|Vice President||Brian Palmer|
|Past President||Derek Hayes|
|Capa Rep||Sheldon Boles|
|Digital Competitions/non CAPA||Thomas Dethlefson|
|Outings/Field Trips||Lynne Kelman|
|Black and White Print Comp||Ted Akune / Geoff Hayes|
|Social||Wayne Farrow / Pam Avis|
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT: LYNNE KELMAN /CRESCENT BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB: 2017
Mandate: 2017/ 2018:
To promote and advance photography as both a technical and a creative art form and to mentor those new to photography.
To provide instruction, demonstrations and lectures that will teach and provide encouragement and inspiration, in all forms/workshops/lectures/hands on.
To enjoy photography in a social environment as a meeting place for like minded people:
My goal for the next two years is for us to grow our knowledge of photography, by listening to speakers who will teach us from the basics to beyond, who will provide stimulation and inspiration and who will help us better our photography and teach us to “see”. I hope to provide interesting lecturers as well as demonstrations and hands on learning. We will ask outside judges not only to score, but also to critique/review in depth the photographs that we submit for our theme nights and for competitions, so that we can learn from their expertise and knowledge and can go that step forward in knowing where advancements can be made.
We will welcome new members and strive to share our combined knowledge with them. We will identify our individual strengths and invite those new to photography to ask questions of us.
Our Executive is made up of a team of passionate photographers who are excited to put forth new ideas to help stimulate us. Our theme leader Scott has been working on new ideas for our monthly themes and we will continue with our outings adventures with a lean toward preparing us for upcoming competitions.
One of our changes this year will be to start meetings at 7:15pm rather than 7:30pm—-the doors will be open at 7pm or just before, for you to socialise with friends, but this extra 15 minutes gives us that little extra time to spend on learning about photography.
Our first meeting of the new club year is September 6th and we have a well-known photojournalist, Wendell Phillips, as our speaker that evening, who will help us prepare for the new CAPA competition “Journalism”. He is a must see, his photography is amazing.
****Before our speaker starts on September 6th, I am calling a Special General Meeting of the membership to vote on a special amendment to increase our annual membership fees by a small amount. This increase is due to the fact that our room rental at Camp Alexander has increased this year and will also help cover additional payments to judges and speakers which we expect to have over the next few years. We are still very lucky as a club, to have such an attractive and convenient place to hold our meetings and we feel fortunate that we will be at Camp Alexander for many years to come.
I am looking forward to an exciting time to come and to working with an executive who volunteer their time freely and with passion.
We encourage your involvement, ideas and comments as we try to make this a season that supports your passion and love for photography.
Lynne Kelman/ President CBPC
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. – Irving Penn
QUICK REFERENCE for CAPA COMPETITIONS: 2017/2018
|Fall Nature||October 30, 2017|
|Fine Art||October 30, 2017|
|Fall Print||October 30, 2017|
|Photo Journalism||November 30, 2017|
| Black & White
***(CAPA theme not our print challenge)
|January 30, 2018|
|Creative Altered Reality||February 28, 2018|
|Audio Visual Presentation||March 31, 2018|
|Spring Open||March 31, 2018|
|Spring Close-up||April 30, 2018|
****(Crescent Beach is hosting the Fine Art and Altered Reality from all clubs in Canada and these two competitions will be judged off site/not on a meeting night—-BUT we will still be judging our own altered reality and fine art on a club night)
Pacific Digital-Coquitlam—–date TBA
Lions Gate Celebration of Nature: November 12th
North Shore Challenge——-usually March
Fraser Valley Invitational—-???? Usually May but ????
Black and White Print Challenge: CBPC: April 14th 2018
***Please note—there may be changes to above —this is for a quick reference, so that you can be thinking ahead to what you want to take photographs of this summer:
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Example photo of equipment.
Many thanks to Mark Efford from Lens and Shutter for his presentation on lighting for Portraits. It was great to see the lighting in action rather than on a Youtube video. Also thanks to our model Elizabeth (Lizzy) for being very patient with all the changes in light setups.
I thought I would provide some links to equipment and software that was used in the presentation. Also a reminder that, as Mark mentioned, you can do almost the same thing with a couple of Speedlights (flashes) and reflectors. You just don’t get quite the power out of them and can’t shoot as fast.
The Promaster 2 and 3 light kits are available from Lens and Shutter https://lensandshutter.com/
The reflectors and umbrellas are also available through them. Flash triggers like the Pocket Wizards he used are widely available and specific triggers for the Promaster lights are available from Lens and Shutter.
Software that we used to tether the Nikon D800 to the computer was Adobe Lightroom. It supports a long list of Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Check to see if your camera is supported.
If you have another brand of camera your manufacturer may supply software that allows you to tether to a computer as does my Olympus.
There are also some third party software packages that can help with tethering, some free and some at a reasonable price.
Do a Google search for Camera Tethering.
The only other things you need to tether are the USB cable that came with your camera and an Active USB cable if you are going to be more that a few feet from your laptop. There is a limit of 15 feet total for standard USB and it gets pretty iffy at that length. The Active cable uses power from the USB connection to power a small amplifier in the cable to boost the signal. The one we used at the workshop was a Certified Data Active USB Cable from London Drugs. https://www.londondrugs.com/certified-data-usb-3.0-extension-cable—5-meter—gusb3-a5m/L8340432.html
Once again our thanks to Mark from Lens and Shutter and our model Lizzy.
For this webpage, we have included below some recent articles on the topic of tutorials and editing software.
Forget Retro Filters, This New Software Instantly Colorizes Old Photos – It is worthwhile checking out this website to test the application which is free. You upload your black and white images and see the transition. – CHECK WEBSITE HERE
104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About – Hello, photographers. For the last two months, I’ve been doing market research for my project Photolemur and looking for different tools in the area of photo enhancement and photo editing. I spent a lot of time searching, and came up with a large organized list of 104 photo editing tools and apps that you should know about.
I believe all these services might be useful for some photographers, so I’ll share them here with you. And just to make it easier to find something specific, the list is numbered. Enjoy! – READ MORE
Post Processing With Intent By Rafael Rojas – It is very tempting to think that post-processing in photography is something disconnected from the rest of the photographic process, and particularly so from the capture of images in the field. The truth, however, is that post-processing should not be considered a separate step in photography, but rather as the continuation, or should we say culmination, of a whole photographic process which started the moment we had an idea in our mind that we wanted to capture in a photograph. – READ MORE
9 HDR Photography Myths – HDR (high dynamic range) is a subject that gets a lot of attention, both positive and negative, within the photography community. Because the topic can be so polarizing it seems like there are many myths or misunderstandings surrounding HDR photography. In this article we’ll take a look at nine common myths and why they are not true. – READ MORE
ON 1 PHOTO RAW
What To Expect From The Upcoming ON1 Photo Raw Editor – A feature I will like is local adjustments (exposure, clarity, sharpening, shadows, etc.) with an intelligent brush that finds automatically the edges, like in Camera Raw.” Great news! This is one we are working on right now and are pretty exited about. The new Local Adjustments tab will let you use the Brush, including the Perfect Brush, and the gradient masking bug to selectively apply local adjustments that can be edited inside of Develop and Effects with Photo RAW. – READ MORE
Lightroom Quick Tip – Make Photos Pop with Blue Primary Saturation – We’ve all been there. You get home from a shoot, offload your photos, grab a cup of coffee and start editing. You go through your normal workflow — a little exposure increase here, a little saturation bump there, +10 contrast and clarity, a little bit of sharpening and maybe even a slight vignette. Your photo looks great, but you feel like it’s lacking something and just seems a little “flat”. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one slider in Lightroom to make your photo pop? Blue Primary Saturation can do just the trick! Check out the effect that it has on the photo below, and then I’ll show you where to find it in Lightroom. – READ MORE
Use The Detial Tab In Lightroom Light A Pro – One of the last, and arguably most important stages of post production is sharpening and noise reduction. In Lightroom, Adobe has placed both of these tools in a tab called Detail in the Develop Module. It is found towards the bottom of the tools tab on the right side of the screen, perhaps to signify it should be one of the last stages of post-production.
Whilst not an overly complicated tool, it is important that care is taken when using the detail adjustments. Too much sharpening leads to ugly looking images whilst too much noise reduction can give us smeary, blurred looking shots. Today we’re going to look at the tools of the Detail tab and how to use them. – READ MORE
Step By Step How TO Make A Moody Desaturated Image In Lightroom – Often times we occupy our processing time with thoughts of what can be added to our images in order to make them more impactful; more sharpness, contrast, or color. But, this may not always the best route to take. The old expression “Less is more” can be applied to many aspects of photography, and it is especially true when it comes to dealing with colors. – READ MORE
PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS (12 – 14)
Auto Shine Tutorial with Glow 2 – Topaz Glow 2 is a great way to create unique images with illumination and energetic sparks of light. You can create vibrant, beautiful images with easy to use pre-made effects or you can create your own. By using internal adjustments, ready-made effects, and settings, it’s simple to use Glow 2 to enhance images in a variety of ways! – READ MORE
Paint Your Pets with Impression 2 – Topaz Impression 2 is a fun way to create beautiful images that are artistic, soft, & romantic or loud, bold, & extreme. It turns photographs into works of art with various combinations of brush strokes, surface effects, and more. By using internal adjustments, presets, and settings, it’s simple to use Impression 2 to enhance your images.
Today we’ll cover how it can be used to enhance photographs of pets and animals. This tutorial will showcase effects that will compliment subject matter that has soft features such as fur and feathers but will also show how masking can enhance details such as eyes, teeth, and other sharp parts of your subject. – READ MORE
Welcome back to our camera club meetings.
I have included below some recent articles in a wide range of photography topics which may be of interest to you.
How To Be Different And Make Your Photography More Unique – When starting on the path of learning photography, it is common for some to already have an idea about what their work is supposed to look like. They admire and look at the work of photographers and want to be able to do similar work themselves. While this is an important part of the learning process, the best photographers all eventually go off in their own direction, and creatively it’s very important to think in this way. You want your work to ultimately be different. Here are some steps to help you figure out how to go against the grain and make your photography more unique. – READ MORE
Aperture: Get Creative – The primary purpose of the aperture setting is to regulate the amount of light that passes through the lens. Along with the shutter speed, it determines the quantity of light that reaches the camera’s sensor (or film) and forms a third of the ‘exposure triangle’. But, of more interest to most photographers is the creative potential of the aperture and shutter speed settings. I wrote about shutter speed a few weeks ago and today I’m going to explore some ways of making the most out of aperture. – READ MORE
Why Semi-Automatic Mode Is The Best For Choice For Wildlife – There is a mindset that a lot of photographers seem to have around anything but manual mode is cheating. Not only does this frustrate me as a statement, but it’s just bad advice, that hinders the photographic progress of others. I would argue that there’s no cheating in photography, and that using your camera in fully manual modes actually makes it harder to achieve the photo you’re looking for – so let’s take a look at why semi-automatic modes are a good choice for wildlife photography. – READ MORE
More Ways To Create Better Images Without Buying More Gear – Jay Maisel has to be one of the most interesting photographers alive today. He is 85 years old and he still makes a point of carrying his camera with him every day, everywhere he goes. I recently watched a few videos where Scott Kelby spent a few days with Jay, just wandering through the streets of New York and later, walking through Paris. – READ MORE
Now To Achieve Background Blur or Bokeh – If I show you two different portraits, one with a blurred background and one with a sharp background, you will automatically prefer the one with the creamy bokeh. Why? Because that’s just how it is. No, the bokeh effect is very flattering because it isolates the main subject by separating it from the background.
If you did not know, bokeh means blur in Japanese, and it is purely aesthetic.
Most portrait photographers blur their backgrounds, and I certainly do it because when I take a picture of someone, I want the viewer to focus on the person’s face and not what’s going on behind them. – READ MORE
5 Ways To Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp – There are so many rewarding aspects in life, and one of them is growing in something you love, something that you’re good at. Not only do we feel a sense of accomplishment, but we feel larger on the inside. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic hobbyist with a knack for photography, improving your talent is a special thrill. On the flipside, there are few things more frustrating than that feeling of being stuck under a glass ceiling where you feel jaded, your work starts to feel dull, your passion begins to wane, and your creative juices dry up. We all plateau from time to time, and it’s important to get out of the rut quickly. So, how do you sharpen your photography talent? Here are five ways to get back on track. – READ MORE
7 Musts Of Great Composition In Photography – Speaking of musts, every discussion about photography and composition must begin here. Before you ever hoist your camera or touch your shutter, you should say to yourself, “This is a picture of a ____.” When you fill in the blank, be as specific as possible. The more specific you are, the better the picture you can take. This is one of the truisms of photography. To have a great picture, you must have a clear, unmistakable subject. – READ MORE
5 Ways To De-Clutter Your Composition – You’ve probably heard a number of “rules” of photography composition such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and adding foreground interest. But there is one other simple guideline that you can apply to all of your compositions that will help raise the quality of your photos to a new level: de-clutter!
Simple compositions with only a few elements tend to have more impact than photos that include too much. – READ MORE
The Importance Of A Focal Point In Photo Composition – A focal point is the part of an image that draws the eye of a viewer to the most important part of the image or the area that you want to highlight. How you do this will make or break the final image. If you don’t know how to create this point then you will not achieve much in your photography. – READ MORE
5 Tips To Nail Focus In Your Landscape Photos – Focus is a topic that comes up often in my landscape workshops. How should I focus my camera? What do the different focus areas do and when should I use them? Where in the scene should I focus?
Here are 5 focusing tips to help you nail focus and get tack sharp landscape photos. – READ MORE
Tips For Doing More Spectacular Sunset Photography – The first thing I was told to do when I wanted to learn how to photograph landscapes and cityscapes, was to always shoot during the sunset. I have always asked myself why, but the answer is actually pretty easy. You get amazing colors in the sky, dramatic clouds, and soft light. – READ MORE
5 Tips For Better Wildlife Photos – Wildlife photography is a pursuit that can be challenging, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding to any photographer. The arrival of digital cameras has inspired a whole new generation of photographers to take an interest in wildlife photography. – READ MORE
Why Off-Camera Flash Isn’t As Scary As You Think – The word alone has the potential to cause dread, even among experienced photographers, bringing to mind images of overexposed faces and red eyes. Because of this, many photographers avoid flash altogether, keeping a safe distance at all times. I think that’s too bad.
It’s a missed opportunity. Sure, flash may not always be applicable to your situation – but it’s very helpful to have another tool in your bag of tricks if and when it is needed. – READ MORE
Soft Box Lighting Techniques To Sculpt And Shape Your Model – Lighting setups tend to fall into two categories—simple and complicated—especially when it comes to multiple light setups. However, lighting plays a significant role in the overall outcome of your image, despite the complexity of your setup. In this helpful tutorial, professional photographer Wayne Johns shows how you can use softbox lighting controls to sculpt and shape your model: – READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO
The 2016 – 2017 CAPA Competition Guide has been updated and approved by the CAPA Board of Directors earlier this week.
I have also included a two sheet document which lists the CAPA Competitions between now and May 2017. Check out the listing here.
The guide has been updated to include:
- standards and processes incorporated by other international photographic societies;
- Document has been re-written to provide more concise and consistent information;
- opening up the eligibility criteria for competition;
- Hyperlink examples of past competitions;
- More defined “Open Editing” and “Restricted Editing” criteria. The Open editing will provide more flexibility in being creative;
- Several competitions have been excluded for this competition cycle but they may appear again in our next competition cycle;
- New competition – “Capture Single Images Using Smartphone or iPad;”
- Preliminary work is being undertaken to add a macro competition in Spring 2017. When the competition details have been confirmed then this competition will be added to the Spring 2017 listing of Competitions.
- Possibilities of having a Travel and/or a Monochrome competition in the Spring 2017 provided a camera club volunteers to host one of these competitions;
- For the CAPA Individual Competitions, we have secured 1st place prices for the winners; and
- The Club certificates, Merit Award Certificates and Honour Awards have been replaced with ribbons similar to what are used in other international competitions. The traditional CAPA medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will remain the same.
As you will note from this guide, the Crescent Beach Photography Club will be hosting four CAPA Competitions:
- 30 October 2016 CAPA Fine Art (Club) Competition;
- 30 October 2016 CAPA Fine Art (Individual) Competition;
- 28 February 2017 CAPA Creative Altered Reality (Club) Competition;
- 28 February 2017 CAPA Creative Altered Reality (Individual) Competition.
To host these competitions, we will need volunteers.
Many exciting events are forthcoming for CAPA and they include:
- Three day CAPA Conference in Ottawa – check out the details here;
- new CAPA website going online in mid or late November 2016;
- new CAPA e-publish magazine which will be sent to each camera club for distribution to all their club members;
- CAPA & BC Lions Event on October 1, 2016 – check out the details here; and
- many other forthcoming events in the planning stage.
If you have any questions or concerns about the competition guide or anything relating to CAPA, please see me at our next camera club member or you can email me.
Sheldon Boles – CAPA Rep for Crescent Beach Photography Club
For this month’s Photography Tutorial webpage, I have included the following recent articles and videosfor your review and information.
To Process Or Not To Process – Often when I’m looking at photos in forums online, or interacting with photographers in person, inevitably someone will proudly claim that the image in questions is “Straight out of the camera”. Almost without fail, this leads to a huge discussion as to the merits of post-processing images, with those on the side of straight-out-of-the-camera images acting as if those photographers who process their images are somehow in the wrong, or are being deceptive.
There are merits to both sides, to be sure, but what’s amazing is how staunchly both sides defend their positions. At times the discussion becomes more heated than “Mac versus PC” or “Canon versus Nikon”. Having been on both sides of the debate, due to the nature of the work I’ve done in the past, I can understand both sides. However, I can also say that both sides can be somewhat misguided in their arguments at times. – READ MORE
An Overview Of Google’s Nik Collection Filters For Post Processing – By now, if you have not downloaded Google’s Nik Collection, at the very least you have heard that this once $500 software, was made free for download in March 2016. The Nik Collection, as it has been known for over a decade, is a set of photographic filter plug-ins, and image enhancement tools, that delivers another look and feel to your photo.
The Nik Collection is comprised of Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Viveza. As you see, the suite is quite extensive, thus this overview will just touch on its potential uses, and hopefully encourage you to further explore the collection more in-depth. – READ MORE
PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS (Photo Editing)
Opacity And Blending Modes – A layer’s opacity determines the degree to which it obscures or reveals the layer beneath it. A layer with 1% opacity is nearly transparent, while a layer with 100% opacity is opaque. Transparent areas remain transparent regardless of the opacity setting.
You use layer blending modes to determine how a layer blends with the pixels in layers beneath it. Using blending modes, you can create various special effects.
A layer’s opacity and blending mode interact with the opacity and blending mode of painting tools. For example, a layer uses Dissolve mode at 50% opacity. You paint on this layer with the Paintbrush tool set to Normal mode at 100% opacity. The paint appears in Dissolve mode at 50% opacity. Similarly, if a layer uses Normal mode at 100% opacity, and you use the Eraser tool at 50% opacity, only 50% of the paint disappears from the layer as you erase. – READ MORE
LIGHTROOM (Photo Editing)
The 6 Most Important Things You Need To Know About Lightroom’s Develop Module – Lightroom is powerful, but it’s also complex and has a steep learning curve. If you feel overwhelmed by all the options, there’s great value in taking a simple approach and learning to use the tools that are most useful first. Leave the more advanced features until you have more experience.
With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of the six most important things you need to know about Lightroom’s Develop module. Learn these and you will be well on the way to Lightroom mastery. – READ MORE
4 Steps To Make Your Images Pop In Lightroom – In this article, I share with you the start of my post-processing workflow for pretty much all of the photos I take. I’m mostly using Lightroom for 90% of my post-processing and very rarely do I go into Photoshop for some extra stuff.
Before we begin I must confess that I’m no post-processing master, nor do I know Lightroom inside and out, and I definitely don’t know Photoshop inside and out. But, as I learned, and I hope you will too, it turns out you don’t have to be a master in order to be able to bring your Raw photos to life. It can be done by just about anyone with just a few simple steps as I’m going to show you. – READ MORE
How To Make Your Photos Shine Using Clarity, Sharpening, and Dehaze in Lightroom – The goal of any photographer is to make each and every photo stand out from the crowd. Making an image that pops is something that we all strive to achieve, but it’s not always easy to do. Luckily, there are tools at our disposal in Adobe Lightroom that can go a long way to help us achieve an image that we can be proud of, and that catches the attention of the viewer. What are these tools? They are many and varied, but there are three central processing techniques that can make your images transcend the average, and reach the potential you intended. They are Clarity, Sharpness, and Dehaze.
These three tools are deceptively simple and subtle. When used properly, the enhancements they will make to your photos will be nearly imperceivable. They can take your image from good to great, with just a few simple clicks of the mouse. In this tutorial, I will show you how each one of these processing tools affect your photos, and how they can be put to best use, so that your photographs really stand out from the rest. Let’s get started! – READ MORE
Total Beginner’s Guide To Lightroom – I had tried Lightroom in the past, but always preferred using Apple’s Aperture photo editing program. But in the spring of 2014, when it was announced that Apple was no longer supporting Aperture, I decided to make the leap to Lightroom. At first I found it difficult to use and not really intuitive, but I soon found my way around and I was a Lightroom convert.
If you are new to Lightroom and don’t know where to start, or have thought about using it but feel overwhelmed, then please know I feel your pain, and know where you’re coming from. I wrote this Beginner’s Guide to Lightroom to help you, and I wish I would have had something like this when I first got started. It’s designed to help you through a few basic steps from opening up Lightroom for the first time, making two basic edits, and exporting (saving) a final version of your picture. – READ MORE