Presentation & Discussion

Luke Tscharke talks about his passion for nature and photography

Luke Tscharke (pronounced sharky) is a Landscape photographer based in Tasmania. His Landscape, Seascape, and Astrophotography work is simply spectacular. Extra seats were needed to cover the 40+ members and guests that attended tonights presentation.

Western Arthur Range, © Luke Tscharke

Luke’s passion for the outdoors allows himself to play with a wide variety of genre’s. From seascape, infrared and arial, to landscape, wilderness and nightscape. If he had to pick just three it would probably be wilderness, Landscape and nightscape as his favourite.

The Maria Island Walk, © Luke Tscharke

Luke has years of professional award-winning experience and with his business partner runs Astrophotography workshops through Australia. Check out his website here

Capertree and Glen Davis Works Ruins, © Luke Tscharke

For more information and to view his amazing work check out his social websites below

Monochrome Styles by Members

Following a great presentation by Peter Hill three club members shared their take on Monochrome.

Jim Crew

Jim addressed why black and white and the challenges of seeing in black and white. There were plenty of tips for taking the image and also for processing. Jim ended with some of his favourite images. His presentation can be found on our support page and dowloaded here

Lucie Loane

Next up was Lucie Loane with her story of of why she loves Monochrome. Below is just a snippet of her story.

“I am fascinated by art - painted or prints – because the artist gets to choose what to include and what to exclude, what angle to work from, how to use light and dark and tonality.” she said.

Lucie went on to say the choice of using monochrome was originally applied to photos which were too busy to allow the main subject to be as prominent as she wished. Monochrome simplifies a scene first and foremost.

In 2018, Lucie was looking for a photography workshop somewhere in Europe that would fit in before she met up with her sister in Dublin, and came across a four-day workshop on the west coast of France with Jonathan Chritchley of Ocean Capture.

Featuring long exposures with water, piers and fishing huts, horizons and big skies, and a monochrome square format, I was very excited. When it turned out that Jonathan was a terrific teacher I really felt that this was a turning point in my learning.


In early 2019 Lucie enrolled in another of Jonathan’s workshops, in Venice, when winter keeps the cruise ships and a lot of tourists away, again focusing on long exposures and monochrome, hopefully with some mist thrown in.

Venice Day

Steve Mullarkey

Our last presenter has a tremendous sense of humour, Steve Mullarkey shared with us the equipment he uses to shoot Monochrome and the techniques he uses in post processing. As with every one of Steves presentations he likes to live on the edge and actually do a live demonstration processing images in front of club members. I am delighted to say he survived:)

Here are just three images from Steves collection.

Click the image to see it full screen

Steves presentation can be found on our support page and dowloaded here.

Ever seen a moody colour photograph

LatesfossenIII, Peter Hill

This was the question posed to members of the club last night in an inspiring presentation by Peter Hill. Peter is an acknowledged master in Black and White photography. Using examples of his own work and the work of some of his famous predecessors he convincingly demonstrated not just the advantages of using black and white to create mood but also the importance of visualising photos in black and white from the outset.

The Warmth Of The Winter Sun, Peter Hill

Peter’s presentation was a perfect start to the club’s Black and White ‘challenge’. His presentation will be followed by an excursion which will focus on capturing in B&W, a workshop on processing B&W and a follow up B&W challenge night when members get to ‘show and tell’ and Peter will be available to comment and provide advice.

written by graeme dobbs

Two is better than one | Tony Whitten & John Chapman

We are very fortunate at LCCP to have a range of members willing to share their thoughts, ideas, techniques and even themselves.

John Chapman and Tony Whitten answered the call and stepped up just a handful of days before the 21st, due to an unexpected change in the program.

Tony started with the evening with a short, relaxing presentation of stunning images taken during our club outing to the Chinese Gardens.

Image by Tony Whitton

John’s Arbitrary Space presentation was one of the best presentations we have seen so far this year. It was funny, challenging and inspiring.

Arbitrary Space by John Chapman

The beginning of John’s photographic journey began when he was a young boy in South Africa, chasing wild rhinos with a box brownie (no zooms and telephotos then). We then travelled with him around the world, through his various exploits and camera clubs, leading up to his involvement and exhibitions with Nebuli Arts.

We learnt that John likes to make images that will challenge his viewer, and he’s not worried about taking a step out of the square, quite a few steps on occasions, chasing an idea. He shared his creative landscapes of Iceland and little known sea creatures of questionable parentage, all taken within the safe confines of his bathroom.

Arbitrary Space can reside in two locations, within an image, and also within our own heads.

Photographers who have helped shape my photographic practice

A last minute change in the program resulted in a fabulous night with Susan Buchanan. The title for the evening was “Photographers who have helped shape my photographic practice

Susan is well know in the photography community for her work and for also being the President of Northside Creative Photography Club for 10 years. She has a tremendous passion for the art and it really showed during the night.

People and words have helped shape Susan’s photography and below is just a few of the people and the words that were shared with club members.



A wonderful poem called The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Susans final words were:

“If there is one take away from tonight it is this, pay attention to your heart and soul”

Principles of Processing your RAW images

Four presentations in one night - wow!


Thank you to everyone that responded to the clubs 1st survey. In fact 76% of club members took the time to complete the survey which is fantastic. In summary:

  • Lightroom is the Primary editing tool with 61% of members using Photoshop as the secondary

  • Those member who used Photoshop as the primary application 70% used Nik Collection.

  • And, 25% only use one editing software, that being Lightroom.

Thank you Gavin for pulling this together. Full details of the result can be found here.


A RAW image is an unprocessed photograph captured with a digital camera. It contains the raw image data captured by the camera's sensor and saved in proprietary file format specific to the camera manufacturer. Therefore every image needs to be processed!

Michael has put together a simple two pager on the process. These are the basic steps that should be applied to almost all images. The quick development guide can be found here and apparently, you should be able to apply them in 60 seconds!


Jim kicked off his presentation with a simple question

Photoshop - to need or not to need, that is the question.

The simple answer is - maybe, and if there is one person in the club that knows Photoshop well it is Jim.

Jim is a big fan of Julieanne Kost an Adobe Ambassador, she provides indepth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. The best thing is it’s all FREE. Below are two links to get you started.

A copy of Jim’s notes can be found here and the presentation here.


The members survey showed that there are a number of people in the club using other editing tools such as Topaz. The good news is Brian, a fellow club member, is a fan of the software and took us through the basics of the application LIVE.

For more information on the software please visit their website.

If you trial the software and would like to purchase it there is a club discount which we will share via email to all members. This was the 1st time Brian presented at the club and we thank him for his time and effort in preparing for the session.

Street Photography Presentation

We had the pleasure of Richard Lynch, a photographer, digital artist, consultant and a lecturer at the Sydney Community College deliver a visually stunning presentation on street photography.

To a packed hall of over 40 members Richard shared with us the legalities of taking photos of people in public. He also shared with us a large collection of images that demonstrated the diversity of street photography styles. We have listed a few of the notable street photographers instagram pages below for your inspiration.

You can also follow Richard Lynch on Instagram

Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. ... Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment
— From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

2019 First Meeting of the Year

Death and Life (c) Jim Crew 2019

Our Vice President, Almitra Hill started off our first meeting of the year with a rundown of the presenters and activities planned for the year. The committee has put a lot of work into the program and has tried to bring some new ideas to the club, so this year should be exciting and different.

Almitra’s presentation was followed by Jim Crew who gave a very logical and detailed run through the portfolio process, which is the central plank of the club’s activities. Comprehensive notes can be found on the Support Page, or by clicking HERE…

Following Jim Crew’s introduction to the Portfolio process, we introduced John Chapman who will act as our mentor for 2019. John is a member of LCCP and is a former member of Northside Creative and a current member of Nebuli Arts, a group formed to exhibit and promote creative photographic work. You can see some of Nebuli Art’s work HERE…

Members Short Talks October 18th Part 3

6 minutes, 3 images - short presentation by Steve Mullarkey

As part of our members’ presentations, Steve Mullarkey put together a short video demonstrating how an image can be processed in a few minutes. Please note - these follow Steve’s workflow and users should adapt to suit their preferences and outcomes. The video has been uploaded HERE…

Rainy Night in Croatia (c) Steve Mullarkey 2018

Member's Short Talks October 18th - Part 2

This is the second part of our series of notes following the member’s presentations on October 18th


Almitra is one of our most creative photographers, combining the role of being a young mother with two small humans to care for (plus a large one), with a passion for freelensing and other creative pursuits. IN this presentation, Almitra introduced us to three photographers she takes inspiration from.

David DuChemin - is a humanitarian photographer with a refreshing and inspiring approach to photography. David publishes a fortnightly email called “The Contact Sheet” that is a must read, plus there are several resources on his website, mostly free.

Mihaela Noroc - is a Romanian photographer who has spent the last six years travelling and making portraits of women that celebrate the diversity of beauty around the world. Mihaela’s book “The Atlas of Beauty” contains over 500 portraits. Her work is filled with compassion and sensitivity and demonstrates the wornderful diversity of culture and beuty around the world.

Susan Burnstine - is an American creative photographer who has made her own cameras and lenses and uses these to make extraordinary works of art that reflect her dreams and night terrors experienced in childhood. Susan’s images are evocative and inspiring in their dreamlike portrayal of another reality. Susan has published two books: “Within Shadows” and “Absence of Being”.

Freelensing (c) Almitra Hill 2018

Member's Short Talks October 2018

At our meeting on October 18th we again invited members to make a short presentation on a topic or subject of their choosing. Each year we are amazed by the breadth and depth of knowledge of the membership of this creative body. Over the next few News posts we will cover some of the material presented by the members.

GOING BACK TO THE WELL - Presentation by Ian Cambourne

Ian has been a member of Lane Cove for several years and each time Ian presents something, it is always thoughtful and thought provoking. This time Ian talked about the concept of “Going Back to the Well” to use a quote from musician James Taylor. Having experienced the value of sharing thoughts and opinions of one’s peers, it is important to remember the original inspiration for your photography and to return to those roots from time to time. Often we can be overly influenced by the opinions of others and, whilst helpful in expanding your vision and knowledge, occasionally we need to go back to the beginning, to be alone with your thoughts and ideas, to experiment freely and without constraint. Being free to re imagine your photography frees you to take fresh inspiration from the world around you, to try new techniques and to push your own limits. By pushing yourself forwards, you might just drag someone else along with you.

Freelensing experiment - (c) Ian Cambourne 2018

Len Metcalf Presentation October 4th

ON the 4th of October Lane Cove welcomed well known photographer Len Metcalf, who inspired us with his imagery and approach to photography, especially the use of space in an image. Len primarily works in Monochrome, most images are finished in a mild sepia or Creamtone effect. For more of Len’s work, visit his website

Mini Haha Falls by Len Metcalf (c) 2018

Presentation September 20th Improving Problem Images by Michael Smyth

With this presentation, Michael followed on from his previous presentation on processing RAW files. This time we were taken through the process of ensuring that Lightroom and Photoshop “talk” to each other, then we were shown how to process “problem” images in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Michael Smyth showed how to take this uninspiring image into the image below.

Minnamurra rocks at dawn (c) Michael Smyth 2018

Problem images can be defined as those where the lighting falls on the wrong part of the image, or where there is too much contrast, or an image with distracting elements. Using a combination of techniques, Michael showed how many images that would otherwise be discarded can be rescued and made into creative and meaningful images. Comprehensive notes have been prepared and can be found on the club’s Support Page.

I Don't Need Therapy, I Have Photography !

(C) Diane McKenzie 2018

In lieu of our advertised session with Pieter De Vires, (who unfortunately was unable to make it last Thursday night), we were treated to a very special presentation by Diane McKenzie.  It goes to show the depth and breadth we have at Lane Cove when we can put on such a special presentation at short notice.  If you missed this night, you have missed one of our very best nights of the year.

Diane took us through her thoughts on why we photograph, citing several examples of artists who produced their best work as a result of personal stress or angst. Diane's approach does not rely on "angst", but does respond to her passion for her subjects to inspire her creativity. 

Diane gave us a series of important tips on how to improve our approach to our image making:

Tip #1:  Don't avoid lens flare, use it to enhance the feeling in the image.  This applies to any "undesirable" aspects of image making.

Tip #2:  Find new delights in the familiar.  Don't assume that being in a new location will necessarily enhance your creativity, most of Diane's expressive work is taken near her home.

Tip #3:  When travelling or in unfamiliar locations, don't just try to collect images like souvenirs, being observant and in the moment will open new creative opportunities.

Tip #4: Break compositional "rules" with gay abandon. Rules inhibit spontaneity and creativity. 

Tip #5:  Turn a negative situation into a positive photographic experience.  Channel negative emotions and thoughts into new ways to see the world.

Tip #6:  Don't be concerned about the future, face it by doing somersaults, spinning around and generally rolling about.  In other words, don't take things too seriously !

Tip #7:  Embrace a "hysterical" histogram.  Don't worry about your histogram being all over the place, the image and the emotions they contain are the only things that are important. There is no such thing as a "perfect" histogram anyway.

Tip #8:  Don't dismiss accidents, embrace them and see where they take you.  Some of the best discoveries are made by accident.   

Tip #9: Chase your missing "Sparkle" by delighting in photographing the joy of the simplest of things.  Use these to change you perception of beauty.

Tip #10: When you can attain utter stillness, you will become receptive to messages from your unconscious mind, and your heart.  Creativity will flow when you relax and let the images come to you.

Herons in Flight (C) Diane McKenzie 2018

RAW files demand to be processed

Abandoned DC plane on Sólheimasandur © Michael Smyth

Yet another one of Michael's thought provoking presentations on how and when do we process the image data to produce great photo's. He even went as far as to offer some secret sauce!

Back in the days of the dark room we processed our images and just because we are now digital it shouldn't be any different, but how much is appropriate?

Polar Pioneer & Rocks © Michael Smyth

Michael's presentation notes can be found on our support page or here

Workshop - Night (or Low Light) Photography and Freelensing with Almitra Hill and Ian Cambourne

Freelensing Example (c) Almitra Hill 2018

This week we had one of our in-house workshops where we utilise the experience and expertise of our members to demonstrate various techniques to the membership.  This time it was the turn of Ian Cambourne and Almitra Hill to share their knowledge and experiences.

Ian Cambourne started the night with a demonstration and presentation documenting his experiences with low light and night photography.  By showing us the many pitfalls and problems to be solved with low light image making, Ian has helped the members to avoid the same issues and to be able to approach low light work with interest and confidence.  As Ian said on the night, it is all about having fun and learning.  Each time we fail, we learn something and go on to develop our skills.

Almitra Hill followed Ian with a presentation on Freelensing that was a bit scary for some of the members, but Almitra's results encouraged everyone to have a go.  Freelensing is a fascinating techniques that brings a unique aesthetic to the images and can become quite addictive.

At the end of the presentations, the members broke into two groups, the first went outside to try their hand at photographing the lovely sandstone church next door, whilst the others experimented with freelensing using a series of still life props that Almitra had brought along.  After a short time, the groups swapped over and everybody had an opportunity to  try both techniques. 

To aid members in experimenting with Freelensing, Almitra has prepared some notes.  To access these notes, click HERE  or go to the Support Page and look for the title under the heading "Presentations". 

Congratulations to both Almitra and Ian for their presentations and enthusiasm.

WOW! Rob Smith Presentation

All we can say is "Wow" in response to Rob Smith's presentation at Lane Cove last night.  If you missed the night, you have missed one of the major highlights of the year.  Rob took us on a journey through his evolution as a photographer, punctuated by humour, pathos and images that oozed feeling.  Rob's presentation centred on the integration of stills, sound, video and music and had the audience mesmerised throughout, so much so that there was barely a breath taken during the duration of Rob's visual extravaganza.  

Loners (c) Rob Smith

Rob has an amazing passion for photography and his motto is "If it moves you, shoot it "  Note the placement of the comma.  His work ranges from an obsession with birds, "ornithotitus" (possibly a made up word), described as an uncontrollable desire to put birds into photographs, through to current projects that deal with the massacre at Myall Creek in 1838, all of which are approached with a creative eye and an ongoing passion for photography.

Rob's images and blog can be found at:

Oh What a Night !

Impossible (c) Adam Williams 

Last night members of LCCP were treated to what several described as the best night in years, with a presentation by AIPP Master of Landscape Photography, Adam Williams.

Adam presented the members with a brief history of his life in photography, forming an interesting and thought provoking insight to his image making.  Adam has his ego well under control and was generous with his explanations of his inspirations and influences.  Adam also took us through his insights into creating images, with an emphasis on not being afraid to fail.

Adam is running a series of workshops, starting in Sydney on the 7th April with "Workshop of Wizardry" at Dee Why RSL.  Adam also runs online courses and details can be found below.  All in all, a wonderful night, with inspirational images and an open discussion of Adam's life story and passions. Check out all his courses here.

Mark Kelly Fine Art Presentation

Windswept © Mark Kelly

Windswept © Mark Kelly

Last Thursday night, we had the pleasure of welcoming Southern Highlands based fine art photographer, Mark Kelly.  Mark gave us an inspiring and informative discussion on what is art and how these principles are applied to creating images.

I want my images to make you feel something, see something, remind you of something. Everyone is unique
— Mark Kelly

A take home point from the presentation was that you can't make beautiful images unless you get off your lounge chair and get out into the world.  Often we are finding it difficult to decide what or where to start "capturing data", so just making a start on anything that catches your eye can be a catalyst for finding that elusive inspiration.  Mark is a master printer, sharing Lane Cove's passion for putting images onto beautiful fine art papers, many of which were on show on the night.

To visit Mark's website, click here, and a copy of his presentation can be found here.

2018 Begins Here | Image Evaluation by the one and only Jim Crew

Our first night of the year kicked off with a very large bang, with an exceptional presentation by Jim Crew on the Evaluation of Images, with some additional details and outline of our major project for the year - the Portfolio. 

Lane Cove Creative Photography has, for several years led the way forward for enthusiastic amateur photographers.  Our emphasis on evaluation and discussion of images is critical for advancing our understanding of the communication inherent in all images. 

Having a clear understanding of what a photograph is communicating helps us to understand what the photographer is trying to say with their image.  As photographers we have strategies available to assist us with our image making, so that our resolved image becomes an effective statement.  

Part of the process of evaluating an image is understanding the fundamental difference between the "Subject"  (what the is is about) and the "Subject Matter", or "Content" of the image - the elements used by the photographer to illustrate the subject.  Comprehensive notes on the process can be found on the support page, as well as detailed guidelines to help members get to work on their portfolio project for 2018      

What is the Subject ?  What is the idea being communicated ?  (c) Jim Crew 2018