All posts by Ray Acland

Nik Software

Nik Software

 Over the years many club members have successfully used Googles Nik Software for imaging purposes.

For the past year the software has been free on the Google website and recently there have been rumours that it will be removed and no longer be available.

My Nik software has suddenly stopped working, every time I try to log into it with an image the software throws it out along with either Photoshop or Lightroom putting me back into Bridge.  The reason for this is because Mac, Microsoft and Adobe have improved their software which now makes Nik unusable.  There is no fix nor will there be for this problem.  If your version is still working then be extremely careful if you decide to update with any of the above because you will lose Nik.

Hope this will be of information to members.  Ray Acland

Waverley Abbey Visit

On Thursday last members of CCC visited Waverley Abbey and House at Farnham. The visit to the house was arranged for 6.30pm but arriving early allowed us to walk  the banks of the River Wey and Waverley House Gardens.

Waverley House is a charitable trust and we were met by Jackie the representative who gave us history of the Abbey and House before showing  members around  and allowing them time to take whatever photographs they wished. Before being allowed to run riot outside with our cameras we were treated to an excellent buffet of meat, sandwiches cakes and fresh fruit by the catering staff.

The evening sun was gorgeous so before leaving for home members were able to visit the Abbey and catch the views of the sun shining across the fields and through the Abbey arches into the ruins.

A very very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Ray Acland

Black & White Group

Wednesday the 31st May will be the last Black & White Group meeting of the year.  On this evening you are welcome to bring along any black & white images you like critiqued, also I will b e showing how an image can be seen in black & white but the same image with a different slant.  Come along at 7.30pm and find us in the small hall. Cost £3 for Chichester Camera Club members or £4 for visitors.



Waverley House and Abbey Visit

Summer Evening Visit to Waverley Abbey House and Waverley Abbey Ruins

I can arrange a visit to the above if members wish. The date I am considering is Thursday June 1st but the date can be changed if the 1st not suitable.

Waverley Abbey House is a privately owned mansion house on the banks of the River Wey and opposite Waverley Abbey Ruins, in a beautiful setting, just outside Farnham.  Waverley Abbey House is privately owned and is open for functions, and also on a couple of days a year for public viewing.  Waverley Abbey Ruins are owned by English Heritage and are open in daylight hours.

I can arrange for the House to be opened for us on the evening of Thursday1st June for a guided tour followed by a finger buffet, with tea/coffee and soft drinks.  The event will start at 6.30 pm and there will be ample opportunity for photography, both in the house and grounds.  Those people who can make it for 6 pm will have the opportunity of taking photos in the grounds and may cross the bridge across the river to wander round the Ruins.  There will be time to do this again, of course, after the tour/buffet in the House.  If it’s a nice day the setting will look stunning in the evening light – let’s pray for good weather!

The cost for this will be £14 per head, and Waverley Abbey House are able to cater for approximately 30 people.

Here are the links to the websites:

Waverley Abbey House:

Waverley Abbey Ruins:

Ray Acland

Black & White Group Meeting 22nd February

At this months Black & White Group Meeting Jan Davis gave a demonstration on black and white portraiture.

At the beginning members were given a demonstration on setting up lighting with available equipment, use of a remote flash and also a datacolour cube which helps with post processing.  Camera settings were discussed and  and several images taken.  Post production was carried out via tethering and in the view of those present.  Several pieces of software including Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One and Nik software were used showing the differences in their makeup.  

Here is youtube link to tutorial by Roger Payne onBlack & White conversions:

Jan kindly produced a hand out for future reference here: BWPortraitDemo.

Black & White Group

The Black & White Group met last Wednesday at Tangmere.  Dave Abbott kindly spent the evening demonstrating the Nik Black & White Silver EFEX pro software program.  Silver EFEX is very powerful and can be found free of charge on the internet. Dave spent the entire evening going through each of the many features and showing each of their reactions via a landscape image, he has also produced a document and image covering all aspects of the program which is attached to this report.

Members congratulated Dave at the end of the evening for the time he took to prepare and present the talk, I also echo these thoughts in thanking Dave.  At each of our monthly meetings we feature a particular item of black and white photography so why not come along to one of our meetings in the new year and see what black and white can do for you.  You will be most welcome. Ray Acland


You can find the notes here.

Black & White Group

The next Black & White Group evening is next Wednesday 30th November 2016 at Tangmere.  Dave Abbott has kindly agreed to demonstrate the use of Silver Efex Pro 2 from the Nik Software collection.  I know many of you are interested in this software so it will be a very enjoyable evening.  Even if you have not attended a Black & White Group meeting before you are all welcome.

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Black & White Group

On the 28th September 2016 the Black & White Group hold their first meeting of the new club year.  We will be starting this season with an evening of critiquing black and white prints viewed by Dave Abbott and John Bradshaw two of our advanced black and white members. Club members regardless of ability are welcome to bring along a number of their images and receive help on improving their work if and where necessary.  If you are just beginning or thinking of Black & White then you will be welcome. We meet at 19.30 in the small hall at Tangmere.

The following month on the 26th October Lee Filters have kindly agreed to attend and demonstrate all of their professional filter products.  Club members whether black and white workers or not are welcome to this evenings event.  Same time 19.30 in the large hall at Tangmere.