May 2012 Meeting


May 2012 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160
 
NEW Room Science 131A: We have moved our meeting location from Science 127 to Science 131A. To repeat we will be meeting in Science 131A from now on. Science 131A is next door to Science 127.

QandA

Keep bringing in your questions. It really is the fun part of being a SIG Leader – answering question.

A Simple Image Editor

I’m always looking for an inexpensive, small, and easy to use image editor. I spotted a review of a program called SnapSeed and thought this may be something beginning digital photographers could use. SnapSeed is the product of Nik software. Nik make filters and other products for Adobe Photoshop and they have a good reputation for quality products.

SnapSeed is only $20 and can be download for 15 day trail period before you must pay.

My review is as follows: It doesn’t work as a Windows application. Review over. I have a longer explanation on the SIGs blog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/snapseed-a-review-almost/

I have no idea why it doesn’t work but at a list price of $20 I have no incentive to find an answer.

SnapSeed: http://www.snapseed.com/home/

GPS And Your Photos

After the April meeting I started searching for an inexpensive device that would track my travel and then use that data with Adobe LightRoom to embed GPS data into the images.

After searching the Internet I came upon the product: GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900. It’s a small device that’s only tracks your travel. It has no LCD screen for reading your location. The tracking data is then downloaded to you computer using it’s own application. Can you read a review of my problems installing the application and getting the proper tracking file that can be used by Adobe Lightroom.

My problems with PhotoTrackr

Loses it’s signal and has to re-sync. Many times PhotoTrackr would never re-sync and I had to turn off the device and then on again. Even walking round outside it would lose its way and had to re-sync. Sometimes it would re-sync on it’s own and sometimes I had to turn it off then back on.

The PhotoTrackr’s inability to reliably acquire a signal after losing one is a real problem for me because I usually keep the device in my pocket and don’t pay attention to it.

I demonstrated to the members the process of downloading data from the device to the software application. Once this was done I could create a GPX file that’s used by Adobe Lightroom.

In Adobe Lightroom I demonstrated using the GPX file to locate images on a map.

For my review of the PhotoTrackr software go to the SIG blog: https://nocccbgphotosig.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/review-gisteq-phototrackr-mini-dpl900/

I’ll have more to say about PhotoTrackr DPL900 in the near future.

GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900: http://www.gisteq.com/PhotoTrackr/PhotoTrackrDPL900.php

Member Photos

One of our members brought in a CD full of his photos from a trip to New England during the Fall Colors. He had a lot of really good photos. Hopefully more members will be encouraged to bring in the travel photos.

iPhone Volunteer Needed

Anyone with an iPhone willing to give our SIG a short demonstration on using the camera in your phone?

Also – I’m Still Hoping That An Android Pad User Will Volunteer

I would like to demonstrate Adobe’s new Photoshop Touch App (http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-touch-apps/what-is-adobe-photoshop-touch/) I will pay you to install the software App on your Android ($10.00). Any one interested?

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.

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.

We had 9 members at our SIG meeting.

See you at the next meeting.

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 SkyDrive. A link will be put here every month to the folder with that months photos.

SkyDrive Photos for the May 2012 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/6loagbe

PS: If you saw the actual link to the photos you would think it never ended. It’s the longest link I’ve ever had to deal with. Solution is the TinyURL web site. Give it a really long link and they give you a nice short one. That’s the link you see above.

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

Photograph was taken by a NOCCC member while driving through New England during the peak of Fall colors. Well done.

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