DxO took over the NIK Collection from Google in October 2017 and have now released their first update called NIK Collection 2018. Sadly, it is no longer free [cost £39.99 if purchased before 1 July 2018]. However, DxO say that they have now made the software work with the latest Adobe CC Photoshop and Lightroom releases “The app is now completely compatible with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018, and Photoshop Elements CC 2017/2018!” it is “now fully functional with the latest 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X“. Apparently lots of bugs have been squashed and the “Selective Brush tool is now fully operational, and you can modify filters and dynamic objects freely“. Please note that if you already use the Google version of NIK Collection and have created presets and/or recipes then you should export these BEFORE installing the new version. See further information on how to do this here or here. I haven’t tried these yet so please do your own due diligence. You can find DxO NIK Collection support pages here.
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”
On Tuesday 22nd May a small but select number of gentlemen of the club enjoyed an instructive evening lead by Ken Worrall. Ken gave an outline of the possibilities of ACDSee Ultimate 2018 as an image manipulation programme. From what we saw it appeared to have more to offer than Photoshop Elements and perhaps should be considered by those who object the paying a monthly fee.
Ken then demonstrated how he constructed one of his images which recently scored 10 and which was made up of elements from 5 different images. Thank you Ken
The final meeting of the Digital Group will take place at Tangmere Village Centre on Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30.
In the first half of the evening we will be breaking from perceived tradition by inviting a Club Class member to give a tutorial. The member in question being Ken Worrall.
Ken joined the club in the autumn of 2017 and this year has just won the Brieley Cup as winner of the Club Class Print league for 2017/2018. Ken scored 86 marks out of a possible 90 and only one of his images did not receive a Certificate of Merit.
A number of the images submitted by Ken were composites and on the 22nd he will demonstrate how he constructed one of them from 5 or 6 elements taken from other images of his. Moreover, he will show how he did this without the assistance of Messers Adobe!
After the break we will review the past year and hopefully you will submit ideas for the future. Members £3.00, visitors £4.00.
Lightroom, Lightroom, Lightroom.
Calling ALL Lightroom users.
As you will know there has been a considerable upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC and on Tuesday 24th April, Phil Shaw, ace photographer and educator will be going through all the changes and what it means to the way you work. The tutorial will go at whatever pace you want and all your questions will be answered.
Even if you don’t use Classic CC you should come along so that you can appreciate what you are missing. So everyone is welcome. It will be a great evening. Tangmere Village Centre, Small Hall at 7.30. Members £3.00, Visitors £4.00.
The Digital Group met on Tuesday 27th March and had an excellent evening of tutorials. Ray Acland showed the almost infinite opportunities offed by the Topaz Labs and Topaz Studio plug-ins. In addition he showed a range of recent prints in which he had used Topaz presets and he discussed the various papers he used to compliment the subject matter.
After the break Phil Shaw gave a master class on the Photoshop tools he uses in the production one of his stunning wildlife images. For me it was not just his mastery of the individual tools but his attention to detail which was a lesson in itself.
The Digital Group will meet at 7.30 on Tuesday on 27th March in the Small Hall at Tangmere Village Centre.
For the first half of the evening Ray Ackland will give a tutorial on the use of Topaz Studio and show a number of recent successful prints where he has made use of this plug-in.
On Tuesday 27th February the Digital Group were treated to a superb tutorial by Phil Shaw on post processing and printing an image. The extraordinary detail used by Phil in his preparation for printing and which he demonstrated last evening goes some way in explaining the quality of his images.
It is hoped we may be able to repeat this tutorial in the autumn when traveling conditions should be more favourable.
The Digital Group will meet in the Small Hall at Tangmere Village Centre on Tuesday 27th February at 7.30. The whole evening will be given over to a tutorial on printing. Each year we are asked to feature this subject and it is a couple of years since our last evening on printing. The tutorial will be lead by Phil Shaw and he is bringing his printer so that the results of his guidance will be there for all to see..
Those who know Phil’s work also know the meticulous detail he goes into at every stage of the production of his images. It will be an evening not to be missed. Members £3.00, Visitors £4.00.
Glyn Dewis has just released his new tutorial video “Rosa (Cover Shoot)” on which he has been working for the past 8 months. This could be of particular interest to those members who include portraiture as one of their particular interests. There is a 50% off discount which will expire on Sunday.
Last Sunday I had the great pleasure of attending a Southern Digital meeting in Ringwood. The speaker for the day was Steven le Prevost. It was a superb day of Creative Photography and during the tutorial Steven mentioned using a white layer to soften an image. He has kindly sent details and through the good offices of Barry Senior I am able to include it here. The even better news is that Steven is booked for a Thursday evening in the autumn.
The links to Steven’s White Layer method on Facebook and his website are as follows:-