Workshops 2020-2021

One of the objectives of Bracknell Camera Club is to help members improve their photography skills, so to this end we provide a series of teaching sessions during the season.

All workshops, that this year are scheduled on either a Tuesday or Thursday, are run by Club members, giving freely of their time and expertise.

We are always looking to expand our offering so if you have a particular topic you would like to see covered, or have a workshop/tutorial that you would like to present then please contact Rose Bradley, Workshop Co-ordinator: workshops@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk

This season it is anticipated that the majority of workshops will be delivered online using Zoom.

Our Workshop Programme is open to Club members only.

Member Charges:  Delivered by:  Zoom – free, or if at Bracknell Open Learning Centre – £6

To book your place on a workshop then simply email: workshops@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk with the name(s) of the workshops you would like to attend.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Date Time Title & Description Link to Book
Tuesday,

29-Sep-2020

19:30 New Members Evening

An opportunity for new members to find out more about the camera club.  There will be an outline of the club’s programme for the coming season, including details of the workshops that are available to help members improve their photographic skills, particularly those members relatively new to photography.

Details will be provided of how the club’s competitions work, who to talk to for specific areas of advice, and information on some of the clubs Special Interest Groups and activities.  All you need to know about settling in and getting the most from your membership of Bracknell Camera Club.

Presented by Alan Edwards, Peter Terry, Rose Bradley

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Thursday

08-Oct-2020

20:00 Informal Photo Critique – Session 1

As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please email up to three images to workshops@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk by Friday 2nd October.

Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1600×1200 pixels, our standard projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.

Presented by Paul Hendley

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Thursday

15-Oct-2020

19:00 Dog Photography

Dog Photography (there are other pets available).  The workshop will concentrate on using a DSLR camera or similar, but will also include tips on taking photos with phones etc.  The workshop will start with the Do’s and Dont’s of taking photos of pets.

We’ll then look at taking photos of dogs (and other animals) in motion; and how to get their attention if you want them to stay still.  We’ll look at the nemesis of many people – taking photos of black dogs!  I will also cover the post processing of photos I’ve entered into competitions, including Toby the Proud Welsh Pony!   I’ll even schedule in a quick 5 minute break!

Presented by Stephanie Paterson

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Thursday

29-Oct-2020

19:30 Post Processing – Working Examples

In this session the workshop leader will edit live your images using Lightroom, Photoshop and other tools, walking through what steps they take and why they have done so. The end result will be their interpretation of the original image. For this to work attendees are requested to email an unedited image to workshops@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk by 15th October.

Presented by Alan Edwards

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Tuesday

17-Nov-2020

19:30 Converting to Mono – Tools/Plug-ins

Mono images are the new colour. In this workshop we will work through the process and tools to achieve the best results.

Presented by Steve Buesden

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Tuesday

01-Dec-2020

19:30 How Did You Do That?

When viewing some of our club competition entries we often wonder, and remark to each other, ‘How Did They Do That’.  This workshop is designed to address that question with each of the presenters walking you through the steps taken to realise the final image that helped them achieve their high score.

So, for example, this may be an overview of initial setup in camera, lighting etc. and may then be an in depth look at the post processing, and where appropriate any specific points on printing, to arrive at the final image.

Presented by Peter Terry and others

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Thursday

17-Dec-2020

19:30 Adobe Photoshop: Masking

In this workshop we will look at the creation and use of layer masks in Adobe Photoshop.  We will try out many of the ways of making masks and discuss the benefits, and limitations, of each.  We will also look at some additional software applications designed specifically for masking and the advantages of using graphic tablets.

Presented by Jeff Lawrence

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Thursday

21-Jan-2021

19:30 Informal Photo Critique – Session 2

As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please email up to three images to workshops@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk by Friday 15th January.

Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1600×1200 pixels, our standard projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.

Presented by Caroline Colegate

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Thursday

18-Feb-2021

19:30 RAW Files and Adobe Camera Raw

In this workshop we will explain what camera RAW means and show how to make use of it.  We will discuss a number of RAW filetypes and interpreters, and how they compare.

Practically, we will use Adobe Camera RAW to process a selection of images and show what can be achieved.

Note that Adobe Camera RAW is used by all of Adobe’s image processing applications – Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge.

Presented by Jeff Lawrence

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Tuesday

16-Mar-2021

19:30 Informal Photo Critique – Session 3

As the title suggests, this session is an opportunity to have some of your images reviewed and discussed by some of the other members in the club.  Please email up to three images to workshops@bracknell-camera-club.co.uk Wednesday 10th March.

Filenames should take the form of 1-author’s name, e.g. 1-name, 2-name, 3-name. The image files should be in jpg format in sRGB colour space with dimensions no greater than 1600×1200 pixels, our standard projector resolution. Please aim to have a title for each image, it’s good practice for competitions.

Presented by Jon Sawyer

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Thursday

22-Apr-2021

19:30 Photoshop Tools Series: The Brush Tool

In the first of this series, we will look in depth at, arguably, the most versatile tool in Adobe Photoshop.  We will cover its alternatives, options, presets and panels and include the use of graphic tablets and keyboard shortcuts to improve convenience and accuracy.  Examples will be provided for practice throughout the workshop.

Presented by Jeff Lawrence

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Thursday

20-May-2021

20:00 Macro & Close-up Photography

In this workshop we will explore the field of close-up and macro photography, covering the advantages and limitations of various techniques. We will mostly address the selection of cameras, lenses and attachments for these techniques, paying particular reference to lighting requirements and focusing problems.

There will be opportunities for hands-on exploration of several of the techniques discussed and some time for discussions of suitable matter for close-up and macro, and the use of specialist software for post- processing. Bring your camera, appropriate lenses and a tripod.

Presented by Paul Hendley and Mark Perkins at the Open Learning Centre

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To be confirmed   Working with Filters

Filters are often a complete unknown and ‘don’t go there’ topic for many photographers but can give stunning enhancements to Landscape and other images. In this workshop you will come away with enough knowledge and confidence to go out and use those filters that stay in your cupboards or camera bags.

Presented by Billy Watson

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