Hints & Tips

Hints and Tips to get the most out of your digital images

Preparing your Images for this website

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Architectural Photography Basics

Take Your Travel Photography to the Next Level! Many destinations around the world have impressive architecture nearby to photograph. Nearly all the major cities have buildings with distinctive features ...more

Studio Night

The studio night will be a night in which the members themselves will set up the lighting and manage the model.
These lights will ideal for close portraiture of head, of head and shoulders and ok for limited full length.
We will be using a basic lighting set of two flashes units each of a Guide number of 150 100 ISO.
We will split into three sets of photographers and each set will have 15 minutes each in each half of the evening, work together as a group.
Whist this is happening I will happily give whatever advice is asked to the other waiting groups. ...more

Colour to Monochrome using Photoshop

With every method of conversion to monochrome there are advantages and disadvantages ...more

Getting into Photoshop

Getting started in Photoshop ...more

Transferring and Opening Files

How to get images from the camera on to the computer ...more

Saving Files

Saving files in Photoshop ...more

Preparing Images for Printing

Using Photoshop Elements ...more

Straightening Images

It is important that horizons are level when viewing a picture particularly if the scene includes water ...more

Sharpening Images

This is a powerful tool and unlike it’s name suggests, will help to sharpen a blurry image in specific areas. ...more

Depth of Field

Depth of Field is one of the main creative tools in photography. It’s where you get to control what’s sharp and what’s not in your photos. Click here to download pdf ...more

The Exposure Triangle

Exposure is based on three elements. Shutter speed, aperture size and the ISO rating of the film being used (or sensor sensitivity). Click here to download pdf ...more

Repair, Burning in and Holding back

Tips on how to Burn In and Holding Back - good darkroon techniques transposed to digital ...more

Three basic techniques

Learn about three basic techniques to enhance your pictures ...more

Photography Composition

Photographic composition rules - download instructional pdf's ...more

Transform and Crop Tool

The transform tool is a most useful tool normally used for correcting converging verticals and for straightening out buildings after using a wide angle lens.
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Burning in and Dodging

Burning in and Dodging was something that was done in Darkrooms or is it? ...more

Toning using Layers

Toning a Monochrome image can be done in many ways but the following method allows the image to be toned to any colour or effect with the use of the “opacity” of the layer adjustment. ...more

Where do we go from here?

For most club members the first club activity would be a club critique.
The question may be asked, “ What can I do with my prints outside of just enjoying them”. ...more


Sometimes the scene that we look at does not reflect in the images that we make with our DSLR.
When we see a view we rarely stand and stare at the scene but glance from side to side in order to take it all in. The links below will explain how to approach panoramas at the taking stage and post production in Photoshop or Elements ...more

The Blending of RAWs in Photoshop (and Elements)

A single Raw file contains so much information that can be extracted.
Photoshops RAW Handler has many tools to help extract the information that the files contain but in many cases items such as the Adjustment Brush need both time and skill to operate. Not everybody has the latest Photoshop. ...more

Christmas Card Project

There are many ways to make Christmas cards in Elements and Photoshop but here is an easy way to make two cards out of one sheet of A4. ...more

Making digital images to look like wet process Lith prints

To make digital images to look like traditional Wet process Lith prints it is best to start with an Infrared 700nm file or a monochrome print processed to look like an Infrared image. ...more