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We have “live” blue links to the major photographic organisations and local bodies. Other links will be in bold red text . These are not ” click to go” live links, merely the URL address. Copy the address and paste it into your browser search window in a new tab to visit each site.
If you have favourite sites you think should be added, do tell. The list will be updated on an ad hoc basis.
Photographic federations and organisations.
The Scottish Photographic Federation – umbrella organisation for all Scottish photographic clubs .
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain – co-ordinates specific activities for photographic clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.
The Royal Photographic Society is a membership organisation that promotes all aspects of photography across art and science.
Local organisations .
The Lamp of Lothian Trust provides for the local community and our meetings are held in a building administered by them.
The John Gray Centre aka Haddington Library, is the place to go for local information on practically anything to do with local history and a selection of books on photography.
Remember- to use a Red link, Highlight the link , then right click and select “Open Link in New Tab”
or just copy and paste the link into the search window of the browser.
Scottish Camera shops .
Probably the last “traditional camera shop” in Edinburgh. Lots of second hand equipment.
Calumet’s Leith store. Now part of Wex.
Further afield- This Glasgow Cross shop is Scotland’s sole independent Olympus dealer as well as selling other big brands.
Photographic advice and sites of photographic interest.
A very informative site on all things related to macro / close up photography.
“Scotland on Screen” a collection of old films of Scotland.
More to come…
Free Photoediting or other software.
Latest stable version of the GIMP ( Free alternative to Photoshop) can be downloaded here.
Are your Windows folders a bit of a hodge podge?
A useful free program for sorting images by EXIF date is “Photomove 2.5”
If you have thousands of images scattered in random folders in Windows, the freeware version will sort them into dated folders, using the EXIF dates.
There’s also a “Pro” version for $8.95 (about £6 currently), which gives more options about date formats and what to do with duplicates.
A link to Google’s NIK Collection suite of Photographic effect software.The Nik collection is a set of seven plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. The toolbag includes vintage camera filters, black-and-white controls, HDR effects, noise reduction, color correction, color enhancement, and sharpening.). Now maintained by DxO
Easiest way to resize jpeg images in Windows?
Since Windows 95 , it has been possible to install a permanent add-on which lets you resize a JPEG with a right mouse click in Windows file Explorer itself. Originally, the image resizer was part of a pack of add-ons called “Power Toys”. Nowadays, it can be found here-
Download the “ImageResizerSetup.exe” file , click on it and simply follow the install procedure.
Once it is installed , open windows file explorer (not a graphic program) and RIGHT CLICK on any JPEG file on your computer. In the menu which opens, you should find a “Resize pictures” entry. Click on that and a small window will open, giving several options. Select the “Custom” button. “Scale to” then enter the sizes in pixels. For club competitions, these will be 1600×1200 for landscape and 1200×1600 for portrait format. Don’t select “Replace originals”.
The resized copy will be saved to the same folder as the original with a name like ABC(Custom).jpg.
That really is the easiest way to resize images I know . Almost any photo-manipulation program will do the same, but having the permanent right click option avoids the need for them.
If you prefer to use other programs, here are a few.
In Faststone Image Viewer http://www.faststone.org/download.htm , in browser mode, select the file, then click “Edit Resize/Resample” and select sizes as before. Look for the “Preserve aspect ratio” box, bottom left. If you want to keep the same proportions, click that and just put in the first size. The program will automatically fix the second size. You then need to go to “File. Save as” and give it a new name, OR IT WILL OVERWRITE THE ORIGINAL.
Faststone also make a dedicated Image Resizer program, but I find it more complicated than it’s worth.
In Irfanview, the procedure is very similar. Just start by opening the file with Irfanview, then click “Image, Resize/Resample” and follow the same procedure as above. It will seem that absolutely nothing has happened, but the image has been resized. You just have to save it with a new name.
Of course (I assume) you can resize in Photoshop, but that’s a bit like using a steamroller to crack a peanut.
In GIMP, use “Image , Scale” “Scale” and “Resize” seem to be used as synonyms for most purposes by different software.
The question of “DPI” (meaning “Dots per inch”, not “Digital Projected Image”), often arises when resizing. Ignore it. Unless you are resizing to print at a specific resolution, DPI is irrelevant. A Digital projected image with a DPI of 1 and one with DPI set to 300 will be identical.
Keep in mind that resizing really only works well downwards:- It’s possible to make a small image larger, but it will involve loss of quality as pixels will be interpolated. It’s like blowing up a balloon- the writing on the side gets bigger, but looks rougher. Making images smaller (unless you go too far) involves less loss of quality.
Cropping an image also makes it smaller and it makes sense to crop first then resize if necessary.
Whenever you resize an original image, whatever method or program you use, make sure you save it with a different name, so you don’t overwrite your original image.
For more info on the subject, try here- http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/resize
Nb- HCC’s projector has a maximum resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels, so an image of 1600 x 1200 pixels will still be displayed at 1400 x 1050 resolution. So if your image is 1400 x 1050, it’s OK for HCC internal competitions
The PAGB has now approved 1600×1200 as a standard, (from January 2017) so for external competitions, we will use that – BUT! Don’t resize upwards. If your image is smaller than 1600 x 1200 to start with, LEAVE IT ALONE! “Upsizing” can degrade image quality badly.
Using Microsoft Movie Maker to do audio visual presentations.
An “Audio Visual Presentation” is basically a slide show with a sound track (usually music). There are lots of programs that will produce those. Since Windows 98, Microsoft has included a free program called “Movie Maker” in all Windows releases- except Windows 10. MM can easily produce a basic AV presentation.
For Windows 10, you have to download MM as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite.
Here’s a link that explains all this in more detail.
As of March 2017, Microsoft’s own download page for MS Live Essentials was removed. The following link is for a “Wayback Machine” archive of the last version (2012). Follow the link , download and save the file, then run it to install essentials. (This worked as of 19 August 2018)
Once installed, it’s very simple to use. Drag some pictures in, drag a sound file in and select the delay between images, how long to show each image and what sort of transition to use when moving from one image to the next.
Once finished, the whole presentation is saved as a video file.
Download it, install it and play with it. It’s not so fancy as “Proshow Gold”, but it does the job.
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