Lenscraft in Focus September 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the Lenscraft in Focus September 2020 newsletter.

As we move into Autumn in the UK, I’m looking forward to some woodland photography. The Peak District and the Lake District are both wonderful at this time of year and I’m hoping the new tighter lockdown restrictions don’t prevent visiting.

One location that I managed to visit over the past month was Blackpool. I was also fortunate for this to coincide with what I can only describe as an epic sunset. The light was spectacular for the hour running up to sunset and at least 30 minutes after. Here’s the last shot of the day which shows the last of the light behind the North Pier.

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Hopefully, we will all be able to venture out and enjoy the autumn landscape.

I would also like thank readers for all the emails about last months newsletter. It’s wonderful to know that so many people look forward to these newsletters and enjoy reading them. I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter just as much.

Old Lenscraft Newsletters

Old newsletter clean up

You might not realise but there are negative consequences for website that have too many old pages with few visitors. The newsletter archive is one of these areas so I’ve had a bit of a declutter. Only access the past 12-months newsletters are now available on the website.

If you want to look back to older copies be sure to save the newsletter emails.

A Support Apology

This is a tough topic for me to address because I have always tried to help people who are having problems with software. Unfortunately, demand has risen significantly this year and the nature of the questions has changed. I’m receiving multiple daily emails and phone calls about software support problems that the developers of the software should be addressing. I understand that it’s difficult when you have a problem with software not working but these queries must go back to the software companies and shared on their support forums. This way they can address the problems for all users.

I apologise but I can only answer questions relating to my books and courses. Thank you for your understanding.

From Around the Web

This month, I’ve discovered a few things that you might find useful or interesting.

The Evolution of Pre-Visualization

Although written in December 2015, Alister Benn (who I consider to be a wonderful photographer) makes some important photographic points in this excellent article. They are as relevant today as they were back in 2015.



Fine Art Black & White Architecture

This is another old article I found from 2014 but I like the photography. There was a period a few years back when everyone was trying to copy Julia Anna Gospodarou’s style but most failed. It’s very artistic and requires a lot of imagination to create images like this.



Interesting Short Film

I didn’t recognise the name Rene Burri but I immediately recognised his work. That’s what caught my attention and hooked me in to this short 11-minute video. I always find it interesting to listen to someone with his experience talk about their life’s work, especially when they do it in such a humble way.



Amazing Photos

I can’t remember where I can across this link, but I found the underwater photography of Alexander Semenov amazing. Amazing is a word we use far too often these days, but I make no apology for using it to describe his photography.



New free DxO webinars in October

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DxO has extended its line-up of free photography webinars and is now offering new sessions that can be accessed directly online. The schedule for October includes:



Bird Photography: Breaking Out of The Mold Using Nik Collection 3 by DxO

Presented by Lisa Langell

Hosted by Laurie Rubin

Tuesday, October 20 – 6pm BST

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2811794689351043597


Using the Nik Collection by DxO for Night and Evening Sky Photography

Presented by PhotoJoseph

Tuesday, October 6 – 7pm BST

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/321108381571754253

The Basics of Starting Out with Color Efex Pro – Part 1

Presented by Dan Hughes

Monday, October 12 – 6pm BST

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1078512464583651598

Advanced Tips and Techniques of Using Color Efex Pro – Part 2

Presented by Dan Hughes

Friday, October 23 – 7pm BST

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2647871799187598350

Photographers You May Not Know – Alastair Benn

I mentioned Alister earlier in this month’s newsletter but wanted to include him in the “Photographers You May Not Know” section. I’m guessing that some readers won’t have heard his name before, but his photography is excellent. Be sure to visit the “Gobi Desert” gallery if you love a good sand dune photo like I do.



Books & Course News

Latest book and course news.

Latest Affinity Photo Book

Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to send me their “How to” questions for my latest Affinity Photo book. It was interesting to see how much repetition there was, and it appears there are a few core topics people would like to better understand. Channels, Masks and Selections certainly came up more than once.

I’m now well underway and around 50% of the way through the first draft. I don’t have a timeline yet (which was another common question) but I will keep you updated in future newsletters.

Until next month.

Robin Whalley

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