The Royal Photographic Society is pleased to announce the fifth in its series of highly successful teaching symposiums, where both members and non-members of the Society are welcome. The title and focus of this year’s event is Good Picture 2007 – The Imaging Chain and will be held on Tuesday 18th December in the recently refurbished historic cinema within the University of Westminster in Regent Street, London. The reasonable delegates fees (£54 full rate or £30 for retired, student or unemployed) include a buffet lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. The symposium is aimed at all those interested in Digital Imaging as part of their work or as a hobby and provides a forum for attendees to learn more about the technologies involved in capturing and manipulating images.
Just a few years into the 21st Century, digital has truly come of age and has almost totally replaced conventional film based technologies in many applications. The digital phenomenon has resulted in the introduction of new cameras and lenses with previously undreamed of features, easy manipulation of the image after capture, and a plethora of output and storage choices. All this new technology requires fresh understanding and mastery which will benefit everyone: from professional photographers to enthusiastic amateurs.
To assist both professionals and keen amateurs with this transition, the Imaging Science Group of the RPS has been organising a series of well attended one day teaching symposiums on various aspects of the digital imaging process. The talks at these meetings are given by invited speakers from the Society, academia and industry and are intended to give useful technical information, hints and tips on a variety of topics in an accessible fashion with time for questions and discussion.
The following is a summary of the talks to be given at this year’s Good Picture 2007 – The Imaging Chain:
Phurther Phantastic Photosites by Dr. Graeme Awcock (University of Brighton)
This presentation will investigate some of the developments that are being offered by manufacturers that complicate the issue of answering the questions how many pixels have I really got? and “how many pixels do I really need?”
Lenses for Digital Cameras by Dr. Hani Muammar (Kodak European Research, Cambridge)
An overview of camera lenses will be given with emphasis being placed on application to digital cameras. The pros and cons of using current (legacy) lenses designed for 35mm film SLR cameras with digital SLR cameras will be discussed. Recent developments in lenses for small digital cameras will be reviewed.
Astronomical Telescopes as Camera Lenses by Dr. Alan Hodgson (Independent Consultant)
This presentation will look at some of the attributes of satellite optics and how the underlying principles can be applied to using consumer astronomical telescopes as lenses for digital cameras.
Photography in the RAW by Dr. Tony Kaye & Dr. Harry Adam (Imaging Consultants)
This presentation will address what RAW files are, and what advantages/disadvantages they offer compared to fully rendered in camera JPEG or TIFF images. The results from different RAW converters will be compared and contrasted.
Image Optimisation by Richard Sharman (Imaging Consultant)
In this session various techniques for image optimisation will be explained, including when and where auto colour/contrast/optimise may be helpful. Also covered will be big prints - how to make optimum use of your pixels.
Proving Colour Management is Working Well in Your System by Mike Tooms (Imaging Consultant)
This session will look at various components of a colour managed workflow and will clarify both theoretically and practically the confusing array of settings available for the key links within the imaging chain.
The Final Link in the Imaging Chain by Ray Knight (Photographer)
In this session the final step of the imaging chain the eye/brain complex will be discussed and how it relates to the preceding elements in the chain.