|Instructional Evening 8 May 2012|
|Both experienced photographers and members who were relatively new to photography enjoyed an interesting evening of demonstrations by members showing various photographic techniques.
The evening began with Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP presenting parts of the series of interactive DVD's by David Boag entitled 'Natural Focus'. Equipment, technical basics and creativity were very well illustrated and all aspects of camera settings, lenses etc. were fully explained in an interesting and easy to follow manner.
The set of 'Natural Focus' DVD's can be ordered from David Boags website.
Stephen McGrath then gave an excellent demonstration using Photoshop Elements which changed a rather ordinary landscape into a stunning image with a dark brooding sky over a field of glowing yellow rape seed.
A few tips for beginners were given by Pam Mullings showing how images can be easily improved using simple editing - horizons straightened - images cropped and irritating distractions removed.
Robin Gregory finished the informative evening using Photoshop CS5 to demonstrate more advanced editing techniques. The original coloured image was expertly transformed by Robin using adjustment layers and masks into a dramatic monochrome landscape. PM