Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

On 8 October, Ken Fisher treated us to another of his entertaining and informative talks on post-processing delivered in his own inimitable manner.

Reality is Over-rated

The Deep

27 September was our first try at hosting a speaker on Zoom, and it turned out to be a real treat!

Catherine Knee LRPS logged into our session as soon as it opened at 7pm so  those of us who were also early had a great chance to chat with her before the actual talk started at a nominal 7:30. As a result we all felt as if she had been a member of our club for years and it was difficult to add anything in the formal introduction!

Magic Window

The advertised content of our meeting on  10 September was subject to more than the usual variation. Acknowledging that the intended content might have a limited audience, members had been invited to submit more of their summer and lockdown images for discussion.

Starting with the training aspect, Peter Sykes showed two detailed videos covering Canvas Re-sizing in Photoshop and DIY Mount Cutting. These will be posted on the club web site under Tutorials and additional videos on Image Re-sizing using various software will be added in due course.
They can be found in the Tutorials section - Link. Members need to log on first before following the link.

Thursday 3 September marked the opening of a brave new world for the club - Zoom meetings! Despite a few glitches, it was really nice to see people after so many months' enforced isolation.

"Midge" by Doug Jarvis

Everyone was in good spirits and four members posted images from the last few months which they talked us through.

 

John Gill in Action by Graeme Mitchell

With his title reflecting the conditions in the ex-mining towns, John Gill's talk on 30 January was a master class in street photography. Starting with street scenes in Castleford where he lives, John has followed  his theme through a number of run-down coal towns, the homeless in the cities and into the equally run-down sea-side towns.

Tonight Ken Fisher gave an excellent presentation on Lightroom and Photoshop.

Ken had a way of putting over the different acpects of Lightroom and Photoshop by likening the actions to everyday objects - even to soap!

Explained that Lightroom should be looked upon as the main point of image correction, then then if further work was required to pass the image from Lightroom to Photoshop if further work was required.

He showed the advantages of using smart objects in Photoshop in order to preserve the original image when working on adjustments and adjustment layers. Especially using smart filters and masking.

 

On February 9 2019 Lewis Speight came from Olympus to demonstrate the new range of OMD cameras (nothing to do with the 80’s group).

The new OMD E-1 Mark ll is claimed to be 58% smaller and 41% lighter than comparable Canon or Nikon cameras because of the extra-small sensor. It can also be hand-held for around 5 seconds even at very slow speeds and still remain sharp.  Other features include some built-in processing features such as Curves.

The pro-capture feature also takes up to 35 shots before the shutter is pressed and can reach up to 60 frames per second after that. Despite being small the OMD E-1 Mark ll is claimed to be virtually indestructible.

At approximately £2800 upwards (but with 10% discount for BPS members at Leeds Jessops) the new range is not cheap but most members saw it as good value.

Training Evening - Photoshop

 November already! On the first, Peter Sykes, our President, treated us to a tutorial evening on Photoshop. As requested by members, the emphasis was on the latest selection techniques offered by the widely used CC version of this popular image editing software.

 Essentially the task was to select things with a difficult boundary.

 The first example involved replacing the background of an orchid by making a selection based on a colour range.

 Orchid before and after

The first DPI competition of the 2018-19 session took place on 17 May with Frank Lodge as our judge for the evening.

With thirteen members putting entries for the JF Mather Trophy, nine members enteringing the Tom Scatchard Trophy and 34 entries in the the Norfolk Trophy it was quite a busy night for the judge.

JF Mather Trophy was won by Graham Binns with -

Force Aura (20)
34   Force Aura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th September brought our first training evening. Considering the glamorous nature of the subject, 'Mounts, Rules and Competitions', there was an impressive turnout! Experienced members helped to highlight important aspects of the rules by way of constructive comments from the floor during the presentations.

These ranged from explaining the methods of mounting photographic prints to setting out the image size limits for the various competitions the club is involved in. Although all this information is detailed in the club rules, available on-line for everyone to see, it proved useful to explain why some of the restrictions exist.

Mounts

We had an excellent turnout for the first evening of the new season.

The theme of the evening was "Did you have a good summer?" when members show us a selection of the images they had taken during our recess.

Nine members put their images up in th eDropbox, and a few more brought them along on the night.

This is just a small sample of the images we were enthralled by.

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What a competition evening - it even snowed! The last day of November saw our first print trophy night of the 2017-8 session and it was very well supported. There were 43 entries for the WH Hammond portrait trophy and 44 for the JH Leighton open pictorial trophy. This produced a prodigious workload for our judge, Andrew Rothery, which he tackled with gusto and without skimping on the useful advice or the witty asides.