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CREDIT: Jonathan Vaines

Life in the Blender: A Creative Twist with Jonathan Vaines

Event info

Many of us know and use Blend Modes in Photoshop for necessary tasks such as halo removal and changing colours, but blending can also be used as a creative tool to develop and enhance images.  In this talk Jonathan Vaines will show images that have benefitted from a simple single blended layer to more complex multiple blending creations. The addition of a texture, the movement of light or making overlays produced from several original images are all part of the blending process in post-production.  As ingenious as our post-production packages are in allowing the manipulation of an image, we also have an innovative tool that captures the photographs - our camera.  Many cameras come with the ability to blend at the time the shutter button is pressed.  This method does come with less control but also produces unique pieces of work and is the ultimate artistic tool.  Jonathan will show a number of images that are blended in-camera and also enhanced further with a little help from post-processing, and explain why he is drawn to the in-camera multiple exposure more and more.

Jonathan started photography in 2011.  As he has never owned a film camera, Jonathan’s photographic world is purely digital.  His early success in Club competitions inspired him to try new things with both his camera and in post-processing. This route has led eventually to his work becoming more artistic and less competitive.  That said, in 2016 he gained distinctions with the RPS and the PAGB and in 2017 with FIAP.  2017 also saw Jonathan achieve a London Salon medal and acceptance into the PAGB Masters of Print Hall of Fame. He has since been awarded many medals and ribbons in International salons, too, although he now considers his work primarily a creative outlet and no longer pursues awards. His passion to “get it right” has led to his helping others and he now teaches post-processing every week, either in small groups or one-to-one.  He volunteers much of his time and is involved in his camera club Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the East Anglian Federation and the Regional Organiser for the RPS in East Anglia. 

All images © Jonathan Vaines

Zoom video-conferencing

This event will take place via video-conference using Zoom Webinar. You will be emailed a link in advance so you can join the event. Watch for a PDF document attached to your RPS Event Booking Confirmation email for more information about Zoom.

During the event you will be able to see Jonathan Vaines and his images. You will be able to ask questions after his session.

Booking a place

You will need to book online in order to be able to access this event. Booking closes at 07.00 GMT on Friday 3 December. This event is free for Digital Imaging members, but these members still have to ‘purchase’ a (free) ticket to receive a link for joining the event. If you are not an RPS member you will need to register (for free) with the RPS website in order to book.

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Event Organiser

Rex Waygood


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If circumstances beyond our control cause cancellation of the online event you will be reimbursed. It is for each attendee to ensure they are able to view this presentation online. It may not be possible for the host/organiser to rectify any problems attendees may have. For that reason, it is in your best interest to satisfy yourself that you can communicate via Zoom before the event. No refund will be available if you are unable to attend the meeting for any reason.



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