One hallmark of the Society is its relaxed, friendly approach to photography. Newcomers are most welcome to call in any Monday evening and join a meeting or two without obligation or cost. We will be very pleased to see you and to try and help with any photographic problem you want to raise.

On this website you will find an introduction to the club and our committee, a programme of the season’s meetings and galleries of members photographs. There are details of where we meet every Monday in Ponteland, Northumberland, (click here for a map), contact information and a list of our helpful workshops.

Ponteland Photographic Society is a member of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF) in the North Tyne Area. Through the NCPF we are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). These umbrella groups help to organise activities and competitions between the clubs and internationally with the main aim being “The Advancement of Photography”.

Please take a look around our website to discover more about the society. If you require further information please contact one of the committee members shown on our About the Club page.


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How to – with Veronica & Phil

How to evening - hosted by Veronica and Phil

This week our famous How To session was hosted by Veronica Congleton and Phil Robson and featured PhotoShop tutorials available from YouTube.
As you would expect there are literally thousands of videos available on the Internet to demonstrate all sorts of techniques to help you improve your pictures. So many, in fact, that it’s difficult to work out which videos to watch! This is where Veronica comes in – she’s done all the hard work and has chosen a couple of her favourites for us to learn from and enjoy whenever you have a spare few minutes. Firstly we were introduced to the popular PhotoShop Training Channel;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdQ_ZkYaMe6qPoueUyPQgpQ
Amongst the useful videos Veronica ran through a demonstration of the Blend If option which expertly removed the sky from between the leaves on a tree;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Yg-dJISeU
This also looks really useful if you’re working with hair on a portrait shot. The Blend If feature has been around in PhotoShop for some time now but it’s almost hidden and not many people seem to use it so this tutorial should make life easier for those complex cut-outs. Another tool which should be in your cut-out options is the Pen Tool. This is one of the original PhotoShop tools but has always been more than a little tricky to have total control over. This video;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsSjXNOE7NM
should make it much easier to understand. It’s part of the PHlearn Channel;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC47XN5bhLTBH5TRFyKaUpKg
which again has lots of useful information.
To finish the session Phil demonstrated how although some of these newer techniques, including Content Aware Fill and Quick Selection can make editing much faster, they are not always suited to the particular photo you may be working on. The lesson here is to not forget some of the methods we’ve been using for many years as Adobe always leave you the option of continuing to use your favourite tools even when something new and exciting is added to PhotoShop!

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