Mearns Camera Club wins trophies

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At their meeting on Monday at the Community Centre, Mearns Camera Club members were treated to a very interesting talk on ‘Before and After’ a masterclass on the use of Photoshop given by Libby Smith EFIAP,MPAGB.

Libby, a member of Carluke Camera Club is a world renowned photographer and a past president of the SPF. She has won numerous prestigious awards for her photography. She was accompanied by her husband Neil, also an accomplished photographer.

Libby started by showing where she took her original images and where she got her ideas from. She then demonstrated the five intermediate steps she always uses with Photoshop, and the preparation she did before making a finished print. She then gave a practical demonstration following one image from start to finish. This was a fascinating insight into the world of Photoshop in the hands of a very accomplished and artistically gifted photographer.

The session finished with a question and answer session which was also very illuminating. Alan Gawthorpe thanked Libby warmly for sharing her expertise with us and also commented on the hard work she does for the Scottish Photographic Federation and her ceaseless promotion of Scottish Photography.

Mearns Camera Club continued their successful season by winning the Angus Cup and John Senior Trophy in a 3-way competition between Mearns Camera Club, Carnoustie Camera Club and Brechin Camera Club held at Brechin last week.

The Angus Cup is for Digital Images and the scores were as follows: Mearns 170 points; Carnoustie 166 points; Brechin 165 points.

The John Senior Trophy is for Prints and the scores were as follows: Mearns 180 points; Carnoustie 167 points; Brechin 167 points.

Three Mearns members earned the maximum 20 points in this competition for their prints. They were Allan Sutherland for ‘Dante The Circus Horse’; Alan Gawthorpe for ‘Portrait at the Camera Club Workshop’ and Pat Copner for ‘Forth Mist.’

Next week is the knockout competition between club members.