Stir Crazy Prevention Tasks

Some ideas and  exercises for anyone who wants to get involved during the long hours of possible Lockdown! Such a great opportunity to learn new skills, practise new methods and tidy up your files and archive.  I have great plans that’s of course until I go ‘Stir Crazy’

  1. Just extract this bicycle from the picture and place on a white background and send a layered photoshop file with the whole bicycle on one layer to Simon,

Best one gets a bottle of virtual wine.

  1. Here is a Photo Quiz for you,  let us know your percentage. Then a course you might like to follow.
  1. The Course it’s free

Many of you possibly subscribe to Colin Smith

But here are some very new links you might have missed, lots to learn, I have!

  1. Changing Colours
  1. Reflections
  1. 18 Hidden Tips in PS
  1. 30 Stupidly Useful PS Tips


Yesterday I enjoyed playing with double exposures on my Iphone using Hipstamatic, some of my results with ‘those’ flowers.

Thank you for your good wishes to Michael, we are still waiting for the call!

March Meetup

We have our next meeting fast approaching, my original plan was as follows,

MARCH 15th Flower Day 10 to 1pm

  • ICM
  • Lightbox
  • Flower portrait Lighting
  • Macro Rail
  • Adding a texture to your flower
  • Flower still life

After the Glenys Garnett workshop, I am adding Pep Ventosing flowers!

I also thought it would be a great opportunity, for those that attended the GG Workshop, to share ideas that they might be working on, have completed or are in the planning stage. Perhaps share some of the new things we learnt about.

But will keep the situation fluid, a week is a long time in this ever developing situation, will keep in touch.

Introducing Sam

Sam our model for the day.

Just to bring you up to date with what’s happening at the next Dynamic Range meeting, I know some of you have told me you are not attending, but for those that are, here are the details.

The aim of the day, which will start at 11am, giving us time to set up, and going through to 4pm, is primarily to learn how to set up lighting for a model.
We will use a simple background and simple stool for the model to sit on and then try to demonstrate the different styles of lighting that can be achieved with a single light, how the light changes when the distance from the model is changed and when the style of modifier is changed.

Ian, Tony and Paul will be sharing their skills with us and then we will all be given a chance of some individual time with Sam to try out the techniques we have learnt. We will then see if we have been paying attention!

We hope to have triggers for various camera makes but if you have one bring it with you. Also if you have any special props, scarves, hats do bring them along too.

Bring a packed lunch with you but as normal drinks and biscuits will be on tap all day. It should be a fun learning day and thanks to Ian, Tony and Paul for organising all the equipment. Anyone who hasn’t said they are coming you are still welcome to add your name to the list. The cost for those attending is £8.50 per person to help finance the model. See you next Sunday, ready to start at 11am.

Our model Sam

Happy New Year

Dead Flies anyone?

Gary Stamp will join us again on Sunday 12th January 10 to 1 . He will have the equipment for various macro set-ups and will be there to advise. Just bring any camera gear you think you might need! Items will be available to photograph but any deceased objects gratefully received but no road kill thank you!

Look forward to catching up with you all.

Reminder of November Meeting

Looking forward to seeing some of you at the meeting this coming Sunday the 24th. Please bring Images/Prints with you for discussion. If you have any new tips or tricks to share with us, a laptop will be available. The pace of change with Lightroom and Photoshop moves at such a rate it’s sometimes hard to keep up and investigate all the advances, so if you have tried some of the new things please share with us.

Some provocative images will be shown which will hopefully provoke discussion and banter.

We will be setting up a Whatsapp group on Sunday, if you want to get the app in readiness, that’s if you aren’t already “Whattsapping”

What does the future hold?

Who will walk in to No 10? Will Father Christmas bring you a new camera?

What’s the future for Dynamic Range ? Is the future Green?

See you Sunday?

The Future

The image above has a futuristic look! But it is in fact created by Ian Wilkinson, from his series “After Dali” which he brought along for critique on Sunday, at our October meeting. For those that attended, we enjoyed a productive meeting, out of which the following software might be of interest to everyone.

We also discussed the future of Dynamic Range! Please note
last paragraph below.

A double exposure with the Hipstamatic app

We showed a few Phone Apps, SuperimposeX , Hipstamatic , and Distressed, that some of us have and find useful. Also a link to Greg Benz who makes some very useful tutorials and is responsible for Lumenzia and has just released V8. Some of you might be interested

Greg Benz Luminosity Masking

As mentioned in my previous post, decisions are now needed to agree on
the future of the group.
The group, who discussed the issues on Sunday, came up with some
great ideas. To that end I will be sending you an email including a Jot
Form, please complete as soon as possible, definitely by NOVEMBER
14, so we can analyse your answers, and make plans.
Thank you

Dynamic Range October

October is a symphony of permanence and change.

For our October meeting (Sunday 27) it’s become necessary to call an Extraordinary Dynamic Range meeting. We would really appreciate it if you could come along and help us shape our 2020 programme.

This all sounds very formal but with over 9 meetings to organise each year it is very hard to guarantee a programme of different events – different from normal camera club speakers and topics – if we are unable to guarantee numbers attending.

We would like to invite external speakers / models and experts who exist but command fees of up to £300 pounds per day.  This is impossible to do when DR members tell us that they would like to attend but might be busy on the day(s) selected for the event.

While we all live busy lives, the better the speaker, the harder to book, and no way can we book without the financial certainly that the costs for fees/hall etc. are covered pre-event.

We are an enthusiastic and talented small group of people and I think the word ‘small’ perhaps sums up some of the problems.  With so many of you busy with other things, and travelling lots, means, the sometimes, small number attending, risks the viability of the group.  Not just the financial viability, but the balance of effort against attendance numbers.

Things to think about for 2020 that we can discuss and formulate ideas for the future :

• A less formal meeting frequency / place, more of a get together ?

• Set number of speaker/model event with an additional cost to pay for meeting / workshop / shoot?

• Project based get togethers where we commit the time and money to ALL work on putting a themed shoot together etc ?

• Connect with RPS and bring more Workshops to this area, would    probably have to share with outsiders

. Etc Etc

It does become more difficult to come up with ideas and my singular efforts sometimes fall short as my plans don’t come to fruition. So the October DR is one of those worryingly blank days but following our discussion we can move onto my ideas below.

Phonography, Iphonography or Images taken with your phone?

Phonography – Did you know there is a Britney Spears song about it? Read the lyrics but doesn’t mention the Photography aspect once, just innuendo about pushing buttons! The written Definition doesn’t cover it either , talk of ‘sound writing’ and ‘shorthand’. So a made up word that doesn’t quite work!

Iphonography-I have always wanted to call it Iphonography, as I have an Iphone but apparently not everyone does, so that’s wrong too. What Is iPhoneography, Anyways? Something for you to read.

Images taken with a phone– Says it all but not sexy or concise!

The Plan:-1. Extraordinary discussion

The Plan:-2. Take and use phone apps to produce a Creative Image

You have two weeks to take and make your image, can it be new work please. Sorry to exclude those who don’t have this sort of phone! Bring your image on a pendrive or email to me. Please be ready to describe how you processed it and share your favourite app that you use to make images.

The Plan:-3. Bring an Image for discussion, critique or just to show what you are doing

Some of you were ready at the previous meeting, you will be first in the Queue!

The Plan:- 4. Simon will share something interesting with us!
The Plan:- 5. Eat cake, drink coffee and chat

Hope to see lots of you on the 27th.

September, we’re back!

I am struggling somewhat with my computer which is being very troublesome. So am doing this from my IPad!

Where did those Summer Months disappear to?  Well they went too quickly for me and I discover that the Dynamic Range September is only a week away.

But I do have a plan, I have invited Gary Stamp and Phil Hedley to talk to us about their style of Photography.  Phil will be joining him and they will show us how they set up their lighting for their style of nature shots.  They may bring along a few ‘beasties’ but they tell me unfortunately they are not looking their best and the frog is too ‘hoppy’ but undoubtedly we will all learn lots from their commentary and demonstration, although it might not be the type of photography that we are familiar with.

Here is an article about Gary

It should be good, they are a talented pair and belong to Gateway Club.

Please can you bring back any borrowed books that you still have in your possession.

Do feel free to show us any images for collective critique, do bring along your prospective winners to inspire and encourage the re st of us.

Hope to see you next Sunday.

Photoshoot with Bex

Guitars topped the list of props that arrived to the photoshoot, I think it totalled 4, along with a small harp. A garden hose, galvanised watering can, suitcase and two teddies were amongst the other props brought along to be included in people’s shots.

As always ideas on paper, and timings planned, work seamlessly, however in reality and with the time disappearing fast, things can go a bit haywire.  However as with all these things, there is much to be learnt and numerous  ideas to be taken away for future use, even just by watching others.  I believe that most of the photographers would have gone away with a shot or two they were happy with, and using some imaginative processing ideas will come up with some gems. The idea behind this event was to let you experience a live shoot with a professional model, at a modest cost, and find out what is possible.  I think the experience took away some of the fear that many of us have in talking, and communicating with a model, and expressing the ideas we are trying to achieve.  But Bex was such a joy to work with, putting everyone at ease and assisting us all so much.  She was just as keen for us to get the shots we envisaged and really helped in the process. The ensuing gallery of pics stems from Paul’s concept for his shot, using Simon’s parachute, of course Simon owns a parachute don’t you all have one in your loft?  This was implemented by group involvement, with a ladder and a wind blower and a brave model. We hope Paul got the shot he envisaged and then we all got a minute or so to take some shots ourselves.

We hope it gave you a taster of what is possible, gave you a desire to have another go, perhaps, in a one to one with a model, hire some studio space with one or two others, or borrow some of our lights and have a go at home.

I said to Simon, once he has recharged his batteries and regained his energy, we will look back on a great day, and like childbirth, when we have forgotten about the labouring, we might do it again! His reply, was, being a man he hasn’t a clue about childbirth! Simon worked so hard to give everybody a great experience, it was really appreciated by all present.

Thanks to Sue Chapman for the behind the scenes shots and fun titling!