All posts by Jan Davis

George Taylor will be missed by Portrait Group

George Taylor was an enthusiastic member of the Portrait Group joining in most of the sessions a the Chichester College hair dressers and Remembrance Day outings. He was also a regular at the Chichester Jazz Club evenings.

We will miss him and typical of the Portrait Group members avoided in being photographed under the intense flash lights used on the young ladies and men’s haircuts.

Our thoughts go to Rosemary his wife and family.

Jan Davis

Tony Street CPAGB has passed away

Tony was a keen member of the Portrait Group up to the time he left once his Parkinson’s became too bad for him to continue with meetings. His photo was taken at a Portrait Group photoshoot by Andy Dulson with lighting by Graham Sergeant in 2009. He was a creative photographer and very active in competitions and the annual exhibitions, gaining a certificate of merit in the 2016 Annual Exhibition. We will miss him and his low key humour. Condolences to his wife Sally.

Here is message from his daughter:

“We were always grateful you enabled him to stay as a member for so long. My father passed away recently. In normal times we would open the funeral to all but Covid restrictions have stopped that. Nevertheless, I would be grateful if you could share details of his funeral with members who may have known him along with details of his online Memorial. The funeral will be webcast and can be joined from home. Anyone who wishes to join us online would be most welcome – the login details are below”.

Best wishes,

Dawn Street (daughter of Tony)

Online Memorial:

Date of funeral: 23rd March 2021

Time: 1.15pm

Website to watch funeral:

Username for online access: quma8703

Password for online access: 515129

Digital Group: Photoshop for dodging and burning and introduction to Capture One on 30th January

Ann revealed her secrets using photoshop layers curves for dodging and burning.  She recommended that those wanting to try should familiarise themselves with Sheila’s demonstration on layers.   Video will be posted.  

Jan Davis demonstrated Capture One Pro a RAW processing software that is used by professional photographers with very good results.  Capture One costs £299 for a perpetual licence or £20 per month  

Despite brain freeze the recording of the demonstration was thought not saved but has been recovered.  However to simplify Jan’s explanations here is a YouTube from Capture One showing the essential processing steps in about 7 min.  There are a series of other short videos showing all the key aspects of a software which does all that photoshop does but on The RAW filles.

45th Smethwick International. Awards for Ann and Sheila

Well done to two of our most glamorous, talented, lady shooters.   All the Awards  from this 45th Smethwick International. 
Sheila Tester
SPS Ribbon for Nature PDI
Dalmatian Pelican Defending Territory
Ann McDonald
FIAP Gold Medal for Nature Print
Dalmatian Pelican (as used 4 NM Flyers) 
FIAP Ribbon for Nature Print
Tail Pecking Gannets
FIAP Ribbon for Mono Print
Moon Dancer

Portrait Group Program

There was a successful Portrait Group kick off meeting where an elusive Eliot was photographed by nearly all those present using the studio lights.  Most of the challenges of interface camera and lights were resolved for the variety of cameras used.  A pdi show of Goodwood and Goodwood type images were shown showing the huge diversity of views of the same subjects.

The events that provide opportunities to take people pictures are as follows.  Anyone in the club can come and look out for each other as it is really an ad hoc photo excursion.

  • Sunday 10th November, Remembrance day parade.  Meet at the Cross at 9;30
  • Saturday 30th November, Tangmere  Winter Fayre, Father Christmas outside The Coop. Let Jan Davis know if you would like to cover the Father Christmas Shoot and I will let you know the details.
  • Sunday 1st December, Tangmere Players, dress rehearsal photographing Actors and Pantomine.  Let Andy Dulson know if you are coming.  We will be using the stage lights and off camera flash for the individual actors.
  • Saturday 21st December, St Pancras Wheelbarrow Walk, Meet at Nags Head, St Pancras 10:30