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.

Friday 29th July 2011 – Clubnight

It was Velia’s turn tonight to be first in the line for assistance. She brought along her lovely shiny new Samsung laptop on which she has a folder of photos. Her initial hope was to transmit them by email to England to her son, however this was not possible as we don’t have access internet here in our clubroom. On examination of the folder of photos, it turned out that there was a total of 417mb of files, an impossible sized attachment for Hotmail.
I transferred the files via a memory stick to the main club computer and on Mark and John’s advice, used Freestone Image resizer to reduce the batch size to about 8mb.
A little bit of guidance from John on attaching the files to Hotmail and Velia was happy.

Standing on the sidelines patiently was Anthony, fresh from his recent graduation, with a zoom lens. His problem was that his lens didn’t autofocus on his camera. I tried it on my Canon 40D and confirmed that it wouldn’t autofocus, although I didn’t get an error message as he had. The conclusion was that the lens/camera contacts needed cleaning using a cotton bud and some Eclipse cleaning fluid. Most likely there was an electrical contact problem.

Mike once again treated us to cherry cake at tea break. Thanks Mike, and of course Julie and Shirley for tea and coffee.
Julie put forward her Pictures to Exe slideshow. We had a minor glitch with only the PTE project file being available. However we showed her, on he laptop, how to create the Exe file, and having done that, ran it. She had beautiful photos of a cello, interspersed with images of sheet music. Altogether it was an excellent effort. Well done. An interesting fact emerged that the replacement cost of a cello bow was £3000. The cello itself cost £6000. Wow. You could buy a couple of top of the range Canons and Lenses for that sum!

Julie said that she didn’t have enough photos to fill the music time thus the repeat of some of the sheet music images. We suggested that she could lengthen the slide interval as well as introduce dissolves from a partially desaturated image to a full colour version of the same image. Inserting a semi-opaque small image of the sheet music then dissolving back to the full cello image would add extra images and make it flow a bit smoother.

After tea, I demonstrated ,in Photoshop 7, how to create overlaid images using multiple layers and snap-to guides and by selectively switching layers on and off, you could save each for the web and create a sequence, always remembering to save the whole file as a Photoshop PSD file.

We critiqued members photos from memory sticks and I ran part of an AV showing the Alhambra Palace at Grenada, Spain. I explained that this was done several years ago before I cottoned on to producing short AVs.

Gerry Coe brought in hardback and soft back copies of his Blurb Photobook with photos taken on his iPhone. Finally, I had to admit that I had jumped ship from PC to iMac today, but for you Nikoners, I’m staying with Canon.

In conclusion, a great night was had by all.