Adrian McGarry iTakes Talk links

On Friday 11th of December we had the pleasure of a zoom talk from Adiran McGarry, on photographing / editing purely uses a smart phone. It was a well attended and appreciated talk. Adrian has shared some links to the tools he uses below:

The promised links to the list of iOS apps that I featured in my talk (and a few others) which can be found at:

Some Android alternatives to consider are:

An alternative for photo-resizing is
Filmic Firstlight is a newer camera app on Android and iOS. It’s a full manual camera with exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and more. It also supports RAW photos, has a live histogram, and more.
Long exposure app
I cannot vouch for the compatibility or quality of Android apps.

I was asked if Snapseed was available on Surface Pro – I promised to look into this and I still think the answer is no. There appear to be ways to run it as a Chrome extension or with an Android emulator but I can’t provide further information.

I promised a link to the Shoulderpod S1 combined grip and tripod mount. It is compatible with virtually any smartphone model with or without a case.
My Zoom WorkshopsLearn iPhone Photography At HomeTo show my appreciation for booking me to present to your club, I can offer an exclusive 25% discount for all members on the above workshop. The voucher code of RDG25 will be valid for use until 13/12/20 and is based on availability of spaces.

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SCPF League rounds 1-4

Hungerford are currently in the lead, and we’re just 1 point behind.

Harris HawkIan Marshall10.
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes8.
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall9.
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch8.09.510.08.5
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall8.
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch9.
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9.
Millennium BridgeSteven Day

PDI Competition 3 December 4th

20 Members attending the zoom meeting for our third PDI competition of the seasons. Maria Leekblade, our judge for the evening, commented several times on the high quality of our images awarding 11 of the entries a score 18 or above. Maria was very knowledgeable and was helpful, providing tips and tricks on how we could improve our images. The competition was an open subject topic and there were 42 entries.


The overall winner, with two images scoring 20, was Nigel Holmes. Second was Janet Marshall LRPS and Len Quinn. 4th place went to Drew Malloch, while Stella Fagg and Bo Hansen shared 5th place.

MemberOverall Score
Nigel Holmes56
Janet Marshall LRPS55
Len Quinn55
Drew Malloch54
Stella Fagg53
Bo Hansen53
Nigel Holmes – Metropol Parasol
Janet Marshall – On the prowl
Drew Malloch – Dads Army HQ
Nigel Holmes – Preparing For Lockdown
Bo Hansen – Hey, soul sister
Stella Fagg – Approaching Mt Cook
Bo Hansen – Here I go again
Marianne Chandler – Dahlia in Pastel Colours
Richard Keating – Bugatti Vent
Drew Malloch – A Covid Hotel
Janet Marshall – Tom Quad

SCPF League Rounds 1-3

Harris HawkIan Marshall10.08.010.0
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes8.08.05.5
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall9.57.58.5
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch8.09.510.0
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall8.59.010.0
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch9.07.56.5
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9.07.07.0
Millennium BridgeSteven Day

SCPF League Rounds 1-2

Those of us who Zoomed in on Friday night for our round of the SCPF League competition will know that we came third out of the 9 clubs in our Division.  We came second in the previous night’s round held in Burghfield!  It’s a good start for us and we hope for more of the same for the other rounds.  As always, different judges mark very differently – here’s what scores I have for our submitted images (chosen by members) for the Burghfield round and for the Reading round. 

Harris HawkIan Marshall10.08.0
Abandoned at Pin MillNigel Holmes8.08.0
Wake up the Judge is HereJanet Marshall9.57.5
Midnight SkylineDrew Malloch8.09.5
Kings Cross StationJanet Marshall8.59.0
It’s That Time of DayDrew Malloch9.07.5
Beach PatternsDorothy Wood9.07.0
Millennium BridgeSteven Day 10.08.5

PDI Competition 2 November 7th

The second competition of the season was held on Friday 7th of November. 20 members attended via zoom to view the 42 entries judged by Jim Owers. Jim commented on the general high quality of the images entered and said that Len Quinn’s entry “A touch of Broadchurch” was one of the best landscapes he has seen.


The overall winner was Stella Fagg, with Bo Hansen securing 2nd place. Janet Marshall and Len Quinn shared the 3rd place.

MemberOverall Score
Stella Fagg54
Bo Hansen52
Janet Marshall51
Len Quinn51
Dave Wilder50

Top Images

93 Million Miles – Stella Fagg
A touch of Broadchurch – Len Quinn
Alium Seeds In Pods – Ramesh Naik
The Paper Shop – Dorothy Wood
Australian White Pelicans – Janet Marshall
Maestro – Bo Hansen
Thirsty Comma – Stella Fagg
Double Reflection – Marianne Chandler
Is this ‘The End’ of Plastic Straws in a Glass – Dave Wilder
Hydrangea – Richard Keating

Photograph of the Year 2020

What a great evening – a record number of club members joining us via Zoom, and a friendly and personable judge in Kevin Day. The competition was in two halves – one trophy for the winner of the Print section and one for the winner of the PDI section. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if the trophies can be physically presented this season, but our Trophies Evening will certainly be factored into next season.

Our webmaster Bo Hansen managed the technicalities of the evening with his usual efficiency and Kevin commented that this was the first Zoom competition he’d judged where someone had the know-how to enable him to see all the images on the screen at the same time for his final assessment and awards.

Kevin considered our images carefully and made positive and encouraging comments drawing our attention only briefly to areas which might not have worked so well. He thanked the club for a very enjoyable evening; he commented that we’d presented him with a lot of good images, and we should all be proud of them.


1st place Ian Marshall – Tea Picker

2nd place Janet Marshall – Wake up, the Judge is here

3rd place Drew Malloch – Midnight Skyline

Highly commended

Bo Hansen – I can see your halo halo halo

Ian Marshall – Turner Contemporary


1st place Steven Day – Misty Morning

2nd place Drew Malloch – Cheers!

3rd place Bill Weaver – Waiting their Turn

Highly commended

Tony Dance – Skyline in Blue

Richard Keating – Porsche Spoiler

Janet Marshall – Watching and Waiting


Brian Hodgson Trophy 2020

It was a very different experience this year – our first Zoom competition, very capably judged by Niall Ferguson, and with a total of 16 Club members attending. The start was a little delayed as we couldn’t miss the Thursday Clap for the NHS but the whole evening went well and never felt rushed.

We had a pretty wide variety of images, all on the theme of ‘Patterns in Everyday Objects” – pictures ranged from burnt matches to pastry cutters and the occasional Escher-like ceiling which Niall liked but confessed challenged his eyes (mine too – you know who you are, Richard Keating)

Niall commented that the entries contained lots of “photographers’ images”, which we took as a compliment (and hoped he meant it as such). He had an eagle eye for detail and noticed all the little things judges notice when it’s too late for us to do anything about them. We had 14 images held back for further scrutiny and these were whittled down to 8 contenders for the three top places, two highly commended images and two commended.

The winners were:

First place and winner of the Brian Hodgson Trophy – Marianne Chandler with Stairway to a Platform

Second place – Bo Hansen with Light in a Spoon

Third place – Janet Marshall with Lamp

Highly Commended – Piers Smith with Glass Weight, Janet Marshall with Pastry Cutters on Patio Table

Commended – Dorothy Wood with Winter Feathers, Drew Malloch with Match of the Day

Niall rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable evening by commenting that this had been his first Zoom evening, he’d thoroughly enjoyed it, and he’ll certainly be recommending it to others. He very kindly said that our images were super, as demonstrated by the large number he held back, and some of his choices were difficult to make.


It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel our Friday Club meetings for the foreseeable future, owing to the coronavirus outbreak.We hope to be in touch before too long to announce that we’re able to restart, but realistically speaking this might not be until the new season begins in September.

We’ll keep you posted. Keep those shutters clicking in the meantime – we don’t want to get rusty!