October 2010 Meeting Report

Main Meeting: Jim Sanders, far right, showed how to set up multiple monitors on a Windows computer.

October 2010 Meeting NOCCC Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

This Sunday I took questions and we talked about various subjects.

I talked about blogs and websites that could be an aid to making better photos or getting general information about cameras and other photographic equipment.

The first site I showed the group is called photo tuts [http://photo.tutsplus.com/]. The idea is to teach basic photography principles. The site tries to teach all the basics and even more advanced ideas for photographers.

Another site is the blog The Online Photographer [http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/]. This blog is run by photographers that also know how to write. It is a daily news website for photo enthusiasts, in blog format. It’s one of the most popular blogs for photographers on the net.

Though not a photo web site Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page] is a good starting point for information about photography.

I am going to list the more popular sites on our blog.

I went through a group of images from my one-day trip to San Francisco. The main problem I had was getting good photos with the harsh lighting conditions that large buildings will cause. Everything was either in bright sunlight or complete shadow. The modern digital camera can’t get a good exposure with such a wide range of light. So the only option was to expose for the bright areas of the image and let the shadows go dark.

Even with all the problems of light it was still great fun to photograph the place and the people of San Francisco.

A couple of interesting question:

Would I buy a camera without an eye-level view finder? Simple and direct answer is: NO. Not ever. Trying to take photos using the digital LCD display is just to difficult for almost all types to photos.

How do you get a photo off of  Facebook so they can be printed? With Facebook your only option is using the Windows option of Saving Picture to your computer and then printing the picture with whatever program you use for make prints. Your printed picture will not be that good because the download picture will be a 72dpi image. You need something at least 240dpi or greater to get a nice print. Facebook photos are not intended to be printed. They’re for viewing only. You need to use an online program like Picasa, Flickr, or Windows Live which will allow downloading of high quality images for printing.

Standard Stuff That Is Always In This Report:

This report should be up on the SIG’s blog. I may go into greater detail and I will include screen shots as well.

I’ve been lax in posting to the blog. I hope to correct this. Because our meetings are once a month and last for only one and a half hours there is much more I can cover with the blog. Hopefully!

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.

See you at the next meeting.

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

SIG Blog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/

Picasa Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/noccc.bgphotosig

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