The Digital & Practical Group normally meets in the club rooms on certain Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm during the season (September to May). Dates for the 2020 - 21 season are given in the SYLLABUS [PDF]
but, owing to Covid-19, it is not clear which will go ahead. Please contact a committee member for more information.
All members and visitors are welcome.
Group organiser: Graham Relf (gr at grelf dot net)
The group was formed in 2001 with the objective of keeping members informed and providing some instruction on the rapid advances in digital photography now taking place.
More members are now using Affinity Photo rather than Photoshop, so sessions tend to focus on the use of Affinity Photo.
Exposure settings and lens choices (bring a camera along) -
Slides [PDF] - see also the Tips page
The AUTO settings on cameras are now very good but they cannot read your mind. If you want to freeze a moving object or ensure that the background to an object is blurred you need to intervene with manual settings. We will discuss how to deal with these and other possible requirements.
cropping, aligning, resizing images; file formats - Slides [PDF]
Resizing is important for competition entries. There is a mismatch between camera aspect ratio 3:2 and competitions which usually want 4:3, so what are the options? And how do RAW, JPEG and TIFF files differ?
Introduction to Affinity Photo. Including HDR, stacking, panoramas. The hand-out is here [PDF] and the example images are available from Graham.
More details of Affinity Photo. The hand-out is here [PDF] and the example images are available from Graham.
February 2020 (The last meeting of the group before lock-down.) Topics included: making high-contrast monochrome images, selection tools, and some recap on layers. All using Affinity Photo. The main hand-out is here [PDF] and the example images are available from Graham.
There were also pages giving tips about using RAW histograms [PDF] and tone curves [PDF].
There many ways of doing useful things with multiple exposures, even of the same scene. Graham Relf gave a presentation on the subject in October 2020 which may be seen here as an MP4 video.
One of the AVs from the 23rd April 2019 meeting, about removing all dust spots from a photo, is also available as an MP4 video here.