Open Print Competition – 18th November 2013

This was our second print open competition of the season. In between the two was a PDI open. Whilst the Intermediate category had a full entry the Advanced category seemed to be a little lighter than is usual. I know that some members in this category were away on holiday during the time entries had to be submitted. Our judge for the competition was John Royle ( CPAGB ) who had come over from Nantwich. He was presented with quite a variety of images. Landscapes / seascapes…

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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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Integrity in photography

On an online forum there was thread created by a person wondering who owned ‘the rights’ to an image where they had setup the lighting, established the camera settings, posed the subject and then someone else took a photograph ‘over their shoulder’. This is a situation that frequently happens for wedding photographers, at ‘group shoots’ where a number of photographers are involved and on training courses. Increasingly people who run training courses who will do things in one of 2 ways: – make it clear…

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