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'It's all about you, your camera and the software' '“ this was the advice given to members and guests of Wooler and District Camera Club by speaker Peter Downs, LRPS, of Alnwick.

Sunday, 26th November 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 23:50 pm

Peter is a software enthusiast and a firm believer that something good can come out of every image. Day can be made into night, or a mundane scene given eye-catching appeal by the use of a creative computer programme.

In a talk illustrated with his own work, he demonstrated the range of techniques that can be applied.

He acknowledged that this type of work is often more akin to painting than capturing images and is redefining the boundary between the two art forms. In his view, the picture exists in the photographer’s imagination and that is the only limitation.

He showed how the addition of borders, the use of monochrome, blurring and adjusting the level of saturation can give pictures extra visual qualities.

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An experienced competition judge himself, he advised his audience that judges can be fickle creatures and trying to tailor one’s work to their views will only end in disappointment.

In his view, it is far better to do good work for yourself, enjoy what you are doing, and above all, be creative.

The next meeting of Wooler and District Camera Club will be on Thursday, November 30, in the Glendale Hall, Wooler, when there will be a competition evening. All are welcome.