What’s New in Lightroom?

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:

Bangkok Elder by Allister Frost

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!

Summer Activities

Although our 2018-19 season of talks and competitions is nearly over, we have now published the details of our programme of summer activities. These are informal pub meetings, displays at local fairs, and the occasional Out & About. All is revealed on our Summer Activities page!

Inter-Club Open PDI Competition Results

Eyes Left by Geoff Spriegel

TPS put on a solid performance at the SPA (Surrey Photographic Association) Open PDI Championship this month, scoring 168 points overall, an average of 10.5 points per image, and finishing 10th overall in a field of 25 clubs.

Well done to this year’s winning club, Richmond, with 181 points and an average mark of 11.31 points per image, and thanks to the expert judges Leo Rich, Ken Scott and Daphne Hansen.

Here’s are the full scores:

Thanks to all our clever TPS members whose pictures were selected for display at the competition. We’ve put together a mini album of your 16 fabulous photos below. Enjoy!

Mono Prints Competition Round 3 Results

The third round of our Monochrome Prints Competition gave TPS members one final chance to show off their photography and printing skills this season. And we saw some great images!

Our judge, Wayne Grundy ARPS, awarded several perfect scores and congratulations go to our 10-pointers: Malcolm Field, Carole Mills, John Pearson, Seb Springbett, Barbara Witherington, Simon Bedwell, Marie-Ange Bouchard, Jon Cowdock, and Clare Pickett. Bravo!

And, with this being the final round of this season’s competition, we have some overall winners and runner-up to announce. Drum roll please….

1st place: The Birchall Trophy goes to Simon Henderson
The runner-up is John Pearson
Both Simon and John are promoted to the Advanced Class for next season

1st place: The Phillips Cup goes to Simon Bedwell
The runner-up was Sarah Bedwell #awkward!

Thanks to everyone who took part in this and all our other competitions throughout the 2018-19 season. It’s your photographic experimentation, creativity and talent that help our photography community learn and grow. We loved seeing your work.

Our next competition will be at the start of the 2019-20 season in September when we look forward to welcoming new members, as well as some well-known faces. For those of you who triumphed this year, think of this as a launchpad for some even better photos next season. For those of you who missed out on a gong, we hope you’ve learned lots and will make full use of the summer break to get out and take some fabulous images. Enjoy it!

But, for now, please feast your eyes on a few of the judge’s top scoring images from our Monochrome Prints Round 3. We think they’re rather good!



PS Our next meeting is 8-10pm on 16th May in the White Hart Barn when we’ll welcome guest speaker Gavin Hoey. Check out some of this awesome work at https://www.gavtrain.com/.

Set Subject Competition Results

Most of our friendly club competitions at TPS are open to all styles of photography and can feature almost any subject. But once a year we host some special ‘set subject’ competitions which require entrants to produce photos to a specific brief.

This year we had three set subjects — Landscape, Street and Creative — and each TPS member was allowed to enter just one image in each category. Our expert judge, Gerald Kitiyakara LRPS, was impressed by the standard of entries and carefully picked out his favourites. Here are the results:

Landscape Photography
Winner of the Daphne Cloquet Trophy: Malcolm Field
Runner-Up: John Gribble
Highly Commended: Dominic Murtagh

Street Photography
Winner of the Robin Cloquet Trophy: Clare Pickett LRPS
Runner-Up: Simon Bedwell LRPS
Highly Commended: Colin Bradfield

Creative Photography
Winner of the John Nathan Trophy: Alan Gristwood LRPS
Runner-Up: Sarah Bedwell LRPS
Highly Commended: Brian Smith LRPS

Thanks to all our TPS members who took part and we hope you enjoyed the extra challenge of having to create images for each of the given topics.

If the winning images have spiked your interest, why not head out soon with your camera to capture some magical images of your own? Have fun!