Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th July 2012 Clubnight


It was good to see Alan, a prospective new member with us again this week.
Laurence had indicated to me that he was having problems downloading photographs directly from his wife’s and his cameras using the usb cable.

He brought his laptop in on Wednesday and I spent time with him showing him the simpler and more robust method of first creating a folder on his hard drive , then inserting his SD card directly into the slot on the side of the laptop. He wasn’t aware that this slot existed. As I showed him all the steps, he wrote them down for future use.  Hope you find this easier Laurence.

Meanwhile Mark showed the photos from members memory sticks up until tea break. A number of people then went outside to capture a beautiful sunset, some examples of which have been posted on our Facebook section.

Friday evening began with a demonstration of post processing in Lightroom.

Harry and I had been to Clandeboye Estate on Thursday in pursuit of two scenes for the “Bangor Now and Then” project. Harry’s photos were RAW images straight out of the camera and I used several of these to show how Lightroom can help improve ‘as-shot’ images. Our difficulty on the day was in combatting the atrocious underfoot conditions as well as finding a gap at the lakeside to see the Clandeboye House. In the end, it had to be a compromise.

Next Wednesday will be a studio evening so bring your camera and any props you wish. Maybe we will try different types of lighting.

Wednesday 28th March 2012 – Clubnight


From feedback last week a number of members are unsure of the methods available for transferring image files from their camera to their computer ‘s hard disk and loading into software such as Adobe Lightroom.   Those of us who have been involved with computers for years take this type of task for granted and it’s so easy to forget that we were once at that stage.  One of tonight’s objectives was to give a detailed instruction on how to carry out this process.

Also from last week, Mandy asked me to help her in cutting mounts for the forthcoming Exhibition print submissions.  When I arrived at the clubroom, someone had kindly set out the mount cutting table.

Mark agreed to do the file transfer session whilst I helped Mandy who had brought along 8 prints for mounting, some 8″ x 12″ and some 8″ x 10″.   The mount boards purchased in Easons allow 4 mounts to be cut from it to fit 8″ x 12″ prints.  During the mount cutting process it turned out that Mandy is left handed and the kit which we have at the club is suited to right handed operators so I continued to cut the mounts for her. Continue reading

Friday 24th February 2012 – Clubnight – Hugh Rooney and John Miskelly


Unfortunately, our guest speaker booked earlier in the season was unable to make it tonight, so at very short notice our two stalwarts, Hugh and John stepped into the breech and provided us with a tutorial evening centred around Workflow and Lightroom and Photoshop.

Hugh explained his theoretical order of converting his RAW photographic image into a finished photograph which is ready to be printed.  He took the time to explain by demonstration, the basic steps used in converting a RAW image to a finished image using the Develop module within Adobe Lightroom.  There were demonstrations of colour balance adjustment, sharpening and noise reduction given on a specially selected group of his own images.

John transferred to his own Mac laptop and discussed with illustrations, how he saw a wonderful panorama vista whilst travelling back to the ferry after a holiday where the weather and light was poor.

He explained the process of taking the multiple of overlapping photos, whilst being aware of the changes of lighting as he turned towards the setting sun.

He then loaded the photos into PTgui software which he uses for stitching panoramas.   Using lower than normal resolution jpgs for speed of demonstration, the panorama was quickly produced and cropped.

A quick sortie into Photoshop was made to remove an errant bystander and several cars and a quick tweak of the bright corner resulted in a  perfect panorama.

Inspiration indeed for all present.  Thanks again to Hugh and John for a very interesting and informative evening which proved that there is really no difference in an image shot by a Nikon or Canon.  It’s all in the eye of the photographer.

Wednesday 3rd August 2011 – Clubnight


I thought we were going to have only a few members attending this evening.  Eddie arrived as one of the early ones and came down to the front with his laptop for some help.

His problem was that somehow he had managed to shift the Windows 7 taskbar from the bottom of the screen to vertically  on the left edge and he had tried everything to move it.   Thankfully, I have seen this before.  By placing the cursor on the taskbar in its vertical position, right click showed that there was no tick against the “Lock the Taskbar’ choice, therefore this was part of the problem.  By selecting ‘Properties, a dialog box showed the option to reposition it at the top, right, left or bottom.  Selecting bottom solved the problem.  I finished it off by putting a tick against ‘Lock the Taskbar’ and this should prevent it happening again.  Now Eddie knows.

He also showed me some photos of his in Picassa and we played for a few minutes with them.

When I looked up suddenly there was a really good turnout.  Apparently, there was a gathering just outside the door chatting in the evening sunlight.

Ann gave me the SD card out of her EOS 400D camera to show her photos.   Several others tabled their memory sticks including Alli, who came to us last week.

Ann had 1700 photos on her card so we sampled just a small number, some of which were out of focus.  By looking at the EXIF data via Faststone Image Viewer (free download) we could see that her shutter speed was too slow in many cases.  David Best offered a good suggestion that we set it up at Shutter Priority and ISO 400 and this could help with her problem of handholding.    She had some great shots of a little boy with a hat.

Nigel offered a great PTE slideshow which included photos of wildlife, his specialism.

Alli’s photos taken on her Vivitar camera were very good, though several were slightly overexposed.  At the tea break I talked to her and showed her the Exposure Compensation setting on her camera and how it worked.

I brought along my iPad to show Mark the feature of setting up a local hotspot on my mobile phone and connecting a non-3G iPad to the internet almost anywhere.  The application on the phone was Joikuspot Light.  Anyone interested should Google for it.   As it turned out,. Mark didn’t make it, but Nigel was about to buy an iPad, so we retired to the kitchen to show how this was set up whilst David Best took over and explained some features of Lightroom including its very powerful database management facility.

As usual the evening had flown and we finished at nearly 10.30.  Thanks once again to Julie and Helen for tea.    I think we need some different volunteers to give them a break.