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Newsletter NL158 – 1st April 2023

Editor - Derek Godridge and the team:

PCC News this week from Paul Cooper:

This week the Penryn Camera Club met on Tuesday evening as our venue is being used as a polling station on Thursday. This meant several members were unable to attend as they had existing commitments. They missed a treat.

Professional photographer Derek Godridge spoke about basic Photoshop Elements editing. Some of our members believe editing is wrong and will not use an editor. Some still use and develop their own films. This is fine, it’s a valid viewpoint, and we have a section in all our competitions to cater for this view.

Some members, however, don’t edit because they believe it is too difficult, or too expensive. By starting with a cheap editor, and mentioning free editors, Derek showed how simple editing starting with the “auto” button dramatically altered an image. Dark images, even JPGs can be saved and the best images enhanced. Derek moved on to basic layers, masking and adjustments to show how enhancing or reducing different portions of an image showcases the subject. He dropped in a few advanced techniques to cover his entire audience.

It’s fair to say we all learned something, and several non-editors (or reluctant editors) now have some knowledge to experiment with their own images.

Next week we look forward to Helen Davis’ talk on her photographs. See our future events here;

Derek in the chair

Kingswood Salver progress – Paul Cooper

If you missed the “what’s this” presentation look here.

Current action; Members are taking pictures and sending them to on Tin Mines, Birds in flight and Emergency Services in action.

Tall Ships, Gaff Riggers and Reservoir Dogs are all awaiting summer dates. Use to send whole folders. Good-quality historic images are welcome unless used in previous WCPF competitions.

Scroll down Raymond’s Tin Mines section for examples! Remember to title your images <title> - <your name>.jpg e.g. Rinsey Head 1 - Karen.jpg

Our latest web updates

As we approach the summer break please keep an eye on our web program. There are many local photographic opportunities listed. Perhaps make this one of your favourites? The “External links” page has had a makeover. Which photographic links do you have to add? Email them to Paul.

Want to look at the latest Ken Farnell #3 competition entries? Go to Gallery > Competitions [Formal] and click the image or click this link. Next year's competition folder structure can be downloaded from our External page and the “How to” is in our knowledge page under “Competition files”.

PCC Meetings

  • Thursday 6th April at 7.30pm Illustrated talk by ex-PCC member Helen Davis.

  • Thursday 13th April at 7.30pm Image of the Year results with judge Bob Eschle

  • Thursday 20th April at 7.30pm PCC AGM – have your proposals ready !

PCC Social Events

  • Sunday 16th April ~ 12 Midday o Geevor Mine – let Karen know if you are coming

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

  • Annual Competition Hand-In – 8th April

  • Annual Competition Show – 13th May @3pm doors open 2pm The Keay Theatre, St Austell – Entry £4 on the door

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • 2023 WCPF Member’s Exhibition and Competition o Display of Prints and Digital show at Bovey Tracy Golf Centre from 7th-15th May 2023 o There are 3 classes in both the Print and Digital sections and the subjects are the same Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature

Other Events Outside Competitions from “The Societies”

**NEW** SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2023 in aid of RSPB Calling all photographers! Enter your best bird images into this exciting photo competition and help raise vital funds for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). A minimum donation of £1 per image is requested and 100% of the donations will go straight to the RSPB to help them protect wildlife and the wider countryside you love. Enter here

Food Photography Competition

  • Entries are invited that show the mouth-watering experience of food encountered through the eyes before you eventually take in the smell and first bite. As with all competitions remember that good camera craft skills with accuracy of exposure are essential, good lighting is also beneficial, along with decisive cropping and excellent postproduction skills. More info here

All the best from Derek, Paul and the team !


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