Practical night 21/10/19

Ross Pointon GPUK GFight Gear

The main focus of this evening is a studio style model photo session. Our model for the evening is Rachyy of whom you will have seen some photos in club competitions. If using lighting or working with a model is new to you, do not worry. Rachyy can fluidly auto-pose and technical help with cameras and settings will be available. Intentionally the first part will be a continuous lighting setup with classic Hollywood ‘key and kicker’. Given that it is continuous lighting you can use…

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Cheadle CATS cast photos

Cancelled. I’ve had a message today that the cast have decided not to have photos this time. I’ve been asked about taking some photos for Cheadle CATS’ next production on either Saturday 26th or Sunday 17th October. Normally I put this out, open to the club since that is notionally the basis on which it is done. I might not be available this time. It will be at Bishop Rawls Primary School, Cheadle and there are, I’ve been told, 5 cast members. If interested, please…

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Cheadle CATS


The Cheadle CATS day has an introductory post earlier in this blog section. I decided to try a system for automatically creating cut-out masks, the Hensel Freemask system. I’ve used it before for head and shoulder and product photos but not for full length. Also it is expected to be used with stationary subject matter and with the camera fixed on a tripod. Neither of these would be so today. Basically the radio trigger first sets off the lighting that is on the subject and…

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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-key ) 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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Visit to Blists Hill Victorian Village

In the summer the intention to have a club visit to either The Black Country Museum or Blists Hill got to the point of plans being made. From the original interest shown the plan had been to hire a small coach. Nearer the time conflicting dates, and, possibly the time of year and the numbers meant that we went in 3 cars. Thankfully no one reported back of their having caught the cold that was addling my brain on the day. With my having seen…

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Club visit to Lehmann’s in Stoke

Following on from their presentation at a club night, a dozen members went along to Lehman’s on Saturday morning. This was to see what goes into checking and calibrating lenses and digital camera sensors. Once we were assembled we first saw the Canon DIA calibration process that matches cameras and lenses together by rewriting data within the equipment. The process is done for the horizontal, vertical and diagonal orientations of the Auto focus sensors. It isn’t uncommon for the camera to decide to use different…

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Photographing Cheadle Cats version of ‘Allo, Allo’

Cheadle CATS Allo

For quite a few years there has been a link-up between Blythe Bridge Camera Club and Cheadle CATS. On Sunday 23rd October it was time for their full dress rehearsal and time to setup a photo studio in the school canteen.Wendy arrived with her usual early promptness and soon the large car ( SUV type vehicle ) was loaded with the gear. Converting the canteen at Cheadle Academy into two photography studios takes quite a lot. Once inside the two setups started to be put…

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