Wednesday 3rd October 2012 – Subjects for the evening with Mark Allen


Hi folks,

On Wednesday 3rd October I will be covering two subjects –

1. Preparing images for an audio visual (or slide show). Shirley has kindly volunteered to bring along 100 photos, from which I will reduce down to 40 and explain why as I go.  I will then resize them, bring them into Pictures to Exe and sort the order in the Lightbox. Again I will explain why I place the images in a certain order. If I have time I will add some appropriate music and make the slide show.

2. I will also be demonstrating a program called ‘Snapseed’. check out the website!

Some background:

At our camera club on Wednesday evenings we ask members, especially beginners, to bring along up to 10 photos to be projected and discussed. We use ‘Faststone Image Viewer’ to display the photos – as this is a free product.

Discussions about the photo often relate on how the image could be improved. Within Faststone, we can make some global changes with levels, shadow and highlight adjustments etc. However; often the feedback suggests that just one part of the image should be darkened, or lightened, or have more (or less) saturation or contrast, etc. This we simply cannot do with Faststone.

In most cases we ask the author what software they are using, and then, try to quickly describe how this can be done with their software program. Everyone has their favourite software program, but once we start to dis

cuss how to do something in, say Lightroom, everyone who doesn’t have Lightroom switches off 😉 The same applies to ‘Elements’, ‘Photoshop’, ‘Capture NX’ and so on.

To make a selective adjustment on just one area of the image – but not the rest – normally involves layers, masks, blending and opacity adjustments. And for many members, especially those new to digital photography (and perhaps computers), this is simply far too complicated.

The solution is called ‘Snapseed’. This software allows you to quickly and easily make local selective adjustments. It is available for Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and an Android version is coming soon. It’s cheap! Just £12.99 for the Windows or Mac version and just £2.99 for iPad/iPhone versions.

If you have an iPhone or iPad splash out £2.99 and have a go.  This will allow you to ask questions. If you already own Snapseed and want to learn get the most from it, then this session will be of of interest to you. Once you see just how easy it is to make local selective adjustments, and how such adjustments can really improve your photos, I think you will be hooked! I have no doubt many of you will want to buy the desktop version.

Mark Allen


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