The start of every new season at TPS is dedicated to helping new members deepen their understanding of photography so we can quickly get you taking and showing off some amazing pictures.
This year, in addition to our usual Thursday evening programme, TPS will be hosting a short programme of introductory sessions at the White Hart Barn for new members and beginners. If you’re looking to develop your photography or maybe simply master more of those confusing settings on your camera, this could be the fast-start you need!
There will be three New Member Sessions, all running from 8-10pm:
Monday 23rd September – Understanding your Camera Get to know which camera settings matter most, how to adjust them and what effect they have on your photos
Monday 21st October – Introduction to Composition Learn how to compose your pictures for greater impact, visual interest and”wow!”
Monday 11th November – Making the Most of your Pictures An introduction to editing, preparing files for printing, exhibition and competition entry and ways to share images with friends and family
Places at these sessions are strictly limited, with priority going to new members of TPS. The sessions will be free to attend, all part of the package that comes with TPS membership. Existing members will be able to take part if spaces are available. Keep in mind that these will be hands-on sessions, so bring along your camera or phone and get ready to master some powerful new photography techniques!
To register your interest: please email Jon Cowdock via email@example.com to add your name to the participant list. Don’t worry if you’re not yet a TPS member (here’s how to join) but please note you will need to hold full membership at the time of these special sessions.
At the end of each TPS Season our members vote for the person they feel has made the most stellar contribution to our club.
This year, the award went to Dominic Murtagh, our intrepid Out and About coordinator and cricket aficionado. Well done Dominic, you’ve been amazing this year, a brilliant innings from an allrounder on a sticky wicket! (Howzat?!)
Dominic receives the magnificent glass Graham Phillips Trophy which was first presented to the club in 2005.
He’s very shy and so refused all publicity around this award. But, fear not, we’ve unearthed this candid portrait, care of Carole Mills’ roving camera:
Thanks to all our members who voted at the AGM and, above all, to Dominic for all his hard work supporting our club.
A few bold TPS’ers ventured out into Godstone’s “incredible darkness” after our AGM to practise night photography.
It’s fair to say that Godstone isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis of activity at 9pm on a Thursday evening, and it wasn’t even very dark! But we still had opportunities to capture low light images, try out long exposures and even some light painting.
Going out with your camera after nightfall is a great way to remind yourself that there are buttons on your camera that you didn’t even know existed! I, for one, shall be practising more in the summer daylight so I can remember what to do next time I try night photography.
On Thursday 30th May 2019 we’ll be hosting our Annual Dinner and Prize Giving in Limpsfield. We look forward to seeing many TPSers there and to raising a glass to another very successful year for our club.
And, with that, we’ll have completed our planned programme of events for the 2018-19 season. TPS will be taking a break over summer to recharge our (camera) batteries, but we’ll be back and raring to go in September!
On Thursday 23rd May, TPS will meet in the hall at the Godstone Baptist Church, next to the Shell Service Station, for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you are driving, the church has kindly arranged for you to be able to park in the car park of the Stanson Group office, directly opposite the Shell Service Station:
The AGM is an important date in the year as it marks the genesis of a new season of events and activities with the appointment of the TPS Committee. We also have to quickly carry out some other formalities like sharing details of the club’s financial position and addressing relevant questions from members.
It’s your club and, as always, it’s our TPS members who really shape our future direction and success. That’s why we need you to attend the AGM so you can vote on any important matters and give your input.
Mercifully(!), our AGMs are usually pretty efficient affairs and we work through the formalities and legal stuff as swiftly as possible. With your support, we hope to finish around 9pm, just in time for nightfall and a special (and entirely unofficial) ‘Out and About’.
From around 9pm, Brian has kindly volunteered to lead a mini night photography session on Godstone Green where you’ll get a chance to try out some new techniques and, hopefully, bag some great shots! Don’t forget to bring along a camera, a fully charged battery and a tripod if you have one. A torch might also come in handy as it can sometimes be tricky finding those buttons and dials once the sun has set. And some warm clothes in case it gets chilly!
Night photography is great fun but, be warned, it can make you surprisingly thirsty. That’s why all members are also invited to meet up in the nearby Hare & Hounds pub, during and/or after the night photography shoot for a well-earned whistle-wetter to celebrate the end of another fabulous year at TPS!
Adobe’s May Update to Lightroom Classic includes some neat new features that many at TPS may be pleased to discover.
For portrait photographers, there’s a brand new Texture editing slider (look in the Develop module) that is designed to help accentuate or smooth details like skin and hair. It’s less aggressive than adjusting image clarity because it aims to affect only medium-sized image details and so can deliver a natural looking smoothing (or sharpening) effect.
As with all things in Lightroom, go easy with this slider. It might be tempting to banish Great Aunt Norma’s wrinkles for good, but too extreme a texture adjustment will be at the expense of photo-realism. It’s also a super tool for accentuating hair and feather detail, which might be helpful for some wildlife photography (and those snaps of hairy Uncle Bob).
Here’s a quick Texture test on one of my monochrome images:
You can also apply Texture adjustments with the local adjustment brush, radial filter and graduated filters. Go and have a play!
There’s also a new Defringe feature in the Optics section which can help remove green/purple fringes cause by lens chromatic aberrations. Pretty neat if any of your images suffer from this optical anomaly.
And there are some neat new image sharing features which some TPS members may find helpful if they regularly get ideas and feedback from a buddy or mentor. Or maybe this new update is the perfect excuse for you to create some shared photo albums so you can partner with a TPS friend to make next season’s images even better?
For the full details, check out Adobe’s write-up of the new features here.
So, that’s lots of new editing goodness to help you make next season’s images even more awesome. Enjoy!