Internal Evening

19 April 2018

Internal Evening

Maria Pearce

This week we had a change to the planned evening with Gerald and Ryan Marsh stepping in to give us a bit of a Lightroom session along with details of Ryan’s work for his degree and Masters.

Gerald started off by showing us his workflow using Lightroom, users of which will know that this is where Lightroom is so useful in the way it catalogues images collections. He had first started using Lightroom as the old version of Photoshop that he owned wouldn’t convert the camera raw images from his Canon camera and he didn’t feel he could justify the cost of upgrading Photoshop when Lightroom did virtually everything that he wanted.

Ryan’s use of Lightroom is somewhat different. Ryan has a 1st Class Honours degree in Photo Journalism and has just completed a Masters in Contemporary Dialogue. The work for the Masters was a series of landscape images working on grid reference squares, a location would be split off into the squares and Ryan would make his images. He has been using a 1040s flat bed camera, which is a large format film camera with ground glass plate.

Before going out on a shoot he has to load the negative into the cartridge completely in the dark and then seal it up to prevent exposure. You then load the cartridge into the back of the camera and take a reading on the light meter. He then opens up the aperture and moves the lens back and forth to sharpen up the image. He explained that with a cloth over his head he then uses a jewellers loop to study every part of the image to ensure it is in focus before pressing the trigger to take the shot. The film and processing is too expensive to just snap away so he has to take a long time to get everything set up correctly to ensure the image is going to be exactly what he wants. At times this does mean that he can get all set up but if the wind gets up he has to abandon his shoot. The negatives are then sent off for developing and then scanned on to the computer in .tiff format. Ryan then does nearly all his manipulation in Lightroom (although he says that any manipulation is minimal, especially as he uses a graduated filter on the lens) and only does spot corrections in Photoshop. The film speed that he uses is 100.

Lightroom is also of use to him because it has the Koken add-on which enables him to automatically export his images on to his website.

Gerald also explained that before this camera Ryan had used his brother’s Architectural Flat Bed Monorail camera, but this is just too heavy to carry around for landscape photography (although Gerald was used as the porter for Ryan’s older brother when he used to take it out on photo shoots)!

Ryan set the camera up for us so that we could all have a look at the way the image is portrayed and we all felt that there is great deal of skill in setting up an image to make and that you certainly need a great deal of patience.

Ryan has an exhibition of his work at the Oriel Q in Narberth on the 5 May - 16 June 2018. Follow the link for more information -

Thank you to both Ryan and Gerald for a lively, informative and interesting evening.

Next week we have a talk - Mathew Brown Travel Photography.

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