We are looking forward with much anticipation to the visit of Terry Donnelly, his hugely impressive body of work and Sony UK.
Terry is a working freelance photographer from Liverpool, working in sport editorial, PR, promotions and is a Sony Europe Imaging Ambassador as well as a Fotospeed Ambassador and a Rotolight 'Master of Light’. He has three Fellowships and is regularly invited to judge photographic competitions and act as a selector for international photography exhibitions. His work has been exhibited in over of 25 countries, receiving over 240 international awards since 2012, and photographer of the year awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Terry will share with members his distinction work and personal projects, and explain how the pictures were taken. He will also explain the technological advancements and innovations in Sony, Full Frame, mirrorless cameras and how these have improved his photographic workflow.
Terry will be accompanied by Sony UK and its full range of Alpha series, Full Frame, mirrorless cameras and lenses which members will be invited to handle and try if they wish. Sony will also have a digital imaging expert on site to answer any questions.
During this relaxed and enjoyable evening members looked at an impressive collection of printed images captured by both established and new members. There was general discussion and friendly, constructive dialogue between the image authors and the other members during the viewing sessions and the intervening tea and coffee break. This early event in our calendar of meetings provides members with an opportunity to digest reactions, gather-in thoughtful comments on the strengths of images and potential for their further improvement. We look forward to seeing a number of these images perform well in formal competition.
Our evening kicked-off with an introduction to the Society’s emerging plan to seek lottery funding for initiatives that will create a ’City of Lancaster Photographic Archive’, grow our infant programme of workshops and learning days, connect lasting links with centres of Higher Education and reach out to Community Groups.
Members then studied the 117 digital images which attracted Commended and Highly Commended awards in last season’s competitions and, individually, attached to each a score of 1 to 5. The 25 images, attracting the highest cumulative scores will be shared with members from the Morecambe club in our annual inter-club competition.
After tea and coffee Brad and Dan introduced members to the time lapse and video work they had undertaken to help the ‘Positive Cycles’ initiative promote its helpful and hugely inspirational work in our community. This was a timely initiative and one that we will build upon and cite in our dialogue with the Lottery Commissioners. The evening concluded with two related, video based, photoshop tutorials by the talented communicator, Blake Rudis. His f64academy.com is a helpful source of useful and innovative tutorials.
Get the new 2018 LPS competition entry preparer software and help file here
Our time, last evening, with Bob Dennis will, I am sure, come to be seen as a tipping point by those members seeking confidence-building comments on their work, and encouragement to enter an external competition and win wider recognition. For all who attended there was much to learn from a presentation brimming with the wisdom that comes with experience, success and a love of photography. A presentation also peppered with humour and practical, down to earth advice.
Bob never misses an opportunity to promote his own Wirral based society and its annual open competition, the ‘Bebbington Salon’. Members interested in Bob’s invitation to submit images will find all the necessary information at bebingtonps.org.uk
L&CPU website: lcpu.org
Bob's website: robertdennisphotography.com
Saturday 22 September 2018 2pm at Cameron House
Alf Myers travelled up from Preston this evening to talk to us about street photography, what it is and how to go about it. He has been taking photographs for 29 years and was accredited as an L&CPU judge last year. His photography revolves around people, whether street, portrait or events.
Kicking off with a slideshow of fabulous street images, Alf then defined what he meant by street photography.. He showcased some famous photographers of the genre, including Valerie Jardin and Henri Cartier-Bresson He went on to explore our fears about taking street photographs and how to increase our confidence. Anticipation is key to successful street images, and he discussed two approaches: find the person or find the place and wait for the person (hunters or fishers) - either way, wait for “the decisive moment”. Look for interesting light. Look for opposites, contrasts, connections or similarities. Look for emotion and action. Look for humour. Window reflections and other interesting backgrounds can be helpful.
Typical camera settings might be F8 at 1/500s, ISO 400 - but always consider the light! Processing can include cropping, dodging and burning, and mono conversion. There was considerable discussion about the law and ethics of street photography. Your best asset is your smile.
During the second half of the evening, Alf talked us through some of his street images, what he thought about while taking the images, and what the judges said! Alf invited questions and discussion, which resulted in a lively interactive atmosphere. An engaging and informative evening which will hopefully encourage LPS members to have a go at street photography themselves.
...and don't forget to smile!
In the St Nics Centre, Lancaster for 3 weeks, commencing 15th August 2018 - a display of ourtstanding photographs by members of the Lancaster Photographic Society.
We would welcome contributions from all our members. Images submitted to the annual print competition, images submitted to the digital image competitions and printed and mounted, perhaps for the first time, and brand new images you wish to print, mount and present to a wider public.
Our meeting venue, Cameron House will be open on Saturday, July 28 and August 11, 10.00 -12.00 so you can drop off prints.
Here is a good explanation about what to do with colour spaces on your photographs: https://www.breathingcolor.com/blog/what-are-color-profiles/.
RAW files are data files, not pictures! You can choose the way Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) interprets the colour, Lightroom uses Prophoto RGB colour space automatically. Prophoto RGB is a good choice for ACR and Photoshop too, because it has a similar (though wider) gamut to sRGB, whereas Adobe RGB is a little bit different.
How to access colourspace preferences in ACR
This will open the ACR preferences:
Save your preferences and you will then always open images in photoshop with the colour space of your choice.