Our new season has now started.
Due to the Pandemic we shall be using Zoom for our meetings until the Christmas break.
We plan to return to our Church Hall venue in the New Year
*If you would like to join our Zoom meetings please contact us at chair@parkstonecameraclub to register your interest.
I can then send you a link to our next Zoom meeting
If you would like to join Parkstone Camera Club then please use the following link to our membership form.
Please visit the site regularly to keep in touch with the Status of the club's meeting programme.
This tutorial - created by Malcolm Barents - consists of a pdf file for instruction and a test image for experimenting with.
DOWNLOADS: click on the links below to download the files.
WARNING: some of these files - especially the PSD files are very large and may take some time to download if you have a slow connection.
Anthony has produced a Power point presentation for our members.
Called 'Basic Lightroom' - it is all about the basic features and work-flow of Lightroom for beginners.
You can download it - it is a fairly large file (1.8mb) - but you will neeed MS Powerpoint to view the slides.
Download it HERE
LR Print Module Settings
Colour Picker Pallette
This article shows you how to export .jpeg images that match the PCC Competition spec - with a coloured stroke border.
Currently our Competition spec for a PDI (Projected Digital Image) is as follows:
SETTING THE CORRECT SIZE FOR YOUR IMAGE:
Finally print your image to a jpeg file.
Once you have created the preset you can save it for later use.
Obtaining White Balance in Photoshop
- Open photograph in PS.
- Make a new empty layer and fill with mid grey (Shift + Backspace).
- Set Blend to Difference.
- Make a new layer and set to Threshold.
- Move the histogram slider to the left. Image now becomes all white. Drag the slider to the right until patches of black show. (approx. 20%).
- Open the eyedropper (“I”) and zoom to a dark area by holding Z
- Shift click on the dark area to place a marker.
- Ctr O to fit screen. Hide all layers and select the bottom layer.
- Add a curves adjustment layer. Choose the grey dropper and click on the marked spot.
- This will set the mid grey for the picture.
- Remove the marker. (V)
- ** You might also wish to adjust the white and black points for a total colour balance.
- Make another Threshold layer.
- Move the slider to the right for white and to the left for black,
- Use the eyedropper tool to place a marker (Shift + eyedropper) for both white and black.
- Re-open the curves layer and with the “black” eyedropper (from curves)
- click on the black point.
- With the “white” eyedropper, click on the white point.
This protocol will set the correct colour balance.
You may not want to use all three (Black/White/grey) points.
Feel free to experiment.
(Ctr+Shift A to return to camera raw or return to Lightroom)
Changing a Sky
- Open the image with the bland sky.
- Open a suitable sky image.
- Try to ensure that the light direction and colour match the picture.
- For example, a Mediterranean sky would not match the Scottish highlands on a rainy day.
- Resize the sky layer to match the size of the picture. (Image – Size)
- Select all of the sky [Ctrl A].
- Copy [Ctrl C]
- Go to picture and paste in the sky [Ctrl V]
- This will probably obscure the underneath image.
- [Ctrl T] for Transform.
- Use the corners etc. to size the sky to fit the sky area of the image.
- Consider the blending options and the opacity to match as close as possible.
- Keeping on this layer (original picture) choose Blending Options (fX at the bottom of the adjustment layers.)
- A drop down menu appears. Choose Blending Options.
- A new window opens. Go to the sliders at the bottom.
- Choose the bottom slider (Background Layer) and drag the leftmost slider to the right.
- The underlying image now appears through the sky.
- Click OK
- Depending on the underlying image you might need to paint out any sky that interferes with the image.
- (Make a layer mask and using black paint over the areas where you do not want the sky to show).