November Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.


The holidays are upon us and we all need holiday cards and gifts such as calendars. Shutterfly provides us with a way to send out photos of the family, as calendars and cards, especially those that aren’t confident with the computer.

For this meeting I brought in two examples of Shutterfly products and demonstrated how to create holiday cards.

Calendars are a specialty of Shutterfly. I show a 12-month calendar and a one-year poster calendar.

Everything on Shutterfly starts with the picture. Once the pictures are uploaded to Shutterfly you then create your card, calendar, etc using Shutterfly templates.

The two calendars I created for the meeting arrived in less than a week.

We discovered that the 12-month calendar had one picture that was not printed properly. So Monday morning I got on the Shutterfly web site and used the Customer Service links to report the problem with the calendar. The customer service links are at the bottom of the page. Once I figured out how to send in a report it took another two days of back and forth messaging before they provided me with a procedure to get a replacement calendar. Even though they put a RUSH on the order it took the same number of days to get the replacement as it did to get the original calendar.

I was not required to send back the bad calendar.

Sending Photos Via E-Mail

Even though we talked about sending pictures through e-mail I’m again putting it in the minutes because of the holidays coming up, especially Thanksgiving.

One member has been having problems sending photos via email. Suggested they ZIP all the photos into one file and send them via Adobe’s SendNow. Some e-mail providers the size of attachments to e-mail and others limit the number of attachments to an e-mail. Some even do both.

By using SendNow you by pass both of these restrictions. Your photos are sent via SendNow and held until the recipient downloads them.

December Meeting

Not sure at this time what we will be talking about in the December meeting. Maybe something to do with Christmas.

I still want to do a ‘Walk About.’ Didn’t I say that last month? Bring your camera and we’ll walk about and see what kind of picture taking problems we can find and maybe answer.

If you have specific picture taking problems then bring your camera and just maybe we can solve your problem.

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.

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 and Flickr. A link will be put here every month to the folder location with the current month’s photos.

SkyDrive Photos for the November 2013 Club Meeting:
Flickr Photos for November 2013 Club Meeting:



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