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Tutorial: Manipulating Colour in Photoshop

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 😊.

Tutorial: Low Key Portraits

We had a lovely evening on Wednesday 13th October at Underbarrow Village Hall, which played host to our second portraiture workshop led again by club member Seamus Bryans.

Seamus gave an excellent, knowledgeable talk supported by the use of a presentation which he’d prepared. The talk covered all aspects of Low Key Portraiture, which as Seamus explained is predominantly made up of dark tones although still covering the full range of tones. Lighting styles were discussed and practical examples given using the models Seamus had brought along. We used continuous lighting, rather than flash, so that we could all see the effect of different lighting placements in creating the different styles.

After a break we were given guidance on how to ask the models to pose and the do’s and don’ts and then we were invited to have a go ourselves. We had been asked to bring our cameras and Seamus had recommended which lenses might be best. Generally we were shooting with as wide an aperture as possible, in manual mode and exposing to the ambient about 2 or 3 stops down. This meant that when lit with the studio lights, the subject’s faces were correctly exposed while the background dropped away to black. Everyone had a turn, some a bit more confident than others and the hardest bit was probably directing the models and knowing what made a good pose. Below are some of the resulting images from Heather Mallinson, Jeff Bagnall and Kim Rigg.

Special thanks again to Seamus but also to his two models, George and Isobel, family members who willingly put up with our efforts to capture some worthy images of them. More pictures from the evening taken by members can be found in our Facebook Photoshoots group.

This Wednesday we look forward to an evening via Zoom with Dave Mason, who will be speaking about Street photography. Guests are welcome – please see our membership page for more information. Members are reminded that the hand in date for our next competition on the theme of ‘Song Titles’ has been brought forward to 20th October. See you all on Wednesday!

New Season

After we had to abruptly end our last Club season early due to lockdown, we are delighted to announce that our new season starts on Wednesday 16th September, running through until 28th April 2021. We meet at 7.30pm each Wednesday, with a 4 week break in December for Christmas & New Year. Unfortunately for now, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be meeting in person at our usual Castle Street venue. This situation will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Instead, members have been meeting via Zoom as a trial during our summer break which has proved to be popular and successful so we will be continuing our programme of events online. This includes speakers, competitions, workshops, editing advice, terrible lighting, dodgy backgrounds and plenty of banter! Here are a few of the motley crew on one of our summer Zoom meetings:


There is the opportunity to ask questions or have a chat with other members at the beginning and end of each Zoom meeting. During competitions and demonstrations, however, members’ sound will be automatically muted so as not to distract the judge or speaker if your doorbell rings or your dog starts barking 😉.

If you are thinking of joining Kendal Photography Club we realize it can be daunting to come along to a club where you don’t know anyone, and even more so to join in a Zoom meeting. But we were all new once too and are confident that whatever your area of photographic interest, experience or level of skill, the club will provide a great focus for your photography.

Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before – it’s been a learning curve for most of us. You will need either a phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or computer with a webcam and microphone (they usually come built-in). Download either the FREE Zoom app from the play store on your phone/tablet, or download Zoom for laptops and desktops here (choose Zoom Client for Meetings). The software will install automatically. Each week, you will receive an email from the Club with a link to our meeting – simply click the link, making sure you choose to share your video and audio when prompted.

Please either email a committee member, comment on this blog post, get in touch via Facebook or use our website Contact form if you have any problems or questions. If you’re interested in joining Kendal Photography Club, either as a member or guest, visit our Membership page for details.

We look forward to seeing old and new members alike 😊.