NOCCC On Facebook

NOCCC on Facebook

I have been working on a NOCCC page at my personal Facdebook account. Facebook calls them Pages and you can do a lot with them. I’m still learning. I have a link to my NOCCC page on the this Blogs sidebar under the Primary menu.

This hasn’t been an easy project. Certain versions of Facebook just don’t work as advertised. Currently I have to use the version you use in a Web Browser. If you are a Facebook user and want to create Pages or you have created Pages I sure would like to know your experiences.

Suggestions as to what to put up at the NOCCC Facebook page are welcomed and wanted.

PS: If you examine the URL for the NOCCC Facebook page you’ll see it’s the COMPLETE name. NOCCC is already taken. I think it’s the same as ours but the second ‘C’ is for Christian.

Please tell what you think.

Tidbits For April 2014

April 10, 2014 Is the web site safe from the heartbleed bug in RSS?

Here’s a web page that will test a web site for you. It also has info on the heartbleed danger.

I advise you to FIRST visit this site and test any websites that you may use!

>> http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

April 10, 2014: Nikon Announces New Coolpix Android camera with WiFi.

Nikon Coolpix S810c

Nikon Coolpix S810c

My only comment is: What took them so long?

>> http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/04/10/nikon-coolpix-s810c-with-android-continues-connectivity-trend

Adobe Announces Lightroom Mobile

Farmer's Market Food To Go.

First go to the Adobe blog and read about Lightroom Mobile. What it is. What and who can use it. And how much it cost. The posting will answer all those questions and probably more.

The Link>>Lightroom goes mobile with new iPad solution

Second visit the SIGs youtube Playlist. That’s easy to do. On the sidebar to the right is a group of links. Look for one titled: John’s YouTube Playlist. Click on it and the first 5 or six videos deal with Lightroom Mobile.

Okay that’s it. When and if they create a version for Android I may subscribe to the Photoshop/Lightroom Cloud.

Until then . . .

Note April 09, 2014: Many people complain about the cost, $10 a month, to get Photoshop and Lightroom and now Lightroom mobile. But consider this, Photoshop cost $650, Lightroom $150. Total equals $800. That’s 80 months or 6 years and 9 months for the cost of the non-cloud products.. Seems to me that just might be a REALLY good deal.

April 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Showed a short video that explains where the term ISO was derived. Interesting stuff. The photographer, Nick Carver, that explained ISO is local. He has an office/classroom in Tustin, CA. http://www.nickcarverphotography.com/.

Geotagging Your Photos

Many of us have digital cameras that have no GPS built-in but we still want to have GPS data embedded into our digital photos.

Today we had a demonstration of two GPS tracking apps for the Android.

My Tracks

The first is a free app from Google called My Tracks. My Tracks is a general use GPS tracker. Take it on walks and you can keep track of how far you walked, total time of the walk, how fast, the calories consumed. You can view your walk overlaid on Google maps. For photographers you can upload a GPX file that can be used to embed GPS data into your photos. Because the GPX file type is not the default for My Tracks you need to select Export from the menu and then to make it easier for the photographer use the Share option and send the file to yourself. Once that was figured out the app became very useful. It has a simple interface and is easy to use. It’s a recommend.

Geotag Photos Pro

The second program that was shown is called GeoTag Photos Pro. The app works with both Apple and Andriod tablets. The app cost $3.99 when purchased through the Google Play store. Unlike My Tracks GeoTag Photos Pro is strickly for photographers. Once you’re through with your picture taking just stop the app. Then upload the GPX file. It will send a GPX file to the email address you specified during setup.

While preparing this report I went searching for Windows desktop apps that could be used to embed GPS data into photos and avoid using Adobe Lightroom. I found a couple Windows apps that worked and I will report on these apps in a future post. What I did find was the web site for GeoTag Photos Pro. It’s: http://www.geotagphotos.net/. I mention this because they have a Windows and Apple desktop apps that you can use to embed your GPS data from the GPX file you created on your iPhone or Android device. All you need to do is log-in using the Username and Password you created when you first setup the app on your tablet. You don’t even need the GPX file you sent to yourself because they KEEP a copy at their site and use it to embed the GPS data into your photos. All I can say is that it’s easy to use but I think their desktop app works only with JPG files. Haven’t tested with other image formats.

Geotag Photos Pro is easy to use with a simple interface. It’s a recommend.

Note: We paid $3.99 for the Pro version but at the web site it states the cost at $4.99.

Note 09 April 2014: Found a list of supported file types at the Geotag Photos Pro web site. Geotag Photos Pro supports the following file formats: jpg, nef, cr2, crw, dcr, ciff, erf, orf, k25, kdc, mef, mrw, nrw, pef, raf, tif, tiff, raw, arw, rw2, srf, sr2, srw, x3f, dng.

They do support RAW camera formats. Desktop Geotag Photos Pro supports more than 40 RAW files formats, including most common NEF, CRW, CR2, RAW, RW2 and so on.

New Method For Cleaning Your Camera’s Sensor

Showed a youtube video that demonstrated the use of the Sensor Gel Stick. If you are interested then do a search a youtube for: How To Clean A DSLR Sensor: Sensor Gel Stick. You can also go to the web site: http://photographylife.com/product/sensor-gel-stick.

The SIG Blog. I have a link, on the sidebar of the blog, to a youtube playlist for videos I recommend to the SIG members. One of those videos is the above mentioned. Nick Caver videos are also listed. I recommend them.

May Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting.

I will demonstrate the additional features I discovered for Geotag Photos Pro.

PS: You have any ideas?

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

Check out the SIG BLog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.

As always we will answer any and all questions.

If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.

See you at the next meeting.

Where the Pictures From The Main Meeting Go To Die

Note: I am using a new Web location for the photos I take at the meeting. I now upload the photos I take to Microsoft OneDrive and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

OneDrive Photos for the April 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1oHA3UO
Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/lpcogsu

SIG BLog: http://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

What’s Up At The Main Meeting, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wedding GuestsMain Meeting Speaker: Monique Stennis, Digital Marketing Specialist at Inter Valley Health Plan will present, “An Orientation to Digital Media”. She will discuss Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, YouTube, Meet-up, and Inter Valley’s new interactive website, “For Health & Living.”

Attendees will also get some tidbits on how to stay safe on-line. This is an orientation workshop and not designed to be hands-on.

Main Meeting meets in Irvine Hall at 2 PM.

Beginning Digital Photography SIG

SIG leader, John Krill, will demo two Android GPS Tracking Apps. Both can be used to create a GPX file for programs like Lightroom use to imbed GPS data into your photos.

We will also view a short video which answers the question: What is ISO and What Does ISO Mean?

The photographer who made the video is local,Tustin, CA, and he gives lessons.

Tidbits For March 2014

The New Improved flickr Is Now Live

Read what PetaPixil has to say about the upgrade to flickr: Flickr’s New Photo Experience Out of Beta, No More Opting Out

And if you want to see what the new flickr experience is like you can click on the NOCCC flickr image below and find out.

Google DriveGoogle Significantly Reduces Google Drive Prices

Read what PetaPixil has to say about the price reductions.

NOCCC At flickrflickr Maybe Getting Better

The new flickr  is possibly getting another facelift. Currently flickr is easier to use than Google+ and has many more features than Micorosft’s OneDrive.

So if this new update really is an improvement for flickr it should put it out front for sure.

Read what PetaPixil has to say about the possible upgrade to flickr: Impending Flickr Redesign Said to Simplify and Unify the Flickr Experience

PS: If you mouse-click on the image above you can visit the NOCCC flickr site.