Simulated Cameras

Fred has pointed out these rather spiffy camera simulators. They let you change various exposure settings, see immediately what the effects are and will give you some feedback on what works or doesn’t.

Have a play!

Adobe Offer

I know that many of our members use Adobe Photoshop. I personally use Lightroom and Elements but I was considering upgrading. Adobe want their customers to switch to their subscription product called Creative Cloud which gives you access to all of their tools for a monthly fee – but quite a large one!

They have just announced Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography. This gives you Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 (plus some online storage and website publishing facilities) for £8.78/month (£105.36/year). This compares with the price of £102.57 for Lightroom 5 and a monthly fee for Photoshop of £17.58 (they really don’t want you to buy Photoshop outright anymore).

Here’s the link for more about CC Photoshop Photography. Sadly, they do not offer commission.

This price is only available until December 2nd 2013. I don’t know what the price will be after that.

Photo Editing Software

As mentioned in the meeting and newsletter, we will be having some workshops in future meetings based on PhotoShop. As not everybody has or wants Photoshop, there are some alternatives:

Also available as a free download, but slightly more complicated to install and use, is The Gimp  – see

Adobe Lightroom Beta

For those of us interested in editing our photographs, maybe thinking of moving past Google’s excellent and free Picasa but not quite up to spending £550 for a copy of Photoshop, Adobe do have 2 more reasonably priced programs: Lightroom and Elements. These both have 30 day free trials, and are worth looking at.

Lightroom is currently on version 3, but version 4 is about to be released (in March) and until then you can download the Beta version for free here. That’s a great opportunity to play with it without spending any money.