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Hi Everyone

Apparently 40 years ago, in July 1976, we were having a heat wave. It's raining again as I write this.

I think we must be due another heat wave but all it does at the moment is downpour. It seems holidays and heavy showers go hand in hand this year. The good news is that all this rain and then sun has the flowers in the villages looking blooming marvellous.

Talking of flowers I’ve moved the date of the next Macro Photography Course forward to Sunday 14th August as several people have said they wouldn’t be able to attend on the Bank Holiday weekend it was originally planned for. This will be the last Macro Course for 2016 so hopefully this date change will suit others too.


Courses and DatesBeginners Camera Courses & Dates

Advanced Lightroom Course

I’ve been asked to run an Advanced Lightroom Course so I’m planning one for Sunday 24th July and I'm also looking at a mid-week one on either Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th July. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend either of these and your preferred dates.

The course will have a quick recap on the beginners LR course then continue from there with time spent on advanced editing, collections, the book, slideshow and print modules, plus using the free Nix Collection plugins. I’m also open to other suggestions including a bit of Photoshop if that’s what the group would like and time allows.

Lightroom is the best option for anyone whose main interest is Landscape Photography as it’s possible to recover much more detail in the clouds from a RAW file edited correctly in LR. You will require a laptop but we do keep a couple of spares.

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Beginners Lightroom Course

As you become more confident with you photography is's a good idea to consider shooting in RAW. This is especially useful for landscape photographers as RAW files contain much more information which can help to keep detail in the skies. To get the best out of these RAW files though you need to edit them in a RAW editor. like Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Picasa just treats RAW files like JPGs so you will not be able to recover this extra detail.

Waves LR

Church LR

Lightroom CC includes Photoshop effectively for free

Many students have upgraded to Lightroom CC, which effectively includes Photoshop for free, so this Lightroom Course will include how to integrate Lightroom with Photoshop. We will look at the Lightroom workflow, from importing your images in the correct format, the filing system, editing and getting the best from RAW files, exporting for print or Facebook and how to use the various LR modules. We’ll also use Photoshop to design a logo as this will demonstrate a lot of really useful PS techniques.

Is it worth upgrading to Lightroom CC?

So you have reached the end of your 30 Day Lightroom Trial and the question is “ is it worth upgrading to LRCC?” Short answer - Yes!

LR3 to LR4 was a major upgrade, and well worth the update, but since then the extra features have been less important. The main improvements with LR6 are the abilities to do HDR and panoramas from within Lightroom plus face recognition has also been added. If you think you will use these features then it’s definitely worth moving up to Lightroom 6.

Adobe are claiming that LR6 runs quicker on some machines by using the graphic processor but I didn’t really notice any real difference. I haven’t done a scientific test but overall it feels like LR6 runs slower than previous versions.

If you do decide to upgrade then these are your options.

  • 1/ if you already have Lightroom 4 or 5 you can upgrade to LR6 for £60 and continue to use it for as long as you like.

  • 2/ if you don’t have Lightroom 4 or 5 you can buy LR6 for £102 and continue to use it for as long as you like.

  • 3/ You can also rent Lightroom CC (same as LR6 at the moment) for £8.57 per month (total £102.84 pa.) and get Photoshop CC effectively for free.

  • 4/ LRCC also includes LR Mobile and will be updated with extra features, like the DeHaze slider, as they become available.

I know a lot of people are uncomfortable about renting software, me included, but if you tend to upgrade Lightroom every year then it will probably be as well to rent LR and effectively get Photoshop CC for £40 per year or even free if you not upgrading.

Personally, because I always need the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for training purposes I’ll be taking out an annual subscription, even though it pains me to do so.

The July project is by Ruth Jones and is 'Diversity'

Ruth said..." I think the word I am looking for is 'diversity' I mean 'different looking'. This could be a red flower in the middle of yellow ones, a swan with lots of ducks etc.

Macro Course Sunday 14th August 2016

This Macro Courses has moved from the August bank holiday to Sunday 14th August 2016.

A macro lens is best for this course but you can attend with close-up filters or extension tubes if you wish. You will also require a tripod and remote release.

The morning will be spent looking at settings and techniques and after lunch we are out looking for insects etc around the village.

Full details here:

Macro Bee


The Level Two Creative Lighting Course will be on Sunday 20th November 2016

This is a great fun course where we take pictures of water droplets, peppers splashing into water, smoke trails and any other silliness we can think of on the day. We also show you how to use other light sources, like Christmas Lights, to create bokeh effects.

It's the ideal course if you would like to know how to use your shiny new flashgun or just fancy some nice pictures for your kitchen wall. A flash extension cable or remote release for your flashgun is very useful for this course and you will also require a tripod but we do keep a couple of spares.

Dedicated Studio Portrait Photography Course

This course on Sunday 2nd October is a special course dealing exclusively with using Studio Flash Lighting with a variety of backgrounds, snoots, barn doors, soft boxes and umbrellas.

This is similar to the course I normally run for my pro students so we'll be able to go into much more depth and look at many different lighting set ups from using a single light to 3 or 4 lights in several configurations. Even if you do not own a set of lights, or you have already done the normal portrait course, you will still learn a lot on this day.

This differs from the normal portrait course which also deals with available light and speedlight portraits.

Studio Portrait

Night Course

The Night Photography Course will take place on Sunday 30th October 2016

You will need a tripod and a remote release and this course will show you how to photograph:

  • portraits by candle light,
  • buildings at night,
  • the moon and stars
  • the Northern Lights
  • Lightning flashes
  • writing with light
  • painting with light
  • firework photography
  • some trick photography.

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.

Glen & Jacqui /
25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA 0116 2796906


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