Category Archives: Digital Imaging

White Layer method


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:-

Digital Group Meeting of 23rd January 2018

The Digital Group enjoyed two excellent tutorials on the evening of Tuesday 23rd January.

In the first half Ross Laney gave a brief introduction into the possibilities available when using Topas Impression in Photoshop. He showed a number of images where he had used this download to enhance a “painterly” interpretation of the image. He then worked on an image of a street scene in Savannah  and demonstrated how, by using Impression presets with photoshop layers and layer masks, separate presets could be applied to different areas of the image to achieve the desired result.

In the second part of the evening Lorna Brown demonstrated “Working with Textures”.  She talked about where to obtain textures and how to make them. She then demonstrated how to use them in Photoshop using layers and adjustments. Lorna gave the following site for tutorials and textures.



The Digital Group

The Digital Group will meet on Tuesday 23rd of january at 7.30 in the Small Hall at Tangmere Village Centre.

For the first part of the evening Ross Laney will give a tutorial demonstrating the use of Topaz Impression. He will turn a straight image into an Old Master and thereby increase it’s value by many millions (possibly).

After the break Lorna will give a tutorial on the use of textures to enhance or mood change your image.


All welcome. Members £3.00, non-Members £4.00

Soft Proofing in Lightroom and Photoshop

I have just received a post from Glyn Dewis on Screen Calibration and Soft proofing in Lightroom and Photoshop and thought members would find this useful.

Just thought I’d drop you a little note to wish you all the very best for 2018.

Not complaining but I’ve been stuck in doors since Christmas Eve with a virus (note I didn’t say man flu) so I put this PDF together and thought I’d send it over. It’s a written step by step version of the video I did a few weeks back going through Soft Proofing in Lightroom and Photoshop so you can get your prints looking like they do on your screen. There’s a bit more in this than the video because I’ve included some extra settings and put a Q&A bit at the end too.

Anyway you can download it by CLICKING HERE or the button below. Oh and apparently the Mac Browser Safari can block them sometimes so if you get that happening just give it a try using another or let me know and I’ll email it direct.

Right, have a good one and I’ll catch you later



Digital Group Tuesday 28th November 2017

The Digital Group will meet in the Small Hall at Tanmere Village Centre on Tuesday 28th November at 7.30.

We are delighted to welcome Frank Adams who will give us a tutorial based on his experience of moving from darkroom to digital and will no doubt show us some of his highly successful images.

Frank tells us he intends to be controversial which should lead to an enjoyable evening. If you know Frank’s work you will want to come along, if you don’t know his work then it is time you did.

Members £3.00 visitors £4.00

NIK Collection and Adobe CC October 2017 Update

As Adobe release the most recent update to Creative Cloud this inevitably raises the level of anxiety for those of us who make extensive use of the Google  NIK Collection.  Previous updates have caused some [but not all] people problems which have included no longer being able to use this set of Photoshop plug-ins.  Several Club members have successfully updated Adobe CC but encountered some problems so I was asked to test out the update process.

The general approach I’ve taken is:

  • Audit what you’ve got in terms of system, file locations and settings – do you know where everything is so you can check what has changed
  • Test what you’ve got – are you sure everything is working
  • Backup what you’ve got – in case things go wrong
  • Perform the update
  • Check file locations – this seems to be an issue with the NIK Collection and Adobe CC updates
  • Test what you’ve got – is it all still working
  • If NIK Collection isn’t working then troubleshoot by searching internet forums
  • If all else fails restore your backup!

The attached PDF Adobe CC 17 October 2017 Update sets out the detailed testing I’ve carried following the above approach.  Please don’t be put off by the length of the document as much of it is a check list to allow you to do your own pre & post update testing.

The bottom line is that I have been able to successfully update Adobe CC and continue to use the NIK Collection in both Photoshop 2018 CC and from Lightroom Classic CC.

Good luck with updating

Kind Regards


Richard Ryder


Adobe Updates October 2017

Just when we had got used to running along comfortably with programmes we knew and loved (or otherwise) Adobe appear to have thrown all the cards up in the air and come out with updates, different names and maybe different ways to pay.

Please find below a piece sent by “The Lightroom Queen” ( Victoria Bampton) to Joy who has passed it on for wider circulation.

Hi Joy Whiting!

It’s the Adobe Max conference this week and there’s LOADS of Lightroom news!

In this edition…

  • Lightroom Rebranded as Lightroom Classic
  • Lightroom Classic CC 7.0 Release
  • End of Perpetual Licenses
  • Cloud-native Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom for iOS/Android
  • Announcement FAQ’s

Since the first Lightroom beta was released in 2006, the world of photography has undergone many changes. In those days, most people had never even heard of smartphones, and editing photos required sitting down at a computer. Today, photos shot on mobile phones grace the covers of top magazines, and billions of photos are captured and instantly shared online every single day.

Today, during the Adobe Max conference, Adobe will announce the future of Lightroom. There’s lots of changes and plenty of confusion, so let’s get an overview…

Lightroom Rebranded as Lightroom Classic

The folder-based version of Lightroom that we’ve known and loved for the last 10+ years is still going strong. It’s been rebranded as Lightroom Classic, because it continues to use the traditional desktop folder-based organizational system we’ve used for decades (as opposed to a modern cloud-based system).

Future development of Lightroom Classic is being refocused on improving performance and enhancing the editing tools. It’s become a bit of a jack-of-all-trades over the last few years, so this new focus is great news for serious Lightroom users.

Lightroom Classic CC 7.0 Release

Lightroom Classic 7.0 was released today, including the first wave of performance improvements, a new embedded preview workflow for faster culling, and a new range mask tool for color/luminance based selections, in addition to the usual new camera/lens support. There’s more information on the new features here.

Before you jump to upgrade, a word of warning is in order. Performance is a tricky thing. Making a feature faster on one computer can make it slower on another, and the code changes are so widespread, it can create bugs in seemingly unrelated areas. I’d recommend exercising a little caution because opening a catalog into 7.0 upgrades the catalog format, so you can’t easily roll back to 2015.12 if you run into problems. Lightroom 7.0 can be installed alongside Lightroom CC 2015, so if you’re an early adopter, perhaps test it using a clean catalog before upgrading your main working catalog, just in case. I’ll compile the early feedback into a blog post over the next week or two.

End of Perpetual Licenses

For the last couple of years, it’s been a subject of great debate… will Adobe keep selling Lightroom as a perpetual (standalone) license or not? We finally have an official answer… Adobe will continue to sell Lightroom 6 as a perpetual license, but Lightroom 7 and future versions will only be available to CC subscribers. At least they’ve said it now, and we can all stop guessing. They’ll continue to add new camera support to Lightroom 6 until the end of the year, and even at that point, your perpetual version of Lightroom will not spontaneously combust. If you’re currently a perpetual user, I’ve outlined some of the options here.

Cloud-native Lightroom CC

There’s a new cloud-native version of Lightroom, designed for the next generation of photographers. Because in this version everything’s synced to the cloud, your photos and edits are available on all of your devices, wherever you are. Since Lightroom manages your photos for you, this new Lightroom app is really simple to use (no more missing files!), but still has the non-destructive editing power we’ve come to expect from Adobe. It’s been rewritten from the ground up, so it’s relatively bug-free (hooray!).

It’s early days, so Lightroom CC doesn’t have all of the features of the Classic version, but it already has the essentials and will continue to develop rapidly. If you’re a Lightroom user considering moving to the cloud-native app, I’ve created a feature comparison table, so you can check whether it has the features you need for your workflow.

I know you’ll have loads of questions, so I’ve written a free Quick Start eBook, available for download right now (just fill in your name/email again and check the Lightroom CC eBook checkbox).

More extensive books for both Lightroom Classic 7.0 and Lightroom CC will be available soon in eBook and paperback formats, and I’ll let you know as soon as they’re released.

Lightroom for iOS/Android

The iOS and Android versions of Lightroom have been updated with some fantastic new features including AI-based automatic tagging and search, keywords, album folders to organize all of your albums (prev. called collections), and the Android version now has the brush tool too. You can read all about the new features here.

The mobile apps are designed primarily to be a companion to the cloud-native Lightroom CC ecosystem, so they now use the new terminology (e.g., albums instead of collections). The mobile apps continue to sync with Lightroom Classic, as they always have done, but no new cloud features will be added to Lightroom Classic, so keywords and collection sets don’t sync with Lightroom Classic.

Announcement FAQ’s

There’s sure to be a mass of questions about these announcements. I’ve preempted many of the questions I expect to see, and I’ll continue adding to the FAQ’s as new questions arise.