Our Meetings Diary
Return to Digital Photography
13 December 2019
Planning meeting for 2020 DP Programme
29 November 2019
"Image of the Year" competition judged by Alan Symons from Washington Camera Club
15 November 19
Ian judged our "Night" images and then showed a series of videos about "selections" in PSE13.
1 November 19
Ian presented information about Focus Stacking, a technique that creates greater depth of field than can be obtained from a single image.
18 October 2019
Many thanks to Jean Barnett for judging our "Coastal" images
4 October 2019
Pat gave us feedback on our Still Life photos and awarded the following placings:
6 September 2019
Bill gave us feedback on our "Seaham" images. This was followed by viewing some of the members' slide shows. The latter being in preparation for Digital Photography's presentation at the Wessington 21 October monthly meeting.
23 August 2019
Peter gave feedback on our "Chester le Street" images. This was followed by a Photoshop workshop on converting to B&W
2 August 2019
Kevin judged our "Riverside" prints and gave feedback:
We also viewed Member's edited versions of the "Members Images"
28 June 2019
Chris Morton gave a presentation on using your iPad and smart phone for photography. The session was attended by group members and some visitors from our U3A and was well received.
Ian gave feedback on our "Age" competition
31 May 2019
Chris Morton gave feedback and results for our "Sunderland" competition.
Chris also awarded Highly Commended to "Metal Tree".
Peter Barnett presented a Photoshop session on how to use a single photo to correct for a high dynamic range problem (usually 'blown' highlights).
17 May 2019
Filters - "what do you use". Thanks Enid, Liz and Celia
5 April 2019
Washington image competition judged by Ian
The second session covered the Dodge, Burn and Sponge tools
22 March 2019
Red image competition judged by Pat Fawcett
22 February 2019
8th February 2019
Talk by Joe Sheridan
25 January 2019
Photoshop Elements Basics Pt 2
11 January 2019
Photoshop Elements Basics Pt 1
14 December 2018
30 November 2018
Congratulations to Peter Barnett for winning the Image of the Year competition judged by Allan Symons.
16 November 2018
B&W image competition judged by Derek Buller
|Black Cabbage||Building Snowmen||Beamish Train||The Eye Has It|
|Ian Wardlaw||Christine Dobinson||Peter Barnett||Chris Morton|
Derek also awarded three Highly Commended:
|Standing Proud||Celia Reeve|
|Lost Passengers||Christine Dobinson|
|Ice Crystals||Ian Wardlaw|
19 October 2018
Results of the "Inside the Museum" competition, judged by Chris Morton.
|Maritime Museum||Discovery 2||Rocket Wheel||RNLI Seaham|
|Peter Barnett||Kevin Parker||Kevin Parker||Enid Hopper|
7 September 2018
Originally planned as visit to Hexham but, due into lack of interest, this changed to a meeting in Woodridge Gardens. In fact only 6 people attended but we had a good session looking at and discussing recent photos both digital and some prints.
24 August 2018
The results of two competitions was decided today:
First Derek Buller judged the "Yellow" competition. This proved to be a popular competition with over 25 prints submitted. Derek awarded several Highly Commended as follows:
|Buttercup Meadow||Gavin Butterfield|
|Canary 8||Kevin Parker|
|Tools of the Trade||Jim Mitchell|
|Fire Flower||Ian Wardlaw|
|Touch of Mustard||Christine Dobinson|
|Time for a Sharp Exit||Kevin Parker|
He then moved on to the placings.
|Yellow at Heart||Alesund||Lighthouse (Iceland)||Alstromeria @ Parceval|
|Christine Dobinson||Peter Barnett||Peter Barnett||Bill Brookes|
Peter Barnett then judged the Tall Ships competition:
|Rope Patterns||Tall Ships 2018||Riggin Ready||The Ship's Dancer|
|Liz Donkin||Derek Buller||Chris Morton||Ian Wardlaw|
Following the judging Angel Burn talked about her life as a photo journalist and answered questions.
10 August 2018
Location assignment to Tanfield. Only 3 people turned up for this shoot so the competition was abandoned.
27 July 2018
Photobook preparation presented by Ian
13 July 2018
Location Assignment to Tall Ships Sunderland
Feedback from Chris Morton on Beamish prints.
|Signal Box||Talking Bicycles||Preparing Breakfast||Beamish Press|
|Peter Barnett||Enid Hopper||Kevin Parker||Peter Barnett|
15th June 2018
Feedback from Celia on our Finchale Priory images.
Take some images and do something with them in Photoshop
|A Bridge to Finchale||Finchale Crypt||Repeating Arches||Enter Here|
|Ian Wardlaw||Chris Morton||Liz Donkin||Ian Wardlaw|
1st June 2018
Location assignment to Beamish Museum
18 May 2018
Feedback from Anne on our Newcastle Cathedral prints (see below).
Liz presented her images on colour popping and back-lighting.
Ian presented a tip on "content aware fill".
|Light & Shade||Contemplation||Peaceful Moment||Window & Pews|
|Celia Reeve||Gavin Butterfield||Peter Barnett||Peter Barnett|
4 May 2018
Location Assignment to Finchale Priory
Derek Buller gave feedback on the Shildon Locomotion prints (se below).
Bill Brookes gave a presentation on the History of Cameras.
Derek Buller gave a presentation of his colour slides.
|Locomotion Old & New||Down the Line||Big Yellow Wheels||Line to Locomotion|
|.||All 4 photos by||Peter Barnett!|
Location assignment - St Nicolas Cathedral, Newcastle
23rd March 2018
9th March 2018
Location assignment to Locomotion at Shildon
23rd February 2018
Feedback on image competition "Glass and Ornaments"
|Peter Barnett||Chris Morton||Liz Donkin||Kevin Parker|
9th February 2018
Peter presented a session on layer masks
26th January 2018
Pat gave feedback on our "Food and Drink" image competition
Anne gave a presentation on "History of Portrait Photography"
12th January 2018
Programme discussion and members images from 2017
15th December 2017
1st December 2017
Allan Symons judged our “Buildings/Architecture”
|Central Arcade||Castle in Slovenia||Basilica|
|Joan Molloy||Liz Donkin||Ian Wardlaw|
17th November 2017
Buildings/Architecture prints and Photoshop session.
3rd November 2017
2 member session. Peter covered some useful tips included how to improve night time shots. Ian covered astrophotography.
20th October 2017
Results of two Prints Competitios:
1) Portraits and People
|Dreadlocks||Little Imp||Signal, what signal?|
|Anne Phillipson||Anne Phillipson||Enid Hopper|
|Anne Phillipson||Peter Barnett||Liz Donkin|
6th October 2017
Calendar images and session on Camera Raw by Peter
22nd September 2017
Location images. Refresher session on Movie Maker.
8th September 2017
Location assignment to Washington Village
11th August 2017
Assignment images and a learning game
28th July 2017
Assignment location to Tynemouth
14th July 2017
Results of Seascapes Prints Competition:
|Race Rocks||Old Man and the Sea||Cruel Sea|
|Chris Morton||Peter Barnett||Anne Phillipson|
30th June 2017
Images for calendar. Collage basics in Photoshop
16th June 2017
3 member session with Liz, Christine and Ian followed by Macro photography.
2nd June 2017
Slideshow preparation refresher
19th May 2017
5th May 2017
Location assignment at Durham
21st April 2017
2 member session, Ian and Celia did a before and after image presentation. For the second session we looked a camera settings.
7th April 2017
Prints Competition Results: Ships and Boats
Group work for "Buildings/Architecture" image competition
|Close Hauled, Chris Morton||In Port, Ian Wardlaw||Marilyn Elliot|
24th March 2017
Image competition. Converting images to B&W.
10th March 2017
Location assignment images.
24 February 2017
Location assignment to Newcastle.
10 February 2017
"Three Members Session": Anne Phillipson, Peter Mittins and Bill Brookes showed their photos and talked about how they had edited them.
Peter Barnett showed a YouTube clip titled 5 Blend Modes. This is by local photographer Jimmy McIntyre who has a website Through Strange Lenses that members might like to have a look at. Obviously the website promotes Jimmy's products for sale, but scroll down the Home page to see 21 pages of Jimmy's stunning photos.
27 January 2017
Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.
See the Notes and Tips page to view or download more information.
13 January 2017
16 December 2016
2 December 2016
Will Ireland gave a talk about judging photos and then judged our two photo competitions with the following results:
"Black & White"
|The Louvre||Church||Eggshell Artist|
|Kevin Parker||Gavin Butterfield||Ian Wardlaw|
|Waiting for photo||Our Cat .....||Tea Cup Caper|
|John Humphries||Liz Donkin||Derek Buller|
18 November 2016
4 November 2016
Albelli tutorial with Pat
Replacing skies and B&W tutorial
21 October 2016
Blending Modes Photoshop tutorial
7 October 2016
Talk by Allan Symons from Washington Camera Club on "Photography"
23 September 2016
9 September 2016
Print Competitions Results and Feedback
|Industrial Decay||Drilling Platform||Engine 34|
|Peter Barnett||Chris Morton||Ian Wardlaw|
|The Stream||Be Careful Now Kids||Harvest Time|
|Liz Donkin||Ian Wardlaw|
26 August 2016
Location visit to the Tall Ships at Blyth
12 August 2016
Members session with Enid, Marilyn and Chris. Second session was creating panoramas
29 July 2016
Tips and Tricks from Ian (Easy Triptych technique, High Speed Video and Learning from faulty images), Kevin (Useful props to carry in your camera bag and using sellotape to keep children still for photographs), Peter (Use of a second Auto option in Camera RAW), Chris (iPhone App for selecting image from video), Bill (Instant postcard App)
15 July 2016
Images from our visit to Newby Hall
1 July 2016
Image competition feedback
"Artistic" 1st - Christine with Misty Farmhouse, 2nd - Bill with Statue
"Peaceful" 1st - Christine with The Lochan, 2nd - Gavin with Bandstand, 3rd - Liz with Young girl reading
Second session was members images using focus stacking.
17 June 2016
Four member session with Gavin, Bill, Kevin and Ian. Also a session on Focus Stacking with Ian. "Peaceful" and "Artistic" image competition.
3 June 2016
Image Noise by Peter, Photographing flowers by Ian
20 May 2016
6 May 2016
Location Assignment at Wallington Hall
22 April 2016
Photobook Preparation using Albelli with Pat
8 April 2016
Feedback from our judges on "Action" and "Abstract" image competitions.
Abstract winners: 1st Derek Buller, 2nd Ian Wardlaw, 3rd Peter Mittens
Action winners: 1st Ian Wardlaw, 2nd Christine Dobinson, 3rd John Humphries
11 March 2016
Four member session with John, Ian and Anne. "Action" and "Abstract" image competitions.
26 February 2016
Peter B showed 2 time-lapse videos made with Moviemaker; the group worked on Moviemaker projects; we viewed a video of the Lake District made by Gavin. We saw this in 2 versions. The first was saved 'for computer' the second 'for High Definition display'. Our conclusion was that the latter was much better and did not produce a file that was unduly large. Finally, Peter showed a Canon video about (basic?) professional time-lapse photography.
12 February 2016
One to One session with an expert on Photoshop
29 January 2016
Four Members session with Peter, Pat, Bill and Christine
15 January 2016
One to One session with an expert on Photoshop
18 December 2015
Group members were invited to show up to four recent photos (some members struggled with the mathematical challenge!) and talk about how/why they were taken and how they were edited. The group discussion then suggested possible improvements. This format will be continued at some meetings next year.
2016 programme preparation meeting
Photo Print Competition - Landscape:
Assignment location - South Shields
Photo print competition - Macro:
Photo assignment images
Restoring an Old Photo