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Summer Shoots

Our new 2021/2022 season will start in just over a month on Wednesday 15th September. It is currently expected that meetings will resume in person at Castle Street community centre following any Covid guidelines at the time, but we are also looking into continuing with Zoom in addition to the physical meetings for those members who are still uneasy about congregating in large groups indoors. We will keep members informed and details will also be posted here on our website and via our Facebook page.

While some members have been enjoying a well earned break over the summer, others have been meeting informally for various fun and educational photo shoots. On 3rd June, a small group of members met at Morecambe and despite the less than summer temperatures had a great evening taking pictures of the iconic seaside landscape under stormy skies.

On 8th July, Club member Seamus and his family kindly hosted a very informative and enjoyable evening on outdoor portrait photography. Members who attended learned a lot and we are hopeful of seeing some of the resulting images in upcoming competitions!

On 4th August Bill organised a fabulous trip to Killington lake where members photographed sailboats, stunning scenery and were treated to a spectacular sunset.

It’s brilliant that after all the long months of isolation brought on by Covid members are finally able to meet up again to share our collective passion for photography. Hope to see members old and new when Club meetings resume next month!

Club evening: Open Competition

Club member Jo Knight treated us to a “brilliant”, “fun”, “inspiring” and “thoroughly enjoyable” evening via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September. She kicked off with advice on how to use layers and masks in Photoshop, then went on to demonstrate two popular plug-ins, the results of which impressively took 30 years off her age – if only we could all do that in real life!

Our next club evening on Wednesday 30th September is our first competition of the new season, with an Open theme. Our images have already been assessed by North Fylde Photographic Society and representatives from North Fylde will give us their verdict and scores live via Zoom.

This is a great opportunity to see over 80 images in both colour and monochrome produced by club members with skills ranging from beginner, through intermediate to more advanced workers.

All are welcome to attend. It’s never too late to become a member of the club, or if you’d like to be a guest just for the evening you will find details on our membership page.

We look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday for what promises to be an interesting and entertaining night!

Tutorial: Photoshop & Plug-ins

Our 2020/21 season kicked off on 16th September with an inspiring Zoom talk from Laurie Campbell. Laurie is a fine art nature photographer based in Northern Ireland and a member of the successful Catchlight Camera Club.

Laurie turns ordinary images into stunning fine art pictures with her use of textures which she says “covers up a multitude of sins!”. Despite admitting to lacking confidence and being incredibly self effacing, Laurie presented a wonderful evening of creative images which left us eager to try her techniques on our own photographs.

Our thanks go to Laurie, and also to Keswick Photographic Society with whom we shared the night.

Our next Club event is via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September, with member Jo Knight AFIAP DPAGB BPE1* QPSA discussing layers and masks in Photoshop and her favourite editing tips and tricks.

Responding to requests from our recent members’ questionnaire, she will also demonstrate two popular plug-ins and the ways in which they can be used to dramatically, but simply, enhance our images.

Non members are welcome to join us for the evening as a guest for a small fee. Please visit the Membership page of our website to register. We look forward to seeing everyone next week!