It’s February already, we’ve had 2 rounds of completion, a “bring and share” evening of portrait photography and a cracking talk by Darren Pullman giving a gentle introduction to the various ways to “process” a photo in Photoshop, we even got a handout at the end. 

The first meeting of the year was a “bring and share” event where everyone brought in some portrait photos to compare and discuss. There haven’t been many portrait photos shown in our competitions recently so this was a good environment to air some of those photos we may have been uneasy about putting in front of a judge. Hopefully, we’ll see some entered in competitions soon. 

The first competition of the year was a print competition judged by David Lloyd LRPS. It was encouraging to see entries in the Level 1 class again. Sometimes the printed photo can be a bit more daunting for the uninitiated but it’s the original and versatile way to show off your photos and really not that difficult, once you’ve done it once or twice. Congrats to Graham A for taking the 10 points. 

The Level 2 competition turned out to be a close run thing with Dave P’s graphic composition of the roof of Wisley Gardens glasshouse narrowly beating Dave S’s study on art gallery arches. In the end it was museum’s security guard sitting with a bent back that gave the 10+ to the Wisley roof. Such small details can make the difference!

The following week, Darren Pullman treated us to a very polished presentation introducing photo editing techniques from cropping and straightening to clone stamps and blend modes. The presentation showed various before and after shots to demonstrate the techniques and how effective they were in improving your photo. Darren also encouraged the viewer to search the Internet for the keywords of each subject (with the title of their software) to avail of the many free tutorials posted there. 

Now, I’ll get to the report on last week’s PDI competition later in the week but first a few words about the special meeting this week.

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