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  • #1244

    ajroyle
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    Yes, I did look it up after posting that comment. April 2014.

    I will probably update to L4.2 on my laptop. I like the speed of it – straight into adjustments and image making instead of changes in Camera Raw first – all one smooth process. The local changes you can make are very clever by being “edge aware” they make dodging, burning etc easy. It is rather like the Nik software in this regard.

    There are many sites now offering Lightroom tutorials but the clearest explanations I’ve found come from Laura Shoe http://laurashoe.com/ . Ian Whiston has a fairly comprehensive list of sites, we’ll put some of the best on the Links when he gets back.

    If you want to make montages (or composites) you have to use PS or PS Elements, though On One and Topaz software now offer programs which work in layers. I am trying these but would stop at saying you don’t need PhotoShop at the moment. PS is still my first choice if I am working through to printing as it has full control of  paper profiles etc – though I believe this is now available in L4 (getting left behind you see!)

    #1238

    ajroyle
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    I would hope not, since Microsoft has to conform to US requirements of 7 years cover and I bought my machine about 5 years ago. In fact they continued to install XP on tablet machines after I bought my desktop as Vista was too memory hungry to be supported on 1Gb.

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    #1236

    ajroyle
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    We can talk about mounting prints on Thursday.

    There is no “perfect way”; but reviewing the methods that various members use will help – you can use, or try, which method suits you best.

    We can all learn from each other – which is part of the reason for being in a club; even though I have used the same method for years I recently tried Wallace’s (and Simon’s) method (making a tape “hinge” as a way of locating the mat and backing) and found it very good – and it saves on tape!

     

     

    #1235

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Lightroom is becoming very popular, especially since the introduction of Lightroom 4 and the halving of the price. Ian has said enough to interest anyone in trying it and some would say that L4.2 and Photoshop Elements 11 is all you need in your software armoury.

    I really enjoy using Lightroom but there is one big disadvantage for me; 4 doesn’t run on XP.

    #1232

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    This is a fine idea and one which we were doing until fairly recently. Ron Smith would pick a topic for a month and we brought along images as prints or people emailed them to me.

    Now we have the website as a stage for it all we need is a topic and a system for posting the images – they could all go in one post – or be assembled in one gallery. Let’s see what Ian thinks about that.

    In the meantime please remember that you have a special topic in the next PDI competition – MOVEMENT. Entries are needed for that at the beginning of November.

    #1231

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    The image of the week, as well as giving a successful author a few days of glory as Ian has said is also a clear indication that things have changed when a visitor returns. A slide show on the front page would not do that – it would also distract visitors into watching a slide show when we want them to get on and look at what we are about.

    #1013

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Tony did have some good advice so I hope that people will think about reprocessing some of the images.

    I was pleased that there was so much good material from our newer members and that most of it was appreciated. The “juniors” did well when you think that they were not identified in any way. I have been really impressed with the entries by both Lauren and Laura and I’m sure the judge would have had a lot of praise for the originality and boldness of their work had he known that it was the work of new younger members.

    As I’ve said elsewhere you can learn to polish up a picture but the artistic bit – getting the inspiration or being able to interpret a scene or make us see something the way you see it – well a lot of that is sheer talent.

     

    #995

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Wow!

    Now a comment about the photograph! The tonal range is great. The focussing is spot on. Those are the technical things. I like the background. Cropping is fine on right. Wonder whether you have anything more at the bottom of the picture so we could see all of the hair. She has a couple of marks on her neck that I would be tempted to try and remove and, for my taste, she has overdone the botox.

    This photo would easily make the top end of our GENERAL section.

    #975

    ajroyle
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    It would be fine if we could have some very objective way of marking but it isn’t possible. Some judges do apply some objectivity in allowing so many marks for this and so many marks for that. For example Andrew Brochwicz-Lewinski does this. He judged earlier in the year (you may have been there). But of course the judgement of each fraction of the mark is itself subjective. The system can fall down when you come across an image which defies the system.

    20 years ago marks didn’t vary as much as today – it is probably because some areas, such as colour printing, were an achievement to get right anyway – despite content and so the marks were more for technical things and so rather less variable judge to judge. (an old man told me that!)

    #958

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    You can trim your 20×16 down. I’m afraid that 20×16 will get disqualified at L&CPU.

    There are a few comments of mine in one of the news items  viz….

    It will also be hand-in time for the first print competition. Firstly I might point out that we have a small slip in the rules. Last year we said that (in line with L&CPU rules as usual) we would ONLY accept 40x50cm (except from newcomers). That has not been carried over into the new rules. This is only an oversight but it does mean that we will have to accept smaller prints HOWEVER do remember that SUCH PRINTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE FOR L&CPU ENTRY.

    NEWCOMERS please be clear – 40x50cm is the biggest MOUNT SIZE. A small print can look good mounted this size. However, to help you get started we will accept any size mount UP TO 40x50cm.

    You can buy ready cut mounts from Cotswold Mounts (see links) and Bailey Arts on the Dagfields Craft Centre. Alexander’s, also at Dagfields are very good for mount board – I buy mine there. Remember that light coloured mounts are regarded as THE ones to go for – Off White, light creams, that sort of thing. Jet black is a no,no and the habit of choosing a colour to “bring out” the colours in the print is hardly done these days. Having said all that prints are harder to get into and maybe the new members will wait a while and get a bit more help before entering – but never let it be said that we didn’t encourage you.

    In Resources you will find articles by Simon Cotter and by me. I must say I have changed my methods somewhat since the article was published.

    Unfortunately we don’t have club time to spend on mounting before the first lot of prints have to be in, but remember that now your BEST 5 marks count so you can still enter Comps 2 and 3 and win the League!

    LABELLING – Nothing on the front please. Write on the back  NUMBER of ENTRY (1, 2,3), TITLE, SECTION (MONOCHROME or COLOUR (NATURE), COLOUR (GENERAL) ) and your MEMBERSHIP NUMBER (NOT name).

    Please read the RULES on the Resources page.

     

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    #931

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    (I think) 20mm f1.7 on a Panasonic GF1 from the towpath of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. “Celestial Boatman”?

    #929

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Adi (Eddy) Sethna’s article is well known to recently qualified judges since it is used at the L&CPU Judging Seminar.

    Adi was a psychiatrist and so had a methodical approach to the process which really takes you somewhere (in what can be a very vague subject) and his writing has certainly been a big influence on my approach to judging.

    In Brian’s article he is expressing concern at the narrow approach some judges exhibited to the work. This doesn’t always mean a descent into technical nit-picking. His judges were failing to bring an open mind (not even necessarily an informed mind) to judging the pictures.

    But what do we really ask of our judges? I heard one national (and well respected) judge say that she could sit all day and mark pictures but couldn’t do what the club judge does – stand up and talk about the picture to an audience. In the end this is what we want, people who can explain why a picture works in a convincing and compelling way. Think about the judges we have – they usually get invited back because they can do this. The marking we know is a questionable thing anyway – very subjective.

    BTW do you know that many clubs do not ask for a mark out of 20? Many only ask for things like 1,2,3, Highly Commended and Commended. The rest (and that could be, say, 60 pictures in our case) only get a comment – no mark. Should we be doing that?

     

    #877

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    That commentary should really be added to Brian’s article, it elucidates the issue beautifully.

    I worry that club photography does get obcessed sometimes with the pursuit of perfection of the image in a technical sense. I liken it to woodwork where the perfect execution of the joints overrules the overall look, aesthetics and  utility of the piece of furniture.

    Many of my favourite photographs I fear might not do well in a typical club competition.

    Is this encapsulated in the difference between the RPS and PAGB distinctions? In the former your work is viewed as a panel – and that panel can have a very broad means of expression (even mixed media) – in the latter your images are judged individually using more or less “club” criteria.

    In defense of club photography, it does teach you how to give your work more impact and deliver its message more clearly and make it more “attractive” (even beautiful). It is also a community where we help each other achieve. But let’s not take a narrow view of the work. 

     

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    #830

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Thanks Ken, It gave us a different view of the Olympics didn’t it. Let’s hope it also encourages members to have a go at presenting. Well done Sharon.

    #829

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Hi Ken,

    Since the file size is restricted to 512K it is unlikely you could upload a 7×5 image.

    Perhaps you could email it to me and I’ll pass it on to Delores.

     

    Thanks for the thought, Ken and thanks for posting.

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