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Digital Group, Tuesday 26th September.

The first meeting of the Digital Group for the new season will be held on Tuesday 26th September in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.30.

This will be an introductory meeting when we discuss things you would like to have covered in the following meetings. We do have a programme sketched out but this is your chance to have your say in what you would like put into the programme.

There will be a very warm welcome for new members of the club and this is your chance to come along and meet established members on a less formal basis than on Thursday evenings.

Sheila will also give a tutorial for both new and established members on image resizing. This is something you will need to know if you are entering any of the club competitions.

The cost is £3.00 for members and £4.00 for non members. Everyone very welcome.

New Creativity Pack from Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis has just brought out a new Creativity Pack.This time it is on snow. In view of the likelihood of another green winter down here you could find the contents of this pack useful, even if only for Christmas cards.

Hiya David

Right, finally got this all done and ready so dropping you an email to let you know that my Snow Pack (Photographer’s Creativity Pack 2) is ready.

I know it might sound corny but I genuinely do appreciate you being part of this email community which I really hope will grow into something quite special, and part of that is that I’ll always let you know about any new stuff I have coming out with a member discount; £7 for the pack as opposed to the regular price of £12.

Sorry this has taken me longer than I’d intended but I spent last weekend putting working on content I hadn’t even thought about to be honest (videos, snow brush…) all thanks to lots of emails I got back with great suggestions.

Glyn Dewis - Photographer's Creativity Pack
Use the following code at Check Out to get the complete pack for £7
Discount Valid until Midnight (UK) on Monday 11th

  • 50 Snow Image Files
  • 5 HD Snow Video Files
  • Snow Brush
  • 7 x ‘How To’ Video Tutorials
  • Transcriptions (Video Tutorials)
  • Practice Files

•NOTE: Snow Image Files can be used in Photoshop, Elements, Paint Shop Pro•

This is a collection of 50 Snow image files, 5 High Definition Video Files and a Snow Brush that can be used in still images and video. The files I’ve created have been done so using the exact same special effect snow used in TV / Film so the final result is TOTALLY REALISTIC and have been used in some of my own pictures.

Discount Valid until Midnight (UK) on Monday 11th
Snow Files & Brushes
It’s really important to me that if you’ve got this pack then I want to make sure you get the very best results using it…regardless of your skill level so that’s where the video tutorials come in that you can watch on your computer or mobile device. Create unique scenes, add special effects…and not just to still images but also video footage, especially as video is becoming more and more widely used and accessible.The 7 included Video Tutorials cover:

  • Video: 001 – Creating a Snow Landscape
  • Video: 002 – Snow and Mist
  • Video: 003 – Creating Snow Brushes
  • Video: 004 – Snow on Objects
  • Video: 005 – Adding Snow in Video
  • Video: 006 – Enhancing Snow and Motion Blur Effect
  • Video: 007 – Storing Files in CC Libraries
Use the following code at Check Out to get the complete pack for £7
Discount Valid until Midnight (UK) on Monday 11th
Can’t wait to see what you create with these snow files so please do keep me posted.
Now let’s go have a play 🙂

Best Wishes

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A New Video from Glyn Dewis

Glyn has produced a new video on retouching a male portrait.

Hi David

Before I forget I just wanted to send you this file over that I promised a few days ago during a recent YouTube LIVE Broadcast.

If you click on the blue button below it should download no problem. I know some people have had problems downloading things like PDF’s but it looks like that’s some kind of security issue with the Safari Browser but I think (I hope) I’ve sorted that now.

Oh and just so you know, if you were going to watch the video for this retouching over on YouTube (here’s a LINK) , I’ve added some stuff in the description where you can just click on a time stamp and it will take you straight to the point in the video you want…
Right, have a great weekend and I’ll catch you next time when I’m another year older; Birthday Boy this Saturday so a weekend of quality time with Anne in our favourite place awaits 🙂



Those of you connected with or visiting our Spring Exhibition at Tangmere Village Centre will remember the remarkable collage of rubbish by Hilary Featherstone. This was made up of some 120 images of the 300+ she took this winter whilst walking her dog, either within the National Park  in the area around the Trundle and Goodwood or along the foreshore and therefore within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

All who saw it thought it needed a wider audience and Hilary hoped it might get into the library. Jeff took a shot of the screen (see above) and a few days later I sent it to Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council. Louise asked us to meet with her at County Hall on June 2nd and this we agreed to do. Unfortunately, the time of the meeting was put back and having previously arranged for my nephew and his children to come down to spend a day by the sea the revised time was not possible for me. However, Hilary was atill able to go.

The meeting was a great success and as a result of Hilary’s dogged persistance through the dark days of winter her collage is to be used in a publicity campaign against litter. There is to be a large version of her image within County Hall  and another in the library. In September there will be articles and the images in both the local and the county papers. CDC is to be invited to join in and a programme of visits to local schools is envisaged.

Louise gave it as her opinion that coming from a local resident the public were more likely to take notice than to something from a local authority.

In all a brilliant piece of Documentary photography and very many congratulations to Hilary. It is also a  very good  reflection on the club. Think about it. There may well be something near you that would be worth a similar treatment.

Digital Group Meeting on Tuesday 23rd May

The Digital Group will meet of Tuesday 23rd May in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.30.

There will be a tutorial on the subject of HDR by Phil Shaw FRPS. Phil will demonstrate the differences between various commercially available HDR programmes including a French programme unknown to many of us.

After the break we will spend a short time reviewing the past season and looking forward to a new one in September.

New and Aspiring Photographers Exhibition 22nd and 23rd April 2017

Some may think I have no place posting this. If you feel strongly enough I am quite willing to “step outside”!

I felt I just had to congratulate Sarah, her team and all who showed their work at the Exhibition this weekend.

Freed of the constraints of the 500 x 400  straight jacket ( this is not meant to be critical or controversial) it was amazing to seee the imaginative displays of work on show. Everyone should feel very pleased with themselves, not only for showing what they themselves can do but also showing the breath and depth of talent in the club.

There were also thought provoking messages. Jan’s depiction of the 1% who own 99% of the wealth. Perhaps of greater concern was the collage by Hillary of the evil and offensive detritus which litters our footpaths and shorelines.  All taken by her whilst walking her dog within the National Park or in  “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. It is a message we have to get to a greater public and I for one am determined to do so.

Congratulations to everyone. Watch out Noth Mundham, they are coming to get us!

Return of the Cups

Most of the cups have now been returned, suitably polished, by last year’s winners. However, there are still a few outstanding and i would be grateful if all these were returned by the 27th April as there is no meeting on the 4th May.

Digital Group Tuesday 25th April

The Digital Group will meet in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre on Tuesday 25th April at 7.30

In the first half of the evening Jan Davis will be talking about some of the books he has made and promoting them as an ideal way of collecting your images together to tell a story which is easily accessible to friends and family. Jan has experience with a number of publishers and will prompt you to get started.

After the break Sheila Tester will give a tutorial on the use of Blend Modes. This has been requested by a number of you so come along and learn how they might help you post processing.

New Blog from Glyn Dewis

There is a new blog from Glyn Dewis which can be found at https://www,glyndewis com

In addition to a number of new pieces which include two boy evacuees at a railway station (sounds interesting John!) he gives details of a seminar he is giving on Saturday 13th May at Herne Farm Leisure Centre, Petersfield, GU31 4PJ.

This has been organised by the Petersfield Photographic Society and appears to cover various types of lighting according to subject. Having spent a day listerning to Glyn at a meeting in Ringwood before Christmas I am confident this will be a seminar well worth attending.