August 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

New Construction

New Construction Chapman Univserity: Musco Center for the Arts

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Youtube Video Of The Month

The video, Crop Sensors vs Full Frame – Crop or Crap? puts to rest the myth surrounding Full Frame sensors. If you’re one of the many that think Full Frame is the your only choice or you’re trying to decide which size sensor technology is the best for you then you need to view this video now. It puts to rest the myth of Full Frame forever. I have a separate Youtube playlist just for NOCCC members. At the nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com I have a link to this playlist. It’s under Primary on the right side Menu bar labeled John’s Youtube Playlist. You’ll find the above mentioned video and many others. If you have any suggestions for Youtube videos then let me know. The SIGs email address is listed below.

What Lenses Do I Get With My New Camera?

I’m always leery of making suggestions to new users but one suggestion I almost always tell them to buy the camera with the kit lens and go out a shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. Once you have that experience with the kit lens you probably will have a better idea of your true lens requirements.

Most kit zoom lenses are very good and many people, myself included, still use the kit zoom lens that came with the camera. Yes I need to update my lens but now I have a much better idea of what I need. If for no other reason you will have a good backup lens once you purchase addition lenses.

What Is Color Cast and How Do You Get Rid Of It?

Colorcast results from using the wrong White Balance setting in the camera. This often happens when you have two or more light sources, for instance natural light from a window and incandescent light from a lamp.

To prevent or minimize colorcast at the camera you can create your own White Balance setting if your camera has that option. I’m not going to explain how to do this because EVERY camera has it’s own method. Check your camera manual for instructions.

You can purchase a special color pallet card that is used with your camera and photo editing software to balance any lighting situation at the computer. One such product is SpyderCHECKER 24. It’s $50 at most photo stores and online at Amazon or B&H Photo Vide.

Removing colorcast using Photoshop Elements: There is a very simple method in Photoshop Elements that will get rid of most colorcast problems. Go to: MenuBar->Enhance->Adjust Color->Remove colorcast. Read the instructions carefully and you should have that ugly colorcast removed with one click of the mouse.

Important Note On Correcting colorcast At The Computer: Most monitors do not show colors properly and trying to use the manual method may make the problem worse even though it looks great on your monitor. Always let Photoshop Elements do the correcting.

Sending Images To An Outside Source To Get Prints Made

The Problem: When the customer views the prints they find that they have been cropped to fit the size of the print, generally 4×6 inches. The customer then tries to change the size of the image by using the Photoshop Elements Image -> Resize command and it doesn’t work. What I suggested they do is use the Cropping Tool and set the Mode to Fixed Ratio and use the aspect ratio of 3×2 which is the aspect ratio of a 4×6 inch print.

The reason for using the Crop tool is because the image from the camera has a different aspect ration than the 4×6 inch print. The crop tool will allow you to crop the image to best to show the image on a 4×6 inch print.

Sending Images To Someone Over The Internet

There are several services for sending files over the Internet. DropBox is one of the more popular ones. Adobe SendNow is another.

Using a cloud service like Microsoft’s OneDrive is another. I use OneDrive to post the photos I take at the main meeting. You can upload your pictures to a folder and then make that folder private. You can then send the recipient the URL for that private folder and they can download the pictures.

September Meeting

I will continue to show one or two Youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting. Will discuss ISO. What is it? How to use ISO to your advantage. 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 August 2014 Club Meeting: http://1drv.ms/1sOjRjt

Flickr Photos for Augut 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/ktc5trg

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

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.

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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.