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 11th January 2012 – Clubnight


Tonight was the first of what we will call “Studio Nights” which we agreed to hold on the second Wednesday of the month.

I arrived early and set up the background and lights ready for the session.   Our “surprise” model, Freya arrived early as well with Mum and Dad and brother and sister.

I encountered s problem with the big softbox modelling bulb.  It appeared to have failed and after some rummaging around in the store area I retrieved a couple of Edison Screw type bulbs.  I fitted a new one, tried it.  It briefly lit and went out.   Tried the next one and the same thing happened.  This time the whole set of lights failed.  The trip switch had failed, so I took out the old bulb and reset the trip.   By this time the room had started to fill up at an alarming rate.

It was only 7.55pm and the room was nearly full.   What did these people think I had meant when I said the we would have a surprise model?  Miss Northern Ireland?.  Fraid not!

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Wednesday 4th January 2012 – Clubnight


Tonight we intended to do something a little bit different.  As a follow-on from previous discussions on mentoring, the plan was, for part of the evening, to gather together in individual mentoring groups and discuss some detailed aspects of camera operation.

There were initially two groups, one led by Mark and another by myself.   Mark’s group were Nikon users whilst mine were Canon users.

Before this however, I set up my camera on a tripod at the front of the room and attached an intervalometer.   The intention was to take one photo every 5 seconds for a total of 20 minutes giving 240 frames.   After focusing and setting the ISO to 640, I disabled autofocus, image stabiliser, and set the quality to JPG.

The shooting was initialised and left to run for 20 minutes.  I’ll have the results next week. Continue reading

Wednesday 7th December 2011 – Clubnight


I came tonight equipped with a list of suggested topics gathered from the ad hoc survey last Wednesday evening with the intention of following up on at least one of the suggestions.

Just before we started Nigel reminded members that we should really turn our mobile phones off, particularly on Friday evenings particularly when we have a guest speaker.  Other news was that our new member Mike, had been in Castlewellan Park beside the lake  taking photos with his Nikon.  Heeding the advice often given “take two steps to the left/right to get a better composition”, he unfortunately slipped and fell in and drowned his Nikon . (Panasonic Lumix as it turned out) As if that wasn’t bad enough, he has broken his ankle.  We all wish him speedy recovery.  Mike, if you are reading this try putting your camera in a bag of dry rice for a couple of weeks.   This should go some way to drying it out, failing that enjoy a nice Nikon Panasonic rice pudding!

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Sunday 4th December 2011 – New link to Flash Photography Exposure Basics


Go to our Photo Resources page.  A new video link has been added.

Flash photography is a skill not many try to master. Its like people just don’t want to learn it and just muddle through with their camera and flash on auto. I’m here to tell you: its super easy!!! The basics of flash exposure: Shutter speed affects ambient light only ISO and aperture affect ambient light AND flash Flash distance, power, and modifiers all change its output. Continue reading