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Hints & Tips

This page will contain links to either documents produced by ourselves, or other web related resources where you can find out information about using your camera, photography in general, or how to use Photoshop and other programs to edit your pictures. (If you know of any useful information which would help other members improve their photography then please e-mail the committee and we will try to include it on the web site).

This first article is by John Wigmore, who gave a presentation on judging to the Western Society, and is entitled "Judging or How Not to Judge".

Click Here to view the article.

This is an article originally produced by Brian Goldie as a guide to how to resize your pictures to the correct size for entry into the club competitions.

Click Here to view the article.

If you are entering an LCPU competition then the rules for resizing are slightly different because they have a fixed image size of 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high.

Click here to read an article on resizing pictures for LCPU competitions.

Sharpening using the high pass option in Elements or Photoshop.

  • This is one of the best and easiest methods of sharpening images and is much more controllable than unsharp mask.

  • Duplicate the image in the layers palette.

  • Go to Filters / other and select high pass.

  • Set a figure of between2 - 5 pixels Click OK.

  • Return to the layers palette and change the layer blend mode from normal to either soft light or overlay.

  • In the layers pull down menu select flatten image.

Adding a key line border

  • Make a selection with the image on screen.

  • Select a new blank layer from the layers pull down menu.

  • Use the rectangular marquee tool to make the selection.

  • Go to the edit pull down menu and select stroke.

  • Choose inside as the location and pick a colour. The width setting varies the thickness.

  • Finish and fine tune, hit OK when you are happy and the stroke outline is applied to the new blank layer so you can move it and switch it on or off.

  • Apply directly to your image and deselect the marquee tool.

  • Go to the layers pull down menu and flatten image.

How to put softly falling snow into an image.

1 Create a new layer

Bring up the layers palette (windows-layers) and make a new blank layer. Next go to Edit -Fill and from the drop down Use menu choose 50% grey. Click OK to fill the empty layer 1 with the neutral grey colour.

2 Add noise

To make the snow go to filter -noise-add noise and set Amount to about 140. Click both the Gaussian and monochromatic boxes then OK. Next soften the noise effect by going to Filter-Blur-Gaussian blur. Enter a radius of 5pixels and click OK. This will create clumpy snow flakes.

3 Blend layers

Go to enhance-Adjust Brightness/Contrast-Brightness/Contrast (Image-Adjustments-Brightness/Contrast in Photoshop) and set Brightness to -14 and contrast to + 91. At this stage you can't see the original background image, but by clicking where it says Normal on the layers palette the blending mode can be changed to Screen from the menu. The image will then show through.

4 The final step. Add Motion Blur

To give the impression that the snow is falling use the Motion Blur Filter. Go to Filter-Blur-motion Blur and to start set Angle to -80 and Distance to 22. You can experiment with all these figures to get the desired effect. When you are happy with the effect click OK.