This week we held a workshop taking a look at layers and masking in photoshop.
This excellent workshop was led by Cat Humphries, who is very conversant and skilled in the use of photoshop. A number of members brought along their laptops and were able to work along with Cat’s demonstrations.
Cat explained how layers worked and how we can use them for our photographic projects. She guided the members through the layers palette,experimenting with blend modes and layer masks, in addition to making quick and easy selections with select and mask.
Another league print competition this week ‘Open’ and set subject ‘Shape’. Great response on entries (as we have had on all competitions this season) A total of 77 prints over the two competitions. 38 open and 39 ‘shape’.
When you consider the amount of effort in producing prints compared to PDI’s, that really is a tremendous contribution from everyone who entered.
The standard was very high, with some innovative ideas on the Interpretation of the ‘shape’ Prints.
This gave the visiting Judge Rojer Weightman a difficult task, choosing the ultimate high scoring Images.
Overall an enjoyable night and some excellent work was produced, which once again will enable us to choose some strong Images to represent the club in external competitions next season.
This week we had a talk/ presentation given by Steven Galvin entitled ‘ I shoot animals and sometimes I chop their heads off’. The presentation featured mainly wildlife and some underwater photography. Many of the interesting Images were off a very high standard coupled with a good narrative delivered with enthusiasm and passion for photography. In addition Steven placed some superb Prints around the hall for the members to view during the evening.
Another good speaker and Interesting topic on our varied programme of events during the season.
Our final league PDI of the season with the final league positions being decided on the outcome of the night. Another excellent response of entries totalling 96 for the two competitions of set subject ‘night’ and‘open’. Sadly the entries needed to be reduced to 69 ( 32 ‘night’ and 37 Open)to give the judge a chance and be able to give meaningful comments on each image.
The overall standard on the night was once again very high,
with a good spread of Club authors scoring well.
Damon Guy competently judged the competitions. He commented at the end regarding the high standard the members had produced, to make an interesting and enjoyable night.
This week we celebrated our ‘Spring Social ‘ an evening which Included a Fish and chip supper and a quiz. A great fun filled social evening with a few taxing questions in the quizzes, but always played in great spirit.
Congratulations to the ultimate table winners, which went to
a tie break question on the keenly fought battle.
George gave a short presentation earlier in the evening
regarding updating our publishing preferences for competition entries and how
the Images will appear on the website.
Thanks to all who helped organise the very enjoyable evening.
Rod Bird gave a great presentation with his talk ‘What photos mean’ The presentation Included showing Images to draw out the meaning and perhaps the reason why the photography may have taken the Image.
He also Invited the members to debate on a number of occasions what the photography may have seen before taking the photograph.
The topic, exploring the psychology and emotion of creating Images, gave a very thought provoking presentation, which made a very enjoyable evening.
Last night we held a print competition ‘open’ and set subject ‘History’. Once again a good response to entries with 37 in the open and 35 in the History competition, overall 72 print Images. The competitions were competently judged by Michael Lurie who is also member of Pinner Camera Club.
A good high standard of entries were displayed, a
complimentary comment made by the judge whilst making the difficult decisions
on finding the ultimate high scoring Images.
Congratulations all those who entered, making it such an
Interesting enjoyable evening and to the ultimate winners on the night.
This weeks topic was ‘Photography unplugged’ a charitable event organised between the club and Rickmansworth School photography students involving one of our youngest club members Beth Christie. A competition was organised where Members were requested to submit PDI Images with minimum adjustment as close as ‘straight out of camera’as possible.
To support the project members donated money towards the event to help enable a School photography trip. In return three students (Beth, Jade and Tom) judged the event on the night giving excellent critique on the entries and choosing the ultimate winners.
Congratulations to Richard and Denise on the night for their winning Images.
The successful event raised £100 from our generous members towards the School project.
Cat lead a well attended workshop exploring creative Depth of Field effects. In addition to cameras and tripods, the members brought a vast array of fascinating items to photograph, which were arranged into several fine art scenes. Five in total if I recall.
At the end of the evening the hall lights were turned off and a little light painting took place to finish an excellent club night off.