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Polina PLotnikova notes
See below for some notes provided by Polina Plotnokova following her excellent talk to the club in February
In no particular order:
- The studio light I use manufactured by Bowens: https://www.wexphotovideo.com/bowens-xmt500-twin-head-softbox-kit-10002951/
- Good budget option for continuous light: https://www.wexphotovideo.com/interfit-f5-two-head-fluorescent-lighting-kit-1579703/
- As I mentioned during the talk I am Lensbaby ambassador and if you have a chance to buy directly from them (company is based in USA) I can give you %10 discount code. The official website has got lots of demos and other information about this system. You can use my ambassador 10% discount code when checking out: wPlotnikova
Be aware that import taxes and delivery to UK could be rather high, but they are usually calculated before you check out. On a plus side you are likely to find products that are not available in UK. If you have relatives or friends in USA it is worth asking them to buy from Lensbaby directly (also using my %10 discount) and post lenses by other post services – the one Lensbaby is using, UPS, is rather pricey. Be aware that even if the item marked as a gift you will have to pay import tax and custom handling fees (these are incorporated into price if buying from Lensbaby directly).
- A few other vintage/manual lenses I love using from time to time are Helios, Petzval and Monolens: https://helios-lens.com/ , https://shop.lomography.com/en/petzval-85-artlens-canon?country=gb , https://en.monolens.ru/
- The software I use for remote shooting and for focus stacking called Helicon and it exists in few packages – I have Helicon remote which I use for remote shooting and Helicon focus which I use for focus stacking.
Here is official web site with lots of demo footage and easy to get a trial version of software: http://www.heliconsoft.com/
- The paper I use to print my images is Hahnemühle Photo Rag, which I usually buy from Paperspectrum company, but they also sell great budget friendly option: Pinnacle Photo Rug.
Occasionally I use Permajet brand – Portrait White, which is also matt, slightly textured paper.
- Some of backgrounds (fabric ones, not digital) I use come from either B&H : www.bhphotovideo.com or from WEX: http://www.wexphotographic.com/
I prefer collapsible backgrounds as they are easy to assemble an a few seconds and easy to store.
- Very well-made artificial flowers that I use for practising and teaching come from: www.amaranthineblooms.co.uk
- Clamps to support flowers in front of the camera called Wimberley The Plamp II : https://www.wexphotovideo.com/wimberley-the-plamp-ii-1553097/
- Readymade medium size background boards I use for teaching purposes are produced and sold by Photo Boards company: https://www.photoboards.org/collections/the-full-collection
Any local art shop is usually a good source of backgrounds; I usually buy art paper popular for arts and crafts. You can photograph it separately and use it as an added layer in Photoshop achieving various effects by changing the opacity and blending mode.
I use pre-cut mounts from Cotswoldmounts – very reliable service with reasonable prices: http://www.cotswoldmounts.co.uk/
Using Zoom for club meetings and lectures
How to Join a Zoom meeting
Here is a link to a short YouTube video on how to join a Zoom meeting
New Natures Images webinars
Three new webinars are available from Natures Images.
To continue the programme for June, Paul will talk about his approaches to photographing fungi, Danny will share his wonderful images from the Arctic, and Ellie will talk about her creative approaches to high key photography.
All webinars are FREE, and each speaker will hold two presentations on the same day, at 2pm and 7pm, which we hope will suit your schedules. Places are limited to 100 guests per webinar, so please reserve your place early if you would like to attend.
It’s very easy to register; just check the webinar details using the link above, click the button for the webinar date and time that you would like to attend, and register your details to reserve your free place.
Laura Shoe Lightroom Tutorials
Laura Shoe is a respected Lightroom author and coach. Her website / blog has an extensive collection of tips and tutorials (some free, some paid for). To find topics of interest scroll down on the blog and on the right side you will find an Article Topics section – click on a topic of interest and it will give you a list of articles.
The RPS has a number of tutorials available on its website.
Every month Digital Imaging Group is provided with some useful tutorials relating to image manipulation and enhancement. These have been collated them on their website for your enjoyment.
Adobe Cloud Subscriptions
Apparently Adobe are currently offering Lightroom/Photoshop CC subscribers a three month holiday from payments. You have to apply individually on their website.
Log into the Adobe website and use the online chat facility. Type in ‘Covid 19’ which the automatic help does not recognise but you will eventually get a real advisor, which might take a couple of attempts. The ask for a payment holiday.
Thanks to Paula for this