An evening reserved to showcase the talents in the club resulted in presentations covering a wide variety of subjects, from motorcycle scrambling, through a unique one man band, to street scenes from China - and not forgetting the family cat! With most presentations lasting 5 - 10 minutes, the club members enjoyed sequences from six talented volunteers. All were presented using various forms of A/V software, with accompanying sound, adding another level of interest to the shows.
This meeting featured one of the club's most experienced and successful members, who gave a presentation on the image manipulation software, Lightroom, an alternative package to Adobes's well - known Photoshop and Elements.Dave demonstrated to members how to introduce images into the software and numerous operations to enhance and improve the original, tp the extent that some were almost unrecognisable.Many of these effects can of course be obtained with other software,the techniques being rather different. He made clear that there were still some operations,such as cloning out unwanted areas, that need to be done in Photoshop or Elements, but for extreme and fascinating changes, Lightroom is difficult to better. It also has the advantage of no loss of quality, is non-destructive and last but not least, is cheaper than Photoshop.
Dave recommends shooting in Raw mode, and using images in .dng files for optimum quality, though jpegs can still be used.
Lightroom has useful cataloguing and library feature, which is a great help when finding a particular image, and for logical storage, but at the end of the day it is to some degree a matter of software preference. Lightroom is very different from the other Adobe packages, but an excellent choice for someone who has little experience of the others. Altogether an absorbing evening, which seems likely to encourage many members to experiment.