Martin briefly outlined his photographic credentials - in his early twenties he was a successful commercial photographer, in the world of hair stylists and fashion. He began to experiment with processing his film images in the darkroom - overlaying a positive image on to the negative, developing a distinctive style which presaged computerised post-processing. The change to digital photography and using Lightroom meant he could move out of London and work from home, thoroughly enjoying the surrounding countryside, fields and forests.
In a presentation which was beautifully balanced between technical details and his personal experience of making creative images, Martin smoothly carried us with him over the jagged rocks of Lightroom’s finer points. Screen shots of Lightroom’s Develop module panel were laid over the image and we often had before and after examples. He went at a pace and level which enabled us all to follow, learn and retain the steps he guided us through.
I heard several people afterwards determine to buy Martin's latest Lightroom book, having been encouraged by his demonstrations of how to rescue and edit an image, or how to easily combine images into a panorama, HDR or stacked image. Effortlessly, he covered the transform tool, how to dehaze, balance clarity and noise reduction, crop, change the white balance, soft proofing and the new profiles. We have sometimes been overwhelmed by trying to cover such subjects, but he had a way of making us all comfortable and confident. In addition, we had a glimpse into his own photographic life of early morning cycle rides through fabulous forests, tracking the light playing across rolling chalk fields, returning to shoot the same rustic hut through the seasons, creatively combining his shots to achieve his vision, culminating in a local exhibition.
In all, this was an inspiring evening (I am resisting all evening/Evening puns) and we are very grateful for Richard for his introduction, and to Martin for demonstrating great professional and personal generosity.
We also congratulated Kate Shortland on winning the Flickr ‘Pick of the Week’ competition with her punk Underground worker, on the theme Transport and she was delighted to get to hold the Tiger Trophy. She chose ‘Wind(y)’ as her theme for May.