Our next event will be at the Bradford Abbas village hall, when Jay Warnes and Fo Bugler will be leading a workshop on portraiture and lighting. So don your best smiles, bring your camera gear and be prepared for a few hours of enjoyable tuition (postponed from 26/01/19 - new date TBC).
On Saturday 24 November camera club members were given a superb talk by Brian Clarke on the presentation of prints and making mounts. Using his own equipment (Logan), Brian went through the process of preparation, cutting and attaching the image to the mount. He explained the importance of measuring accurately and ensuring that all images are at the same level within the mount so that if displaying in an exhibition everything is in a line. It is essential always to use backing board when cutting and it is best to work from one edge. Brian spoke at length on the various tapes that can be used to attach the print to the mount and explained why he found Duck brand masking tape perfectly satisfactory.
Brian's superb mono prints naturally sparked questions on his methodology and the final part of the workshop was devoted to editing processes and information on various software packages.
A huge thank you, Brian, for an enlightening morning.
On Saturday 27 January, Malcolm Balmer led a workshop on Lightroom. A superb digital presentation accompanied by an easily understood dialogue covering all major aspects of the software, left members with a far clearer understanding of what Lightroom offers.
The two hour session covered workflow, cataloguing, collections, developing, short cut keys and tremendous advice on how to get the best from Lightroom. Malcolm also provided an excellent digital copy of the slides he presented which will prove an invaluable tool when it comes to putting into practice all that was learnt at the workshop.
Lightroom is a powerful development tool which many members have not had the opportunity fully to explore. Malcolm's presentation has fired us with enthusiasm and we are extremely grateful to him for all the work he put in to running such a professional induction course.
RPS Accreditations Workshop
On Saturday 25th November Mike Hermann and Norman Crabb presented a workshop about how they worked towards, and achieved, their distinctions.
It was such an interesting morning, with lots of interaction between members and presenters.
A lot of thought went into putting this workshop together, so many thanks to you both.
The morning was a great insight into the way the RPS accreditation works and Mike and Norman encouraged us all to think about having a go and hopefully, some of us will.
Mikes panel can be seen left, with the 'eleventh' image below.
At a very well attended meeting, Jay Warnes gave us a presentation on Photoshop, showing us all the tricks and methods he employs in post processing.
Along with many others present, I learned new ways in which the programme can be used, and squeezing the use of most of the Photoshop tools into two hours was definitely a considerable achievement.
Needless to say we overran, but the coup de grace for me came when, after our chairman had called time Jay explained the use of the gradient tool, which has now become a firm part of my processing routine.
Thank you Jay for a most enjoyable session - I think that all of us who were lucky enough to be there have taken a substantial step forward in our post processing skills.
Sherborne Castle Photoshoot with Huw Alban, May 2017
What an enjoyable day we had! The weather was kind to us too.
We all went our separate ways from the start and Huw caught up with us in turn, giving us 1:1 tips and advice.
Some of us needed a break for coffee (!) but we all met up for lunch and a general chat about the morning session.
Thanks Huw for a very enjoyable, informative and well run day.