The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has named the winners for the April monthly competition in prints and slides. The print winners for the topic of the month "Fences" were Diane Bannister, first place; Debbie Snider, second place; and Taerie Kelly, third place. The winners for the open category included Angela McClain, first place; Karen Felix and Snider second place; and Lisa Carte, third place. For special effects, the winners were McClain, first place; Dave Rees and Becky Mihopulos, second place; and Felix, third place.
The slide winners for the topic "Fences" included Stephen Mihopulos, first place; Steve Whiting, second place; and Claudia Norris, third place. For the open category, the winners were Whiting, first place; Norris, second place and Kelly, third place. In special effects, the winners were Stephen Mihopulos, first place; Norris, second place; and Whiting, third place.
After the competition and while the votes for winners were being tallied, a critiquing session was held for any members who wished to have their photos critiqued. The club plans to continue this at competition meetings to benefit club members so that they can improve their photography skills.
It was mentioned at the competition meeting that club member Barb Momyer of Hopedale had several of her photographs on display at the Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz throughout April. Two club members have their photographs on exhibit currently at the Summit Gallery, Main St., Weirton along with various artists. They are Sam Rees of Weirton with a picture of a red bird and Andy Tindor of Steubenville with a picture of an eagle.
The April workshop was on the topic of "Photoshop Techniques for Special Effects Pictures." Club members who volunteered to bring their matted, special effects pictures to show the group and to explain the processes on their pictures were Sam Rees, Dave Rees, Diane Bannister and Barb Momyer. Each of the participants showed several pictures while explaining the processes, then they passed the prints around so members could view the techniques up close. On back of the photos, members attach "before" pictures so that members can see the distinct differences in changes in the final special effects prints.
Some of the special effects techniques done in Photoshop programs were using a motion blur such as making a train photo to look like it has movement, using preset which makes a photograph look like a painting, using a smudge tool and using a watercolor filter also made photos look like paintings. There were examples shown on enhancing or changing color of photos using hue and saturation adjustments.
Members showed examples of their pictures in which they cut out layers and pasted them onto backgrounds. The difference in a layer and a layer mask was explained. It was noted that one can paint a picture various colors by using a brush tool. Other effects were making a shadow around a picture or a frame can be made whereby a subject, such as an animal, can be made to look like it's part-way out of the frame. There is a blending option to use for layered photos.
Some helpful suggestions that participants made were to find information at DIY photography.net and that one can find excellent Photoshop tutorials on YouTube. Sam Rees displayed Photoshop books that he said were very helpful and they were "The Complete Guide to Photoshop Layers," 2nd edition and "Photoshop Compositing Secrets" by Matt Kloskowski and "The Photoshop Elements 10 for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski.
The club is planning a field trip to Hocking Hills, Ohio in May. The regular workshop meeting for May had to be re-scheduled due to the meeting place being used as a polling site. Therefore, the workshop meeting will be held on May 13 at 7 p.m. at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall, State Route 43, Wintersville. For information, call club president Steve Whiting at (740) 546-4497.