For LPS members only. What do you want to learn about Photoshop? One-to-one tuition in a group setting with other LPS members.Needs-centred help, whatever your level of expertise with Photoshop, beginner to expert. If you can, please bring your laptop and a selection of your own images, as this is a hands-on event. Limited places, so please register above, no charge.
14 January to 17 February 2019
A selection of images from Society members: upstairs at Pizza Margherita, 2 Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QD.
Some images are for sale, all will be interesting!
The gallery is in a prominent position, just off the ring road around the town centre, opposite the Dukes Playhouse in Moor Lane. There are several car parks nearby. We are also in close proximity to the Grand Theatre in St Leonardsgate and the Vue Cinema in Church Street.
Go through to the back of the restaurant and up the stairs to the gallery on the first floor. There is no obligation to purchase food, and the restaurant staff will be delighted to point you in the right direction.
Prints are for sale with a guide price of the £50, and this includes a donation to charity by art@margherita.
On Monday, January 7, members were introduced to the underwater wonderland that has been the workplace and playground of Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown for more than 20 years. This dynamic husband and wife team of underwater photographers, photo-journalists and authors shared with members; their rich knowledge of the world’s oceans and their occupants; their impressive portfolio of images amassed during more than 5,000 dives; the challenges they face taking pictures underwater; the procedures they employ to capture award winning and commercial images; and the equipment they use. Their presentation brimmed with passion, enthusiasm and practiced professionalism and provided members with a fascinating insight into this photographic genre and a memorable addition to our season of speakers.
Check out their website at frogfishphotography.com
On Monday evening we were joined by Terry Hewitt who shared with members his thoughts on the images selected for entry to the third competition of our season, ‘Patterns and Shapes’. This departure from our familiar rotation of competition themes attracted a wide variety of inventive images, seen and manufactured. Terry’s enthusiasm and love of photography was clear to all. His gentle and humorous style, his desire to share with others his knowledge and carefully assembled thoughts on each image were refreshing.
Terry drew attention both to the qualities he admired and the various steps that could be taken to make improvements to each and every image. Members found this constructive and helpful and will no doubt lobby for his future return.
Our speaker, Rob Evans could surely hear the excited chatter in the pub about his presentation as he travelled back down the M6 to Birkenhead.
Rob is a highly successful photographic artist, specialising in composite image making and the creation of ‘real’, surreal and fantasy images. His presentation did feel like a magic show and his enthusiasm and impassioned desire to share with members his knowledge of Photoshop, its huge potential, and the procedures he uses to create his kind of magic was refreshing and inspiring. His advice to members that they should create images for their own pleasure and look for inspiration in the work of others struck a note and will, I am sure, inform their work and increase their enjoyment of photography.
Rob has been invited to come back to Lancaster for a more in-depth, learning day. This will, hopefully, slot into our emerging programme of Saturday workshops.
From Rob Evans's slides, the apps and Photoshop plugins he uses were:
- Nik Software Colour Effects Pro
- Nik Software Silver effects Pro
- Topaz Filters
- Lucis Art
- Raya Pro
- Also the YouTube Downloader app for Windows
A huge, ‘thank you’ to Ruth, her willing lieutenants and her enthusiastic models for what was a hugely successful, club night.
There was much to learn about different studio set-ups, artificial lighting, remote camera triggering, dialogue with models and camera craft in studio settings, both by observing other members at work and direct involvement in front of the models with camera in hand.
Ruth is a passionate advocate of studio photography and will no doubt seek to provide further opportunities for members to increase their knowledge in this area and acquire the confidence to use the society’s equipment on other occasions.
We have promised to provide the dance school with a portfolio of images from the shoot well before Christmas and we will provide information at our next meeting on how members can forward their best images to Ruth.
Members were treated last evening to a well prepared and thought-provoking presentation by the photographer and artist, Adrian McGarry. His message that 'the smartphone has come of age as a serious photographic tool’ was supported by a detailed introduction to the accelerating technical advancements in smartphones and associated imaging software.
Adrian explained, with examples, the surprisingly powerful and inexpensive apps, many of which are free, he employs on his iPhone and iPad to create impressive, competition standard images. He also shared with members his approach to street photography, and the camera craft he applies with the inconspicuous smartphone which is tailor-made for this genre.
His inspiring enthusiasm and impassioned advice that we should let our creative juices flow and take photographs for ourselves and not for others will stay in the minds of members, inform their work and increase their enjoyment of photography. The dialogue on Facebook into the early hours, by those who couldn’t wait to get home to experiment, spoke volumes about the impact of this memorable presentation in our current season of speaker evenings.
Check out his website at adrianmcgarry.com
Members came together to look at the images entered for the second competition of the 2018/19 season, ‘Lancaster, People and Places’. After a late start caused by traffic, we heard the thoughts of the external judge, Ove Alexander.
Positive themes of the evening included balance, tones, framing, colours, engagement, style, leading lines and simplicity. We learned to watch overblowing the highlights, increasing the contrast in mono work, and focus and sharpness in our images.
A slideshow of the winning images:
A special ‘Thank You’, to Brad, Ruth, Dan, Graham and Mike for their thoughtful contributions to the first, in our series of hands-on club nights. Together, they created a full evening of inventive desktop set-ups and a variety of opportunities to work with artificial light, and learn how this can be manipulated to create drama and turn the mundane into something with impact and style. The set-ups, featuring everyday domestic, bespoke, and standard studio and flash lighting, metal sculptures, treasured keepsakes, vegetables, leaf skeletons, familiar, unfamiliar and quirky objects, provided members with a range of opportunities to learn from each other, capture interesting images and garner thoughts and ideas for future, indoor photographic projects
Our inter-club meetings with Morecambe continue to impress with the quality, diversity and impact of the photography on show. On Monday evening, we hosted this annual event for the first time in our Cameron House venue. It coped well with the numbers, helped to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and was graced with the carefully considered, hugely informative, kind and gentle thoughts of the independent, external judge, John Riley.
Our members were impressed by the absence of harsh criticism, and John’s positive alternative of, ‘constructive suggestions for further development’ when he felt that an image could be improved and its author assisted by the benefit of his experience.
Lancaster’s images attracted the highest overall score and if previous experience is anything to go on the Morecambe members will seek to ensure that this does not happen next time...