I think we should all give an extra big round of applause to Steven Galvin for his first-rate evening of tricks, fixes, and dark secrets.
Steven took us through the usefulness of building up a collection of backgrounds, skies, snow, etc to enhance our photos, and also demonstrated the use of selection and clone tools, not forgetting the importance of the (cough) ‘rubber’… In a short space of time he took us step-by-step through the stages of how he modified his photos to create a professional image. Of course, not everyone would have been familiar with the use of layers, but he demonstrated how beneficial this facility is and how worthwhile it is to get to grips with such a powerful tool. I have a little experience of using layers, and I am now much encouraged to take the plunge and start experimenting.
The evening ended with a members’ discussion on the ethical and moral use of manipulated images, and some strong views were put forward. I think this indicates that the evening paves the way for more discussions on this topic. What do other members think? Now is your chance to make comments and perhaps this topic could be debated at a later date.
Thank you, Steven, for the presentation and for all the effort you put in – and also thank you to your son for posing in the images so perfectly! Give those boys a box of chocolates…
The Vice Charwoman (aka Mary Ellis)