Night Photography in Godstone

Nightfall in Godstone, by Allister Frost

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.

If you have any photos you’d like to share, please upload them to our ‘Out and About’ Flickr page at

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!

During the summer recess, don’t forget to stay tuned to our list of Summer Activities and, of course, our Out and About page for occasional updates.

Enjoy summer!

Why You Really Should Come to the TPS AGM

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!

See you on all Thursday 🙂

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!