Notes

Meeting of 06/11/2017

TOPIC: Photographing Food

The topic for the June 11th meeting was Photographing Food

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by displaying a series of very high resolution images from around the world; Mount Blanc, London, Bergen, Seville, and Astana

Sutter then showed images of common foods, condiments and cooking oils as well as their storage locations.

Connie Sutter followed, sharing photos of apples, strawberries, bananas and how they were incorporated in beverages and edibles.

Monica Tarzier offered pictures of flowering bushes, local landscapes, shots of the sky and sunlight radiating from a bowl of tomatoes

Alan Raul rounded out the presentations with a slide show of memorable dishes that he ate in various restaurants along California's Central Coast


Meeting of 05/21/2017

TOPIC: Photographing Technology

The topic for the May 21st meeting was Photographing Technology

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting with a slide show consisting of numerous images of hammers. They ranged from a medium sized rock to carpentry hammers, roofing hammers, specialty hammers, mallets and sledge hammers.

Kaye Raul followed documenting how insecticides are sprayed on commercial agriculture. Kaye's photos showed the workers involved, the equipment they used and the crops being sprayed.

Alan Raul created an extended homage to ios devices. Alan included the iPhone, iPad, ApplePay and other Apple software. Raul used this technology to order coffee, find his truck, document his travels and record his day.

Finally, Don Jones shared images of some maruading rabbits living in his back yard and feasting on his landscaping. He captured their activity using both still photography and video.


Meeting of 04/23/2017

TOPIC: Depicting Time

The topic for the April 23rd 2017 19th meeting wasTime
"The challenge can be interpreted by any number of ways - from shooting a photo of a clock to an image showing the passage of time. Slowing your shutter speed down when you have a moving subject would give us the impression of time passing. Experiment with this! Or get out the close-up lens and shoot the inner workings of a watch."

NOTE: This assignment was suggested by Lightbox a 52 card deck with a photo challenge for every week of the year. Learn more at http://lightbox-photography-cards.myshopify.com

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by demonstrating some recent changes that he made to the Digital Photography web site. They include adding a search engine at the top of each page and prominently displaying links for royalty-free images and music. He pointed out two new links;
   Blending Modes Explained - Complete Guide to Photoshop Blend Modes offered by himself and
   No Copyright Music; suggested by Alan Raul

The group depicted the passage of time in a variety of ways. One popular approach was to show clock faces often accompanied by interesting narratives from Don Jones and John Waller on the history of the timepieces.

Some members displayed time-lapse photography of flowers. Others showed structures and geological features weathered by the passage of time. John Waller used morphing software transform his image as a child to his current state many years later.

We also saw Monica Tarzier's spectacular images of the Carrizo Plains and Soda Lake in the Spring.


Meeting of 03/19/2017

TOPIC: Textures

The topic for the March 19th, 2017 meeting wasTextures The challenge here was to infuse your images with texture. Taking a two dimensional print and giving it the feel of a 3D experience by introducing texture is a sure fire way of distinguishing your work from those around you.

It's all about the angle of your lighting and working with the shadows to take full advantage of the existing textures.
   Suggested setting: 70-300mm f/5.6 at 1/3 seconds ISO 100

NOTE: This assignment was suggested by Lightbox a 52 card deck with a photo challenge for every week of the year. Learn more at http://lightbox-photography-cards.myshopify.com


Meeting of 02/12/2017

TOPIC: Using Layers in Photo Editing.

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter playing a video review of the Moment SmartPhone add-on lenses for the iPhone.
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch13LhgcUsw&feature=em-subs_digest

Next, Sutter showed how he used layers for simple manipulation of images. His video screen captures document the steps. See
Cavern Point and Michela

This generated an extended discussion of Photoshop Element's Quick Selection Brush and the proper positioning of layers.

Alan Raul then played a lengthy How to Gurus video tutorial that carefully demonstrated using layer masks and other tools to merge two photos into a single image. View it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtu_gPY_j7k

The group often paused the video to ask each other "what if" questions about the process. Raul finally showed his own work in which he pasted a picture of himself onto another water image and invited the rest of the group to clean it up.

We took this as a homework assignment as viewing the several videos and battling lost Internet connectivity didn't leave enough time to tackle Alan's challenge.

SIDE NOTE: For the record, the new tv used for today's session is a Samsung 55" 4K SUHD Curved LED LCD TV.
See specs at http://www.samsung.com/us/televisions-home-theater/tvs/4k-suhd-tvs/55-class-ks850d-8-series-curved-4k-suhd-tv-2016-model-un55ks850dfxza/


Meeting of 01/08/2017

TOPIC: Using Layers in Photo Editing.

The topic for the January 8th 2017 meeting was Using Layers in Photo Editing. The meeting opened by calling attention to tutorials on Layers that have been added recently to the Links page.

Afterwards those present took turns showing images enhanced using layers. Demos ranged from the simple to the complex. We saw modest color corrections, and blending as well as intricate compilations of different images to create stunning results.

There were frustrations when the display monitor didn't play nicely with the laptop computer, making it difficult to control the mouse cursor. The Polygonal Lasso tool in Photoshop Elements also failed, spontaneously closing selections before all intended points were set.

NOTE: After the meeting, Ralph Sutter discovered a work-around; use the Lasso tool instead of the Polygonal Lasso tool and hold down the Alt key. This will turn the tool from freehand to straight-line mode

Given the lively discussion of Layers, the group decided that our next session should be Layers Revisited, continuing where we left off this month.


Meeting of 12/11/2016

The topic for the December 11, 2016 meeting was Anticipating the Holidays. We shared images of the Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade, Disneyland's Jingle Cruise, several towns along the Central Coast, shots of the audience at a concert and members readying their homes for Christmas.

Finally, member Don Jones showed a slide show of the San Diego Wild Animal Park and another that moved up the coast from Avila Beach to San Simeon.


Meeting of 11/13/2016

The meeting opened with the group viewing Pano | LA; a 6 minutes time lapse video of Los Angeles by night

Humbled by that impressive work, our members proceeded to show their panoramic images of locations international and local. Many members used Microsoft's freeware program, Image Composite Editor.

Some of us worked with digital cameras, both point and shoot as well as DSLR. Others opted for using the panoramic function of their smart phone. A few of us stitched images together using Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.

We compared the effectiveness of different programs to auto-complete those empty, jagged areas on the original panos that we chose not to crop. Several individuals shooting with digital cameras observed that they got better panos if they set the camera on manual exposure.

The topic for the December 11, 2016 meeting will be Anticipating the Holidays. Everyone is encouraged to bring photos and videos that reflect activities undertaken in preparation for that time of the year.


Meeting of 10/09/2016

The October meeting was a follow up to the September event. Members displayed images that they had taken at the Shell Beach Photo Shoot. As expected, though we all took pictures at the same time and place, we focused on a wide variety of subjects.

Many of us chose seascapes but we also shared images of wave patterns, closeups of flowers, soaring birds, back lit silhouettes and beach goers strolling the shore and swimming in the surf.

Alan Raul described how he took panoramas with his iPhone. See www.alanraul.com/pano/sample.png to view his work.

This led to a discussion on how to techniques for shooting panoramas. Raul then took an indoor panorama of our group with his phone to illustrate the power of smart phone imaging software.

The group decided that Panoramas would be the focus of our November meeting. One free software program for creating panoramas is Microsoft's Image Composite Editor. Download it from http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/


Meeting of 09/11/2016 There was no traditional meeting on September 11th. Instead, members assembled at the end of Pier Avenue in Shell Beach and took photos of whatever interested them. We will share and discuss these images at the October meeting.


Meeting of 08/21/2016 The focus of the September 21st meeting was Using the Tools of Photoshop Elements For this session, we tried something different. Members brought a laptop and used Photoshop Elements to improve the sample images provided.
(See http://www.visualsteps.com/photovideoediting/practice.php for these sample images)

Ralph Sutter began the meeting following up on Don Jones' recommendation of using the Blend mode. Sutter provided several related links
Photoshop Blending Modes; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vL3R94f9hc
and Ralph's chart on blending modes Blending Modes Chart; http://www.slobytes.org/digital/August 2016 Photo SIG/Photoshop Blending Modes.docx

Ralph then demonstrated how to display metadata when viewing images in Irfanview. Simply open the image in that program and hit the e key on the keyboard.

Sutter then mentioned the Photoshop Elements add-on, Elements+ and gave a quick demo of how to use it to display metadata as a graphic on an image.
See http://www.fullbean.com/tutorials/Elements+.mp4
Learn more about Elements+ at http://elementsplus.net/

Members then found a comfortable work surface and each edited selected images. After about 45 minutes, we viewed our handiwork with each member commenting on what steps he or she took to modify the originals.

The next meeting of the Photo Group will take place on September 11th at 4:00 pm, two hours later than usual. It will also meet at a different location, the ocean end of Pier Avenue in Shell Beach.
The assembled members will then go on a live photo shoot, photographing scenes of their own choosing. We will compare our images when our meeting returns to the home of Ralph and Connie Sutter on October 9th at 2:00 pm.


Meeting of 07/10/2016

TOPIC: Photoshop Tools
The focus of the July 10 th meeting of the Digital Photography Group was Photoshop Tools The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter displaying a slide show of the July 3rd 2016 BBQ. Sutter assembled the show from images provided by photographers Alan Raul and Bob Styerwalt.

Sutter then distributed a handout that gave an overview of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 Toolbox. He also provided links to
Adobe Photoshop Elements Visual Dictionary and
Adobe Photoshop Elements Help

Next Ralph showed how he manipulated images in Photoshop Elements 14 using primarily the Crop, Adjust Color, Adjust Lighting and Masking tools

Don Jones demonstrated how complex improvements could be accomplished with the Blend mode

Alan Raul explained how he moved images from his iPhone to his Home Theater PC to his server. Raul then shared a stunning image of a nighttime Fourth of July display with crisp fireworks and ribbons of automobile headlights against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
He then offered a link detailing How to crop/straighten images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

John Waller showed how he used layers to create collages, grant his dogs the ability to fly and generally improve photographic images.


Meeting of 06/12/2016

TOPIC: Tools
The focus of the June 12 th meeting of the Digital Photography Group was Tools The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter displaying a series of flowers that resembled miniature dancers, animals and mythical figures. View them at www.slobytes.org/digital/images/Nature at Work.msg

Next, members took turns showing images of common tools. Some of us chose kitchen utensils. Others opted for specialized hand tools or hand cranked grinders and slicers from an earlier era.

One member interpreted the topic, Tools, as an invitation to demonstrate some of the retouching tools found in Photoshop and shared how she used them to modify her images. Her choice prompted the decision to dedicate the July session to The Tools of Photoshop

 


Meeting of 05/15/2016

TOPIC: Flowers
The focus of the May 15th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Flowers The meeting opened playing a YouTube video entitled some impressions of our planet; a montage of stunning videos from around the world.

This was followed by a video suggested by Bob Grover that showed a magician performing amazing illusions.
View it at https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/l318NZ4oOhs?rel=0

Bob also submitted a link to a YouTube video of the Tesla automobile assembly process; https://www.youtube.com/embed/8_lfxPI5ObM?rel=0. Due to time constraint,, the group didn't view it. Several members who had seen the video recommended that others do the same.

On the recommendation of Earl Kaplan, we viewed the video clip, Blue Moon Rise

During the show and tell portion of the meeting, members shared images of flowers. Some of us chose to focus on flowers growing nearby. Others offered shots from farther afield. Some photographers focused on individual blossoms, some featured whole plants. Still others stepped back, widening the field of vision to include surrounding space as well.

We commented on the effects of changing the aperture and editing outside the camera. Some presenters opted for a series of individual images. Others chose to display their photos in video clips with simp[le to complex transitions between slides.

The meeting closed with Nancy Vrooman demonstrating how she uses Irfanview to edit the flower images that she posts on-line at Gardenweb. See Nancy's Flower Photography Tips here

You will find Notes to previous sessions by clicking on the Notes tab at the top of this page or by navigating directly to www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html

 


Meeting of 04/10/2016

TOPIC: Recent Images
The focus of the April 10th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Recent Images. The meeting opened with a display of photos taken by Bob Grover for the March meeting,  Bob missed that meeting but dutifully e-mailed a series of diverse images from around the world featuring the March topic, Reflections

Following that screening, members displayed digital images and videos that they had taken since the March meeting.  Popular topics were Morro Bay, Yosemite, as well as scenes of rural San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

 We viewed many landscapes and spectacular panoramas along with a discussion of how they were accomplished.  Often, the audience asked for before and after versions of manipulated images.

At the close of the meeting, the group chose its topic for the May meeting.  We opted for Flowers and agreed to hold the meeting on May 15th, one week later than usual to avoid conflicting with Mothers' Day on May 8th.

Check the Links page for the links discussed at this meeting

 


Meeting of 03/13/2016 TOPIC: Reflections
The focus of the March 13th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Reflections.

Bob Grover opened the program showing recent weather events and then gave the group a glimpse of some of the stunning weather extremes that he experienced many years ago while conducting research at a Mount Everest Base Camp. He added images taken when he climbed the Popocatepetl Volcano near Mexico City.

Other members stayed closer to home in their choice of images. We saw many stills and videos of enormous waves pounding the local shoreline. Several members shared scenes of trees blanketed in white and numerous snow covered landscapes.

While the group enjoyed left-over Christmas cookies, deviled eggs and coffee, Ralph Sutter called up a web site that discussed "the fastest memory cards that money can buy". See the Notes page for details.


 

Meeting of 02/14/2016

TOPIC: Food
The focus of the February 14th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Food.
Ralph Sutter opened the program showing a series of award-winning photographs from National Geographic . They are linked at img/natgeo/unique pictures from around the world.htm
Sutter then showed some videos from the B&H Channel on Roku featuring equipment reviews, product comparisons and technical specs. See B&H Videos Channel

Alan Raul, played a file from the B&H site introducing the Sony a6300 mirrorless camera;
www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/news/unveiled-faster-stronger-and-4k-shooting-sony-a6300-mirrorless-camera

Sutter then presented two tutorials that he created,
Batch resizing with Irfanview and
Display Time in File Explorer
Next, the members of the Photo Group took turns sharing their images of food.

Some members focused on tempting prepared dishes while others traced the path of what we eat from the field to the harvest to the distribution center and finally to the table.

The vagueness of the topic lent itself well to many different perspectives. We saw farm animals, fishing boats, blueberry bogs, blueplate specials and all manner of mouth-watering dishes.

At the close of the meeting, Alan offered footage taken by his dashcam that traced Raul's drive through the village of Arroyo Grande to where we meet.

Sutter speeded up the film and linked it to the bottom of the Photo SIG Location Map.
You will find them at www.slobytes.org/digital/sutter-map.html and
www.slobytes.org/digital/images/dashcam-to-photo-group.mp4

Thanks, Alan

 

Meeting of 01/10/2016 TOPIC: Weather Phenomena
The focus of the January 10th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Weather Phenomena..

Bob Grover opened the program showing recent weather events and then gave the group a glimpse of some of the stunning weather extremes that he experienced many years ago while conducting research at a Mount Everest Base Camp. He added images taken when he climbed the Popocatepetl Volcano near Mexico City.

Other members stayed closer to home in their choice of images. We saw many stills and videos of enormous waves pounding the local shoreline. Several members shared scenes of trees blanketed in white and numerous snow covered landscapes.

While the group enjoyed left-over Christmas cookies, deviled eggs and coffee, Ralph Sutter called up a web site that discussed "the fastest memory cards that money can buy". See the Notes page for details.

The topic for February 14th Photo group will be Images of Food .

You will find notes from previous meetings of the Photo SIG at www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html or by clicking on Notes tab at the top of all pages of the Photo SIG web site.
 

Meeting of 12/13/2015 TOPIC: Rewind
The focus of the December 13th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Rewind - Images from the Past .

Ralph opened the meeting showing David A. Cox’ review of Digital Photographer's Action Pack, a plug-in for Photoshop.  View Cox’ review at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uuSYxwyXc0.  

Then members took turns sharing their interpretation of the Rewind theme.  Some of us showed photos of memorable personal events from the past.  Others chose images of public places from long ago

We saw photos of great grandparents, early scans of traditional images and the first digital images some of us had ever taken.  We toured yesteryear San Francisco and visited numerous national monuments at an earlier time.

Sutter asked other users of the slideshow creation program, Proshow Gold, if they had found a way to edit slideshow sound tracks downloaded from the Proshow Music Library.  No one had the answer.  Apparently, the .psa extension is unique to Photodex and designed not to be editable.

Ralph detailed how he removes audio from video recordings of his quadcopter flights. The audio track contained only the whirring of propeller blades, adding little to the viewer experience.

Sutter loads the video files into Microsoft Moviemaker, mutes the audio and then saves the project as a new .mp4 file.  He then adds new audio tracks back before publishing the project.

Don Jones shared the details of an issue that he had mentioned a week earlier at the SLO Bytes General Meeting.  It relates to a Dell security issue about which Jones had read recently in which certain Dell computers come with a flawed Certificate of Trust pre-installed.  Sutter found a further description at
fortune.com/2015/11/23/dell-laptop-security-problem/

As always, the meeting ended with coffee, snacks and conversation.

In anticipation of upcoming events, the topic for January’s Photo group will be Weather Phenomena.

You will find notes from previous meetings of the Photo SIG at www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html or by clicking on Notes tab at the top of all pages of the Photo SIG web site.
 

Meeting of 11/08/2015 TOPIC: Images of Halloween
The focus of the November 8th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Images of Halloween in Stills and Video.

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting by mentioning an on-line Photography class that was recommended to him by SLO Bytes member Ed Lynn. The site, Photoclassforyour.com, offers weekly personalized lessons. New member, Gigi Kandler gave the rest of us a first hand testimonial to the value of the course. Subscribers to the classes can upload their photos for critique by the instructor.

Next, members of the Photo SIG shared their photos and videos of Halloween. Pumpkins, scarecrows, tombstones and goblins figured prominently. Some members shared both videos and stills. Others stuck with still images.

The topic for the next meeting, taking place on December 13th was suggested by Alan Raul. It is Rewind. The idea is to share images from the past, whether recent or distant.

As always, the meeting ended with coffee, snacks and conversation.

You will find notes from previous meetings of the Photo SIG at www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html or by clicking on Notes tab at the top of all pages of the Photo SIG web site.



Meeting of 10/13/2015 TOPIC: Objects in Motion - Video
The focus of the October 11th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Objects in Motion – VideosRalph Sutter opened the meeting by screening part of a video from Geeks on Tour – How to Manage My Pictures - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxaiT81e37E

Sutter then showed a series of unattributed still images that he received in an e-mail featuring unusual landscapes and dramatic portraits.  Sutter selected some of the e-mailed images and posted them on the club web site at http://www.slobytes.org/digital/img/beautiful-pictures/index.html

Members then shared their videos of things in motion.  Typical subjects were waves, flooding, spinning objects, kinetic grandchildren and other animals. 

Member Bob Grover asked the group how to rotate a video from portrait mode to landscape mode.  John Waller indicated that he used Photoshop for that purpose. 

Bob also asked if anyone could recommend a local computer repair shop.  With no recommendations coming forth, Sutter suggested that Bob post his question on the SLO Bytes Bulletin Board at http://slobytes.org/smf/index.php?board=1.0.

Alan Raul
suggested that the topic for the November meeting be Images of Halloween.  The other members agreed to Raul’s proposal, commenting on likely scenarios for capturing these images.

The meeting ended with coffee and kibitzing.

You will find notes from previous meetings of the Photo SIG at www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html or by clicking on Notes tab at the top of all pages of the Photo SIG web site.

Meeting of 09/13/2015 TOPIC: Objects in Motion - Still Photographs

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter showing a series of photographs featuring flights of stairs from around the world. View the images at http://realtortomgriffey.blogspot.com/2015/05/when-stairs-become-art.html

Sutter then shared an article taken from the PUSH series in which Mark Mattson reviewed the Topaz Photography Collection, Part 1. These various tools, some stand-alone and some that work as plug-ins for photo editors allow the user enhanced capabilities for image correction and manipulation.

Next, Photo SIG members showed their images suggesting motion. We saw photos that froze birds in flight and other images in which the subject was blurred but the background was in sharp focus. Popular subjects included children, cars, trains, airplanes, ocean waves and, moving water

Finally, the group discussed whether we should change our name from the Photography Special Interest Group, renaming it the Digital Photography Club, Digital Photography Class or something else that might be more appealing to prospective members. No consensus was reached.

Meeting of 08/09/2015 TOPIC: Human Emotions

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter reminding members of the APCUG Photo Contest; Entries are due Aug 26th Details at
www.slobytes.org/digital/apcug/2015-contest.pdf

Sutter then mentioned the link, How to Get Microsoft Movie Maker for Windows 10
and the Microsoft site for downloading Windows Essentials which includes Movie Maker, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials

Ralph then repeated the advice of Alan Raul, recommending DigiKam, a free cross-platform photo editor and organizer.
The download link is at www.digikam.org/download?q=download/binary/
For Windows specifically, see /download.kde.org/stable/digikam/

Next, Sutter shared Dick James' tip to have Windows remember your preferred size for opening a window.

Hold down the Windows key after opening window to preferred size and then close the window. Windows will remember the size the next time that you open the window.

Then members took turns showing their images of small objects while other members asked questions about how and why the photos were taken.

Alan Raul created a collage using Microsoft Research AutoCollage 2008; http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/cambridge/projects/autocollage/

He then showed humorously distorted self-images done with Apple Photo Booth; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_Booth and formatted with ACDSee Image Viewer, Organizer and Editor; http://www.acdsee.com

At the close of the meeting, the focus shifted to talk of quadcopters. Raul showed some angst-ridden images of Ralph Sutter flying a Yuneec Q500+ over Shell Beach.

Sutter then showed footage of that flight, viewable at
www.fullbean.com/quad/Shell-Beach.mp4 and brought out his new toy to the amazement of some and the amusement of others.


Meeting of 07/12/2015 TOPIC: Small Objects

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter showing Alan Raul's photos of SLO Bytes' BBQ of 07/05/15. View them at www.slobytes.org/photos/2015bbq/2015-bbq.mp4

Sutter then showed the three links below

   Paper is not Dead; www.youtube.com/embed/V_gOZDWQj3Q?rel=0

   Tips on RAW Editing.pdf by Pim Borman, Orange County PC Users Group

   Stock Photo Resources suggested by Ron Jeffries

Then members took turns showing their images of small objects while other members asked questions about how and why the photos were taken.


Meeting of 06/21/2015 TOPIC: Seascapes

The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter showing the two links below
Write-up of slideshow creation programs; focus on ProShow Gold

Ralph Sutter's demo of Snagit batch conversion

Then members took turns showing their images of seascapes while other members asked questions about how and why the photos were taken.

Alan Raul talked about the professional services that he has used to print and mount some of his images
They include

   Fracture
   www.fractureme.com/

   West Coast Imaging
   www.westcoastimaging.com

   Aspen Creek Photo
   www.aspencreekphoto.com

Bob Styerwalt then showed some of his images that he printed on his eight cartridge color printer

Don Jones passed around his latest camera, a Panasonic DMC ZS40. This point and shoot camera has a view finder in addition to an LCD screen.

Meeting of 05/10/2015 TOPIC: Live Photo Shoot

With fewer members attending due to Mothers' Day, we opened the session when Ralph Sutter pointed out three links recently added to the Notes Page. They were

Will anyone be buying mechanical-mirror DSLR cameras in 5 years?

SoloShot; a robotic tracking device for video or still photography and

Free Music Archive.org/; a site offering free music for slide shows, arranging it by genre.

For the next 45 minutes, the group went outside and photographed whatever caught the members' interest. We then returned inside, uploaded the photos to a computer and view the images, commenting briefly on each of them. Some of these images may be seen in an embedded slide show at the bottom of the Photo SIG Opening Page

Ralph announced that he will not be able to attend the next scheduled meeting of the Photo SIG on June 14th. He, Connie Sutter and Alan Raul will be out of town attending the SWCC convention in Pomona.

Sutter asked the other members if they would prefer to hold the June Photo SIG meeting on the scheduled date but at the home of someone else or move the meeting date back one week for one month only to Sunday, June 21st. The members chose the second option. Coincidentally, June 21st is Fathers' Day

Beginning in July 2015, meetings will revert to their traditional meeting time, the second Sunday of each month.

The topic for the June meeting will be Seascapes. Everyone is encouraged to bring images of the ocean and share them with the group.


Meeting of 04/12/2015 TOPIC: Architectural Photography; Buildings and Structures

Members of the Photo SIG each showed images of buildings and other structures. Some members shared multiple versions of a single image, explaining how they enhanced the image.

Alan Raul demonstrated Sway; www.sway.com a freeware Microsoft product for displaying images on line.

He also screened images modified with the freeware application,
Photofiltre; www.photofiltre-studio.com; download at http://static.infomaniak.ch/photofiltre/utils/pf7/pf7-setup-en-7.2.1.exe

Explore other links discussed at www.slobytes.org/digital/links.html or by clicking on the Links tab at the top of this page.

Likewise, you will find notes from previous meetings of the Photo SIG at www.slobytes.org/digital/notes.html or by clicking on Notes tab at the top of this page.


Meeting of 03/08/2015 TOPIC: Video Editing

The Photo Group looked at colorized black and white photographs modified by the software program, Coloriage 9 from SoftCity; $59. Thanks to Bob Grover for calling our attention to this product.

Ralph Sutter played a video showing how to use Movie Maker.
View the tutorial at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GREeD2icUo

Alan Raul played several videos that he had created in the past using earlier versions of Movie Maker.

Ralph gave a brief demo of Movie Maker, editing video of a recent kayaking trip to Port San Luis. He later used Movie Maker's anti-shake and anti-wobble correction features to improve the images.

Alan Raul, Bob Styerwalt, Don Jones, John Waller and Bob Grover all shared videos that they had created using Movie Maker, making use of the basic editing functions as well as the features for creating credits. They also screened short videos created with Photoshop, ProShow Producer and iMovie.

Grover explained how to use Movie Maker to edit a presentation originally created with ProShow Producer.

Sutter demonstrated how to do a video screen capture with Techsmith Snagit 12 ($49.95) and then used the built-in Snagit editor to modify the output.

The theme for the next meeting, held on April 12th is Architectural Photography. Everyone is encouraged to bring photos of structures and discuss these images with the group.


Meeting of 02/08/2015 TOPIC: Transformations - Color to Black and White

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting showing a PowerPoint file in which the images slowly changed from color to black and white. Members commented on the effectiveness of the transformation.

Sutter then showed some color photos that he had taken rencently and then changed them to grey scale sca;e using the Convert to Greyscale tool in Irfanview. He repeated the process, this time using the Decrease Color Depth/Two Color (black/white) tool. Members commented on which photos were enhanced when transformed.

Ralph then created a slide show of his images using Irfanview's Slideshow tool. He showed how to order the images, insert title pages that he had created in Word and add music.

Next, other club members showed their Color/BW image pairs, explaining how they did the conversion and which image worked best.


Meeting of 01/18/15 TOPIC: Wildlife

Members shared images of animals large and small.
The meeting started with a discussion of the lessening need for full frame image sensors in digital SLR cameras. Read the article at
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/full_frame_myth.shtml

Later, Ralph Sutter demonstrated the Panorama feature of Irfanview. The group concluded that numerous other options did a better job of creating panoramic images.

Looking ahead, the March 8th meeting will demonstrate freeware video editors. Members are encouraged to record short videos and edit them at this meeting. One freeware video editor, Windows Movie Maker, can be downloaded at
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker

At today's meeting, several members suggested helpful resources for image editing. They include the following
   One Minute Tip - Photoshop Wednesdays
   Photoshop Elements User
   Tim Grey; Digital Photography Educator

These links will always be clicking on the Links tab at the top of each web page


Meeting of 12/14/14 Ralph demonstrated two freeware programs. They are
    File Tree: www.jam-software.com/treesize_free and
   Jing: www.techsmith.com/download/jing

File Tree "shows you the size of (a) folder, including its subfolders in an Explorer-like fashion."

Jing is a screen capture program that allows you to take a screen shot of a single image or record a video as you navigate from one screen to another.

Ralph then demonstrated Focus Twist: www.focustwist.com an app that allows you to create refocusable images from a iPhone. By clicking on different areas of the image, the selected area comes into focus, giving the illusion of depth of field. You will find a example at www.focustwist.com/ekSkj

Afterwards many members of the group shared images in which red was the dominant color.

The theme for the next session is Images Featuring Wildlife. Members are invited to bring photos in which wildlife is the primary focus.


Meeting of 11/17/14 Ralph introduced two freeware programs. The first, Karen's Printer Directory, www.karenware.com/progs/ptdirprn-setup.exe, allows the user to either save or print the names of files that appear in a directory, choosing the level of detail included in the printout.

The second program is Bulk Renamer, www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/,
It can be used to automatically modify multiple file names.

Ralph then showed a slide show of the art museum at Crystal Bridges in Rogers Arkansas using Irfanview.

Members who attended the meeting discussed the future focus of the Photo SIG. The consensus was that we should concentrate on interesting images, photo editing and photo display. Given the challenge of coming up with new topics for each meeting, we will give ourselves an assignment at the close of each meeting to discuss at the next meeting.

Images in Red; The assignment for the meeting on Sunday, December 14th is to bring one or more images in which the dominant color is red. I look forward to a wide variety of images and a lively discussion of techniques and artistic intent.


   
   

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