Weekly Update for the end of September

Hello everyone and happy Sunday,

Hope you have all had a nice weekend, Even though I was busy selling my socks off today at a car boot I managed to enjoy the sunshine, hope you did too. Anyhoo what news do I have for you all?

First up a message from David re the processing group.  The second session is upon us and will be an introduction to LIGHTROOM Ver 5.  This will assist new members in understanding the package and how it can be utilised. David says;

We will cover the following:

  1. Setting up your image library structure
  2. Importing images
  3. The modules in Lightroom and their uses.

The next meeting is on Monday 13/10/2014.

A reminder of the request from the St Michael’s organ appeal: they have asked if we would help them with a christmas card.  If anyone is interested I will be doing a ten minute brain storm on Tuesday night at club.

So onto club night then: Tuesday is our first workshop of the season.  We will be doing portraiture. Please bring cameras, tripods, flashes, models! In fact anything you think you may need.

Right well that’s about it so I’m off to watch Downton.

See you Tuesday

Emma x

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Soldiers and Fire

Hi all

This week is ‘soldiers and fire’. After much hunting I think we have found a location that is safe and where we are allowed replica guns at HECCSport, Sawbridgeworth, CM21 0LL.

Due to the hot weather I’m not going to do any ‘fire,’ now, but Steve is going to dress up in full Army gear and hopefully give us some great moody shots with an authentic setting as well.The location is Tharbies Farm, Rook End, High Wych.

Additionally tonight, Frank has asked for the following to be shared:-

“Yep, I’ve done it, I’ve got an 810.
This means that I have a D800E for sale for £1,300.00 inc. VAT.
The camera has 4,800 actuations, boxed as new – nothing missing.”

Call Frank Smith on 07841 369089


Early Update

Hi everyone,

This week I’m sending out the info about Tuesday a bit early as I’m in Norfolk this weekend and well, as for phone signal they are in the dark ages!  This Tuesday we are meeting by the cricket club on the cricket fields, Cricketfield Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2SR at 7:30pm.  You should be able to park along the road or in the cricket club car park as long as there is not an event on.

The plan for the evening is outside portraiture and indivisible background techniques, so if you have got an off camera flash please bring it with you and if not, maybe a reflector (even card and tinfoil will work).

Here is a link to Glyn Dewis’ technique


Natural light portraiture tutorial by Karl Taylor


See you on Tuesday.


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A team effort for CazFest Burn’s Night

Green Screen Lighting Test

Green Screen Lighting Test

January 25th was Burns’ Night, and local charity CazFest held a traditional Ceilidh to raise money at the Raddison Blu on the airport at Stansted. A small team of club members, (Sandy, David, Kevin and Andrew) went along to do some Event Photography, both the formal (or even slightly chaotic) portraits and some off the cuff shots at table, and of the dancing.

The photos were all processed and printed on the night, with half the price going to the charity.

We set up a Green Screen (Westcott no-crease 9×15 — recommended) with studio lights, and photographed with the main camera tethered to a laptop. The laptop screen was positioned where the guests could see the initial photos coming in off the camera. Shooting in medium sized JPG this was fairly fast, and we (David) could then pick up the photo from the shared folder they came in to, and sandwich it between an Outer Hebrides beach as the background, and a discreet CazFest charity logo in the bottom right using FXhome chromakey software. Not quite as easy as the advertising would have one believe, and the masking needs a brush tool, but extremely effective none the less.

The green screen itself is only 9′ wide so this limited how wide a group could be, a restriction that helped a lot with the perennial photographer’s problem: getting people to stand closer together. We also had some Apple Boxes to hand (full, ½ and ¼) to even up the eye line for some couples.

After adding the background

After adding the background

We had fun, and raised £180 for CazFest. We have a private website for those who were there to possibly order more prints, or different formats. If you were there and don’t know where to look please call Andrew (see his contact page).

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Emma’s Epistle

Hi Everyone,

Well I can’t believe another week has raced by so fast and it’s club night tomorrow already! I hope you have had a good week. I had a lovely weekend away in Oxfordshire and a trip to Blenheim Palace where the sunshine and orangey autumnal light was sublime. I managed to get a couple of nice portraits of Noah -not for competition- but great for the album.

Anyhoo, lots of things to tell you about this week so best get on with it.  » Continue reading Emma’s Epistle