Monthly Archives: June 2011

Awarded: Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society

I am delighted to share with you that I have been awarded the Associateship distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).

For those of you who don’t know The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain is a organisation of about 10,000 members located across the globe, although the majority would live in Great Britain and Ireland. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of Photography’, as it states on its website.

The Society awards distinctions at 3 levels: the Licentiateship, the Associateship and the Fellowship.  The Associateship, the second highest distinction is more specialised. The RPS states that ‘It is awarded for a high degree of proficiency and the demonstration of a high technical and visual competence in particular categories’.

My chosen category was ‘Travel’. The criterion which defines this category is that it should possess ‘a sense of place, or related places’. In addition, the ‘statement of intent’ submitted along with the images should describe the theme being illustrated and any particularly important aspects of it. My submission for the ARPS distinction consisted of 15 digitally projected images with the theme of ‘Yellowstone National Park in Winter’. The projection plan and ‘statement of intent’, describing my vision behind the body of work can be seen here. Clicking on the individual thumbnails within the grid will open a larger more detailed version.

Associateship Panel and Statement of Intent

Optimise Performance of Adobe Lightroom

Adobe have published a document (Optimise Performance in Lightroom) describing how users of Adobe Lightroom 3 and 4 can configure their hardware and OS setup for maximum performance. This new document is very comprehensive and should go a long way to addressing many of the questions users have regarding hardware configurations (e.g. hard disk drives, SSDs, graphics cards, and ram), locations for catalogs and files, et. It’s also gratifying to see that the document directs readers to my recent article regarding Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Lightroom.