This evening we were honoured to be visited by Libby Smith MPAGB EFIAP (Carluke Camera Club and honorary life president of the PAGB), who showed us some of the techniques she uses to bring the best out of her photographs. Libby’s work included photographs inside derelict cottages in Ireland, stunning Scottish landscapes, serene seascapes and vivid portraits of rural life or street performers at the Edinburgh festival. Libby can turn ordinary looking street scenes into award winning composites. She gave us a few hints and tips on making composites more easily in Photoshop. Libby prefers to paint on layer masks, rather than creating them with a selection, and showed us how to create a composite with just a few expert brush strokes. Each image was improved by careful control of contrast and colour. Adding texture also helped to increase the impact of the images. As well as showing us digital projected versions of her images, Libby also showed us the results she can achieve by printing them on Permajet printing paper.