A 27-strong audience from Mid-Cheshire Camera Club (MCCC)
sat ready in anticipation of a Photoshop presentation by Adrian Lines (MPAGB / FBPE / ARPS) from Chorley Photographic Society (pictured inset).
Adrian first became interested in photography after buying a Fuji S7000 Bridge camera whilst on a family trip to London in 2006. He quickly moved on to his first DSLR, a Nikon D70, and joined a local Photographic Society (Wigan PS) in an attempt to become more proficient with the equipment. Joining Wigan PS drew him into the concept of competition photography, and more latterly national competitions, entering his first national competition - Southport Open Exhibition in 2008. In 2012 Adrian left Wigan PS for Chorley PS pursuing his ambitions in club competitions. Adrian adds that his style of photography is still developing in strange directions, with many of his most successful images being composites. It is an unusual form of art which he accepts is not to everyone’s taste but Adrian does love to create stories satisfying his own needs and imagination.
Adrian’s presentation is the final chapter in the club preparing and future proofing itself in the ‘Monochrome Genre’ of photography. The club, having returned to the Five Towns Monochrome Print Photographic Competition this year needs to ensure our ability not only to take great images but to be able to enhance our images in post processing. Having returned to the Five Towns and won our first event after an absence of 26 years certainly puts a little pressure on us to keep our skills sharp.
Adrian showed and explained to us his simple workflow from start to finish in this live Photoshop tutorial. Adrian talked about Adobe Camera Raw and how he used it to fix global issues within an image. He explained to the audience about shooting to the right (ETTR) – this is where a photographer pushes the highlights of an image as far to the right as possible without blowing them out.
Adrian describes a ‘Workflow’ as – the order you do things being a personal thing one develops over time.
“It is the first step in developing one’s own creativity.”
The image chosen for the live tutorial was a portrait of a man with a large beard. The image was taken in colour but had good shape, line and texture – ideal for a monochrome conversion. Adrian showed us how to work none destructively making references to film processing and really getting the audience to think about the whole process and what was to be achieved as the end result.
Adrian is a master of using layers and makes the whole process look really easy. When he was quizzed on his workflow he freely admitted that he only uses about 6 different Photoshop tools in his workflow. He knows how to use each tool really well knowing exactly what they can do to an image and when they should be used within his workflow. It is this intimate knowledge of understanding his craft that has made Adrian a very successful photographer and Digital Artist.
Adrian provided us with photographic tips during the course of the evening in taking portraits including some of the camera settings needed to achieve the image he was working on. Adrian showed us how to use curves, adjustment layers, masks, blending options and a new way of applying a more pleasing vignette to an image.
This was a really interesting two-hour presentation with stacks of knowledge imparted on the audience - the live tutorial is an excellent way of learning. Adrian was able to answer all our questions with a technical explanation to meets the audience’s needs.
We look forward to Adrian visiting us again next year.
For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit its website www.midcheshirecameraclub.org or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.
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