Christmas Meal and Break

Just a quick reminder to those going to the Christmas dinner…

The dinner is tonight, Tuesday 16th December and will be held at the Borough 3-5 Dalton Square.

Arrive at 7pm, and we’ll be seated to dine at 7.30pm.

There’s no meeting this Wednesday. Our next meeting with be in the new year on Wednesday 7th January: Planning for Landscape Photography with Lee Metcalfe.

All the very best for the Christmas break.

Competition Two Results

Competition TwoThis week we have the result of our second members’ competition of the year.

Our judge this evening will be Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP DPAGB. Tillman has spent the last week or so with our work and will visit to discuss our entities and award points which will go towards our annual prize giving.

Entries for this competition are also eligible for our biannual flora award. The best judged flora image will be awarded the Syd Cumbus Trophy for Flora at this season’s annual awards evening.

We hold a number of members’ competitions throughout the year. These competitions are an excellent way to focus our efforts, get a little feedback about our work and improve our photography.

View our previous award winners from last year.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Postal Photographic Club Folio

Postal Photographic PortfolioThis week we’ll be reviewing a portfolio of images from a Postal Photographic Circle.

Postal Photographic Circles are an increasingly popular way to share your work with others and get good and useful critique. As well as being a good way to share images with a wider group there’s also a number of groups based around specific interests such as monochrome and infra-red.

Each member of a circle both shares their images and judges other people’s images. In that way members quickly find out which images they make are popular and what it is about other people’s images they like.

We have a number of members of Postal Photographic Circles in the society and so if you’ve ever been curious or wanted to talk part then come along and find out more.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Battle with Morecambe Camera Club!

This week sees the return of our annual image battle with Morecambe Camera Club.

Lancaster vs. Morecambe

Lancaster vs. Morecambe

We shall be visited by our friends from Morecambe Camera Club for an interclub battle of projected images. Each club will present a selection of some of their best images to be pitted against each other. As well as being a friendly competition this evening serves as a great way to meet our fellow photographers from Morecambe.

Our judge for the competition will be Pamella Vose.

Deadline for Competition Two

This week is the deadline for entries for our second competition. Members who wish to submit images should bring those on a memory stick.

This time the theme is “flora” or “open”. Members can submit images of any subject, however, the best flora images of the night will be in the running to win the flora cup!

See Competition details.

So please bring in images for the competition!

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Guests from Morecambe Camera Club are, of course, also welcome completely free of charge.

L&CPU Portfolio and Your Favourite Image

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union logo

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union

To keep us safe from this cold winter’s evening we have another lively critique of the latest Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) portfolio. These portfolios are made up of images taken from across the many photographic societies that make up the L&CPU and are a good way of seeing what work is currently taking place across the region.

However, we’re not just content in seeing other people’s images. We want to see yours!

Bring along your favourite image and if you’re feeling brave share the secret and story behind how and why you made it!

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Sports Photography

Sports Photography with Terry DonnellyThis week we will be looking at the fast moving world of Sports Photography.

We are joined by Terry Donnelly a professional photographer based in the Northwest of England. He describes himself as a “creative photographer that also enjoys photographing sports and the challenge of commercial assignments.”

Terry holds a number of photographic distinctions including CPAGB, DPAGB, MPAGB, MPAGB and ARPS. In addition to these he is the L&CPU “Print Worker of the Year” and “Photographer of the Year” for 2014!

He is an experienced speaker and regularly speaks about his work and photographic passions. If you are fan of sports or events photography then his should be a great evening.

You can see more of Terry’s sports work on his website.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Getting started with GIMP

If you missed our talks this week about Open Source image editing packages here is Steve Bennett’s Introduction to GIMP presentation.

GIMP is the popular Open Source alternative to packages such as Adobe’s Photoshop.

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You can also download a copy of the presentation, The GIMP software (including the RAW plugin) and sample images used at https://lancaster.app.box.com/lps-gimp-demo

Let us know if you have used GIMP or Hugin and share any hints, tips or success stories you have on our Facebook group.

Using freely available software: Gimp and Hugin

gimp-hugin-webPost-processing doesn’t have to be all Photoshop or Lightroom. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. There’s many Open Source and freely available tools to help with your image processing and this week we take a look at two of the most popular.

GIMP stands for the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. In many respects this is a zero cost replacement for Photoshop.

Steve Bennett of Lancaster University will show how to install and use this on your own computer.

Hugin is a tool for assembling panoramas and photo-mosaics from a set of overlapping images.

Our own Ruth Wood will show us how she uses Hugin in her own photographic workflow.

Downloads

Both packages are Open Source you can use download and use them without charge. They are available for many different computing systems such as Windows PCs, Apple Macs and Linux.

If you need any help in using Gimp there is the excellent online Gimp Book.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

Studying Photography with Brett Aspinall and Kristen Malone

This week Brett Aspinall, Kristen Malone and a group of their students from Myerscough College will join us to talk about Studying Photography.

Brett and Kristen teach photography and will introduce the photography courses on offer at Myerscough. They will also present some of their body of work.

Then after the break the students will take over and they will show a selection of their work and talk about how and why they made their images.

You can see a selection of the students’ images at the Myserscough College website.

If you’ve ever considered taking your hobby to the next level and gaining a qualification in photography then this evening is for you.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union Archive

A North Lancashire Farmer @ Sam Thompson

A North Lancashire Farmer @ Sam Thompson

This week John Allanson joins us to take us on a journey into the L&CPU archives.

The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU) is one of the largest photographic societies in the World and Lancaster has been a proud member for many years.

The archive is a vast collection of images from different photographic societies in the region spanning many decades. Of particular interest to us, the archive includes images from our own Sam Thompson who was a member of Lancaster Photographic Society in the 1920s.

If you have an interest in local history or indeed the changing face of photography over the last centry this is sure to be a facinating evening.

Meeting details

Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.