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  • #2068
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    ajroyle
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    Since we had the projector the colour calibration has not been touched – it looked fine.

    The light output is actually set lower by using the “quiet” setting.

    We have adjusted the brightness and contrast several times and I am starting to think that setting the brightness high enough to get the full range of tones in the blacks can’t be achieved without the image looking too bright in the mid-tones. The whites are giving a lot of detail – more than the laptop – which is supposed to have a high grade display.

    The problem is a perennial one with digital projectors – they are very bright by nature and you always wonder what the images you send in the national comps actually look like at their end.

    We are going to have another determined attempt to get this right but please bear in mind this inherent brightness. Just as images you are going to print will look darker than your monitor image, projected images will always look lighter.

    #2067
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    ajroyle
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    You will all now have seen the “cleaned up” version, with TV aerial cleaned out.

    I knew the cat was going to jump and had a few moments to decide on the angle. Shooting against the sky meant a problem with exposure but I would get the cat clearly delineated. I over exposed it a little, waited, and took one shot.

    I’ll look at the EXIF to get the shutter speed.

    Oh, and the rescue software is just the Sandisk one. I have several copies which came with compactflash cards. I assume that they now just have it on their website.

    #2066
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    ajroyle
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    Thanks for that Darren. The unusual title will help it – some of the magazines have such similar names that it is claimed even the journalists working on them get confused.

    I have largely given up on the “how to do x, y, and z in Photoshop” mags now, preferring things which take a broader view, such as Black & White Photography. I would buy the BJP but it is too expensive. I’ll look out for c’t Digital. (what can c’t stand for?)

    #2009
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    ajroyle
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    Thanks for all the thoughtful replies – keep ’em coming!!

    I think it will take time to get things going on the Forum/Gallery. We have a good start through “importing” all you good folk from the Forum Paul started but it will take a while to get the others contributing.

    On commenting time: we used to have commentaries on the L&CPU Folios and I did the one for the MONO prints a couple of times. It is easy to say all you need to in one minute pre printbut it took me several days to decide what to say in that one minute!! You couldn’t possibly achieve that one the spot.

    We have until next March to get it right!

    #2008
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    ajroyle
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    Thanks Peter. They are very good – I’m relying on Ian Whiston to tell us on 22nd November Open Evening as I don’t have Photoshop!!!

    #1996
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    ajroyle
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    Newer members may not realise that we have to put proposals for major changes to the members at the AGM, so any changes will not take effect until next year.

    If we present a large number of images to a judge we clearly will not get as long a commentary about each image, but the quality of the comment may suffer too. Also, if  the judge is marking on the spot it is very difficult to assess a large number satisfactorily.

    I see no reason to change the rules for the prints. We should be proud to be able to put on a good show still, some clubs have abandoned them! Of course we would have to reconsider if numbers declined but at present we are OK.

    In the survey of clubs conducted last year we were asked how many images a judge should be presented with, as a maximum. The average was 86 and the maximum 150. 90-ish is a good number, it fills the evening and allows a reasonable time for each image. 150 I personally think is too high – and remember that this answer may come from a club which has more time.

    I think we could increase our entry number – we have a built in way of reducing the numbers if we need to.

    I would be against any move to limit entries in a section. I think it may force people to enter and images obtained like that are rarely people’s best.

    Marking is another thing we could discuss. Some clubs have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd, highly commended, commended, and then nothing. It means that 75% of people get no mark, just a comment. What do you all feel about that? It is still possible to do a League total using this menthod; 1st gets 20, 2nd 19, 3rd 18, HC 17 C16, then everyone else gets 15. This way there is no poor soul getting a bunch of 8s and giving up. We do this kind of thing for the Annuals now.

    More comps? I get the impression that people would not be happy with more – but we can ask!

    Do remember that we have the KO where you can try out your images, though there is no comment.

     

     

    #1952
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    ajroyle
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    Thanks Peter, much appreciated. I hope you will find episode 2 on 22nd November useful too.

    #1936
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    ajroyle
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    Delores has a glowing report about Bliss Computers and they seem worth a try but I bought a new machine only a couple of weeks ago from Darbro (http://www.dardro.co.uk) who are at Radway Green. There is also Ray Hill’s son, who was offering the servicing last year.  I’m afraid it was rather a quick decision since the hard drive had died in my old machine, which was also running XP, no longer supported. An upgrade, new HDD and some extra RAM was somewhat expensive and a new machine seemed a sensible option. Darbro are ACER dealers and, while they built the last one to spec, I choose one off the shelf. This “ready made” has an i7 processor and 8Gb RAM, SSD, the GT 640 graphics card (4Gb) and a 1Tb HDD. Off the shelf is inevitably not perfectly suitable; I could have done with 500Mb on the HDD, but it was delivered in two days. I may increase the RAM to 16Gb but I am very pleased with it. SSD seems a good idea but the present products are only able to take 1,000 formattings, so they are no use as HDD substitutes.

    Looking at the references Ian found I can see I didn’t make a bad choice. His advice about cleaning the machine is very good too, mine was choked with dust and it was overheating that killed the HDD.

    I am now looking into external drives. I have 4 already but a RAID array or something looks appealing – or, in any event some system for continually backing up. The decision is mainly about how to arrange the files.

    #1931
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    ajroyle
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    The gallery is above the Library in the centre of Leigh in Lancashire. The Gallery is actually called the Turnpike Gallery, but it feels like “upstairs at the Library”. It is a great space for an exhibition.

    #1910
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    ajroyle
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    Hi Meg,

    These inter-club comps only have a limited number of entries and so we have to use ones that have already been entered (and judged if possible). We have to take account too of things like who the judge is and also provide a mix of subjects.

    I wish there were some way of getting the members involved a bit and tonight there will be a display of images which are our short list for the KO for you to look at and give an opinion on.

     

    #1769
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    ajroyle
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    Yes, of course.

    #1739
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    ajroyle
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    No, he didn’t. He seems to have had no interest in the process involved after pressing the shutter release.

    You are right that many specialised in printing mono to perfection and there were often detailed articles in Amateur Photographer about how a particular print had been done.

    Other “greats” were involved in the whole process of course; James Ravilious blamed inhaling chemical fumes in his tiny cottage darkroom for the lymphoma which killed him.

     

    #1713
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    ajroyle
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    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.

    #1712
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    ajroyle
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    The web presentation is well done – can we have all those features Ian?

    I guess the connections between the photographs and the paintings is fairly weak in a lot of cases but it still makes an interesting exhibition. The variety of work is wide too which is good. I would certainly like to see it and ponder on the difference between paintings – where the artist is in full control of the content and photographs, which often pluck ready-mades. When photographs are contructed – like Fenton’s still life there is still the stricture of reality because of the physical nature of the process of photography. The artistic aspects of photography are its own and it is a mistake to “copy” paintings as they once did. I think though that studying the work of painters can inform your photography in many ways and it is a good thing to do.

    #1683
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    ajroyle
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    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.

     

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