Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG: May 2, 2010 Meeting

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Two Digital Photo Organizers From Microsoft:

The first program is Windows Photo Gallery. This program comes with Vista and probably other Microsoft OSs. Don’t use it. It has limited functions and takes forever to start and apparently never gets rid of deleted folders and somehow removes them from the gallery only after the program has completely loaded all the good folders and photos. And it does this EVERY time it starts. Just forget it. I really don’t know what it is doing and frankly don’t care since I will never use it anyway.

The second Microsoft free photo organizer program is Windows Live Photo Gallery. This program is an improvement over plain old Photo Gallery but not by much. It will load faster and has much more functionality. The big advantage is it’s ability to upload photos to your Live Online Photo Gallery.

Before you can use this program you should first go to the Microsoft Live web site and sign-up for a Live account. With a Live account comes free e-mail and currently 25 GigaBytes of free online storage. 25 Gigabytes! Even I have a hard time with that number. You can store any type of file at Live including digital images.

Once you have an account you can download several free Microsoft Live applications, including Live Photo Gallery.

What’s Being Covered At The Meeting:

1. Any questions. Including using Picasa. Anything.

2. At the meeting I will show Windows Live Photo Gallery and go over the process of uploading photos to the Live online storage.

3. I will be shooting a special event being presented by the NY Times. I will show you what I shot and maybe the process of getting the photo uploaded to the Times.

4. Maybe show the photos of a steam engine train that traveled through Orange County Saturday morning on it’s way to San Diego. That’s a big MAYBE.

About the photo from the Book Festival:

I really think the LA Times puts in all those White roof tents and the very White flooring material is to really mess with us photographers. It really does cause big problems with exposures. You can’t get around it either.

The white flooring is also hard on the eyes. Easy on the grass below the flooring but not our eyes.

Crowds at the LA Times Festival of Books

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