Your Eyes And Color

Just take a look at this video and don’t ask me to explain what really happens.

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Tidbits For March 2015

It’s been almost a year but were back at it.

March 7: Amazon has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 on sale at 50% at $49.99. If you haven’t got a recent copy of Photoshop Elements then this may be a good thing otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

The link: Adobe Photoshop Elements 13

March 6: First up is a rugged point-and-shoot from Panasonic. The Lumix DMC-FT5. You need to go to B&H and determine for yourself if it’s right for you.

The link: Lumix DMC-FT5

March 6: You want to buy a digital SLR but just don’t know how determine what’s right for you. You might consider a short course in buying a DSLR by CreativeLive. It’s a learning center on the web. They’re offering a 3 hour short course on buying your first DSLR. The live class is FREE. Only when you want to view the course later does it cost you.

The link: How to Choose Your First DSLR Camera

 

One Reason To Join NOCCC

Dell UltraSharp 17" Monitor

Dell UltraSharp 17″ Monitor

In the age of the tablet the laptop computer is turning into your basic desktop computer. My laptop rarely leaves the desk now that I have a Nexus 7″ tablet.

Now I have a not-so-new-but-terrific-anyway 17″ monitor.

At the May 2014 meeting of NOCCC there was a bunch of stuff going really cheap. The Dell 17″ monitor was one of those items. It cost me $5. Why? Because it didn’t come with the power adapter or DVI cable. I took the chance I could get an adapter on the Internet. So I hauled it home, got on Google and typed: Dell 17″ UltraSharp. The top item was for Amazon. Turns out you can buy a new power adapter for only $10. Done. Now I needed to get a cable that could go from HDMI to DVI. But first I needed to wait for the power adapter to make sure the thing would even power on.

As you can see from the photo the monitor works just fine. No software needed. The graphics utility that came with the Dell laptop was able to define the 17″ monitor as an extended desktop and using the Windows screen resolution utility I was able to max out the resolution on both screens. 1366×768 on the laptop and 1280×1024 on the external monitor.

So here’s the cost:

$5,00 Dell 17″ UltraSharp Monitor
$9.99 Power Adapter
$7.99 HDMI to DVI adapter
$9.99 DVI cable

And tax for Jerry Brown.

Total cost: $34.41

That’s one reason being a member of NOCCC pays off. $35 for a really spiffy monitor.

Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor: This Is Not Photography

Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor:
This Is Not Photography

This installment features the surreal photography of groundbreaking husband-and-wife artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor. He experiments in a darkroom. She composes on a computer screen. Together, Uelsmann and Taylor broke free of traditional notions of photography to create haunting, layered dreamscapes that challenge the medium’s possibilities. Step inside their Florida compound to see their complementary work and contrasting processes, and find out how they overcame the early skepticism of their art-world peers to become luminaries in their field.

Tonight, May 2, 2012 at 8PM on KCET. A not to miss documentary.

Note: You can still see this program at www.lynda.com/KCET

NOCCC On Facebook

NOCCC on Facebook

I have been working on a NOCCC page at my personal Facdebook account. Facebook calls them Pages and you can do a lot with them. I’m still learning. I have a link to my NOCCC page on the this Blogs sidebar under the Primary menu.

This hasn’t been an easy project. Certain versions of Facebook just don’t work as advertised. Currently I have to use the version you use in a Web Browser. If you are a Facebook user and want to create Pages or you have created Pages I sure would like to know your experiences.

Suggestions as to what to put up at the NOCCC Facebook page are welcomed and wanted.

PS: If you examine the URL for the NOCCC Facebook page you’ll see it’s the COMPLETE name. NOCCC is already taken. I think it’s the same as ours but the second ‘C’ is for Christian.

Please tell what you think.

April 2014 Meeting Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

GPS Embedded With My Tracks and GeoTag Photos Pro

SIG Leader: John Krill #3160

We had 8 members at the meeting.

Video For The Day

Showed a short video that explains where the term ISO was derived. Interesting stuff. The photographer, Nick Carver, that explained ISO is local. He has an office/classroom in Tustin, CA. http://www.nickcarverphotography.com/.

Geotagging Your Photos

Many of us have digital cameras that have no GPS built-in but we still want to have GPS data embedded into our digital photos.

Today we had a demonstration of two GPS tracking apps for the Android.

My Tracks

The first is a free app from Google called My Tracks. My Tracks is a general use GPS tracker. Take it on walks and you can keep track of how far you walked, total time of the walk, how fast, the calories consumed. You can view your walk overlaid on Google maps. For photographers you can upload a GPX file that can be used to embed GPS data into your photos. Because the GPX file type is not the default for My Tracks you need to select Export from the menu and then to make it easier for the photographer use the Share option and send the file to yourself. Once that was figured out the app became very useful. It has a simple interface and is easy to use. It’s a recommend.

Geotag Photos Pro

The second program that was shown is called GeoTag Photos Pro. The app works with both Apple and Andriod tablets. The app cost $3.99 when purchased through the Google Play store. Unlike My Tracks GeoTag Photos Pro is strickly for photographers. Once you’re through with your picture taking just stop the app. Then upload the GPX file. It will send a GPX file to the email address you specified during setup.

While preparing this report I went searching for Windows desktop apps that could be used to embed GPS data into photos and avoid using Adobe Lightroom. I found a couple Windows apps that worked and I will report on these apps in a future post. What I did find was the web site for GeoTag Photos Pro. It’s: http://www.geotagphotos.net/. I mention this because they have a Windows and Apple desktop apps that you can use to embed your GPS data from the GPX file you created on your iPhone or Android device. All you need to do is log-in using the Username and Password you created when you first setup the app on your tablet. You don’t even need the GPX file you sent to yourself because they KEEP a copy at their site and use it to embed the GPS data into your photos. All I can say is that it’s easy to use but I think their desktop app works only with JPG files. Haven’t tested with other image formats.

Geotag Photos Pro is easy to use with a simple interface. It’s a recommend.

Note: We paid $3.99 for the Pro version but at the web site it states the cost at $4.99.

Note 09 April 2014: Found a list of supported file types at the Geotag Photos Pro web site. Geotag Photos Pro supports the following file formats: jpg, nef, cr2, crw, dcr, ciff, erf, orf, k25, kdc, mef, mrw, nrw, pef, raf, tif, tiff, raw, arw, rw2, srf, sr2, srw, x3f, dng.

They do support RAW camera formats. Desktop Geotag Photos Pro supports more than 40 RAW files formats, including most common NEF, CRW, CR2, RAW, RW2 and so on.

New Method For Cleaning Your Camera’s Sensor

Showed a youtube video that demonstrated the use of the Sensor Gel Stick. If you are interested then do a search a youtube for: How To Clean A DSLR Sensor: Sensor Gel Stick. You can also go to the web site: http://photographylife.com/product/sensor-gel-stick.

The SIG Blog. I have a link, on the sidebar of the blog, to a youtube playlist for videos I recommend to the SIG members. One of those videos is the above mentioned. Nick Caver videos are also listed. I recommend them.

May Meeting

I will continue to show one or two youtube videos at the beginning of the meeting.

I will demonstrate the additional features I discovered for Geotag Photos Pro.

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/1oHA3UO
Flickr Photos for April 2014 Club Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/lpcogsu

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

Email: noccc.bgphotosig@gmail.com

What It Takes To Get That Perfect Photo Of The Earth

We’ve all been through that same situation the the Apollo 8 crew went through while getting one of the greatest photos ever taken.

It was fun listing to the crew scramble to get the correct position of the ship, find the desired film and then get the picture which Anders thought they had lost.