An evening of “filters and add-ins” with Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB

Last Thursday Reflex Photographic Club hosted a lecture by Sue Chapman; the subject was “Photoshop filters and plug-ins”.

Sue started with a very interesting talk covering a wide variety of filters; both free and paid for. She explained how to install the filters and gave an explanation of some of the drawbacks and benefits of each.

Sue then  went on to demonstrate a number of filter packages including the free “Google NIK” suite and a number of TOPAZ filters (paid for). It was very interesting to see some of the subtle (and not so subtle) filters in action. It became apparent that these filters can improve an image if used “Creatively, Carefully and Compassionately”.

Last of all we had a brief demonstration of the intriguing “Fractalius” plugin – certainly one I would like to try myself.

On top of this, Sue displayed a number of her high quality prints, including her ARPS panel of subtly  filtered floral images which created quite some discussion.

Overall the evening provided a lot of creative ideas as well as instigating some lively discussion on the subject of “Photography Vs Art”.

Our next meeting 24th November will be our Discovery Day Challenge competition judged by Stephen Carroll ARPS – always an entertaining meeting.

Martin Mitchell

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