Royal Photography Society

Christopher Page LRPS!

I have finally gained the letters LRPS after my name. This stands for ‘Licentiate Of The RPS‘, and to put it mildly, I am quite stoked. To gain the Licentiate I had to submit 10 photos to be judged before a panel of experts, and if one photo is blackballed, you fail.

My header image, which I was advised to flip left to right for easier reading.

Before my photos were presented to the panel, I submitted my images for critique. Much of the advice related to sharpening and lightening parts of the image. Additional advice included cloning out distractions and fixing blown highlights. Major cloning is not my cup of tea, so when faced with that option, I chose an alternative photo. However, the final images were often manipulated too much to be considered as documentary work, possibly pushing them into the boundaries of fine art.

Here are the final photos 10 that made the cut (number 1 is posted above). You have seen them all before, just not quite as cleaned up as they are now. As ever, feel free to comment.

Minor sharpening work was carried out on this image.
The eyes were lightened and sharpened. Blown highlights fixed.
This image was cropped, and eyes were sharpened and lightened.
My reviewer wanted to see the food the chef was cooking. Not much I could do about that!
This is the image that required the most cloning. The original has a red wet hand coming in on the left (and is the version I prefer).
Image sharpened and selectively lightened.
The reviewer wanted more space at the top of the image. I found a second version of the shot that did just that.
For this image the reviewer wanted more space at the top. I added space in PS, even though it was not in the original frame!
For this image I had to fix some blown highlights on the central character. I played with dodging and burning in PS

Hopefully this will give you some idea of what it takes to gain the distinction of LRPS. I now have to move to the second stage, gaining an Associate of the LRPS. Each picture took well over an hour of post processing before it was completed.

I really do hope that this inspires some of my readers to join the Royal Photography Society. Gaining LRPS was stressful at times, but it was certainly an education. Why not give it a go?

Take care and keep clicking,

Chris (LRPS!)

2 Comments on “Royal Photography Society

  1. Mate, congrats

    All these images are exceptional. Well deserved


  2. Fantastic news Chris LRPS. So vey well done. You have worked really hard on this….fabulous pictures that have responded to the brief. Keep clicking!


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