survived.  We can use the  illuminant as a natural color filter, to add some magic colors at our scene. For example, in the studio, on the left we have a perfecly illuminant white balanced light, so that the gray background stay gray. Nice picture but a little bit flat. On the right, we add a more drammatic and color contrast effect, simply using the wrong white balance on the camera, so that the illuminat looks at higher temperature, and the background becomes blue. Blue is the opposite color of the skin tones, and the picture... works better.

Luigi Gallerani - Disorientation... at Forum Meyrin

Few months ago, one of our PhotoClub Member Luisa, organized a Photo Club CERN Outing at Forum Meyrin. The idea was simple... just meet there at around 1800 and try to make some photos in a place... where there are no interesting subjcet for a photographer....

26 March - 1830 - Stefan Russenschuck: Full-frame DSLR versus Medium Format

On Mar 26th, at 18:30, Stephan Russenschuck will present:"Comparing apples and oranges? Full-frame DSLR versus Medium Format: Nikon D800E and the Mamiya/Leaf Credo 60 combo."

Luigi will then make 10 minutes of .... Basic Lenses for photography, giving you an introduction on which kind of picture you can get with the a single piece of glass.

You are all welcome to come and join this meeting.


Photo Club CERN Logo

Apparently our Logo from 1959 was not compliant with CERN regulations as it had inside the CERN logo. This logo has been in use for decades, and what you see below, is the scan of the original stamp that has been used in all official document and on the verso of all pictures shown by photoclub to competions like photoswiss. We keep this scan here for hystorical information. We have now a temporary logo, and we are waiting for a new logo designer.

The original Logo from 1959 not compliant with CERN rules

CERN Photoclub Facebook Group

Become a member of our CERN Photoclub Facebook group to see latest updates and photos from our club members.


Lighting Setup

This Photoshop file contains templates to easily describe lighting setups, like the example below. This file is courtesy by Kevin Kertz.


Committee 2014

As nominated in the 12 Feb 2014 Members' General Assembly


  • President: Luigi Gallerani
  • Vice President: Didier Steyaert
  • Secretary: Luisa Doplicher
  • Treasurer: Arie van Praag
  • Vice Treasurer: Pierre Gyldemin
  • Matthias Schroeder

Area Responsible Volunteer

  • Studio Material and Maintenance: Xavier Paillard
  • New WebSite: Dmytro Kovalskyi

Committee 2014 - Candidates

We need your help! If you want to join the committee or be responsible for a specific activity please candidate yourself before the general assembly.
Candidates for Committee 2014 are at the moment

President : Luigi Gallerani

Thresaurier : Arie Van Praag

Vice-Thresaurier : Pierre Gyldemin

Comunication, Agenda, Website:  Luisa Doplicher


Stephan Russenschuck - Fine Art Travel and Landscape Photography

Reno La pass in Nepal, at 5360 m, looking across the Gokyo valley towards (from far left to right) Makalu 8481 m, Mt Everest 8848 m, Lhotse 8516 m and Nuptse 7861 m. Taken with the 4x5 view camera Linhof Technikardan on the Fujicolor Pro 160s. Image scanned on a drum scanner.

Photo: Stephan Russenschuck - Reno La pass in Nepal, at 5360 m, looking across the Gokyo valley towards (from far left to right) Makalu 8481 m, Mt Everest 8848 m, Lhotse 8516 m and Nuptse 7861 m. Taken with the 4x5 view camera (Linhof Technikardan) on the Fujicolor Pro 160s. Film scanned on a drum scanner.

 Stephan Russenschuck has recently opened his website

Those who had the opportunity to meet Stephan, and follow one of his presentations at Photo Club CERN know what we are talking about: true Fine Art Photography.

In one of his presentations, he gave a definition of an outstanding photo.  I think that this was one of the best practical definitions of photography I ever heard: "A photo is outstanding when there are people willing to spend time and money for quality printing and framing for display in a prominent place of their home for the next 10 years."


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