July 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Chapman Univserity
SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 7 members at the meeting.

Photos of Nature Highlight Meeting

We viewed a slideshow of over 100 photos of nature photography, which included flowers, animals, birds, fish, etc.

Learning How To Operate Your Digital or Getting Qualified Help Is Hard To Do

Every model of digital cameras is unique. Even within a single manufacture they can have completely different menu layouts. Nikon DSLR cameras have one style of menu while their point-and-shoot cameras have a different menu. Even the Nikon 1 is different than any other Nikon camera though it got its start with point-and-shoot menus.

I say this because trying to help someone to operate their digital camera can be as difficult for the advanced user as for the beginner. You just have to get out the manual and go for it. For someone using a camera for the first time the experience for the beginner or the experienced person will be the same. The only difference is the more experienced user may learn how to use a camera quicker than the beginner but then again maybe they won’t.

The important lesson is to take the camera AND the manual out and take pictures over and over. It you have a problem then you have the manual at the ready. Even experienced users like myself have to refer to the camera manual to figure out how to do something. I have my camera’s manual in the camera bag at all times.

Get help only AFTER you have used the camera and have some experience with it. You will now have a set of questions that when answered will advance your knowledge and greatly speed up your proficiency with the camera.

August Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. Maybe more slideshows? Anyone have some travel or family pictures to share? How about photos of children?

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/1vXj7bg
Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/pp5xm23

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

Tidbits For July 2014

July 3, 2014

Google+ Has Been Adding Photo Editing Tools

Google recently acquired Nix Software and one of the apps they got was SnapSeed. Now Google is adding little by little SnapSeed like tools to its browser photo editing app. You must be using the Chrome browser and have an e-mail account to use these tools. You would edit the photos through Google+.

We’ll take a look at these editing tools at the July 5, 2014 meeting.

Read More.

The New Orange Bytes Is Here!

The Orange Bytes is back not by popular demand but through the hard work of Steve Breitbart. 

A big congratulations to Steve Breitbart. This new version of the Orange Bytes is just the ticket. Good work Steve.

Next Meeting: July 6, 2014.

Because of Steve’s hard work we now know the date for the July meeting. It’s July 6, 2014. See everyone there. Yes I know it’s during July 4th celebrations but that’s what it is.

If you haven’t received your Orange Bytes yet be patient. It’s still a week plus until the meeting. Plenty of time for your Bytes to arrive.

The main meeting speaker is Alex Leipf. He was the NOCCC scholarship recipient in 2013. He is a Master’s Degree candidate in computational science at Chapman University.

Tidbits For June 2014

June 19, 2014

Need A New Camera For The Summer?

Time Magazine’s LightBox web site is recommending it’s selections for the best camera for all things Summer. Learn More.

June 11, 2014

Maybe One Lens Is Really All You Need

Here is a story on using just one general purpose zoom lens for the majority, 97%, or your photography. I used one lens, 35mm on a Nikon F, for decades during my film days. Now it’s a 18mm-55mm Nikon kit lens. If you can’t get the photo you want with one of these standard zooms then buying a bigger, longer zoom will do nothing for the quality of your work. Learn More

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera with 16GB SD Card and Case

This digital camera kit is on-sale at Amazon for $121.99. Deal of the Day: Over 60% Off the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 Digital Camera. Get the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 digital camera for $109.99–over 60% off the list price–in Amazon’s Deal of the Day. Or buy it bundled with a memory card and case for only $121.99, also over 60% off. These offers are valid today only, June 11, 2014, and while supplies last. Learn more

What’s With The NOCCC Web Site And Orange Bytes?

It appears that the official NOCCC web site is not be maintained. Nothing has been changed since April 2014. If anything has been added since then it’s not apparent to me. This is a problem because there is no paper version of the Orange Bytes.

The Orange Byte is our monthly newsletter. It stopped publishing several months ago. So no information about the SIGs. No information about meeting dates. It was reported at our last meeting that a smaller Orange Bytes would be printed and sent out prior to the July 2014 meeting. Maybe.

The big problem with no paper Orange Bytes and the web site not getting updated means no one knows when the July meeting will be. No dates for future meetings have been posted.

After sending in my SIG report and uploading the pictures from the June meeting I have heard nothing. I have no idea if anyone is doing anything with the Bytes or the web site.

If this continues and no dates are set for future meetings I will just stay home.

PS: It is apparent that all I have done with this post is yell into a dry water well.

June 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

Miss Direction
SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We Had 8 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Showed a short video by Nick Carver on the different size sensors that digital cameras use.

What DSLR Should I Buy?

Two of our members had questions on what DSLR camera they should purchase. This IS the most common question we get asked and the MOST difficult one too answer. Why? Because once someone, like me, buys their camera they stop keeping up on what’s current in the digital camera world.

There was a spirited discussion on price and brand but there is no simple answer. I personally recommend that you determine the upper limit you’re willing to spend. Then start your search with that limit in mind. DPREVIEW.com is always a good place to start. They have the most complete list of cameras and they do very good reviews. Also use BHPhotoVideo.com to do a search using your cost limit and various other factors in narrowing down you choices.

Of course the most mentioned brands were Canon and Nikon followed by Sony. But if you’re willing to look at other brands then I recommend Pentax. One of their strong points is that they’re well build and better sealed from dust and moisture than most other brands.

We also recommend you consider going to a good camera store. In Orange County Samy’s Camera is a good starting point. They’ve gotten better on price and being able to hold and test a camera before purchase is always the BEST option.

July Meeting

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

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/T7XzfA

Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/ox97chdSIG

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

Important Note From Jim Sanders

Dear NOCCC Members,

This years club election will be held this Sunday, June 1st.

Only those members who are present at the meeting may vote.

As of this date we have no candidates for President or Vice President. Don Armstrong, your current President, will not take a second term.

If someone does not volunteer for each of those positions at the meeting, the future of the club becomes rather tenuous. If you care about having the club continue, think about volunteering. If you want to talk about it, call me, Jim Sanders, 714-544-3589.

We also need one volunteer to fill the 8th Board of Directors position.

As an active member of the club since it was founded 36 years ago, I would hate to see the club flounder, but it may. Too few people have been carrying the load for too long of a time. Think about it!

Best Regards,

Jim Sanders