Good Picture 2018: Imaging Deconstructed


On Saturday 8 December 2018, the Imaging Science Group of the Royal Photographic Society held another in its series of Good Picture tutorial seminars. This was the 16th in our series of annual Good Picture symposia. The aim of these lectures and discussions is to provide imaging practitioners, keen amateurs and students with insights into Digital Imaging and provide some tools and guidelines for assessing cameras and output.

The programme is detailed below together with download links to some of the papers presented. These have been made available by kind permission of the authors. More may be added if and when the files become available to us. Warning! some of the authors have embedded videos into their presentations resulting in large files, please be patient while you download them.


Dr Tony Kaye ASIS FRPS: Adobe RAW Profiles, More of a Good thing or Too Much? (127MB)
(Independent Imaging Consultant)
In April 2018 Adobe introduced a “massive update” to Camera Profiles in ACR and Lightroom. This involved the introduction of 5 new Adobe RAW profiles, plus a multiplicity of additional profiles. As an example, a Nikon D800 user can now choose between 6 Adobe profiles, 5 “Camera” profiles that attempt to emulate the “look” of in camera rendered images, 8 “artistic” profiles, 10 “modern” profiles and 10 “vintage” profiles not to mention 24 B&W profiles. In this talk Tony will try and guide you through what these new profiles really are, and to explore what the differences in colour and tonal reproduction are between some of them.

Prof Mark Richardson ASIS FRPS: From Hyperspectral to Radio Frequency Imaging
(Cranfield Defence and Security)
An overview of the unclassified work being carried out at Cranfield Defence and Security, looking at; hyperspectral imaging target classification, enhancing CCTV target tracking and high resolution ground based synthetic aperture radar imaging.

Steve Gschmeissner: Scientific Photography in the Media
(Electron Microscopist)
Scientific imagery has often remained within the constraints of the scientific community. Scanning electron microscopy has the means to produce informative images that can explain complex scientific ideas. My aim has been to make these images widely available to the public through a variety of platforms.

Adrian Davies ARPS: The Invisible World of Plants
(Freelance Photographer)
Insects and other animals have very different colour sensitivity to human eyes. Following the development of an affordable system for recording ultraviolet reflectance with a digital camera, further work has been carried out with using filters to simulate insect vision, and how flowers and other plants are perceived by them. UV fluorescence techniques will also be discussed.

Dr Mark Buckley-Sharp ARPS: JPEG Dissected (17MB)
There has been an increase in the pixel sizes used for projection, but event organisers need to keep image file sizes small enough for uploading and management. What is the anatomy of a JPEG file? How can a JPEG file sometimes become very big, and how can we avoid that?

Tom Miles: Working With My Nikon, Smashing Food, Swimming Pools, Schools, Stunt Performers and Survival of the Fittest
(Professional Photographer)
Tom is a professional photographer who has worked closely with Nikon UK. He will be be talking about several shoots he has done over the years, with the emphasis on technical problems he has had to solve, and the dirty tricks employed to get the end result.

Dr Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS: Practical Machine Vision Using Smartphones
(Imaging Scientist and RPS Trustee)
Modern smartphone cameras are now complex imaging systems. This presentation will examine some of the capabilities of these and describe applications such as facial recognition and barcode reading. Finally, we will consider where this could lead mobile imaging in the future.