Friday 18th May 2012 – Clubnight

Tonight we had an early start exploring the concept of Content Aware Fill and I brought into Photoshop Elements 10, several photographs which were on the club computer hard disk.  The command’Edit>fill>content aware” does not exist in the same manner in Elements 10 as it does in Photoshop.  Its equivalent is found unter the Spot Healing Brush.  It has a Content Aware facility.

This works by brushing over the object desired to be removed. Once the mouse button is released, it attempts to remove it and blend with the surrounding pixels.

Im the majority of cases this works well but there are occasions where it draws in some local shapes adjacent to to the selected area.   The secret seems to lie in only selecting small items and small areas at one time, for instance, removing a telephone line from a photo it is better to remove it in many small pieces rather than all at once.

Once again we watched two episodes from the photo tutorial videos brought in by Darren, the first being the subject of macro photography and the second being the use of outdoor flash to light a  subject and at the same time create a dark background.

In the first tutorial the use of extension tubes was discussed and demonstrated.  This is a cheaper option than purchasing a Macro Lens.

The second tutorial showed how to expose for ambient light then reduce its exposure by use of polariser and neutral density filters in conjunction with fill flash using umbrella reflectors.

The remainder of the evening was occupied with critique of members photos.

Wednesday 30th November 2011 – Clubnight

Tonight saw an overwhelming submission of memory sticks with photographs for critique.  There were more than we had time to show and discuss when we finished after 10:00pm.

Quite a number of members rose to the challenge of taking photographs within 200 yards (or metres for you younger ones).   Some didn’t even go outside their front door, preferring to shoot still life arrangements of forks etc. with excellent results.

Others probably had an elastic measuring tape but nevertheless produced some great images.

Ann Groves’ images taken at Mountstewart were excellent.  This was helped by a fixture produced by Noel to hold her camera steady to her walking aid.   Somehow, a number of her images were out of focus which we presumed was due to the AF/MF switch on the side of her lens being accidentally moved to manual focus.   This is always  useful to pre-check Auto Focus, along with ISO before any shooting session.

Others submitted photos of Mountstewart Gardens and the wonderful reflected colours in the lake.

Bobby showed us what could be done using extension tubes, extended exposure and a torch and some flowers. Continue reading