Winter has come early.
I thought most members had opted out of the cold conditions judging by the turnout by 8.00pm, however gradually folks started drifting in.
Paul was there first and quickly followed by Darren, both new to the club. I spent a little bit of time explaining the virtues of RAW shooting and how he can use Faststone Image Viewer to preview and do basic adjustments. I also explained the principles of JPG compression and demonstrated on Photoshop Elements, the effect that adjustments on JPGs had on an image. This was shown using the Levels histogram and seeing the gaps developing as additional adjustments were made.
Darren brought his portable Hard Disk with images which we as a group carried out our usual critique. Meanwhile Julie and the other ladies gathered in a huddle plotting what they were to do on their show on Friday Evening. Rumour has it that its a rerun of Calendar Girls. Vivid imaginations needed!!
Jack, whom we had missed out last Wednesday night, brought his AV, Walk in Mountstewart. Jack slipped back into ProShow to do this with the excuse that he found the layer effects and animation easier than in Pictures to Exe. We were treated to a very clever exhibitions of animation with monkey statues, towers sinking into the lake and falling trees. It was warmly appreciated by those present as he gave us a detailed explanation of how he achieved the effects. Well done Jack, well worth waiting for.
I took the opportunity to run my recently completed AV entitles, Cathedrals of St Petersburg. Seeing it on the big screen, I spotted several things that I wanted to change in it.
Angus arrived with his laptop and crouched away at the back exporting his first AV onto a memory stick. However when I attempted to run it, we found that he would have needed to include his images in the same folder with it. It was run on Windows media player.
I advised him to download the trial version of Pictures to Exe from http://www.WNSoft.com or ww.beckhamdigital.co.uk. Although it is a trial version it no longer had a 10 slide limit. The only drawback is that it has a banner across the bottom of the display screen. We can certainly live with that. In that software he will really gain experience and create stand-alone exe files for PC.
By the end of the evening, none of the ladies had divulged the content of Friday night. I’ll get some photos of it anyway and send some to the Spectator together with John’s blog.