Tuesday night was a miscellany of exchanging useful information on anything from efficient ways of cropping images in photoshop to a collection of useful accessories from days past.
Richard kicked off proceedings by telling us about his workflow starting with downloading his images from his camera and not looking at them for a month. He explained that this helped remove himself from the emotion of what may have been a lovely day out so he could be more objective about his images. This seemed a really useful tip as I’m sure many of us return home from a day out convinced we have a winner. Using Adobe Bridge he views the collection and deletes those he doesn’t think work at all. He uses Photoshop CC to bring the RAW files in and performs an amount of editing in the RAW processing module before opening the image. He also demonstrated how different effects may be easily achieved using the filters in the Nik Collection (free download from Google).
Carole showed us how she crops images using the Transform function in Photoshop as it retains the number of pixels in an image; very useful if you want to retain quality and produces a better print.
Mil described the technique of Focus Stacking for use where a subject needs to be sharp from front to back. By taking a series of images (tripod needed) of a stationary subject, using Manual Focusing on the camera and moving the point of focus through the object on each image, Photoshop CC may be used to easily combine the images to retain the sharp focus areas in each. Each image is brought in as a separate layer then the Auto-Blend function on the Edit menu may be used to “Stack” the layers to produce the final image. Mil has used this successfully on some macro images where the depth of field of each image is very shallow but the end result is sharp right the way through, but keeping the background out of focus. Mil had also brought along her laptop to show members the free software RoboMirror for making scheduled copies of folders and file, and the Wacom Tablet & Pen which she finds easier to use that a mouse when editing photos.
Pietro was on hand to answer any questions that arose as a result of his presentation of Lightroom last week, and helped Andrew download his images onto his AppleMac.
Geoff has brought along a number of interesting “accessories” from days past some of which could still be used today to create effects in the camera thus proving that being “creative” is nothing new.
It was a good evening where members shared knowledge and experience, and Marny made the point that we’re “that sort of club” where members take the trouble to try to help each other rather than be protective of their techniques. This is one of the things that makes Warminster such a good club to join for those wanting to learn as well as those who have knowledge they’re happy to share.
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Images: Geoff Sims
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS