Competition Results – Colour Prints Round 3

Big thanks to our judge, Gordon Rae LRPS CPAGB, for brilliantly reviewing and scoring last night’s TPS Colour Prints Round 3 competition. The standard of the entries was exceptional and it was a pleasure seeing our talented members’ work in print. Nothing beats a high quality, well presented print to bring a great photograph to life!

There were a number of standout entries last night, each achieving perfect 10/10 scores. Well done to superstars Mike Barker, Simon Henderson, Thor Simpson, Sarah Bedwell, Simon Bedwell and Peter Veale.

As this was the final round of this season’s competition we also announced the winners of the overall competition.

Our Club Class winner was Mike Barker who scored 18 or more points in all three rounds; quite a feat! The runner-up was Jane Gautrey, who will join Mike in the Advanced Class next season. Well done to you both!

Our Advanced Class winner was Peter Veale who just sneaked past Simon Bedwell with two stunning images that were awarded 9.5/10 and 10/10 last night. Congratulations Peter!

The full Round 3 scores are here and the final league table for the season is here.

Don’t forget, we’ll be in the Baptist Church Hall next week for a talk from Colleen Slater on the fascinating world of macro and close-up photography.

And our next competition night is fast-approaching on 18th April when we’ll judge our set subject competitions. There will be three—yes three—set subject groups to judge in one evening. The topics are Street Photography, Landscape and Creative; maximum one entry per topic per person and PDIs only. Get snapping and have fun!

What else? Oh, you want to see some of the judge’s favourite images, do you? Alright then, your wish is my command… Enjoy!



Mastering Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC with Shortcuts

At last night’s TPS meeting we looked at a few ways to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC to edit and improve our images. Brian and I hope you picked up one or two new tricks and will be able to put these into practice soon.

We also shared lots of keyboard shortcuts and, like it not, remembering some of these is the key to accelerating and simplifying your photo processing with software.

Here’s some bedtime reading for budding editing gurus! You can find comprehensive lists of all the default keyboard shortcuts for these popular apps at the following links:

Photoshop CC:

Lightroom Classic:

In Photoshop you can also view (and even edit) the available shortcuts by, you guessed it, using a fantastically complicated keyboard shortcut!: Alt + Shift +K (Windows) or Alt + Shift +Command + K (macOS)

And, finally, here a few shortcuts we covered last night. Mastering these is a great way to speed up your editing and make it more enjoyable:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

R – activates the crop tool from any module
D – Open the selected image in the Develop Module
G – Enter the Library Grid view
E – Enter the Library Loupe view
J – Show or Hide shadow and highlight clipping
F – Cycle the screen view mode
CTRL+E (or CMD+E on Mac) – Edit image in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CC

Numbers 1-10 – Set opacity level (e.g. 3 = 30%) – note: if tool with selective opacity is active this affects tool’s opacity (e.g. the brush), but if no tool is active this affects the active layer opacity
D – set colours to default (white foreground, black background)
X – switch foreground and background colours
[ & ] – Decrease & increase size of active tool (e.g. the brush)
ALT-click on mask – show the mask
CTRL-click on mask – select the mask
ALT-click on mask – disable/enable the mask

The best way to memorise and master keyboard shortcuts is simply to practise using them regularly. Why not set yourself a challenge for your next photo editing session and see if you can learn (and remember!) three new shortcuts?

Thanks again for coming along to last night’s TPS meeting, we hope you found it helpful. Good luck with your photo editing!

Project Digital Images – Round 3

Wow! There were some fantastic photos on display at last night’s PDI (Projected Digital Images) Round 3 Competition. And, as this is the final round of this competition during the current term at TPS, we also have some overall winners to announce.

In Club Class, two images were awarded perfect 10/10 scores:

And, in the Advanced Class, these two images also received perfect scores:

With all the scores totted up, we can now confirm that this year’s overall competition winners are:

The John Fox Trophy will be awarded to Jane Gautrey

The Philips Cup will be awarded to John Nathan ARPS

The Round 3 scores can be viewed here, and the final league tables are here.

Thanks to our judge, Clive Tanner FRPS MPAGB APAGB, for his impartial and expert assessment of our photos. We enjoyed hearing your constructive advice and have lots of ideas about how we can improve for next year’s competition. Bring it on!

Here, finally, are some more of the judge’s favourite images. Well done to everyone who took part.



PS Don’t forget, our next competition is in just two weeks, Colour Prints Round 3. Entries will close on PhotoEntry on 24th March 2019. Good luck!

Two Tuesday Choices

TPS usually meets on Thursday evenings. But have you ever wondered what a TPS’er can do to satisfy their thirst for photographic knowledge on a Tuesday?

Well, wonder no more! Jon Cowdock has spotted some local events coming up over the next two weeks that could make Tuesday (almost) as awesome as Thursday.

On Tuesday 12th March, Croydon Photography Forum will be hosting Xav Beaumont, AKA Fred Adams. Xav (or is it Fred?) will be sharing his striking photos including some excellent images from his street photography collection. More details and registration here.

Then, the following Tuesday, 19th March, Andy Small will be showcasing his Fine Art Flower Photography at Old Coulsdon Camera Club. More details here.

If you’re interested in attending either of these local events, please register and/or contact the club to let them know you’re coming. Entry fees or donations may apply and remember to take along your TPS Membership Card, just in case it’s needed.