Autumn 2016 Newsletter
Goodness me! Where has the time gone? Last time we got a newsletter out was in July, and between then and now, we’ve had a rather decent summer and so far a sunny autumn too. The clocks change this weekend and our luck may run out, but for now, keep clicking and capture that glorious leaf colour before it drops to the ground.
In this newsletter, we bring you news of how our September charity event went and tell you about what’s coming in 2017….
So, grab a cuppa, sit back and read on…..
Raising money for a good cause – Line and Light’s Stage One course
Congratulations Line and Light photographers, you did it!!
We hoped to raise £1000 on September 24th with our Stage 1 course running to support The University of Nottingham’s 2016 charity – for Breast Cancer Research, a cause vey close to Martine and her family.
Twelve photographers attended the day and learned the basics of camera operation, exposure control and composition (the structure of Line and Light’s usual beginners’ days), but this one had the added bonus of home made cake and guitar requests from James (who plays with the award winning teenage band ‘Malfunction’) to help swell the coffers! Attendees had travelled from as far afield as Sheffield and Peterborough, and reasons for learning to use their cameras varied from a couple who were expecting a baby and wanted to be able to take great family photos, two ladies whose husbands were keen photographers and wanted to join in the fun, to a GCSE student, who wanted to add a new skill and dimension to her art course work.
During the day, Maggie Barker from Peterborough posted on social media “Enjoying a fantastic day, good company, brilliant learning and CAKE!”. QMC nurse Katy Heningham said afterwards “A huge thank you and well done to Martine, Paul and James. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the day and learned a scary amount! Clearly I have not known anything about my camera for the entire time I’ve owned it, I wish I’d done this course years ago”.
A silent auction for a Stage Two course place finished the event and with final pledges in from family and friends, Line and Light are delighted to have well and truly smashed their target for the charity, raising a grand total of £1180.00 !!
We have now loaded the majority of 2017 course dates on to the website, so you can see what you’d like to attend from January onwards. Prices have been frozen for the third year in a row, we try to offer maximum value for our photographers, and when we look at other providers in this sector, reckon we’re about the keenest. Partly this is because of our size, we are able to run below the VAT threshold and this means we can immediately lose 20% of what most others would pass on to you, despite having to incur those charges from many venues ourselves.
So, enjoy developing your photography skills and come back for more in 2017 – Christmas is round the corner, drop heavy hints to your loved ones, or why not buy a gift voucher for friends and family and then they can enjoy photo fun with you too?!
This is the last time we’ll be running Adobe Elements in spring and autumn, in 2017 it will run as a single series in the early summer.
If you’ve enjoyed your photography this year with us learning to use your camera and now would like to do more with your pictures, we’d encourage you to invest in Adobe Elements. If you don’t already have it, do take advantage of the Black Friday offers which will be running around Thanksgiving time in November, when folk such as Amazon will doubtless be selling this fabulous software at a knockdown price. Last year we saw Elements 14 at £35, which is a an absolute bargain.
If you are able to purchase and install it prior to our first day on Saturday 3rd December, you’ll be taken from import of your images, through set up and use of the Organiser, which is your new ‘image management library’. You’ll be able to store and catalogue your growing bank of images without needless duplication. It can recognise family members, tag your images by their location, allow you to catalogue them by theme, and allow you to trace them with utter ease in the future.
Later in this first day with the well known trainer Bob Rowe at the helm, you’ll discover how to resize your files, change the colour, begin retouching and all manner of other useful skills.
Day two delves deeper, looking at layers and masks, the key to full creativity. Output for print and web is covered and gets you to a point of professional quality post production. Booking both days at the same time gets you a £10 discount too.
Visit Line and Light to find out more about this and all other courses available, and book your place today.
- Classroom based course with Bob Rowe, bring your laptop with Elements installed, or borrow one of ours.
- Importing images, how to load your pictures, start cataloguing them for easy future retrieval, without duplicating anything and wasting valuable hard drive space.
- Learn to resize and crop.
- The wonder of layers and masks – when and how.
- Print output for best result, don’t waste ink.
- Refreshments provided throughout the day.