The results are in for the October 2019 online competition.

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The evening of Monday 4th November saw an audio visual extravaganza in the first half followed by a social with food. The A/V show was not a competition but a showcase for members to present some projects they have been working on. That being the case the presentations were very varied in both nature and length. First up was Nigel Hazel with a presentation on creating an A/V production just using Adobe Lightroom which many members already have. He had brought images from a wedding shoot he did with the aim of creating a slideshow with accompanying music. Nigel took us through the process step by step showing the options and giving tips (such as have all your images in the correct order before beginning!). He went through the same process at home in the afternoon and it only took him half an hour, which is pretty good going given the quality of the result. It certainly should have given …

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The evening of Monday 28th October saw a visit to the club by Steve Cheetham to deliver his talk “The Adventures of Monoman”. Steve only does 4 or 5 talks a year so we were very lucky to be one of those. He started by explaining that he got interested in photography at an early age encouraged by his father. At secondary school there was a darkroom and his interest really took off. He progressed to a darkroom at home but family and work intervened and it wasn’t until 2013 that he returned to photography. He quickly achieved his LRPS in 2014 and is now active on Facebook and Instagram photography groups. Steve then spoke a little about the photographers he admires e.g. Jonathan Critchly, Rohan Reilly, Michael Levin and Billy Currie. All are monochrome photographers and produce striking graphic images which are often minimalist. He likes dramatic landscapes, coastal images and modern architecture. He does enjoy symmetry and this …

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Earlier this week Peter Wells took a trip to the Royal Photographic Society Headquarters in Bristol. The purpose of the visit was to attend an ARPS Assessment Day. These days are a curious form of torture which have been developed specifically for photographers. The idea is that you present a panel of 15 images linked to a particular theme to a panel of judges – a bit like ‘Strictly’ without nifty footwork and glitter. Peter had chosen a rock shoot in Wakefield’s Theatre Royal, for the source of the images, which were all taken in one unrepeatable evening. After hours of processing, advice and support from members of WCC as well as an RPS Advisory day, he suffered a very nervous wait in which many panels were rejected. However when Peter’s was presented to the judges we are delighted to share that it was accepted and recommended for the Associate Distinction (ARPS). Congratulations from us all Peter; the panel looks …

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The evening of Monday 21st October saw the judging of the fifth round of this year’s Clubman Competition. As usual there was a large attendance to view lots of prints and digital images. This round of the competition had the set subject of “Work” so the challenge was to capture the essence of work in the image itself. The judge tonight was Monty Trent whose judging in the past at our events had been praised so we were looking forward to his comments.   Before starting with the prints Monty explained that judging can be very arbitrary and can be simply personal preferences. He tends to compare one with another to rank them and he emphasised that it was just his personal view. He said he was going to stick to the brief of “Work” and if he felt an image or print didn’t really fit the brief it would be marked lower. He also commented on the general high standard …

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Professional Processing Perfection For me and a lot of our membership, John’s Technical Evenings are an annual highlight. Despite some IT niggles, John clearly explained his processing philosophy and practice. As a highly successful professional, his workflow and post processing are based on a need for speed. Changes to his favourite software, have seen John move over to Lightroom as his primary organising and editing package.  After an initial download and cull, John explained and demonstrated how he uses Lightroom to bulk name images and use the collections facility to keyword his catalogs.  Then, using a set of images he had recently shot at Stocksbridge Camera Club, he explained his thinking and methods of using Lightroom’s develop module. A year or so ago Adobe gave Lightroom users the opportunity to reorder the right hand module panel so that each aspect could be moved into the user’s preferred position. Logically he said this was a great development, where speed was of primary concern and one that he particularly appreciates. Having selected a portrait of Dave, John then …

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