Members Practical Session – Workflow – 9th November 2017

The next practical session will be covering the basic workflows from beyond capturing your pictures to processing them on your computer. Ian Pettit will walk briefly through the basic workflow that he uses, as an example and then we are going to split up into smaller groups. Bring your laptop, power cable, mouse and an example of one picture that you want to use.

We realise that you all use different software and versions, but we will try to help cover the following areas

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop / RAW
  • Adobe Elements
  • Nikon View NX and View NXi
  • DXO
  • Fuji Wifi & Snapseed on iPad

We can’t promise to cover every operating systems / software versions permutations, but there is plenty of experience in the room, and the basic workflows remain basically the same.

FREE Photography Workshop for the Festival 2nd September

From Sharon Brown, Melbourne Festival

Hello Everyone

I know it is short notice but People Express are arranging a FREE Photography Workshop for the Festival next Saturday afternoon (2nd September) as part of the joint project about Melbourne Market Gardeners which we are working on.

The session will be led by Christopher Mear a young documentary photographer who we have commissioned to photograph the market gardens and the produce they grow throughout the year.

Everyone will meet at Melbourne Assembly at 2pm and walk across Brown’s field to Heaths at Woodhouses and Photograph produce in Heaths field.

I have attached the flyer which has a few more details. FLOL leaflet

Please contact Sharon Brown ( melbfest-sharon@live.co.uk )  if anybody would like to reserve a place.

Summer Is coming – Bring your Camera with you

As the summer approaches the normal Thursday night sessions are being replaced with some more practical sessions , which are intended to help your improve you camera skills and take some great pictures. These are the first sessions that are planned

Photographic Field Trip, Lumsdale, Matlock. Thursday 18th May

This is the first of our planned summer field trips. This will be visiting Lumsdale, just outside Matlock is about a 45 min drive away . Here the brook descends through a series of man made ponds, mills and large waterfalls, and gives you plenty of time to try different techniques learnt. Not only is there falling water, but there are ruined mills and open ponds. This is certainly one of the hidden gems of both industrial archaeology and photography that are available to us.

Ian Pettit will be coordinating the trip and both he and other members of the society will be there at assist with your images. Please let Ian know if you are planning to attend, so that we don’t miss anyone. The plan is to meet in Castle Square in Melbourne at  5pm, and car share where possible.

Full details of the valley will be found here 

This is an example of some of the pictures that were taken earlier in the year in the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Do Session  Thursday 8th June

This Thursday will be the second of this summers technical session. It will start at 7:30 pm in the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall and will run to approximately 09:15, allowing time to get in last orders at the Chip & Pin.

This session will continue to look at your Camera and how to get the best images from it. This will focus on:

  • Keeping your camera steady
  • Depth of Field
  • Different Metering Modes
  • Light Sources and White Balance
  • Exposure Compensation

Photographic Field Trip Castlefields and Salford Quays – Saturday 17th June

Located close to Manchester these two locations give an opportunity to see the remains of Industrial Manchester and the new developments based around the old Salford Dock area.  We’ll visit Castlefield first to see the canal basin and old mills and warehouses and the move on to Salford Quays staying until dusk to get some twilight and evening shots. Around the quays you will find the Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North and Media City, which make outstanding subjects.

Ian Pettit will be coordinating the trip and both he and other members of the society will be there at assist with your images. Please let Ian know if you are planning to attend, so that we don’t miss anyone. The plan is to meet in Castle Square in Melbourne at 10 am  and car share where possible.

“Every Picture Tells a Story” – 15th December 2016 – Peter Preece

Our Speaker on the 15th December is Peter Preece, who specialises in natural history photography.  for full details of his work, see his websiteh ttp://www.peterpreece.com/.

His lectures are entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story” which are digital presentations. These talks are available to demonstrate to Societies and Clubs on how to set up feeding stations, build hides and photograph all aspects of fauna and flora. They also explain the equipment needed and where to photograph certain species of wildlife.

Peter’s profile on his website tells us

“For many years both myself and my wife Margaret have belonged to local Photographic Societies, including Smethwick, Solihull, Droitwich and our local club, Cookhill and Studley. We are both retired and spend a lot of time travelling around the U.K. and Europe photographing everything we find, from insects to animals. 

Over the last 12 years we have visited about 900 venues where Peter has shown his illustrated talks to Natural History Societies, Photographic Societies, W.I.’s, Probus Clubs and other organisations interested in Wildlife. A lot of our photography is done from hides situated in areas where we attract in birds such as jay, buzzard, nuthatch etc. and are based in Warwickshire close to where we live. These hides are baited up every two days to set up feeding stations which have produced many successful images in national and international exhibitions for both ourselves and people who have been invited to these hides. ”