Studio style practical evening February 2018

The studio style Practical evening was, as ever, a bit of a frantic blur for me. From the moment Alan picked me up to the final unloading of the equipment back at home, everything was just ‘go’. The two setups were, intentionally quite different. Classical head and shoulders portrait and blown white full length. For the portrait setup a Hensel ExpertD 500 was fitted with a white Hensel beauty dish ( ACW ). This was on a Manfrotto boom stand to enable it to be…

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Cheadle CATS – Sunday 18th February 2018

For quite a few years members of the camera club have had the opportunity to photograph the cast and a performance of the CATS Panto. This year that opportunity is on Sunday 18/02/18. This takes place at the Cheadle Academy / Cheadle High School. Usually I provide 2 studio style setups. One is for the blown white background ( this is NOT high-level ) which I use to get the photos that they want. The second setup is usually a coloured or dark background for…

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Practical night 12th February 2018

For the Practical night on 12th February 2018 we have two models booked, and the intention is to have two setups on the night. One of these will be for full length images and the other for headshot / beauty style photographs. This is to replace the one that didn’t happen earlier in the year due to the speaker’s wife being hospitalised in an assualt whilst working at a Hospital. Both Bella and Chris are used to working with a range of photographers and in…

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Derek Doar – Modern conversion of digital files to monochrome images using Nik SilverEfex

The objective for the evening was very clear – quality conversion of digital image files into monochrome. I’ve been using a very much slimmed down version of Silver Efex  that is integral to Nikon’s CNX2 software for many years and, more recently, the Photoshop plug-in with my Canon files. When Google purchased Nik they did a ‘free complete suite if you have previously purchased one of their plug-ins’. I had the Colour Efex Pro 3 plug-in for CNX2 and therefore qualified for the complete package…

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