The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has named the winners for the April monthly competition in prints and slides.
The print winners for "Fences," the topic of the month, were Diane Bannister, first place; Debbie Snider, second place; and Taerie Kelly, third place. The winners for the open category included Angela McClain, first place; Karen Felix and Snider, second place; and Lisa Carte, third place. For special effects, the winners were McClain, first place; Dave Rees and Becky Mihopulos, second place; and Felix, third place.
The slide winners for the topic "Fences" included Stephen Mihopulos, first place; Steve Whiting, second place; and Claudia Norris, third place. For the open category, the winners were Whiting, first place; Norris, second place and Kelly, third place. In special effects, the winners were Stephen Mihopulos, first place; Norris, second place; and Whiting, third place.
After the competition, a critiquing session was held for interested members. The club plans to continue this at competition meetings to benefit club members so they can improve their photography skills.
Club member Barb Momyer of Hopedale had several of her photographs on display at the Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz throughout April. Two club members have their photographs on exhibit at the Summit Gallery in Weirton - Sam Rees of Weirton with a picture of a red bird and Andy Tindor with a picture of an eagle.
The April workshop was on the topic of "Photo Shop Techniques for Special Effects Pictures." Club members brought matted special effects pictures to show the group and to explain the processes on their pictures, including Sam Rees, Dave Rees, Bannister and Momyer. Each of the participants showed several pictures explaining the processes and shared before pictures so members could see the differences in changes in the final special effects prints.
Some of the special effects techniques done in photo shop programs used a motion blur to make a train photo to look like it had movement; using "preset" which makes a photograph look like a painting; and using a smudge tool and a watercolor filter also made photos look like paintings. There were examples to show how to enhance or change colors of photos by using hue and saturation adjustments.
Members showed examples of their pictures in which they cut out layers and pasted them onto backgrounds. The difference in a layer and a layer mask was explained. A picture can be painted various colors by using a brush tool. Other effects included making a shadow around a picture or a frame so a subject looks as if it is part way out of the frame. There is a blending option to use for layered photos.
The speakers suggested reviewing photo shop tutorials at DIYphotography.net and YouTube.com. Sam Rees recommended "The Complete Guide to Photoshop Layers," "Photoshop Compositing Secrets" and "The Photoshop Elements 10 for Digital Photographers."
The club is planning a field trip to Hocking Hills this month.
The workshop meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, Canton Road, Wintersville.
For information, contact Whiting, club president, at (740) 546-4497.