Dylan Reynolds kicked off our first meeting of 2022 with an evening of live editing via Zoom, using photographs sent in by fellow club members.
Working with Lightroom, Dylan bravely edited the first three images blind having spent no time studying them beforehand, which is a difficult job when faced with your own pictures but much harder when you’ve never seen the image before in your life! He then spent some time showing us edits to photographs he’d previously played with and it was fascinating to see how another photographer approaches the editing process.
Dylan showed us various Lightroom tips and tricks, as well as the importance of cropping and re-thinking our main focal point, and edited in both colour and monochrome. Our thanks for all his hard work and I’m sure members very much valued his take on their pictures.
Our next meeting is a Members’ Evening Competition with an open theme. Always a popular night, competitions are a great opportunity to see a broad range of member’s photographs and to receive constructive critique from an external judge. Look forward to seeing old and new members on 19th 😊.
On Wednesday 3rd November, club member Jo Knight DPAGB QPSA BPE1* EFIAP gave a whistle-stop tutorial on how to edit our images using colour in Photoshop. Starting with a basic Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, Jo showed us how to change the overall colours in our photographs as well as make more selective hue and saturation changes.
She then went on to discuss various ways of adding tones to pictures, which can help convey mood and emotion, including the use of gradients to add both simple colour washes and more complex split tones.
Following a short break, Jo spent the second half of the evening showing members how to blend the component parts of composite images together using various techniques, including the powerful and awesome ‘Blend If’.
Big thanks to Jo for a thought provoking and useful, albeit mind boggling, evening! Colour in Photoshop is a vast topic and there was a lot of information to take in, so a handout is available in the members’ section of our website (scroll down to Helpful Tips) and a a video of the evening will be available shortly on our members only YouTube channel.
Next week we’re very much looking forward to club member Phil Dayton taking us through his speciality of Astrophotography. Members are also reminded that entries for our annual fun knock out PDI competition should be sent to Jeff Bagnall by Saturday 13th November at the latest. Look forward to seeing everyone next week 😊.
It’s easy to become emotionally attached to the photographs we take and it can be difficult to view them objectively, so it’s always useful to have someone else look over them from a different perspective. On Wednesday 24th February we invited members to send in up to 2 images they were struggling with, which were critiqued by three of our more advanced members who offered suggestions on how the pictures might be improved.
It’s often very simple things such as changing the angle from which the image was shot, cropping in post production, or edits like increasing contrast, cloning out distractions, or dodging & burning, which make a huge difference to photographs, although some pictures were suffering from less obvious issues like barrel distortion, converging verticals and dust on the sensor. Converting a picture to monochrome often brings a dramatic change. Our Chairman Gavin’s suggestion of adding a shark to Jeff’s fell tarn picture, it has to be said though, probably wasn’t that useful 😆.
It can be difficult to have our images picked apart, so a big thank you to the brave members who offered up their pictures for critique. We hope the comments were helpful and that in offering suggestions on these particular photographs it helped other members to look more objectively at their own images and to learn and grow.
Next week our guest speaker for the night is Club member Dave Nelson, who is taking us ‘Around & About Scotland’s Western Isles’. As we’re all fed up to the back teeth of lockdown and being cooped up in the house, we are looking forward to going on a virtual trip to Scotland with Dave and his camera and dreaming about the day our confinement will end!
Members are reminded that next Friday (5th March) is the deadline for handing in images for the upcoming Panel competition to be held on 10th March, and also for handing in Macro images for the Club competition to be held on 17th March.