After the Coal Dust
- Written by TomH
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.
- Written by Peter Sykes
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.
Demo night by Lewis Speight from Olympus
- Written by Gerry Gorman
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.