Category Archives: Guest Speakers

Guest speaker: Permajet

On Wednesday 25th November Club members were invited to link up via Zoom with Colin Hulley of Permajet for help and guidance to ‘Print with Confidence’. The in-depth presentation covered all aspects of colour management workflow, from calibrating monitors, through colour workspaces in editing software, to paper profiling, with the aim of helping photographers make successful prints.

I wish I’d heard this talk 7 years ago when I was just starting out on my own photography journey because I struggled for a good year with dark, muddy prints whose colours looked nothing like my screen. When I finally learned about colour calibrators and used a Datacolor Spyder I discovered my laptop screen had been set to a very cool temperature by the manufacturer and when this was corrected by the Spyder device the difference was like night and day!

As Colin explained, we also can’t print on paper the backlit images we see on our overly bright PC screens, so with the addition of turning down the brightness on my monitor and making sure I used the correct settings and ICC paper profile for my printer I was finally able to start printing more or less what I was seeing on my computer.

Permajet make a wide range of papers and the paper you use for printing makes a big difference to how your image appears. Some papers have a cool tone, for example, while others are much warmer. The choice of paper, therefore, makes a huge difference when printing things like portraits as skin colours will look different on a cool blue toned paper to a warm yellow toned paper.

I’m glad Colin mentioned, though, that no matter what you do prints will only be a close, not an exact, match to your computer image and you might need to tweek a little in Photoshop or Lightroom for the photograph to print out exactly as you’d like! Having a consistent colour management workflow, however, makes what can be the tricky process of printing so much easier. Our thanks to Permajet, and to Dylan for all his hard work in arranging the evening.

Our next Zoom meeting is a club competition with the theme of ‘Leading Lines’, judged by John Williams EFIAP/b, MPSA, DPAGB. Why not join us as a guest for what promises to be an entertaining night! Details on our membership page.

Guest Speaker: Nature Far & Near

Another great club night on Wednesday 11th November with guest Speaker Trevor Davenport of Southport Photographic Society and his talk ‘Nature Far & Near’. Trevor’s talk took in his travels to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park and closer to home on the Sefton Coast.

Yellowstone was a destination his son always wanted to visit due to his love of volcanos and alongside Trevor’s love of nature, dramatic landscapes & plant life we were treated to some magical images of the Teton mountains and vast areas of the National Park including its powerful Geysers, most famously Old Faithful, with Trevor often following in the footsteps of Ansel Adams. There were also some great wildlife images of Black Vultures, Brown & Grizzly bears (and their poo!), Elke, Coyote, Bobcat, Buffalo, Wolves not forgetting the menacing Moose. Overall Trevor’s images and his passion for Yellowstone and the Teton mountains was inspirational to us all.

Closer to home Trevor focused on the Sefton Coast and an 18 mile stretch of wonderful beaches, which happens to be the largest Dune area in England, showcasing fantastic wildlife, plant life and scenery. Many parts of this area get battered by the weather and Trevor and his team have made it their mission to give back and volunteer to help eradicate invasive species of plant life and where possible help repair areas being battered by the weather.

A great talk by Trevor who’s passion for photography was abundantly clear during the evening.

This Wednesday we have a lively night in store with our annual in-house knock out competition. It’s a real shame we can’t meet in person for this particular event, where there is usually lots of laughter and banter, but it will still be fun and we look forward to seeing everyone’s diverse images. Guests are welcome for a small fee – please see our membership page and click on ‘attend as a guest’.

Guest Speaker: Photography over 50

Gold medal winning Club member Russell Millner was our Zoom speaker for the evening on Wednesday 4th November when we were in for a real treat, with Russell taking us along on a fascinating journey from the frozen Arctic to the scorching wilderness plains.

Family of Bears on Baffin by Russell Millner

The vistas and wildlife he saw on his travels were stunning and Russell was hugely knowledgeable about everything he’d captured in his superb images. The time flew by and I for one was enthralled from start to finish. Our thanks to Russell for an entertaining and informative presentation.

Next week our guest speaker is Trevor Davenport with his talk on ‘Nature far and near’, including Yellowstone and the Sefton coast. Guests are welcome for a small fee – please see our Membership page for details.

Guest Speaker: Farming & Photography

Award winning Club member Amy Bateman shared her passion for farming & photography via Zoom on Wednesday 14th October when we were treated to some wonderfully evocative images of life on Amy’s upland farm near Kendal and the stunning surrounding landscape.

Amy’s love for her family, her animals and the area in which she lives were contained in every photograph and it was a delight to share in her journey from beginner photographer to nationwide acclaim. Our thanks go to Amy for a hugely enjoyable evening.

Next week there is a change from our advertised programme, with the subject for the evening to be confirmed at a later date.

We welcome new members or if you’d like to be a guest just for the evening you will find details on our membership page.