With the ease of taking photos, whether with digital cameras, phones or tablets, the big question becomes, ‘What do I do with them?’ Recent classes at Clarborough and Welham IT Group have explored methods of using filing systems that come with every device to get images into order.

The possibilities that modern software offers to tweak, improve or generally edit images is vast — the old adage that ‘the camera never lies’ is now turned on its head. Group members make use of the super-powerful facilities of the open-source image editing application called Gimp, which comes free as part of the class provision. With a fully hands-on approach, students explore such basic image improving techniques as cropping, colour balancing and sharpening. We also take things several steps further, starting with the use of cloning which can be used to correct issues such as tears or blemishes on old photos — we have a high-quality scanner for those who want to improve old family photos — as well as removing intrusive items from modern images. We also consider very practical matters such as quality of printed images and the most economical routes to get top quality prints.

So, bring along your own images on either camera cards or flash drives and get to grips with the arts of image enhancement. With all classes starting with ‘gardener’s question time’ in which members can asks for any topics to be addressed, there really is something for everyone.

Clarborough and Welham IT Group’s next block of classes on either Tuesday afternoons (from 1.30pm to 3.00pm) or Wednesday mornings (from 10.00am to 11.30am) resumes at Clarborough Village Hall, week commencing 12th June in the usual five-week blocks. Fees are just £15 for each block and free wi-fi allows for plenty of online experience and guidance. A full calendar of class dates right through to July 2018, along with more useful information, can be found on www.cwitgroup.btck.co.uk. For more information or to book your place, contact Greg on 01777 700918 or email clarboroughwelham@gmail.com.