Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - 13:28
This week we welcomed our first speaker of the season, Libby Smith of Carluke Camera Club. Libby entertained us with photographs taken during a recent holiday to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland (click here for a map). She took us on a fascinating journey around this beautiful area, explaining how she planned and executed her photography and produced some stunning shots, including several seascapes (giving us ideas for the forthcoming “seascapes” competition) and some thought-provoking shots of the interior of abandoned cottages. Libby had good advice for beginners and experienced members alike:
- When planning a photographic trip, allow plenty of time to get there.
- Spend some time checking out the best spots. Ask the locals which places look good at different times of the day and plan to be in each place at the optimum time.
- Try to stay the night close to your first location, so you can take your shots at sunrise and return to your lodging for breakfast.
- Don’t be disappointed if the weather is bad. Wind, rain and fog can create some dramatic shots by the sea. Be prepared to get your feet wet.
- Try to include some interesting foreground objects, such as rocks or driftwood, in your seascape shots. A low angle will increase the drama.
- A long exposure will make any movement in the sea more dramatic. The best shots can be taken in the dim but colourful light around sunrise or sunset.
- A graduated ND filter can help balance seascape shots by darkening a bright sky against a dark foreground.
Libby showed us a series of “before” and “after” images and explained how to give them more punch using Photoshop. The key thing is to start with a good, well-exposed image in the first place, as Photoshop will emphasis any faults.
- Always adjust the brightness and contrast before making any colour adjustments, as increasing the contrast will also change the colour saturation.
- An image has “depth” when the foreground and background objects appear separated. You can separate the foreground and background by increasing the contrast of the foreground and decreasing the contrast of the background.
- Photoshop CC has a “camera raw filter” which can be used to make more adjustments to an image after processing in Photoshop. The “clarity” adjustment is particularly useful. Those without Photoshop CC can save the image as a TIFF and reopen it in Camera Raw.
- The “luminosity mask” feature in Photoshop is a hidden gem, Look for the “load channels as selection” button within the “channels” tab (which looks like a little circle of dots.) Pressing this button will instantly select all the highlights in your image, allowing them to be adjusted separately (using a “levels” layer). Following the adjustment with a “select/inverse” allows you to adjust the shadows as well.
- Joe Fowler is holding a “Photography for Beginners” class at the Fisherrow Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018.
- The closing date for the “seascapes” set subject competition is 4th October 2018. Please send up to 3 JPEG images to the George Todd using the email address shown on the front of the syllabus. Images must be sized to a maximum size of 1600 pixels and renamed to show your member number and the image title, for example “56_ThisIsMyTitle.jpg”.
- This Thursday I will be attempting to present a live technical demonstration to club members and Joe will be giving his usual good advice on capturing good images. The evening will be a good opportunity to discuss photographic techniques. I hope to see you there.
Friday, 14 September, 2018 - 18:39
On our second club night of the season we watched a CD of images accepted into the 2017 Dingwall National Projected Image Competition. We use these images as a source of ideas and inspiration for the coming year.
I brought some printed copies of the new syllabus. If you didn’t manage to pick up a copy, or you would rather print yourself a copy on better paper, a PDF is still available on the web site at the following link. The correct version of the syllabus will have a 4-way competition on 1st November 2018.
There were a lot of announcements to make this week. Here they are again in case you missed any.
- Please remember to add your name to the tea list. There are still a lot of blank slots. Thank you to Phil Petrie for volunteering for next week.
- Joe Fowler is arranging a photography class for beginners and new members at Fisherrow on 26th September 2018. If you missed this week’s meeting and would like to join the class, please see Joe next week. Alternatively, if you reply to this post I’ll forward your message to Joe.
- Next week (20th September) is the last submission date for the Digital Projected Images competition. Please send up to 3 JPEG images to George (our competition secretary) using the email address shown on the front of the syllabus. Images must be sized to a maximum size of 1600 pixels and renamed to show your member number and the image title, for example “56_ThisIsMyTitle.jpg”. For details see the competition guide at the following link: MCCCompetitionInformation.
- Next week we will be welcoming our first speaker, Libby Smith of Carluke Camera Club. Libby has been a regular visitor to the club and has always impressed us with her stunning images and knowledge of the subject.
Some events and photographic opportunities coming up:
- The Battle of Prestonpans takes place this weekend, 15-16th September 2018. The event begins at 10am on Saturday with a commemorative parade from Meadowmill Sports Centre. The parade proceeds to Greenhills (where Cockenzie Power Station used to be). On Saturday and Sunday there are regular events and demonstrations planned on the Greenhills site between 11am and 5pm, and the battle itself takes place both days at 3pm.
- If the weekend isn’t exciting enough, the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches also takes place on Sunday, 16th September 2018.
- The Scottish Half Marathon starts from Musselburgh on Sunday, 23rd September 2018.
- The Edinburgh Doors Open Days take place on the weekend of 29-30th September 2018. The Royal Observatory, where I work, will be open both days, but there will be many more buildings open.
See you next Thursday.
Thursday, 13 September, 2018 - 18:31
The club has received the following advertisement from wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell. If you are interested in the workshop, please contact the Harestanes Countryside Centre directly using the telephone number provided, or contact Laurie using the email address he provides below.
I am pleased to announce that on Sunday 23rd September I will be staging a one-day nature workshop in the beautiful surroundings of Harestanes Countryside Centre by Ancrum, close to Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders TD8 6UQ. The venue has conference facilities, an art gallery, wildlife garden and extensive mature woodland that provides easy access to a rich variety of subjects.
The aim of the workshop will be to demonstrate a range of techniques used to photograph nature as creatively as possible with the emphasis being on covering close-up details and landscapes.
With a maximum group size of six, the workshop is open to all, we are confident of offering bespoke tuition to all, whatever their abilities, on a one-to-one basis throughout the day that begins at 9.30am and closes at 5.00pm.
The cost of the workshop, including tuition, all refreshments and lunch is £115.00 and bookings are being taken by the Centre who may be contacted by telephone on 01835 830 306
If you would like more information before making a decision to book, then do please contact us via this email address email@example.com
With best wishes,
Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - 15:13
Saturday, 8 September, 2018 - 10:52
A reminder that this weekend is the last opportunity to sign up as a club member for the lecture by well-known wildlife photographer Andy Rouse taking place in Penicuik on 8th November 2018. If you are interested please email Steve Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t decided yet, you can still buy a ticket when they go on sale to the public, but the tickets may sell out.
Saturday, 8 September, 2018 - 21:13