RCPS Press Report 22nd October 2015

The first practical session of the season took place recently when members and guests had opportunities to improve their understanding of processing software including Lightroom, Photoshop and/or Elements. Working in small groups there was opportunity to see how basic tasks could be used to improve images, how different storage/retrieval systems work, the use of non-destructive raw converters, the creative use of Layers, re-sizing of images, setting up to print and much more. There were plenty of chances to get niggling questions answered both in the small groups and in the plenary session where people were also able to suggest what the content of future practical sessions might be. Thanks go to Ian Kendall, Richard Littlefair, John Elvin, Emma Littlefair and David Morland for leading groups.

Member, Dave Quickel mentioned that he recently took advantage of a course offered by Ade Wilson of Ade McFade Photography when he spent an action-packed day on the Yorkshire Coast The day’s shoot started at 10am and took in Robin Hood’s Bay, Sansend, Runswick Bay, Staithes and finished at Saltburn after 8pm in the evening. It was a very good day by all accounts, not only for the photography, but for the fish and chips – allegedly!

Red Fox, the print by David Morland that was chosen by our exhibition visitor that won the draw, Derek Hercock, is now on it’s way to him in Stoke on Trent, (not, Stockton as I erroneously reported!).

Next Monday our speaker is Alan Priest who will talk about The Antarctic and Greenland, places that are, of course, poles apart. Alan travelled extensively in his working life in the metallurgical industries, working in the UK, France and North America. His interest in geographical exploration and photography led him to be a member and subsequently leader of no less than eight scientific expeditions to Iceland, Arctic Scandinavia, Greenland and Antarctica. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1988 for his contribution to the development of exploration for young people and climate change knowledge.

Next Monday 26th October is also the closing date for entries for the Dusk until Dawn competition. The rules for this are that images must have been taken during the hours after sunset and before sunrise. Images have to be taken outside and they cannot show the setting or rising sun, although the afterglow of sunset or pre-dawn lightening of the sky is acceptable as is artificial light of any sort, (i.e. flash, streetlights etc.,) as long as it is obvious that the image was taken during the relevant hours. Images may be in monochrome or colour.

Looking further ahead, on Monday 2nd November we are having a evening about night photography so you might want to do some homework to get some tips because we may well be out and about, but more of this next week. For more information about RCPS go to our new, streamlined web-site, www.riponcityphotographicsociety.co.uk which is up and running. It looks very clean and tidy, modern and inviting but if you spot any errors or omissions please let Richard or Emma know – the old adage about wood and trees comes to mind so more eyes can be helpful!

We have also heard from Kathryn Widdowson who recently withdrew from speaking at very short notice due to ill health. However, we are pleased to say that she will now be aiming to be with us on Monday 11th January 2016.

On Saturday 9th November we are holding a Saturday Morning Picture programme at the Arches, Holy Trinity Church. This is a session for members and guests. For a modest charge, everyone will get around 3 hours of input and interactive work to help them understand their camera and its capabilities and how to improve their photography. It is particularly aimed at those who feel they still have a lot to learn – yes I know we can all say that, but this is for those who feel they are closer to the starting line than the finishing line of their photographic journeying!