EAF PDI Championship 8th Feb 2015

Bedford CC narrowly missed out on a place in the second round, finishing a very creditable 16th out of the 34 clubs who entered.  John Pegram’s “Bearded Seal” was one of only 5 images (out of a total of 660) to be awarded the maximum 15 points.  Congratulations and very well done to John. 

Beyond Group who were first and Norfolk Photography Group who were 2nd will go on to represent the EAF at the PAGB PDI Championships in Warwick later in the year.  Ipswich & District Photographic Society came 3rd.


Flash Technicalities

In January I gave a talk covering the technical aspects of external flash guns (and studio strobes)

I have been asked by a few members for some details of the gear I used and other notes from the talk. So I have put this into a PDF document and included it on the Members’ Tips web page


High Speed Synch Flash

Last night (27th Jan 2015) I gave a talk on the technical issues of using an external flashgun.

I wanted to demonstrate that using a shutter speed higher than 1/200 sec on a typical DSLR will create a black band obscuring the base of the image, the faster the speed the larger the black band.


Like all good demo’s it failed, the black band did not materialise and I was able to take a complete picture at 1/500 sec. Of course, as I drove home, I realised what had happened.


Using Lightroom to Create a PDI

Club competition PDIs need to be a fixed size with a black background and with an sRGB colour profile.

If you only use Adobe Lightroom this is not so easy to do.

There is now a document on the Members’ Tips page on ways to make Lightroom generate the correct club PDI format