October 26, 2012 at 12:08 am #1540
I am starting this thread for you to post ideas or questions which we can use or cover in our OPEN EVENINGS.
Over to you…..October 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm #1546
Last year we held a members survey, the mounts workshop for new members could have been held early this year,like at the beginning. That way we could have avioded any problems that new members had in mounting of prints. So for next year can I suggest (only suggest) that if the mounting workshop is to be repeated could it be held well before the first print competition for the newer members. ThanksOctober 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm #1556
I’ve never really mastered the technique of doing a convincing selection in Photoshop. For example cutting a furry animal and changing its background with any fringing or haloes. What’s the best way to do that?October 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm #1565
I like that idea Pete like putting in new sky’s with trees and leaved also hair hhhmmmm not eeasy
plus I would love to learn how to do or convert a picture to HDR and some of the hi detail photos that John does.
plus some macro help would be niceOctober 27, 2012 at 12:08 am #1569
Yes … cutting out and making selections especially of fine hair would be very useful. Studio lighting advice would be appreciated. As would using a speedlight / flash for non studio work ie outdoors, on the fly, street, exhibition halls but in poor or dodgy light to avoid red eye etc. I don’t have one yet but the advice would help me get underway when I finally get my hands on one.October 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm #1579
Could Ian (if an internet connection is available) do a demo of uploading an image to the website? Just to nail this down once and for all.October 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm #1600
I like the ideas of learning to use a flash on and OFF the camera, sink leads and stuffOctober 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm #1635
Thanks for those, Folks.
We have a talk about flash later in the season.
Selection – funnily enough Ian Whiston and I were talking about including something on that. Really fine cut-outs against a bright sky is really asking for the moon but yes, we’ll do something on that.
We’ll see what we can get an internet connection.
Mounting prints – yes we do usually do that earlier on – this year we were not going to do it at all but it came up, so we did it.
Macro – perhaps we could mention a few things on that.
October 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm #1638
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In photoshop and the internet the use of programmes to enhance our images are easy to use, how can we be sure of the intelligence copyright of parts used in production of said images. Can a workshop or a seminar be given to say what is allowable and what is not, ie not setting yourself up for a fall in using layers that may inadvertantly cause your photographs to be disqualified?October 30, 2012 at 10:11 am #1658
Good pointOctober 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm #1662
F/stop, ISO and shutter speed combinations advice for different situations would be helpful. I find low light a nightmare especially as I don’t have a speedlight. I do think I need to learn more about f stops and which lens to use in which situation. Some recent on the fly portraits in poor light have suffered because I had to resort to a low f-stop which have left them not as sharp over the whole face as I would have liked.October 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm #1666
Ditto that request these things are vital for night time/firework/christmas time displays. Also the use of white balance.October 31, 2012 at 9:13 am #1683
Thanks for those folks, that’s very useful. We actually have another open evening at the end of November so we really have two sessions to cover these things.
I might add that working in low light does present a few problems and not least is focusing (your auto will be slow to work and may latch on to the “wrong” thing), so you might be better focusing manually. Flash in low light will kill all the atmosphere. High ISO will give you a noisier picture but you may be able get rid of the noise quite effectively in post-processing. It is a matter of understanding the factors (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing) and also knowing your gear – then you can make the choice as to what to do in the particular circumstances. Digital photography helps enormously in the learning process because all the information about each image is there for you to study afterwards and trial shots cost you nothing rather than the 30p or so for film.
White balance – there is one relatively simple answer – shoot RAW, that way you can adjust things afterwards. I think being fussy about white balance is important if you really must achieve full colour fidelity – for example if you are shooting fashion, weddings etc or copying a painting. I have not done a white balance check since I bought a camera that shoots RAW. If you are shooting jpeg then you will be very limited as to how much you can adjust the colours afterwards and then checking white balance is important.October 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm #1693
The irony is with newcomers to ” digital camera”s” – they are so complex and the very important aspects as John mentions ” shutter speed, aperture correlation–ISO, focusing” can be overlooked in a massive amount of information. My Panasonic handbook runs to 140 pages.November 1, 2012 at 12:00 am #1713
Thanks for those comments – I wish we could get a few more people in on this. The preparation for 1st November is now done but it has already spilled over to 22nd November too, so let’s have some more comments after the meeting tomorrow night. I see the two evening as complimenting each other.
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