Here are composites of the entries for the 1st 5 monthly competitions of the Club's 2017-18 season. Click on the images to see larger versions.
There are many ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop (and other photo editors), some are built-in, others need a few steps using Photoshop's tools to get there. Here's one popular method, "Luminosity Sharpening", as described by Club member George Hay (the main benefit of this particular method is that it can reduce the coloured halos around edges that other sharpening methods produce). This should work with any Photoshop version from CS onward, but not with Photoshop Elements.
[Editor's note: For anyone using Affinity Photo instead of Photoshop, the steps are the same except that "Amount" in the "Unsharp Mask dialog is named "Factor" and the "Fade" option is under the "Layer" menu. Notice that for either program you must select "Fade" immediately after applying the "Unsharp Mask"]
These are the results of the "one photo" challenge where members receive a set of digital images and are asked to produce their own interpretations of them. (I know, the title says "one photo" but we've expanded it to 5 images now as the previous events were so popular). So, here are the original images - as a single composite.
And here are what the members did with these - click on each to see a larger version.
This technique is best performed on flat and drab photos and requires access to Photoshop or an equivalent. It is not going to make the colours look as they did, just make them look better.
The after image (on the right below) was treated using the above steps. The settings used are shown in the settings image.
The results of the 7th and last themed challenge (for this series), "Blue", are now out and in 1st place we have a draw between "Fairy" by Alistair Birnie and "Shades of blue" by George Hay, with 3rd place going also to George with "Blue boat, blue sky". These winning photos are shown below, click on them to see larger versions.
The results of the 7th themed challenge, "Summer", are now out and in 1st place is "Ice Cream Time" by George Hay, 2nd place is "Summer Playground" also from George, and in 3rd place "Summer flowers" from Doug Winton. These winning photos are shown below, click on them to see larger versions.
The results of the 6th themed challenge, "Urban", are now out and in 1st place "Inspired Shopping Centre" by Len Findlay, in 2nd place "Going My Way?" by Doug Winton and "High Rise" and "NESC" from George Hay and in 3rd place "Y'ain't seen me, right" from Alistair Birnie. These winning photos are shown below, click on them to see larger versions.
The results of the 5th themed challenge, "Connections" were, in 1st place, Doug Winton with "connecting to the world on 21 megs." and in 2nd place, "Pick a number" from Len Findlay. The top 2 photos are shown below, click on them to see larger versions.
The results of the 4th themed challenge, "Reflections", were 1st place "Reflections #1" by John Thom followed by 3 joint runners-up images from Alistair Birnie with "Succulent Reflection" and George Hay with "Night Light" and "Just a reflection". These top 4 photos are shown below, click on them for larger versions.
The results of the 3rd themed challenge, "Water", were 1st "Water Splash" by John Thom, with runners-up "Water 1" and "Water 2" by George Hay. These top 3 photos are shown below, click on them for larger versions.