• Photo Editing Software Presentation

    When we met together on the 29th October, we were delighted to welcome member and former club chairman Tony Tomlinson, who had agreed to share his expertise with editing software systems. As an experienced professional photographer, Tony has a long experience of developing and manipulating images within numerous versions of well known software, and the fifteen members present certainly followed his presentation with great interest.

    During the first half, Tony showed us and demonstrated a number of adjustment tools to be found within Lightroom CC. In addition to the development sliders for adjusting a picture's exposure, saturation, temperature, contrast, and clarity, Tony showed us how the adjustment brush and graduated filter can be used to create significant changes within an image. Fortunately we were all able to appreciate these features with Tony's laptop plugged into the club's projector and the image appearing on the big screen.

    Following the interval, Tony demonstrated many features of a relatively new software package entitled "On1 Photo RAW". This was certainly new to the vast majority of members present, and by the end of the evening, many of us were seriously considering changing to it from existing systems such as Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop. A convincing factor was that Tony was able to show us how On1 can do virtually everything that can be achieved within the Adobe software. He explained that this package can be bought outright for around £100 as opposed to the annual hire charge necessary for the Adobe packages. Apparently there are also numerous video support packages available on YouTube to guide and assist new users.

    Following numerous questions, the session drew to a close with the chairman thanking Tony for what had been a most interesting and instructive presentation.

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  • Selsey Camera Club Trophy

    Eighteen members and visitors met together on the 15th October for this season's monochrome print competition in which forty eight prints had been entered by twelve members.

    We began by giving a warm welcome to our judge for the evening, Peter Rocchiccioli ARPS from Chichester Camera Club and current president of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation. As the prints had been displayed in order along tables at the side of the hall, Peter was able to enjoy a thorough preview of the work before the meeting began.

    We started the competition soon after 7.30 pm with the prints being placed one at a time in the light box by Margaret Cooper. Peter examined each print very closely, giving very helpful feedback to each contributing photographer in the form of constructive criticism. Over the course of the evening he commented on many aspects, particularly giving credit to a picture's composition and technical qualities.

    Peter also drew attention to the importance of cropping - "going in tight" - to give emphasis to the subject of a picture. He also warned that distracting highlights sometimes need to be darkened such as those seen in skies or water, and advised us to check thoroughly around a picture's edges for blemishes or distractions. We were also reminded of the importance of a picture's story-telling qualities and that, "What you leave out of a picture is as important as what you leave in".

    A mark out of twenty was also awarded by Peter in respect of each print, though in the case of six pictures, the marking was held back until later in the meeting.

    We took a break for a refreshing cup of tea mid way through the evening, and the winning numbers of our fortnightly raffle, so expertly organised once again by Beryl James, were called at this point by Bob Hoare. With the second half of the evening under way, we were enjoying the sight of more prints illuminated in the light box and listening to Peter's helpful comments.

    By the end, eight prints had been given eighteen marks or more, thus qualifying their photographers with certificates of merit. Of these, the following five received eighteen marks:

    HELLO by Richard Clarke-Adams

    ZEBRA CROSSING by David Richardson

    RINGS by Joan Taylor

    SALSIFY by Dave Johnson

    VULCAN by Graham Ainge

    Two were given nineteen marks as follows:

    A WET DAY AT THE TRACK and BLINK AND YOU MISS HIM both by Graham Ainge.

    Finally, giving a maximum score of twenty, Peter announced that the evening's winning print would be TEXTBOOK KICK by David M Moore LRPS.

    Club president David Nicholls rounded off the evening with a warm vote of thanks to Peter Rocchiccioli for his sound judging and insightful comments. Thanks were also expressed by the chairman to Margaret for supplying prints to the light box and thereby remaining on her feet throughout the evening, to Beryl and Bob for organising the raffle and to Joan and Dave for organising the refreshments during the interval.

    All in all, this had been a most enjoyable evening and confirmed the view of many that monochrome prints are still a very worthwhile pursuit.

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  • "Bird Photography" and "PAGB & RPS Accreditation"

    We enjoyed two excellent and very informative talks at Camera Club this week.

    For the first half we welcomed Marc Read, son of club member Dick Read, an experienced birder and bird photographer who gave a presentation entitled “Bird Photography – Behind the Lens”.

    His most important advice for capturing the best bird photos was, where possible, try not to shoot from above or below your subject. One thing that will really make a bird photo stand out is getting to the level of the bird thus taking the viewer of your images into the bird’s world. Another benefit is that by having the camera’s image sensor parallel to your subject all of the bird will be on the same plane of focus and therefore more of the bird will be sharp and the background and foreground will be nicely blurred.

    He illustrated his talk with a set of slides which showed a number of scenarios which demonstrated how he approaches his bird photography. Sometimes he visits the location of a rare bird a number of times to view the bird’s behaviour and to find an ideal spot to take the perfect shot. Sometimes to get level with the bird he would wade into the water or lay in the mud. He also showed how for some nervous birds the only way to get a close enough for a good shot is to use hides.

    He showed a number of excellent shots, many taken locally in Sussex, others taken in more distant locations such as Spain and the Isles of Scilly and at the end of his presentation he was given a well deserved round of applause from the club members and visitors.

    Following the usual interval of tea, chatter and raffle, we welcomed back two former club members Lynne and Jeff Owen who gave an illustrated talk about their experiences in preparing for successful submissions for accreditation with two different photographic organisations - The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)..

    They highlighted that the main differences in judging between the two organisations were that entries for the PAGB were individually and briefly displayed for marking by a panel of judges whereas the RPS judges viewed all entries from an applicant as a panel of prints and spent much longer reviewing both the merit of the individual prints and their inter-relationship within the panel.

    Lynne & Jeff both displayed their 10 print entries for the PAGB “Credit” level awards and revealed the individual scores awarded which they believe were influenced by the impact value of the prints given the short time (5 or 10 seconds only) that they were viewed by the judges.

    They then displayed their 10 print panels for the “Licentiate” level of distinction for the RPS (“LRPS”) which really demonstrated how a panel should be laid out with the portrait and landscape prints and even the colours in prints being carefully balanced.

    The final display of the evening was Lynne’s 15 print panel for the “Associate” level of distinction for the RPS (“ARPS”). For this level the submission must use one of 9 theme categories and must include a written Statement of Intent. Lynne chose the “Fine Art Photography” category for her submission. She took a set of photographs of windows and then cut the prints so that the windows could be opened to reveal a matching or contrasting image displayed behind. This was a most impressive panel which rounded off a very informative presentation

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